The Readers Haven is maintained by the Readers’ Advisory team at Nowra Library, part of Shoalhaven Libraries, a public library cooperative service situated on the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Nowra Library is a vibrant, busy regional library providing free services to the people of the Shoalhaven (you can find out more about our collection and services below). As part of these services, the library hosts author visits and other events throughout the year.
Our Readers Advisory Team runs a regular book club for our adult fiction readers. Called the 3rd Wednesday Book Club, the group meets (yes, you guessed it) every 3rd Wednesday of each month here at the library. We’re an eclectic little crew, with many and varied reading tastes and styles, which means there are always wonderful discussions on all things bookish. So many great titles and authors are thrown around, so many recomendations and ideas and reviews are shared over biscuits and numerous cups of tea, that we thought we’d start a blog to capture it all and share it online with everyone. We’re not selfish, you see. If we find a good book, we want everyone to know about it. (By all means, feel free to return the favour.)
And why The Readers’ Haven, you may ask? Well, with its myriad beaches and gorgeous coastline, the Shoalhaven is a truly beautiful location. It’s a popular holiday destination and a great place to wind down, relax and set yourself adrift in a good book. A kind of readers haven, if you will.
We’re very excited to start this new blogging venture here at Shoalhaven Libraries, more so because we’re doing it at the beginning of the National Year of Reading, the most exciting year in the history of the known universe. We hope this blog will make it even easier for you to enjoy 2012, a year of celebrating books, talking about books and generally loving books.
More about Nowra Library
Shoalhaven Libraries consists of four branches (Nowra, Sanctuary Point, Milton and Ulladulla) as well as a mobile library service that visits outlying villages. Shoalhaven Libraries is also a member of the South Coast Cooperative, which means that members can also borrow from Kiama and Eurobodalla libraries.
We offer our borrowers:
fiction books (adult, junior, youth)
non-fiction (adult, junior, youth)
large print fiction and non-fiction books,
magazines for all ages
daily local and national newspapers
DVDs and videos for adults and juniors
HSC resources and references resources (in print and online forms).
The library also offers the following activities and services:
– Children’s programs including weekly Storytime and Rhymetime and school holiday activities
– Free access to internet/computers for members and free Wi-fi
– Photocopying and printing (fees apply)
– Fax service (fees apply)
– Interlibrary loans
– Home Library service
– Ask a Librarian- Got a question you can’t answer? Come in and see one of our reference librarians. (You can call or email, too (02) 4429 3705 or firstname.lastname@example.org )
– Local History- Looking for local information or historical records? We hold local resources, as well as providing access to genealogical databases.
– Electronic resources- Search the library’s online databases (some of which you can access from home) for articles, images, maps and much more
Shoalhaven Libraries Nowra
10 Berry Street, Nowra
Phone: (02) 4429 3705
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30- 7pm; Sat 9:30- 3pm.