Library receives donation amid busy period

The Port Lincoln Library has received a generous donation and hosted events in what has been a busy recent period.

The library has hosted students during the school holidays and a session with author Mike Damp, while also receiving a donation from the Port Lincoln Lions Club.

A $1000 donation will go towards new early literacy readers designed by Specific Learning Difficulties SA.

These specialised readers support literacy development for all emerging readers, including those who experience learning challenges and for those who have English as a second language.

Port Lincoln Lions Club treasurer Michael Sanders was on hand to present the cheque to the library's operations manager Louise Mrdjen.

"These new resources will be added to the literacy and learning collection and include phonic books and decodable readers to support holistic literacy development," she said.

"The library is thrilled to receive this generous funding from our local Lions Club and the resources will remain in the Port Lincoln community for local children, schools and those learning English as a second language to access."

Mr Damp shared a candid and intimate insight into his experiences as a surgeon in Zululand, South Africa, prior to migrating to Australia.

Ms Mrdjen said audience members were enthralled by his recollections and experiences that were fascinating, terrifying, moving and heartrending.

"Those who came along to hear Mike Damp's story were visibly moved and thoroughly engaged," she said.

"Mike offered an insight into some of his experiences including often life threatening situations and the obvious dedication and compassion for those he worked with and cared for during desperate turbulent times in Zululand.

"It was truly an eye-opening session and Mike's book Cut With Conviction: Reminiscences of a Zululand Surgeon is available for loan from the Port Lincoln Library."

In addition, the library hosted School Holiday Fun last week with an enthusiastic group of children and their families enjoying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, facilitated by library staff member Amy Lohmeyer.

The children used make-do resources to design and construct items, with some imagination thrown into the mix to create fruit stalls, aliens, vehicles and a range of ingenious models.

Ms Mrdjen said there was a great turnout for the session, with another to be held this week.

"Children, parents and grandparents joined in the STEM creative fun," she said.

"Places are filling fast and we can accommodate up to 15 children for each session."

She said the after school STEM Club continues next term and LEGO after the club was due to recommence in COVID-safe conditions.

The library can be contacted to register a place, on 8621 2345.

Ms Mrdjen said it was great to be hosting so many events at the library.

"It's wonderful to be able to host events in the library, in a COVID-safe environment, and be able to gather together," she said.

"The library is a natural community meeting place and is a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for everyone."

Port Lincoln Library will also be launching its reconciliation artwork on Friday, July 30 after school, with details to be confirmed.