Public Records Office Victoria

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:18

Public Records Office Victoria hold a number of records relating to the Victorian State Government.  Think about how your ancestor interacted with the government and which department that may have created a record. Records date from 1836.

The researcher landing page is a good introduction.

Free online indexes  include passenger lists, wills and probate, education and more.


Scarecrows in the Garden!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 14:44

Check out these exciting new additions to Diamond Valley Library's lovely garden!

The students from Apollo Parkways paid us a visit and created these very impressive scarecrows using an array of recycled materials.

More content for your eReader – Wattpad.

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 12:19

What is Wattpad?
Wattpad is an online community for reading and sharing stories. Users are able to post articles, stories, and poems about anything either online or through the Wattpad app. The content includes work by undiscovered and published writers and all the popular genres are there. Users are able to comment and like stories or join groups associated with the website.

New e-Resource - Learn to Code Your Dreams

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 15:55

Ever wanted to make your own iPhone app? What about your own website or blog? Even if you don't know anything about making apps or websites, Treehouse can teach you the skills you need to code your dreams. Gain the knowledge to make complex Ruby applications then spend some time sharpening your design skills. These are just a sample of the many courses available on Treehouse.

Available FREE to library members through the e-library.

The Winning Writers

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 10:18

So many hopeful authors came to Watsonia Library on Saturday 23 November to find out if they had won the writing competition. We were fortunate to have the judge, Paul Collins, attend to give out the awards and to talk about writing. The biggest advice is that just because you don't win a competition, don't be discouraged. All entrants should be applauded for entering because many writers find it hard to complete stories, so this is good practice.


What’s the Austen Project?

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 14:01

Six bestselling contemporary authors have been asked to rewrite Jane Austen’s novels - Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion and Mansfield Park - adding their own unique take on Jane Austen’s novels. The Austen Project was launched with Joanna Trollope’s reimagining of Sense & Sensibility in October 2013. Trollope’s version, along with Jane Austen’s original is already available to borrow as an eBook from our Overdrive service.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 15:22


Do you like reading Other People’s Books? Do you Have to Know what that person sitting next to you in a train, plane, bus is reading? Do you get strange looks from people as you read over their shoulder?

Help is at hand!


What’s your Red Cross Story?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 13:54

Red Cross is celebrating 100 years in Australia in 2014.  In recognition of this milestone, they are collecting the personal stories of people helping people over the past century, in preparation for a dedicated website to be launched next year.

Australian Red Cross began as the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I. It was formed by Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson, the wife of the Governor-General, who called on the wives of the State governors to form State committees.

Reluctant readers and eBooks.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 16:35

With Christmas just a few weeks away have you thought about purchasing an eReader as a gift for the reluctant readers in your life?

There is some evidence that reluctant readers respond well to eReaders and eBooks.

This article in The Digital Shift summarises the results of a study carried out at the Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Looking for Pringle Family

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:48

Yarra Plenty Regional Library has received an inquiry from a researcher in England trying to locate family of a World War 2 Pilot. Pilot Officer Lawrence James Pringle was a rear gunner who served with 76 Squadron, in Yorkshire, England. He was killed on operations to Kassel 22 October 1943.

His parents were Leslie and Zoe Pringle who lived at 67 Yarra St, Heidelberg, Victoria.