Yarra Plenty Regional Library services the outer municipalities of Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule in the north of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This blog promoting local history in our community has been operating since 2006 and is managed by the Local and Family History Librarian.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Happy Birthday Thomastown Library
Thomastown Library will have its 20th birthday celebrations this Saturday 25th May. The Library opened near the Sports complex on the 26th May 1993.
Some interesting history includes:
It was opened by the mayor of the City of Whittlesea Cr. John Fry
Second library for the City of Whittlesea and seventh in the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Network
Built to take pressure off Lalor Library which at the time was the most used library in the YPRL Region with 21,000 users per month
Council had been lobbying for a new library since 1983
In 1992 the City of Whittlesea committed $1 million to build the library. The site is central for Thomastown residents, near public transport, schools and passing trade.
Council set aside $400,000 for the purchase of books and other items for the collection.
These items were ordered, catalogued and processed in-house at the time by YPRL’s Technical Services Department
Opened with a wide collection of 20,600 items including books, magazines, video and music as well as an extensive children’s collection and a multicultural collection for the Italian, Macedonian and Turkish communities.
Initial loans were 4 items per person
Original opening hours were Mon – Thurs and Saturday morning.
Building includes community space for groups to meet.
In May 2002 State government funding enabled art projects to be implemented in the library including mosaic artwork in the outdoor courtyard and locally themed see through images on a 10 metre long curved glass entry wall and circulation desk windows. The teenage area windows feature images of local teenagers.
Join us for day of fun and entertainment, including an animal farm, clown show, face painting, balloons, prizes and giveaways 11.00 am - 2.00 pm