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. Over the next few months 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. 

Sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on social media for information on upcoming events. Catch up on previous events on YouTube

 

General Sir Peter Cosgrove Live Online, Monday 30 November 7-8 pm

Photo of Peter Cosgrove and his book Proudly presenting General Sir Peter Cosgrove in conversation with Richard Glover, discussing his new memoir You Shouldn’t Have Joined.

You Shouldn’t Have Joined is the memoir of Cosgrove's extraordinarily full and eventful life, covering some of his military life, whilst also allowing us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia’s Governor General. Every step of his journey has been accompanied by his wife Lynne – who is very much part of his story.

Book online (bookings are essential to receive your Zoom invitation). 

 

Mary Li Live Online, Thursday 10 December 6.30-7.30 pm

Black and white photo of author Mary Li wearing a white sleeveless shirt and colour photo of her book overlayedMillions fell in love with Li Cunxin's memoir 'Mao's Last Dancer'. Finally, here is Mary's story ...

Australian ballerina Mary Li's powerful and uplifting memoir is about chasing an impossible dream and sacrificing one’s own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion – and the highly anticipated sequel to one of the world’s most beloved books.

Book online (bookings are essential to receive your Zoom invitation).  

 

Find your next great read

 

Visit the eLibrary

borrow-box-newRBdigital logo with dog wearing headphoneAccess thousands of eBooks and eAudio books anytime, anywhere through BorrowBoxRB Digital and indyreads. You can also access full colour eMagazines anywhere anytime on your desktop or mobile device via RBDigital.

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

 

Family history

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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 Ancestry.com (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.