Condobolin Library

Condobolin Library to be extended

Librarian Theresa Jude and School Based Trainee Murray Moore are two of the friendly faces at the Condobolin Library. Lachlan Shire Council has committed to extending the local facility. The project, valued in excess of, $700,000 has been boosted by an announcement of $200,000 worth of funding through the 2016/17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant Program. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

 

Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has committed to extending the Condobolin Library.

The project, valued in excess of $700,000, has been boosted by the announcement of $200,000 worth of funding through the 2016/17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant Program.

The expected final cost of the project is estimated to be $796,000. LSC staff will manage the project themselves, in a bid to reduce overall costs.

At its Ordinary meeting in September 2016, Councillors committed to putting $520,000 in cash the 2017/18 budget to complete the project, as well as make a submission for a $200,000 grant from the State Library of NSW. The motion was moved by Councillor Dave Carter and seconded by Councillor Melissa Blewitt.

Director of Community Services and Governance, Luke Taberner in his report to Council at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 28 September last year said: “Council purchased the block next door to the library about ten years ago with a view to extending the library. The current Library is 260m2. SLNSW guidelines indicate that a town the size of Condobolin have a library of 470m2. Council has never provided in its budget to extend and refurbish the library, nor has it applied for grant funding.

“The library service is a very visible one to the community and the level of service and programs offered are limited by the size of the library.

“The current Condobolin Library building is inadequate for a town the size of Condobolin. People Places – the State Library publication giving guidelines for library facilities recommends that a town of Condobolin’s size has a library of about 470m2.”

An audit of the Condobolin Library was conducted by Consultant Phillipa Scarf from Public Library Services in May 2016. She said that visits and usage of the Condobolin Library had “increased significantly” and described it as “a welcoming, inclusive space.”

In the previous 12-month period, there had been 580 new members and 5,109 visits to the Condobolin Library.

In her summation, she concluded “The Condobolin library is below the size recommended for the population served and this limits programs, events and access to community space. An increase in the size of the library would enable a broader program offering, meeting rooms and internet pods, study and reading areas, children and youth areas and a local history room. New display stands to highlight the collections and mobile shelving would create a flexible space.”

Seniors Week on the way

By Melissa Blewitt

There’s something for everyone during Senior’s Week activities in Condobolin from Monday, 6 March to Friday, 10 March.
Senior’s Week in Condobolin will give you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones with a number of events planned.
The week will start off on Monday with Getting Connected from 10-11am at the Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at Western Plains Regional Development (WPRD).
Then on Tuesday, 7 March: Getting Connected will again be on from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from1-2pm at WPRD. Those interested can also attend a Seniors Lunch and Entertainment at Condobolin RSL Club. Make sure to be there at 11:30am for 12pm. The cost of the event is $5.
Wednesday, 8 March the community can get involved in Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD.
Thursday, 9 March has a full schedule with Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD; and HACC day trip to Orange for Elders Olympics. Transport for this event departs HACC Centre at 7.45am.
On Friday, 10 March residents can participate in Getting Connected from 10-11am at Condobolin Library; and from 1-2pm at WPRD. The International Women’s Day Dinner, which will showcase Nepal, will commence from 6:30pm at the Community Centre. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15 per person.
For more information call Western Plains Regional Development on 6895 3301.

Rock and rhyme time at Condobolin Library

 

• Condobolin children can show off their voices and sense of fun when they participate in the Condobolin Library’s Baby Rhyme Time every Friday from 9.30am. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin children showed off their voices and sense of fun when they participated in the Condobolin Library’s Baby Rhyme Time last Friday.

The program is aimed at introducing young children to the wonderful world of books and music.

“It combines action rhymes, music and singing to develop early literacy skills and allows toddlers to dance to familiar songs,” Librarian Theresa Jude said.

“They can dance, make noise and communicate through sound.

“Parents, grandparents and carers can sit with their child and everyone can sing or act out songs and rhymes.

“It’s noisy, fun and a wonderful chance to learn some new songs for bedtime, bath time or when you’re stuck in the car. We sing each song a few times so that we can all learn the words.”

Baby Rhyme Time is followed by Storytime. Storytime is a fun session of storytelling that fosters an early love of reading and develops literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

Rhyme Time takes place every Friday from 9.30am to 10am at the Condobolin Library. Storytime follows from 10am until 11am. Contact the Condobolin Library on 6895 2253 for more information.

Passing on a love of reading with Simultaneous Story Time

 

Whether it is the colourful illustrations, funny characters or simply the cuddle time with a family member, story time is a very special part of the day for many children.

• Condobolin children enjoy Simultaneous Story Time at the Lachlan Shire Library last Wednesday 27 May. Children from around Australia read The Brothers Quibble that morning. LP

Whether it is the colourful illustrations, funny characters or simply the cuddle time with a family member, story time is a very special part of the day for many children.

• Katie Merritt with daughter Brooklyn reading at the Lachlan Shire Library’s Simultaneous Story Time. LP

By Lara Pearce

Whether it is the colourful illustrations, funny characters or simply the cuddle time with a family member, story time is a very special part of the day for many children.

National Simultaneous Storytime saw around 46 children gather at the Lachlan Shire Library in Condobolin for a story time of national significance.

They joined with hundreds of thousands of children from around the nation in reading The Brothers Quibble at exactly 11am last Wednesday 27 May.

National Simultaneous Storytime has been held by the Australian Library and Information Association for fifteen years now. It aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Librarian Abby Grimshaw read the chosen picture book to Kindergarten children from St Joseph’s Catholic School and other parents and youngsters, many of whom attend the library’s weekly reading sessions.

The Brothers Quibble, written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey, features a boy named Quibble who has a hard time adjusting to the arrival of his new baby brother. It is a story that is familiar to many of the children, who listened with animation before enjoying some themed colouring in and games.

Sharon says goodbye after 35 years as Condo librarian

What started as a casual job while raising her children at home has turned into a lifelong vocation for local librarian Sharon Denyer.

• Sharon Denyer enjoyed an emotional final day of work at Lachlan Shire Library last Friday as she farewelled colleagues, library-goers and the books she knows so well. LP

By Lara Pearce

What started as a casual job while raising her children at home has turned into a lifelong vocation for local librarian Sharon Denyer.

Mrs Denyer finished up as Head Librarian of Lachlan Shire Library last Friday after 35 years in the job.

She celebrated her final day surrounded by flowers, cards and chocolates with the welcome interruptions of visitors dropping in to share their good wishes for the future.

The Condobolin local of 41 years says the past three and a half decades have brought many changes to the library, but the time has passed quickly.

“I’ve seen people come in with their little babies, and the next thing you know, [the children] are bringing their own children in!”

When Sharon started working at the library, she never dreamed of how far it would take her. In 1979, she started out helping at the library for ten hours a week.

“I grew up in Forbes and Wayne, my husband, is in the Ambulance, so we came here for his job,” Sharon explained. “It wasn’t until my youngest child went to school that I decided a part time job sounded pretty good.”

In those days all the book loans and returns were entered manually on cards in the backs of the books.

“Margaret Job was the Librarian then,” Sharon reminisces. “We typed everything into typewriters, so you got to know the books quite well.”

Over the following years, Sharon saw the library renovated to double its original size and the collection of books expanded. The books – which are rotated between Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham and Burcher libraries – now number around 32,000.

In 1990, Sharon took over from Margaret as Librarian. “Then, we started using computers in 1995,” she said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. All the girls I have worked with over the years have been fantastic and it is a great work environment,” she said. “You meet some lovely people.”

With friends and library-goers rallying around to bid her farewell and bring gifts, it seems that the sentiment is returned.

Sharon will be enjoying six months of accumulated long service leave before officially retiring on 17 July. She and her husband Wayne plan to enjoy their retirement in Forbes close to family and friends.

The Lachlan Shire Council congratulated her on her long service at a party last Friday evening.

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