Library has a great future, naturally

WITHIN 20 minutes of the new Bellingen branch library opening on Saturday architect Steve Gorrell saw his vision for children in the space become reality.

“I designed the bay windows as a three-dimensional area for children to sit in and read,” Mr Gorrell said.

“And that's exactly what they are doing.”

With the last lick of paint still being applied on Friday, the opening represented the culmination of three years work for Bellingen-based Mr Gorrell.

“It has been a very complex job, creating this new space from the old building but I am very happy that the park was saved rather than used for an entirely new building,” ge saud,

The new library is close to four times the size of the old library.

There are 10 new computers, easy disability access, space for researching family and local history, rows and rows of books plus a large reception area for exhibitions and civic gatherings.

New shire librarian Sharon Uthmann said there would be a lot happening in the future.

“We want to have story-telling for children, art displays and historical exhibitions,” Ms Uthmann said.

“It's a great opportunity to raise the profile of libraries in the community.”

About 80 people attended the mid-morning outdoor opening, which began musically with local choir AkaBella.

Unfortunately initial technical difficulties rendered the welcome by Gumbaynggirr elder Uncle Tom Kelly inaudible.

The mayor Mark Troy praised the project as a primary achievement of the current council.

“The new facility is in close proximity to the CBD and will provide an extensive range of services which are much needed,” Cr Troy said.

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