Library a hit in first year
Bookworms gathered at Cobram Library on November 15 to eat cake and celebrate the library’s first birthday.
It was also a chance to celebrate the achievement of the community, which worked tirelessly to raise funds for the building last year.
RACV Cobram Resort donated $130 000, Barooga Sports Club and Cobram Community Enterprise each donated $20 000 and Cobram Rotary donated $10 000, just to name a few.
The library has since seen a lot of love from the community with about 800 new members, an increase of 39 per cent since moving into the new building.
Loans have increased by 34 per cent and the library has seen a significant increase in community activities such as author visits and the rhyme and history time events.
Goulburn Valley Regional Library chief executive Kevin Preece said the library had been a hit with locals from day one.
‘‘We’ve seen a terrific increase in patronage and it’s really been embraced by the community,’’ he said.
Mr Preece said he expected patronage to go up even further when people fled into the air-conditioned library to escape the summer heat and read a book.
The library has also recently launched a new website and offers free streaming of movies, videos and documentaries.
Reflecting on the past year, Mr Preece said the library had even more in store for next year.
‘‘We’re hoping to hold more author events and IT classes for seniors,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll also continue to run our successful story time sessions for the children.’’
Member for Ovens Murray Tim McCurdy said he was confident the library would stand the test of time.
‘‘Cobram Library was instigated by our government and I’m proud about what the community has managed to achieve,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a huge asset to the town and I can see it’ll only go from strength to strength and be here for many years to come.’’