Emerald Messenger

We miss you and we know you miss us! We appreciate how much you want to get back to your favourite library but we are all going to have to wait just a little bit longer.

The safety of people in our libraries is our number one priority. So for the time being our doors and chutes remain closed until we get advice from the State government that it is safe to re-open.

We will keep you in the loop via our website, Facebook page and newsletter.  And even though our doors are closed we are still here for you!

Free Home Delivery is here!

Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) has launched a free home delivery service that has seen more than 1200 orders picked, packed and posted to homes across the Casey Cardinia region in a week. The response has been positively overwhelming.

We want you to be able to borrow library books, DVDs and other items despite the library doors remaining shut.

To order free home delivery, all you need to do is go to the website and login to your CCL account and follow the automatic prompts. You don’t need to worry about returning items on time, all CCL loans have been automatically extended until July 1st.

Some lovely feedback from a happy customer:

“We are very grateful we were able to order a mystery box of books. It was a lovely extra touch to have the personalised note from Jenny included. The kids were jumping with joy when it arrived – a package for them! My son who is 6 has read most of the books chosen for him. Although the authors we requested were not available this gave him an opportunity to explore some other authors and books. He has really, really enjoyed the books chosen. He especially enjoyed the adventure book with different endings – Countdown to Danger by Jack Heath. He doesn’t love to write but he was definitely willing to put that aside as he quietly wrote the attached thank you note by himself. My daughter, who is 4, also felt very fortunate to have her own collection of library books which she keeps in a pile in her room as they’re her special books. She has loved having those stories read to her. This is just a wonderful service to offer during this time and to not charge for shipping was very kind. We are very, very appreciative. Thank you and we can’t wait till we can attend the library again. Hoping everyone at the library stays well and safe.” –Nicki

Something for the kids…

Just because you can’t come to the library right now, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on library programs. That’s right, we are bringing the library to you at home! Staff have been busy making virtual content and the Library at Home page is being updated weekly.

You can find videos including Storytimes, STEAM activities and “how to make” projects. Our Digital Library is open 24/7 and is jam packed full of incredible online resources covering a range of topics for kids, all at your fingertips. It is all free!

Busy Things has fun and educational games for kids aged 3-7 years.

Storybox Library is an educational website created for children to view stories by local authors and illustrators, read aloud by fantastic storytellers from Australia and New Zealand.

TumbleBookLibrary has over 1100 titles for grades K-6 and includes unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books and playlists as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels.

Studiosity provides primary, secondary and some TAFE students with one-on-one tutoring assistance.

SUE WALTERS

Emerald Library – www.cclc.vic.gov.au

Categories: June 2020