According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, the Shire’s libraries can be viewed as social and cultural institutions that offer an ever changing range of resources for the community.
“Libraries are particularly important in rural communities. Unfortunately, this role for our public libraries often remains unrecognized and a major challenge is how to capitalize on their potential
contribution to community development and empowerment. Of course one of the best ways is for as many people as possible to utilise the facilities and to let your members of Parliament know how important you consider sufficent, ongoing funding to the service is,” Councillor Hope said.
A display for Law Week at Werris Creek library. Both Quirindi and Werris Creek library contributed displays for this event.
“I think it’s fair to say no other Council agency has the breadth of role, the user range, diversity and potential impact that our libraries do. They provide free public access to computer and information technology resources, they help people to locate information allowing better informed communities, they run programs that promote lifelong learning and literacy in the community and they build connections between individuals, groups and other institutions,” Councillor Hope continued.
Author Annette Marfording visited Quirindi library for an ‘author talk’ about her book Celebrating Australian Writing: Conversations with Australian Authors. Both Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries provide opportunities such as this during the year.
“It is important our libraries are recognised for their roles in helping both children and adults to maintain and build knowledge. They provide tools allowing us to understand the country’s social, political and economic endeavours and nation building efforts. They play an important role in the development of wholesomefamily life, providing materials about social, economic and health care development and inspiring members of the community to read, to use books, information and knowledge access, and to enjoy all materials in the library for education and recreation,” he said.
The Shire’s libraries are part of the Central Northern Regional Library (CNRL) network. All libraries in the State are overseen by the State Library of NSW. Representatives from the State Library’s Public Library Services, Acting Manager Philippa Scarf (2nd from right) and Consultant Kate O’Grady (right) visited both Quirindi and Werris Creek libraries during the week. They are pictured with (from left) LPSC Business development Manager Craig Orvad, CNRL GM Kay Delahunt and Senior Quirindi librarian Marcela Krasny.
“I encourage any resident who hasn’t visited the library lately to call in and see what it has to offer,” Councillor Hope concluded.