Your library @ home

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Get inspired and stay connected while you stay at home.

Delve into the past, find your next great read, or start a new hobby ... 

We're adding to this page all the time, so check in regularly to see what's new. 


Kiama Conversation Hour Online

Kiama Conversation Hour logo orangeEnjoy an interactive live author experience from the comfort of your own home. Kiama Library in conjunction with NSW Public Libraries is presenting a series of free online author events via Zoom. You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the seminar, but you won’t be seen by the speakers or the other participants, so you can relax in your most comfortable clothes and enjoy your favourite beverage while you watch. If you're new to Zoom, visit Zoom to get started or contact the library for assistance. 

Up-coming events include Radicals on Thurs 13 May at 1 pm. Sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on social media for information on upcoming events. 


Radicals: Remembering the Sixties live online event, Thurs 13 May 2021, 1 pm

Radicals remembering the sixties live online event with authors Meredith Burgmann and Nadia WheatleyRadicals – Remembering the Sixties will make you feel like you were there, whether or not you really were. The sixties – an era of protest, free love, civil disobedience – marked a turning point for change. Radicals found their voices and used them. In Radicals some of the people doing the changing – including David Marr, Margret RoadKnight, Gary Foley, Jozefa Sobski and Geoffrey Robertson – reflect on how the decade changed them and Australian society forever.

Meet Radicals authors Meredith Burgmann and Nadia Wheatley live online in conversation with Melinda McNaughton.

Book online and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the meeting. Numbers are limited for this free NSW Public Libraries virtual event and bookings are essential.



Missed it live? Catch up oYouTube. Authors include Monica McInerney, Belinda Alexandra, Samuel Johnson, James Reucassel, James Bradley, Chris Hammer, Lauren Chater, Garth Nix, Mary Li, Andrew Pippos, Julietta Henderson, Deborah Rodriguez, and General Sir Peter Cosgrove in conversation with Richard Glover.


Find your next great read


Visit the eLibrary

borrow-box-newMaroon, green and yellow graphic of a girlAccess thousands of eBooks and eAudio books anytime, anywhere through BorrowBox, Libby App and indyreads. You can also access full colour eMagazines anywhere anytime on your desktop or mobile device via Libby App.

Need help with a book recommendation? Find your next great read with Novelist.

Visit our eLibrary for all this and more. 


Delve into the past


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Ancestry is the world's largest family history database where you can browse census records, start a family tree and more. While Ancestry is generally only available for use in the Kiama Family History Centre, while the centre is closed, Ancestry is available remotely to library members.

To access Ancestry from homelog in to your library account, then on the left side menu click (under 'Member weblinks menu'). If you're having trouble, click here for more information or contact the library on (02) 4233 1133.


Attend a family and local history webinar

Family History Centre old ephemera.jpgThis fantastic program of free webinars focuses on the wonderful resources of the NSW State Archives and Records collection and how to access them. Topics include goal photographs, women in the archives, Bubonic plague register, and more.

Register to 'attend' a live webinar, or watch previously recorded webinars at a time that’s convenient for you.


Volunteer from home - Kiama Stories oral history project

Screen shot of Amplify Kiama Stories oral histories database - sepia photograph of Minnamurra River c. 1900 in the background Over the decades we have built a unique collection of recordings of memories and stories of long-time local residents about life in our area. 

Amplify logo thumbnailAmplify is a new tool we're using that gives you the opportunity to listen to these stories and get involved by assisting to edit the automated electronic transcriptions and make them more accurate and searchable (as we all know, computers don't always get it right!). Do as little or as much as you like - every little bit helps.

We will continue to add to our recordings over the coming months, so there's plenty of work for willing volunteers. Click here for more information, or contact the library if you need help getting started.


Explore Kiama's Past

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Travel back in time and Explore Kiama's Past with our digital collection of historic images, documents and oral histories from the Kiama local government area (including Minnamurra, Jamberoo, Gerringong, Gerroa and Foxground). Search via keyword, or explore via albums organised by subject.

We're constantly adding to and improving our Explore Kiama's Past collection. In particular, the information we have about our images and records is not always complete.  You can help connect the dots by sending us any additional information you have about our images or records - just fill in our online form.  


Stay inspired and entertained


Learn something new

Blackboard with white chalk drawing of a light bulb and idea bubble Our eLibrary has some great eResources to explore.

Got a question about anything in the world? Find the answer at Britannica Library, visit the our Science Reference Centre, or satisfy unlimited general interest and academic needs with the world's largest information platform, Ebsco Host

Planning an overseas holiday? You probably have time to learn the language before you go! Mango languages is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. In no time at all, you'll be ready to navigate all sorts of post-coronavirus situations - get directions, order a meal, make new friends ... 


Digital links

Read, talk, listen, engage and experience from home with this great collection of online resources we've collated from the best of the internet.


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Virtual book club

Are you missing live author events or your book club community?

Visit our virtual book club page to find out how to take your book club online, join an existing online club including popular celebrity book clubs, or attend an interactive online author event. 


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Live stream entertainment

Visit our live stream entertainment page for links to ongoing series of virtual events, including theatre, dance, music, stage, arts festivals and author events from around the world.