Tuesday, 2 February, 2016
MAJOR UPGRADE FOR THOMASTOWN LIBRARY
The Thomastown Library will receive a $150,000 boost from the Andrews Labor Government under the $4.3 million Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
Additionally, City of Whittlesea is funding $100 000, totalling $250 000 in funding for the library.
Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said the funds would go to improving accessibility to the building and enhancing the appearance of the library’s entrance.
The upgrade project also includes a new book chute, the removal of the circulation desk and the introduction of self-service pods. New carpet and shelving will be installed and the children’s literacy and play area will be relocated to double the current space.
The Library sits as part of a community hub alongside maternal and child heath consulting rooms, an aquatic people with an intellectual disability to come together – is also within the facility.
Ms Halfpenny said the funding for Thomastown Library came on top of the annual funding for libraries provided to councils as part of the $40.5 million Public Libraries Funding Program.
The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program can provide up to $750,000 towards a new or renovated library building or mobile library and is one of a number of ways the Labor Government is supporting libraries and communities across the state.
Other initiatives include the record $40.5 million investment in the Public Libraries Funding Program and the $1.1 million Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund for libraries to purchase materials to support the delivery of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.
Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny
“The $150,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government to improve the Thomastown Library will complete a fantastic community hub for local families.”
“This project will breathe new life into this library, benefitting the thousands of local residents that visit it each year.”