Deputy Mayor's Weekly Message: Monday 4 March 2019
There’s no better way to describe the changing face of our libraries than to say – ‘more than just books’.
We’re seeing our libraries evolve and adapt to the changing trends in society, including rapidly advancing technology and the new ways we all like to learn and share information. It really is an exciting time for us all.
While books will always be at the heart of a library, things such as virtual reality, audio books and music recording studios means there’s lots of choice available to us all.
You may be interested to know that at the end of last year our libraries had 32,848 members, which is an increase of 3,820 in only 12 months, and membership continues to grow.
Our libraries are there to be enjoyed by all, with study rooms, activities like story time for pre-schoolers and a variety of cultural and community events regularly happening. A new photo exhibition ‘Captured: Portraits of Crime’ is now on display at the Port Macquarie library until 31 March, so why not go along and have a look… and check out everything else that’s on offer while you’re there.
And it’s not just our libraries in Laurieton, Port Macquarie and Wauchope that are extremely popular, we also take to the streets, touring throughout the region in our library van so everyone can get involved and enjoy the library.
The library means something different to everyone, and is why they are quickly becoming a cultural community hub, rather than just a quiet place for reading.
If you haven’t been to a library recently why not pencil in some time to pay a visit, you might just be surprised what you find.