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CreativeBug has thousands of classes, with new courses being updated every day. Whether you are an artistic novice wanting a meditative outlet or creative genius hungry for inspiration and challenge, CreativeBug can help. You can use CreativeBug to upskill or create an artistic side hustle. Whatever you want to do, CreativeBug can help develop your knowledge and nurture your creativity. Let us know what you’ve made with CreativeBug on Instagram by using the #morningtonpeninsulalibraries.  

Login to Creativebug with your library barcode number and start creating today.  We recommend the following courses once you have logged in.

Arm Knitting: Make a Pillow Throw  

Can’t find your knitting needles? Why not use your arms instead? Arm knitting is a simple process that yields luxurious results. Using super bulky yarn, knit designer Anne Weil shows you how to create a colour-blocked pillow cover. As a finishing touch, you will also learn how to sew a simple pillow lining. This plush pillow can be made in a day and enjoyed year-round.   

Make a Book Safe 

Learn how to make a book safe out of an old book. In this class you will learn how to make an old book into a secret hiding compartment that you can store your treasures in.  

Sewing for Little Ones: Beginner Pants  

What to make a great homemade gift to send to your loved ones? Why not learn to sew with these easy beginner patterns for the littlest members of your family. Rae Parsley shows you how to work with multi-sized patterns and covers tricky techniques like sewing curves and adding an elastic waistband. This pattern is practical and simple, giving you the satisfaction of seeing an entire garment come together in just a couple of hours. Start building your basic garment construction skills with this class. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn

Lynda is a premium online learning platform with thousands of hours of video training courses covering a huge range of business, computing/IT, and creative subjects. Log in using your library barcode number and PIN to unlock your learning potential.

Success Habits  

Habits have been identified as the key to success over the long term. Take a short break and learn a new success habit. Join experienced and insightful instructor Chris Croft as he delivers valuable and practical success tips. He covers topics such as the relationship between success, money, and happiness; emotional intelligence; goal setting; organization; purpose; and creativity. 

Success Habits

Online Marketing Foundations  

Learn how to promote your business effectively online and develop a targeted online marketing strategy that engages potential customers throughout the digital landscape. In this course, Brad Batesole explains today's digital marketing techniques in simple terms, demonstrating how to build a successful online marketing campaign for all digital channels: search, video, social, email, and display. 

Online Marketing Foundations 

Excel: Advanced Formulas and Functions  

Follow along with Excel expert Dennis Taylor as he demystifies the hundreds of formulas and functions available in Excel. Dennis starts with a few critical formula shortcuts that will speed up your work, then covers a variety of functions, such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX, statistical functions, text functions, and date and time, math, text, and information functions.  

Excel: Advanced Formulas and Functions 

Listen

Listen to unlimited eAudiobooks on uLibrary

For fans of modern fiction and classics, Ulverscroft have made their eAudiobooks free and available to all libraries until 31st October 2020.  There are over 750 eAudiobooks available for simultaneous downloads (which means no reserving and no waiting).  

To set up your account:

  • Go to www.ulibrary,net/register to register
  • Once you have registered, you will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours with details of your unique Barcode and PIN.
  • Download the free uLibrary app from iTunes or Google Play
  • To log in to the app, open the app, select eAudio Support from the Libraries drop down menu and then enter your Barcode and PIN.

Happy Listening!

 

Podcasts

Bibliotherapy with the State Library Victoria 

Put simply, the word ‘bibliotherapy’ is derived from the Greek words for book, biblio and healing, therapeia. But in a more expansive sense, the word describes an age-old practice of book therapy where the healing power of literature nourishes and comforts us during challenging times. When poems and stories, read aloud, open a space for us to dwell quietly away from the noise outside. 

Bibliotherapy with the State Library Victoria is a free, facilitated self-reflective approach, using stories and poems read aloud over a series of podcasts. 

Presented by practising bibliotherapist, Susan McLaine, all the texts are suitable for a mature general listening audience. 

Unravel True Crime  

Walkley Award winning podcast by the ABC. Each season investigates an Australian cold case, from investigating the death of a teenager in Tamworth 30 years ago in season one, to a deep dive into the host’s own strange family mystery in season four.  Listen

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince. Listen

 

 

Enjoy

Home Fitness Network

Belgravia Leisure, who run Mornington Peninsula Shire’s aquatic and recreation centres, is looking out for our community while gyms are closed, by offering Peninsula residents free access to their online fitness and nutrition portal.

The Home Fitness Network has been designed to include something for everyone and every family. From high intensity interval training to dance fitness workouts to BODYCOMBAT. There’s even BORN TO MOVE children’s workouts that will get our littler members (those 4 -16 years) moving, and a post-partum series developed especially for new mothers.

Home Fitness Network

Live Penguin Parade from Phillip Island 

At sunset every night (AEST) the world's largest colony of Little Penguins waddle up Phillip Island's floodlit beaches to their homes. Since visitors are unable to enjoy this natural phenomenon in person at the moment, they have decided to bring the penguins into homes across the world instead.  Viewers can tune in on their Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch live and ask questions in real-time. You can watch on your phone, laptop or if you're feeling extra savvy - stream to your TV to enjoy the little penguins on the big screen! 

Watch

Deceptology – the Science of Magic (State Library of Victoria) 

Join magician extraordinaire and author of children's book Tricky Nick, Nicholas J Johnson in this special four part video series – Deceptoloty – the science of magic. 

In these fun, educational videos, learn about the science behind the mysteries of magic like why our brains allow us to form patterns and how deceptology illusions work. 

Watch Here

National Gallery of Victoria: Virtual Tours  

Take a virtual tour of the NGV’s beautiful collections. These tours are self-guided and interactive. Using a 3D map of the gallery itself which you can “walk through” and stop and examine each item. The best part is, there is no craning your neck to see over other people’s heads, it’s as though you have the whole gallery to yourself! 

Watch Here 

LEARN

Check out the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery LEARN webpage for a range of creative activities, videos, podcasts, MPRG TV and more: 

LEARN

Scienceworks at Home

Museums Victoria have turned some of their much-loved collection items, museum galleries and iconic buildings into jigsaw puzzles.

Puzzles

The Walkley Foundation presents a digital photojournalism exhibition

"The summer Australia burned, 2019-2020” showcases the exceptional work produced by Australian photojournalists during the 2019-2020 bushfire season. The exhibition, curated by industry photo editors to represent a diversity of photographers, documents the scale of the tragedy and its impact on affected communities, as much as it captures the communal spirit and resolve that came out of the worst fires in recent Australian history.

Exhibition

Walhalla Virtual Walks Series

Join Michael Leaney Proprietor of Star Hotel and Councillor for Baw Baw Shire, Russell Wright, President of the Walhalla and Mountain Rivers Tourist Association and Tilly the golden Retriever for a series of guided walks around Walhalla.

Virtual Walks

 

 

 

Book Buzz

Looking for a great eBook or eTalking book to read or listen to?  Our Book Buzz titles are available for unlimited simultaneous download. Why not get a group of friends together to start your own bookclub while in lockdown?   

 eBooks

The Wife and the Widow

by Christian White 

Longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards 2020 

The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. 

Crow Trap

By Ann Cleeves 

At the isolated Baikie's Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal . . . 
For team leader Rachael the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double-betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide . . . When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide - a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept. 

Small Great Things 

By Jodi Picoult 

'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.' Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of twenty years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide. 
 
Ruth is shattered and bewildered as she tries to come to terms with her situation. She finds different kinds of support from her sister, a fiery radical, and her teenage son, but it is to Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her case, and her future. 
 
As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear. For the privileged to prosper, they come to realise, others have to suffer. Racism takes many forms and is reinforced by the structures of our society. 

The Strays 

By Emily Bitto 

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work at their family home. Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it. 
 
As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it’s not Evan, but his own daughters, who pay the price for his radicalism.  

Six Minutes 

by Petronella McGovern 

How can a child disappear from under the care of five playgroup mums?  
 
Lexie and her husband, Marty, have moved to Merrigang, a small village on the edge of Canberra, with their three-year old daughter, Bella, to start a new life.  
 
One Thursday morning, Lexie pops out to the shop for biscuits, leaving Bella with the playgroup mums. 
 
Six minutes later, Bella is gone. 
 
As police investigate, online hate messages target Lexie and Marty, relationships fracture, and the community is engulfed by fear. What are the parents hiding? Why does a local teacher keep a photo of Bella in his lounge-room? And how are the angry protests at Parliament House connected?  
 
What happened in those six minutes and where is Bella? 
 
The clock is ticking... 
 
This gripping novel will keep you guessing to the very last twist. 

eAudio Books

Love Song

by Alex Miller 

Read by Lewis Fitz-Gerald 

Strangers did not, as a rule, find their way to Chez Dom – a small, rundown Tunisian cafe on Paris' distant fringes. Run by the widow Houria and her young niece, Sabiha, the cafe offers a home away from home for the North African immigrant workers working at the great abattoirs of Vaugiraud, who, like them, had grown used to the smell of blood in the air. But when one day a lost Australian tourist, John Patterner, seeks shelter in the cafe from a sudden Parisian rainstorm, the quiet simplicities of their lives are changed forever. 
 
John is like no-one Sabiha has met before – his calm grey eyes promise her a future she was not yet even aware she wanted. Theirs becomes a contented but unlikely marriage – a marriage of two cultures lived in a third – and yet because they are essentially foreigners to each other, their love story sets in train an irrevocable course of tragic events. 
 
Years later, living a small, quiet life in suburban Melbourne, what happened at Vaugiraud seems like a distant, troubling dream to Sabiha and John, who confides the story behind their seemingly ordinary lives to Ken, an ageing, melancholy writer. It is a story about home and family, human frailties and passions, raising questions of morals and purpose – questions have no simple answer. 
 
Lovesong is a simple enough story in many ways - the story of a marriage, of people coming undone by desire, of ordinary lives and death, love and struggle - but when told with Miller's distinctive voice, which is all intelligence, clarity and compassion, it has a real gravitas, it resonates and is deeply moving. Into the wonderfully evoked contemporary settings of Paris and Melbourne, memories of Tunisian family life, culture and its music are tenderly woven. 

Big Lies in a Small Town

By Diane Chamberlain 

Read by Susan Bennett 

Big Lies in a Small Town, by the internationally bestselling author Diane Chamberlain, is a sweeping novel about two women connected by a painting that holds many dark secrets. 
 
North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Centre. Her dream of a career in the arts is put on hold – until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration but, desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence and a conspiracy of small-town secrets. 
 
North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors and where the price for being different might just end in murder. 
 
What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies? 

The Lieutenant 

By Kate Grenville 

Read by Nicholas Bell 

In 1787 Lieutenant Daniel Rooke sets sail from Portsmouth with the First Fleet and its cargo of convicts, destined for New South Wales. As a young officer and a man of science, the shy and quiet Rooke is full of anticipation about the natural wonders he might discover in this strange land on the other side of the world. After the fleet arrives in Port Jackson, Rooke sets up camp on a rocky and isolated point, and starts his work of astronomy and navigation. It's not too long before some of the Aboriginal people who live around the harbour pay him a visit. One of them, a girl named Tagaran, starts to teach him her own language. But her lessons and their friendship are interrupted when Rooke is given an order that will change his life forever. 
 
Inspired by the 1790 notebooks of William Dawes in which he recorded his conversations with a young Gadigal woman, The Lieutenant is a story about a man discovering his true self in extraordinary circumstances. 

The Woman in the Wood 

Lesley Pearse 

Read by Rosie Jones 

The lives of teenage twins Maisy and Duncan change for ever the night their sick mother is taken to an asylum. Sent to live in the New Forest with their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham, they feel unloved and abandoned. 
 
At least they have each other. 
 
But one day Duncan doesn’t come home from exploring in the forest and no one – least of all his grandmother – appears to care about his disappearance. The police, who’ve found the bodies of other missing boys, offer little hope of finding Duncan alive. 
 
Yet Maisy refuses to give up. Though she doesn’t know the woods well, she knows someone who does. The strange old woman who lives at their heart. 
 
Dare Maisy enlist the help of the woman in the wood? 

A Thousand Ships

By Natalie Haynes  

Read by Natalie Haynes  

This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them. . . 
 
In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash . . . 
 
The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. . . 
 
Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, A Thousand Ships gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.   

Creative Young Minds

Melbourne Museum Play 

Are you ready for hands-on Museum fun from the comfort of your home? Explore a range of family friendly activities inspired by items in Museums Victoria’s collections and exhibitions. 

Museum Fun

Deceptology – the Science of Magic (State Library of Victoria) 

Join magician extraordinaire and author of children's book Tricky Nick, Nicholas J Johnson in this special four part video series – Deceptoloty – the science of magic. 

In these fun, educational videos, learn about the science behind the mysteries of magic like why our brains allow us to form patterns and how deceptology illusions work. 

Watch Here

Victorian Opera

Introduce your children to the joy of opera, with the Victorian Opera’s interactive book – Baby Bilby Sings.

Watch and Read Now

Educational game for kids aged 3-11

Busythings breaks games up for each age group it's fun and colourful and easy for the kids to navigate and get learning while having fun. Logon with their library barcode number.

  • Practice computer skills with the online colouring worksheets (art and music/art)
  • Learn handwriting using the alphabet tracing, messy letter and write now (English handwriting)
  • Get older kids involved with Fashion designing (Design and technology)
  • Turn learning to cook into a fun game of identifying vegetables
  •  and many more activities

Get busy now with Busythings

Teenagers need help with their homework questions

With distance learning are you being asked to help your teenagers for help with difficult maths, science, economics questions? Sunday to Friday between 3pm and 10pm your teenagers can access to live tutors online.  This service is safe, interactive and free with your library membership

Get help now

 

Get Involved

Author talks, online book chats, competitions – it's all happening at Our Library

To read about our events and book tickets click here

Tough Guy Book Club

Tough Guy Book Club (TGBC) is a book club for men over 18 that aims to use the classics and contemporary fiction to foster discussion, help men open up, and bring conversation on a range of topics. There are nearly 40 chapters, mostly based in Australia, with Mornington planned to be the newest one (once COVID restrictions ease of course). 

The first Mornington meeting is planned for 7th of October (restrictions allowing, otherwise online). For this meeting the group will be reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith. For more information and to register your interest: Facebook Event

Natural Life in Your Backyard 

September is Biodiversity month and the ideal time to discover the natural world on your doorstep. The Mornington Peninsula Shire is calling on residents to be citizen scientists and help us discover the Peninsula’s amazing biodiversity and local habitats.  

To help you get outside and uncover the hidden life in your backyard join us on iNaturalist, a free, easy to use app for Mornington Peninsula locals to share their photos of native flora and fauna in their backyard.  Once the app is downloaded and set up simply join the ‘Mornington Peninsula Biodiversity’ group to get started. 

Step 1: Download iNaturalist app on your phone or visit www.inaturalist.org/  

Step 2: Sign up to join the largest group of naturalists in the world 

Step 3: Take photos of your observations 

Step 4: Share your findings to the Mornington Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Australian Musuem FrogID 

What’s that sound?  Croaks, whistles, bleats and barks – every frog species makes a different sound! By recording a frog call with the Australian Museum’s new app, FrogID you can discover which frogs live around you and help us count Australian frogs. 

FrogID