Fun police’s war on kids in the library
IT SEEMS trying to get children interested in libraries can indeed be a slippery slide to disaster.
Double Bay’s $11 million library installed a slide for children as the centrepiece of its plan to attract families.
But it is open for as little as 80 minutes a day because of what Woollahra Council describes as a “small number” of noise complaints.
Now there is a battle between library users who want to preserve it as a bastion of silence and some parents who want to throw the book at the fun police.
Vaucluse mother of three Lara Campbell, 39, said it was “ridiculous” that operating hours remain n severely limited.
“Most kids don’t t even get out of school until 3.20pm so you can’t get there in time unless you live around the cor- ner,” she said.
“Who are these e people who are com- plaining? Why put t something in there that you are not going to use?”
Ms Campbell said she was reluctant to speak out because: “I don’t really want the intellectuals in the area to come at me with their pitchforks.”
When the 2000sqm facility was opened in May 2016, the slide had no time limits advertised.
By September 2016 hours were limited to no more than two hours a day. Then by in May 2017 the hours were cut by one hour on Tuesdays and 10 minutes on Monday and Wednesdays.
Mother of two Roz Coo- per, 39, said she was very pleased to have the slide, saying it has attracted her kids to the library. “It makes the area very inclusive for children,” she said.
A council spokesman said: “The opening hours are about providing balance and are geared towards peak times for kids in the mornings and afternoon.
“While the response to the slide has been mixed, we have received a great deal of p positive feedb back. Hours have been adjusted based on user feedback, to control noise levels and ensure the library space c can meet the v varying needs o of all our u users.”
Lara Campbell and kids Byron, Alexa and Cleo love the slide. Picture: Sam Ruttyn