Latest from the Library

March 2019

Easter Opening Hours, and Anzac Day

The Vision Australia Information Library Service will close on Thursday April 18 2019 at 5pm and reopen on Tuesday April 23 2019 at 8.30am.

The Library will also be closed for ANZAC Day on Thursday April 25 2019.

Envoy Connect

The Library has successfully rolled out the new Envoy Connect player to members who previously received their audiobooks on CD. While people have had to become familiar with the new, smaller player, we have received quite a lot of positive feedback.

The user guide for the Envoy Connect, the guide to loading books onto the player using i-access Kiosk, and a short video about using the Envoy Connect, can be located here.

If you wish to find out more about  the Envoy Connect, or you need some help in using it, please call 1300 654 656.

Please note: now the library has ceased production of CDs to members, and decommissioned the PTN players, we are no longer able to repair or replace PTN players which have been gifted to our members.

Our DAISY audio collection is growing fast

Late last year Vision Australia Library’s exciting partnerships with Wavesound was born. Wavesound produces and records audio books in DAISY format. This and other new partnerships, will enable us to boost our audio collection of well-known Australian and overseas authors by around 5000 new titles over the course of this year. 

Children and young adult books are included in this number. Already 1000 new titles have been added to our catalogue including exciting bestselling titles as Michelle Obama’s autobiography, “Becoming”.  Borrow the book now and enjoy hearing Michelle’s voice tell her own story (DAISY AU171201).

Choice Magazine now available in full-text and audio from Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

Choice Magazine, Choice Computer magazine and a number of other popular and research magazine and journals are available to our borrowers through the Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre Plus online resource.

These publications are available in a machine readable format, as well as in audio, and you can even choose whether you’d like articles read in an Australian, British or American accent. Once you have located the magazine you want to read, it is also possible to create an alert so that you will be notified via email or RSS feed when new issues are added to the service.

Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre Plus and other online study and research resources can also be accessed on the library’s Databases page and are free to use.

If you would like further information or help locating these or other magazines please contact the Library on 1300 654 656.

The Library helping members get the hang of their Library book player

On Saturday February 16, the Vision Australia Library team welcomed and supported approximately 60 library members and their families. Six library tech gurus took members through the use of their device.

The team helped library members troubleshoot any issues. By the end of the session, members were back onto the path of effectively accessing the 44,000 audio titles that the library holds. The Kooyong Vision Store was also open, and received lots of interest and purchases of products designed for our blind and low vision members - this included the new small hand held audiobook player Envoy Connect, which has proved to be a winner with Library members. We are looking forward to holding another Tech Saturday in the near future.


World Wildlife Day   

To mark World Wildlife Day (March 3 2019), here we feature books on wildlife. This day aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.

It's every monkey for themselves : a true story of sex, love and lies in the jungle by Vanessa Woods
Formats: DAISY (AU 103346), braille (AU 107798).
Subject Interest Codes: Travel and Culture, Animal Stories.

Summary: Aiming to put as much distance as she could between herself and a dysfunctional relationship, Vanessa Woods left Canberra and headed for the remote, wild and distinctly unsafe jungles of Costa Rica. She had a research job, a contract with Disney Channel and would spend the year working with a small community of dedicated like-minded scientific souls researching the behaviour of capuchin monkeys while making a documentary about Costa Rican wildlife. Or so she thought. As it turned out, Vanessa's housemates in the monkey house didn't appreciate her Australian sense of humour, she was stung so often by wasps and killer bees she developed a lethal allergy, and the monkeys were evasive, mean and aggressive - with the only difference between them and her housemates being that at least she could tell her housemates apart. Over the course of a wild, bruising and tumultuous year, Vanessa learned that not all monkeys - or people - are alike, that friendship can be more important than sex, and that sometimes it takes a brush with death and an abscess the size of a melon on your head to make you realise that being pretty isn't always enough. This is a story of love, loss, bitter rivalry and vicious battles - and that's just the monkeys.

The whales' journey by Stephen Martin
Format: DAISY (AU 132491).
Subject Interest Codes: Animal Stories, Science and Technology.

Summary: From slaughter to sanctuary 'The whales' journey' describes the experiences of the humpback whales as they travel between the cold Antarctic and the warm tropical seas off northern Australia. It is also the story of human impact on humpback whale populations, which were decimated almost to extinction during the first sixty years of the twentieth century.

Next panda, please! : further adventures of a wildlife vet by David Taylor
Format: DAISY (AU 8296).
Subject Interest Codes: Autobiography, Animal Stories, Environment.

Summary: David Taylor writes about his adventures as a world-wide physician to all shapes and sizes of wild animals. The stars of this book are the pair of giant pandas at Madrid zoo, on whom this zoo vet has carried out important pioneering work.

Readers’ Reviews

Bert : the story of Australia's favourite TV star by Graeme Blundell.
Format: DAISY (AU 156220).
Subject Interest Codes: Biography, Biography-Australian, Biography-Stage and Screen.

Summary: TV and radio star, interviewer and all-round media personality, Bert Newton’s career spans the decades. He ruled the radio sets of Melbourne in the 1950s - when another young blade, Graham Kennedy, was also on the air - then made the transition to the box. Whether on television, radio or more recently on stage, Bert is the preeminent entertainer. Behind this most public of faces is the story of a boy whose father died early; a lad who loved riding the famous trams of his home town; and a young man whose compulsion to work led him to collapse. A consummate professional who holds the respect and admiration of his peers and multitude of fans alike, Bert has reinvigorated his career over and over as the world around him changed. And in a life full of dynamic partnerships - on screen with Graham Kennedy and Don Lane - Bert’s marriage to Patti is the most enduring of them all.

Reader Comments: “I really liked this book.”

Beneath the Aurora by Richard Woodman
Series: Nathaniel Drinkwater; 12
Sequel to: The Flying Squadron. Followed by: The Shadow of the Eagle.
Format: DAISY (AU 94965).
Set in: Early 19th century Europe.
Subject Interest Codes: Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, Sea Stories.

Summary: Captain Drinkwater, as head of the Royal Navy's Secret Department, is caught up in a vast intrigue which leads him into the most desperate mission of his career among the forbidding fiords of Norway during the Napoleonic wars.
Reader Comments: “A great story, which I feel is tied to historical fact.”

The Narrowboat Girl by Annie Murray
Format: DAISY (AU 132302).
Set in: Early 20th century England.
Subject Interest Codes: Family Stories, Perceptive Fiction.

Summary: Young Maryann Nelson is devastated at the loss of her beloved father. But worse is to come when her mother, Flo, sees an opportunity to better herself and her family in a marriage to the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover. Unable to turn to their unsympathetic mother for support, the girls are left alone with their harrowing secret. But for Sal, it is too much to bear...The chance of a new life opens up for Maryann when she befriends Joel Bartholomew. Aboard his narrowboat, the Esther Jane, she finds herself falling in love with life on the canal as she is swept away from Birmingham and all her worries. Until Joel's feelings for Maryann begin to change, awakening all the old nightmares that she had thought were long buried, and in panic and confusion she takes flight.

Reader Comments: “A long engrossing story with confronting imagery, read with clarity and great impression by a lady in Tasmania. A recommended story for a listener who wishes authenticity. A sorry tale at the start with accurate description of the hardship and poverty of Birmingham in the early 1900s. But the comradeship of the central characters win through making an engrossing tale of love winning through. I give it at least 8 out of 10. PS. Some of the goings on are appalling but are essential to the story as a whole.”