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What’s Your Dewey? 690’s Home Maintenance – D.I.Y. or P.I.O.?

Finally! You’re in your own home, off the rental treadmill and looking forward to relaxing in an environment of your own making… well, almost. There are just a few little ‘tweaks’ to make before it becomes ‘just perfect’. You haven’t actually got the funds to get someone in to do it – but how hard can it be to paint a bathroom ceiling, replace a damaged skirting, glue down the carpet – oh! and unstick that window? Only problem is, you don’t quite know where to start.

The 690’s is the place and the Complete do-it-yourself : an essential guide to painting, papering, tiling, flooring, woodwork, shelves and storage, home repairs, home insulation, outdoor projects and outdoor repairs edited by John McGowan (it’s a mouthful!) is likely to set you on a sound D.I.Y. footing.

A practical guide to many indoor and outdoor home decoration and maintenance projects, topics include painting, woodwork, flooring and tiling, insulating, decking and outdoor water features. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by over 2000 photographs, tooling information and project safety guides. An excellent resource for even the most timid of DI.Yers.

If a complete reference guide is too daunting in itself, then well-established do-it-yourself expert David Holloway’s offering of Home Repairs may prove more accessible. This title details a range of every day home maintenance projects and includes filling cracks, replacing tiles and patching carpets. Holloway also outlines the necessities for a basic toolkit with information on common items such as fixtures, fillers and adhesives

For many, getting right back to basics is a priority, not only doing the repairs themselves but also creating cleaning products and constructing money-saving household features.

The Home Book from Murdoch books is a back to basics book with invaluable tips on the simple, ongoing home maintenance tasks in every household, from cleaning to composting. Handy tips address typical issues such as yellowing linen, rising damp, noisy pipes and stain removal. Ideas for reducing electricity costs and establishing a kitchen garden are also included. The Home Book is available in print and eBook format, and all of the above titles can be reserved here: Home maintenance


Increasingly people are moving toward environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, and tool-industry leader Black&Decker has demonstrated this is not only possible with home maintenance, it is easy and relatively inexpensive. The complete guide to the green home : the good citizen’s guide to Earth-friendly remodeling & home maintenance by Philip Schmidt presents manageable home-care projects from remodeling to landscaping and promotes consumer-friendly  sustainable products, efficient energy use and reduced toxicity.


The adage ‘Prevention is better than cure’ can easily be applied to home maintenance, particularly if your new or recently remodeled home has few issues to compromise your enjoyment of ownership. Fix it before it breaks : seasonal checklist guide to home maintenance by Terry Kennedy provides  a checklist system for home owners to create a simple, ongoing  preventative maintenance program to forestall major future repairs. The checklist takes homeowners through all aspects of home care, from building site to construction and fittings, when to do-it-yourself or call in an expert. The Checklist also gives advice on what to look for when assessing work done by repairers and steps readers through developing a Personal Home Maintenance Plan. You can have a quick peek here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Sometimes it’s the little things, the barely referenced tips and hints that make the difference between the place you live in feeling like a house or a home. Brilliant home tips and tricks not only presents readers with many easy home maintenance and repair instructions but also provides a wealth of information from home-care professionals and folk wisdom. Topics of particular interest not covered in other titles include de-cluttering, sewing, time-saving measures and alternate uses for everyday objects.

Armed with a multitude of choices for titles on general maintenance, major repairs, remodeling, ongoing home care and when to call in an expert, the 690’s will guide you through the best way to enjoy your home – from the specific to the eclectic. D.I.Y. or P.I.O.? Personally, I tend to D.I.Myself!

Nola Cavallaro

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. 

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):

 – 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

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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.


What’s Your Dewey? 629.28 Driving Me To Distraction!

Next Week’s Start-up Mondays presentation on staying safe on the roads (presented by SAPOL), got me thinking about books that may have been written on the topic.

My first catalogue search on the topic ‘Driver Education’ yielded just one title Young drivers and road safety edited by Justin Healey. An Australian publication, it addresses the topic of young driver safety as a Social Issue (and consequently places the title in both the 360s and 629.28). The book states that despite an increase in Driver education in our schools, young people have a higher representation in road accidents and fatalities than any other group.  This book presents the latest attitudes, statistics and reports on road safety in Australia and examines the risk behaviours of young drivers. Aimed at educating young people and learner drivers, it contains a range of factsheet-style advice on how to avoid risks and increase personal road safety awareness.

Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation edited by Michael A. Regan, John D. Lee, Kristie Young outlines the underlying theory of distraction, its effects on driving performance and safety, and strategies for mitigating these effects. It considers major sources of distraction both inside and outside the vehicle (communication devices and driver support systems); reviews factors that mediate the effects of distraction (age and driver experience); and outlines ergonomic guidelines, for minimizing driver distraction. Aimed at those working in transport related industries, the book provides some valuable insights for any driver interested in personal safety. You can preview the book here: www.crcpress.com/Driver-Distraction-Theory-Effects-and-Mitigation

Behavioural Adaptation and Road Safety: Theory, Evidence and Action, edited by Christina Rudin-Brown & Samantha Jamson, looks at the impact ageing has on drivers and the way changes to automobile and road engineering have impacted on driver safety for this group. A team of international experts in the field of transportation related behaviour sciences, address the issue of driver characteristics and the way they adapt to changes in their physical acumen, road conditions and vehicular developments. The book aims to provide easy-to-understand solutions for road safety intervention design. With a target audience of researchers and academics, this book is available through Google books in print and ebook format.

Be a confident driver by John Henderson.
Suitable for almost every motorist, it covers not only the basics but includes advanced driving techniques, and introduces mental strategies such as observation. Techniques for practical driving examples include bad weather driving and breakdowns, and tips for driving on rural roads, motorways and urban roads. The book includes supporting resources and further reading, and is designed as a motorist’s companion.

How to Drive: The Ultimate Guide – from the Man Who Was The Stig by Ben Collins
Former Top Gear star Ben Collins uses his extensive experience and knowledge to ‘tell you all of the things you didn’t learn on your [driving] test’ With wit and wisdom backed by illustrations and thought-provoking anecdotes, skills described include skid control and gear changes that top racing drivers take for granted. ‘The ultimate book for anyone who wants to be better at something they do every day of their life’.

Road safety by Christie Marlowe is a U.S.A. publication that attempts to alert children to the dangers of inattentive or inappropriate road use. The four sections of the book include real life examples of road safety issues, information on what makes roads dangerous and suggestions for staying safe on and around roads.  Preview here: http://bit.ly/2sTTAsp


Driverless : intelligent cars and the road ahead by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman.
Although driving is often routinely repetitive and reactive (something robotics is known to excel at), it is also unpredictable and ‘commands complex social communication between other drivers and pedestrians'(chapter 1). These qualities alone make the task of designing driver-less cars difficult and challenging – software is not yet capable of responding as quickly and often seamlessly to unpredictable situations as the human brain (despite our want for distraction). The book points out that the development of software that can provide reliable artificial perception is still some time away, however there is a clear indication that anyone, at any time, could make that leap that not only makes the driver-less car more universally possible, it makes it likely. You can preview the book here: http://bit.ly/2sEOlL9
Nola Cavallaro

Big Library Read is back again

The Big Library Read is on again. From June 13 to 27th there are unlimited copies of the eBook The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict available for you to borrow through Overdrive at https://sapln.overdrive.com/

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