Safe to go online at library

HAVE you been to the Gladstone Library recently?

If you have, you would be aware it is not just your average library.

If not, you're obviously missing out.

The Gladstone Library, like many others, now provides much more than just books.

Because of its many facilities and services, it has become a popular place.

Recently Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched an $8 million multi-year partnership between the Telstra foundation and the Alanah and Madeline Foundation.

This partnership is providing libraries with the eSmart cyber safety program.

"This partnership, through eSmart Libraries, will give more Australians the opportunity to experience the social and economic benefits of new communications technologies while making the online library experience more inclusive and safer for everyone," Telstra foundation chairman Geoff Booth said.

Librarian Lisa Ryan said although the Gladstone Library was not an eSmart library yet, encouragement of smart and safe use of technology was supported.

She said Gladstone Library promoted the government's cyber safety programs and policies to parents frequently through social networking and The Community Advocate.

With the wide range of items to borrow and services on offer at the Gladstone library, it is clear libraries are no longer just a place for loaning or reading books.

 

FAST FACTS

Gladstone Library phone number:

4976 6400

Other libraries within the region are located in:

Agnes Water

Calliope

Boyne Island

Miriam Vale

Mount Larcom



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