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Albany Public Library eNewsletter

1 Mar 2017
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Information and Tourism Hub update

The tender process for construction of the new Tourism and Information Hub has been finalised and the successful contractor selected. City of Albany representatives will be meeting with the contractor as soon as possible to set the start date for construction. Throughout construction the available library space will be temporarily reduced and the lift will be decommissioned. Access to the first level of the library will be by the stairs (located in Adult Fiction/Large Print) only.

All attempts are being made to accommodate accessibility to the various collections. From next week library staff will begin reorganising the library space in preparation for the construction period. Due to the logistics of readjusting the various collections not everything will be immediately accessible, so we ask for your patience during this process.

We expect that the library will have to close for a short period (a day or two) at the start of construction and at specified times during the construction. As final details become available the library will keep all customers informed.

The following list is a dot point breakdown of the current planned changes to the library space. There may continue to be modifications to the plan over coming months as we assess the impact of changes and respond to customer feedback. The main changes for now are:

  • The Albany History Collection (AHC - located upstairs in the library) will be temporarily moved to the heritage listed Cooperative Building on Frederick Street from the 13th March. We expect AHC collections & services will be unavailable for 1 week while we relocate. The Albany Family History Society and UWA Overnight Loan collections will also relocate to the Co-op.
  • The study room PCs will be moved upstairs to the AHC reading room as the study room will no longer be accessible.
  • The computers in the PC area (downstairs) will also be moved to the reading room as this area will now be used for the audio-visual collection, including DVDs and sound recordings.At least one staff member will be available on the 1st floor at all times to assist with computer services and retrieval of items from shelves for those unable to use the stairs.It is planned that two public PCs will still be made available downstairs for people unable to use the stairs.
  • Current AHC Workrrom will be converted to a Meeting Room for public use.
  • The junior area will be moved into the Adult Fiction area.
  • Large Print books will remain in the same place.
  • The Adult Fiction Quick Pick shelves will be expanded to include more titles as most of collection will be relocated upstairs.
  • The Young Adult area will be moved upstairs.
  • The foyer area will become a reading space for magazines and newspapers, with the magazine shelf moved downstairs.
  • The New Arrivals/Reservations area will now hold selected titles from the Adult Non-Fiction (upstairs) area.
  • The front counter area will be reconfigured and compressed to accommodate the reduced space.


A City of Albany representative will also be available at the library for the duration of the construction to answer your questions related to the overall project.

Rest assured the Library team will do their best to accommodate your requests but we would appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate this temporary disruption. If you are keen to know more about these changes and the plans for the finished Tourism and Information Hub, call into one of the information sessions with me next week. Please see below for the schedule.

Tuesday, 7th March 3:00 – 3:30pm

Wednesday, 8th March 10:00 – 10:30am

Thursday, 9th March 2:00 – 2:30pm

Friday, 10th March 10:00 – 10:30am

No need to book just drop in.


Paul Nielsen - Library Manager.



MON 9am - 6pm

TUE 9am - 8pm

WED 9am - 6pm

THU 9am - 8pm

FRI 9am - 6pm

SAT 9am - 1pm


MON to FRI 9am - 5pm

Albany's Amazing Birds - BirdLife Presentation

Date: Tuesday, 7th March.

Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm.

Free event.

The Albany region is home to more than two hundred species of birds. Come along to the Vancouver Arts Centre and hear about some of these birds in this presentation by the local Albany BirdLife branch. Learn which bird occurs only in Albany and nowhere else in the world; which bird travels more than 20,000 kilometres each year and which bird has a call that sounds like a foghorn.

Please note that due to the Albany Library building redevelopment, this event will be held at the Vancouver Arts Centre.


Author Talk - Guy de la Bedoyere

Date: Thursday, 16th March.

Time: 5:15pm

Location: Albany Town Hall

Coat: $10 per ticket.

Join us for the return of British author Guy de la Bedoyere to discuss his latest book about ancient Rome. 'Praetorian: the Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard' provides a compelling narrative history of the Praetorians, whose dangerous ambitions ceased only when Constantine permanently disbanded them.

Guy introduces Praetorians of all echelons, from prefects and messengers to artillery experts and executioners. He explores the delicate position of emperors for whom prestige and guile were the only defences against bodyguards hungry for power and folds fascinating details into a broad assessment of the Praetorian. Guy is the author of a series of books on Roman-British history and has appeared regularly on the British television archaeology series ‘Time Team’.

There is a $10 cover charge as well as a cash bar open at 5:15pm with Guy's talk commencing at 6:00pm.

Birds of the Night - BirdLife Presentation

Date: Tuesday, 21st March.

Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm.

Free event.

As part of the South Coast Festival of Birds program, Albany Public Library is delighted to present Birds of the Night. Come along to hear about some of the fascinating birds we rarely see because they‘re active whilst we are asleep.

The Albany BirdLife branch will introduce you to some of our night-active birds which includes a bird that likes to sun itself on cold winter mornings and a master of disguise that has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight.

Please note that due to the Albany Library building redevelopment, this event will be held at the Vancouver Arts Centre.


Congratulations to Marion Sewell

We extend our warmest congratulations to Marion Sewell who was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day awards. Marion is a dedicated member of the Albany Regional Family History Society and can regularly be found at the Albany History Collection on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Marion’s award recognises her service to the community of Albany and to youth. She has had a long involvement with Brownies and Girl Guides both in her hometown of Tambellup and in Albany and continues to volunteer her time with the St Vincent de Paul Society. She sings with the Holy Family Catholic Parish choir, has taught scripture at the church and is a friend of the Albany Hospital, volunteering at the health campus’ canteen. She received the Tambellup Meritorious Award in 1990 and the Australia Day Premier’s Active Citizenship Award at the City of Albany in 2013.

Storytime - Bringing Books to Life

Get ready for Storytime at the library for 2017 with weekly Storytime’s on Thursday at 10:30am.

Or pop in anytime between 9-1 Saturday to try our NEW themed DIY Story and Craft. A set of themed stories will be available with a simple craft you can do in the library.

We also get out and about:

Monday 9:30am at Mt Lockyer CPC fortnightly, next session will be 6th March.

Tuesday 11:00am at Play in the Park (at Cull Park).

So give your child the best start, stimulate their imagination and help develop their language and literacy skills with our fun and engaging Storytime sessions!
Introduce you child to a wide range of awesome books and provide opportunities for your child to socialise with others.

Sessions are free and typically last 30 minutes. If you would like to know more about Storytime, feel free to contact our Youth Services Librarian or come along to a session!

Community Funding

Does your organisation have a project or event you are seeking support for? The City of Albany is now accepting applications for Community Funding for activities and events taking place from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Grants from $1,000 to $5,000 are available to eligible organisations. For more information, including Guidelines and Application Form, please click here.

Applications close 4pm on 31 March 2017.

Albany 2030 Community Consultation

Become a Youth Connector!

International Women's Day

Albany Women's Centre Kare Kits

Please support this worthy cause by donating to the collection point at the Library


Community Alert - Tomato Potatoe Psyllid

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