Les­mur­die li­brary to re­main open

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

KALA­MUNDA coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously last week to sup­port the re­ten­tion of the Les­mur­die Com­mu­nity Li­brary, which is colo­cated with Les­mur­die Se­nior High School.

There has been over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port to keep the li­brary open. Of the 294 feed­back sub­mis­sions re­ceived by the City, 291 op­posed its clo­sure.

Doubt was cast over the fu­ture of the li­brary af­ter the City said de­spite pro­mo­tional ef­forts the li­brary was the least used 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,” a spokes­woman said.

In a let­ter to the City last Novem­ber, out­go­ing Les­mur­die SHS prin­ci­pal John Stone said stu­dents would be greatly dis­ad­van­taged if the City shut the li­brary’s doors.

“If the li­brary closes, stu­dents would no longer be able to ac­cess re­sources from other

City li­braries and the State Li­brary,” he wrote.

“This will im­pact on the qual­ity, vol­ume and di­ver­sity of re­sources that are avail­able.”

Six stu­dents gave dep­u­ta­tions to the coun­cil in favour of the coun­cil re­tain­ing the Les­mur­die School Com­mu­nity Li­brary un­der its li­cense agree­ment with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Year 11 stu­dent Joshua Teale told coun­cil­lors stu­dents and the com­mu­nity would be strongly dis­ad­van­taged if the li­brary shut.

“In the morn­ings it is a place for us to meet to be pre­pared for chal­lenges pre­sented to us in classes,” he said.

“It is a place where stu­dents have a safe haven to study and par­ents can bring in younger sib­lings to en­joy a re­laxed at­mos­phere.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481186

Kala­munda coun­cil­lors are unan­i­mous in their sup­port to keep Les­mur­die li­brary open.

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