Thou­sands div­ing into books, ac­tiv­i­ties

Li­brary mem­ber­ship surges past 30,000:

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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.

Photo: Mike Knott BUN110119­BOOK2

NEXT CHAP­TER: Li­brar­i­ans Jaala Beauchamp and Stephen Har­ris with two books that are ex­tremely pop­u­lar with Bund­aberg read­ers.

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