Library Lovers Day: Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries back to normal hours

“Dear Corrimal Librarians,” begins one thank you card received by Wollongong City Libraries. “…thank you for sending those books. I love them! I love you! Love Lewis.”

The writer, a young library member, had covered the card in hand-drawn red love hearts and used miniature hearts instead of the ‘o’ in the words love to emphasize his point.

It’s high praise indeed, but considering today (Monday, February 14) marks Library Lovers Day, it seems appropriate to share a little library love.

This Library Lovers Day Wollongong City Council is encouraging the community to take a leaf out of Lewis’s book and share some love by making the most of your local library.

“Over the past couple of lockdowns, even while the doors were shut temporarily to visitors, our librarians were working out ways to deliver reserved books to residents,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the last 12 months, but our library service was able to focus on how we could get books to our readers. We were unsure of the demand for home delivered books during lockdown, but by taking a quieter approach we were able to get books out to our community. When a customer received a reserved book, it was treated like a wonderful surprise that would bring joy to their day.”

Libraries at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal have since reopened and returned to regular opening hours.

“This month, we’re also welcoming the return to our popular children’s programs such as Storytime, Lego Club and Baby Bookworms. We know that parents and children will be excited to come back to the library to join in the fun,” Cr Bradbery said.

“This Library Lovers Day, I highly encourage everyone to visit their local library, or go online to make the most of our digital resources, books, audiobooks, movies, music, and so much more.

“Our libraries hold a very special place in our community. They are truly one of the few public places where anyone is welcome without having to spend a dollar to attend. Right now, there’s so much happening both in person and online for people of all ages to enjoy, so if you haven’t yet been back to your library this year, I think a visit is in order!”

Find out what’s happening at your local library on Council’s website or visit the Library events calendar.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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