BOOK LOVERS: Home library operator Kathryn Fraser hasbeen delivering books to residents acrossthe region since Council amalgamation in 2008.
BOOK LOVERS: Home library operator Kathryn Fraser hasbeen delivering books to residents acrossthe region since Council amalgamation in 2008.

Gladstone service celebrates 20 years of success

THE GLADSTONE Region home library service is celebrating its 20 years of dedicated service to the community

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said there had been considerable changes since the service was introduced in September 1996.

"The initiative was implemented by Gladstone City Council and, following amalgamation, Gladstone Regional Council extended the service to include some of our outlying communities,” Cr Burnett said.

The council Environment and Community Services Committee chair Cr Cindi Bush said hundreds of thousands of kilometres had been travelled to deliver the service to residents across the Gladstone Region.

"During these two decades of service, vital assistance has been provided to thousands of residents unable to visit a regional library due to medical, physical or other special reasons,” Cr Bush said.

"The high popularity of the home library service is testament to the value of the essential service it provides.

"In addition to delivering library resources, the home library service offers a vital social connection for many regular borrowers.”

Council home library service operators make more than 5300 visits each year to clients in their own homes or at various aged care facilities across the Gladstone region.

"About 207 clients use the service every fortnight, in addition to five aged care facilities which receive regular bulk loans,” Cr Bush said.



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