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Wollongong City Council

Share the love this Library Lovers Day

Friday 11 February 2022

“Dear Corrimal Librarians,” begins one thank you card received by Wollongong City Libraries. “…thank you for sending those books. I love them! I love you! Love Lewis.”

The writer, one of our younger library members, had covered the card in hand-drawn red love hearts and used miniature hearts instead of the ‘o’ in the words love to emphasize his point.

It’s high praise indeed, but considering Monday 14 February marks Library Lovers Day, it seems appropriate to share a little library love.

This Library Lovers Day we’re encouraging our community to take a leaf out of Lewis’s book and share some love by making the most of your local library.

“Over the past couple of lockdowns, even while the doors were shut temporarily to visitors, our librarians were working out ways to deliver reserved books to residents,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the last 12 months, but our library service was able to focus on how we could get books to our readers. We were unsure of the demand for home delivered books during lockdown, but by taking a quieter approach we were able to get books out to our community. When a customer received a reserved book, it was treated like a wonderful surprise that would bring joy to their day.”

Wollongong City Libraries has since reopened and we’ve returned to regular opening hours for all library locations.

“This month, we’re also welcoming the return to our popular children’s programs such as Storytime, Lego Club and Baby Bookworms. We know that parents and children will be excited to come back to the library to join in the fun,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This Library Lovers Day, I highly encourage everyone to visit their local library, or go online to make the most of our digital resources, books, audiobooks, movies, music, and so much more.

“Our libraries hold a very special place in our community. They are truly one of the few public places where anyone is welcome without having to spend a dollar to attend. Right now, there’s so much happening both in person and online for people of all ages to enjoy, so if you haven’t yet been back to your library this year, I think a visit is in order!”

Thoughts from our community

“It was with much surprise and appreciation that I received a parcel containing library books in the post as I live alone. It was very welcome and filled in many lonely hours. Thanks for the difference you made to my days.” – Tracy [Letter]
“This is an appreciation post for our local Wollongong Libraries who are filling our hearts and homes with new stories while in lock-down. Last lock-down our reserved books were delivered right to our door by the librarians themselves! This lock-down we have had the lovely surprise to have them delivered in the mail!” – Bonnie [Facebook post]
“I sincerely thank you for the home delivery of books that I had on reserve. It means so much to me to be able to read the large print books during this dreadful lockdown. Your staff provide a wonderful service and we who live in Wollongong, should be grateful. Thank you and may all your staff stay safe.” – Ken [email]

What’s happening this month at your library?

Kids Activities have returned!

Returning in February 2022, our regular children’s programs have now reopened. We have plenty of programs and activities for children from birth to 12 years that will spark their imaginations, keep them entertained, and develop their skills.

Find out more on our website or visit the Library events calendar.

Children’s Acknowledgment of Country Art Competition

Calling all young local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people! Wollongong City Libraries is currently hosting an art competition that seeks to find what Country means to you, and we need you to let us know in art form!

From December 2021 to 31 March 2022, submit your artwork conveying our special connection to Country to go into the draw to win a $500 gift card. Your artwork should both represent and celebrate the local area's nature, environment, and animals.

Find out more on our website.

Go on a digital tour of the night sky with Starstruck

Learn about moons, stars, planets and more. Discover what can be seen in the skies in the upcoming month from around Wollongong. You can tune in to our next Starstruck event on our Facebook page.

The next live-stream will be at 6:30pm on 24 February on our Facebook page. In the meantime, you can view past events on our website.

2022 Reading Challenge

Our annual Reading Challenge is back in 2022 with a whole host of new challenges to get your reading going! This year, we've created an assortment of challenges that are sure to get you perusing the shelves for something new, unusual, or unique.

Find out more on our website.