01 June 2011

A new library for Gungahlin: drum roll please!

On Saturday 21 May 2011, the highly anticipated new Gungahlin branch of Libraries ACT opened its doors to the echoing rhythms of West African drumming. It was a dramatic and unforgettable moment as Drumassault launched our community open day in celebration of a beautiful new community facility, many years in the planning.

ABC weatherman Mark Carmody led us through a wide range of spectacular and talented performances throughout the day, generously presented by community groups including the Burgmann and Amaroo schools, the Canberra Celtic Pipe Band and the Australian Tamil Cultural Society. We were also privileged to welcome local authors Jack Heath, Ingrid Jonach and Tania McCartney, and Canberra Raiders Front Row player David Shillington. Those of an enquiring mind were able to gain chess tips from the ACT Junior Chess League and join in the very popular Science ShowOffs demonstration.

It was a big celebration and one that was very enthusiastically received, as the following figures indicate:

Number of visitors:            5,528
Number of loans:              4,875
Number of new members:    134

We are delighted with the response of the Canberra community in supporting our new library and are very impressed that, on a day full of entertainment and opportunity, people did not miss out on finding books, DVDs and more to take away with them. And the enthusiasm has not waned, as staff continue to welcome many visitors every day. We look forward to making our educational and recreational resources, along with our state of the art training and meeting facilities, available to all.

The new library: cnr Hibberson and Gozzard Steets

(From left to right) Top row: Ingrid Jonach, Tania McCartney. Bottom Row: Jack Heath, David Shillington)