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More than $200,000 will be spent upgrading Wangi Wangi Library into a contemporary ‘creative hub’ catering for changing community demands.
The overhaul, funded partly by Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, will create new flexible spaces offering a greater range of options for library users.
The upgrade will pave the way for temporary displays and exhibitions, improved areas for community programs such as book groups, art workshops and children’s ‘Read and Rhyme’ sessions, and an enhanced display of the library’s collection.
Lake Macquarie City Council Major Creative Projects Innovation Coordinator Jo Smith said community feedback has shaped the development of the project to date, with the next phase of consultation kicking off today.
“We’ve come up with some draft concept designs for the revamped library and creative hub, but we would love to hear how people think these spaces could be used before we move ahead,” Ms Smith said.
“The ultimate goal is to create a library more responsive to community needs, with improvements that enhance social connection and participation, encourage lifelong learning, and expand creative opportunities for the Wangi community.”
The total project cost is expected to be $220,000, with $116,500 from the NSW Government grant and the remainder from Council.
Ms Smith said the planned refurbishment was a key part of the current Lake Mac Libraries Strategic Plan, which outlines Council's role to develop, invigorate and promote local public libraries for the community.
To share your ideas on the Wangi Wangi Library refurbishment, go to shape.lakemac.com.au.
Feedback is open until 19 February.
Council staff will also host a drop-in session at the library from 1-5pm on Wednesday 12 February, where the community can share ideas about the new spaces.