Longreach Library opens in a bright and inviting new space

The Longreach Regional Council Library has been relocated with the official opening of the new premises on Saturday 19 October. Council invited the community to join with them to celebrate the move and enjoy proceedings.

The Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Leonie Nunn cut the ribbon with gold scissors to mark the occasion and declared the library open. The day was a great success. Librarian Carmen Brooke and more than 80 other attendees enjoyed a morning tea with a book cake featuring popular books Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe and The Longreach Story.

Woman cutting a cake in a library
Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Leonie Nunn cuts the cake.

Activities on the day
The Longreach Primary school choir sang a variety of songs including ‘I Am Australian’. Library staff read books and sang nursery rhymes for younger attendees. Michael Lloyd led a creative writing workshop for interested attendees. Local author Louise Secombe launched her new book Lights, Camera Action which she read to an engaged audience

Features of the new space

The opening was a great success with the community enjoying the bright, light and spacious new library premises. There are new areas for study and reflection and a meeting room with state-of-the-art teleconferencing facilities. Council said that having the library in the main street of Longreach ensured the library was more a community hub than just a library.

Woman seated reading to children kneeling on the floor of the library
Louise Secombe reads her new book

With hanging space, a feature of the new library visitors got to view more than 40 paintings on display from local child and adult artists. The paintings were created at ongoing painting workshops held regularly in the library (available with RADF funding).

Kids of all ages enjoyed the new interactive floor, just some of the new technology including Virtual Reality and an interactive table available for the community.

ABC Radio and the Longreach Leader attended the opening and helped promote the many features and benefits of the new library space. For more details contact Carmen Brooke at library@longreach.qld.gov.au