Archive 2020


  • Share your story! Bega Valley Shire Library invites women of the South East to share their story to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 at an evening to live storytelling and music by Golden Guitar nominees The New Graces. Storytellers will present a true and personal story of 10 minutes or less to an audience at Bega Civic Centre on 8 March 2021. Find out more!



  • NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country annually to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Join with us at the Library to recognise and celebrate the First Nations people that have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.  Find out more



  • Join well known Comedian turned activist and presenter of ABC's War on Waste Craig Reucassel  as he discusses his book 'Fight for Planet A', the climate challenge and what we can do when there's no Planet B. Numbers are limited for this free virtual event and bookings are essential
  • We are thrilled to be welcoming you back into the Library for Storytime! Our Storytimes incorporate story telling, rhymes and activity to foster a love of literacy and aid in educational development. They run weekly during school terms. For date and times, click here.
  • Chair Yoga is back at Eden Library! Perfect for older folk or anyone wanting to ease into your day. Join us at Eden Library on the second Thursday of every month for a session led by our multi-talented Cat who is not only a library staff member but also a qualified yoga instructor! Bookings are essential.


  • Writing Workshop - Where there's smoke, stories from the ashes with Katherine Boland: Would you like to write about your experience of the bushfires and share your story with others? Find our more


  • Each year since 1945 the the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries celebrate books, Australian authors and illustrators and the importance of reading. Bega Valley Shire Library have a full week planned with special events, competitions and a curious message to solve. 


  • Book Club Sets: Whether your book club meets in person or online, Bega Valley Shire Library’s new Book Club Sets make it effortless for you to source multiple copies of the same title and to borrow them all in one easy box! Each set includes 6 to 10 copies of the same book as well as printed discussion notes and links to related websites. The sets are free to borrow for six weeks with library membership. 

  • Did you know the world’s biggest library holds more than 170 million items? Join Linda in our latest SToRYTiME as she reads ‘Waiting for the Biblioburro’ by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra and ‘Wild about Books’ by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown.


  • Spring school holidays with the Library! The days are warmer, flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping!  To celebrate the arrival of Spring the Library has put together some Spring themed craft kits to keep your little ones entertained over the holidays.  For the older kids bookings are open for a creative writing workshop with local author Diana Harley for children aged 8-12 years. Find out more!


  • Little ones will enjoy meeting Peppa Pig's granny at Storytime today, plus Anne reads another pig story and show little hands how to make a simple pig of their own! My Granny by Neville Astley and Mark Baker, Pig the Fibber by Aaron Blabey.


  • This fortnight's CHAIR YOGA focuses on arms and shoulders with some great chair based stretches to free up tension!


  • History: What is it good for? The year 2020 has been momentous with bushfires, pandemics and protests. All these events have their origins in the past and history has rarely been so important in the present day. What can the past tell us about current events? What value is history in local communities affected by bushfires? What were communities’ experiences of pandemics past and present? Find out all about it via our History Week Feature. This History week delve into some Bega Valley Shire Library resources that can help you discover your family history, complete your long running research project or get a glimpse into how life used to be in the Bega Valley:

  • View a sneak peek of the Fairfax Photographic Archive! Bega Valley Shire Library recently acquired a collection of photographic prints from the Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Photographic Archive. The photographs date from 1960's to the 1990's documenting special events and everyday life in the Valley.

  • Miaow ... who do you think is giving our Storytime on clever cats today? Well, our very own Cat from Eden library of course! Stanley, The Amazing Knitting Cat by Emily MacKenzie. Papillon, The Very Fluffy Kitty by AN Kang.


  • Its spring and magpies are busy building nests and singing their songs. Did you know that a magpie’s song is one of the most complex in the world. Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle. Why not warble along with our latest SToRYTiME as Willow reads ‘Magpies Gift’ by Rebecca Johnson with photography by Steve Parish. We feature Photographs by : Gilberto Olimpio on Unsplash, Tim Cooper on Unsplash, Vlad Kutepov on Unsplash, Chris Stenger on Unsplash, Caroline Attwood on Unsplash.

  • We also have the latest Chair Yoga Episode from Cat at Eden Library.


  • Adult Learns Week 2020: 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.  Read all about it here


  • The stars are the limit for a little girl who acts out her wish to be an astronaut and the Queen's off to space in our latest SToRYTiME! Join Linda for Storytime with these delightful and hilarious stories plus a special craft for the littlies. ‘Astro girl’ by Ken Wilson-Max' ‘The Queen’s lift-off' by Steve Antony’


  • Little Bang Discovery on Demand: Session 3 Now available. 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. 


  • Science Week SToRYTiME: What is a scientist you may ask? Well basically a scientist is someone who starts with a question and then works out ways to find the answers, this makes kids great scientists! Come join Cat to find out how fish breathe and why sharks don’t sink in our two fascinating science experiments. We will also be learning some cool ocean facts and reading Fairy Science by Ashley Spires.


  • The Sapphire Coast Science Festival is back, but with a different format for 2020. It's a science extravaganza... in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla or wherever you are, from Saturday August 15 to Sunday August 23. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out how local organisations are creating dynamic science engagement activities for the whole community. If you are interested in science, technology, the environment and sustainability – this is the National Science Week program for you.

  • 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 and Session Two, launched to co-incide with National Science Week.... More sessions coming soon.


  • There are lots of stretches you can do while seated and Chair Yoga is a great way for older adults to enjoy the wonderful health benefits of yoga and gentle stretches. Why not give it a go! Chair Episode 7 now online
  • SIGN LANGUAGE STORYTIME WITH DRAGONS!  We're thrilled to present our very first Sign Language Storytime. Steph was great and generously gave her time to sign two stories as Anne read them out loud. We love the PHOOSH sounds and action - kids will too! 


  • Who doesn't love a leaping frog Storytime?! Galumph, galumph. Willow includes lots of Fun Frog Facts in this week's storytime of 'Tree-frog Tangles', written by Rebecca Johnson with stunning photos by Steve Parish. PLUS easy to follow instructions for children to make their very own green frog sitting on a lilypad. 


  • Take time out to catch your breath and engage your body and mind with some stretches and yoga poses - all chair based. In today's episode, Cat offers up a great suggestion... respect how you're feeling right now and allow your body to work with that. Thanks for another wonderful Chair Yoga episodeCat!!


  • Monsters SToRYTiME Who’s scared of monsters? Join Cat from Eden library for some monstrously good times as she reads ‘Monster Be Good’ by Natalie Marshall and ‘The Unscary Book’ by Nick Bland.


  • We may have nowhere to go but that doesn’t mean we can’t get dressed up. Get out your fancy hats and raid your cupboards for our Dressing up Storytime. Join Linda as she reads ‘The Dressing-up Dad’ by Maudie Smith and ‘The Dress-up box’ by Patrick Guest.


  • Cat's latest episode of Chair Yoga will warm you up gently and give you some stretches you can do at home or around the office. Give it a go and let us know what you think of the session - we'd really like to know what works for you or what you'd like more (or less) of.



  • 5 Cool Things Craft Workshop School Holiday Program video now availableAre you ready to get crafty? Join the wonderful Willow from Bermagui Library to create five cool items using a regular plastic milk bottle.


  • Kids in the Kitchen School Holiday Program video now available. Are you ready to get cooking? Join the wonderful Cat from Eden Library to create four delicious healthy and easy recipes. The best part is that you get to eat the results at the end.


  • Tura Marrang Library small meeting room and Bermagui meeting rooms now open for bookings with some restrictions on numbers. Read more.


  • Relax into your spare time with our online book chat featuring local author, Jennifer Severn, talking about her recently published memoir, ‘Long Road To Dry River’ at Bega library. Family dysfunction, life and travels as a follower of Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis...not to mention naked skydiving!!... Jen’s adventures have taken her from Australia to India and Amsterdam before she landed in our midst in Quaama.


  • Join us these School Holidays with online delivery of our Library Winter School Holiday Program. School holiday programs are a valued community service introducing children and their families to a range of library based services and resources.  They include hands-on crafts and also offer technology creations such as digital art and photography and electronic music-making.

  • Friday Chair Yoga is Sunday Chair Yoga this time around after some technical hiccups... oops. But what better way to stretch into your Sunday with Cat and episode 3 of gentle chair-based exercises!


  • Library to re-open on Monday, 15 June 2020!!! with new opening hours and conditions.  Click to find out more

  • TRIAL home-or-hub library delivery service for the duration of the COVID-19 period. Library Link is a temporary service and aims to support the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and isolated people and families in our community who are finding it difficult to physically get to our libraries to borrow items during the COVID-19 period.  We are seeking Expressions of Interest for this trial service, which will deliver library materials to people in their homes or via village-based pick-up points. We know it’s hard for people who are social distancing, especially those who live alone or have health vulnerabilities.  Library Link aims to ensure people can still access the books, magazines, audio books and movies that they enjoy to help them get through this difficult time. Council media release available here


  • Chair Yoga - Join Cat as she takes you through another episode of chair-based stretches to keep you limber.


  • LIBRARY FEES & CHARGES... HAVE YOUR SAY! Now is the time to give your feedback on library fees and charges as well as other Council fees, operational and delivery plans. We have tried to keep fee increases down but some modest increases have been necessary so please have a look, especially if you hire our meeting rooms. Have Your Say before close of business, 18 June 2020.


  • WE ARE ACCEPTING RETURNS - All our libraries are now accepting returned items through the outside returns boxes. Returns boxes are open 24/7. If you are coming to return items and you'd like to pick up some more library items, PLEASE RING FIRST to make an appointment!
    Bega: 6499 2127
    Bermagui: 6499 2411 or 6499 2414
    Tura: 6499 2340
    Eden: 6499 2451

  • Click Call Collect is by appointment only. 


  • National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 20th successful year 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.

    A big shout out to our special guest readers (Mayor Sharon Tapscott, Bega Valley Shire Council General Manager, Leanne Barnes and Communication and Events Manager, Ian Campbell) for braving the feather boa for our National Simultaneous Storytime reading of 'Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas' by Lucinda Gifford! 

  • LIBRARIES OPEN FOR CLICK, CALL AND COLLECT FROM 1 JUNE 2020.  Our libraries will reopen from 1 June for Click, Call and Collect only. Meeting rooms, public toilets, programs and computers will remain unavailable for the time being.

    What is Click, Call and Collect?  Click, Call and Collect is a takeaway service where your library items can be collected by appointment only. You can reserve library items online on our website or call our library staff who can select items for you. The library will contact you when your items are ready for collection. The Click ,Call and Collect service will operate during normal library hours but will be closed on Saturdays.

    Please note under NSW Government guidelines all visitors to the libraries must sign in for contact tracing, this information will only held for 28 days.

    We value the health and safety of our visitors and staff, returned library items will quarantined for 4 days and then sanitised. We ask you to follow all health guidelines by not visiting the libraries if you feel unwell and maintain hand hygiene.

    Please contact us on:

    Bega Library 6499 2127
    Tura Marrang Library 6499 2340
    Eden Library 6499 2451
    Bermagui Library 6499 2411


  • CHAIR YOGA: Stretch through your Friday with some gentle seated activity. Perfect for older folk or anyone wanting to ease into your day, especially if you are isolating. Join us every Friday fortnight for a new episode 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.


  • 21/05/2020 - Raquel from Eden Library has a Sticky Fingers and Sticky Toes storytime for children today! YAY! Plus! Check out her fabulous craft video on how to make a tree frog and an anteater.


  • SONGS AND RHYMES FOR GROWING MINDS - Rhymetime offers a musical mix of nursery rhymes and action songs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers... they'll love it!


  • Biscuit, a muscovy duckling stars in today's DUCKS STORYTIME and undergoes an amazing transformation! 


  • Lovely Willow brings us a nature appreciation STORYTIME today that encourages children to be mindful and to take time to explore the beauty of the world! Stories today: Aroha's Way by Craig Phillips, A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins... and a rock craft.


  • We have a winner!  The Youth Week 1 Minute Film Festival entries have been judged and are now online.  Congratulations to everyone involved.


  • It's a colourful day with COLOURS SToRyTiME. Play mouse hide-and-seek... which coloured house is the mouse hiding behind? PLUS Songs, stories and a bright mobile for kids to make and hang up in their room. Happy Tuesday!!Linda reads: Neon Leon by Jane E Clarke, Britta Teckentrup. A Spot of Bother by Jonathan Emmett, Vanessa Cabban


  • We love Mums and everything they do for us! Mother’s Day is this Sunday 10 May and we have some great home-made gift ideas for you to make for your Mum!

  • THINGS THAT GO! Storytime. Diggers, cars, planes, vehicles that help us build and get us places! Join us this morning at 10.30am for THINGS THAT GO!! Storytime.It’s all go, go, go with stories, songs and a racing car craft! Today Cat reads: Go, Girls, Go, by Frances Gilbert, illustrated by Allison Black and A Bigger Digger by Brett Avison, illustrated by Craig Smith. Video: 12 mins


  • UNICORNS STORYTIME! Grab a cuppa and watch the smiles - small children will love this magical storytime about unicorn with a felt board story, craft and books read aloud! 


  • TODAYS STORYTIME IS ALL ABOUT DOGS. Make a dog puppet and enjoy our stories today, read by Willow. Seadog by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Tom Jellett. The Digging-est Dog by Al Perkins, illustrated by Eric Gurney - this one’s a classic! Craft starts around 15:50 minutes. Enjoy!


  • Little Bang Discovery on Demand - Young children are already great scientists without even knowing it! Now online and on demand, parents and teachers can combine everyday objects and experiences with genuine scientific methods to encourage curious minds and foster STEM learning. SUITABLE FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS AND YEARS K-2. The first video is now available on our website  more to come with four in the series!!


  • In our latest storytime, count along with Cat as she reads 'Sniff-snuff-snap' by Lynley Dodd, 'Stack the Cats' by Susie Grahremani and 'Can you find 12 busy bees?' by Gordon Winch and Patrick Shirvington. Then put numbers into action with a nature-based craft.


  • Anzac Day Storytime - The ANZAC tradition will bring us together even as we keep our distance this year! Share this delightful Anzac Day Storytime with your children or grandchildren, and craft some poppies to display to show your support of our past and current servicemen and women this Anzac Day. #AnzacDayAtHome


  • Ancestry Library Edition is now availabe from home when you login to your library account The link is on the right hand side called Ancestry Library Edition.
  • This is a very special STORYTIME, read by Willow, all about HAPPY TO BE ME!


20 April 2020

  • School holiday craft for the kids: Create a fuzzy little friend, make a few! Linda shows you how in this 10 minute video.

17 April 2020

  • Join our lovely Cat from Eden library as she reads two wonderful Aussie stories via our virtual storytime

16 April 2020

  • Join Willow, meet her special friend Bookworm and make an edible funny face in our newest virtal storytime
  • Take a look at our new #LIBRARYATHOME section.  Lots of links and information to keep body and mind active.

8 April 200

  • Local Film Competition for National Youth Week. Young people in the Bega Valley can put their isolation into good use and win some great prizes for National Youth Week, with the launch of a 1-minute film competition and festival.
  • Bega Valley Shire Council Media Release "Local film competition for National Youth Week 2020"
  • A virtual chat widget has been added to the Library website which will enable vistors to interact directly with library staff.

7 April 2020

  • Yay it's Tuesday! Time for Storytime! We have a new online virtual storytime. Linda has stories, songs and a craft all about bears. 

6 April 2020

3 April 2020

1 April 2020

  • Bega Valley Shire Library now have free access to additional eBooks and eAudio made available via the State Library of NSW.  The new platform, which is called Indyreads, joins our existing BorrowBox and RBDigital services.

31 March 2020

  • Blow me down, the ships becalmed! Never fear, Pirate Anne brings us stories, song, and a crafty parrot to while away the time! 

25 March 2020

  • Our inaugural virtual storytime with Linda from Tura Library. The theme is PETS - join us for stories, songs, craft and special guests Rufti and Coco

20 March 2020

  • It is with great sadness that we advise that the Bega Valley Shire Library is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.  You can read about the Library's response to COVID-19 here. Library staff are currently working from home and are still answering phone calls and emails.