Heatwaves are no fun but the extended hours at Hawkesbury Central Library, Windsor sure took the heat off many of our local residents last Saturday, 11 February.
403 local residents visited the library on Saturday not only to read periodicals, borrow books, use the computers and free WiFi but to escape the 47 degree heat that much of the Hawkesbury experienced.
Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett came up with the idea to extend the Library’s hours.
“In the face of the heatwave, we wanted to help our local community to find a way to stay cool and we’ve had lots of positive feedback as a result of the extended hours on Saturday,” the Mayor said.
“The Library usually has an average of 170 visitors but 403 people visited in total on Saturday, with 246 people visiting after 1pm, which is when the Library usually closes on Saturday.
“Closing at 6pm made a real difference for many people trying to keep out of the afternoon heat,” she added.
“Our local public libraries play a very important part in our community life. Libraries bring people together, facilitate learning, connect us with information and ideas and provide a wonderful source of recreational pleasure.
“Libraries have evolved to become vibrant hubs that are seen as welcoming spaces that serve a very important community-building role. There is no doubt libraries improve the quality of life of everyone who uses them, which is why positive funding models for public libraries will always be needed for our community.”
Residents looking to cool down again this Saturday, 18 February can come along to Council’s free pool party at Richmond Swimming Centre – a great way to celebrate the end of summer.
The pool party will kick off at 11am and will include free pool entry, free entertainment and giveaways and a free sausage sizzle sponsored by Council.
Running until 2pm, other fun activities will include a jumping castle, a giant water slide and, for those aged eight years and over with substantial swimming ability, the U-Rippa Rip Generator. The kiosk will also be in operation as usual with ice cream, food and refreshments available to purchase.
Located at East Market Street, Richmond, the Richmond Swimming Centre includes a shaded baby pool, an intermediate pool, a six lane Olympic pool and change rooms as well as a shaded children’s playground.
For season opening hours or more information, visit Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4560 4444. The Richmond Swimming Centre direct contact number is (02) 4578 1349.