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During April and May 2018 public libraries in Penrith, Maitland and Rouse Hill celebrated significant anniversaries.


Penrith City Library - celebrating 70 years - 1948-2018    

Lorraine Stacker, Penrith City Library  

Storytime at Penrith Library in the 1950s

On 22 April 1948 Penrith Municipal Library was officially opened in the front room of the School of Arts Building in Castlereagh Street, Penrith. An intermittent library service had been operating in Penrith since 1885.  This earlier library service, poorly funded and stocked, had to rely on funding from member subscriptions, donations from the public, limited Council assistance and a small, one-off subsidy from the government for the purchase of its initial bookstock. Following the enactment of the Library Act 1939, Penrith Council were keen to be part of a growing public library movement across NSW.

When the Library was opened it contained a bookstock of 1,500 items and in its first few months members borrowed over 18,000 books. Margaret Kinsella (later Trask) was appointed the first Librarian.

Throughout 2018 Penrith Library is celebrating seventy years of continuous service of a library described in 1949 as ‘an information service from the cradle to the grave’.

Born in the 60s    

Keryl Collard, Maitland City Library  

Exterior view of Maitland Library

Milestones are points to which we are summoned to return and reflect. And so it was at Maitland on Mon 7 May when the 50th birthday of the iconic Maitland Library building was celebrated with special guest, NSW State Librarian, Dr John Vallance.  A well-loved and well-used service by people of all ages and walks of life, both now and throughout its history, Maitland Library is a rare example of sixties modernist architecture, a landmark building that was considered grand in scale and bold in vision at the time of its opening in 1968.

Fifty years after opening, Maitland Library remains a critical place of community connection, essential to the cultural and social fabric of the community. As part of the celebrations, a special Walls That Talk installation takes a walk down memory lane with an eclectic selection of images from the State Library's collection showcased on the library's exterior. 

Celebrating 10 years   

Erica Mellan, The Hills Shire Library Service

Peppa Pig greets library members

Library customers were delighted to have Peppa Pig visit Vinegar Hill Memorial Library to help us celebrate our tenth birthday. A succesful social media partnership with Rouse Hill Town Centre drew over two hundred people to meet with Peppa Pig for a hug and photo opportunity.  We highly recommend developing partnerships to increase social media reach.  

The celebrations continued with a visit from crime writer Michael Robotham and lively birthday storytime sessions with the Mayor. Not to be outdone by Peppa Pig,  Fribbit the library mascot also made a special appearance.  

With over 2.9 million loans and 2 million visits since the doors opened at Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, it is clear how much love there is for the library in the community.