Libraries: bringing communities together

A key part of Ursula's Laureate message is about encouraging children to join public and school libraries so they can access the broad range of stories and information they need to develop into strong readers. One way we would like to support and celebrate this is by promoting the reopening of libraries – in person or online.

Send us a picture and information about your library admin@childrenslaureate.org.au

Kiama Library

Location: Kiama, NSW

Contact: 0242 331 133

 

Is your library open for face-to-face visits, online or both? Both

 

Tell us about your library and/or community:

Kiama Library is the main library branch of Kiama Municipal Council and is a member of South Coast Cooperative Libraries. Conveniently located in central Kiama near the town centre and Kiama Railway Station, our library provides residents and visitors with library resources, free Wi-Fi and local history information.

 

What are the two of the most popular children’s books at your library(fiction or non-fiction ages 0-15):

In our picture book collection Peppa Pig books are very popular

Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series are the most popular in our Junior Fiction collection

Wallsend Primary School Library

Location: Martindale St, Wallsend, NSW

Contact: (02) 4955 9415

 

Is your library open for face-to-face visits, online or both?
Open for face to face for students each weekday, online access 24/7 through the DoE Student Portal

 

Tell us about your library and/or community:

Wallsend P.S. is a learning community that is growing in their love and respect for books. We have 260 primary aged students. The library has forward facing shelves for most of the collection. This has gone a long way towards helping students with their book selection. Most students borrow regularly with either using a library bag to take the book home or having a school loan and reading it at school and caring for it on their desk. We have separate Premier’s Reading Challenge sections to help students choose quality books to complete this challenge.

 

What are the two of the most popular children’s books at your library(fiction or non-fiction ages 0-15):

Non-Fiction "Where's Wally? The Wonder Book"   Fiction "Bad Guys"​

Holdfast Bay Library Service

Glenelg Library

Branch Location:  2 Colley Terrace, Glenelg SA

Contact: (08) 8179 9555

Brighton Library

Branch Location:  20 Jetty Road, Brighton SA

Contact: (08) 8229 9988

 

Is your library open for face-to-face visits, online or both?
Open as per usual opening hours – programs and events up and running but with booking required and restricted numbers.

The Programs Team created a number of online storytimes during library closure which are still available for viewing.

 

Tell us about your library and/or community:

The two branches of the Holdfast Bay Library Service are located close to the beach in the Adelaide suburbs of Glenelg and Brighton.

The Glenelg branch caters to a wide variety of patrons (especially during the busy Summer tourist season – pre-Covid!) and has a direct tram link to the City.

 

Our Brighton branch is visited by a large number of both older patrons and young families. We have good links with neighbouring schools and child care centres with which we offer a number of author events and other library programs.

 

What are the two of the most popular children’s books at your library
(fiction or non-fiction ages 0-15):

Anh Do / The secret cave (Wolf Girl series no. 3)

Jessica Townsend / Hollowpox (Nevermoor series no.3) – This title is heavily requested by both older children and adults.

ACLF general enquiries admin@childrenslaureate.org.au  /  PO Box 5083, Brunswick North, VIC 3056

 

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