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Artarmon Library celebrates its 50th birthday

On May 2, the night before the Artarmon Fair, Mayor Pat Reilly opened an exhibition at Artarmon Community Library which celebrated 50 years of the building. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between the Artarmon Progress Association and Willoughby Library.

Artarmon's library actually began in 1944, as a charity run by local residents for local children and it was originally located in a small shop on the corner of Wilkes Avenue. Space was always a problem and so in 1958, Willoughby Council built the present building. Over time the library began to cater for adults as well as children and in 1972 Council took over its operation.

In his speech, the Mayor remembered that as a child he pedalled down to the library on his bike to borrow books and then to read them at the oval. On a more serious note, he reminded the gathering that the government's proposed changes to planning rules could seriously affect any future development in the area.

President of the Artarmon Progress Association, Michelle Sloane, spoke about the importance of creativity and citizenship to our community and the role the library plays in fostering those values.

After cutting a birthday cake, the Mayor officially declared the exhibition open. The exhibition will be in the library for several weeks.

Marianne Nestor

Courtesy of Gazette May 2008


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