Take a Look in the Book Nook
Libraries are no longer places that you are told to be quiet, they are a community and a meeting place for all kinds of activities! Kiddos these days are even luckier than we were. As well as books, there are now magazines, toys, computers, performances, workshops and games all at their fingertips!
Over 600,000 South Australians have an active one-library membership card, and between them they borrowed 15.2million items last year! From an eco perspective, libraries are a good place to reuse and recycle in a world where we over consume. They are also cost effective! Libraries offer free internet and computer access, lend out CDs and DVDs. Many also host JP services, and lend out toys, computer tablets, and sometimes even garden equipment!
Libraries are magical places that facilitate discovery, creativity and imagination from a very young age. They’re often the first place that you fall down the rabbit hole, conquer the high seas, attend Wizard School or battle a pirate.They pave the way to a world of learning and often play an important role in shaping our entire perspective. We all fondly look back on the experiences derived from fairytales and stories as a kid. It’s almost even more fun when you have your own children to relive the enchantment all over again.
Libraries have become one of our favourite places to meet, with many even incorporating cafes and meeting rooms, that are used by a huge variety of community groups. They are places for mother’s groups to relax and have a coffee or students to find a quiet place to study. They run programs that bring people from all walks of life together, including story time, summer reading clubs, English as a second language, online gaming, digital literacy courses and book discussion groups.
State councils operate 100 libraries and co-fund another 40 school based, joint-use libraries in rural and remote areas. Combined, councils invested $127million in the provision of libraries and cultural services last financial year(supported by $18.5million of State Government funding). So next time you need a book-nook, study area, bit of fun or even some equipment, look no further than your local library.
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