Library celebrates 40th anniversary
THIS Saturday is Harvey Public Library’s 40th birthday.
More correctly, it is the 40th anniversary of the day the library joined Western Australia’s State library system.
Originally opened as the War Memorial Library in 1921 in honour of the town’s WWI soldiers, it served as somewhere for the returning soldiers to read a book and have a quiet space.
Over the years the library grew and there was a push for the popular facility to become part of the State-wide public library system.
The Shire of Harvey was the last to join the State system in 1977, and principal librarian Ruth Campbell-Hicks said a lot had changed since then.
The modern library loans up to 30 items per full membership, in line with borrowing from bigger regional libraries
The Harvey library also puts on a variety of community and cultural events for families, hosts talks from visiting authors, and holds specialised workshops and activities for children during the school holidays.
“The library used to be a quiet place just for books,” Mrs Campbell-Hicks said.
“But now it’s not so quiet and it’s definitely for more than just books.”
Harvey’s library also came on board the One Library system earlier this year.
This means members can look up the catalogues of other libraries in the South West online, order a book from that catalogue, and then pick it up from the Harvey library within days.
An anniversary morning tea will be held at the library on Friday at 10am to celebrate the milestone.
Councillors and former staff will be attending and members of the public are welcome to attend.
“Everyone is always welcome at the library,” Mrs CampbellHicks said.
“We welcome anyone who is interested to come along and help us celebrate.”
Harvey Public Library staff Arlene Abaquin and Salli Watt prepare for the library's 40th anniversary morning tea.