All Abilities

Disability is a complex and multi-dimensional experience and can occur at any stage of a person’s life. With almost one in five Australians living with a disability (ABS 2018), the Mackay Regional Council Libraries has developed an All Abilities Program that provides an opportunity to meet other community members in friendly and fun environments, while enabling their growth of creativity, literacy and learning at all ability levels.

We respect and value the contribution and participation of people of all abilities within our community and workforce, and provide equal access to all opportunities so every person can reach their full potential.

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Next Chapter Book Club 

Next Chapter Book Club

Friends, Community & Books! Are you a person with a lived experience of disability?

Would you like to join a group to share with, make friends and have fun? Our book club gives you an opportunity to read and learn, make friends, and have fun together in our library setting.

Find an event and make a booking here.

All abilities sensory space 

All Abilities Sensory Space
This space at the Gordon White Library allows our members, carers and family members an area that is centred around exploration using the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell at your own pace.

Discover and explore what is new in our sensory collection.  Join us at the launch of our reading teepee, tactile collection, sensory panels and digital resources.

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Parental and carer’s supervision is required.

Sensory collection 

Sensory Collection
Our Sensory Collection provides resources to help with the understanding and development of children and adults with special needs. These resources support a range of developmental needs, including fine and gross motor skills, speech and language skills and imaginative play.

Dexters Story Time 

Dexter’s Storytime
Explore the magic of reading with our friend Dexter. He will be alongside one of our fabulous team members that will take you on wonderful journeys of imagination. This program is delivered in partnership with KIDS.

Meet Dexter

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Storytelling for Grown-ups
Storytelling for Grown-ups is reading with a difference! Come along and just listen or follow along with your own copy of the book. Enjoy the beauty of English language as you relax and have a story read out loud to you.
Click here for Storytelling for Grown-ups at home.

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Quiet Hour 

Quiet Hour
We are making the library experience easier for people with hypersensitivity to light and noise in their surroundings by dimming the lights and softening the noise to a minimum.  Click here for locations and times.