- 1 Good Reading Online
- 2 TumbleBookTM Library
- 3 eMagazines now available with your Mareeba Shire Library card
- 4 Free WI-FI Mareeba and Kuranda Libraries
- 5 Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Award Longlist 2017
- 6 beamafilm – streaming your favourite documentaries and indie features
- 7 Lynda Free State Library Database
- 8 Borrowbox
- 9 The Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards -2016 Shortlist
- 10 This Month’s Book Review by Helen (Dimbulah Library)
- 11 Use your Smartphone as your Library Card
- 12 Book Clubs
- 13 Become a Library Volunteer
Good Reading Online
Good Reading is a monthly publication; with book reviews, articles, reading group profiles and interviews with authors.
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Families will love Tumblebooks. They are fun, animated talking picture books that will help teach the job of reading.
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eMagazines now available with your Mareeba Shire Library card
Mareeba Shire Library Service now have a selection of eMagazines for you to enjoy on your Smart phone, iPad or PC.
- Go to the Mareeba Shire Library webpage msc.qld.gov.au/libraries/
- Click on Library Services
- Click on Online Catalogue
- Under eResources click on Zinio eMagazines
- Select Create New Account
- Enter your Library card number (with a C at the end)
- Fill in your details and Create an Account
- You can now stream eMagazines on your computer or download them on your phone or iPad.
Free WI-FI Mareeba and Kuranda Libraries
Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Award Longlist 2017
beamafilm – streaming your favourite documentaries and indie features
Did you know you can now stream films for free with your Mareeba Shire Library card @beamafilm! You can access it here: http://beamafilm.com/library/mareeba/
Lynda Free State Library Database
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards -2016 Shortlist
This Month’s Book Review by Helen (Dimbulah Library)
Our Souls at Night: by Kent Haruf
Blurb: In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbour, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.
This is an exquisite little story about love and growing old gracefully, which is ironic given that the author knew he was dying when he wrote this book. The author sets this against the backdrop of the High Plains of Colorado and the small fictitious town of Holt. It is quite unusual to write a book about day-to-day happiness, but this book does so beautifully, while showing the difference between the decency of some and small-mindedness of others.
This is certainly apparent in this town, which does not profess to be either trendy or up-market. They do “talk” however and Addie and Louis’s situation soon becomes common gossip. I am amazed at the courage it took for Addie to approach Louis and for him, in turn, to respond. They decide not to worry about what anyone thinks and to just enjoy the progression from awkwardness to tenderness, from courtesy to intimacy. The author uses Addie & Louis’ own thoughts on occasion which adds piquancy to the story.
Addie’s grandson joins them, in the throes of his parent’s marital difficulties. This becomes an even more precious time for both Addie & Louis as they help this boy achieve his own happiness. His father arrives though and maybe I’ll give him some allowance for his own unhappiness and his own disappointments, but… seriously, I’d like to string him up!
Someone should have taught him “it’s OK to do what you want as long as it does not hurt anyone else”. However, Addie is then faced with losing what is closest to her. Again, her courage shines through.
If you watch the ABC Book Club, they discussed this story recently.
Apparently, there will be a movie released later this year and I think choosing Robert Redford and Jane Fonda is brilliant casting. Director: Ritesh Batra – watch out for it
Use your Smartphone as your Library Card
Use your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry to check out items from the Library.
You enter your barcode number from your library card and it creates a scan-able barcode we can use at the library in place of your regular library card.
When it comes time to check out, just present the barcode on your Smartphone to the staff at the desk.
- Install the app on your smart phone
- Open the app and select [+] to add a new barcode
- Select “Add plastic card”
- Select “(Other)”
- Type or scan your barcode number in the “Card Number” box
- In the Card Title box, type Mareeba Shire Library
- Select “Save” in the upper right corner
Please remember you are still responsible for your library card and its use.
Treat it like a credit card and report to us any stolen or lost cards as soon as possible, so we can deactivate your card.
Would you like to join or start a Book Club?
Mareeba Shire Libraries will support your Community Book Club by providing you with our book sets. Each pack contains eight (8) copies of the one title, plus other book club material.
The Book Club Program is available to members of Mareeba Shire Council Library Service.
Library membership is FREE and joining is as easy as visiting the nearest branch of Mareeba Shire Council Library with proof of current residential address.
The Loan period for book club kits is six (6) weeks.
If Book Club members have not finished reading their designated book by the end of the loan, they may be able to borrow the same title from the library’s lending collection.
There is no cost to be a book club member. To download a copy of our Book Club brochure click here
Current list of Book Club Titles
To access the current list of Book Club titles click here.
How to reserve a Book club set
For instructions on how to reserve a Book Club set click here.
Tips for a successful Book Club:
- The process of organising and maintaining a book club is both rewarding and challenging. Listed are some quick tips to help with the success of your book club.
- Think about why you want to start a book club. Is it for literary discussion or social interaction? Are you looking for serious literary debate or light-hearted discussion?
- Invite friends to be members and ask them to invite one or two of their friends. Once your group is established you can recruit new members.
- Your group will function more effectively if you have guidelines on how books are selected, expected commitments, who hosts and who leads the discussions.
- Push yourself beyond saying ‘I liked it or I didn’t like it’.
- Trust your opinions, and support them with passages from the book.
- Be willing to read books that aren’t your usual choice
- Do a little research on unfamiliar subjects. Write down your reactions and questions as you read, and bring your notes to meetings.
- Agree that you can disagree about books and try to understand other opinions and viewpoints, especially when you disagree with them.
- Be challenged by the interaction and discussion with fellow book lovers.
- Enjoy yourself!
Book Club Links
To find out more information about Book Clubs click here.
Expressions of Interest
Library members wishing to form or join an existing MSC Book Club can register their interest with MSC by visiting or telephoning their local library.
Become a Library Volunteer
The Mareeba Shire Library Service greatly values the role played by its volunteers, who enhance and extend library services.
We are happy to accept applicants from friendly, responsible community members who enjoy detailed work and support our library service.
Benefits of being a volunteer:
- Being active and involved in the community.
- Sharing your skills and learning something new.
- Meeting people and making new friends.
Library volunteer tasks
Library volunteers assist with routine work performed at branches and the Technical Services Unit, or participate in special projects depending on their skills, interest and the availability of suitable tasks.
Volunteers cannot be utilised in all areas of the library service and will not be used to displace or replace paid staff.
- Some of the tasks that library volunteers undertake:
- Assisting with displays
- Assisting with Local History projects
- Selecting items for Housebound clients
- Delivering library materials to the Housebound
- Assisting with end processing of books and materials
- Material repairs
- Preparing materials for book sales
- Shelf checking
- Preparation for Story reading/telling and related activities
- Tidying/cleaning collection areas
- Assisting with brochure organisation
- Filing, photocopying, and mail outs
- Assisting with preparation for events and activities
How to become a library volunteer
If you would like to become a library volunteer, please contact your local branch to advise them of your interest.