Shire proves libraries are a place for innovation

For those of you who thought libraries were a dying breed, look no further than some of the success stories coming from the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Library in Boya which opened just over a year ago.

In the past 12 months, there have been 2451 new members, representing an increase of 375 percent. Additionally the popular library which offers stunning views of Perth Hills, has welcomed more than 76,000 visitors, an increase of 68 percent compared to the previous year.

Shire President John Daw said he was delighted the library had been embraced by residents representing all demographic groups.

"Traditionally libraries provide a no-cost access to books and a quiet place to read," he said. "But we believe many of today's public libraries, such as the Katharine Susannah Prichard Library, are taking on newer roles. For example the KSP Library offers new technology, accessible screens, and an environment where people of all ages can explore and learn new technology. It's definitely a place for innovation".

Wi-Fi sessions have increased by 600 percent since the library opened, proving they provide a space for study and work. About 600 people have attended author talks and more than 240 children have attended school holiday activities held at the library.

Cr Daw said it was pleasing to see younger members of the community enjoying the benefit of the library. "It's great to see a huge jump in the number of children attending both Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions."

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Library, relocated from Greenmount last year, is located at the new $10.1 million Boya Community Centre. The state-of-the-art facility also houses several meeting rooms and two large public spaces available for hire.

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