Connect: Connecting communities
We welcome all members of our community. Resources and programs are developed in response to community feedback.
Key Achievements for 2017-18
Children’s services extended beyond the children’s library this year with storytime held at the opening of the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. Our Stanton storytellers also collaborated with local studies staff for National History Week to celebrate the history of Watt Park on site. There were stories, songs, an artefact “show & tell” and a treasure hunt. The Children’s Librarians teamed up with Bushcare to read stories on Berry Island and storytime was held on the adult levels of the Library, featuring the magical music of Monte Sant’ Angelo College’s String Ensemble.
For Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of Australian children’s books and authors, the library invited short-listed children’s author, Kate Temple to discuss her latest book. We offered our annual Book Week Picnic in the Library for the whole family and throughout the week every child who visited could pick up a free activity booklet full of puzzles and fun activities.
The Live Science Engagement evening talks introduced last year continue to be well attended. This year we had a panel of speakers discussing how Artificial Intelligence and robots will impact on humanity. A neuropsychologist and nutritionist discussed how our mental and emotional states can be enhanced to improve our brain and build optimal health and Dr Sophia Bartlett talked about phylogenetics and how it is used to study infectious diseases and epidemics such as HIV, Ebola and influenza.
Some of the events we offered for the Seniors Festival were a science talk which investigated the Enlightenment and its influence on colonial Australia and a memoir writing workshop. We also hosted a panel discussion exploring the concept of ageing in place for people with dementia, older people and people with disability. The community were able to bring their questions to a panel of experts which included access design architects, Council’s planning advisor, and a person who has lived through this experience.
Our popular Books to Movies club were held monthly and included a morning tea and a movie based on a book. Some of the movies shown this year were: The Old Man and the Sea, Hidden figures, Half of a yellow sun and Jasper Jones.
For October Mental Health Month 'Share the journey,' some of the activities included an author talk, mindfulness meditation session and a 3-hour mask making workshop run by a psychotherapist. There was a talk on Cancer recovery, focusing on improving the quality of life for individuals, carers and family members and a talk called Radical Courage which discussed new strategies that could help people suffering from depression.
We rolled out a fleet of new PCs for our library users and upgraded to a new print management and PC booking system. The new system is easy for customers to use and a freestanding, secure payment kiosk allows customers to use credit card or cash to load printing credit to their account.
'I am very grateful to the HLS Librarians for all the Books, CD’s, and the Spectators you bring me every month. They give me great enjoyment.' -Susan, Bougainvillea (Dec, 2017)
'You look after your borrowers and volunteers very well' Gil (Home Library Service volunteer)
I love my local #Library, #Stanton in #NorthSydney, best library in #Sydney @Stanton_Library, happy #LibraryLoversDay - Phillip (Feb, 2018)