Help create libraries of the future
Fri, 28/08/2020 - 11:49

The City of Canada Bay is calling on residents to help create a Library Strategic Plan.

“As innovative and engaging public spaces, our libraries have evolved over the past decade to be more than just facilities for books,” City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.

This innovative approach to delivering library services can be seen in their multicultural programs, popular eLibrary, seniors services, and most evidently in their makerspace library facility located in Rhodes. 

The Learning Space opened its doors in December 2016 but you won’t find a bookshelf in sight. Instead, the library offers a range of technology based programs for children and adults.

“We pride ourselves on the quality and range of our services,” Mayor Tsirekas said. “We have a variety of technology based workshops like our popular 3D Print Club and Tech Shed, as well as our traditional author talks, book clubs and study groups.”

“Our libraries are much-loved institutions and it’s not about completely reinventing the wheel. Our aim is to stay relevant and to provide the best services we can to our residents.”

“To do this we need to give our residents a voice in planning and an opportunity to provide feedback. That’s what makes a great library and that’s what we are asking people to do now.”

To help shape libraries of the future, the City of Canada Bay is calling on people to complete their survey or join a virtual focus group. You can also take part in a bookmark colouring competition for the chance to win one of three hampers valued at $200 each.

Each hamper contains wonderfully curated items and vouchers from local businesses to help support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Canada Bay has also commissioned local artist, Sarah McCloskey, to paint three beautiful street libraries – you can win one for your street if you have street frontage or a specific place to install them.

To provide feedback and win one of these amazing prizes visit collaborate.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/lsp before 25 September 2020.