The “wow’ factor was certainly present as Bob Levett, President of Friends of the Library Byron Bay took his first look at the new library. Along with the library staff, a euphoric Friends of the Library group witnessed what 30 years of canvassing has achieved. Bob stated “I am just so thrilled with all the space, the wonderful natural light and the design. After 30 years of battling for a new library, I am finally standing in it. What joy to be here today”. FOL has donated $20,000 to the library for new resources and look ahead to enhancing this magnificent community facility.
The new library will be officially open to the public on Monday February 11. Friends of the Library will be assisting with a ‘meet and greet’ programme during the first week and look forward to being of help to the library staff.
Our new library building is quickly being realised, so what does “make” a great public library? Our new library has the chance to start afresh, and here are some thoughts from the Web:
How To Make Your Library Great (US)
Library Building And Design (State Library Of Queensland)
And the majestic awesome New York Public Library, NYPL
We meet at the Byron Bay Services Club……more
BBFOL is a member of FOLA and you can read all about FOLA at their new look and updated website. We were the proud recipients of the FOLA Colin Watson Award For Advocacy 2011 and belonging to a National organisation enables us to connect and share information and experiences with other FOL groups. If you are also passionate about the role of public libraries within a community be sure to read an anniversary paper presented by FOLA President Dr Alan Bundy AM – Community Partners: Local Government, Public Libraries And Their Friends (PDF)
Work is underway planning, plotting, scheming a whole year’s worth of reading and literacy awareness across Australia throughout 2012. More….
“For books are the sleepers on the railway of life, the pickets in the fence of your history, the bricks with which you’ve built your brain.” Phillip Adams.
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We have received some emails regarding issues to do with library cards, overdue and lost books and enquiries to the library. Please note we support library activities but are not employed there. All contact details can be found on the RTRL Network website.