Robotic Fun Holiday

Logan Libraries have some great new ideas for the upcoming school holidays.

While no programs or events are taking place inside the libraries during the current COVID-19 restrictions, library staff has devised some new and innovative ways to keep children and teenagers entertained at home and online.

City Lifestyle Committee Chairperson Councillor Laurie Koranski said STEAM swags, featuring robots, are now available to borrow and use at home for children aged from five to 11.

There are 180 Ozobots kits available along with a further 90 kits with rechargeable Beebot robots.

Each comes with instructions and activity ideas.

Ozobots are suitable for children aged eight or older while Bee-bots are for four to eight-year-olds.

The activities for both teach robotics and computer skills. The robots do not need any device or computer to be operated.

Live-streamed workshops will introduce families to the robots and how to use them.

These free sessions will run on MS Teams from 2pm to 3pm on Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 9.

Once participants register they will be sent a booking link.

The kits can be reserved now and collected from your local library.

They can be borrowed for up to two weeks.

“This will give families access to hours of fun and are sure to banish any holiday boredom,” Cr Koranski said.

The robots are one part of the library’s program of activities and ideas to keep children busy over the holidays.

Award-winning Logan-based author and illustrator Dr Cameron Stelzer will host nine online workshops in partnership with the library for children aged four to 12.

They will learn what it’s like to create a book from scratch and how to come up with inspirational and exciting ideas for stories.

Children will also get the opportunity to learn how to draw different characters from Cameron’s stories in drawing sessions.

As well, all libraries will have free printable instruction sheets available for other fun activities to do at home.

For teenagers there will also be live stream activities on how to feed the birds in the backyard or create mood boards for blogs.

There are a number of take home and create activities on offer including macrame keyrings, beaded puppets and wind-up light kits.

The macrame and beaded puppets kits will only be available in the first week of the holidays with the wind-up light kits available from July 6 to 11.

Families can also borrow a range of resources.

These include LaunchPads, DVDs, CDs, books, comics and magazines. 

To register for any of the libraries’ free school holiday activities visit loganlibraries.org

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