An outdoor sensory area, which will allow for creative programs to be run for people of all ages and abilities, was opened at Seymour Library last week.
The upgrade was funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program ($100,000) and Mitchell Shire Council ($33,334).
Mitchell Shire mayor Rhonda Sanderson said a dedicated wet area for painting and craft activities, garden area and access to the library’s Wi-Fi had turned a disused outdoor area into a vibrant learning hub.
‘‘This new space is bright, fun and will provide greater opportunities for people to collectively explore and develop interests, get creative, share experiences and learn new skills,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘It will also promote childhood development and social connectedness. The library is a safe and inclusive space that welcomes all members of our diverse community and the outdoor space will hopefully bring even more people in to visit and explore the fantastic range of services on offer.’’
Cr Sanderson thanked the Victorian Government and Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, for their investment in the Seymour community.
‘‘This project is an excellent example of how we can all work together to deliver fantastic outcomes for our communities of today and for our communities of the future,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
Ms Symes said the outdoor sensory area would provide greater opportunities for residents to collectively explore and develop interests, share experiences and learn new skills by fostering local ownership through new community programs such as gardening and sustainability activities.
‘‘This project is Stage 2 of the Recreating Community Learning in Seymour Project and has transformed a disused outdoor area into a visual and sensory outdoor extension of the library,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘The Seymour Library is a vital community asset and this outdoor sensory area will give local families more reason to enjoy the facilities. Modern facilities like this one will encourage even more community members to take advantage of their wonderful new local library services.
‘‘Libraries today are about so much more than just books, they provide access to technology like computers and the internet; they are magical places for children’s story time, meeting points for book clubs, and offer a wide range of community and children’s literary events.’’
For information of council’s library services, visit www.libraries.mitchell shire.vic.gov.au, phone 5734 6200 or drop into Seymour’s Customer and Library Service Centre.