NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries – Winner- Shoalhaven Libraries

The NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries is a yearly event which celebrates libraries and the range of services, programs and events that they provide for their communities.

Winning libraries (there are various categories) were announced last Friday at the National Year of Reading legacy event held at Blacktown Library.


… (drum roll, please)…

… we were one of them!!!!!!

Robin, Noela and Jessica receiving the award last month with Cr Win Gaffney, Chair of the Public Libraries NSW Metropolitan.

Our ‘Branching Out’ program took the cake for the NSW Public Libraries Marketing Award for Services (to see winners of other the other categories, scroll to the bottom of this post).

The Branching Out program was created and coordinated by our fantastic Outreach Services (Programs and Events) Manager,  Robin. Needless to say, we are ridiculously proud of her.

Here’s a run-down of the program in Robin’s words:

Robin at Oolong House.

Robin at Oolong House.

“[Branching Out] was aimed at reaching out to those in and around the areas of the Shoalhaven who for one reason or another have become disconnected with libraries and/or reading.It was envisaged that the program would identify particular groups and organisations and then deliver tailored library sessions to encourage reading as a common practice and a beneficial past-time.

We hoped these sessions would have a positive impact  on the participants and perhaps change their attitiude towards the written word. The ideal outcome was that the experience would improve their understanding of the importance and value of reading and the enrichment it can bring to life.

Jessica at Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Jessica at Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Jessica with 10 Minutes a Day reading kits at Shoalhaven Hospital.

Jessica with 10 Minutes a Day reading kits at Shoalhaven Hospital.

The sessions included readers’ theatre, library tours, information sessions, baby reading kits for hospitals and special author talks  and storytelling. The National Year of Reading was a focus throughout these sessions.The groups that were identified in the Shoalhaven included babies, youth, those with a non-English speaking background, the elderly, the disabled and those at risk in our community eg. drug addicts, prisoners and their families, teenage mums, and other marginalised people in the Shoalhaven. Of particular interest was the South Coast Correctional Centre.”

Robin and Shoalhaven National Year of Reading Ambassador Dr Michael Davey visited the South Coast Correctional Centre and spoke about the importance of reading and how it can have positive impacts on life.

Shoalhaven Library staff perform Readers Theatre

Shoalhaven Library staff perform Readers Theatre at the Autistic Unit at North Nowra Primary School

25 maximum security inmates heard Michael’s story of resilience that is now a bestselling book ‘Journey of Hope.’ The group were engaged dyuring the session and talked about thier own experiences.

The year-long program was a great success.  A wide range of people not traditionally part of our reading and learning landscape were introduced to Shoalhaven Libraries and our services throughout the year. Consequently, we built connections with groups who can now feel confident to contact us for assistance and information.”

Derrilyn and Debbie read to residents at Greenwell Gardens Nursing Home.

Derrilyn and Debbie read to residents at Greenwell Gardens Nursing Home.

The full list of 2012 NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries winners are:

Shoalhaven Libraries for
Branching Out
Sponsored by NSW Metropolitan Public Libraries Association

Walcha Library for
Local History Road Show
Sponsored by Public Libraries NSW

Parkes Shire Library for
Sponsored by Southern Scene

Griffith City Library for National Year of Reading Launch and Calendar of Events
Sponsored by Library AV and Large Print

Manildra Library for Manildra Memories
Sponsored by Bolinda

Narrabri Library for Fractured Fairytales
Sponsored by Raeco

Central West Libraries for 24 Hour Read
Sponsored by ALS

Parramatta City Library Service for National Year of Reading Program of Events
Sponsored by ALS

Auburn Library for Art of Reading Bookmark Project
Sponsored by Wavesound

Tumut Library for Lunchtime Poets
Sponsored by Roger Henshaw Consultancy Services

Holroyd City Council Library Service for 21st Birthday Celebrations
Sponsored by the State Library of NSW


Springtime at Ulladulla Library

Welcome back to Ulladulla Library.  Mid -September is here already and its  time to think about what to do during creative October Spring days.NYRlogo

  We are celebrating 10 days of Artistic bliss in the Milton-Ulladulla region with Escape
ARTfest from 28th September to 7th October.


Ulladulla Library is linking the ARTfest to National Year of Reading by hosting a paper-based workshop, “Into the Woods” with artist Jan Kierzkowski.

The two hour session from 2-4pm, Saturday, October 6 will be an exploration of paper, colour and creative expression.2005_0401jannn0122

Participants will create a mixed-media Tree of Words wall hanging and a Wise owl notebook.  Cost is $8 per person and ages 6 years to Adult are welcome.

Bookings to Library on 44448820

Home Education week is October 22-26

The local region has an active group of Families involved in Home Education.

The President of Shoalhaven Home Education is a staff member so we will have a promotion of the new resources available through the Library catalogue.

We will have a get-together at Ulladulla Library at 11.00am on Tuesday, 23rd October so that those interested can see what is available to assist them in educating their children.

It will be an informal cuppa and chat, so come along and see what we have to help you.


E-books are the buzz at the Library! Recently Milton Library had the first E-book tutorial

with a small group of  enthusiastic novices. The success of the morning has prompted further  tutorials which will be held at Ulladulla Library on a Saturday afternoon in the near future…keep an eye on the blog…

We all love Lego! November will see the Brick Fest at Shoalhaven Anglican School where local children and families will have the chance to see the wonderful models that are often only built and displayed in retail stores in Capital cities for Christmas holidays.

Creators of the models  will be there to answer questions and a Lego building area will be set up for your own creations.

Check out the website at www.sas.nsw.edu.au for competition details for school age children.

10-4 on Saturday and Sunday 17-18 November; $10 per family $4 individuals

Greetings from Ulladulla Library

Welcome to this special post from Ulladulla Library Staff and thank you for inviting us to join your blog.

It is now spring and Grow, the National Year of Reading theme for September, is appropriate for this time of year when there is so much new growth.  At Ulladulla Library the monthly display is featuring books on gardening and the display is constantly being refilled with books on organic life, pest control and plant identification.

The idea of growing is continued with the permanent images of a child reading under a tree over the junior section and also a tree over the local history section encouraging people to “climb your family tree”.

Another area where the staff see growth is the children who regularly attend the library with today being a preschool story-time, where “Feathers for Phoebe” (the book from last year’s National Simultaneous Storytime) is going to be read.

Chess Club had their party last Thursday, and long-time players have been growing in skill with new members joining and learning from those who have been here longer.

As readers, we grow from that first picture book through to classic literature such as Charles Dickens or Jane Austen, or reading biographies.

The recent “Get Reading” campaign was taken up with enthusiasm. Booklets about the 50 Books you must read were flying off the shelf, offering readers a chance to grow the selection of authors they enjoy.

And that’s an invitation to make a reservation: May is Escape on a Musical Note

This month’s National Year of Reading theme is Escape. Here at Nowra Library, we think one of the best ways to escape the daily grind is music. That’s why, for the entire month of May, we’re focusing on books about music (and we’re not talking about your old piano books).

Whether it be about Mozart’s love life, a WWII captain’s precious mandolin or the trials of an ageing punk rocker, you can find plenty of musical fiction here at the library to strike a chord with you.  Of course, you might choose to celebrate our musical month by reading the biography or memoir of a famous composer or musician. Ever wondered why the Beatles really broke up (was it really Yoko’s fault?)  or why Keith Richards and Mick Jagger fell out? Is it really true that none of the members of Fleetwood Mac were speaking to each other in any way unrelated to the music when they wrote Rumours, one of the most successful albums of all time? Now might be a great time to find out.

Roll up for the magical mystery (musical) tour this month at Nowra Library! (Yes, that’s an invitation to make a reservation.)

 Musical Reads @ Nowra Library

Mozart’s Ghost by Julia Cameron
Mozart’s Sister by Rita Charbonnier
Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louise De Bernieres
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Rough Music by Patrick Gale
That’s Why I Wrote This Song by Susannee Gervay
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux 
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett 
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
The Devil’s Music by Jane Rusbridge
An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
The Music Makers by E. V. Thompson
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
Bumping into Geniuses: My life Inside the Rock’n’Roll Business by Danny Goldberg
Fleetwood Mac: The Definitive History by Mike Evans
Mick & Keith by Chris Salewicz
Madonna by Andrew Morton
John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me: The Real Beatles Story by Tony Barrow
How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly
Hard Road: the Life and Times of Stevie Wright by Glenn Goldsmith

Staff pick: ‘Life’ by Keith Richards

Inspired by the National Year of Reading, and looking to escape “on a musical note”, I picked up a copy of  “Life” By Keith Richards with James Fox.  Talk about entertaining!  A fabulous read with the bonus of re-discovering the 60’s all over again. Having been a big fan of The Beatles back then, (and yes, I saw them in concert in Sydney in 1964!), it was an eye-opener to read about the birth of the Stones, who were definitely an antidote to the clean cut “Fab Four”.  Keith was instrumental (pardon the pun) in bringing the Stones together and developing their musical style, inspired by their heroes  of the time, who were playing raw blues and rock ‘n roll. Although Keith’s wild side is there warts and all, his knowledge, passion  and dedication to his music is a revelation … a real page-turner! – Kristin

The National Year of Reading: January was Amazing Reads, February is Laugh

In case you hadn’t heard, 2012 is the National Year of Reading. The Love2Read theme for January was Amazing Reads, and the theme for February is Laugh.

There really is nothing better than having a good giggle, and this February we look forward to sharing some amusing, quirky and downright hilarious reads. What’s your giggle type? Parody, satire or romantic comedy? Or maybe you like to walk on the dark side of funny with some black comedy. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find something at Shoalhaven libraries to make you smile.

Let’s laugh this February : )

Kids lauging and reading

The remaining love2read themes for the year are…

March- Think
April- Feel
May- Escape
June- Dream
August- Question
September- Grow
October- Explore
November- Cry
December- Love2Read

Don’t forget the live Twitter discussions each month of 2012.  The next one is Laugh on February 28th at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.  Make sure you tag your tweets with #NYR12 as you go, so everyone else in the discussion can see you. Have fun!!