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How Does That Work? Your Library Card – More than just borrowing.

So you ask… How Does That Work?

This new blog series, will explore the different questions we get asked daily by our customers.  You may find that some of the answers are dead simple or simply something you never realised, but every time we will endeavour to answer your question.  This time round the question is… What can my Library Card do?

Your Gawler Public Library Card can give you access to so much! Apart from having the ability to access ANY public library in South Australia to borrow books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and so much more, you can use your card membership number with your account PIN to use the computer and printing facilities in any SA Public Library too.  So wherever you find yourself in our state, you can grab a book, print your tickets or use the WiFi.
 
You can also access your library account at any time via our website.  Head to our online catalogue (gawlerlibrary.sa.gov.au) and Log In.  Your Login consists of your Username (the Barcode number on your card) and a PIN assigned to you when you first joined the Library.

The account area has four tabs –
Personal Information, Checkouts, Holds & Fines.

In the
Personal Information area you can check your details to make sure they’re correct, check your preferences and if necessary you can also change your PIN for your account.
In the
Checkouts area you will see the items currently loaned out to you as well as any digital checkouts (ebooks & audiobooks) you may have on your account.  In this tab you have the option to renew your items on loan.  Just tick the box next to the items you’d like to renew and select Renew at the top of the page. 


The
Holds area is where you will find your pending requests in sections; your physical items and digital requests.  In this tab you can Cancel, Suspend or Edit Pickup Location(s) for your holds.
The Gawler Public Library has three pickup locations to choose from; Evanston Gardens Library, Gawler Administration Centre and the Library room at the Gawler Sport & Community Centre.
On both of the previous tabs you will also find Group Checkouts or Holds,  (if your family is part of a group on our system). Once set up, this function will enable you to see what items your group has checked out and has on hold.  This is particularly good for parents of children who have their own cards. If you would like to find out more about Groups, please ask a staff member the next time you’re in the library.
The Fines tab will only apply if you’ve lost an item or used a library which fines (Gawler Public Library does not) and returned your items late.  You will find any current fines, accruing fines and your payment history.  If you owe a library money and they have a PayPal account, you can pay this online through your account.  It will indicate if this is available to you. If you have any queries about this tab’s information, please contact the library to discuss further. 
Your Library barcode number and PIN also gives you access to a range of library resources using the following Apps (available to download on your device’s app store):
 
 

BookMyne
 – Library catalogue & account app
Libby & OverDrive – ebook and audiobook catalogue/reader/player
Lynda.com – video tutorial database
RBdigital – digital magazines catalogue and reader
ePlatform by Wheelers – ebook catalogue/reader

We also have Online Databases you can access in the library using your library login details. They include the Computer School.net, Ancestry.com and Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques.
Using the computers and WiFi in the library at Gawler and around the state is much the same –  you log in with your library barcode and PIN to access these facilities.

Did you know your humble little library card could do so much? Give it a try!

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

 #GawlerPublicLibrary  #HowDoesThatWork? #TechSavvy #LibraryCard  #Libby #RBdigital #LyndaLibrary #ePlatformByWheelers
 

 

Tech Savvy A-Z Apps Series – I can do that! (Craft & Making)

 
Do you like to create?  Do you sew or knit? Maybe you like to work with Bonsai trees or do your crafty skills tend more towards the digital? Do you love to create short films? There are so many ways to stretch your crafty muscles and just as many apps to assist you in your passions! Do you have an especially helpful app you use? Let us know and check out some of our staff favourites below.
 
Craftsy – (https://www.craftsy.com/apps) – Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store — A FREE app to connect you with thousands of like-minded crafters from around the world.  You can browse the offerings from other makers for tools, supplies and ideas.  Download step-by-step tutorials (an extra in-app purchase) and you can also watch via your AppleTV if you have one.  A very popular and well reviewed app.
BlockFab-HD – (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/blockfab-hd/id401791298?mt=8) – Apple iTunes App Store — This is a FREE, well used and well recommended quilting app suggested by one of our staff members; Annette.  As she is an expert quilter, her opinion has great weight behind it here. This app contains great guides on how much fabric to use and how to cut your pieces to form your preferred designs. 
Craftgawker– (https://craftgawker.com/page/6/) – Apple iTunes App Store — A FREE app collating over 41,000 craft blogger DIY ideas for people looking through all those lovely images you find online.  They have links to helpful step-by-step guides, illustrations and photos to get your creative juices flowing and get to making your own masterpieces.  From hanging gardens planters to painting, papercraft and Game of Thones cutting boards, there’s sure to be something for just about every person and skill level.
WikiHow– (http://www.wikihow.com/wikiHow:About-wikiHow) – Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store — This site/app has literally anything you could think of attempting and MANY different languages to choose from. WikiHow have boasted over 150,000 how-to guides for you to choose from with their tag line being; wikiHow… to do anything! You can learn about resume writing, avoiding theft while travelling  planning a cookout, painting sunflowers and much more. 
 

This is also the best place to put our very own Lynda.com app too! (FREE access using your SA Public Libraries membership).  Available on multiple devices, you can search, find and get stuck into your next project with great instructions and videos to guide you through. Check out our website http://www.gawler.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=491 to log in and get started! 
 
If you’re not so crafty but would love something handmade, download the FREE Etsy app (https://www.etsy.com/au/mobile?ref=m_app_bnr) to find so many options made by local and worldwide artisans that you’ll find hard to choose from!  They also have a specially made app for those of you who are getting so good you need to start selling items to cope with all the requests.
 
This brings us to the launch of a new series for our blog, starting this month, called How Does That Work?  This series will have many how-to guides of our own making for library related queries.  So if you’ve ever wondered how to use the catalogue, change your account details, reserve a DVD or use the photocopier, hopefully this series will give you the answers. Stay tuned and let us know what your burning questions are!

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

 

#GawlerPublicLibrary #AtoZOfApps #TechSavvy #Craftsy #BlockFabHD #Craftgawker #Sewing #Quilting #HowDoesThatWork?   

 

OverDrive releases their new App Libby

Meet Libby!
Libby is the new app from OverDrive that makes downloading ebooks and audiobooks easier than ever.
One click to borrow, one click to read, one click to return.
https://meet.libbyapp.com/

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Inportant Information about your Holds

2017 Update Preferred Holds Location Notice

What’s Your Dewey? 080s – Quotations, And Not Another Word About It!

We are surrounded by words – we say them, write them, think them, read them, print them, sculpt and paint them, we use and abuse them and some of us, (although I don’t quite know why), eat them in the form of soup, biscuits and cake. We are so immersed in words that there are websites devoted to famous quotes and proverbs about them! The site https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/words.html is just one example.

Despite this, there are many times I find myself without a skerrick…


…and that’s when I resort to a book (or several).

If quotations are what you seek, the 080s is where you are most likely to find books devoted to the topic – in every language.

Daily mindfulness : 365 days of present, calm, exquisite living
is part of the recent collection of works devoted to the exploration of self-actualization, and presents daily quotations to let one pause and reflect on the moment at hand. The premise underpinning this title is that being more ‘in the moment’ calms the mind and ultimately leads to a richer, fuller life. A book for people seeking encouragement to ‘stop and smell the roses’.

 If discouragement is on the agenda, then Scorn : the wittiest and wickedest insults in human history by Matthew Parris might prove more appropriate. A quirky collection of repartee, quotes span the ages from ancient Egypt to Twitter. Organised in a way to simulate disparate voices conversing, the book explores ‘the feelings and ideas which links human expressions of scorn …in a verbal sport’ (from the Introduction). Those quoted include Donald Trump, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill and Mae West, demonstrating that abuse can be an art both figurative and evocative… enough to ‘tickle’ the ‘mad mustachio purple-hued maltworms’. You can have a sneak peak here: http://www.booktopia.com.au/scorn-matthew-parris/prod9781781257296.html

 

If on the other hand, spreading happiness is more to your liking, The Bhutanese guide to happiness : words of wisdom from the world’s happiest nation by Gyonpo Tshering, edited by Margaret Gee
may be worth a look. The Bhutanese are renown for measuring their nation’s wealth in gross national happiness. This book is a collection of quotes, phrases, proverbs and philosophies that underpin and demonstrate its people’s approach to achieving national wealth. There are some wonderful insights into alternative stances to modern-world concerns – Showing your age? ‘You don t have to smile if you are pleased, nor do you have to frown if you are displeased. People who do this don’t get so many wrinkles!’

If your tastes move toward the eclectic and the clever use of words is of interest, then Jane Austen is certainly worth a revisit. Jane Austen: Illustrated Quotations is a great place to start. Well known for her novels depicting the dilemmas of very modern women (which manage to remain relevant to this day), Jane Austen was also a prolific writer of letters and commentary on a wide range of subjects. As well as highlighting the many quotable commentaries from her novels, this book also celebrates, in words and pictures, the many observations she made in her lesser known writings. She will challenge your understanding of words!
…Which brings us back to words.


If words are your thing and you wish to celebrate words with like-minded people, why not check out this year’s Adelaide Plains Festival of Words 28-30th July 2017. The Festival includes workshops for budding writers and publishing hopefuls, shared spoken and written word experiences and links to local writing opportunities including the Gawler Short Story Competition. You can find the complete program here:
http://www.festivalofwords.info/index.html

…that is of course if you choose to be surrounded by words.

Nola Cavallaro