Tea Gardens Library Lending a Hand

Librarian Carol Johnson.
Librarian Carol Johnson.

IT’S back to school week and the Tea Gardens Library is offering plenty of help to children and parents starting with the new term of 2017.

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There are programs on offer for newborns to HSC students and they’re all free and easily accessible.

“Wednesday afternoons we have homework help from 3 o’clock until 4.45pm and a lovely group of volunteers who have had all their police checks and working with children checks to help children with their homework,” Librarian Carol Johnson told News Of The Area.

“Some of the volunteers are retired teachers and others are just volunteers who want to work with children.”

The program is open to all school-aged children from Kindergarten to Year 12 HSC students.

‘’With the homework help, there’s free afternoon tea, free use of the computers and free printing,’’ Carol said.

‘’Tiny Turtles is our baby program, singing and nursery rhymes for newborns to two year olds.”

“That started Wednesday 1 February at 9.30am then every fortnight,” Carol said.

Librarian Carol Johnson.
Librarian Carol Johnson.

‘’On Monday mornings at 9.30 we have our ‘Turtletime’.

“It’s a preschool storytime for three to five year olds.”

“We read stories and do craft and have fun.”

“The kids often bring their morning tea and have that in the library and then the mums usually like to go down to the park so they can play afterwards.’’

“It’s a really nice outing for the parents.’’

Carol Johnson, who’s worked at the Tea Gardens Library for 13 years, is very passionate about her work.

“I’m very lucky to work in such a lovely location with lovely staff and meet the wonderful public who come in to visit.”

To check times and programs you can call the Tea Gardens Library on 4997 1265 or go online: midcoast.greatlakes.nsw.gov.au/library.

By Margie TIERNEY

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