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You may be restricted to your fence line but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck for some exploration and virtual adventure from home! We’ve pulled together some online journeys, pastimes, learnings and activities to keep you occupied over the coming weeks. If you discover other great resources, let us know and we’ll include them here. #BegaValleyTogether
2023 NSW Women's Week
In celebration of NSW Women's Week and International Women's Day join Indira Naidoo in conversation with ABC South East's Jen Hunt accompanied by music from Bodhi Turner and words from Gabrielle Journey Jones.
ABC Anzac Day Broadcast
Public attendance at Anzac Day dawn services has been cancelled for 2020 but you can still support ANZAC Day while social distancing.
Bega Shire Valley library is committed to providing library services to everyone in our community. The library aims to reduce any barriers to engagement for people with diverse backgrounds, and to promote equity of access to information, activities and resources.
Adult Learners Week
Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated annually with hundreds of events and activities designed to promote the benefits of learning and to highlight the many options available in the home, at work and in the community.
Ali Rodway - Buckajo Flowers
Women in farming of the Bega Valley - Ali Rodway - Buckajo Flowers profile
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to our library. With Ancestry Library Edition, you can unlock the story of you, with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Ancestry Library Edition has unparalleled genealogical coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom which includes census, church, court, and immigration records as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.
Anzac Day 2021
a page which has links of resources to commemorate Anzac Day
Archives Resource Kit
Bega Library is one of the community access points and holds the Archives Resources Kit of State Records NSW. The Kit is a collection of microfilm of the most popular and heavily used colonial records. These records cover such subjects as convict arrivals, assisted immigrants, some births, deaths and marriages, electoral rolls, returns of the colony, land grants and the Colonial Secretary’s papers 1788-1825.
Arts and Culture
Museums, art galleries, theatres and cultural institutions around the world are offering virtual tours, live streams and recorded performances to fulfill your ‘on-demand’ cultural fix.
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Audio Storytelling Workshops
A page with videos of author talks and events
Have some fun while at your local library
Autumn School Holidays
We have plenty of activities to keep you occupied these school holidays!
We run regular Tech Training workshops at all our libraries covering a wide range of technology topics from using a computer for beginners to updating your iPad, from cybersafety and online shopping to setting up an email account. We offer technology drop-in times when you can pop in with your tech problem. We offer one-on-one training thanks to our tech volunteers.
Bega Heritage Walk
Bega World War One - Images of History
an online gallery which depicts the historical images taken from the Bega Images of History Calendar
While donations are welcome, not all donations are accepted. This page lists the criteria for donated books to be accepted.
Imagine BorrowBox as a branch of the library. Once you become a library member, you receive a membership number and password. You can then go online, or download the app on your Apple or Android device. It’s then as simple as logging in with your details, and you can access all the audio and ebook content that the library subscribes to.
Cat is back with RHyMETiME
Join in with fun action songs and nursery rhymes and sing along!! Which song is your favourite? Download the songsheets so you can sing along, The kids on the bus go wiggle, wiggle wiggle!
CBCA Book Week
Celebrate Book Week with us at the library
Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021
Join with us to recognise and celebrate the First Nations people that have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
Chair Yoga @ Eden Library
Stretch through your day with some gentle seated activity. Perfect for older folk or anyone wanting to ease into your day. Led by our multi-talented Cat who is not only to be found at Eden library but is also a qualified yoga instructor! Of course, as with any exercise, check with your doctor first and know your capabilities.
Choice Magazine Online
CHOICE want your voice to be heard loud and clear when it comes to anything consumer-related, from saving money to choosing the best products and services for your family, and they're constantly on the look out for dodgy or misleading practices that might stop you from getting the best deal.
Connecting Through Memory
If you’re a senior person experiencing memory loss (or their carer), then the Connecting Through Memory project is a program for you.
Contact Us and Feedback
This page has information regarding opening times and library locations.
eBooks and eAudio
Fairfax Photographic Archive
A preview of historical images from the Fairfax Photographic Archive Collection
Family Fun Day
Bega Valley Shire Library is celebrating the completion of the courtyard upgrade at Tura Marrang Library
You can use these online resources to discover more about your ancestors. Free access to these resources is available at any of the Shire libraries at Bermagui, Bega, Merimbula or Eden.
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Access journal articles, newspapers, magazines and more through Gale databases.
Games, Craft, Move and Draw
No matter what your age, stimulating your mind and moving your body is key to keeping healthy. Plenty of ideas on this page with online jigsaws, educational games and ways to get all the family moving.
Here 2 Help
a page rich with insight and learnings from the past, there is always something new to discover!
The annual, state-wide celebration of History organised by the History Council of New South Wales.
The HSC Lockdown provides study and research support, free WiFi and computer use, and the chance for students to study in groups, with friends or by themselves within each library, after closing time.
The State Library of NSW has rolled out the indyreads eContent management platform to the NSW public library network. This platform enables public libraries to provide free access to eBooks and eAudio.
Information Request Form
A page showing all the ways you can gain assistance from library staff
The Bega Valley Intergenerational Playroom will bring together the youngest and oldest residents of our Shire, to enjoy each others company in a vibrant, caring and inclusive environment.
International Women's Day 2020
In celebration of International Women's Day 2020, Bega Valley Shire Library created a new event based on a discussion panel, hosted by four local women in farming. If you weren't able to attend, you can watch the full recording below. We hope you enjoy watching and listening to these innovative and inspiring women speak about their experiences and thoughts, the land they farm and the past and future of farming in the Bega Valley.
International Women's Day 2022
Home spun: Bega Valley Shire Library invites women of the South East to share their story to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 at an evening to live storytelling and music. Storytellers will present a true and personal story to an audience at Bega Civic Centre on 10 March 2021.
Join the Library
A page which provides all the information regarding library membership and how to join
Joscelin McMillan - Bega Valley Eggs
chicken, chickens, farming,
Julie Davies - Permaculture food producer and seed saver
Women in farming of the Bega Valley - Julie Davies - Permaculture food producer and seed saver profile
June Tarlinton - Wandellow Farm
Women in farming of the Bega Valley - June Tarlinton - Wandellow Farm profile
Kids Activity Wall @ Tura Library
This page contains all the new information that is added to the website in text format with links through to the relevant pages
Law Week 2022
Law Week NSW is happening 16-22 May 2022, an annual festival that is all about creating greater access to justice for Australians!
Learning and Upskilling
A page to help with your business, your professional development or just out of interest, there’s a range of online courses, training and podcasts to introduce you to new ideas and help you improve your technology and business skills
Legal Information Access Centre
The Library is a Legal Information Access Centre and we have a collection of plain English books about various aspects of Australian law. The collection includes a series on topical issues and a range of free pamphlets.
The one tap reading app for eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks!
Library Fees and Charges
A page listing all the fees and charges associated with using the library
Library Link is a home-or-hub delivery service.
Library Opening Hours & Locations
This page has information regarding opening times and library locations.
Library Services Strategic Plan
The Bega Valley Shire Library Service Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025 will lead the direction of the library services over the next five years. The plan is informed by feedback from library users, our community partners and library staff who know and understand our customer needs well. It is also informed by peer review and research into the library sector, an analysis of our changing demographics and of the performance of the Library Service against other libraries in NSW.
Little Bang Discovery On Demand
Young children are already great scientists without even knowing it! This hands-on program consists of four fun-filled sessions which allow children and their parents/carers to combine everyday objects and experiences with genuine scientific enquiry methods. Here’s Session One… more sessions coming soon.
Loans, Reservations & Renewals
A page providing information about Loans, Reservations & Renewals
Local and Family History
A comprehensive reference collection of resources relating to all past, current and future aspects of the Bega Valley Shire and south east coastal region. All library branches have a local history collection with the main collection held at Bega Library. While the collection is available to everyone, for preservation reasons, it is a reference only collection.
Local Historical Societies
A page with details of local historical and genealogical groups
Love to Read
A page with loads of resources for those who love to read including BOOK CLUB SETS
Meeting Room Hire
Book a meeting room at one of our library branches
If Mother’s day has snuck up on you this year with everything going on, then keep reading. We’ll help you make a unique gift with easy and inexpensive recipes using ingredients from your kitchen pantry. Choose from a Coffee Body Scrub, Foot Scrub, Moisturising Bath Melts, Relaxing Bath Soak, Shower Melts or why not make a few to really impress Mum this year! All you have to do is check the ingredient list, watch the video and follow the instructions.
My Next Read
Looking for your next great read? Would you like a librarian to recommend some books for you? Fill in this form and we will create you a personalised list of reading suggestions.
National Science Week 2020
National Simultaneous Storytime
National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. It is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children's book that explores age appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Grades F to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.
National Volunteer Week 2021
Australia's largest celebration of volunteers, NVW will celebrate the significant contribution of Australia's almost six million volunteers
New Library App
Access Bega Valley Shire Library from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, Android phone or tablet. Manage your account (with built in library card), search the catalogue, renew and reserve books, DVD's and CD's. Discover FREE eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, movies and TV series. Register for events and keep in touch with news and programs, plus much much more.
Would you like to keep up to date with everything that is happening in the Library? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to ensure you don't miss out!
Newspapers & Electoral Roles
This section provides information regarding Newspapers & Electoral Roles
To enrich the community through creative, future focused library services, supporting lifelong learning and strong community connections.........
Performances of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Have some fun while at your local library
Browse our local history collection of photographs
Pom Pom Creature SToRYTiME
Printing in the Library
All you need to know about printing in the Library
Programs & Events
The Library hosts a number of interesting programs throughout the year.
Programs for Children
All the information you need on our children's programs including storytime & rhymetime
An online form to submit a purchase submission/request for a new book
Offering full-colour digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps.
Websites to help you with your family or local history research
School at Home
Support and supplement your child's at-home school learning with the following excellent Australian curriculum focused resources.
Science and the Natural World
There are always new things happening in the natural world, whether it’s green shoots sprouting after a bushfire, whales migrating along our coast or simply a change of season, the possibilities for exploring are endless!
Search the Catalogue
Access to the library online catalogue. Use the catalogue to browse and reserve items.
Services for Seniors
Specialist services for seniors.
Songs and Rhymes for Growing Minds
Find out more about Bega Valley using statistics
Stay Safe Online
The Internet is amazing and can be a lot of fun, but it can also be scary and sometimes dangerous.
Stories, Reading and Literacy
A page which provides educational games, videos and activities to stimulate reading, creative writing and language development.
Summer Reading Challenge
A page providing all the information regarding the summer reading club/program
Sydney Writers Festival
One of Australia’s most loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will live-stream its headline events from Sydney to Tura Marrang Library
Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zarins - Tabandy Farm
Women in farming of the Bega Valley - Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zarins - Tabandy Farm profile
Talking COVID-19 for Parents and Children
COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon so here’s some useful resources for parents/carers, children and teens to help explain Coronavirus, support mental fitness and to keep the conversation going about our new ways of living with social distancing and isolation.
Technology Services & Training
Need to brush up your IT skills - never used a computer before - like to learn how to use a smartphone or stay safe online? Free computer training is available at all libraries, just call your local branch for further information or
Get ready to participate in the digital world with our free tech courses!
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Tools for Learning
A list of library resources to enrich your learning
Wonboyn Border Fire Oral Histories
Words and Music
Words and Music is a free monthly program centred around a common theme or era where participants will discuss related books, films and music – even enjoying performances from local musicians and performers. The program aims to reduce social isolation for older people by providing a place to meet, talk and be entertained. Morning tea is provided, and free transport is available for those who need it.
Youth Week 1 Minute Film Festival
A page to allow registration for the Youth Week 2020 1 Minute Film Festival
Youth Week 1 Minute Film Festival Competition
A page with all the details and winners of the Youth Week 1 Minute Film Festival Competition 2020