Mayor Jenny Dowell visits the Baby Bounce Christmas party at the Goonellabah Library on Tuesday
Mayor Jenny Dowell visits the Baby Bounce Christmas party at the Goonellabah Library on Tuesday

Library off the hit list

After young first-time mother Kali Llewelyn addressed Lismore City Council in public access time on Tuesday night, Council voted not to investigate closing the Goonellabah Library.

“The Goonellabah Library offers more than just loans; it’s a safe communal place to gather and connect,” Ms Llewelyn said. “It’s a place where kids can do their homework, a place to socialise. I’m a first-time mum and it prevents social isolation.

“If you cut off the services here, it’s unrealistic to expect users to go to the Lismore Library, public transport costs $10 return each trip. It’s very difficult to catch a bus with a toddler and a nappy bag.

“There is an increased need in Goonellabah, usage has increased, computer use has increased by 33%, loans 2%, attendance, Baby Bounce and story time have all increased. Goonellabah is a growing area and the infrastructure needs to grow, it shouldn’t be taken away, that’s a ridiculous response. You should promote the library. If we moved to a mobile library much would be lost. Community space is really important to maintain. My family loves going to the library, it has fun activities, educational activities.

“Baby Bounce is for mums and dads to bring their babies, to do rhymes, speaking, lifting, tickling to a song. You come along and sing songs, read books as well, interact. Story time encourages literacy and familiarity with reading. Please save our library.”

Council voted unanimously to keep the Goonellabah Library on the books.


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