MY GRIPE with Bundaberg Regional Council is the new library renovations. I was looking forward to the opening and must say I was very disappointed. Yes, it’s modern, open, has new furniture, etcetera, but the library has lost many of the quiet corners that were there, and there are not many areas for display. Also the wonderful area for kids has gone. But my biggest disappointment is the amount of non-fiction books now available. At first I could not find them, the area was so small. Then at last, here they were, tucked down in the far back corner, very sadly depleted from what we used to have. Cookery books are nearly non-existent – the same with travel books and art and craft books. I feel we have at least nine tenths fewer non-fiction books than we used to have. Before we had two very long rows plus another shorter row. I was gobsmacked when I saw this, and thought surely more must be coming, but no, when I asked the librarian where all the non-fiction books were, she said this was it. She also said Childers people didn’t read a lot of non-fiction books, and this was the reason why there was so little. I said, “Well, looks like I will have to travel to Bundaberg in future.” She said, “I can always order
Judy Petschulies I am hoping ... we can get a petition going.
books in for you”, but my pleasure is to walk into the library and find a gem of a book to read. Plus, where would they put all the books that were ordered in? What do other non-fiction readers in Childers think? Surely if there are enough of us, with people power we can have a larger section of the new library. I do not think that is a lot to ask. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures, and now this has virtually been taken from me, and at my age don’t think it is fair that I have to travel over 50km each week to find some books, After all, I pay my rates, like everyone else. It is actually victimisation of factual readers, and what about all the students, who I imagine would still use the library for resources? Most of them have gone now. These renovations were done without any consultation from our community regarding design etcetera, to find out what we would like in our library, and I am very, very disappointed. I am hoping this letter will rustle up other readers and maybe we can get a petition going. Judy Petschulies, Apple Tree Creek