READ ABOUT IT: Grafton librarian Katrina Shillam takes time out at the new Grafton Library. Photo: Adam Hourigan
READ ABOUT IT: Grafton librarian Katrina Shillam takes time out at the new Grafton Library. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Librarian ready for next chapter

WITH 45,000 books on the shelves around them, Grafton librarian Katrina Shillam and her team can barely contain their excitement as they wait for today's official opening of the $8million Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre.

"We're excited and exhausted," Ms Shillam said.

The team completed preparations on Friday, hanging artworks and ensuring the books were correctly placed.

"It was actually a lovely thing to do on the last day before opening to install all these artworks," Ms Shillam said. "We had a team of professional book movers move the collection in and they were great.

"For the first time the library has its non-fiction section all together in the one place."

After years of working in the confined spaces of the old library, the extra space and capability of the new library is thrilling for staff.

"We'll be able to do more programming, which is the future for libraries," Ms Shillam said.

"We'll be able to do authors' talks, holiday activities and other things that enrich the lives of the community."

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan will officially open the library today.

The former Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, whose efforts ensured Federal Government funding for the project, will be a special guest.

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