Thousands diving into books, activities
Library membership surges past 30,000:
IF YOU’RE new year’s resolution was to read more books, you probably weren’t alone.
Libraries throughout the Bundaberg Region were bursting with activity in 2018, with thousands of residents enjoying the many benefits of reading a good book and participating in community activities.
An average of 25,000 people walked through the doors of the region’s four libraries, in Bundaberg, Childers, Gin Gin and Woodgate, each month.
Bundaberg Regional Council’s community and cultural services spokeswoman Cr Judy Peters said the high visitation numbers were a testament to the fantastic services on offer.
“Our libraries offer not only a great range of books and DVDs for borrowing, but also wonderful activities for the whole family to enjoy,” Cr Peters said.
Cr Peters said with a wide range of books to choose from, last year’s top 10 books borrowed featured quite a few popular authors including American novelist James Patterson, thriller author Lee Child and adventure writer Clive Cussler.
“While these novels were a clear favourite amongst our avid readers, they are only a glimpse of the huge range on offer,” she said.
“From romance to thrillers, crime to sci-fi, fiction to non-fiction and more, there is certainly something to please every bookworm.”
It wasn’t just books that had people through the library doors, in 2018, adults and children alike were able to participate in a range of library programs including Storytime, First 5 Forever, technology sessions and more.
“Various technology information sessions were offered at our library locations throughout the year from learning the computer basics to My Health sessions and introductions to Skype,” Cr Peters said.
“For the children, there was plenty of fun to be had including our After School Robotics sessions, Toddler Rock ‘n’ Rhyme and of course, the many fantastic activities.
“Our annual program attendance figures for the year reached well over 18,000 people, proving just how popular library activities are.”
Cr Peters said membership numbers also grew steadily in 2018, with over 1360 people signing up to their local library.
“We now have a total membership count of 30,874 people across our library service,” she said.
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