‘Don’t shut li­brary’

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

THE fu­ture of the Les­mur­die School and Com­mu­nity Li­brary is in doubt af­ter pro­mo­tional efforts failed to in­crease pa­tron­age at the fa­cil­ity.

A City of Kala­munda spokes­woman said it was the least utilised in the re­gion.

“Fol­low­ing a re­view un­der­taken by the City on the fu­ture of Les­mur­die Li­brary in 2012, and de­spite ad­di­tional pro­mo­tional efforts, us­age num­bers at the li­brary have not sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased with only 13 per cent of all the City’s li­brary users ac­cess­ing Les­mur­die Li­brary,” she said.

“Fur­ther­more, 67 per cent of res­i­dents in the Les­mur­die area choose to visit the Kala­munda Li­brary.”

Les­mur­die res­i­dent Justin O’Meara Smith said the City should not as­sess the qual­ity of a ser­vice based on the num­ber of peo­ple who walk through the door.

“This is not the first time the City has tried to close our li­brary and it won’t be the last,” he said. “It is very trou­bling that there are so many sig­nals the City has al­ready de­cided to close the li­brary.

“The sta­tis­tics show fewer res­i­dents use the Les­mur­die Li­brary but given the district is a lifestyle sub­urb, it is ac­tu­ally very well used by res­i­dents liv­ing lo­cally as well as Bick­ley and Carmel.”

His daugh­ter Grace O’Meara-Smith (11) said the li­brary was worth sav­ing.

“At the mo­ment my sis­ter and I can go to the li­brary by our­selves and the li­brar­i­ans know us and help us to find the books we want,” she said.

“We can’t get to Kala­munda Li­brary by our­selves, so we wouldn’t be able to visit as much as we do.”

If the li­brary closes, Les­mur­die Se­nior High School will con­tinue to op­er­ate the li­brary and staff would be re­lo­cated to li­braries in Kala­munda, High Wy­combe and For­rest­field.

Mr O’Meara-Smith urged res­i­dents to com­ment on the fu­ture use of the li­brary be­fore De­cem­ber 13.

Go to http://en­gagekala munda.en­gage­men­thq.com/ les­mur­die-li­brary

Justin O’Meara-Smith with his daugh­ters Grace (11) and Lily (9) out­side the Les­mur­die Li­brary.

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