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Libraries aren't what they used to be - they're better

When was the last time you visited your local library? Libraries around Sydney are transforming communities and creating vibrant hubs of activities for all generations. Here are some reasons why libraries are great for the over 65s.

  • IT help: If you don’t know your Facebook from your Photoshop you can book in a session with a member of staff who will not only give you undivided attention, but also teach you about anything tech you wish to know.
  • Readers groups and book clubs: meet regularly at libraries to discuss books and meet like-minded people, including the authors of some of your favourite reads. Some groups are in such high demand that they are at full capacity!
  • Workshops on anything and everything: It’s never too late to learn! Library workshop programs offered across libraries means there’s never been a better time to learn a new skill, or perfect ones you already enjoy including: knitting; crosswords; baking; and mindfulness colouring in. There are even local history and culture groups.
  • Home library service: If you're experiences challenges getting to and from your nearest library, many library services are able to help you borrow books or other items from home. Once you have joined the service, a library staff member will be in touch to discuss the types of books and/or other resources you wish to borrow. Staff will then deliver items directly to your home, free of charge. They will also collect items that need to be returned

Spotlight on the new Double Bay Library

There is a new library in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in Double Bay and it has some great initiatives including:

  • Over 55 Club: This club is for over 55s wanting to meet for a chat and a cup of tea while viewing new books before they hit the shelf. Meet new people, discuss world events and enjoy morning tea for one hour a month.
  • Local History Workshops: explore the local history of the Eastern suburbs of Sydney through events, talks and workshops and are held at Double Bay Library on the first Thursday of each month, 11am-12:30pm.

For more information, visit www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/library. We would love to hear from you about things happening at your local library. Let us know in the comments.