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Library fun days to celebrate 50th

28 March 2017

Blacktown City libraries have long been at the heart of our community – 50 years in fact – and it’s time to celebrate.

Blacktown City Council is holding a series of family fun days throughout April to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the City’s libraries.

The first of these fun days kicks off at Max Webber Library on Saturday 8 April, followed by a fun day at Dennis Johnstone Library on Sunday.

There will be storytelling sessions, craft activities, balloons and talented performances to mark the major milestone.

Mayor of Blacktown City Stephen Bali said the fun days were an opportunity to celebrate the crucial role Max Webber and branch libraries plays in the community. “About 1.5 million people visit our libraries every year, making Blacktown City libraries the busiest in NSW,” said the Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali. “Our libraries are more than just buildings full of books – they are places for people to learn English, research their family genealogy and attend computer technology classes. “Our libraries are hubs that bring residents together and they remain a key part of our community.”

Blacktown City’s first library opened in 1967 after the then Blacktown Municipal Council secured a loan for £21,000. It later became known as Max Webber Library – the City’s oldest and largest library.

Max Webber is one of five branch libraries across the City – Lalor Park, Stanhope, Riverstone and Mt Druitt – that collectively boasts almost 140,000 members and more than 342,000 items in their collections.

“The pace of technological change has been rapid – libraries have evolved from offering books and journals, to providing high speed internet and DVDs for hire, in addition to traditional hard cover books,” said Mayor of Blacktown City Stephen Bali.

“The role of libraries has adapted over time, yet they remain an integral part of our community.

Further information about the 50th Anniversary Family Fun Days is available here.

Coming Events

  • Baby Rhyme Time at Dennis Johnson Branch Library

    07 February 2017 - 15 December 2017

    Have fun singing, clapping and dancing with other parents and babies.

  • Baby Rhyme Time at Our Library @ The Mt Druitt Hub

    14 February 2017 - 14 December 2017

    Have fun singing, clapping and dancing with other parents and babies.

  • Blacktown Knitting Group

    02 February 2017 - 28 December 2017

    Beginners to experienced - all welcome