Playford library service celebrates 40 years

A MOBILE library service that has for a long time delivered books to preschool students, child care centres and aged-care facilities across the Playford region celebrated a special milestone last month.

The Playford Mobile Library service recently clocked up 40 years of operation within the local community.

The Munno Para Council commenced the service back in 1978, where it operated for 19 years, until the 1997 amalgamation of Munno Para and Elizabeth councils to create Playford Council.

Since then, the service has continued and currently operates on a fortnightly basis, visiting shopping centres, retirement villages, child care centres and pre-schools across Playford.

One of the mobile library’s regular stops, in One Tree Hill, has been part of the service’s scheduled visits for the entirety of its 40-year history.

Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the demand for accessible and high-quality library services has been the main reason behind the mobile library’s longevity.

“Our library services, across the whole gamut of our services, is one of the highest-rated services by our community,” he said.

“We know that for young people to gain confidence in literacy and numeracy, having access to our local library is fantastic.

“However, for those who are a little bit older, who can’t get to our library, it gives them that added access.

“They can feel part of the library service and they don’t have to be disengaged because of their own change in circumstance.”

Mr Docherty said the mobile service, which has called four different library trucks home over the years, is something to be celebrated, and is a really important part of council’s library service.

“It just provides another opportunity for people to get active with our library service,” he said.

“To still have this service in our community, which has taken many manifestations over the past 40 years, is so important and I think it’s great that they’re celebrating their birthday.”

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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