The Association library of books, formerly accessed through the office and the website, is now housed as a special collection within the MidWestern Regional Library, in Mudgee NSW.
How does this help you as a parent of gifted children?
Your requests for books will be responded to immediately, and books will be tracked and monitored so our very popular ones will no longer disappear! There will be clear indication of when the book is due to be returned, and a more reliable return rate.
Previously when you borrowed books you paid for the return postage. The Association paid for the sending out of books. All books were maintained by the Association, and considerable time and money was spent both on maintaining the books and on chasing them up. We lost many books over time.
Now, you will know where they can be found, be able to check on what's available and know when you can expect it. You won't have to pay to return books, and you will be able to pick them up from your local library.
As the books are now housed in a public library, you can borrow them through the state-wide inter-library loan system. As long as you are a member of the public library, you will be able to request and receive books, return them through the system and notice when new ones are added or updated.
In this way, the Association is also supporting your local library – a valuable resource for all parents of gifted children. You may already be an active member – and here is another reason to join!
How do you borrow?
You can access the special collection catalogue directly and will be able to see if the book is on the shelf, when it is due to be returned and other details about its availability.
Alternatively you can go to the main library catalogue. You will be able to find out more using the left hand menu bar on the site. When you join your local library you will have a pin number and log in that allows you to access the mylibrary program.
Of course, if you are in Mudgee you can also visit the library – it is open from 10-6 daily, and until 12.30 on Saturday mornings. The collection is housed on a shelf in the main section of the library and you will be able to browse the collection at your leisure.
Did you know?
Gifted children vary a lot. Some are great at sports. Some have disabilities. Children can be gifted or not along one or more of a large number of dimensions. Labels like "gifted" need to be used carefully as all children are different.