Gwydir Shire libraries have been a hive of activity throughout the month of September with a host of fabulous activities for all age groups. Touriandi were able to visit the Bingara branch for morning tea and a chat, along with a visit from Gwydir Shire Council Community Assets Manager, Carmen Southwell. Carmen was able to provide information and answer questions about some of the numerous projects that are being undertaken throughout the town at the moment.
A particular discussion point on the day was the Bingara Pool Precinct with some of the exciting progress that is being made as well as recalling old memories of the site and of the time when there was a pool area near Cunningham Bridge, within the Gwydir River.
The organised visit was the first time for many to catch up with friends from town in a social setting since March, when lockdown began.
September 11th marked National Walk Safely to School Day and 17 children joined Miss Gail for an early breakfast before walking together to school; a great opportunity for some students that live out of town to enjoy together.
Over in Warialda, students attending after-school activities at the library have been learning about letter writing and now have pen-pals with residents at Naroo. The students have been paired up with a Naroo resident and have already written two letters to their penpals, and also received a reply.
“I like to write and tell them all about myself, what my name is and how old I am,” said Kendra Rogers. “I write about my family and what I’m going to do over the school holidays,” Darci Ford added. “I have written about gardens and my favourite flower,” said Ella Matthews.
Librarian, Helen Seage, does book deliveries to Naroo once a month and takes the letters from the children when she goes. She says that she tries to take up books that she thinks the residents will like, but that she has also received some requests as well. “You get to know what they like to read after a while. Or they can put in a request for me to take up books on a certain topic or by a certain author.”