Gunnedah Shire Library is now closed but staff are still busy behind the scenes.
Books are freely available from a pop-up trolley outside the doors of the library in Conadilly Street, so locals can pick one up to while away time.
The library's award-winning Housebound/Shopbound program will be in full swing so library members can receive book deliveries to their doors once a fortnight.
Activity packs for a range of ages - 4-7 years, 8-12 years and 13-plus years - are also available on order.
Residents can ring the library to order a bag for the relevant age group and staff will either deliver with the housebound books bags, or ask them to collect the packs from outside the library doors.
The library also has an diverse range of eResources that members can access from home. Login to http://www.thecivic.com.au/ and click on 'Library'. Under eResources are links to RBdigital eResources, World Trade Press and Haynes Manuals AllAccess.
Click on the RBDigital link to gain access to hundreds of magazines on different topics, and thousands of audio and eBook resources. Using this icon, members can search, check out, read or listen to a huge range of titles.
World Trade Press contains information about the culture, travel, language, and food for 174 countries of the world. It includes nine adult and five junior services.
For those who are into cars, Haynes Manuals AllAccess is a library of manuals covering a vast range of car and motorcycle makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance and servicing procedures.
To join these resources, members will need their membership number from their library card.
Using their library card, members can also access resources made available through the NSW State Library.
By visiting the state library website and Research and Collections - eBooks, locals will find a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, which can be downloaded. Take the opportunity to explore the collections of newspapers, manuscripts and oral history held by the state library.
These are titles published before 1955 so they are in the public domain.
- For all orders and queries, ring the library on 6740 2190.
Audio E-book in the spotlight (from RBDigital):
Peace: by Garry Disher
Narrator: Steve Shanahan
Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country south of the Flinders Ranges. He's still new in town but the community work - welfare checks and working bees - is starting to pay off.
Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch's life has been peaceful. Until he's called to a strange, vicious incident in Kitchener Street.
Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living outside town on a forgotten back road... Suddenly, it doesn't look like a season of goodwill at all.