Tag Archives: 50 Stories

Oral History interview with Dorothy and Ken Briggs - 2001

Dorothy and Ken Briggs are members of Woolgoolga library. Dorothy talks about the purpose built library building and the involvement of Woolgoolga Art Group in the project.

Oral History interview with Carol Ruby - 1988-2015

Carol Ruby is one of the longest serving active volunteers at the library. Carol compares various libraries she has visited to Coffs Harbour Library.

Oral History interview with Margaret Hivon - 2008 -2015

Margaret Hivon, Coordinator of the Wrap for love program in Coffs Harbour, talks about the library’s involvement in the program and its effect within the community.

Oral history interview with Janet Merriman - 1974 -1996

After 22 years of service, Janet Merriman retired as the Deputy Librarian. Janet shares her memories of Coffs Harbour Library separating from Clarence Regional Library Service and other events.

National Simultaneous Storytime - 2001

Coffs Harbour Library becomes involved in the annual campaign to promote the value of reading and literacy for young children throughout Australia.

Learning English as a second language - 2005

Coffs Harbour Library’s services and resources are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. English Language learning resources are provided to serve an increasingly diverse community of users.

The Digital divide and the library’s efforts to close the gap - 2012

As more and more government and business services have moved online there has been a growing demand for the skills of Librarians to help those separated by this digital divide.

Remembering Harry Bailey - 2014

Coffs Harbour City Council’s central library is renamed The Harry Bailey Memorial Library in remembrance of long serving Councillor W. H. Bailey who died in 1965.

If a picture tells a thousand words….. - 2008

The Picture Coffs Harbour project started back in 2008 a few years after Coffs Harbour Museum was handed over to the Council following the disbanding of the Historical Society.

Was the Coffs Library moving to the National Mutual Building in 1996? - 1996

Coffs Harbour Library was searching for a new location following the expiration of its lease in Castle Street – was the National Mutual Building a good option?

Interview with Eric Bennett - 1965

Eric Bennett is a long standing member of Woolgoolga community who talks us through the opening of Woolgoolga’s first public library and his family’s use of it. Eric also discusses a number of other buildings that the Woolgoolga Library has inhabited.

Interview with Trish White - Retrospective

Trish White is one of our long standing library members whose love of books and libraries is well known.

Mother appalled that library lent “lurid sex book” to boy - 1982

A novel adaption of an R-rated film was found in the hands of a 14 year old boy sparking calls for censorship in libraries.

Coffs Harbour’s most wanted! - 2014

Want to know what books stand the test of time? Check out Coffs Harbour Library’s ten most borrowed titles.

The Book Club Hub - 2009

Coffs Harbour City Library launched its book club service in 2009 to promote and support a reading culture in the local community.

The ‘Cell Block’ Library at Woolgoolga - 1994

Woolgoolga Library moves into the old police ‘lock-up’ building with more space and improved services.

Public Internet Access - 1996

Coffs Harbour Library’s journey to join the information super-highway began in 1996 with coin-operated internet access!

Interview with Lorraine Vass - 1977

Lorraine Vass was the first professional librarian appointed at Coffs Harbour Library.

Library Act 1939 - 1963

The Library Act 1939 was landmark legislation which resulted in the development of free public libraries throughout NSW

Children’s activities in the library’s early days - 1978

Looks back at the children’s activities held in the courtyard of the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in the 1970s and early 1980s.