Celebrating the vital role of local libraries

Published on 18 May 2017

 An amazing range of fun activities is on offer as part of National Library and Information week celebrations in the City of Melton from 22-28 May 2017.

Residents of all ages are invited to join the free Scavenger Hunt which will be full of games, riddles and location-based trivia at both Caroline Springs Library and Learning Hub, and the Melton Library and Learning Hub during the week. Come along to either library branch or visit the City of Melton libraries Facebook page to sign-up to participate.

Young readers are also invited to turn pages together in the National Simultaneous Storytime session on Wednesday 24 May with the book ‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon”. Two sessions will be held, at 10.30am in Melton and 11am in Caroline Springs.

Local families are also urged to sign-up for the 1000 Books Before School campaign which helps libraries support parents in building their children’s early literacy skills to give them a head-start in life.  

Nearly 500 pre-schoolers have already registered in this ongoing program across the City of Melton this year and received their starter kit. More families are welcome to join now.

Celebrations will culminate with both libraries hosting Biggest Morning Tea fund-raisers for the Cancer Council. Come along and share a cuppa from 11am on Thursday 25 May at Melton Library and Learning Hub, and Friday 26 May at 11am in Caroline Springs Library and Learning Hub.

City of Melton Mayor, Cr Sophie Ramsey said Library and Information Week provides residents with the opportunity to find out about the wide range of services which local public and school libraries offer.

“Across the nation libraries play a vital role in research, education, culture and knowledge” Cr Ramsey said.

“At a local level Council’s library services enhance the work, study and personal life of many residents in our community. “This Week helps to recognise the importance of libraries as providers of information services for people who may otherwise not be able to access these resources,” she said.  

“If you haven’t explored your local library recently, Library and Information Week is the perfect time to discover what great services and activities are in easy reach.”