Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Game on!! ERL's New Gaming Collection

Woohoo! Flex those fingers, crack those knuckles and refill your lounge room beanbags because Eastern Regional Libraries is launching a new Gaming Collection.

This is a collection that we have been aspiring to create for quite some time. Gaming is a well integrated segment of our culture, so naturally we are excited to include it as part of our service.

The Gaming Collection will be launched on Saturday 3 May at Belgrave, Croydon and Rowville libraries.

Here's how the new Gaming Collection will work:

  • We will start the collection in three Branches - Belgrave, Croydon and Rowville.
  •  We have bought games across three platforms - XBox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii U.
  •  Members will be able to borrow two Games on a card for two weeks.
  • The Gaming Collection is made up of both Juvenile and Adult titles - something for everyone!
  • There are age restrictions on particular games (just like the DVDs) - so our Junior members can only borrow G and PG titles, etc.
  • ERL members will be able to place holds on the games.

What are some of the titles included so far, we hear you ask?

The Assassins Creed Series, Fall Out 3, Call of Duty, Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto Series, Harry Potter, Bioshock, Little Big Planet, Sonic the Hedgehog, LEGO, Batman Arkham Series and much much more. Awesome!!

To search our Gaming Collection on the catalogue, simply type the name of the game or the platform that you are looking for (for example, type in "XBox" for XBox games) to see what is available.

Feel free to contact us on our Facebook Page with any queries. In the meantime... GAME ON!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NOTICE: Ferntree Gully & Montrose Library Closed 30 April

Due to power interruptions and maintenance work by SPAusnet, Ferntree Gully Library and Montrose Library will be closed:

Wednesday April 30 from 8:30am to 5:30pm

After hours book chutes will be available for returns.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on 1300 737 277 or via our Facebook page. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mt Evelyn Library re-opens May 1st 2014

Yarra Ranges Council has just posted a press release on their website announcing the following:

Eastern Regional Libraries has been asked by Yarra Ranges Council to manage library services from the Mt Evelyn Library Station House from Thursday 1 May 2014.

The Library will be open to the public and staffed by Eastern Regional Libraries. PCs and WiFi will be available and the after-hours chute will return.

Opening hours
Monday: 10.00am-1.00pm
Tuesday: 10.00am-1.00pm
Wednesday: 2.30pm-5.30pm
Thursday: 2.30pm-5.30pm
Friday: 2.30pm-5.30pm

The Reading Room will be closed from Monday 14th April - Thursday 1st May to prepare the library. 

Outstanding loans
Members with outstanding loans from Mt Evelyn may either return the items to another ERL branch (Lilydale and Montrose are the closest) or return the items to Mt Evelyn after 1st May and no overdue charges will be applied.

We apologise for the short notice and will update members as any further news comes to hand. If you have any queries you can contact the Yarra Ranges Council on their Facebook Page or via phone on 1300 368 333.

The Virtual Team

Friday, April 04, 2014

What's Your Story Photography Competition

Do you love photography? Do you have a story that can only be told with the most perfect picture? What's your story??

In celebration of Youth Week 2014, Eastern Regional Libraries will be launching the "What's your Story" Photography Competition. Tell a story with your images... Show us who or what rocks your world; what do you get up to or where you chill out. Tell us - what's your story!

Junior Category 12-16 years: $100 cash prize + your entry printed on canvas
Senior Category 17-25 years: $200 cash prize +your entry printed on canvas
People's Choice: $100 cash prize + your entry printed on canvas
Highly Commended: $50 Croydon Camera House voucher

How to Enter
Entrants may submit two photos taken by a camera or mobile device and must write a short paragraph describing how each image tells "your story".
  • Competition eligible for those aged 12 - 25 years old.
  • Entrants must reside in Knox, Maroondah or Yarra Ranges Council areas and be a member of  Eastern Regional Libraries.
  • Competition entry is Free.
What's Your Story Photography Competition Entry Form
Terms & Conditions

The What's Your Story Photography Competition will open midday Friday 4 April 2014. Competition closes 5:00pm Friday 2 May, 2014.

Competition will be judged by Croydon Camera House. Winners will be announced Friday, 9th May 2014.