Beach library set to open
THE funky new-look Rainbow Beach library is set to open on Wednesday at 3pm.
Yesterday staff moved all the books and equipment into the new Community Centre premises.
Library's Manager Leonie Day Wilson said the community library's normal operating time was only interrupted for three hours during the move.
She said the new building was almost double the size of the existing library with nice big windows, sliding doors and a wide patio area.
Brand new furniture and fittings incorporating bold splashes of colour will dominate the look of the library.
Staff numbers will not be increased at this time, Mrs Day Wilson said, unless visitors to the library increased significantly.
There will be more shelving room for an increased amount of books, more internet computers and an Xbox for the kids.
"It's a nice new well laid out building. It was lobbied for by the community and we stuck our hand up to be a part of it," she said.
Mrs Day Wilson said she thought there may be increased traffic to the new library because of its central location along Rainbow Beach Rd and bold style.
"It's going to be a major asset to the community," she said.
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne will officially open the new Community Centre on Friday at 11am.
It was completed by Gympie Regional Council with funding from round two of the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.
Cr Dyne said as 2012 was the international year of reading it was "highly appropriate for the library to begin operating from its new location this year".