Library and Information Week 2017

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Libraries...more than just books

Library and Information Week 2017 comes to the City of Swan.

From May 22 to 28, City of Swan Libraries will join organisations from Broome to Hobart, in celebrating Library and Information Week 2017.

Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcase the many and varied resources and services that libraries provide to the community.

The theme for Library and Information Week this year is Celebrate, with City of Swan Swan Libraries choosing to celebrate the range of activities, events and resources we offer to the community.

For more information on Library and Information Week around Australia, visit the Australian Library and Information Association website.

Use the links below to see just some of the things City of Swan Libraries offer Adults, Teens and Children

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To explore sustainable living To find out about other cultures & languages To get up to speed with technology To learn about history To practice English speaking skills To make City payments To be entertained

 

Adults

Explore sustainable living

Thinking Green workshops

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Thinking Green is a series of free community sustainable living workshops presented by the City at local libraries. Run every year, the series aims to inspire participants to change their lifestyle in order to improve their well-being and be kinder to the environment. Topics covered include worm farming, food preservation, organic gardening, solar power and more. 

Find out about other cultures & languages

Bush Tucker Tastings with Urban Indigenous

The City of Swan Libraries are hosting a series of Bush Tucker tastings in May and June in the lead up to NAIDOC Week.

Participants will experience the natural flavours, learn how to include local foods in modern diets and find out about the fantastic native garden initiatives in remote Aboriginal communities. The free workshops will be presented by Urban Indigenous. 
     
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Learn another language

Heading overseas and want to learn a bit of the local language before you go?

Duolingo is a free online language learning platform, with gamified elements to make language learning more fun and effective.

You can use Duolingo on your computer by accessing the Duolingo website, or you can use Duolingo on the go by downloading the app.

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Get up to speed with technology

Futures Lab digital technology workshops

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Interested in learning more about your Apple or Android device? Perhaps you'd like to learn how to download an eBook or browse a digital magazine from our eLibrary. City of Swan libraries aim to help future-proof members of the community through our Futures Lab program which consists of digital technology workshops and classes. 

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Learn about history

Local History Collection

It's always fascinating to find out about your town or suburb's history. The City of Swan has an interesting and unique background, which is all encompassed in our Local History Collection.

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Research family history with Ancestry.com

Interested in tracing your family history? Ancestry.com Library Edition is a key online resource for genealogical research. Please note that this resource it is only available for use via the the public computers located at our library branches.

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Practice English speaking skills

Social English Club

If English is not your first language and you'd like to improve your English speaking skills, join us at one of our Social English Club meetings. The meetings allow you to practice conversational English in a relaxed and friendly setting.  

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Make City payments

Libraries can accept City payments

Save yourself time and travel. Did you know you can now make most City payments such as rates, infringements, cat & dog registrations at your local library branch?

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Be entertained

Stream movies and documentaries

Beamafilm is an online resource where library members can stream documentaries and indie features to their smartphone, tablet or computer, anywhere and anytime.

Read magazines in digital format
Zinio is a premium digital magazine service allows you to read your favourite print magazines, cover to cover in full colour, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

To create & be creative To be entertained

 

Teens

Create & be creative

3D printing

Ellenbrook Community Library and Ballajura Public Library provide access to a 3D printer, where members of the public can print small projects for free. What will you print and watch come to life?

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Music studio

Create and produce your own tracks with this music-studio-in-a-box audio kit, featuring professional grade equipment and software. Contact your local library branch for information about accessing the music studio.

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Computer coding club

CoderDojo is a club for self-motivated young people to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment with the aid of both mentors and each other.

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Be entertained

Stream movies and documentaries

Beamafilm is an online resource where library members can stream documentaries and indie features to their smartphone, tablet or computer, anywhere and anytime.

Read magazines in digital format
Zinio is a premium digital magazine service allows you to read your favourite print magazines, cover to cover in full colour, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

To sing, dance and use their imaginations To laugh while learning To be entertained

 

Children

Sing, dance and use their imaginations

Rhymetime & Storytime sessions

Introduce your children to the joy of songs, rhymes and stories at these regularly held sessions. Rhymetime for babies 2 to 24 months, and Storytime for children aged 2 to 5 years.

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Laugh while learning

Digital learning with games

Graphically orientated online learning tools such as Literacy Planet and Busythings encourage learning while having fun at the same time.

Be entertained

Digital storybooks

Enjoy engaging online stories created especially for kids. The stories are a little bit cheeky, a little bit charming and a whole lot of fun!