Video: Logan libraries to loan out robots to kids for school holidays

Tech-savvy: Amica Rottmann, Jeannie Hall, Tanya Leti and Karl Rottmann are looking forward to borrowing robots from their library for the school holidays.
Tech-savvy: Amica Rottmann, Jeannie Hall, Tanya Leti and Karl Rottmann are looking forward to borrowing robots from their library for the school holidays.

Logan kids can take advantage of some 21st century loan items from their library, with robots available for hire during the school holidays.

The robots teach kids aged five to 11 computer skills and robotics, and live-streamed workshops will teach families how to use them.

There are 180 Ozobots kits available along with a further 90 kits with rechargeable Beebot robots.

Each comes with instructions and activity ideas.

Ozobots are suitable for children aged eight or older while Bee-bots are for four to eight-year-olds.

The robots do not need any device or computer to be operated.

Live-streamed workshops will introduce families to the robots and how to use them.

These free sessions will run on MS Teams from 2pm-3pm on Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 9.

Once participants register they will be sent a booking link.

The kits can be reserved now and collected from your local library.

They can be borrowed for up to two weeks.

"This will give families access to hours of fun and are sure to banish any holiday boredom," City Lifestyle Committee chair Laurie Koranski said.

The robots are one part of the library's program of activities and ideas to keep children busy over the holidays.

Award-winning Logan-based author and illustrator Dr Cameron Stelzer will host nine online workshops in partnership with the library for children aged four to 12.

They will learn what it is like to create a book from scratch and how to come up with inspirational and exciting ideas for stories.

Children will also get the opportunity to learn how to draw different characters from Dr Stelzer's stories in drawing sessions.

All libraries will also have free printable instruction sheets available for other fun activities to do at home.

For teenagers, there will also be live stream activities on how to feed the birds in the backyard or create mood boards for blogs.

There are a number of take home and create activities on offer including macrame keyrings, beaded puppets and wind-up light kits.

The macrame and beaded puppets kits will only be available in the first week of the holidays with the wind-up light kits available from July 6-11.

Families can also borrow a range of resources.

These include LaunchPads, DVDs, CDs, books, comics and magazines.

To register for any of the libraries' free school holiday activities visit loganlibraries.org