Li­brary cel­e­brates 45 years

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

Safety Bay Li­brary is set to cel­e­brate its 45th birth­day this week, with a spe­cial morn­ing tea to be held on Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

A com­mu­nity favourite, the li­brary was of­fi­cially opened on April 13, 1972, by then-shire pres­i­dent Alf Pow­ell at a cost of $37,731.

City of Rock­ing­ham mayor Barry Sam­mels said it had been fan­tas­tic to see the li­brary grow to be­come such an im­por­tant part of Safety Bay and the wider com­mu­nity.

“The li­brary has al­ways been very pop­u­lar in the com­mu­nity,” Mr Sam­mels said.

“It now has over 10,000 mem­bers and over 150,000 loans per year.

In Fe­bru­ary 1991 then-mayor Richard Smith of­fi­cially com­mem­o­rated al­ter­ations and ex­ten­sion work which dou­bled the size of the li­brary.

Be­cause of a short­age of space for events and chil­dren’s ser­vices, a meet­ing room was later added to the li­brary and of­fi­cially opened by Mr Sam­mels in De­cem­ber 2004.

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