Libraries across the region are set to come alive over the school holidays, with a jam-packed program of activities to keep the kids entertained.
If you’re a parent or carer of school-aged children, you’ll know that planning for the school holidays can be tricky, and avoiding the “I’m bored” call near impossible.
The good news is that staff at MidCoast Council’s libraries are on-hand to help, with an exciting range of activities designed to suit kids of all ages and interests.
Boredom-busters over the two week break in Manning Valley libraries range from board games and bingo, to cooking and craft, along with the always popular movie screenings.
And back by popular demand is the pop-up library at Taree Central, Tuesday to Thursday during week one.
MidCoast Council’s library events co-ordinator (Taree library), Danielle Old, encourages parents to get their kids involved.
“Our school holiday program has been running for over seven years and gets bigger and better each time,” Danielle said.
By seeing what works and what doesn’t, and partnering with groups like the RSPCA and the local Rural Fire Service, we’ve been able to tailor a program that really does have something for everyone”, she said.
The fun continues at Tea Gardens and Forster libraries, where Quenorie Eades will fascinate and delight the kids with an interactive magic show, followed by Creative Crafting Zendoodle and Scratchboard Creations (Forster) and an afternoon of board games (Tea Gardens) during week two.
Chris Jones, manager libraries, believes the holiday programs are a great opportunity to bring kids into the library.
“We’ve seen a new generation of library users come through as a result of these exciting holiday programs… we’re looking forward to rolling out more of these activities across all our libraries over time”, he said.
While many of the holiday activities are free of charge, bookings are essential.
For more information about Manning Valley Libraries’ program, and to book tickets, visit www.manningvalleylibraries.com.au.
For information about Forster and Tea Gardens activities, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au and click through to Great Lakes Region. Reservations can be made by calling 6591 7256 for Forster library, and 4997 1265 for Tea Gardens library.