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Ipswich Libraries programs showcase for Minister’s visit


A visit to Ipswich Central Library by Queensland Minister for the Arts Leanne Enoch showcased a variety of initiatives Ipswich Libraries have on offer.

Ms Enoch spent time at the library during the recent State Government Working Queensland Cabinet Committee in Ipswich.

Libraries and Tourism Committee Chairperson Cr David Pahlke said Ms Enoch joined in a ‘First 5 Forever’ storytime and was given a guided tour of the library’s Steam Powered MakerSpace.

“It was terrific to be able to show the Minister first-hand the fantastic benefits of programs such as ‘First 5 Forever’ that are such important learning opportunities – not to mention fun,” he said.

“Our Steam Powered MakerSpace also shows how Ipswich Libraries are at the forefront of the rapid evolution of digital-age services.”

The Minister had joined the Cr Pahlke and Cr Kerry Silver, Councillor for Division 3, for the tour, which also took in the Virtual Reality Room. They played in the Augmented Reality sandpit and were suitably impressed with the homemade arcade game.

In her Facebook post after the event, Minister Enoch said:

Reading to our kids is so critical for their development. I was delighted to join families at Ipswich Central Library for a ‘First 5 Forever’ storytime. This state funding delivers grassroots programming of stories, songs and rhymes for children 5 and under. It was also great to see the Library’s Steam-Powered Makerspace.

Find an Ipswich Libraries First 5 Forever program near you. It’s free and no bookings are required.