Book in some fun

Parents Jhuden Dawe with Elliott Jae, Lorraine Makumbe with Emmanuel, Shane Allen with Riley and Kylie Mckie with Sebastian get their library starter kits with baby books.

By Ewen McRae

Melton libraries are being celebrated.

The statewide Libraries Change Lives campaign is aimed at raising awareness of events, collections and programs at Victorian libraries, and Melton council is joining in.

Melton mayor Bob Turner said more people than ever were making use of libraries.

“Here in the City of Melton, the number of library visits hit an all-time high of over 668,000 people in the last financial year,” Cr Turner said.

“More than 22,000 free wi-fi sessions were accessed and over 580,000 items from physical collections and 21,000 digital resources, such as e-books, were borrowed.”

He said the council would promote library programs as part of the campaign.

“Local residents have used our public libraries to learn how to code, to improve their English or even start up a small business,”
Cr Turner said.

“They support early childhood learning, culture and creativity, and provide inclusive public spaces for everyone in our city.

“Our public libraries at Melton and Caroline Springs help build a literate, productive and engaged community and I encourage everyone to visit the one nearest them to learn more about how they can help you.”

The campaign is being led by Public Libraries Victoria and the State Library of Victoria.