You don't need to look very far for entertainment or to stay engaged. Wherever you are, your local library is a great source for keeping your brain active and engaged and it's FREE for most resources and events. Magazines, books, movies, comics, audiobooks, newspapers, ebooks, languages and more, each library has something for everyone. With everything online in COVID-19 times, you can engage in library events from everywhere.
To tell the truth, in lockdown I joined a few libraries online as it was not difficult to do. As a movie buff, different libraries gave me access to different platforms to watch films for free like beama and kanopy just by using my library card. Now to find the time.
In the spotlight today is the Whitehorse Manningham Libraries (of course, you have to be a member) and their activities and events for June, especially for the kids. Some events need registering, so check out the details via each event page link given.
11 Jun 11-11.15am - you have Greek Storytime Online for the 0-5 year olds for the mums who want their children growing up bilingual. This is an event that continues on the first Tuesday of every month for 15 mins at 11am on Facebook.
12 Jun 4-4.30pm - Mini Marshmallow Catapults for kids 8 plus years allows you to register, however, it's unfortunately full as they need time to mail you equipment to participate. However, it stands as an example for considerations to book early.
13 Jun 9-10am - Creative Club for 6-12 year olds every Saturday on Facebook for hands-on activities ranging from crafts to science experiments. No registration required for this one.
16 Jun 10.30-10.45am - Mandarin Storytime for 0-5 year olds on Facebook for some great stories, songs and rhymes for the bilingual child, every Tuesday, same time.
19 Jun 4-4.30pm - Air Racers for 8 plus year old kids. Book early for this one as they need to send you equipment via post so kids can learn how to harness the power of air and build a small air-powered car and experiment with the design at home for maximum speed.
Adults don't miss out either with events like Author Talks, Story Circle to ignite and stimulate conversations through stories, poems and humour, English Conversation, Book Chat Armchair Travel, Cooking Demonstrations, and more. SEE HERE for what's online till 14 June 2020 and keep an eye out for the next load of activities via the Facebook page events list. With the library now welcoming up to 20 visitors at a time, you can enjoy face to face time, however, you're requested to limit your visit to 30 mins and to be patient if there is a queue. It's also recommended that only 1 member of your household come prepared with a list so everyone gets a chance.
Reading/study areas, newspapers, and in-house programs will not be available, but you can still photocopy or print in your 30 min timeframe. Book return chutes are not open and for more information check the FAQS. Some of the events currently running (unfortunately food preserving techniques is full) that could especially be of interest includes the following, and again, check links for requirements - registration etc. Places are limited so register now.
22 Jun 10-11am - What is Podcasting? If it's a mystery to you, this is the event where you'll learn about all things podcasting, including how to make a podcast of your own.
22 Jun 7-8pm - Girl Interpreted Screening of Bi-lingual Shorts and Q&A. Zoom in to hear the Writer/Director and Producer of Girl Interpreted talk about Australia's first Bilingual Mandarin and English web comedy. This series shines the light on the crucial, but often awkward role of facilitating communication during the day-to-day of migrant communities in Australia.