How Good are Public Libraries 2
My partner and I drove to Adelaide for Christmas with our toddler. Glamour!
We left a chilly Melbourne morning but it developed into a very hot 40 degree day by the time we hit Nhill in the Wimmera where we were breaking the journey.
It could have been a horrible experience, but it wasn’t because I had cunningly made a list of all the public libraries on the route and checked their opening hours.
Our first stop was at the Ballarat library where we arrived just in time for Baby Rhyme Time. (It’s not just thinking of words that rhyme with ‘baby’ – I’m struggling to get past maybe, rabies and scabies.) We sang Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star (they were working the seasonal angle) and had a good time.
In Stawell we had lunch on the grass outside the library and then rolled around on the cushions on the floor of the Children’s Section just loving the air-conditioning.
In Nhill we decided to hit the library instead of hanging in the motel room. We were met at the door and were told to, ‘Come inside where it’s cool.’ We were then offered the use of the tea and coffee making facilities. There was a big box of toys, which were mostly old phones and therefore extremely fun.
Of course, in all the libraries we had a look at some books.
So good on the public libraries of Victoria. They are a safe haven and a delight.
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