The Agnes Water Library is a busy place. Although the permanent population is small, it’s a popular destination for tourists of all ages, with many of them using the library during their stay.
There are limited quiet reading spaces in the library and the few power points are in high demand. Community members often want to meet to sit and chat, but again, space is limited.
The library is situated alongside the Regional Transaction Centre, Tourist Information Centre and Community Hall with an empty, open-air space between the hall and library that locals call ‘The Croft’.
An earlier project saw a mural painted on the wall of The Croft, which made the area much more welcoming and gave us the idea to use the space for the library.
A State Library of Queensland Realising Our Potential Micro Grant enabled us to put our ideas into practice. The grant funds provided seating, outdoor games and power points.
A partnership with the Council’s Garden Crew provided a further picnic table and chairs and Council’s marketing team designed a sign.
The opening of The Croft was held during the recent school holidays with approximately 30 people attending.
Old-fashioned games such as Statues and Musical Chairs were a hit with kids and the outdoor games were very popular. Since opening, a craft group meets weekly to chat and create, while the seating and extra power points are becoming popular.
The space also doubled as a film stage during a recent film-making school holiday activity. It’s plain to see that The Croft space has enhanced the Agnes Water Library experience for residents and visitors alike.
About the author
Fran Moroney is Manager Regional Libraries at Gladstone Regional Council.
Images courtesy of Gladstone Regional Council.