Wikipedia turns 15

January 21, 2016

Can you believe that Wikipedia has just celebrated its 15th birthday? This crowd-sourced encyclopedia is now the seventh most-visited site on the planet!

Wikipedia is now not just a resource for students and casual readers – everyone uses it at some time and generally trusts it. The number of articles continues to grow rapidly, just recently surpassing 5 million on the English-language site alone.

I use it every day for all sorts of things – to see what other films an actor has been in; find the name of the first person to win the Edinburgh Comedy Festival award (Cambridge Footlights); learn the proper name for drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle); check when Kashmir was released by Led Zeppelin (1975, on their sixth album ‘Physical Graffiti’); see what an aye-aye looks like (weird primate from Madagascar) – anything and everything that my mind thinks of…

But, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in Wikipedia, have a chat with us at the library, give us a call, or use our online ‘Ask a Librarian’ service and we’ll point you in the right direction.


“Wild aye aye” by nomis-simon – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons –

Chill out at the libraries

December 22, 2015

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Escape the summer heat at the libraries. Don’t swelter at home!

Our libraries are a great place to relax in comfort. Use our computers and free Wi-Fi, sit back and read a book, newspaper or magazine, join in a craft group, play a game of chess, bring the kids to storytime, meet new people in your community, and just chill…

We are taking a short break on the public holidays but will still be open during the festive period. Check out the holiday hours here

Even when we’re closed, you can see what’s sizzling in our e-book collections and digital magazines – free and ready 24/7!

Spooktacular fun!

October 30, 2015

HalloweengirlWe are getting the libraries ready for spooks, elves and goblins! Come dressed for trick or treat and hear spooky stories, creepy songs and rhymes at our Halloween spooky stories.

Saturday 31 October
11am Elsternwick Library
2pm Bentleigh, Carnegie and Caulfield Libraries

Collect a Halloween craft bag at the StoryTimes. Every child who visits the library on the day will receive a lolly treat bag.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Rowling%20and%20Robotham“Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” is usually reserved for the sporting fields. But it’s a fitting way to celebrate our latest winning  author, Michael Robotham, who beat the giants of crime fiction writing for the best crime novel of the year with his book “Life or Death.”

The Gold Dagger Award is given annually by the British Crime Writers’ Association for the best crime novel of the year. The Daggers, which were first presented in 1955, and the Edgars in the US are the world’s top crime-writing awards. Past winners include John Le Carre, Eric Ambler, Ruth Rendell, Ross Macdonald, Sara Paretsky, Ian Rankin and Martin Cruz Smith.

Knocking out Stephen King’s “Mr Mercedes” and other shortlisted authors such as James Carlos Blake (“The Rules of Wolfe”), Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling (“The Silkworm”), Sam Hawken (“Missing”), and Attica Locke (“Pleasantville”), Robotham is only the second Australian to win the award after Peter Temple in 2007 (“The Broken Shore”).

Robotham’s 10th novel, “Life or Death”, was inspired by a cutting from The Sydney Morning Herald in 1995 about a double murderer, Tony Lonigan, who escaped from jail the day before he was due to be released. In Robotham’s novel, Audie Palmer absconds the day before his 10 year stint in a Texas jail is due to end.

Robotham said of the award, “For all the fact that it’s lovely to have commercial success, to sell lots of books, to be able to be a full-time writer, something like the Dagger makes you feel you have the respect of your peers and you are part of a long tradition of very fine writers.”

Check out the winning and shortlisted books and other great crime books at the libraries and from our range of more than 6,000 e-books ready to download anywhere, anytime.

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3 easy steps to e-books

September 11, 2015

Reading e-books is even easier with the new Axis 360 app!

Now iOS, Android and Windows desktop users can find, check out and read e-books or listen to digital audiobooks all in one app.

It’s just three easy steps –

  1. Enter your library card number
  2. Browse our e-book collection
  3. Check out and read or listen instantly.

Go to our website and get started!


Headlines like “US bookshop offering refunds for Go Set a Watchman” are at odds with its ranking as an international No 1 go-set-a-watchmanbestseller.

The US independent bookshop is offering refunds to its Go Set a Watchman customers, claiming that the work should be viewed as an “academic insight” into Harper Lee’s development as an author, rather than as a “nice summer novel”.

So, suffice it to say this book has received a mixed reaction.

The New York Times called it “a lumpy tale about a young woman’s grief over her discovery of her father’s bigoted views”.  This view has some parents regretting the choice of Atticus for their son’s name.

Others like novelist Ursula Le Guin defend the book saying it “asks some of the hard questions To Kill a Mockingbird evades”.

The novel, which features an adult Scout, was written by Harper Lee in the 1950s but was set aside when her editor advised her to focus on its flashbacks to childhood, which then went on to become To Kill a Mockingbird.

o-LEE-570Are Harper Lee readers who demand refunds expecting far too much from Go Set a Watchman?

You can answer this question yourself by picking up a copy at the libraries amongst the great selection of top bestsellers.

The Cover 2 Cover book club at Carnegie Library on 23 September from 7pm – 8pm and at Elsternwick Library on 13 November from 11am – 12pm will also be discussing this book if you would like to join in.

  1. Thousands of books are virtually at your fingertips. Imagine it! You can find a book whenever you feel like it.
  2. Save money instead of buying e-books yourself. Why buy when you can borrow?
  3. You don’t have to pack 10 or so books when you travel. You can take a choice of good reads with you and still keep your bags light.
  4. Zoom in and change text sizes. Sometimes the print in those old paperbacks is just too small to read easily, so being able to change the font size is a big help.
  5. Admit it, your wrists hurt when you hold a book open for hours on end. E-books stay open by themselves while you nurse your wrists back to health.

Books flying into tabletAnd if you don’t have your own device to read e-books, you can borrow a Kobo e-reader from the libraries. Too easy!


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