Camden Matters with Theresa Fedeli: Have your say on local libraries

"Libraries have allowed people to research, experience new ideas, get lost in wonderful stories and provide a place of gathering for hundreds of years. It is now time for Camden Libraries to look forward and we want your help.

As Council develops the Camden Library Strategy 2020-24, we need to hear what our community wants from their local libraries.

Camden Libraries already does a fantastic job within the community and this is all about enhancing that experience for our library users and going to the next level.

Council will host a series of community engagement activities to collate your feedback over the coming weeks including library consultation stations installed at Camden, Narellan and Oran Park libraries, open for feedback until Monday 21 September and a face-to-face pop-up at Oran Park Library on Saturday 12 September from 10am-noon.

This will be the second chance the community can voice their opinion after more than 400 submissions were received through an online survey earlier this year.

The new Strategic Plan will build on the principles outlined in the Camden Library Strategic Plan 2003-2010, which sought for the libraries to provide:

  • An environment rich in experience;
  • A range of recreational opportunities from puppet shows for children, play stations for adolescents, literary discussion and workshops for adults;
  • Opportunities for learning - from bubs and books programs for toddlers to internet classes for seniors;
  • Opportunities to meet, form connections, a communal meeting place;
  • A place to be - a safe place that provides opportunities for individuals to pursue areas of interest or to participate in group activities;
  • An environment of acceptance and valuing - where all members of the community feel significant and represented in the environment and programs provided; and
  • A place for people to call their own - to belong.

I encourage you all to take part in these engagement activities and contribute to what will be the future of your libraries in Camden."

- Theresa Fedeli

Camden mayor