Li­brary a buzz on school hol­i­days

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THE BA­NANA SHIRE Coun­cil Biloela Li­brary was a buzz over the school hol­i­days as chil­dren came along to check out the ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts the li­brary staff put on.

“(To) pro­vide a cre­ative out­let for school age chil­dren dur­ing the school hol­i­days, in­tro­duce them to pos­si­bly un­fa­mil­iar con­cepts, such as cod­ing and that the li­brary has more to of­fer than just books,” BSC Se­nior Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Ad­vi­sor Ruth Thomp­son said.

Var­i­ous themes were used with an­i­mals and space for arts and crafts, sciences ses­sions with mag­nets and flu­ids and mind­storm ro­bot­ics.

“The tech­nol­ogy com­po­nent was Ozobots, to in­tro­duce cod­ing and to give them prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in the ba­sics,” she said.

Some ac­tiv­i­ties were booked out with wait­ing lists.

“There has been a fan­tas­tic response th­ese hol­i­days,” staff said. “Un­for­tu­nately not many teens took up the of­fer of craft and ro­bot­ics for high school age stu­dents.”

Plan­ning for the Christ­mas school hol­i­days will be­gin shortly.

“Based on the pop­u­lar­ity of the Septem­ber school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties, it is likely a sim­i­lar sched­ule (dif­fer­ent top­ics/ac­tiv­i­ties) will be de­signed,” staff said.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

MORE THAN BOOKS: The science ac­tiv­ity was a hit.

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