Li­brary cel­e­brates 40th an­niver­sary

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

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.”

Pic­ture: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Har­vey Pub­lic Li­brary staff Ar­lene Abaquin and Salli Watt pre­pare for the li­brary's 40th an­niver­sary morn­ing tea.

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