The City of Ballarat Libraries are continuing to support the community through its online platforms.
Since the Libraries closed its doors on Tuesday 17 March, the Library Services staff have been connecting with local communities via social media and live streaming platforms.
The Libraries team have adapted many of its most popular programs such as Little Languages, Baby Bounce and Story Seekers sessions to an online format, which have been streamed on Facebook. In just four weeks, the sessions have amassed more than 20,000 views.
Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions the sessions were held in-person each week at the Sebastopol and Wendouree branch libraries and at Outreach sites the library visits of Parent Place, Lucas Community Hub and the Eureka Centre.
The online sessions are presented by Julie Bull and Meghan Appleton from the Library Services team, who have both successfully adapted their popular sessions for an online audience.
Stories are suited to infants and preschool-aged children, and some of the sessions include story reading, nursery rhymes, songs, counting in other languages, and other interactive activities. Each session creates an entertaining and enriching experience for children and their parents and caregivers.
Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor says the sessions will inspire a new generation of Ballarat readers.
“Ballarat Libraries’ have always played an important role in our community. They provide a space for exploration, learning, creativity and collaboration.”
“The online story time sessions create a fantastic platform for our community’s youngest members to engage in the wonderful experience of reading, song, rhyme and creativity.”
“We know these sessions will only further unlock the door to discovering the simple joys of reading.”
To watch the Ballarat Libraries online sessions search Ballarat Libraries on Facebook.
Little Languages – online session
Little Languages starts each session by opening a magic suitcase. Run by Meghan Appleton, the program visits a new country each week. Through storytelling, music and costumes, Meghan inspires young people to learn about the world around us.
Although it’s specifically tailored for three to five-year-olds, the whole family is encouraged to join in the fun.
The sessions are held each Wednesday.
Story Seekers – online session
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are all welcome to join family Storytime. Run by Julie Bull, Story Seekers includes stories and rhymes, singing and dancing. Sometimes the stories are themed for a special occasion, for example on ANZAC Day, Julie read Meet the Anzacs by Claire Saxby. Recommended for children aged up to five years old.
The sessions are held live at 10.30am on Friday.
Baby Bounce – online session
Baby Bounce sessions are also run by Julie Bull and are tailored for children aged 0 to 18 months old. During these sessions, Julie reads a book and shows different ways parents and caregivers can interact with their children.
The sessions are held each Monday.