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Friday, 22 May 2020
The Kwinana Public Library is celebrating Library and Information Week in an unusual way this year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Carol Adams said that whilst the Kwinana public library would normally be buzzing with activity from Monday 25 May, its doors are currently closed for a much-needed upgrade to the front desk.
“During lockdown, the library commenced a refurbishment project and installation of new self-serve kiosks, which will also aid in social distancing measures in the future,” Mayor Adams said.
“Whilst we complete this project, the library will continue to use the popular ‘click and collect’ approach it has adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
“The library has such a positive influence across many sectors of the community and provides opportunities to people who may not otherwise have access to information and resources,” Mayor Adams said.
“So this service, which includes home delivery to those who qualify, helps those who are most vulnerable during times of isolation and uncertainty,” she said.
The library has also established an entirely online program for the second term of the year and reminded library users that eResources are always available and always free to use.
A key feature of Library and Information week is National Simultaneous Storytime. Every year, a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, bookshops and other facilities across the country.
This year the City has invited a special guest to pre-record a reading of the 2020 book - Lucinda Gifford’s Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas - for members of the Kwinana community to enjoy on the day.
“I hear it’s a terrific book this year – I may have even read it myself!” Mayor Adams said.
“To get into the spirit of things, the library has also created some fun party bags for children over the age of three which can be collected via appointment next week,” she said.