Balloons: The Ugly Truth

By Hansikaa Sharma, Yarra Plenty Regional Library Member (Published with permission.)    Balloon releases and balloons in general are a fun way to commemorate a big event or decorate a birthday party, but considering the impact balloons have on ecosystems it's just not worth it. Balloons are a devastation to the environment. If you are…
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Full STEAM Ahead: Learning Communities are Growing Communities

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are critically important for productivity, personal decision making and effective community, national and global citizenship. However, exploring and applying STEM principles in new and innovative ways requires the ability to adapt information and initiate creative solutions. Cue STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education! Supporting people of…
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Commuting with Kids

In my family I do the school drop off, pick up and am the taxi to all the various children’s extra-curricular activities. These are not long drives but lately we have been using these snippets of time to listen to audiobooks together. I use the BorrowBox App through the library all the time for myself…
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Top Online Learning Tools @ YPRL

Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) offers programs and services that support the acquisition of knowledge and skills through study, experience or lessons through its nine branches and mobile services. These programs and our online offerings are becoming of increasing importance to the local community. Learning can include borrowing a DIY manual, attending a genealogy course…
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Community Creative: Adam Wallace

Love our September Under the Sea brochure?! Illustrations are by our school holiday guest, Adam Wallace! Adam is a three time New York Times bestselling author with a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children. He has over forty published titles under his belt, including Jamie Brown is Not Rich, Spark, and the Accidentally Awesome series. Adam loves…
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STEAM Resources: mBots

Using an mBot is a fun way to learn how to code, using an ipad or android tablet. Simply drag and drop your code to create and see your mBot come to life. Start with easy tasks and work your way up to more advanced codes. Basic coding knowledge would be good, but not needed…
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STEAM Resources: Drones

Makeblock Airblock Modular Programmable Drone Kit A 7-piece modular drone that can be turned into a hovercraft, car, spider and more! It is made of light but durable plastic foam so you can bump into walls without making dents. Control it from your Smartphone or iPad via Bluetooth using a freely available iOS or Android…
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