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Brunswick Heads has the ideal setup to encourage activities which lead to a love of reading. Bruns school is opposite a beautiful rainbow-coloured library, with caring staff who make children welcome. There are activities for families and a range of books that children can ‘browse’ through. That is, ‘see’ and ‘touch’ and ‘choose’. So we have schools, a library, families, and a community.

Why on earth would you limit access for the one day that working parents are able to be included? The message is that this community is not important.

As an ex-teacher of young children I am very aware of what is needed to develop literacy skills. When I was assistant principal in a semi-rural school we did everything possible to involve parents and to build up community relationships. It is essential to develop a love of reading first to form a basis for good literacy skills.

Surely, a less damaging method could be found to save such a paltry sum. This is not good financial management.

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  1. Couldn’t agree more, Betty. Libraries are one of the most educative public places, suitable for all ages from newborn to aged. All those that use them know how valuable they are. Those that don’t see them as just books on shelves costing a lot of money to maintain, for what profit? Our regional network management team needs to assess current staffing levels to ensure maximum efficiency across 7 days first and foremost before randomly reducing hours on one particular day. If you had a tight cohesive team of fully qualified Librarians who are trained to do the job you would find you probably don’t need as many staff as seems to be currently scattered throughout the network branches.


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