Library reaches out to offer social connection


WHERE do the children play? Not in unsanitised playgrounds, but possibly online. Picture: Keith Platt

Mornington Peninsula Shire library staff have created online opportunities to read, watch, learn and have fun.

A social hub on its website features activities for those spending more time at home. Links connect to such things as the Social Distance Festival, which publishes a calendar of free online concerts, plays, readings and live theatre performances from around the world.

The hub offers those working from home links to training and resources to help move and improve businesses online.

The hub also has wellness advice and ideas for keeping children busy.

New content is uploaded regularly and school holiday competitions include writing a letter to the Easter Bunny and writing a dog story. Entries are open now.

There are stories, songs and crafts livestreamed on Facebook, 11am, Tuesdays and Thursdays for younger book lovers.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has created online art and craft activities for children, including videos by artist-educator Jill Anderson.

Adults looking for a hobby or a new skill can access a range of free online courses covering business, computing/IT, and creative subjects.

Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by design experts and artists. Both services are available for free to library members.

An extensive range of online books, e-magazines, e-talking books and videos are available free to members.

Joining the library is easy. Complete an online form and receive membership and pin numbers to use online.

The library is open for phone or online inquiries 9am-5pm weekdays and Saturdays 9am-2pm.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 7 April 2020


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