Reading at home takes new meaning
VAL Anderson enjoys her fortnightly visits by Gladstone Home Library Service co-ordinator Mercedes Heymer to get fresh reading material and some DVDs.
It won't just be books, magazines and DVDs that Ms Anderson and the other 146 people in the Gladstone area, plus 44 people in the Boyne Island/ Tannum Sands/ Calliope area will be able to access.
Gladstone Regional Council approved funding amounts in the 2010/11 budget on Tuesday to buy new books, increase opening hours at Agnes Water and Miriam Vale libraries, and bring in e-audio books and e-books to the library service for the first time.
The council has also committed to expanding the Home Library Service to Beecher, Wurdong Heights, River Ranch, Pacific Ranch and Benaraby.
“Walking around the library can be a tiresome exercise,” Ms Anderson, who uses a walking frame for support, said. “I can't walk three metres without falling over.”
She said she had been accessing Gladstone region libraries since 1978 and had been using the mobile service for the past year.
“They are just lovely, they are.”
The service visits aged care facilities.
Community Services Highlights
$100,000 for the development of concept plans for a centralised community precinct
Community satisfaction survey and community well-being study
Continuation of the council's community events program;
Replacement of shade sails with a permanent roof outside Gladstone City Library;
Opening of the new Agnes Water Library in the latter part of 2010;
Support of a community (combined schools) musical;
Co-ordination and delivery of the Arts Queensland and Regional Arts Development Fund program;
$20,000 upgrade and replacement of a light track and fittings in the Town Hall Gallery;
$15,000 to acquire items of significant cultural relevance for inclusion in council's permanent collection.