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Share your thoughts on our libraries

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July 19, 2017

Mitchell Shire Council wants to hear from you on how they can make your library experience even better.

Outdoor sensory areas, robotics workshops, exhibitions and free wi-fi — welcome to the modern-day library.

Gone are the days of people only using libraries to silently read books. Today’s libraries are vibrant, interactive and tech-savvy learning hubs.

Council’s libraries, which are located in Seymour, Broadford, Kilmore and Wallan, have almost 60000 items in their collection.

There’s everything from the traditional books and magazines to audio books and an increasing number of e-resources.

They host regular fun and creative workshops for schools and kinders, children’s reading sessions, book clubs, exhibitions and author talks.

Council’s libraries are also equipped with public computers, free wi-fi, community meeting rooms and multi-purpose spaces, as well as being Customer Service Centres.

Council is now keen to hear your thoughts on what our libraries are doing well and what can be improved, through an online survey.

Feedback from the survey will help the council to plan its future library services and programs.

‘‘The traditional role of libraries in our community is changing at a rapid rate — it’s not so much about borrowing books anymore,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said.

‘‘We know that more people are coming through the doors of our libraries each year, but they are borrowing fewer books.

‘‘There has been a shift in the reasons why people come to the library. The number of people using e-resources is rising dramatically and the programs we run often book out quickly as there is such a high demand.’’

Cr Sanderson said it was important that as our community grew and changed, so did our libraries.

‘‘It is important that we provide a modern and relevant library collection that reflects the expectations of our growing and diverse community,’’ she said.

‘‘This survey will help us plan for the future to ensure that we keep delivering what our residents want, and help us identify future grant and partnership opportunities to provide facilities and services to meet the changing needs of our growing community.’’

To complete the survey, visit www. engagingmitchellshire.com by July 31.

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