His­tory com­ing to life at lo­cal library

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

A TRIP to the library in the Whit­sun­days is all teach­ers need to make to bring their classes to life.

Can­non­vale library is now a de­pot for Queens­land Mu­seum Re­gional Loans with a va­ri­ety of kits avail­able for schools and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

For se­mes­ter one library kits cover a broad range of themes in­clud­ing World War II, an­i­mal homes, colo­nial pioneers, ma­rine life, cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions and Mut­tabur­rasaurus bones.

There is more to come in se­mes­ter two, with dis­plays cov­er­ing democ­racy, in­ver­te­brate life cy­cles, Mac­quarie Is­land, South East Asia, Queens­land Re­mem­bers: 1939-2000 and megafauna.

The kits in­clude ma­te­ri­als which can be both ob­served and touched.

Can­non­vale Library team leader Kerry Dor­man said stu­dents, teach­ers and com­mu­nity groups would stand to ben­e­fit from the new ini­tia­tive.

“This way they get a lit­tle bit of a taste of what they can do within the school cur­ricu­lum, so it makes teach­ing a lit­tle

❝Teach­ers might be talk­ing about di­nosaurs and can say, ‘hey look at this (mu­seum dis­play)’ and bring their lessons to life. — Kerry Dor­man Can­non­vale Library team leader

more in­ter­est­ing and for the kids they get more ben­e­fit out of it,” she said.

“Teach­ers might be talk­ing about di­nosaurs and can say, ‘hey look at this (mu­seum dis­play)’ and bring their lessons to life.”

Ms Dor­man said a num­ber of schools had al­ready made book­ings and would be el­i­gi­ble to bor­row kit ma­te­rial for a two week pe­riod.

Li­braries in Bowen, Collinsville and Proser­pine can also ac­cept kit loans to ac­com­mo­date those re­sid­ing in the broader re­gion.

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