Half a cen­tury for Ned­lands li­brary

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

NED­LANDS Li­brary had only been open four years when li­brar­ian Carmel Wright first walked through its doors in 1969.

As one of the City’s long­est-stand­ing em­ploy­ees, Ms Wright will help celebrate the Ned­lands Li­brary 50th an­niver­sary with a se­ries of com­mu­nity events and cel­e­bra­tions next week.

“A great deal has hap­pened in that time; it’s amaz­ing where the years skip to,” the Mos­man Park res­i­dent said. “Tech­nol­ogy has changed in ev­ery di­rec­tion. “Back then, we used the old Browne Is­sue Sys­tem with bor­row­ing cards, but of course ev­ery­thing is au­to­mated and online now. That said, the build­ing it­self hasn’t changed much at all.”

Ned­lands Li­brary was the in­no­va­tion of for­mer mayor John Smith and was of­fi­cially opened on July 23, 1965 by Gover­nor Gen­eral Dou­glas Ken­drew.

Mayor Max Hip­kins said it would be a plea­sure to take part in the li­brary’s 50th cel­e­bra­tions.

“My fond­est li­brary mem­o­ries are read­ing to my chil­dren at bed­time and en­cour­ag­ing them to read with the aid of li­brary books,” he said.

Now based at Mt Clare­mont Li­brary, Ms Wright, a se­nior cus­tomer ser­vice op­er­a­tor, said she loved that peo­ple still read books.

“I know there are dif­fer­ent for­mats now, but peo­ple still en­joy a book in their hands,” she said.

“It has been re­ally lovely to see visi­tors grow up and bring their own kids in over the years.”


Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d440523

Carmel Wright says tech­nol­ogy has trans­formed li­braries, but peo­ple still love hold­ing a book in their hands.

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