Li­brary ser­vices re­sume three months on from Deb­bie

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

AF­TER three long months, the Can­non­vale Li­brary is back in busi­ness.

The li­brary build­ing near the Whit­sun­day Plaza off Shute Har­bour Dr was dam­aged dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie but re­pairs to the build­ing are now com­plete.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said coun­cil was ex­cited to re­turn some ba­sic ser­vices to li­brary mem­bers and the gen­eral com­mu­nity.

“Un­for­tu­nately the li­brary sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the build­ing, equip­ment and the books as a re­sult of TC Deb­bie how­ever our friendly Can­non­vale Li­brary team is thrilled to be back and they look for­ward to wel­com­ing their vis­i­tors once again,” Cr Will­cox said.

The First 5 For­ever child­hood lit­er­acy pro­gram was tem­po­rar­ily op­er­at­ing from the court­yard of the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre but will now be run from within the re­paired shel­ter of the li­brary build­ing once the July school hol­i­days fin­ish.

Li­brary users can now bor­row and re­turn a lim­ited se­lec­tion of books, DVDs and CDs.

“While there are still some ser­vices un­avail­able such as pho­to­copy­ing, print­ing and wi-fi ac­cess, our teams are work­ing ex­tremely hard to get them up and run­ning in the com­ing weeks,” Cr Will­cox said.

“Ba­sic ser­vices avail­able in­clude book bor­row­ings and re­turns on a lim­ited se­lec­tion of books, some pub­lic com­puter ac­cess and the recom­mence­ment of the Tues­day Book Club.

“I’m very ap­pre­cia­tive to all of our res­i­dents who have been pa­tient while we un­der­take re­pair works.

“I’m aware of how much this fa­cil­ity has been missed.”

The li­brary team is ex­cited to be back and looks for­ward to see­ing reg­u­lar bor­row­ers along with vis­i­tors.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UP AND RUN­NING: The Can­non­vale Li­brary is open again af­ter a three-month clo­sure.

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