Monday, December 29, 2014

School Holiday Parenting Kit

Parenting is a hard job at the best of times. Considering all the extra demands placed on you during the school holidays, you may feel more stressed than usual.

It’s good to have some ideas and information to give you inspiration when the kids say those dreaded words "I'm bored".

Have a look at the attached link for some tips and inspiration from NSW Family and Community Services

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Vote on February Releases

Would you like to help us select items for the library book collection?

We have a selection of books to be released in February from our book supplier for you to vote on. The more votes an item has the more likely it will be purchased. You can only vote for a book once.

To start voting go to the library catalogue - http://library.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/
Click on the text about how the voting system works
Enter your email address, card number and the branch you use the most and start selecting books.
To vote on a book click Vote button that appears under the title of the book

You can vote on as many books as you like.


Voting closes on 13 January 2015.


The next selection will be available to vote on shortly.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Summer Reading Club for Preschoolers, Primary School Students and Teens!

It's not too late to enter our Summer Reading Club for Preschoolers, Primary School Students and Teens!

Win great prizes and journey beyond your wildest imagination with some of your favourite authors.

All reading logs must be handed in before or on 9 January to receive a prize. Anyone who reads 5 books qualifies for a prize pack.

We are running three clubs this year, one for preschoolers, one for primary school students and one for teens.
Please see the webpages for each age group for details.


For 
Preschoolers: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/PreschoolSRC
Primary school students: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/PrimarySRC
Teens: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/TeenRead

If you would like more information please visit www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/library

Monday, December 15, 2014

School Holiday Activities for Primary School students - Bookings open!

Bookings for our School Holiday Activities for Primary School students open today!

Please see the picture below or visit visit our Library Events page for activity days and times and contact details for your local library. 

Bookings for the activities are done online. You can find the list of activities at Arncliffe, Bexley and Bexley North Libraries and Rockdale Town Hall on our Library Events page.

All activities are free but bookings are essential. Art and craft activities can be messy so please wear appropriate clothing. Parental supervision is required.

Bookings necessary on www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/LibraryEvents 
Phone for details: 9562 1821


Monday, December 8, 2014

Rockdale Library Broadband For Seniors Computer Kiosk

Rockdale Library's Broadband For Seniors Kiosk has been relocated to 
Customer Service Centre Foyer
Rockale City Council
2 Bryant Street
Rockdale

These computers a free for use by anyone aged 50 years or older. Please see Customer Service staff about booking to use these computers. The Kiosk is open Monday to Friday 8.30am until 4.30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm

The computer classes are finishing up for 2014, but will return in late January 2015. If you are interested in computer classes for beginners please contact Natalie on 9562 1821.


To find out more information about the Broadband for Seniors initiative visit the NEC website.
If you would like to book in for a class or would like more information please call 9562 1821

Saturday, December 6, 2014

eMagazine of the Month - Mental Floss

Mental Floss magazine is the premier magazine for knowledge junkies. It is perfect for anyone who enjoys quirky humour and mass amounts of trivia. Popular with people of all ages, it's an intelligent read that's guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Mental Floss came in at #4 in Rockdale City Library’s eMagazine top 20 checkouts during November 2014.

Have a look at some of our back issues of Mental Floss, there’s a lot of great reading in http://www.rbdigital.com/rockdale/service/zinio/landing?mag_id=896

Here’s the top 20 titles for November 2014 (in order):

1 Taste.com.au
2 The Australian Women's Weekly
3 donna hay magazine
4 mental_floss
5 Australian Home Beautiful
6 Woman's Day
7 delicious
8 Australian House & Garden
9 Country Style
10 Harper's Bazaar Australia
11 OK! Magazine
12 Super Food Ideas
13 Vogue Australia
14 Family Circle
15 Marie Claire Australia
16 Money Australia
17 SBS Feast
18 Better Homes and Gardens Australia
19 Cosmopolitan Australia
20 Gourmet Traveller

If you haven’t registered for our free eMagazines yet, there’s a step by step video: http://bit.ly/1oRX9Dc or instructions in our eLibrary:http://bit.ly/1u2nCjw

Friday, December 5, 2014

Public Holiday Closures December 2014/January 2015

The libraries at Arncliffe, Bexley, Bexley North and Brighton will close at 1pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 for the Christmas Holidays. 

Bexley North will reopen on:

Saturday 27 December 9am to 5pm
Monday 29 December 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 30 December 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 31 December 9am – 1pm

All other branch libraries will be closed between 25 December 2014 and 1 January 2015. 

All libraries will be closed on 1 January 2014

Usual opening hours will resume on Friday 2 January 2014


Thursday, November 27, 2014

(nearly) Everything at Rockdale Library - 4 December 2014

Join us for (nearly) Everything at Rockdale Library  4pm on 4 December! 
Come along and talk about books, movies, games, the universe 
This is a discussion group for teenagers 13+
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Location: Rockdale City Library, 448 Princes Highway
For more information call 9562 1821


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Summer Reading Club for Preschoolers, Primary School Students and Teens

Welcome to our Summer Reading Club for Preschoolers, Primary School Students and Teens
The club starts on 1 December 2014 and finishes on 9 January 2015. 
Pick up a Reading Log from Monday 1 December at  Arncliffe, Bexley, Bexley North or Brighton Le Sands library. 

Win great prizes and journey beyond your wildest imagination with some of your favourite authors.

All reading logs must be handed in before or on 9 January to receive a prize. Anyone who reads 5 books qualifies for a prize pack.

We are running three clubs this year, one for preschoolers, one for primary school students and one for teens.
Please see the webpages for each age group for details.


For 
Preschoolers: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/PreschoolSRC
Primary school students: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/PrimarySRC
Teens: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/TeenRead

If you would like more information please visit www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/library

Greek/English Storytime at Bexley North Library - 5 December 2014

Η Ωρα του Παραμυθιου
Join us for a Greek/English Storytime at 11am-11:30am on Friday 5 December at

Bexley North Library
24 Shaw Street
Bexley North

All welcome. No bookings necessary.
Phone 9562 1814 for more information.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Local History Collection December 2014 and January 2015


Rockdale City Library's Local History Collection has now moved to the Bexley Community Centre, 405 Bexley Road, Bexley.

During December and January the collection can still be accessed during the week. Please ring 9599 8452 or email kbroderick@rockdale.nsw.gov.au to arrange a suitable time.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Big Storytime Christmas Party Tuesday 9 December 2014

Calling ALL Preschoolers



Join us for the
BIG Storytime Christmas Party 
on 
Tuesday 9 December 2013 at 11am

Rockdale Town Hall
448 Princes Highway
Rockdale













There will be crafts, face painting, music, food and, of course, a special visit from Santa.

This is a free event for preschoolers and their parents and carers.
Bookings are essential at www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/LibraryEvents 
Parents and Carers: Please bring a SMALL present with your child's name attached (from Santa).
For more information, please call 9562 1821.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

1st Wednesday Book Group - 3 December 2014

Join us for the December meeting of the 1st Wednesday Book Group on 
3 December 2014 at 10.30am 
Rockdale Library
448 Princes Highway 

The group will be discussing Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell.

If you have read this book please come along and join in the discussion.
This is the last book group meeting for 2014.
Hope to see you in 2015!

For more information or to join the group please call Natalie on 9562 1821.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sans Souci Knitting Group - 1 December 2014

Come to the next meeting of the Sans Souci Knitting Group
All levels are welcome. 
Please bring your own needles and wool.

When: 1 December 2014
Time: 10.30am - 12 noon
Where: Peter Depena Reserve - In the covered picnic area behind the cafe
Russell Avenue 
DOLLS POINT NSW 2219
This is the last meeting for 2014. Join us again at Sans Souci Library in February 2015.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Rockdale Readers Book Group - 21 November 2014

Join us for the November meeting of the Rockdale Readers Book Group on 
21 November 2014 at 5.30 pm 
Rockdale Library
448 Princes Highway 

The group will be discussing 2 ½ Pillars of Wisdom by Alexander McCall Smith.

Please come along and join in the discussion.

This is the last for 2014 meeting of the Rockdale Readers book group. I hope to see you in 2015.

For more information or to join the group in 2015 please call Natalie on 9562 1821.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rockdale City Library Local History Collection

Rockdale City Library's Local History Collection has moved to the Bexley Community Centre, 405 Bexley Road, Bexley. 
The Local History Room will be open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 3pm, from Tuesday 11th November 2014. 
For more information or enquiries, please contact Kirsten Broderick on 9599 8452.

International Games Day Saturday 15 November 2014

It is International Games Day on Saturday 15 November.
To celebrate we are running a Dungeons & Dragons afternoon.

Rockdale Town Hall
12 noon until 4.45pm.

This is a youth event, limited to teenagers aged 13+.
Places are limited so bookings are essential on www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/libraryevents
For more information check out the information sheet - http://www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/Pages/pdf/DandD.pdf

Monday, November 3, 2014

Vote on December/January Releases - Voting closes 30 November 2014

Would you like to help us select items for the library book collection?

We have a selection of books to be released in December/January from our book supplier for you to vote on. The more votes an item has the more likely it will be purchased. You can only vote for a book once.

To start voting go to the library catalogue - http://library.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/
Click on the text about how the voting system works
Enter your email address, card number and the branch you use the most and start selecting books.
To vote on a book click Vote button that appears under the title of the book

You can vote on as many books as you like.


Voting closes on 30 November 2014.


The next selection will be available to vote on shortly.

Friday, October 31, 2014

1st Friday Reviews - 7 November 2014

Join us on the first Friday of the month for 1st Friday Book Reviews on
7 November 2014 at 5.30pm 
Rockdale Library
448 Princes Highway 

Come to Rockdale Library and join in the discussion about what you have been reading and if you would suggest it to others or not. Any book, whatever you have been delving into over the past month. Share your reading enjoyment with the rest of the group.

It is friendly, fun, entertaining and you can pick up ideas for good books to add to your reading list.  

Look forward to seeing you on the first Friday of the month at Rockdale Library. The next meeting will be on Friday 5 December 2014.
For more information please call Natalie on 9562 1821

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Baby Rhymetime, Toddlertime & Storytime take a break 3 - 7 November

Baby Rhymetime, Toddlertime and Storytime will take a break at Rockdale Library during the week of 3 - 7 November 2014 while the library moves out. They will be back on from Monday 10 November in the 
Rockdale Council Chambers 
1st Floor
Rockdale Town Hall 
448 Princes Hwy, Rockdale.

Rockdale Library's Last Day is Saturday 1 November 2014


Rockdale Library's last day of operation is this Saturday 1 November. When we close at 5pm, we won't reopen until the new library is open in 2016.

While Rockdale Library is closed, many of our branches will have temporarily extended opening hours.
                                                                                               
Temporarily Extended Opening Hours are:
Arncliffe - Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am -1pm  
Bexley - Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am -1pm
Bexley North - Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm , Saturday 9am - 5pm 
Brighton Le Sands - Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am -1pm
Sans Souci library will reopen soon, after major refurbishments.


(nearly) Everything at Rockdale Library - 6 November 2014

Join us for (nearly) Everything at Rockdale Library  4pm on 6 November!
Come along and talk about books, movies, games, the universe 
This is a discussion group for teenagers 13+
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Location: Rockdale City Library, 448 Princes Highway
For more information call 9562 1821


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grandparents' Morning at Bexley Library - Wednesday 12 November

Sunday 26 October is Grandparents Day.

To celebrate the wonderful grandparents in our community, we are inviting grandparents to attend a special Storytime with their pre-school grandchildren at their local library. 

Join us at Bexley Library on 12 November 2014 at 11am for a special storytime to celebrate grandparents.

There will be face painting and a yummy morning tea.
Please see the flyer for dates, times and locations.



Greek/English Storytime at Bexley North Library - 7 November 2014

Η Ωρα του Παραμυθιου
Join us for a Greek/English Storytime at 11am-11:30am on Friday 7 November at

Bexley North Library
24 Shaw Street
Bexley North

All welcome. No bookings necessary.
Phone 9562 1814 for more information

Friday, October 24, 2014

Grandparent Morning at Arncliffe Library - Friday 31 October 2014

Sunday 26 October is Grandparents Day.


To celebrate the wonderful grandparents in our community, we are inviting grandparents to attend a special Storytime with their pre-school grandchildren at their local library. 

Join us at Arncliffe Library on Friday 31 October 2014 at 11am for a special storytime to celebrate grandparents.

There will be face painting and a yummy morning tea.
Please see the flyer for dates, times and locations.




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Author Talk - Jonathan King

Council Presents a Talk By 


Jonathan King introducing
Gallipoli Diaries
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, war historian Jonathan King has gathered together an unequalled series of extracts from letters and diaries, written by hundreds of Anzacs at Gallipoli, accounting for every one of the 240 days of the eight-month campaign — and even identifying the actual days of the week. Reading the men’s own words, including misspellings and mistakes, we share in the soldiers’ experience. 100 years after the 25 April 1915 landing, the Gallipoli story is told day by day using the words of the diggers, drivers, soldiers, and war correspondents at the front-line.
Thursday 20 November 2014
6pm
Council Chambers
1st Floor
Rockale Town Hall
448 Princes Highway
R
ockdale
Free entry with light refreshments provided
Books will be available for sale and signing
Online bookings essential at http://www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/libraryevents 
For more information and phone bookings call 9562 1821
                   

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1st Wednesday Book Group - 5 November 2014

Join us for the November meeting of the 1st Wednesday Book Group on 
5 November 2014 at 10.30am 
Rockdale Library
448 Princes Highway 

The group will be discussing And the Mountain Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

If you have read this book please come along and join in the discussion.
The book for December is Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell.

For more information or to join the group please call Natalie on 9562 1821.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Author Talk - Rob Mundle

Council Presents a Talk By 
Rob Mundle introducing
The First Fleet
Rob Mundle's FIRST FLEET tells the extraordinary story of the eighteenth century convoy of eleven ships that left England on 13 May 1787 for the 'lands beyond the seas'. Hear the story of what happened during the 252 days at sea.
It’s the story of great leadership, remarkable seamanship, bravery and one of the greatest maritime voyages of all time. Despite beliefs to the contrary, all 11 ships completed the passage across some of the world’s most inhospitable oceans, and reached their goal. The loss of life during the near nine months at sea also defied the critics’ dire predictions – fewer than 70 died.
Tuesday 11 November 2014
6pm
Council Chambers
1st Floor
Rockdale Town Hall
448 Princes HighwayRockdale

Free entry with light refreshments provided
Books will be available for sale and signing
Online bookings essential at http://www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/libraryevents 
For more information and phone bookings call 9562 1821
                   

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sans Souci Knitting Group - 3 November 2014

Come to the next meeting of the Sans Souci Knitting Group
All levels are welcome. 
Please bring your own needles and wool.

When: 3 November 2014
Time: 10.30am - 12 noon
Where: Peter Depena Reserve - in the covered picnic area, behind the cafe
Russell Ave
DOLLS POINT NSW 2219

The next meeting will be on Monday 1 December 2014. The December meeting will be the last meeting for 2014.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Arncliffe Library Girls Zone! 30 October 2014

Join us for Arncliffe Library Girls Zone!
Activities for girls aged 12 -18.
30 October 2014

3.30pm - 5pm
Arncliffe Library
11 Firth Street

Bookings necessary on www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/LibraryEvents
Phone for details: 9562 1816


Grandparents Morning at Bexley North Library - Thursday 23 October 2014

Sunday 26 October is Grandparents Day.


To celebrate the wonderful grandparents in our community, we are inviting grandparents to attend a special Storytime with their pre-school grandchildren at their local library. 

Join us at Bexley North Library on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 11am for a special storytime to celebrate grandparents.

There will be face painting and a yummy morning tea.
Please see the flyer for dates, times and locations.