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When Heidi, the Lower Mountains Library Coordinator got in touch to chat to us about the Library of Innerpeffray (our December Library of the Month) I looked up her location and imagine my surprise when instead of Scotland I saw she was based in Australia!
Heidi visited the Library of Innerpeffray while on holiday and wrote a gorgeous blog piece for her own library (link available on our December blog). Looking online at the Blue Mountains Library I discovered a lot of similarities to our own system, when it comes down to it, a library is a library with all the delicious wonder and community support that entails. The photos show that the surroundings may, however, be a little different, if ever I get to travel to Australia, this will be on my list of places to visit.
The first two of the photos included in the post are of Katoomba Library which was completed only 6 years ago. It is a beautiful building with stunning views over the Jamieson Valley, from the mezzanine level especially, and as much a tourist attraction as any other building in Katoomba. The third was taken in Springwood Library.
The Blue Mountains Library was established in 1974 and is located in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area (LGA) in New South Wales. The LGA covers approximately 1431 square kilometres within the stunningly beautiful World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The City of Blue Mountains is located on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra Nations.
The library services approximately 78,705 residents across 26 individual and unique townships which are located sequentially along nearly 110 kilometres of ridgeline, running from Lapstone in the east at the edge of the Greater Sydney Region, to Bell in the West and Mount Irvine to the north.
Full-time Library branches are located at Springwood, Katoomba and Blaxland, with part-time branches at Lawson, Blackheath and Wentworth Falls plus a mobile Book Express service on Katoomba and Springwood train stations thrice weekly for those in the population who commute to Sydney.
No, but maybe we should as we have a part-time Library Branch in Blackheath and we know there is a Blackheath in London . . .
Lounge room of the City.
Just the usual – can you help me find a book I recently returned – it has a blue/red/green/purple cover
Peter Pan, so I could fly.
Every day is different.
This is your hardest question. In no particular order, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, The 'Wolf Hall' trilogy (when the last is finally published) by Hilary Mantel
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr. It’s the only book I still have from my childhood, given to me by my parents for Christmas 1973. The little girl in the book, Anna, is 9 years old and so was I at the time. Anna’s family has to flee Germany (where I was living at the time) when Hitler takes power, going first to Switzerland then to France and finally to England. As Anna’s awareness of what is happening grew, so did mine and as the frequently moving daughter of a British Army officer, I could relate with having to start again repeatedly. I have shared this book with my sons and my daughter.
And the Little Grey Men by BB. Mr Horsborough read it to my class when I was 6. It’s the first book I remember being read to me (sorry Mum!) and was the first book I bought online as it is out of print and I so wanted to read it to my sons.
Because public libraries are a safe, community space where all are welcomed. They offer equity and access as well as support early literacy and life-long learning.