READ AND LEARN: Siblings Hayley and Michael Cook visit the library at least once a week with their parents.
READ AND LEARN: Siblings Hayley and Michael Cook visit the library at least once a week with their parents. Adam Mccleery

Bookworms crave more titles to read in North Burnett

HAYLEY Cook, 12, was one of the dozens of people who took part in a workshop to let the North Burnett Regional Council aware of what locals want from their local libraries.

"More books are what I want most," Hayley said.

"My favourite thing is that I can get books here that I don't have at home."

The next generation of readers are ready to delve deeper into the world of literature.

"I've already started reading books from the adult sections," Hayley said.

"It would be good to have more kids coming here but most people like to play video games and stuff these days though."

The council has released results from its library workshops across the Burnett showing what community members desire most from the local libraries.

The majority wanted a wider range of books and longer opening hours.

Councillor Joanne Dowling has been looking into possible improvements for the library.

"Once a report is put together council will make a decision on how we will address it," Mrs Dowling said.

"The feedback and public consultation is so important, we need to hear the feedback of the people who want to use or already use the library."

The capacity to share books between libraries across the North Burnett is currently the main way for the community to access a wider range of books.

Matthew Cook, Hayley's father, witnesses first-hand the benefits of the library for his own kids and shared some of his own ideas for improvement.

"My wife Alexis and I bring kids to the library every week and sometimes they ask to go to the Mundubbera library too," Mr Cook said.

"More books would be welcomed and I'd like Saturday opening hours to at least stay the same.

"If it is just Monday to Friday it becomes hard with my work and everything."


HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets pile on 40 points in U17 trial match

Premium Content HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets pile on 40 points in U17 trial match

The Cherbourg Hornets hosted the Sunshine Coast Bunyas at Jack O’Chin Oval on...

Citrus industry under threat by Paradise Dam decision

Premium Content Citrus industry under threat by Paradise Dam decision

The Burnett region’s booming citrus industry, worth $183 million, warns a...

VIDEO: Farms turned white as storms wreak havoc in Eidsvold

Premium Content VIDEO: Farms turned white as storms wreak havoc in Eidsvold

The skies finally opened up delivering decent rainfall and even severe hailstorms...