There were accolades all around at this morning’s launch of the new-look Burdekin Library Ayr.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis thanked the Library staff for their passion and dedication to delivering the best service possible to residents.
“Libraries of today are no longer just about books. They are changing to meet the changing needs of their communities and keeping up with technology,” he said.
“I am very proud of how far our library services have come and thank our wonderful staff for doing such a great job for the residents of the Burdekin.”
State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer Janette Wright said today’s libraries were central to the wellbeing of communities in many ways.
“Libraries are social hubs, offering services to all sectors of the community, connecting citizens and reducing isolation,” she said.
“Libraries are learning hubs, supporting literacy and providing opportunities for lifelong learning.
“Libraries act as cultural centres, offering spaces for artists, authors and displays to engage their communities.
“Libraries also act as economic enablers, providing information to connect people to opportunities to better their personal circumstances, and to encourage enterprise.”
Ms Wright then announced the Burdekin Library had been successful in gaining a$36,500 grant to implement the Ideas @ 108 program.
Burdekin Library Services Manager John Scott said there exciting times ahead for the library.
“We will be partnering with TAFE North Qld on the Ideas @ 108 program which will enable the creation of a multifunctional, flexible space for growing ideas with a particular focus on small business, start-ups and youth,” he said.
“We also will investigate allowing tablets out on loan and introducing more technology programs. These are exciting times for the Burdekin.”