‘The Highlight of Cunnamulla Library!’ 

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Situated 910 kilometres South West of Brisbane (three-hours by plane) is the remote town of Cunnamulla. With a population of only 1,865, Cunnamulla is considered a low socio-economic area. However, the town boasts a diverse and passionate community, eager to develop skills relevant for the 21st century. 

Two years ago, this was made possible when the town’s public library became the proud owner of a NAO Humanoid Robot after successfully applying for a Coding and Robotics Grant through State Library of Queensland. And they haven’t looked back!

Cunnamulla Librarian, Tammy, explains: ‘During the two plus years we have had our Humanoid Robot and it has proved invaluable to our community.’

The Library uses NAO regularly for: 

  • Storytelling time
  • Aiding students with learning difficulties
  • Helping those in the community with dementia
  • Improving students’ overall linguistic skills
‘Our robot has also been used in other innovative ways, such as opening a community meeting, and is an integral part of our 0-5 weekly program where we bring it out to do the alphabet with the children as well as some of the other favourite nursery rhymes. Nao’s appearance is always the highlight of any program we use it in.’ 
— Tammy, Librarian, Paroo Shire Council