Li­brary a hit in first year

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

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.’’

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