Li­brary a tri­umph of com­mu­nity syn­ergy

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

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