After a $1.25 million makeover, Eltham library reopened last Monday with a week of celebrations. The official opening was conducted by the Mayor of Nillumbik, Cr Ken King, the Minister for Local Government, Richard Wynn and the Chair of the Library Board, Cr Lewis Brock and local member for Eltham, Steve Herbert.
The new features of this iconic Greg Burgess designed building are a new children's room with an outdoor reading and activities garden, more room for teens with new pcs and a wii, and a dedicated local history area. There is also a state of the art automated book return that sorts items into bins to assist with easier and quicker shelving. A special addition is the replacement of the old circulation area with a reading lounge complete with a gas open fire to create a cosy and comfortable ambience.
Eltham is also now open 7 days a week - the 3rd library in the region to have 7 day a week opening.
One of the highlights of the week was the visit by international best selling author Matthew Reilly, who delighted over 150 people with his talk on how and why he writes what he does.