Library membership grows

Moorabool Libraries have had online story time as part of their pandemic offerings. (Supplied)

Ewen McRae

Libraries in Melton and Moorabool have seen a rise in membership during the pandemic, with locals turning to books to help them through lockdown.

An extra 399 members have signed up to Melton libraries since March, with more residents taking up library programs online and getting their favourite books to read.

Anh Do, Aaron Blabey and Andy Griffiths are among the municipality’s most popular authors, penning seven of the top 10 most borrowed books.

“It’s wonderful to see our residents using this time at home to build their kids’ interest in reading, learn a new skill online, research their own ancestry, and so much more,” Melton mayor Lara Carli said.

“This really is the perfect opportunity to discover the many interesting and interactive things council’s online library has to offer.

“We have an extensive collection of eBooks to read, movies to discover, and courses to take, as well as fun and educational programs and activities for kids.”

Moorabool libraries have also seen increased numbers, with 137 extra members this year.

Andy Griffiths wrote five of the 10 most popular children’s books in Moorabool, while JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books continue to be popular.

Lee Child has three of the most popular books for adult members, while former US first lady Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ is also a popular choice.

Ewen McRae