Inverell Shire Public Library has been awarded $10,000 from Telstra’s Everyone Connected program to help young people better access technology.
The "Linking up, Linking in, Linking together" project is a joint program to be delivered by the Inverell Library, the Linking Together Centre and BEST Employment. The grant funding will enable the Library to purchase 12 tablet PC’s, and a range of applications designed to support literacy, numeracy and learning activities. The tablets will be utilised by both the Library and the Linking Together Centre to provide a range of program opportunities.
Existing programs such as Homework Help and Youth group at the Linking Together Centre will benefit from improved access to the Internet and innovative technology, and a range of new programs will be developed by the Library. Additionally, BEST Employment will provide job skills programs to young people at both locations, utilising the new devices to reach out to those in need, and improve their digital literacy skills.
Positive outcomes of the project will include improved traditional and digital literacy, increased confidence in using new technologies, and flow-on effects on educational and employment attainment. The support of the Telstra Foundation, and of Telstra staff who will volunteer time to train program leaders in using the technology, will enable the Library, Linking Together Centre and BEST Employment to reach a large number of young people in the Inverell area.
The Library is delighted to have received this grant funding, and is looking forward to working with its project partners to deliver a range of innovative programs to the community.
Explore e-books at the Inverell Library
The Inverell Library is launching an exciting new service to enable customers to experience e-books and e-book readers. The library has ten Kindles for loan, each pre-loaded with 20 books on a particular theme. The Kindle Touch is a lightweight, compact, easy to-use e-book reader, which can hold numerous e-books. Each Kindle contains a selection of recent titles, with themes including Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Australian Fiction, Non-Fiction, Action and Science Fiction.
Many people are curious about e-books, but are unsure about how to use the technology, or if it will suit them. This new service allows library patrons to try out a new technology, and a new way of reading, without the need to purchase the technology themselves. The Inverell Library is constantly seeking to expand services to patrons, and to facilitate access to technology for the wider community. The new Kindles are the first stage of the Library’s introduction of e-book services to the community.
Library members interested in finding out more about the new service should contact the library on (02) 67288130.
FREE New E-Audiobook Service at Inverell Library
Digital audiobooks are now available to library members through a new service called OneClickDigital. The service is being offered as a joint project by the Inverell, Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes and Tenterfield Libaries. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Library borrowers can download bestsellers from Stieg Larsson, Jeffery Deaver and Dan Brown amongst many other titles to play on their MP3 Player, iPod or computer. Membership is free to library card holders, and creating an account only takes a moment. The download process is made easy by the various apps available for mobile devices, and a download manager for PC’s.
As each title has unlimited availability, Library borrowers can all download the latest bestsellers at the same time; meaning waiting lists are a thing of the past. There are over 600 titles in the OneClickDigital Collection with something for all tastes and ages, plus new titles will be added each month. And because the simple download process is friendly for listeners of all ages, every library borrower can enjoy the new format. For more information about the range of OneClickDigital titles available through Inverell Library please contact 67288130 or visit http://northerntablelands.oneclickdigital.eu
LITERACY PLANET - A WHOLE WORLD OF LITERACY
Inverell Shire Public Library members now have exclusive access to Literacy Planet, an on-line literacy based program for children in the K-6 age range. Membership is free using your Inverell Shire Library Card, and can be accessed from any internet enabled computer. Join at http://www.literacyplanet.com/libraries.html
Introduce your baby to books, finger rhymes, bouncing rhymes and music. Take home a book of rhymes and activities you can use with your baby. Bookings are not required.
Storytime – for 2 to 5 year olds with their carers:
11.15am – 11.45am Thursdays
Bring your children to the library for a session of stories and a simple craft. Themes change weekly. Bookings are not required.
For 5-18 year olds:
The Inverell Shire Library will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the school holidays for kids of all ages. Most of these activities have a limited number of places - making a booking early will help guarantee you a spot. Finishing times for these sessions are approximate. If you wish to book or would like more information on any of the sessions, please phone the Library on 67288130.
Please be advised that food & beverages will be supplied by the Library at some of the holiday sessions. Library staff are unable to monitor what every child eats. Children with significant allergies or food intolerances who book in for these sessions should be supervised by a parent or guardian. If the child is old enough to know what foods to avoid on their own the library officer should still be advised of the issue to assist in preventing any allergy-related problems.
Supervision of 6-17 year olds
Activities that require materials to be purchased by the library will incur a charge. The charge will be minimal and implemented on a cost recovery basis.