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Lennox Head Library Opens
Posted by Byron Movement on 2012-04-23 14:54:34.0

The new Lennox Head Library opened to the public on Monday May 6 at its new premises in the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre. Lennox Head Library branch technician, Christine Greiner, has spent the last two weeks relocating the library from its old premises on the Lennox Head Public School grounds to the library’s new site.

‘It took two days to pack up and two weeks to unpack,’ said Christine. She said, however, the move was worth the eff ort. ‘It’s a wonderful asset for the community. The new building is very spacious, well lit and inviting,’ she said. The Lennox Head Library is a branch of the Tweed-Richmond Regional Library, which is the largest rural regional library service in NSW with a total stock of over 400,000 items including books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and newspapers.

The library also offers computer and internet access and an internet hotspot for laptop computers for members of the library. Ross and Margaret Richardson, of the Lennox Head Residents’ Association, have long awaited a town library with such resources. They have lived in Lennox Head for twenty years and have seen the library move from a travelling van to the Lennox Head Public School grounds. ‘The little van used to come down here one day a week and only two people could fi t up the back,’ said Margaret.

‘And then we got the library in the school grounds which we thought was wonderful because it was so much bigger, but now this beautiful library its just a dream come true,’ said Margaret. Regional Library Manager for Ballina, Alstonville and Lennox Head, Kerrie Fairlie, also welcomes the space the new library offers.

‘In the old library there was no room,’ said Kerrie. She added the library’s expansion would allow for greater community involvement. A $200,000 state library development grant, as well as funding from Ballina Shire Council and Friends of Ballina Shire Library, went towards the new library’s construction and contents.

Included is a new computer, separate study desks and new books. Kerrie said in addition to these improvements there is now also a designated parking area, extended hours with an extra assistant to cover lunchtimes and many prospective library activities. A baby bounce program and story time for toddlers will be hopefully offered in the near future.

The Lennox Head Residents’ Association Heritage Committee will also use a room in the new library to store information relating to the history of Lennox Head and surrounding areas. Lennox Head Heritage Committee member, Malcom Milner, said the library space would allow the committee to better share the town’s history with the community. ‘We’re very pleased with the space we’ve got,’ he said.

The address of the new Lennox Head Library is corner Park Lane and Mackney Lane, Lennox Head and its opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm, and Saturday 9.00am to 12pm.

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