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The branches of the Upper Hunter Library Network including Aberdeen, Denman, Cassilis, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone will be closed over the holiday season.

Upper Hunter Regional Library branches including Muswellbrook and Denman will be closed from 5pm on Friday, 22nd December to re-open for their regular hours from Tuesday, 2nd January.

Upper Hunter Shire Libraries including Aberdeen, Cassilis, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone branches will be closed from 12noon on Friday, 22nd December to re-open for their regular hours from Tuesday, 2nd January.

Online services including access to our ebooks, downloadable audio and downloadable magazines will all be available during this time and are free to library members.

We would like to wish all of our customers a merry and safe holiday season and we look forward to seeing you all again in the new year! Don't forget to check out what's on at your branch in 2018.

AnchorThe Upper Hunter Shire libraries including Aberdeen, Cassilis, Merriwa, Murrurundi & Scone branches have some fun free events planned for January. These events are open to all children accompanied by an adult.

Aberdeen Branch
For bookings or more information please contact Aberdeen Library on 6540-1303.
Create a butterfly
Tuesday, 9 January @ 10:30AM

Animal craft
Friday, 12 January @ 2:30pm

Music Shakers
Tuesday, 16 January @ 10:30am

Australia Day Craft
Friday, 19 January @ 2:30pm

Bag Puppets
Tuesday, 23 January @ 10:30am

AnchorCassilis Branch
For bookings or more information please contact Cassilis Library 6376-1295.
Make your own place mats
Wednesday, 10 January @ 10:30AM

Scratch Board & Stain Glass Shapes
Wednesday, 17 January @ 10:30AM

Australian & Indigenous Flags
Wednesday, 24 January @ 10:30AM

AnchorMerriwa Branch
For bookings or more information please contact Merriwa Library on 6521-7007.
Nature Mobiles
Tuesday, 9 January @ 11:00am

Super Hero Masks
Tuesday, 16 January @ 11:00am

Wooden Robbins
Tuesday, 23 January @ 11:00am

AnchorMurrurundi Branch
For bookings or more information please contact  Murrurundi Library on 6540-1363.
Cardboard door hangers
Wednesday, 10 January @ 10:30am

Super hero masks
Wednesday, 17 January @ 10:30am

Australia day craft
Wednesday, 24 January @ 10:30am

AnchorScone Branch
For bookings please contact Scone Library on 6540-1183.
Scratch board masks
Monday, 8 January @ 10:30am

Wooden 3D rockets
Wednesday, 10 January @ 11:30am

Storytime
Friday, 12th January @ 10:30am

3D Wooden Boats
Monday, 15 January @ 10:30am

Summer Craft
Wednesday, 17 January @ 11:30am

Storytime
Friday, 19 January @ 10:30am

Australia Day Craft
Monday, 22 January @ 10:30am

Summer Reading Club Party
Wednesday, 24 January @ 11:30am

With Summer just around the corner we have lots of fun things happening at your local library during December and January. We have Christmas crafts, Virtual Reality gaming and our Summer Reading Clubs as well as lots of fun activities planned for January. Read on or contact the library for more information.

Game On! Read and play to supercharge your summer. Lots in-store for everyone like our Library-opoly challenge, all new JD's world of magic show, do-it-yourself sunscreen and more. All events are free.
Registrations for our Summer Reading Club open from 1st December, 2017 and remain open until 19th January, 2018

Badge & Games Making
Friday, 5th January @ 11:30am, Denman
Monday, 15th January 2018 @ 11:30am, Muswellbrook

Pat Collins’ Mini Workshop - Making DIY Sunscreen
Tuesday, 9th January 2018 @ 11:00am, Muswellbrook

Recycled Robot
Thursday, 11th January 2018 @ 10:30am, Muswellbrook
Friday, 12th January @ 10:30am, Denman

3D Virtual Reality Gaming Challenge
Denman & Muswellbrook on Wednesday, 17th January @ 2:30pm

JD’s ‘All New’ World of Magic Show
Friday, 19th January @ 11:00am, Muswellbrook

SRP GAME ON Party
Monday, 22nd January @ 11:30am, Muswellbrook Library
All SRP kids are welcome. Don’t forget to wear your GAME ON t-shirt.

Members of the Upper Hunter Shire Libraries including those who use Aberdeen, Cassilis, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone branches are invited to join the Summer Read Club this summer and read to win! The summer reading club commences 1 December 2017 and ends on 23 January 2018

All children and young people aged 3-17years are eligible to register.

To join the fun:
1. Be or become a member of the library
2. Register your name and library number with library staff
3. Record the books you read in your passport
4. When you have read 10 books, and returned them to the library, you will receive a stamp on your passport
5. Then, find and colour one word on the find-a-word on the display board in the library
6. Choose a prize from the lucky dip
7. Choose more books, and repeat
There are prizes for each branch of the Upper Hunter Shire Libraries to be won.

It's that time again! We invite members of the library to join our Summer Reading Clubs being hosted by the Upper Hunter Regional Library and Upper Hunter Shire Libraries. These programs are free to join and are lots of fun! Click the links below to view information about these programs!

If you are member of the Upper Hunter Library Network aged between 0-18 years you are eligible to join our Summer Reading Club at Muswellbrook and Denman branches.

To register, visit us at Muswellbrook or Denman branch between 1 December 2017 - 22 January 2018, become a library member and receive your summer reading club show bag. This bag is packed full of fun and is all yours to keep!

How it works:
 
1. Join the library and register to be a Summer Reading club member for free.
2. Read books to play library-opoly to complete challenges to make your way arount your game board and earn entries in to our prize draw.
3. Repeat!

Contact the library on 6543-1913 for more information.

We have tons of fun activities planned for January too including craft, JD's magic show, homemade skin care workshops and a party! Visit our Summer What's On page for more information!

Aberdeen Branch
For bookings or more information please contact Aberdeen Library on 6540-1303.

Make your own wind chimes
When: 10.30am, Tuesday 5 December

Christmas tree photo frame craft
When: 10.30am, Tuesday 19 December

Cassilis Branch
For bookings or more information please contact Cassilis Library 6376-1295.

Make your own paper mache star frames
When: 10.30am, Wednesday 6 December

Merriwa Branch
For bookings or more information please contact Merriwa Library on 6521-7007.

Christmas Mobiles
When: 11.00am, Tuesday 5 December – Christmas mobiles

Santa, sleigh and reindeer craft
When: 11.00am, Tuesday 12 December

Build a tree
When: 11.00am, Tuesday 19 December

Murrurundi Branch
For bookings or more information please contact  Murrurundi Library on 6540-1363.

Make your own snow globes
When: 10.30am, Wednesday 6 December

Make your own Christmas cards
When: 10.30am, Wednesday 13 December

Making cork reindeer
When: 10.30am, Wednesday 20 December

Scone Branch
For bookings please contact Scone Library on 6540-1183.

Christmas star craft
When: 10.30am, Friday 1 December

Make a Christmas place mat
When: 10.30am, Friday 8 December

Santa Sleigh
10.30am, Friday 15 December

Making Christmas baskets
When: 10.30am, Friday 22 December

Libraries in the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook shires now offer even more to members, and it’s all still free.

There has been a huge growth in the collection of downloadable audio books and digital magazines available 24/7 at no cost!  It is also easier than ever to access online resources.

Upper Hunter Regional Library Network (which includes Aberdeen, Cassilis, Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone libraries) has joined forces with Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton libraries to increase the digital magazines and downloadable audio books in the collection. 


A large number of magazines can be downloaded free including Women’s Weekly, Belle, Wood, Better Homes and Gardens, Camper Trailer, Country Living, Girlfriend, Golf and Inside Sport to name just a few. 
The audiobook collection, which reads the selected book to you, is equally impressive along with the e-book collection.  Library staff are available to help you set up your registration and explain the exciting world of digital collections which can help people to borrow books and magazines online.


It is also easier than ever to access online resources. There is a new Aurora library management system and library users will experience a much more accessible online member portal with enhanced access to digital resources. The new system will eventually see a significant decrease in costs for the Council.   The system is Australian owned and operated, with data stored within Australia and subject to NSW data protection and Privacy legislation, and is already used by a number of large library systems in NSW and Queensland.


To celebrate this new online system, everyone is invited to come along to Scone Library 10.30am, Thursday 16 November 2017 to find out more about how it works, including one-on-one advice to get connected and online.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the library enhancements were part of Council’s commitment to improving the availability of library resources to residents, while ensuring cost effectiveness of the services.
“I would encourage all residents to become library members – it’s free and easy to do, and the library staff are happy to help you explore the wide range of services available,” he said.

Join the library free online or visit your local library!

The branches of the Upper Hunter Library Network including Aberdeen, Cassilis, Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone are undergoing some exciting changes. From the 30th October we will be using a new library computer system to keep track of loans and library collections. While most of the changes will be behind the scenes, library users will experience a much more accessible online member portal with enhanced access to digital resources. To facilitate this change, our online services portal including the library catalogue and member services will be unavailable between Friday 27th- Sunday 29th October. Member services at each branch will also be limited to loans and returns only.  

Muswellbrook Library will be hosting a launch event for this exciting new product on Thursday, 9th November and invite all interested community members to come along to have a one-on-one with a staff member to show them how it all works.

Come along and have your stories heard by Upper Hunter Youth Council students. Students will record and display the stories of grandparents and older residents in the library.

When: 10.00am to 12.30pm, on Thursday 9 November 2017
Where: Scone Library

A free lunch will be lunch provided. Please RSVP for catering by Monday 6 November, 2017 - 02 6540 1183.

Come along and join in the fun while we celebrate the important role Grandparents hold in our communities! Challenge you Gran & Gramps to a morning and afternoon of gaming and see who the champion is in your family!

Saturday, 28th of October @ Denman - 10:00am-11:30am
Sunday, 29th of October @ Muswellbrook - 2:30am-4:00pm

Games include: pinball machines, board games, computer games, Xbox, PlayStation, coordination games, table tennis, online games and much more!

This is a FREE event so come along and get involved! A great family outing for all! Snacks and refreshments will also be provided!

Fancy yourself as a scone maker? Team up with your grandparents and enter this delicious competition. Great prizes to be won!

When:   Saturday 28th October @ Denman library & Sunday 29th October @ Muswellbrook library.
Who:     Entry is open to all grandchild/grandparent duos or trios. Entrants must be library members—you can join on the day it’s free!
How:     Registering is easy, just give us a call on 6543-1913 or turn up on the day.
Rules:   
1. Six scones must be presented
2. Scones must be home made
3. Include name of the entrants on the plate
4. All entries must be a joint effort

From Sunday, 1st October Upper Hunter Library Network members will have access to even larger collections of downloadable audio books and digital magazines! The best part is this service is FREE and available 24/7!

This will mean some changes for those already using our online RB Digital Audio and RB Digital Magazine services so if this is you please keep reading.

If you would like to get started using these collections, visit our magazine or audio book websites to create an account and get started straight away. You will only need to create one account to access both services!

Click one of our links below to access our downloadable magazines or audio books or click the read more link to find out more information and access our handy how-to guide.

    

Did you know you can suggest ideas for books, audio, music, movies and ebooks for your library to buy? There are a few ways you can do this...

1. Attend a stock buying day - Our next stock buying day is scheduled for Wednesday, 15th November at Muswellbrook branch from 10:30am-1:30pm. Come in and have a look at whats new and help us choose what to buy!

2. Complete a stock suggestion form on our website

3. Make a suggestion for purchase via our ebook site - you will need to log in to your account and search for a title using the search bar. If the book is owned already you can borrow it straight away. If it is not, you will be given the opportunity to suggest the title for purchase.

Contact us at one of our branches for more information or help!

Visit the Muswellbrook and Denman Libraries to help us celebrate Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National  eSmart Week, a week focused on cyber safety, well being and digital inclusion.  The library will have activities available for children all week including a coloring station all about cyber safety and some activity sheets to aid in learning about safe online behaviours.


Cyber safety for older people
Monday, 4th September @ 11am, Muswellbrook Library
Prevent legal problems early:   This presentation outlines common on-line scams, how to identify them and provides ideas about how to avoid being scammed.  It also covers how to report scams to authorities.  It  will be presented by a lawyer from Legal Aid NSW Tamworth office. Places are limited so please book by contacting us on 6543-1913.

Did you know our library is working toward becoming eSmart! Here are some tips on how you can make your next trip the library pleasant for yourself and other library members!

Our full cyber safety guidelines can be found here.

Library members are now able to access our digital audio books and magazines in one easy location! As of today, library members will only need one account to access both audio books and magazines online or via the RB Digital app. The best part is this service is FREE and available 24/7!


Click one of our links below to access our downloadable magazines or audio books or click the read more link to find out more information and access our handy how-to guide.

    

Have you seen our latest Librarian's Choice Newsletter? Visit our Suggested Reads Page to find out what's new and recommended at the library this month!

Members of the community are invited to attend a book selection day to be held at the Muswellbrook Library.

Help us choose adult, teen and junior fiction and non-fiction books to be purchased for the library collection. Items selected will allocated throughout the Upper Hunter Library Network branches including Aberdeen, Cassilis, Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone.

This event will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4:00pm @ Muswellbrook Library.

If you cannot make the session but would still like to make a suggestion, please visit our stock suggestion page.

From Wednesday, 21st September you will notice slight changes to the way you receive overdue notices from us.

Here’s what you need to know...

If you are interested in changing over to eMessaging (Email and SMS), let our staff know. It’s FREE and can be a handy reminder for you.