Congratulations to Kay Weaver at Shire of Narrogin Library for winning the Public Health Advocacy Institute WA’s Report Card Project for the 3rd year in a row!
This year the award is for planning a new Sensory Garden near the library that will provide space for outdoor art and crafts for children, picnic areas for the family, and a place that is Alzheimer’s friendly.
But what is a sensory garden you might ask? Well a sensory garden maximises the engagement of the five senses: touch, smell, taste, sound, and sight to promote feelings of health and wellbeing.
To achieve this, the garden will be populated with plants like lavender, nasturtiums, and flowering pigface, handpicked so that children can walk through, roll in, squeeze, sample and crush, then the plants will recover. Also, to attract bird song and insect noises; to hear running water and to smell the fragrant blooms, reaching all the senses.
The Shire of Narrogin’s previous awards have been similar in their approach to provide the community with a place of learning, socialising, and sense of wellbeing.
The library first won the award in 2016 for providing a place for a Home-Schooling Group. Once a week, home schooled children would come in to the library for a group activity.
A year later, the award was received for CoderDojo in the library where children would learn how to code for free, create and design their own computer games.
Kay’s strong social conscience translates to her Library activities and to the Council’s vision “To be a leading regional economic driver and a socially interactive and inclusive community.”
We are delighted and proud to include Narrogin Library in our LIBERO community and have her present at the LIBERO User Group 2018 on how to become an award winning community engaging library.