Good Reading Hub

The Good Reading Hub is where you’ll find loads of articles about books and authors plus independent reviews of the latest books. There are many by Australian and New Zealand authors, as well as some old favourites that we need to be reminded of, just because they are so good!

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Featured Staff Review

I found this book looking for something new for my book club Around Words that runs on the first Wednesday of the month at Yarra Junction Library. Allegra is eleven and has three important people in her life. She lives with one grandmother, Matilde, who is from Hungary and with her own story to tell. Next door is Joy, her other grandmother. They both love Allegra but can't stand each other. Rick, her Dad lives at the end of Matilde's garden and is Joy's son. As Allegra says, Matilde's 'got a blind spot when it comes to Rick'. He is trying to be a good dad to 'Al Pal' but has his own issues and the absence of her mother affects all four of them. These relationships cause a great deal of tension in the child's life and culminate in a very dramatic conclusion. A gripping book with many life lessons for all of us. I loved the rich, full blooded characters of the grandmothers but also the secondary characters, the people Allegra comes in contact with, her friends and neighbors. What an exciting new novelist.

Maria M

Latest Staff Reviews

Milkman is the type of book that you want to give your full attention to, to get the most out of it. You’ll want to spend hours at time reading on the couch absorbing each poetic sentence.
What I loved most about the Milkman is the lack of names and the ambiguity. The story follows ‘middle sister’ as she struggles to live her life on ‘this side of the road’ hiding her ‘maybe-boyfriend’ from her family, and her encounter with the Milkman from a town full of gossip and rumours.
I have never read anything like this book, and I doubt I ever will again. The writing is unique and beautiful. If you’re looking to mix up your summer reading list, I highly recommend it.

Tanisha T

This is a book of beautiful description and imagery, fierce battles and more than interesting characters. Orario Celavini, an ex soldier now law enforcer in 16th Century Florence needs to confront his troubled and traumatic past when he must solve two murders in Florence. A past feud between two wealth families in the area, which ended in the massacre of one of the families, is linked to the murders and Onorio's past. He must solve the murders, save a friend and confront his own past to find peace and harmony in his future.

Lucy I

I thoroughly enjoyed reading In the Footsteps of Zen, written by local author Dr Lim Meng Sing (Peter). He explains what “Zen” is and how it can be used to create a more happy and peaceful life in our modern, chaotic world. He speaks about silence, mindfulness, having purpose and using Zen as therapy through difficult times.
The beauty of this book is in its simplicity. Written by someone who has for many years travelled the Zen path, it is clear and uncluttered. It includes poetry and quotations from authors, teachers, philosophers and scientists.
Peter’s own 150 brief reflections (which make up the second half of the book) are also simple, but very thoughtful.
This book is small in size, but big in content.

Heather M

This is Holly Ringland’s debut novel, she grew up barefoot and wild in her mother’s tropical garden on the East coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert.
In the novel Alice suffers a tragedy at 9 years old when a fire destroys her home and she loses her parents. She is taken in by her estranged grandmother, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of flowers, but Alice also learns that there are secrets about her past that her grandmother is reluctant to speak about. An unexpected betrayal sees Alice leave the farm and she ends up in the central Australian desert where she learns the culture of the people and their relation to their plants.

Maria B
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Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes

Children receive messages about gender everyday through behaviours, images, written and spoken words at home, at school and in other settings. 

These picture books present child characters in a way that challenges gender stereotypes. They are just a sample of books available on the theme of gender equality or gender equity and have been chosen because they are both enjoyable stories to read with your child and because they represent a range of approaches to the topic of gender equity.

We hope you enjoy them.

Download the Beyond Sparkles And Superheroes Poster here
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Student Memberships

Parents of students at local schools can use this page to create memberships for their children. Library cards will be sent directly to the student’s school for teachers to distribute.

The school you select will have access to the student’s first name, the first letter of their surname, their library card number, school and grade, which will travel over the internet. This limited set of information does not include their surname, address or date of birth. It is provided simply so the school can match the library card number to the student, enabling the use of the library from the classroom. With a library card your child receives free access to many learning and literacy skill-building resources which schools build into their curriculum.

Resources for Schools

What We Offer

For educators based in the Knox, Maroondah, or Yarra Ranges council areas, Eastern Regional Libraries provides sessions to support your students in developing confident literacy skills, and becoming lifelong learners. These sessions can include an introduction to library resources, hands on STEAM visits, research and information skills building, and tips for staying safe online. With the exception of one or two specialised programs, library visits are free and can take place at your local library, or at your school! 

Library Resources
Library Resources

The library offers a vast array of useful and fun resources for students to explore! Our friendly library team can introduce students to how they can use their local library to learn, have fun, and discover new ideas. Learn how to download eBooks, access free coding resources,  find high quality information for research projects, play educational games, and more!

STEAM Sessions

Your library is home to a large range of educational Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths programs. Activities include coding, robotics, science experiments, 3D design, and engineering challenges that we can run for your students. With the exception of one or two, these events are free for us to run either at your local library, or at your school! 

STEAM Visits
Boy And Girl Using Desktop Pc In School Computer Lab
Staying Safe Online

Cybersafety sessions will encourage students to learn how to navigate through the online world in a safe and positive way. We cover a range of topics about how to use the internet responsibly, including: staying safe while talking to friends and family online, how to know if a website is trustworthy or not , learning what is private or public information, how micro-transactions are targeted at kids, tips for avoiding internet bad guys and more!

Research and Information Skills

Our research and information skills sessions will provide students with practical and accurate advice on how to find, interpret, and use information in their academic, and everyday lives. We look at topics around where to find credible resources, how to  determine if an information source is credible, and how to properly cite information. Other content covered can include tips on how to search for useful information, looking at how media reporting influences the way we understand an issue, and tips on how to develop logical, evidence based pieces of work. 

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Student Memberships

To arrange a visit, it’s important that the majority of your students are members of Eastern Regional Libraries, so they can take advantage of the information and resources we cover in sessions. Anyone over the age of 18 can join online, and younger people can visit a library with a parent or guardian to join, or use one of the methods below. It’s super easy to help your students join up, here’s how!

Online Student Memberships

The easiest method for parents and schools is the use of our student membership portal. It’s accessible from any internet connected device at and allows parents to provide their child’s details directly onto this website. Library cards are then delivered to the school to be distributed by teachers. The school also receives a copy of the student’s card number so library resources can be used in class throughout the year. This system is almost completely automated and schools can provide the web address above to parents by any method convenient. If your school is not listed, please use the contact form below to have it added. 

Physical Form

If you wish to use a physical form to sign up students, download our Library Membership Application Form 

Compass (Student ID Cards Required)

Schools that use the Compass app and whose students have CompassIdentity cards are able to use a fast, automated method, please use the contact form below to make this happen. 


  • A sample of the CSV spreadsheet file format that’s most ideal for our system to process.
  • A letter some schools use to opt-in or opt-out of this feature
Top Resources For Students

There are over 30 valuable resources are available to students, completely free with their library card including:


Busythings BusyThings is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning education platform. BusyThings is aimed at pre-school children up to around Grade 3 level. With over 300 educational games available, children can explore literacy, numeracy, creative development and general knowledge! These games are designed to entertain and educate!

BusyCode By Busythings

BusyCode is a fantastic way to introduce coding to children ages 5-11. Children guide their character around, and complete puzzles to learn introductory coding concepts.

Kanopy Kids

Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop empathy, mindfullness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Stream now!

Storybox Library

Discover over 100 stories for children to read and stream on your device’s screen! The majority are written by Australian authors and all are read by Australian actors, illustrators, comedians or other personalities. These engaging short stories come to life when read by entertaining personalities and are yours to enjoy from anywhere.

Literacy Planet

Literacy Planet is an educational game suite for students in grade levels from Prep – Year 10. This award-winning application provides loads of fun-filled exercises to reinforce and compliment Australian curriculum standards for Literacy.

Encyclopedia Britannica

As a digital resource, Britannica goes beyond traditional printed information by including a variety of multimedia sources. Developed with an emphasis on school education and curriculum, Britannica is a high-quality information resource ideal for projects, homework help and the classroom.

Libby by Rakuten Overdirve

Access over 50,000 titles for free, anywhere in the world. Libby by Rakuten Overdrive gives you access to the library’s digital collection including eBooks and eAudiobooks. They also have graphic novels, picture books and books that read along.

Bolinda BorrowBox 

Borrow eAudiobooks published by Bolinda through Borrow Box. Bolinda features many Australian and international best-selling authours with new titles being added regularly. Read or listen online or from the Borrow Box app on your personal device.

Virtual Reference Library

Reference books on Arts, Business, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, and Science.

Aussie driver

Aussie Driver 

Getting ready to become a new driver in Victoria? Free learners practice tests and this year’s official Victoria Driver’s Manual are available. 

The Age Online 

Browse or keyword search The Age Online, with copies dating back to 2006. Great for students looking at media and journalism. 


Contemporary media issues with background and arguments, partnered with a searchable news database, both with links to original text and multimedia sources. Available at the library only.  

Explore More Resources For Students

Discover new ways of learning with these free, safe, and educational online learning resources, loved by your librarians!


Developed by MIT, Scratch is a fantastic, beginner friendly coding platform. Using visual, drag and drop code blocks, students can create anything they imagine! Best for ages 7+. For younger learners, have a look at the Scratch Jr. app on iPad/Android.

Code Club

Code Club projects are fun, step by step guides for young learners to learn how to code by making games, animations and interactive stories. Projects are available for Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python.

Hour Of Code

Hour of Code has one hour coding tutorials to inspire children to learn computer science. Complexity ranges from pre-reading levels to Year 9+. Students can code with characters from Minecraft, Star Wars, Adventure Time and more!

Printable PDF Guide

Khan Academy Kids

A fun, free and educational app available on iOS and Android, for children ages 2-6. Engages children with early literacy, maths and language, while encouraging creative thinking, and building social-emotional skills.

Cool Australia

Science based lesson plans, experiments and more! Great for educators of children aged 6-12. Activity ideas are curriculum aligned, and also encourage students to think creatively and critically.


Be Internet Awesome! Developed by Google, Interland helps kids become safe, confident explorers of the online world. Includes games based around making responsible choices for everyday decisions we face online.

Printable PDF Guide


Arduino is an electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Students can learn about electricity while making interactive projects using LEDs, moving parts and more! 

Printable PDF Guide

ABC Splash

Educational games, videos and resources for Foundation to Year 10, covering English, Maths, Technology, The Arts, Science and History