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Huge demand for library services in 2019

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Bundaberg Library staff Peta Browne, Josh McCullough, Caleb Gilhooley and Sharon Hobson with Mayor Jack Dempsey.

Many residents and visitors to the region enjoyed the services of Bundaberg Regional Libraries in 2019, with 284,977 people walking through the doors of the four libraries.

According to Council's community and cultural services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters, the busiest day recorded 1436 members of the public enjoying the excellent facilities provided. 

“We are very thankful to have such a fantastic range of services at our libraries,” Cr Peters said.

“The community are obviously enjoying these facilities immensely with average visitor numbers per week day over 1000.”

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Natasha and Reuben Fulton at Alpacas with Maracas Storytime at Bundaberg Library last year.

Bundaberg Regional Libraries cater for all ages

Cr Peters said the most popular library program in 2019 included It’s Rocket Science, a children’s STEM program held over eight sessions in October which attracted 330 children and 300 adults. 

“The workshops were extremely popular as it catered for a range of ages, interests and involved planes and rockets,” she said.

“Another popular activity introduced in August 2019 was our Be Connected Young Mentors program, where high school students and seniors were brought together to support digital literacy in the community.

“Not only does it foster digital literacy for seniors it also allows the young participants to develop valuable teaching experience, communication and behavioural skills that will help them develop into the leaders of the future. 

It's Rocket Science
It’s Rocket Science held in October 2019.

“The eight sessions provided advice for 156 seniors.”

Cr Peters said Bundaberg Regional Libraries would continue providing excellent services to the community in 2020 with a range of new activities planned.

“Bundaberg Regional Libraries is a vibrant learning hub for the community,” Cr Peters said.

“Our staff regularly conduct programs such as digital literacy, virtual reality and robotics, children’s story time and craft, book clubs, community group presentations, recreational social and hobby activities, author events and book launches.”

Cr Peters said digital services had also increased in 2019, with 80,559 items downloaded.

“This included books, audio books, music, magazines and film in digital format that can be easily downloaded anytime and anywhere,” she said.

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Isis High School arts teacher Nadene Jones experiments with the virtual reality equipment loaned to the school by Bundaberg Regional Library last year.

New events and programs planned for 2020

  • Augmented Reality Classes
  • Earth Day Movie and VR
  • Alice in Wonderland Morning Tea and Lecture
  • Playtime @ the Library
  • Lego Club
  • Board Game Club
  • Book Club get together

To find out more about what your library offers, visit the website here and Facebook page here.

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