Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Books in Print online service unavailable due to Hurricane Sandy

Books in Print is currently unavailable due to the storm affecting the New York and New Jersey area where Bowker, the vendor that produces Books in Print, is based.

Hopefully all is well. We will advise as soon as we know the service has resumed.

Regards, webgurl

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Get your Greenie On! Stringybark Suburban Sustainability Festival this Weekend!

The Stringybark Festival is back again! With successful turnouts of around 25,000 visitors every year, the Stringybark Festival has become an incredibly popular festival for families and the community.

Be prepared to walk your legs off - there is heaps to do and see. This year there is over 80 free workshops and activities for the kids - so make sure you have space in the "pool room" or on the fridge because chances are you'll need it. Teens can also jazz up their social media profiles with "I've been Boothed" and the "Canvas Challenge" from Knox Youth Services - so be sure to check out the details and "Like" their Facebook page.

Eastern Regional Libraries will also be there with the Knox Flexi Vehicle - so keep your eyes open on the day. We'll be there to answer questions, sign up new memberships and just say hello!

Stringybark Festival Activities include:
* Fair Trade and locally made goods Market Stalls
* Handmade crafts
* Children’s fairground (with a low environmental impact)
* Roving performers
* Native animal displays
* Event kitchen cooking demonstrations
* Fabulous food from around the world
* Live music and performances across four stages – one sustainability pedal powered
* Learn tons of ways to save money whilst saving the environment
* The Stringybark Festival is a Plastic Bag Free event, so be sure to pack your eco-bags.

Sounds like a plan, guys - So get out there and enjoy the weather this weekend. Apparently it's going to be quite lovely. See you at the Festival!

When: Saturday 20th October & Sunday 21st October 10:30am-5:00pm 
Where: Rowville Community Centre, Fullham Rd, Rowville
Cost: See Knox City Council for details.
Details: Stringybark Festival Flyer and Program and Stringybark 2012 Community Bus Timetable.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

School Holidays were a Smash with Record Turn-outs!! Favourite Events Recapped

School Holiday Activities were an absolute hit this year. We had approximately 5,736 children and parents attend over 50 events across the region. That has beaten our record for this time last year!! Woohoo!!

Here are some of the highlights from a few of our branches.

Lilydale Library
Magic Punch & Judy Show with Professor Dee-Jay

There were many giggles and delighted gasps from our young audience as they were entertained by the hilarious antics of Professor Dee-Jay. The Punch and Judy puppet show was also fantastic - such classic entertainment.

Rowville Library
CARP Productions 2012 Bookweek Show

There is always a fantastic turnout for CARP Productions - the kids just love them. Based on the 2012 Book Week short list, CARP Productions were an absolute delight to our audience at Rowville. With lots of bright costumes and music, children watched as their favourite storybook characters came to life. What a way to insipre young children to read!

Ringwood Library
The Flash Twinkle Toes Silly Circus Show

In one word - AMAZING. This show was completely packed out, as children were enticed into fits of giggles as they watched accomplished circus performer and puppeteer, Flash (pictured left). Through many circus feats of plate spinning, magic and contact juggling, everyone had a ball of a time.

Mt Evelyn Library
Yarra Woodworkers

Dads and Grandads were able to get in on the School Holiday fun by joining the kids for the Yarra Woodworkers Workshop. With a choice of bird houses, trinket boxes, tool boxes and more - children were assisted in putting together their wood-working project and decorating it.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Celebrating Good Eating with Elizabeth Chong for Seniors Week

Food is a wonderful way to keep in touch with old friends and make new ones. Whether it be going out for meals, cooking together or celebrating special events, appreciating good food with good company is definitely one of life's perks.

As part of the Senior's Festival, celebrity chef and award winning author Elizabeth Chong will be Celebrating Good Eating at Knox Library.

So, bring some friends (the more the merrier) and indulge in morning tea with Elizabeth at Knox Library.

When: Monday 8th October 10:00am
Where: Knox Library, Knox City Shopping Centre,Wantirna South
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9801 1422 or Book Online

Cheers, Jessica

Monday, October 01, 2012

Recommend eBooks to the Library with Overdrive

It is #followalibrary day @EasternRegional on Twitter - and to celebrate Eastern Regional Library is rolling out a new feature on the Overdrive eBook Collection that allows people to recommend eBooks and eAudio books to the library.

Yes - you read that correctly! If there is something we don't have, you can search for it in the "Additional Titles" collection. Here you can choose the item you think we should add to the library and click the blue "Recommend" button. Ta Da!! It is that easy.

It gets even better - when you make a recommendation, Overdrive will also give you the option of being notified if we buy the item and can also automatically place you on the reservation list to borrow when it comes in. People will be able to recommend up to 5 items per day.

So, get in there and have your say about what you would like us to have in the Overdrive eLibrary Collection and tweet us @EasternRegional what you recommended!!