Library a triumph of community synergy
YARLOOP Public Library is celebrating three decades of literary and learning services this week – and also the community effort that made it all possible.
At 10am on Thursday, a morning tea will be held for the 30th anniversary of the building’s opening with former staff and the community invited to view photographs of the library’s history.
“We’re going to get as many of the previous librarians as we can,” Harvey Library librarian Ruth Campbell-Hicks said.
Organiser of the library’s con- struction and Parents and Citizens Association chairman at the time, Geoff Cattach, said a lot of people were involved in the effort.
Mr Cattach said the association raised $8000 from catering and baking events, but with the amount of materials donated from businesses and help from volunteer contractors, it was never needed.
The money was retained by the association and later used for the Yarloop Community Resource Centre. Government grants and a donation from Alcoa covered the materials that could not be donated.
Mr Cattach said due to the small size of the building, the whole effort was completed in less than four months and in August, 1987, it was officially opened.
Mr Cattach said the effort was one that could have been achieved by any motivated small community.
“That’s how you do things in a small community, you get people involved,” he said.
“It’s not just in Yarloop or Harvey, that’s how it happens across the country.”
The year after the library opened it had 82 members and 10 years later it had grown to 418.