REGION - The Ararat Regional Library Outreach Service at Moyston is growing following its launch in January this year.
The service at Moyston commenced on January 14 and aligns with the existing service that is provided on a weekly basis within the rural areas.
Numbers who visit at Moyston are slowly growing and the outreach library services are also increasing in Elmhurst, Streatham and Willaura, with numbers rising steadily.
An increase in visits has occurred in Willaura where Thursday afternoon visits are becoming a community hub for the residents.
At the Ararat Library, the commencement of Wednesday Tech Days were introduced where assistance is given to anyone needing support with information technology.
Employees assist with hour-long, by appointment sessions with personal computers, laptops and tablets along with internet and email assistance. They also assist with further programs of online applications such as employment, applications for police record checks, kindergarten applications and much more.
With the introduction of the Healthy Together kiosk in January employees assisted with Pebble registration and distribution and assistance to setup an email address. This is also showing success with visitation to the library up by 21 per cent for the month of March.
Ararat Regional Library conducts regular exchanges with other Central Highlands Library branches in the network in an effort to keep the collection fresh. During this period the library conducted major exchanges with Hamilton, Daylesford, Creswick and Lerderderg Libraries. Ararat library also re-stocks Lake Bolac branch library quarterly with a large item exchange.
The library also now supplies 300 books to the Hopkins Correctional Centre bi-monthly and keeps the Willaura Hospital library supplied with different stock every six weeks.
Deliveries to Gorrinn Village, Lowe Street and Garden View Court and home deliveries, long term and temporary, are well utilised.
A number of schools visited over the first quarter of the year for library orientation and informational tours while school holiday programs were popular.
The library now has children's sports equipment for hire, which includes tennis racquets, cricket sets, footballs and soccer balls and more, available for monthly loan periods.