- 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)
by Sarah Drummond
Sarah Drummond lives on the south coast of Western Australia and has completed a PhD in History from the Murdoch University. Both these facts are apparent in her in-depth knowledge of the area and its history.
We often hear stories of the first explorers, the convicts and then the pioneer settlers, but this in-between lawless time of the sealers is not so widely reported. It’s an incredibly bleak, hard life for those free men hunting seals along the Southern oceans of what we now call Western Australia. Laws do not apply; it’s a dog eat dog, take what you want existence, often half starved, abandoned in wild dangerous places, always with an eye out for the dangers and opportunities around. They take indigenous women and children for their own use. The brutality of some of these men is just horrific and the way they trade and abuse these women is confronting.
The author writes with a deep knowledge of this country, the oceans and the wildlife; you can taste the salt air and feel the ocean currents! She has obviously researched this topic and although it’s difficult to read about it, it is a great story to add to our knowledge of Australian history.
This is Sarah’s second novel; her first “Salt Story” is about life as an apprentice fisherwoman, with talk of fishing, feuds, the tricks of the trade, the one that got away and the philosophy of “Salt”, her mentor. It is equally as impressive at capturing a time and a way of life connected to the sea.
Add her to your list of “Favourite Aussie authors”.
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.