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Leanne from our Tocumwal Library has obtained the services of Lynne Cooper who has volunteered to show people how to use is provided free from the computers at any of our libraries in the Berrigan Shire, though if you wish to use the service from home you will need to take out a subscription.

This is a great opportunity to pick the brain of someone who understands how the website works and get you to the point where you are confident researching your family history on your own.

To reserve a time with Lynne please call Leanne at the Tocumwal Library on 03 5874 2633.

The Tocumwal Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm (closed for lunch from 12.30pm to 1.00pm), Fridays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12noon.

Vote for your local library service


Berrigan Shire Library Service is asking local library lovers to join a statewide call to stop the ongoing reduction in funding from successive NSW State Governments and protect the future of their library.

Libraries are often the most well-used and valued public facilities in the community, but the ability of Berrigan Shire to maintain service levels at Shire Library Branches, may be at risk due to deteriorating State funding, according to Mr Matt Hansen, Corporate Director.

“Expenditure on public libraries from the state has decreased as a proportion of total public library expenditure from 23% in 1980 to only 7% in 2013. This has and will continue to impact on the ability of local libraries to meet the needs of their communities.

This is an historic issue that has now reached a crisis point.

The library is seeking the support of all library lovers in Berrigan Shire. They need as many signatures as possible on a petition requesting increased and sustainable library funding to be tabled in the Lower House of the State Government. (These petitions are at all Berrigan Shire Libraries)

The library also wants to identify local library champions to assist them in the state-wide campaign to highlight the funding crisis and the need for a more sustainable funding model for public libraries from the state government. Contact Anne Nevins on 03 58885181 for more information about how you can help or visit .

“Our local public library plays a very important part in our community life. Libraries bring people together, facilitate learning, connect us with information and ideas and provide a wonderful source of recreational pleasure,” said Library Manager Anne Nevins. “Libraries have evolved to become vibrant hubs that are seen as safe, welcoming spaces that serve a very important community-building role. There is no doubt libraries improve the quality of life of everyone who uses them.”

"Wrapped with Love" Annual McLaurin Knitting Bowl Awarded.


The annual McLaurin Knitting Bowl has been contested and won with Tocumwal achieving victory for 2013. 

The final counts were as follows: 
  • Berrigan Library 1,610 
  • Finley Library  1,668
  • Tocumwal Library  2,421. 
This made a total of 5699 squares, many of which were made into rugs. 
Our thanks to the local rotary club for organising the transporting of the squares to Wagga Wagga on their
 way to the ‘Wrapped with Love’ headquarters in Sydney. 

 It is a fantastic community effort.

Pictured are the ladies of Tocumwal celebrating their win.

Simultaneous Storytime


Simultaneous story-time was a resounding success for our four town libraries.  Over 160 children enjoyed the story of the Wrong Book by Nick Bland.
Guest story-tellers did a fantastic job of entertaining the groups. The children also showed great enthusiasm for the activities that followed.  The photos are evidence of the wonderful time had by all. 

Thanks to our local schools, preschools and childcare centres who participated despite the added challenges of a rainy day.

Children from Tocumwal Preschool enjoying the story..


Finley Public School children getting creative after the story..

Sandtastic Holiday Program conducted over School Holiday


Over 130 children enjoyed the Sandtastic Holiday program over the April School holidays.  Every library in our Shire ran the activity and all were well attended.  Children made beautiful pictures using coloured sands and some even created glittery stickers from the stickertastic kits.

More fun captured during the school holiday program at our libraries...

Successful Seniors Week Training


Seniors Week, 18th - 23rd March 2013, at the library saw many of the older members of our community embracing technology through iPad training. 

Here are some photos from the sessions at Tocumwal and Berrigan Libraries.

International Women's Day Luncheon


Mayor Bernard Curtin and Cr. Andrea O'Neill (MC) welcomed our guest speaker and author, Sulari Gentill to our International Women's Day luncheon on Friday 8th March at the Berrigan Sportsground.
A total of 90 participants enjoyed Sulari's rendition of her live, loves, hobbies and especially her writing. 
Sulari is a prolific writer who has won many awards for her Rowland Sinclair Series since beginning writing in 2008. Sulari also loves Greek mythology and has incorporated this love into a Young Adult series, titled, 'The Hero Trilogy'.  The Rowland Sinclair series is Australian Crime Fiction based around actual events of the 1930's. 

All Sulari's books can be borrowed from the library.

Mayor Cr Bernard Curtin and Cr Andrea O'Neill with Sulari after the luncheon.

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