Kymberly Martin
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Plumtree launches special library project

Libraries are a hub of learning and hold a special place in the Australian community but not all children with developmental delay or disability have had positive experiences of their local library.

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Sydney-based Plumtree Children Services has launched the Libraries as Community Connectors project to change this, developing skills, resources and training to enhance the library experience for these children through a co-design process between families and library staff.

Plumtree also mentored library staff to help address issues such as meaningful library access and engagement to promote community education on disability.  

Another part of this project was to publish a children’s book about inclusion by Australian children’s author Donna Rawlins. Our Library, which celebrates libraries and diversity, was launched recently with about 30 young children of all abilities and their parents attending.

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The story follows Suzy, a children’s librarian, who plans fun activities for multicultural families and children of all abilities. 

The book has been distributed free to 1,431 libraries across Australia. A flyer about the e-learning course included with the book has resulted in many additional enrolments from library staff.  

Copies of Our Library can be ordered from wdog.com.au for $24.99 for the hardcover and $44.99 for the big book (plus postage), or at a discount through your local library supplier. The free course can be accessed on the Plumtree Children’s Services website under the e-learning icon.