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  • MERRIWA LIBRARY: 2.00pm, Thursday 12 April
  • MURRURUNDI LIBRARY: 10.00am, Friday 13 April

Aberdeen Library is trialing new hours for 2 months from 5th of February

A newstorytime program is set for babies and preschool children for this year. The purpose of introducing this new look is to encourage the love of language and literature in all its forms.Children listen to, observe and imitate the books and activities we share, thus building reading readiness as they grow. Our goal is to create a positive interaction with books for the parents/primary caregivers and the child to experience together.

So, join us for this exciting new look of story time at Muswellbrook and Denman Libraries.

The Denman Library is constantly seeking new ways of improving their service to the Denman and surrounding communities.  In response to the use of the Denman Library on Saturday mornings, there will be a two month trial period from Saturday 17 February, 2018 where the Library opens at 10am and closes at 1pm.  This change represents the same hours of operation.

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.
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

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.

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.

Do you know someone over 55 who wants to get started using computers but isn't sure how? We will be running a Tech Savvy Seniors Program during September and October at the Muswellbrook Library. The September sessions are completely booked however limited places are available in October. These workshops run over two weeks and include four sessions. Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions in their group.

Topics covered include Introduction to computers, introduction to the internet, introduction to email and introduction to shopping and banking online. There will also be an optional tablet workshop after the program.

For bookings or more information please call the library on 6543-1913. All computers and training materials are provided. This is a free program funded by the NSW Government, Telstra, State Library NSW and Upper Hunter Regional Library.

The Upper Hunter Regional Library Invites you to Hop Up! Wriggle Over! to the library during book week 2016 for some fun activities. This year the theme is Australia! Story Country. The Children's Book Council of Australia bringing children and books together celebrating Children's Book Week. Come dressed as your favourite character from a book and join us for stories about Australia. Enjoy some craft activities and meet new friends.

We will be hosting four sessions and would love to see you come along. Book week titles will be available to loan following book week.

When: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 9:30am, 10:30am & 11:00am @ Muswellbrook Branch and 11:30am at Denman Branch.
These sessions will run for 40 minutes and include a reading of the book by Elizabeth Honey, “Hop up! Wriggle over! “Suitable for 0-5 ages. Come and play with a frolicsome family of unique Australian animals and a special visit by Bob Turner and some of his animal friends. Join in with the satisfying sounds and familiar expressions as the young ones zip, boing and bounce their way through the day. The visit by Bob Turner will immediately follow the 10:30am session and commence at around 11am.

For group bookings please RSVP on 02 6543 1913.

Book clubs are lots of fun and are a great way of meeting new people and exercising those brain muscles. Whether you are an avid reader wanting to dig your teeth into something new, want to meet new people or just feel like having a good chat, the Upper Hunter Library Network has a book club for you!

Interested in researching your family history and not sure where to get started? Library staff would love to help you get started.

Come along to one of our FREE information sessions where library staff will be on hand to point you in the right direction.

Session 1:
Where: Muswellbrook Library
When: Last Thursday of each month
Time: 2:30pm

Session 2:
Where: Denman Library
When: Last Friday of each month
Time: 3:00pm

Library members have free access to Find My Past and Ancestry, as well as other in house resources including Births, Deaths and Marriages, Police Gazettes and a vast array of convict information. We are also more than happy to assist with Indigenous family history inquiries.

Check out our Family History page for more information on resources we have available or send us your questions by using our contact form.



Did you know we run FREE weekly story time sessions here at the Library? Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions for older children are run regularly at the Muswellbrook, Scone, Denman, Murrurundi and Merriwa Libraries.