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Throughout the year a number of programs and services are presented at the Henty Library.
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More from your Library at home
Your local library is a great place to go for free books, magazines, reading advice and quality information, as well as programs and events for people of all ages, but did you know that your library is much bigger than the building it lives in, and you don’t have to leave home to visit? The Riverina Regional Library has a digital branch, an eLibrary, that you can access from anywhere you have an Internet connection, either at home or out and about on your mobile devices.
For some time now, library members have been enjoying eBooks, eAudio books, digital magazines and free music downloads as well as access to quality information online, and now the eLibrary is growing with some exciting new products.
· Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques: The print version of Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques has long been a very popular library resource, but they stopped printing it after the 2010 edition and now it is updated online only. All antiques and collectables in the database include a professionally photographed image, and have been sourced from actual auction sales in Australia and New Zealand. When prompted, select Riverina Regional Library as your home library and enter your library card number to find out what antiques are selling for, from home.
· Libraries’ DVD collections are very popular and now you can stream independent documentaries and feature films via beamafilm, an independent movie streaming site created by filmmakers, distributors and video on demand specialists. Beamafilm is unique for its collection of signature Australian documentaries and indie features from around the world, many which are only available through beamafilm. All you need is your library card and you can discover a treasure trove of old and new cinematic delight to make you think and keep you entertained.
· Story Box Library features engaging online stories aimed at Australian pre-school and primary school aged children. A range of Australian storytellers – actors, musicians, authors, comedians, parents and teenagers read great Aussie stories with different themes, for different age groups. The stories are a little bit cheeky, a little bit charming and a whole lot of fun! Great for watching on your tablet or phone whenever a story is needed, to help nurture a love of reading throughout childhood and beyond.
· Good Reading Online is an Australian resource with information on “Everything About Books” including thousands of easy to read independent book reviews and lots of interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.
· Spine Out is a new, exciting online magazine for young adults, brought to us by the Good Reading team. It’s a special place for young adults to express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.
Your local library has computers you can use if you don’t have your own, and keep an eye out for sessions to help you get more out of your own devices. Whether you visit our physical or virtual library branches, there is something for everyone.
Library lovers response overwhelming – approaching 20,000 signatures and more to come!
The call to library lovers throughout NSW to support a campaign to bring the state-wide funding crisis for public libraries to the attention of the state government has received overwhelming support from the community. It is expected that 20,000 signatures petitioning the state government to take action will have been collected by the end of May, with many more signatures flowing in to the NSW Public Libraries Associations as the campaign gains momentum.
Local communities and passionate supporters of public libraries have rallied to the cause in both metropolitan and country areas. The majority of local councils throughout the state have also formally endorsed the campaign in an effort to address the overall decrease in state funding for public libraries as a proportion of local government spending on libraries.
The campaign has also attracted the support of some well-known personalities such as writers Kathy Lette and Nadia Wheatley, and comedian Tom Ballard who have strenuously advocated on behalf of public libraries.
This week (19 – 25 May) Library and Information Week is being celebrated. However, it is clear that public libraries in NSW will have little to celebrate unless we see some tangible action in the next NSW budget, according to Councillors Graham Smith and Veronique Marchandeau, who represent country and metropolitan public libraries in NSW.
Libraries are often the most well-used and valued public facilities in the community, but the ability of local councils to maintain service levels may be at risk due to deteriorating State funding. This is an historic issue that has now reached a crisis point and it is clear that the existing funding model is just not sustainable, Councillor Smith said. He indicated that the petitions will be tabled in the NSW Parliament in weeks to come, but more signatures were required to demonstrate to the government how important public libraries are to local communities.
More information about the public library funding issue and how you can help can be found at www.nswpla.org.au .
The After School Study Club will recommence in February 2014 at Greater Hume Shire Libraries
The After School Study Club (ASSC) aims to provide the following:
• To assist and support students from primary and high school students
• Provide access to modern technology and resources
• Provide a quiet and safe place to study away from home distractions
The After School Study Club will be held on the following days at the Culcairn, Henty, and Holbrook Libraries commencing the week beginning 18 February 2014, during school term.
Culcairn Library – Monday 16 February 2015 from 3.45pm to 4.45pm
Holbrook Library – Tuesday 17 February 2015 from 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Henty Library – Wednesday 18 February 2015 from 4.00pm to 5..00pm
Afternoon tea provided – Cost $2.00 per session.
Contact staff at the Culcairn Library Tel: 6029 8588, Henty Library Tel: 6929 3770, and Holbrook Library Tel: 6036 3262
Riverina Regional Library Databases – www.rrl.nsw.gov.au
Riverina Regional Library subscribes to databases including encyclopaedias, legal information and learning resources. Please note that we subscribe to two databases that limit access to in library use only, all other resources can be accessed remotely.
Remote access: for access at home you may be required to enter your membership number to login to these resources. Your password if required will be your date of birth expressed as DDMMYYYY.
In library use: the public Internet computers at our branch libraries have unrestricted access to these services.
What are you looking for ?
Listed below is a selection of the Riverina Regional Library Information Online Databases. If you require any assistance accessing these databases please contact your local branch library at Culcairn, Henty, and Holbrook.
Homework Help? Family History?
Ancestry.com (ancestry.com can only be accessed from within the branch libraries
Points of View Reference Centre
National Geographic Virtual Library
Science Reference Centre
Consumer Health Complete
Free music and magazine downloads now available from your local library
Your local library is already the place to go for free books, DVDs, eBooks and eAudio books and now you can download free music and digital magazines to keep!
The Riverina Regional Library - all 18 branches and 2 mobile libraries - has begun using the Freegal Music Service, a very popular international service that offers library customers access to songs from a large offering that includes Sony Music’s catalogue of legendary artists. Freegal allows the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to hundreds of thousands of songs that library members can download for free.
“Members of the Riverina Regional Library can download a select number of Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each week, at no direct cost, via www.rrl.nsw.gov.au/elibrary, and the library will underwrite the purchase of the music,” Amy Heap, Outreach and Promotions Co-ordinator of the Riverina Regional Library said.
“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community.”
For magazine lovers the launch of Zinio, a digital magazine collection, is great news.
“Library members will now be able to download and read magazines on their PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device”, Ms Heap explained.
“Hundreds of titles are now available to download and read offline using the free Zinio Reader app. There is no limit to how many people can borrow a magazine at once, and once you have downloaded it, it’s yours until you want to delete it – no loans, reserves or dates to return items by.
The summer holidays are a great time for relaxing with books, movies and music and if you are going away, downloading them onto your devices is a fabulous way to save space in your luggage!
“Print books and magazines are still enormously popular and if you are going away over summer, you might like to download some of the Riverina Regional Library’s eResources from www.rrl.nsw.gov.au/elibrary, wherever you are, any time of the day,” Ms Heap added.