No longer the dull domain of the older grey haired librarian shushing everybody, Brisbane's libraries have evolved into a community space to be enjoyed by everyone.
1. Kids story time. Love, love, love kids story time. Stories, songs and sometimes art activities are on the agenda. This truly is a great morning outing for littlies and a wonderful way to meet other parents. 2. Paper books are not the only things that can be borrowed. Check out their range of CDs, DVDs, ebooks, newspapers and magazines
3. Try before you buy. After re-borrowing several books quite a number of times (Dear Zoo and Such a Silly Baby for those of you who are interested) I finally decided to purchase these books - and we're still enjoying them a few years later. 4. Free Internet. Need I say more? 5. Classes. Mainly for older people or those struggling with keeping up with new technology. Classes include setting up emails, Skype, mobile phones and much more. 6. Homework help. In addition to the other library resources for students (free internet to assist with research and access to encyclopedias and other reference materials), some libraries run a homework help class.
7. Designated kids area. Theses area a fun! Kids are encouraged to be kids. Most have kid sized couches with nooks and crannies perfect for snuggling up with a good book. 8. Meeting room. Need to meet somewhere quiet with room to spread out with no distractions? Well, you just have found it. 9. Free activities during the school holidays. Mainly for 4 years and older, most kids will enjoy the craft activities on offer.
10. Perfect place for a rainy day.
And it's all free.
And every library is different. The new Carindale library has the latest technology in the kids corner, Chermside library has a cafe and the Grange library has a park. Just to name a few.
Why don't you check out your local library to see what's happening.