Members from the Cranbourne community were delighted on Thursday morning when refurbishments to the Cranbourne Library were unveiled.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon, Local Member for Cranbourne Pauline Richards MP and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) Chris Buckingham were joined by members of the community to present the $85,000 makeover.
One of seven libraries operated by CCL, the cornerstone of the Cranbourne community underwent works to further cater for the rapidly growing community.
In 2018, the City of Casey was successful in their application to the Victorian Government for funding through the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program.
This funding went towards improving the accessibility of the library and creating more spaces for the community to enjoy.
Cr Amanda Stapledon, who read a story to local children following the unveiling, said the project was vital to ensure that this important community space could continue to offer the support and services required by the local community.
“This redevelopment saw the refurbishment of the entrance foyer to improve its accessibility through the removal of restrictive security gates,” she said.
“The foyer is now a welcoming space, available for people to relax, connect and unwind with full access to wi-fi.
“In addition, this project has also delivered a new service desk space and tech-desk.
“Council thanks the State Government for their grant and for acknowledging and understanding that libraries can change lives.”
The Cranbourne Library is also home to one of four Arts Spaces in Casey, proudly curated by Council.
This space is currently exhibiting work by Darren Argaet, with his paintings inspired by the speed of motorsport, featuring heroes of the sport such as Daniel Ricciardo.
Chris Buckingham said the library’s overhaul has helped create a more welcoming space for the community.
“It has been a terrific partnership with the City of Casey and the State Government to deliver a cost-effective improvement to the Cranbourne Library,” Mr Buckingham said.
“Libraries are a place where people can gather safely, share stories and learn at their own pace.
“It is so important that we continue to invest in the construction and refurbishment of libraries in our community.”