Online library fun

Central Coast library events can now be viewed online, offering remote access to the Library Online speaker series.

A Council spokesperson said the events have been put online to allow the library to continue to deliver programs while numbers at the branches are capped to adhere to social distancing requirements.

“Due to strict customer limits in branch, popular Library events and programs could not continue as they were pre-COVID; however, staff got creative during lockdown and developed a range of interactive and pre-recorded online events for all ages and interests,” the spokesperson said.

“Since May libraries have hosted over 40 Library online speaker events, both live and pre-recorded, covering a diverse range of topics including children, youth, LGBTQ+, debut and local authors, NSW Health Mental Health Month presentations, recycling and waste talks, family and local history programs as well as tabletop gaming, bookclubs and school holiday entertainment.

“One of the most popular online programs is the online Storytime sessions, which are available through Council’s Coast Connect YouTube channel and Children @ your library Facebook group.

“With these videos receiving thousands of views, this provided an opportunity to engage with families through story to educate them about safety with videos on flood, bushfire, COVID and more explained in an age-appropriate way for young children with our Learning Community Team.

“Council’s Library Service are also participating in the Public Library Network (PLN) Speaker program.

“This collaboration between various NSW public libraries has brought high profile authors to a state-wide audience.

“Due to the popularity of the online offerings, libraries will be looking to incorporate more digital options into their programs even once restrictions are completely lifted, most likely during the cold winter months.

To find out about events go to centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/libraryevents.

Jacinta Counihan

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