Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Year 2011 - The year of the Phoenix

Hope everyone had a restful holiday, I know we did. In fact, Kathy and Carol are on leave at the moment, but will be back by the end of this month.

We are so excited for 2011, there will be big things happening for our library this year. Here's an update on whats ahead:


The council has completed renovations at the Station Masters House (39 Gugeri St, Claremont). There is a customer service point for library enquiries, and we will be there on and off until February. At this point we are still working from Cottesloe, but we have been able to drop some books for pickup at the Station Master's House. You can also now drop off books for return at the Station Masters House. You can stop by to look at our box of secondhand books for sale. Sale price is a contribution of a gold coin donation which will be used towards rebuilding the library collection.

We have also been accepting book donations. People have been donating popular books in like-new condition, and we are saving them for when the Claremont Library reopens. If a book is donated that we don't want to add to the library collection, we put it in the sale pile. So if you have good quality donations, please contact us to arrange to drop them off. (contact details at the bottom of the blog)


By February we should have the Station Masters House library service desk staffed from Monday - Friday 9 to 4 to answer any library queries. We hope to have newspapers and magazines available and a place for people to sit and read them on the front verandah.
In February we will be sending out notices to anyone who still has books out from before the fire to return them. To avoid getting a notice, please return your books ASAP.

The Books on Wheels program for 2011 will start up at the beginning of February.


In March we will be looking at fines again for overdue books, so if you have any outstanding items, make sure you find and return them by March.  There have been no fines charged yet for books out and overdue since the fire.


One of the options considered by the Town of Claremont for housing Council operations was the old Town Hall on the Stirling Highway. The Lesser Hall is being used by the Recordds Section.  The Council is looking at using the main Hall to hold Council meetings.  There is a lot of space at the Town Hall, so this may just be an option for us...more news on that later.

Who knows, by May the Claremont Library Without Walls might have walls again!!


So thats the tentative plan for the next couple of months. Any questions, comments, donations?
Either call the Claremont Council  9285 4300 and leave a message for us, or email us at: library@claremont.wa.gov.au

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