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
Please note that there is a new version of the indyreads browser interface: https://indyreads.libraries.nsw.gov.au/. To view the new interface, it may be necessary to clear your browser cache. The new user guide can be located here: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/public-library-services/services/indyreads. The direct link to the guide is: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/odilo_user_manual_browser.pdf The new interface whilst compatible with the Microsoft Edge browser is no longer compatible with the older Microsoft Explorer browser.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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