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It’s March – a time to celebrate the change of season and think about projects for the cooler months. Check our catalogue for the latest cook books, DIY projects, knitting, quilting and crocheting patterns, gardening ideas or whatever subject takes your fancy, or borrow a new DVD to watch and relax.
The NSW Seniors' Festival will be celebrated from 3 to 12 March. Please check your local branch for the wonderful list of activities taking place for seniors.
Don’t forget all the great free programs we run regularly at all of Cumberland’s eight libraries – ask the friendly staff for details if something is of interest, and we hope to see you and your family there.

Robynne Winley, Acting Manager Library Services

Search for a new title or check out what others are reading! Movie Club at Merrylands Library
Guildford Osteoporosis Awareness: Maintaining Bone Strength Bi-lingual Storytime in Arabic and English
Introduction to Smartphones at Greystanes Library, by Tech Savvy Seniors Seniors Week Pop Up Book Club at Guildford Library
Staff Pick from Pamela, Client Services Coordinator Flashback Feature
Database of the Month Author Talk at Merrylands Library - Lee Holmes

Search for a new title or check out what others are reading!

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Movie Club at Merrylands Library

Are you a movie buff looking to enjoy a cinematic experience and meet some new friends? Merrylands Library Movie Club might be exactly what you’re searching for!

Come along and enjoy the movie Gorillas in the Mist on Thursday 30 March 2:00pm – 4:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at Merrylands Library.

Everyone is welcome and afternoon tea is provided. For bookings please call 9840 9960.

Guildford Osteoporosis Awareness: Maintaining Bone Strength

Free information session presented by Health Promotion Service for Older People.

保持骨骼健康 預防骨質疏鬆

Date (日期)
Wednesday 8 March 2017 (2017年3月8日星期三)
Time (時間)
Place (地點)
Guildford Library 圖書館
294 Railway Terrace, Guildford

For bookings, please call Guildford Library on 9735 1395. 預約請致電 Guildford Library 9735 1395.

Bi-lingual Storytime in Arabic and English

Do you want to expand your child’s Arabic language skills and have some fun? Join us for stories, songs and games in Arabic and English. This is a free session for preschool-aged children.

Regents Park Library
Monday 20 March

Greystanes Library
Tuesday 21 March

No bookings required. For more information please contact Cumberland Council’s Children’s and Young Adults’ Library Team on 9735 1399.

Introduction to Smartphones at Greystanes Library, by Tech Savvy Seniors

Do you need some help navigating your smartphone? Bring your smartphones to the Library and we will teach you some basic functions and features as well as how to download apps and more!

Thursday 16 March
10:00am – 12:00pm

Class sizes are limited to six students so bookings are essential. To book please contact Greystanes Library on 9631 7564.

Seniors Week Pop Up Book Club at Guildford Library

Come to the Library for a free afternoon tea with Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown and Miss Marple. We will chat about some classic detective stories from the creators of the detective genre.

Collect your copies of the stories from Guildford Library now.

Thursday 9 March
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Guildford Library

To book please call Guildford Library on 9735 1395.

Staff Pick from Sarah, Branch Librarian, Guildford

The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll

This book was recommended on ABC Radio’s annual booksellers' forum, just before Christmas, as the perfect gift for your brainiac forty-something aunt who seems to have read everything. And for once they were spot on. The well-loved mayor of a remote European town is besotted with his married secretary. The town is chilly and obscure, but full of memorable characters.

The story takes off and heads in all sorts of unpredictable and slightly magical directions. The tone is whimsical and romantic but the pace is steadily built to a quite gripping and emotional climax. Along the way it is funny, sensuous, charming and life-affirming. I found it a bit reminiscent of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (by Paul Torday) or Life of Pi (by Yann Martel), both of which I would also highly recommend to anyone, whether or not brainiac, forty-something, or an aunt.

Check here to search for the item or ask one of our friendly Library staff for a similar recommendation.

Flashback Feature - Read all about it! Cumberland's Historical Newspapers

The Local Studies sections of Cumberland Library Service have access to a range of historic local newspapers, covering all areas of the Cumberland Local Government Area. Historic newspapers are a wonderful source of local information about the history and development of our various communities and the residents who lived, worked and played here in times gone past.

n the Tony Maston Room, located on Level 3 of Merrylands Library, you will find microfilm copies of more than 19 local newspaper titles, including:
-The Cumberland Mercury, from 1875 to 1895
-The Weekly Advance (a Granville-based newspaper), 1892-1894
-Granville Independent and Parramatta Advertiser, 1900-1901
-The Auburn News and Granville Electorate Gazetteer, 1903-1905
-The Cumberland Times, 1901-1911

The Local History collection at Auburn Library holds microfilm copies of the following local newspapers:
-The Auburn News and Granville Electorate Gazetteer, 1903-1905
-The News, from 1958 to 1975; retitled Auburn News, 1975-1977

Earlier editions of Cumberland’s current local newspapers can also be accessed on microfilm, with The Parramatta Advertiser and the Parramatta-Holroyd Sun also available in the Tony Maston Room at Merrylands; while the Auburn Review is available on microfilm at Auburn Library.

For more information about any of Cumberland Library Service’s historic newspaper collections or Trove, please contact the Local Studies team at Merrylands on 9840 9789 or Auburn on 9735 1250.

Database of the Month - Trove

Some more of Cumberland’s local newspapers are available online from the National Library of Australia’s Trove Digitised newspapers and more website
The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate, from 1888 to 1950; retitled The Cumberland Argus, 1960-1962
- The Cumberland Free Press, 1895-1897
- The Biz (a Fairfield-based paper, with coverage of Holroyd, Granville and some Auburn news), from 1928 to 1972
- The Broadcaster (based in Merrylands, and surrounding suburbs), from 1935 to 1978

Using Trove, you will be able to search these titles for free at the Public Computer Centres at any of our eight branches, or use your own devices with the library’s free wi-fi connection. You can even use this site from the comfort of your home. With access to nearly 1,240 titles across every State and Territory, it is worth searching titles beyond our area - you would be surprised where some of our local news was reported!

Cumberland Library Service has over 40 databases that relate to all kinds of different subjects, pastimes or hobbies you might be interested in. All of these databases can be accessed for free through the online resources and databases links on our websites.

Author Talk at Merrylands Library - Lee Holmes

Mark the date in your calendar now for Thursday 6 April when Lee Holmes talks about her new book, Fast Your Way to Wellness. A simple, supportive and sustainable approach to intermittent fasting (IF), featuring balanced meals that use nutritious unrefined wholefoods to boost energy..

This is a free event and refreshments will be served but bookings are essential so call 9840 9960 or see here to make a booking today!

Thursday, 6 April 6:30pm, Merrylands Library.

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