On Monday 12 October Parkes Shire Library reopened their doors to the newly refurbished library facility located at Bogan Street, Parkes.

The new architecturally designed indoor and outdoor space offers our community an innovative and modern expansion to deliver new dynamic art, cultural and education spaces including an intergenerational Makerspace Studio.

Parkes Shire Manager Cultural, Education and Library Services Kerryn Jones said "we are really proud of the new space and strongly encourage our community, members or not, to come and check out this beautiful space and discover our new features."

"Features include meeting rooms, additional space for children's programs, quiet study spaces, places to connect with technology, there's something for everybody," Kerryn said.

From Monday 12 October Parkes Shire Library programs have recommenced with bookings required due to limited numbers, including;

  • Weekly Storytime Wednesday 10.30am
  • Weekly Rhyme time Thursday 10.30am
  • Book Club last Wednesday & Thursday evening of the month
  • Thursday 15th October special guest Heather Morris will be conducting Author Talks and a live Q&A session. Spaces are limited and registration is required.

Information stations have been set up throughout the library to showcase just some of the programs and services provided, including local family history services & history slideshows of the Parkes Library.

Parkes Shire Mayor Cr Ken Keith OAM said "this project is a result of years of community consultation and feedback. More than 100 groups and organisations helped develop the concepts for the new facility, which will continue to meet the needs of the Shire and region, providing access to art and cultural experiences that are currently not available to our community."

"To celebrate Book Week commencing next week on Monday 17 October, myself and fellow councillors will be getting involved in reading and Storytime sessions and we invite members of the community to come along and join in," Keith said.

The $2.2 million Parkes Shire Library Expansion Project is funded through the NSW Government's Regional Cultural Fund, Public Library Infrastructure Grant, and Council.

The Parkes Shire Library official opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday 13th November at 10am.

The Parkes Shire Library team are encouraging new memberships and welcome all community members to join the library and make the most of the free resources.

The Parkes Library is open 9.30am-5.30pm weekdays and 9.30am-12 noon Saturdays please contact 02 6861 2333 or email library@parkes.nsw.gov.au for more information.