Another bumper year for Townsville CityLibraries

Date published: 27 December 2021

More than 400,000 people have passed through the doors of Townsville CityLibraries in 2021.

Meanwhile, the most attended CityLibraries program was Stay and Play in the Park at Riverway on September 20, which drew a crowd of 260 people.

Acting Mayor and Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said the high number of visitors proved how important Townsville CityLibraries was to the community.

“Townsville’s three library branches aren’t just for borrowing books, they’re meeting places for members of the community to come together and bond over shared interests,” Cr Greaney said.

“We run some incredibly well-attended programs at our libraries, like our First Five Forever activities and Stay and Play in the Park. These programs are focused on giving local kids a strong start for a lifelong love of reading.

“We also host workshops for entrepreneurs and job seekers who are looking for easy-to-access information, and activities for older children.

“During these school holidays CityLibraries is running the Summer Reading Club.

“Kids and teenagers can download their own challenge sheet and activity book or pick up a copy from the nearest library as well as an activity back with a free book to help them get started with their summer reading.”

Cr Greaney said plenty of people also used the free digital resources at the libraries.

“Townsville CityLibraries introduced a Zoom Room this year for people to attend digital meetings in, as well as taking in more than 120 creatives who have been using the Aitkenvale Library Creative Studio to make movies, podcasts, record songs, and do so much more,” she said.

“During the school holiday period our libraries are a great place for teenagers to make the most of our library of things, which features items like Nintendo consoles and telescopes.”

Townsville CityLibraries will be open throughout the school holiday period at Aitkenvale, Thuringowa and Flinders St.

Visit our CityLibraries web page for more information on opening hours.