Hills Shire Library’s Grab and Go

Library users young and not so young are enjoying the convenience of the surprise element of the new Grab and Go bags.

The Hills Shire Library initiative started off with Grab and Go bags for busy parents and carers which are filled with books on various themes for various ages including animals, families, magical stories, adventures, cooking and baking and starting school.

Designed to save time and take the struggle out of choosing what to borrow, each bag comes with five books, hand picked by library staff.

The adult bags have also been a huge hit with themes including: Mysteries;, Sci-Fi; Australian thrillers; and Romance. Participants can keep their Grab and Go bag to reuse for future library visits.

Staff shortages due to the impact of COVID has meant reduced hours were introduced at all Hills libraries from Monday (January 10th) _ including Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Dural and Vinegar Hill Memorial Library at Rouse Hill Town Centre.

Hills Shire Mayor Peter Gangemi said: “Public health and safety is a top priority for this Council, as well as the health and wellbeing of our Council Officers.

Every effort to protect the community and our Officers from this highly transmissible disease has been carried out, including minimising staff and public contact, ensuring Officers have access to face masks, social distancing is carried out, hand sanitiser is available and QR code check-ins are available upon entry to our facilities.

“I encourage residents to continue to follow the Public Health Order, wear a mask and to practice social distancing and good hygiene. I encourage library members to access resources online and through the free Hills Shire Library app which can be downloaded through the App Store and on Google Play.

“ For library opening hours and updates, visit: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Library.

The Mayor said: “I also encourage residents to support small businesses. This is a particularly challenging time for local businesses and eateries, especially as many of them are reestablishing themselves in the marketplace after what has been an incredibly hard two years.

“One of the best ways we can help during this time is to continue to shop online and grab some takeaway. We have a great network of parks, playgrounds and open space facilities where you can enjoy a picnic in a safe, outdoors setting. “

* Last year’s Library Fine Amnesty which allows library members to return overdue library items without paying a late fee, in return for a donation of a non-perishable food item saw 828 food items donated and 264 long overdue library items returned.

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