Youth hanging out for Grafton's upgraded library
IN THE technology driven world of today, the old dusty library is not irrelevant.
Granted, today you can turn to the internet to find any number of extracts from books but these are only extracts, not the whole story. The whole story can usually be found in the old dusty library.
Library-goers in the generations before me have seen the library as a source of entertainment, a place where you could go and let your imagination roam free in the worlds that these authors have created for our enjoyment.
My generation sees the library as much more than an imaginative place.
We see the library as a tool for learning. When you're at home and you don't have the teacher there to answer that difficult question or the entire collection of encyclopedias ever published to refer too, then for me, the library would be one of the first places of call.
The librarians are always on hand to help, ready to find the book that will give you the answer or help you to solve the problem.
But for the generations to follow me, the library will be a different place again for them. For them it might be a historic place that they won't visit that often because they will have the universe at the tips of their fingers with the technological advances that they will have. They won't have the problems that my generation or the generations before me have but they will still have the library.
The Federal Government has spent $8 million to ensure the future of the library and for me this is money well spent.