Lake Mac Libraries and MAC programs head online

Lake Mac Libraries and the Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) will shift an increasing number of programs online to help engage and enrich the local community.

Weekly story-time sessions, talks from local authors and even magic shows will be rolled out via the Lake Mac Libraries and MAC websites, with more to be added in weeks to come. Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said moves were underway for other programs traditionally provided face-toface to be presented as a live-stream via online services such as Zoom.

“We’ve been planning to digitise our learning content and resources for some time,” Ms Hemsley said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a need and opportunity to expedite this process.

“Some of the artists and other local talent already booked for in-person school holiday workshops will instead be engaged to provide online videos or webinars. We’re hoping to live-stream art classes, for example. These services are the next-best thing to being there in person. People can interact, they can see what’s happening live and they can feel engaged with their community,” she added.

“Lake Mac Libraries and MAC are doing their best to mimic services they would normally provide, using their online platforms. It’s not always possible, but the teams behind these important services are constantly evolving and innovating during this challenging period to do everything they can,” Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said.

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