There’s been several weeks of technology changes at the Library recently!
We have the new Library Management System up and running, with new wide screen computers at the circulation desk.
We also have a brand new printer/scanner/copying machine. This machine can scan to and from a USB or thumb drive, and can also send documents to email addresses, as well as printing material from one of the Library public access computers, and copying from your own documents. There’s a small charge for printing, copying and scanning.
Also new in the technology field in the Library is a microfiche/microfilm reader. This new reader links directly to its own dedicated computer and users can crop images, articles or advertisements, refine them, and then send them to the printer. People interested in local history, or pulling up old editions of the
local paper will find it a pleasure to use. Staff are also on hand to help you come to grips with the new technology and assist you to get the best out of it.
The Family History Group meets at the Library on the second Wednesday and the last Friday of each month at 10.30am. If you’d like some help starting your research into family or local history, just come along to the meetings and the members can get you started.
The Library encourages people to recommend titles to add to the collection. If you’ve read a good book, or know of one that would be of interesting, just come along and let the staff know the author and title of the work, and we will do our best to purchase it if it fits into the Library’s selection criteria. If
not, we will endeavour to get the title by borrowing it off another Library that already has it.
New books added to the shelves this week include the talking book, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and for those who prefer to read, there’s Cooking
with Kurma: More great vegetarian dishes by Kurma Dasa, and Two From The Heart - a rare romantic novel from the master of thriller, James Patterson.
See you soon at the Library!
The library’s theme for the month is ‘The Magic of Reading and Books’ so it’s fitting that we have just received a selection of the master of writing, Daphne du Maurier’s, books. Published early in the Twentieth Century, these books are classics of suspense, horror, time travel, and mystery. Titles include, The Loving Spirit, which sweeps across generations of ship builders; The House on the Strand, a tale of time travel; and Jamaica Inn, a novel of mystery and murder.
For those readers who don’t have much spare time, there are three books of ‘suspenseful tales’ just right for a cuppa and cake. The titles are: The doll, The Breaking Point, and The Birds and Other Stories. The Birds, of course, was the basis of the Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film.
In keeping with the theme, the library has been decorated: Professor Dumbledore has come to visit, there’s an enchanted clock, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar has been turned into a bat. In the children’s section, a haunted house is reaching for the sky. There are also cute pine cone and paper cup owls flying around, as well as other magical motifs.
Learn about various festivals in the book of World Festivals, which has details of festivals from around the world, and cook up a Halloween-themed cupcake storm using, Lily Vanilli in A Zombie ate my Cupcake: 25 delicious weird cupcake recipes. The book has simple directions and photos to decorate the cupcakes as hands, ghouls, bones, slime bleeding hearts and other motifs.
Other new books added to the shelves include the latest thriller by Val McDermid - Insidious Intent, and Hello, Goodbye by Australian author Emily Brewin. For the non-fiction readers, Shackled: How a Scientific Expedition to Antarctica became a fight for survival by Chris Turney, ‘as the ghosts of explorers such as Shackleton and Mawson look on, we see the day-to-day tribulations of a ship facing danger and uncertainty’.
See you soon at the Library!
There’s still time to collect a bargain from the Library’s book sale table – ‘new’ books are being added each day, and there are also paperbacks, magazines and talking books on the table and the trolley. Any money raised will go towards buying new titles for the Library.
The Library responds to any requests to obtain material. Just come to the desk with the author and title of the book, and if we don’t have it, we will look at
either purchasing the title or getting it for you via Inter-Library Loan – borrowing it from another Library that already has it. If the Library we borrow it from is a specialist Library, such as a University Library, there’ll be a small charge to cover postage that needs to be paid.
Lots of new books have been added to the Library collection this week and are now available to be borrowed. Among the new titles are, Along Country Roads by bestselling Australian author Mandy Magro; the latest Rizzoli and Isles thriller by Tess Gerritsen; and for lovers of historical fiction Philippa Gregory’s
latest book, The Last Tudor will be a fascinating read. Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series will enjoy Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection
of Outlander Short Stories.
For nonfiction readers, the Library has received recent donations of cooking books: Detox: Four Detox Plans + more than 100 delicious recipes, published by Women’s Weekly; Fresh and Tasty Puddings & Desserts, which contains ’50 exciting recipes’ complete with easy directions and mouth-watering photos; Fresh and Tasty Sushi starts from the basics, with lists of ingredients, techniques of preparations, and even instructions on how to fillet flatfish.
All these books are on the shelves and ready to be borrowed.
See you soon at the Library!