The Parkes Shire Library may be closed to the public due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, but the staff are working hard behind the scenes to still deliver a service to their patrons.

Members can access an extensive online collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, or the latest eMagazines at My Online Library on Council's website. If you haven't accessed our online collection before, head on over to the Parkes Shire Libraries Facebook page to watch the instructional video or give the team a call on 02 6861 2309 to talk you through the process.

Story Time and Rhymetime are continuing in an online format. Like and follow the Parkes Shire Libraries Facebook page to watch these wonderful online programs delivered by the Library staff.

Manager Cultural, Education & Library Services Kerryn Jones said, "We understand that some of our members are not able to access our online collection, so we are starting a housebound service. This will be a COVID-Safe contactless drop-off of library materials – books, audio books and DVDs - to your home.

"The service is beginning in Parkes from Thursday 2 September and will be rolled out in Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore shortly. If you are interested in having library materials delivered to your home, please give the library staff a call, so we can put you on our delivery list. You can select your items from our web catalogue at https://parkes.libero.com.au/ or you can give us a call and let us know what books you would like."

Council also recognises that many families and children within the Parkes Shire are currently having to isolate at home and could be a little bored.

"We’ve been working with the Parkes Police, Idler’s Den and Games N More in Orange to create Boredom Buster packs for families with young children who are in isolation. These packs include colouring in books, pencils and craft materials for children to use, as well as board games available for loan. If you are in isolation with young non-school aged children, give the Library a call on 02 6861 2309 to arrange the delivery of a ‘Boredom Buster’ pack right to your door," added Kerryn.

If you aren't a current member that's ok, just give the staff at the Parkes Library a call and they can join you up over the phone. This is a completely free public service.