11/20/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/19/2017 22:20
Mayor Mark Jamieson said today's official opening was an significant milestone for the Sunshine Coast as our modern-day libraries with our libraries continuing to be a very important, and much loved community hub.
Almost 380,000 people visited the Coolum Library in the 2016-17 financial year, with an average of 140 new members signing up each month.
'Each of our eight libraries and our two mobile libraries are dynamic, multi-purpose environments for learning and recreation,' Mayor Jamieson said.
'Socially, our libraries bring people from all walks of life together, reducing feelings of isolation by promoting social interaction and inclusion.
'From an economic perspective, libraries unlock opportunities for job prospects and progression.
'Our libraries also support and promote our cultural diversity with vibrant and stimulating exhibitions for all the community to enjoy.
'The Coolum Library upgrade was an excellent example or demonstrating our council is committed to investing in library operations and infrastructure to ensure they remain relevant and responsive to new and existing audiences, and continue to have a positive, ongoing influence on our diverse communities.'
With Coolum renowned for its eye catching views and rich colours, visitors to the new Coolum Library will feel right at home in its contemporary theme
With hints of green, orange and yellow drawn from the surrounding bush, river banks and the area's history of cane sugar farming, the Coolum Library theme concept reflects what makes the nearby area special.
Division 9 Councillor Stephen Robinson said the newly renovated library was a reflection of its proximity to both the coast and the hinterland.
'Coolum is renowned as a holiday destination and I'm sure the community will agree the new interior theming has captured Coolum's coastline, sunsets, trees, mountains and history,' Cr Robinson said.
'The $2.48 million improvements include an inviting reconfigured entry and an expansion of the children's zone allowing for dedicated areas for storytelling, reading nooks and tables for colouring in and other children's activities.
'Visitors will love the additional floor space and the variety of technology spaces when using the public computers or when they bring their own devices to use the free WiFi.'
Cr Robinson said other benefits of the expansion mean there will now be a dedicated event zone allowing for library programs and events and community meetings.
'The new open timber deck area will be very popular as people can enjoy the picturesque backdrop of Jack Morgan Park while reading a good book, enjoying lunch or a coffee,' Cr Robinson said.
'Patrons will enjoy the new layout which encourages them to explore the vast collection and various reading nooks.'
The Coolum Library refurbishment is a joint initiative of Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government.