The RC of Bayside enjoyed a vocational night with a visit to Belmont Library.  We all met at 7 pm and had a warm welcome from Anne Stewart whom hosted our visit and started with a wonderful information session. 

Anne started with the website that is available for all to access and informed us that at Belmont Library there were over 104 thousand members and around 1000 people come thru the Library doors on a daily basis. 

Free Wi- fi access to members is extremely popular as are the many other services using the net.

Anne explained to us the Geelong Library Systems ‘Reading the Future” goals from now to 2017. These include a focus on Literacy and by making the Library inclusive(longer opening hours- outside of business hours), Transforming the way the Library works by increasing skill and bridging technology from the past to the future (including the new Library complex in Geelong City). 

Many of the services are so popular including the Book Club kits, Home Library services, E- Membership, Internet searches for Library items from home computer/devices- with sms to notify when book ready, Collection highlights, In-Library activities and the Family History collection is very popular for researching family trees and history. 

The E – Membership allows huge access and download ability to e-books, audio books, magazines and newspapers like the Geelong Advertiser every Day!

We ended our visit with a comprehensive tour of the Belmont Library with lots of Questions answered by Anne.  Daryll thanked Anne and the club than went out for a Social Dinner.