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Merriwa Library will be closed for its relocation and final touches to its new location next to Council’s Administration Offices in Vennacher Street Merriwa, from Wednesday 18 July, re-opening with a celebration from noon Friday 27 July 2018.

During the nine days of transferring books, equipment and other resources to the new venue, returns can still be dropped into the Upper Hunter Shire Council office in Merriwa.  A Library return box will be located in the foyer area.

The new big, bright and beautiful library will have separate areas for young people and younger children, disability access, computers, and an outside deck overlooking a park, with seating and a shade sail.  An inside accessible toilet has been incorporated in the new facility and was a high priority on the Merriwa Library users’ wishlist.

The new library was funded with $117,500 from the NSW Government Public Library Infrastructure Grant Program. Upper Hunter Shire Council has contribute the new Library area, which is almost twice the size of the current Library, as well as providing $71,000 and staff expertise and supervision of the project.

The colourful space will be officially opened by Member for the Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP and Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood, with children and young people from Merriwa Create and Grow Preschool, Merriwa Central School and St Joseph’s on Friday 27 July 2018 at noon.

Upper Hunter Shire Young Citizen of the Year Tarnisha Windsor will give a Welcome to Country.

Official opening of the new Merriwa Library invitation

The bigger and improved space will benefit not just library users but all community groups wanting to use the library to hold events.

The design plans were created by staff, Council’s Library Committee and the NSW State Library and put on public exhibition for comment in 2016.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Kerri Cone, Manager Community Services on 6540 1141 or Elizabeth Walter, Library Co-ordinator on 6540 1185.