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Big Sky Libraries turn 60 with Moree Library Golden Ticket winners announced as part of celebrations

Moree mayor Katrina Humphries and State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne recently cut the 60th birthday cake to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Big Sky Libraries, a fantastic representation of local government partnerships.

The Moree Community Library provided the backdrop for the celebrations, demonstrating that public libraries are one of the core foundations of democratic societies.

“At any one time you will find people from all walks of life sharing the library space together,” Cr Humphries said.

“the library is a place to connect and engage with others whether it is new mothers at the Baby Bounce programs, school-age children engaging in activities or retirees becoming Tech Savvy Seniors.”Library Jubilee Cake DSC_0402

Representatives from each of the five branches – Moree, Mungindi, Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Brewarrina – have worked together to deliver a modern library service that encompasses not only the traditional books but also online resources like eMagazines, eBooks and eAudio.

State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne congratulated the member Councils – Moree Plains, Walgett and Brewarrina Shire – saying libraries have always brought people together but in this time of information overload and technological advances it is the library and those people that work in it that will be the guiding force for the community in an age of online information.

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State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries, Cooperative Library Manager Sally Walters, retiring long-term member of Big Sky Libraries Committee Cr Wulf Reichler from Brewarrina,, and representatives from each of the five branches – Moree, Mungindi, Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Brewarrina cut the specially designed birthday cake featuring Roald Dahl characters to mark 100 years since the birth of the acclaimed writer and 60 years of local governments’ partnership with the Regional Library in Moree Plains.

Co-operative library manager of Big Sky Libraries Sally Walters said that “libraries are so much more than just books these days.”

“Yes, we still have all of the traditional formats one would expect to find in a library but libraries are becoming one of the leading sources of modern technology,” she said.

“Libraries are the go-to point for many in our community that don’t have any other opportunity to access this type of technology.”

Meanwhile, to celebrate Big Sky Libraries 60th birthday and Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, 500 Golden Tickets were hidden for library-goers to find when they borrowed items.

The winning tickets were drawn by State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne and mayor Katrina Humphries at the Big Sky Libraries Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Lucky Golden Ticket finders gave a reason why they enjoyed the book so much and winners were awarded fabulous prizes.

The Library would like to congratulate the winners of the Golden Ticket Competition:

  • Maureen Baker – Adult
  • Noah Humphries – Junior (8-12yrs)
  • Jessica Knowles – Infant (5-7yrs)
  • Lucas & Corey Nash – Preschool (0-4yrs)

Winner of the Infants section, Jessica Knowles, is a regular library user and attends the Big Sky’s Little Readers group on Tuesdays during the school term.

“My Golden Ticket was hidden inside the book Pippa’s Perfect Picnic,” Jessica grinned.

“This is an adorable story of Pippa’s perfect spring picnic and her cat that surprises everyone when she has kittens in the picnic basket.

“I love going to the library – borrowing books and playing library charades at Little Readers,” she said.