Happy Library Lovers' Day folks!
Take a peek and see how love can be found at the library, through work, play and collaboration...
'Araluen participants can improve their literacy and social abilities, let their imaginations fly, engage in education and recreation programs, exhibit their amazing artwork and become more job-ready by helping with garden maintenance at Diamond Valley and learning hospitality and customer service skills at Chancez Cafe Mill Park Library. More people play a valuable part in the community as a result of this partnership.
Libraries are a welcoming, safe, inclusive place where Araluen participants who live with intellectual disability can learn, imagine, volunteer, belong, engage, enjoy and develop job skills. Life's richer life for more community members thanks to YPRL Service.'
- Lara Hynes & Team
'Libraries have been an endless source of knowledge and entertainment for me. There is something special about discovering something new while looking for a specific book that is akin to finding hidden treasure. Books have been a lifelong friend – providing me with countless adventures and daydreams, or the wealth of collective human knowledge and inspiration. In the digital age, the community impact of libraries continues to grow, not wane – as social isolation grows from our increasingly online lives, libraries become a refuge, somewhere where you can go to be online and in the world at the same time. I would not be the person that I am today without the wonderful resource that libraries have been in my life. Vive la bibliothèque!'
- Steph Neoh, Art Curator
'Rosanna Library have been such an integral part of our community integration program at SECU. People experiencing serious mental illness often report feeling isolated, deskilled, and lack engagement in meaningful activities. Staff have been wonderful in engaging our patients and providing a supportive space for them to socialize with others, learn computer skills on the iPad, and access the internet. This translates into promoting meaningful activities & greater social inclusion in the community.'
- Lucy, Occupational Therapist
'Libraries are unique places and without them the social fabric of our communities would be wrenched apart. Libraries matter.
Many people have found work as a result of volunteering and taking part in workshops. Many people have made friends, felt less isolated and more connected. A sense of pride of place has occurred by celebrating what is manufactured and grown in Thomastown!'
- Staff Member
'The library is a fabulous space for everyone to utilise. The library staff are very friendly and welcoming. We are fortunate that our MCH offices are located in the library at Thomastown. This enables families to connect with the local community and feel a sense of belonging as they attend various groups including storytime and playgroup.
As nurses we love promoting ‘The Library’, it’s the perfect place for new parents to engage, have a coffee and cease their feeling of isolation.'
- Margarita Savvidis, Maternal & Child Health Nurse
'Local libraries provide a vast range of services to its patrons. Often, and traditionally, when the word ‘library’ is uttered thoughts and images immediately jump to reading and to books. It is important however for tribute to be paid to the part libraries play in writing, that is, the writing produced by library patrons. The atmosphere is positive and supportive, encouraging participants to experiment and develop their writing skills, whether prose or poetry, whether memoir or fiction.'
- Kay Arthur
'For much of the time we lived in Warrandyte, a highlight of my week was climbing the steps of the Bookmobile and getting lost in the pages of the beautiful children's books I found there and then staggering home again with as many picture books as I could carry. I would devour at least a dozen every week and return joyously for a new selection when the next Wednesday came around. Thank you.'
- Corinne Fenton, Words and Windows exhibition partner
'Libraries are one of my favourite places!
I am so grateful to my local library for putting on an exhibition of my work late last year. It was a highlight of my career. I loved telling the Deltora Quest fans, art students, parents and grandparents about the transition from traditional painting to digital in my work. I am so grateful that these pictures saw the light of day, it was an exhibition of artwork that is very dear to me and will never be seen again.
One thing is true in life - you’ll never regret a visit to your local library… who knows what you might find?!'
- Marc McBride, The Boy Who Drew Dragons exhibition partner
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