Port Fairy Library celebrates 40 years

Published on 14 May 2024

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The King isn’t the only one marking a birthday on the June long weekend – the Port Fairy Library is turning 40 and will hold a birthday party to mark the occasion.

Everyone is invited to come celebrate four decades of community, connection and stories, with free cake and kids’ craft activities.

The party will be held at 10am-12pm on Saturday June 8, exactly 40 years since the library was officially opened.

Mayor, Cr Ian Smith said the library has continuously evolved over the years and is a much-loved local institution.

“Our libraries provide so much more than just books, they are a true community meeting place where people can come together in for stories, events, talks, playtime, free Wi-Fi and more,” said Cr Smith.

“Facilities like this are key to supporting our community, remaining as free public spaces that are warm and comfortable, where you can read a paper, connect with friends, or bring the kids for a play.

“The birthday party will include displays on the history of the Port Fairy library, going all the way back to the 1865 opening of the original Mechanics Institute building.”

The original two-roomed building had a reading room added in 1868, but there were insufficient funds for it to be roofed.  When the much-needed roof was added in 1871 it was reported that the “spacious new Reading Room of the Mechanics Institute has been opened recently and is a valuable addition.”

Deputy Mayor (and library user), Cr Karen Foster will speak on behalf of Council at the party.

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