Resilient Clarence library collection

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The ‘Resilient Clarence’ is a collection of resources designed to support children and adults to recover from and prepare for bushfires, floods and other natural hazards. The permanent collection includes physical and digital resources for adults and children covering a range of recovery, resilience and disaster preparedness topics.

Each of our Clarence Valley libraries holds a permanent collection of resources which Clarence communities can access to support their recovery and resilience building efforts now and into the future.

Download the pamphlet(PDF, 958KB) to find out which titles are available.

The Launch

The collection will be launched in early December at each of the Clarence Valley Libraries and via the Mobile Library.
The schedule is:
- December 1: Nymboida (10am-12pm, during the regular mobile library visit)
- December 3: Yamba, Maclean, Iluka and Grafton @ 11am (morning tea provided)
- December 8: Glenreagh (2p-4pm, during the regular mobile library visit) 

Early 2022 dates for Baryulgil, Coutts Crossing, Brooms Head/Taloumbi and other selected communities have yet to be confirmed.

Red Cross will be in attendance at most events to provide information packs and resources about disaster resilience to community as well as colouring-in books and activities for the kids.

As partners of the Resilient Clarence program, Red Cross want to hear your stories and learn about the ways they can support you and your community to build connection, share local knowledge, and get prepared to be more resilient in the face of future disaster events.

Come and chat with our Resilient Clarence team and Red Cross to find out about their upcoming activities and how they can support your community. 

Sign up to our newsletter to get a reminder for your area and to find out more about these events.


The Clarence Valley Libraries in Maclean, Grafton and Iluka will stock this collection.
The Mobile Library team can bring the collection to the more remote communities.

On top of that, the halls or community centres (or another neighbourhood hub if neither is present) in the following communities will be offered 5 titles each from this collection, to lend out to those community members who are intested:
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Digital Collection

On top of the Resilient Clarence hard copy book collection, the Clarence Regional Library also holds eAudio and eBook copies of:

  • Any Ordinary day by Leigh Sales
  • The Power of Suffering by David Roland

    If there is a demand, the team can also purchase eBook copies of:

  • Beyond climate Grief by Jonica Newby
  • Fire Country by Victor Steffenson
  • Essential Bushfire Safety Tips by Joan Webster   

How to access these titles:

Get on the Library's Borrowbox platform.

Download the app for your PC

Or, if you use a smartphone or tablet, go to the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (Apple) to download the Borrowbox app to your device. Using your email address and library card number, set up a new account.

Please note that, unfortunately, none of the children’s titles are available digitally.

More information and support

Other useful online resources:

The effects of a bushfire can be felt long after the embers have burnt out. Talking about Resilience can bring back memories. Be kind to yourself, check in on each other, and reach out if you need help. The following are free services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 78 9978
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
  • Suicide call back service: 1300 659 467
  • Standby (support after suicide): 0417 119 298
  • Northern NSW Connect to Wellbeing (a free service for people impacted by fires and droughts, no GP referral needed): 1300 160 339

Resilient Clarence newsletter

The Resilient Clarence program is working with Red Cross, Vinnies, Landcare, Envite Environment and other project partners to connect with bushfire-affected communities in all corners of the Clarence Valley and help them organise a range of resilience activities/workshops to suit their interests and needs.   

As we go, we are filming messages of resilience, and creative interpretations of that message, to eventually create a travelling exhibit, a digital map and a lasting resource in our regional libraries.

To find out about free events and workshops in your area: 

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You can unsubscribe at any time. By signing up, you agree for your details to be shared with our project partners. If you receive a notification that you were already registered, that’s because you signed up when you received assistance after the bushfires (e.g. water delivery, a water bill rebate, or help with the clean up) or because you have already participated in this program.  

Post Traumatic Growth workshop

Finding Your New Life Story workshop

Who: David Roland: writer, presenter and psychologist
Where:Treelands Drive Community Centre, Yamba
When: Thursday 14 April 2022, 10am - 3pm

David Roland's book The Power of Suffering: growing through life crises is one of the 13 all-Australian disaster recovery & resilience books in our new Resilient Clarence Library Collection. We're excited that this acclaimed writer, presenter and psychologist has agreed to provide a workshop about posttraumatic growth in the Clarence Valley.

Spots are limited and bookings are essential.
Lunch and refreshments provided. 
Visit the Clarence Library Facebook page for more information.