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Welcome to the February issue of DigiFeed – your digital newsletter that keeps you abreast of the activities of the Library Service for adults and children, new items and a look at the past of Cumberland Council in all its incarnations.

We hope that you will join in our Library Lovers Day activities on 14 February, no matter which branch you visit – we would ”Love” to see you!

Keep cool in this weather – visit your local library and enjoy the air-conditioning.

Robynne Winley, Acting Manager Library Services

Search for a new title or check out what others are reading! Greystanes Library Book Club
Combined e-resources at your Library Women's Only Arabic Book Club
Water Safety Talk for Preschool Children Toddler Time at your Library
Staff Pick from Pamela, Client Services Coordinator Flashback Feature
Database of the Month Library Lovers' Day


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

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Greystanes Library Book Club

Do you love reading? Want to make new friends in the community? Then join our new Book Club and share your thoughts about the books you read.

At the first meeting, please bring your favourite book to discuss. Meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the month 10:00am - 12:00pm at Greystanes Library.

The first meeting will take place on Thursday 23 February 2017. Please come along and join our discussion.

For more information or to register your interest, contact Greystanes Library 9636 4160.


Combined e-resources at your Library

Did you know that Cumberland Libraries have online e-magazines and e-books? We’ve now joined the Southern Sydney Libraries Zinio e-magazine consortia for Zinio.

This will give you access to over 200 magazines in English and Chinese.

To gain access to this collection you will need to create a Zinio account using your Library card number and email address.

We now also have one Overdrive collection for the whole of Cumberland Libraries. If you are already using Overdrive, your existing loans and holds will still be there.

To gain access to the collection of 5,000 titles in e-books and e-audio you will need a current Library Card and your password.

Please see staff if you have any questions.


Women's Only Arabic Book Club

Are you interested in meeting some friendly people and having a chat about Arabic books and magazines? Our Womens only Arabic book club might be for you!

Held on the first Friday of every month at Auburn Centre For Community, cnr of Macquarie Road and Hutchinson Street from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

The next meeting will be Friday 3 March. All women are welcome. For more information, call Auburn Library 9735 1250.


Water Safety Talk for Preschool Children

Join us for an interactive session of stories, information and fun as we learn about water safety. This free session is presented by Jump Swim School, Guildford.

Merrylands Library Friday 10 February at 10.30am
Wentworthville Library Monday 20 February at 10.30am

No bookings required.

For more information please contact Cumberland Council’s Children's and Young Adults' Library Team on 9735 1399.


Toddler Time at your Library

Toddler Time has started back up for the term and is now running at four Library branches. Sessions run for approximately 30 minutes with the days at each branch below;

Auburn Library – Tuesday 11:00am
Greystanes Library – Friday 11:00am
Merrylands Library – Monday and Friday 11:00am
Wentworthville Library - Tuesday and Friday 11:00am

This is an active session of stories, songs and rhymes perfect for wriggly toddlers aged 1-3 years. Rhymes and songs help babies and young children develop language skills – and have fun!


Staff Pick from Jane, Local Studies Librarian

Questions of Travel by Michele de Kretser

2013 Miles Franklin Award winner Questions of Travel deals with the themes of travel and uprootedness seen through the eyes of the two main characters, Laura, an Australian and Ravi, a Sri Lankan, who eventually meet in Sydney.

Laura escapes to Europe after a difficult childhood and spends a decade working and travelling there before returning home. Ravi lives in Sri Lanka until he’s forced to move to Australia for his own safety following the brutal murders of his wife and child. Life is never the same again for him. De Kretser captures Sydney as it is now in her descriptions of the city and its people. The book also has a great twist at the end.

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


Flashback Feature - The History of Cumberland Libraries

First Annual Report of Auburn Municipal Children’s Free Library

One of the best experiences when conducting research is finding the perfect item to help. The Local Studies team is currently working on the history of Cumberland Libraries, from its many different starts in many different locations all over the new local government area. Finding items that help to understand more than one hundred years of history can be a challenge, but made all the easier when you find a key document.

The Local Studies Collection contains a range of items, including archives of organisations of local significance. One archive is from the Auburn School of Arts, the location of one of the incarnations of the Auburn Library Service, and this report was contained in the archive and will prove invaluable to the research being conducted.

The hand written report is titled “First Annual Report of Auburn Municipal Children’s Free Library” and is dated the 6th July 1950. The report contains the actions of the first year of this manifestation of the Library, as well as names of people central to the running of the Library, lists of donations, item stock and other expenditures that give first-hand insight into the running of the Library.

If you want to know more about the history of the Cumberland Library Service, there will be more articles published in the Digifeed Newsletter and The Cumberland Times blog.


Database of the Month - Tumble Books

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

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.


Library Lovers' Day

Library Lovers' Day is celebrated on 14 February of each year and is the most romantic day of the year for Library Lovers across Australia. This is a chance to show your Love for the Library and share the impact the Library has had on your life.

You can visit any of our eight branches up to and including 14 February for the opportunity to show your Library some love by writing what you love about the Library or writing a recommendation of your favourite book to introduce it to someone else. In return for sharing your Library Love you can pick up a sweet treat from the Library. Follow us on Facebook, twitter or Instagram for more #librarylove.

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