Official library opening

By Southern Riverina News

An official opening for the new and improved Tocumwal Library will be held in conjunction with its 21st birthday on Tuesday, July 30.

The opening is being held to celebrate all involved with the renovations of the building as well as 21 years of the library, since opening its doors in 1988.

The library has doubled in floor size and the décor has received a boost, with the touch of red highlights on the floor and overhead lighting. The toilets and staff amenities have been relocated, and a small meeting room constructed.

Berrigan Shire Council director corporate services Matt Hansen said the new facilities have opened up plenty of opportunities for the library.

‘‘The building was built in 1988 so it’s one of the newest libraries, but unfortunately it had missed out on being upgraded like other libraries in our region, leaving it to be pretty outdated,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s now a dedicated small meeting room, a dedicated youth activity space, as well as a big screen TV so the library can host movie days. The children’s area has expanded and there’s also a bigger area for knitters.

‘‘The public access computer area is now in one spot with the number of computers also increasing.’’

The works were completed using $200,000 from the Stronger Country Communities fund and $250,000 in Library Development Grants.