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Published May 24th 2014
Why Redland Libraries are awesome
The library is one of my favourite places to visit either on my own or with my young children. There is so much on offer for everyone and not just books for you to borrow.
Every month across all of the mainland and island libraries in the Redlands you can get the chance to hear authors talk about their books and their writing careers. This is a rare opportunity to spend an hour with either a favourite author or discover a new favourite to add to your reading list. Best of all, these events are free but make sure you book your seat to avoid disappointment.
This is a fantastic way to borrow books without leaving the house. You just need to be a member of Redland Libraries and have access to the internet through your tablet, smartphone or computer. You will then be able to borrow books, audio books and magazines. Zinio will save you dollars every week with free access to e-magazines including Total Film, Women's Health, O,The Oprah Magazine, Seventeen and Rolling Stone, to name just a few.
If you have any computer questions on topics such as internet safety, social media, and computer basics; or you feel you need guidance in downloading eBooks, searching the internet or watching TV online, then you can book a 30-minute one-on-one session with a Redland Library Tech Guru.
If you are unable to get to one of the Redland Libraries then they will come to you. The mobile library stops at Alexandra Hills, Victoria Point, Thornlands, Mt Cotton, Redland Bay, Wellington Point and Thorneside. There are books for all ages, DVD's, magazines, music CDs and more. Be sure to check out their timetable for where and when you will find them. You may even see the big blue bus on you travels so be sure to wave at Bob the Builder when you pass.
You and your toddler will love all of the free events held at your library including Story Time, Rhyme Time, Baby's Day Out, Ready to Read and Blocks of Fun. Meanwhile, the kids aged 8 years and over can take part in the Adventurers Book Club and once a year Redland Libraries hold the Redlitzer Writing Competition. This is for children aged 10 to 14 who are keen writers and have not yet been published. This is a fantastic opportunity to become a published author.
Which is your favourite Redland Library?
I have visited all three of the Redland mainland libraries and each of them had something different to offer.
Cleveland library has plenty of space with a huge children's area. This is great for all of the kid's events that I took my children to when they were younger.
Capalaba had a Play Station 3 area which my little girl loved and they have a great outdoor area where you can read or study.
A Great Place to Relax at Capalaba Library
Get a Coffee at Victoria Point Library
A Great Space for Teenagers
The staff at Victoria Point are always so friendly and eager to help in any way they can. They have a coffee shop joined to the library so you can get your coffee fix while visiting and they have great areas for teenagers where they can socialise, study, listen to music at the music stations or play foosball. The space is really well designed so you can find your own cosy corner or space to spread out and get your work done.
I have to agree, Redland Libraries are fantastic. The staff are brilliant and nothing is too much trouble. They have great author talks, children's activities and a range of other talks, all within close distance of where I live and work. I love that so. I h is available online nowadays, it's especially good if it's raining or I'm home sick....hop online and borrow a magazine or a book :-)