Last week the Library Council went on tour visiting libraries across the Central Northern Regional Library (CNRL) service including Tamworth, South Tamworth, Werris Creek, Quirindi, Walcha and Uralla. The tour concluded with a visit to the Armidale War Memorial Library.
Library Council members The Hon. George Souris AM, Kathy Bail, Jane Garling, Dr Ursula Dubosarsky, Jan Richards AM and Gai McGrath were accompanied by our State Librarian Dr John Vallance and Philippa Scarf from the Public Library Services team. The two-day tour was a great opportunity for the Library Council to visit libraries, large and small, to gain a deeper knowledge of the benefits of regional cooperation.
The Library Council learnt about the very successful STEM programs developed at Tamworth Library and delivered across the CNRL service. The Nao humanoid robot impressed the group with its conversation and Tai Chi skills. Unusual collections including seed libraries, cake tins and board games are just a few examples of the diverse offerings for the community. The Library Council were delighted to see libraries showcasing the creative talents of local artists, knitters and gardeners. Councils spoke about plans for new and refurbished buildings. The overwhelming message was of the central role libraries play in each community.
A fitting close to the tour was lunch with the Mayor and senior council staff at Armidale War Memorial Library. The Library Council were most impressed by the rich and diverse collection now housed in the spacious bright and welcoming new library.
Across the region, library and council staff, mayors, councillors and local MPs were most generous of their time and the Library Council appreciated the opportunity to see services in action.