Parkes Shire Library has inducted its 2021 ambassadors

NEW LEADERS: Back, Cr Pat Smith and Parkes Library staff Emma Brown and Debbie Gould congratulate the new ambassadors - middle, Molly Clohessy, Evelyn Greef, Anna Orr and Grace McGirr; front, Knox Lamont, Toby Fliedner and John-Tian Waters. Photo: Submitted
NEW LEADERS: Back, Cr Pat Smith and Parkes Library staff Emma Brown and Debbie Gould congratulate the new ambassadors - middle, Molly Clohessy, Evelyn Greef, Anna Orr and Grace McGirr; front, Knox Lamont, Toby Fliedner and John-Tian Waters. Photo: Submitted

The Parkes Shire Library has new school ambassadors again, after Covid-19 put a hold on the program last year.

There are seven representatives - two each from Parkes Public School, Parkes Christian School and Middleton Public School, and one from Parkes East Public School.

Evelyn Greef and Anna Orr from Parkes Public, Molly Clohessy and Knox Lamont from the Christian School, Grace McGirr and Toby Fliedner from Middleton, and John-Tian Waters from Parkes East were officially inducted as library ambassadors on March 31.

It's technically the second year the program has run at the library, though a successful trial was held in 2018 through Parkes Christian School.

The first year took place in 2019 before it was cancelled in 2020 because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The library received 26 applications for the roles this year.

"Which I think is amazing since only Year 5 students apply," Parkes Library staff member Debbie Gould said.

"We were really excited about it."

The selection process involves students finishing a sentence about being a library ambassador.

"They were all excellent, it was very difficult," Debbie said.

The idea of the program is for the ambassadors to keep their fellow peers up-to-date on the library's latest information, events and activities, and act as a representative of the library when any questions or inquiries need answering.

The ambassadors will be in regular contact with library staff over email during the next 12 months.

"The program went really well [in its first year] because the children really do respond well hearing from their peers," Debbie said.

The library however was restricted in what staff could do with the students in 2019 because halfway through the year the facility moved to Clarinda Street while the Bogan Street premises was expanded and renovated.

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"But it did give us an idea of a lot of things we can do and want to do," Debbie said.

"It's really important the students have a great sense of achievement and accomplishment in the role.

"We're looking forward to doing more this year and more for the children and youth of Parkes."

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