Unley Publications : Unley Life Autumn 2016
UNLEYLIFE 15 UNLEYLIFE 15 In this day and age, technology has become a big part of life. The benefits of the internet and smart phones are great, but do we want the current generation of children missing out on the activities and adventures that we enjoyed as kids? This April, the City of Unley is partnering with Playgroup SA, Principals Australia Institute, Nature Play SA, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and the Department of Education and Child Development to run the Festival of Mud. The festival aims to encourage healthy childhood development as well as encourage all members of the family to be active and enjoy the parks and facilities the Unley community has to offer. The Festival of Mud will run for a month and will offer a range of activities and interactive nature play including cubby building, a community mud day, food stalls and free enter tainment. City of Unley Community Development Officer Alyssa Hill says, we should make space for screen time but balance that with play outdoors. “ We need to give children the same oppor tunities that we had as kids. This is about kids going outside and making their own fun without the pressures of competitive sport.” The festival also aims to up skill parents and teachers through workshops and information sessions. Nature Play SA CEO Sarah Sutter says “Mud play has been associated with a range of benefits including increased happiness, improved wellbeing, stronger immunity, and a connection with nature.” For more information about the event and the activities on offer visit unley.sa .gov.au/festival-of-mud and follow the Facebook page. Photo:JasonTyndall,NaturePlaySA New tech for our libraries On Monday 30 May 2016, Unley Libraries will launch a new collection management system that takes advantage of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, giving customers greater flexibility and efficiency when borrowing and returning library items. City of Unley Library Manager Hanlie Erasmus says the advantages to customers are speed, choice and more staff assistance. “ You will be able to borrow multiple items at once, quickly and easily, and staff will be available to assist with lengthier queries as there will be less manual handling and more time for customer service,” she says. Unley Libraries has been working towards joining the state-wide RFID implementation since 2013. Migration of the collection is still underway and in order to implement the new system, there will be some shor t term service interruptions leading up to the launch date. Goodwood Library will close from Monday 2 May until Monday 9 May, followed by Unley Civic Library, from Monday 16 May until Monday 29 May. To minimise impact, when one branch is closed the other will open extended hours. “Unley Libraries administer over half a million loans each year so providing an easier and more ef ficient system for our users is critical and the RFID technology is an important addition to our libraries,” says Hanlie. For further information, please contact the Unley Libraries on 8372 5100 or visit Your Say Unley at unley.sa .gov.au Let's get muddy!
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