While the doors of Mansfield Library may be closed, local children and families are still enjoying the fun of storytime with the development of Mansfield Library’s virtual Mini Storytime series.
The program features all your favourite Mansfield Library staff – and the occasional special guest - reading children’s books in a series of short interactive videos streaming on Mansfield Shire Council’s YouTube channel.
Librarian, Sharyn Howlett explained; “We know our regular Storytime Program was an important part of a lot of families’ weekly activities, giving them the opportunity to get out and connect with other families while engaging in educational play.”
“When the library was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were concerned that children would be missing out and wanted to give people something to smile about,” she said.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley AOM said there are plenty of benefits that come from reading to children from a young age.
“We know that activities like Storytime help children develop a lifelong interest in books and libraries. Storytime also helps stimulate children’s imaginations, develop their language skills and have fun,” she said.
It is not just children who can enjoy Mansfield Library services during this time.
“If you’re a Mansfield Library member, you can still get free access to an increased number of audiobooks, movies, comics and learning resources,” Cr Attley said.
“Library members can also continue to borrow books and other borrowable items though the recently introduced ‘click and collect’ service which allows members to order items for collection from the Library during designated times.
“We are also pleased to announce that courier services between libraries in the High Country Library Network have recommenced, providing a greater variety of library resources available to loan.”
For more information about Mansfield Library services, head to our library page or call the library on 5775 8621.
For Storytime head to www.youtube.com and search for Mansfield Shire Council.