Suc­cess not just by the book

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

Katharine Su­san­nah Prichard Li­brary branch li­brar­ian Ker­ryn Mar­tin and li­brary of­fi­cer Jasmine Wit­tber. READ IT ON­LINE FIRST FOR those who thought li­braries were a dy­ing breed, look no fur­ther than some of the suc­cess sto­ries com­ing from the $ 10.1 mil­lion Katharine Su­san­nah Prichard Li­brary in Boya, which opened just over a year ago to re­place the de­mol­ished li­brary in Green­mount.

In the past 12 months there have been 2451 new mem­bers, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of 375 per cent.

The li­brary has wel­comed more than 76,000 vis­i­tors, an in­crease of 68 per cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

Shire of Mundaring Pres­i­dent John Daw said he was de­lighted the li­brary had been em­braced by res­i­dents rep­re­sent­ing all de­mo­graphic groups.

“Tra­di­tion­ally li­braries pro­vide a no- cost ac­cess to books and a quiet place to read, but we be­lieve many of to­day’s pub­lic li­braries are tak­ing on newer roles,” he said.

“For ex­am­ple, the KSP Li­brary of­fers new tech­nol­ogy, ac­ces­si­ble screens and an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple of all ages can ex­plore and learn new tech­nol­ogy. “It’s def­i­nitely a place for in­no­va­tion”. Wi- Fi ses­sions have in­creased by 600 per cent since the li­brary opened, while about 600 peo­ple have at­tended au­thor talks and more than 240 chil­dren have at­tended school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties at the li­brary.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d481350

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