App aims to get families reading

Beenleigh residents Mauricio and Edna Cassella and their five children would be lost without Logan Libraries. They are regular borrowers and love being able to access reading materials and other resources for free.

Mr Cassella said his children, aged between four and 12, all love reading and regularly attend library activities.

“It gives them access to information away from screens,” he said. Eight-year-old Rosalena said accessing the libraries had helped improve her reading skills.

The libraries provide access to a massive 680,000 items for all ages, across reading, audio and film or video content, including movies and music streaming as well as online versions of magazines and newspapers and free access to public computers and WiFi.

There’s also a calendar of events that includes talks by guest authors, board games, tech help, conversation and connections groups and more to appeal to all ages. For example, on Valentine’s Day children and teens (ages 6 to 17) are invited to take home an activity and borrow some books to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day which is also on 14 February.

Council wants more people to embrace all that the local libraries have to offer with the aid of a new app launched last year and a special promotion called ‘Open the gift of reading’. Residents who download the Logan Libraries app by 8pm on Thursday 29 February and become new members or are already a member have the chance to win one of two iPads.

The app allows users to access free collections, various services, activities and events via their smartphones and tablets.

Chairperson of council’s Lifestyle Committee, councillor Tony Hall said the city’s nine libraries provided access to a world of free content and experiences.

“A wonderful world of curiosity, life-long learning and imagination is available through our libraries and online,” he said.

“Help is available with things such as homework, finding great reading material, navigating technology and writing winning resumes.”

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