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Life-changing libraries

By Seymour Telegraph

Mitchell Shire Council wants to know how locals use their libraries.

Libraries are a vital part of every community they’re in and the ones in Mitchell Shire are no different.

Libraries offer the opportunity for all community members to learn and develop new skills.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said more people were using libraries than ever before and for a variety of different reasons.

‘‘Mitchell Shire’s libraries had 192000 visitors last year alone, from a population of just 41000, and research shows that every dollar invested in the libraries generates plenty of benefits,’’ he said.

‘‘Libraries across the state provided four million free wi-fi sessions last year — double the previous year. When one in eight households does not have internet access, we need libraries to assist people to go online.’’

By joining a local library for free, residents can access books, magazines, papers, DVDs and audio books.

The libraries also have free internet access for those who need it.

The shire’s libraries run weekly children’s programs such as Toddler Read and Rhyme and Sensory Storytime for three-to-five-year-olds as well as special school holiday programs.

They also host author talks, a robotics program and tech-help for community members.

The council is looking for local stories on how the libraries have affected people’s lives.

If anyone wants to share their story they can either head into one of the shire’s libraries and fill in a feedback form or visit mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/our-region/libraries/libraries-change-lives