The Amaze Library – A New Direction
1 April 2015
Amaze is here to support the Autism Spectrum community across Victoria. So when it comes to physical things such as the Amaze Library, supporting remote Victorians can be quite challenging.
In the past, we have tried to ‘level the playing field’ for regional members by paying for return postage for library books: however, even for metro members, it’s a long way into the centre from the outskirts of our large city, and the library can be just as inaccessible to many of these members too.
Easier Access for ALL Members
Amaze has decided to take a different approach to providing resources. We are decentralising the contents of the library and redistributing the collection across council libraries throughout Victoria.
We pleased to announce that we are partnering with the libraries listed below, and that each library will receive a selection of books and DVD’s from the Amaze collection and will use this to add to, or to form the basis of their own autism collection. Each item donated will have a book plate in it to note that it was donated by the autism community.
As a further part of our partnership, we will continue to work closely to promote and support one another in trying to create and provide a community where people on the autism spectrum are included, respected and supported.
If your local library is listed, we encourage you to go in and have a chat to them about how to access the resources. If your local library is not listed, you can request items via the LibraryLink Victoria, which is an inter-library loan system that all public library clients can use. The link to LibraryLink Victoria is here: http://www.llv.net.au , although your local public librarian should be able to help you further.
- Mildura Rural City Council Library Service
- Gannawarra Shire Council
- City of Ballarat Libraries
- Shire of Campaspe
- Swan Hill Regional Library
- Goldfields Library Corporation (Bendigo)
- Goulburn Valley Regional Libraries
- East Gippsland Shire Library
- High Country Library (Wangaratta)
- Wimmera Regional Library Corporation
- Latrobe City Libraries
- West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation
- Yarra Plenty Regional Library
- City of Yarra Libraries
The Amaze autism collection has been looked after by our current librarian, Maria, and our previous library staff over many years. It has been kept up to date, weeded, improved and supported by regular donations.
It is important to us that it is cared for and maintained in the future. Maria will continue at Amaze and members will have access to her extensive knowledge of resources.
Please note that the Amaze library is now closed. The new system will be up and running over the next months. Check back here for updates, and members will be updated on progress during this time. Please bear with us during the changeover.
If you would like to talk with us about these changes, email us or call us on 03 9657 1600.
Ongoing Member Benefits
Amaze is still here to support you and to provide you with a range of services and resources. Members are eligible for:
- Spectrum Magazine
- Discounts on Amaze Knowledge training
- Regular member offers
- Discounts on VAC and other events
5 May 2015
We have had a long standing relationship with Footprint Books, who provide a great range of autism resources. Footprint are offering two great deals:
Non-members: 10% discount and free shipping (Australia/NZ only) – use promo code amaze99 Click here
Members: Check your email inbox for details of the special deal and your promo code for member discounts
Book of the week:
I AM AspienWoman :
The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Adult Females on the Autism Spectrum
By Tania A. Marshall
Following on from her successful book “I Am AspeinGirl”, Tania Marshall’s new title focuses on the ‘uniqueness, traits and gifts’ of women on the autism spectrum. By sharing snippets and conversations from her blog, this book is a visual conversation starter. Marshall, which in her work as a psychologist, has met and worked with many women on the autism spectrum, and in this title she engages ‘real-life AspeinWoman Superhero Mentors’ that shares their stories in the book.
By doing this, she hopes to provide positive inspiration, but also a sense of belonging, which hopefully can lead to a better understanding of women on the autism spectrum. The author recognises that there are issues around diagnosis and missing out on support early in life for women, and she hopes this book will help to raise awareness and bring about change.
Should you be interested in buying books, you can order via Footprint, and as a friend of Amaze get 10% discount and free delivery by following this link http://footprintstage.infomaxim.com//amaze.asp
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