Library providing home delivery service for students - Cranbrook School

Library providing home delivery service for students

12 Aug 21 by Cranbrook Communications

Cranbrook Library is providing a home delivery service to students who want to borrow books during this lockdown.

Cranbrook School’s Head of Counselling Ali Carter says reading is vital to mental wellbeing – especially at this time - as books provide escapism and a way for students to reduce the amount of time spent in front of their screens.

“Reading is a form of self-care and a good way to support mental wellbeing. Reading allows you to engage with fun entertainment while calming and strengthening the mind,” Ali says. “Research shows reading can help deal with feelings of loneliness and anxiety, offering the opportunity to slow down and be present within the story. Immersing yourself in a book offers a welcome escape from moments of anxious overthinking and is especially good for you before trying to go to sleep.”

Ali says studies reveal that reading as little as six minutes per day can improve one’s quality of sleep, reduce stress and sharpen mental acuity. Reading strengthens the neural circuits and pathways of our brain while lowering heart rate and blood pressure.

The scheme is being led by Assistant Head of Library Services Helena Budiarto as Cranbrook staff go above and beyond to ensure students have access to great reading material during lockdown. Students can reserve books from the library catalogue which Helena then collects from the library and posts out to the students’ home addresses.

Year 11 student Dan Fidler is one of many who have already had books delivered as part of the scheme. “I would like to thank Miss Budiarto for her hard work. The books got here so quickly and it's always great to get away and do some reading, especially with current events and remote learning. I'm extremely thankful to the library team for setting this initiative up,” Dan says.

The School’s Director of Digital Learning and Research Adam Carron encouraged students to get involved in the book borrowing scheme as a way of avoiding burn-out at what was potentially a difficult time.

“We want to ensure students have access to good quality reading material during the lockdown,” Adam says. “We are very fortunate to have a wonderful collection of fiction and non-fiction. Students also have access to a wide range of eBooks, audiobooks and research databases. We have delivered several books locally in Sydney and some out to our wonderful boarders.”

Adam said recent studies revealed a sharp rise in emotional distress among young people forced to isolate during the COVID pandemic.

“Educators and parents must continue to look for ways to connect and engage our young people. One way is getting lost in a good book - a book so good that when it finishes, you feel ‘something’ is missing until you find the next great read! At the moment, there aren’t too many places we can venture to. By getting stuck into a good book we can be whisked off to that beautiful sunny island or that road trip we are all craving,” Adam says. 

Students will be allowed to keep the books until they return to School.