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Online book order being delivered at a glacial pace? Worked your way through your streaming services?
You may not have expected good old Libraries ACT the be your saviour—but for bored Canberrans languishing in week seven (gah!) of lockdown, it’s a treasure trove.
Why? Because you can not only access their online content, but their Mystery Boxes are back.
“Just in time for school holidays, the popular Mystery Box and Home Library services are back, delivering items such as books and DVDs to your front door,” said Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.
“The team at Libraries ACT have been working to bring these services back in a COVID-safe way. We know many Canberrans will be keen to take advantage of them while they are doing the right thing by our community and staying at home.”
Mystery Box, you say, Minister Steele? That’s right, ACT Libraries created this adorable offering last lockdown and have brought it back for round two—a box filled with an array of borrowed goodies delivered to your door.
Library members can choose from a variety of interests online, and Libraries ACT staff will tailor the package to their tastes.
“[Mystery Boxes] can include books or DVDs, across categories like mystery, thriller, romance, children’s picture books and many more,” explains Minister Steele.
While he added that the Home Library Service is reserved for Canberrans who can’t physically make it to branches because of a disability, illness or limited mobility, anyone can order a Mystery Box.
Library members (it’s free and easy to join!) can also access the digital resources section of the Libraries ACT website while Libraries are closed for lockdown, which has a wide variety of e-books and even a digital video streaming service.
“Our video streaming service Kanopy has been a popular choice for Canberrans, with downloads increasing by 67 per cent over the last few weeks,” said Minister Steel.
“The Libraries ACT website has lots of great ways to keep the whole family busy, including a variety of fun and educational school holiday activities like yoga, Zentangle drawing classes, creative writing workshops and spring gardening advice.”
Want to find out more? See www.library.act.gov.au with assistance available on 6207 7265 for those who need help from a library staff member to get started with digital resources or with completing online registrations.