Campaspe library wins state award

By Riverine Herald

CAMPASPE Regional Library Services has taken a bow after winning a state award last week.

It was named a joint winner in the library services category as part of the Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Innovation Competition.

A competition to highlight the innovative and creative work rural Victorians are already doing in their communities, awards were presented in four categories at the 2018 RCV Summit Dinner at Lakes Entrance.

Library services manager Jenny Mustey said library was thrilled to be recognised for its innovative and inclusive programs offered to communities across Campaspe Shire and Murray River Council.

‘‘Our nomination highlighted our innovative and inclusive approach to outreach services including Books on Wheels, Words on Wheels, assistive resources, talking newspapers, wellbeing sessions, the Next Chapter Book Club, sensitive Santa and the Minecraft Club,’’ she said.

‘‘From co-ordinating essential home-based delivery services to offering interactive technology sessions for seniors we focus on ensuring people feel connected and included in their community,’’ Ms Mustey said.

Inclusion and acceptance is an important component to Campaspe libraries community offerings. They aim to reduce barriers to participation by ensuring the community has access to resources and opportunities.

‘‘We endeavour to increase community member’s ability to engage and connect with others as well as contribute to local services,’’ Ms Mustey said.

Receiving the award means Campaspe libraries can provide further resources for the Next Chapter Book Club which offers a fun way for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to actively participate in a weekly book club.

‘‘We are pleased to be the first Next Chapter Book Club Affiliate in Australia and we hope to encourage and support other library services in Victoria to introduce it within their library service,’’ Ms Mustey said.