Denmark primary students create quirky tales for the town’s most isolated residents in a bid to brighten their day

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Denmark Library senior librarian Robyn Fairclough with Scarlett.
Camera IconDenmark Library senior librarian Robyn Fairclough with Scarlett. Credit: Supplied

Denmark Primary School students have been busy creating whimsical tales for the community’s most isolated residents with the aim of brightening their days during the pandemic.

Denmark Public Library’s senior librarian Robyn Fairclough told her granddaughter Scarlett she should include the stories in the library’s book delivery service.

Scarlett, a Year 2 student, mentioned the idea to her teacher and it took off.

Two school classes have produced stories, pictures and bookmarks which were sent out to recipients in their book bundles.

Some students have received a message of gratitude in return.

“The initiative shows students the importance of connection, kindness, and brightening up the day of someone going through difficult times,” Ms Fairclough said.

After the library temporarily closed its doors in March due to pandemic restrictions, the contactless book delivery service was launched in April.

The service supports Denmark residents most impacted by COVID-19 including offline residents, over 70s, people isolating for medical reasons and people with disability.

Library staff carefully selected and packed books which were then delivered by Shire rangers to those unable to leave their homes.

Visitors to the library can enjoy the students’ stories on display.

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