Friends of the Library keep residents learning

President of Friends of the Library Bob Adam and Bundaberg Library manager Peta Browne with some Sphero robots.
Friends of the Library president Bob Adam and Bundaberg Library manager Peta Browne with some Sphero robots.

Friends of the Library provide valuable support to the Bundaberg Region's four libraries and serve the community by delivering items to housebound residents.

President Bob Adams addressed members at the annual general meeting on Monday morning, saying the group had come a long way since its inception in 1984.

“We have built up a strong and productive relationship with the community of the Bundaberg Region,” he said.

“This year we had 38 members who delivered 4913 library items to 29 recipients.

“We have assisted the Bundaberg Library by providing funds for items that fall outside the Library's general funding.

“This is an ongoing activity which the members take a great amount of pride in.”

Friends of the Library fund Sphero robots

Bundaberg Regional Council's library services manager Peta Browne said Friends of the Library was an integral group and had assisted the four libraries within the region as well as the overall community greatly over the years.

“They do a wonderful job with enthusiasm and empathy,” Peta said.

“In selecting and delivering library items for housebound residents, Friends of the Library help with reducing isolation, ensuring social engagement, boosting mental health and fostering the joy of reading.”

Peta said the group had also helped with funding for the Library to buy special items.

“This year we were able to purchase numerous board games as well as Sphero robots,” she said.

“Our original Spheros were well loved, well used and worn out.

“We were able to purchase six new robots and put them to use in our after-school robotics program and in school holiday activities.”

Peta said Friends of the Library’s successful efforts had reached all aspects of the community.

“They have engaged all ages from children to seniors, showcasing their libraries and the value they bring to their communities,” she said.

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