There are a number of regular and special programs for all users of the Culcairn Library including:
- Premier Reading Challenge for Children
- Summer Reading Program
- Ancestry.com at the Library
- School Holiday Programs
- Simultaneous Storytime
- Library Week
- Children’s Book Week
- Author Visit
- Explore the world with National Geographic
- Riverina Regional Library Book club
Henty Eco Regalia
Grandparents Day Celebration at Culcairn Library
Happy snaps in the photobooth
Enjoying a high tea
Grandparents enjoying storytime as well
Take Charge and Volunteer
Promoting volunteering to young people and assisting the longevity of so many Riverina volunteer organisations is the aim of Riverina Eastern Regional Organisations of Council’s (REROC) new Take Charge and Volunteer project, in conjunction with Greater Hume Shire Council. The ongoing battle to attract and retain young volunteers is not new, but by partnering with Riverina organisations and together, developing innovative ideas, REROC hopes to connect young people with the groups who need them the most.
A youth survey carried out in conjunction with REROC’s Take Charge Riverina Youth Leadership Forum 2013 revealed a large percentage of the 120 students at the forum not only thought volunteering was important in their home town, but that most of them really wanted to become volunteers.
The Take Charge and Volunteer project will assist on both sides of the volunteer relationship – with both the organisation and the volunteer.
The www.takecharge.org.au website is looking for Riverina organisations ready to embrace the challenge of this new project, sign up, and list their volunteering opportunities, which young volunteers can search for via their industry of interest or where they live. When the volunteer finds something they are interested in, they can register their interest and a volunteering relationship will be formed with the organisation.
If organisations prefer, a simple training session can be held in your Local Government Area where a member of your organisation can be guided through preparing for accepting and working with young volunteers, and how to best use www.takecharge.org.au. The project will also look at rewarding young volunteers for their efforts.
Any organisation wishing to be involved in the project, or wanting to attend a training session, can contact Greater Hume Shire Council’s Library & Youth Services Development Officer Susan Kane on 0417 212 069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information is also available from REROC’s Regional Youth and Communities contact, Kylie Dunstan on email@example.com or 0437 863 426; or REROC Executive Officer, Julie Briggs firstname.lastname@example.org or 6931 9050.
The project has been funded by the New South Wales Government through Youth Opportunities.
For instructions on how to login to the Take Charge website click here
Junior Book Club
A good book is open for everyone! Even kids!
Inspire your child to read and awaken their imagination with Riverina Regional Library’s Junior Book Club.
Unfortunately children’s reading for leisure is in decline, even though losing ourselves in a good book is one of the greatest pleasures of childhood. To assist in nurturing a reading culture in our communities Riverina Regional Library has developed Junior Book Club.
If your child would like to lead a Book Club, visit the Riverina Regional Library website for the Junior Book Club Toolkit. The book lists have been carefully selected by the Children’s and Youth Services Librarian. The lists are colour coded by age (5-7yrs, 7-9yrs, 9-11yrs, 11-13yrs) with lists for girls, for boys, and for combined groups. Each list comprises of ten titles including classics, recent publications, Australian authors, non-fiction, books made into film and challenged authors. Even if your child does not want to be in a group but likes to read you are welcome to share the book lists for family book chats.
There are many ways we like to read and RRL can provide your child with a style to suit. For example, apart from our favourite traditional books, our libraries provide books on CD, online ebooks, online eaudio books, graphic novels and Storybox where your child can watch and listen to a famous personality read a book. All your child needs is a library membership for a treasure trove of reading opportunities.
Encourage your kids to tell us about their Book Club and they could win a voucher to purchase a round of books for their group. The more people talking about each Book Club the greater chance of WINNING!
If you would like to discuss any service please contact your closest library service.
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
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
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!
Greater Hume Shire Libraries have 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.
Library Members 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
With the launch of Zinio, a digital magazine collection, Library members will now be able to download and read magazines on their PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
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!
Free WiFi now available at the Culcairn Library. Download and time limits apply. See staff for access or contact Library Staff Tel: 6029 8588.
Premier's Reading Challenge
It is time for the Premier's Reading Challenge to kick off for another year. Although your school library administraters the Premier's Reading Challenge, our branch libraries hold many of the titles listed, so we can help you reach your reading target. You can search our Web OPAC at www.rrl.nsw.gov.au
for titles using the keywords Premier's Reading Challenge and the level/subject interest you need.
Some of our branch libraries have a special area dedicated to the Challenge to make selection even easier.
Storytime is suitable for Pre-school Aged Children
Storytime is held on the first Friday of each month from 10am to 11am, except during school holidays.
|Friday 3 February
|Friday 3 March
|Friday 7 April
|Friday 5 May
|Friday 2 June
|Friday 4 August
|Friday 1 September
|Friday 3 November
|Friday 1 December
Please note: Dates may change throughout the year, notification will be given to library patrons.
Explore the world like never before with National Geographic
Members of Riverina Regional Library now have access to the National Geographic Virtual Library. This wonderful digital resource brings together a complete archive of the National Geographic magazine – every page of every issue – along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
Kids are not left out – as part of the National Geographic Virtual Library they will have access to National Geographic Kids which includes the National Geographic Kids magazine, 200 books and 500 downloadable images. Kids will be able to go and discover the world in a way they have never seen it before. They will be able to explore science, nature, culture, archaeology and space in a fun and engaging way.
National Geographic Virtual Library can be found on the Riverina Regional Library website, under the eLibrary tab, and would make fabulous reading on your tablet. Begin today exploring the world and all of its diversity with this great new free resource. rrl.nsw.gov.au/elibrary
Ancestry.com at the Library
Explore the newly acquired Genealogy Database - Ancestry.com at the Henty Library. Ancestry Library Edition provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research.
Ancestry records include convict lists, the NSW 1828 Census, English, Scottish and Welsh Census' and other records dating back before the 1800’s.
Library staff are available to assist if required when searching this database.
Save Power Kits
Residents of the Greater Hume Shire can learn how to save power and money at home by borrowing a Save Power Kit from the Henty or Culcairn Library. The Save Power Kits are part of the NSW Government Save Power program.
The kits are a new and innovative library resource which will help members of the library to understand and measure how they use power in their homes. Best of all they can be borrowed free from your local library. The borrowing period for the Save Power Kits is one week.
Contact staff at the Henty Library to make your reservation to use the Save Power Kit.
Please note all reservations incur a $1.00 charge.
Hear the Words
For people unable to read standard print with ease due to vision impairment, physical disability or a learning disability, or for those who are unable to hold a book, Riverina Regional Library is proud to provide its members with a great new service.
Riverina Regional Library has purchased Plextalk devices - digital talking book players that have been especially designed for the print disabled. The devices are now available to be borrowed from any branch of Riverina Regional Library, including the Henty Library.
Our branch libraries also have a range of audio books that you can borrow and play on the Plextalk devices.
Features of the Plextalk Device
- Supports audio books formatted in DAISY, MP3 and CD books, as well as music CDs
- Supports USB and SD cards
- Text and HTML files can be read and navigated
- Reading speed and tonal quality can be adjusted to suit your listening requirements
- Rechargeable battery or use mains power
- Voice guidance helps you through all the functions
Please contact the Henty Library if you or someone you know could benefit from this initiative.
eAudiobooks now available
Riverina Regional Library is excited to offer to its member’s access to digital books as part of the South-West Zone Digital Library. Members of RRL can browse, borrow and download a digital audiobook through the SWZDL without leaving their living room. Simply visit the RRL website, select from the list of bestselling audiobooks from Bolinda Digital and download to your mp3 compatible device. The eAudiobooks are device neutral, so no matter whether you have an iPod or any other mp3 player, you can download a title.
Kick start your career
Riverina Regional Library has announced a partnership with My Career Match to provide free online career and resume services that will help members discover their perfect career – and write a resume that gets them the job. My Career Match is easy to use and access is available from home, or any branch of the Riverina Regional Library including the Culcairn and Henty Libraries. Fifteen minutes is all it takes to complete the short online survey and based on their answers library members receive a personalised Career Report, Resume Guide and Online Resume Builder. For more information Click Here.
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