CityLibraries takes Storytime online

Date published: 8 April 2020

Townsville CityLibraries’ Storytime is going digital to help keep the community connected while following social distancing restrictions to assist in slowing the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

A Townsville City Council spokesperson said moving Storytime online was a great way to help families at home stick to their usual routine.

“Our Storytime sessions are a mix of stories, rhymes and craft activities that usually take place in our libraries,” the spokesperson said.

“We’re abiding by the Federal Government’s rules to close all libraries to the public, however that doesn’t mean we want to stop offering Storytime to families. We’ll be offering stories, rhymes and craft activities on our CityLibraries Facebook page, so make sure you head to the page for more information on when you can catch a Storytime session.”

The spokesperson said there were plenty of benefits that came from reading to children from a young age.

“We know that activities like Storytime help children develop a lifelong interest in books and libraries. Storytime also helps stimulate children’s imaginations, develop their language skills and have fun,” they said.

But it’s not just children who can enjoy CityLibraries during this time.

“If you’re a CityLibraries member, you can get free access to a huge number of audiobooks, movies, comics and learning resources,” the spokesperson said.

“You can access all of this online via the Council website, so you can enjoy all of your favourite CityLibraries offerings during this time.”

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