Library proves a popular success story

WHOEVER says the concept of a library is dead has been proved wrong by the Mount Druitt Hub.

Everyone was invited as the revamped library and senior citizens centre celebrated its first birthday — and success yesterday.

Guests were in party mode with activities, entertainment, a children's show and story time.

And it wouldn't have been a party without a cake.

More than 350,000 people have been through its doors and 300,000 items have been borrowed since Prime Minister Julia Gillard became the first official guest to tour the facility 12 months ago.

"Since opening the library alone has welcomed more than and signed up 6000 new members — which is a remarkable amount," Blacktown mayor Len Robinson said.

Blacktown Council and the federal government split the cost of the $8 million two-storey library/community facility in Mount Druitt.

Located near Dawson Mall, it's the biggest community facility in the Blacktown area. Around 200 baby rhyme and storytime sessions run while 100,000 sessions have been booked on the 45 public computers.

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