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.

Get Ready for Some Twisted Travel Over Summer

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 17:30

Got your Summer reads all mapped out? Book yourself into YRead and be in the running to win a GoPro or iPad mini. Just sign up online here from Sunday 1 December and tell us what you’re reading – the more you read, the more chance you’ll win. Ages 13–18. 

Climb Aboard This Year's Summer Reading Club

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 15:17

HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL. Come on an exciting journey over the Summer break. Children aged 3–12 can join up and read books for a chance to win an Apple iPad and other great prizes. Sign up at any Yarra Plenty Regional Library branch or online here from Sunday 1 December 2013, grab a passport and reading kit and get reading.

Flinders Street Railway Station

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 15:47

Jenny Davies was a guest speaker for the Heidelberg Historical Society's speakers program in 2013.  Her topic was Our Station: Flinders Street includng the diversity of the tenants of Flinders Street Station and their histories.  


Doctor Who eAudiobooks!

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:31

Fans! Whovians! As excitement builds for the screening of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special “Day of the Doctor” it’s worth remembering that there are a number of audio books available to download from our Overdrive service.

Help With Cybersafety Plans By Doing This Survey

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:18

This survey asks you questions about your technology use to better understand the library community’s digital experiences and help shape services for the future. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is facilitated by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Data will be gathered anonymously to help inform their cybersafety programs.