Ben and Holly from ABC TV will appear at the Springfield Library opening on Saturday.
Ben and Holly from ABC TV will appear at the Springfield Library opening on Saturday.

Springfield $2.8m library opens

Best-selling author Matthew Reilly, cricket legend Glenn McGrath and ABC TV kids' favourites Ben and Holly will be the star attractions this weekend at the opening of the new Springfield Central Library.

Highlights of the opening day on Saturday include live music, giveaways and competitions from 9am. Ben and Holly will be performing in the Children's Space at 10am and 1pm; Little Miss Organised will advise parents on how to declutter and organise their homes, while the Flipside Circus Performers will juggle, hula-hoop and balance across the whole of library.

Breakfast with Glenn McGrath will be first up on Sunday, with the leading wicket-taker sharing his experiences in cricket and beyond at the event which has sold out.

The doors will officially open on Saturday with a full program of events for the weekend and capped off by an Evening with Matthew Reilly on Monday night.

Author Matthew Reilly at his home in Willoughby, Sydney.
Author Matthew Reilly at his home in Willoughby, Sydney.

The $2.8m library was officially opened last Friday by Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt and seven of his councillor colleagues, with a cake-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the official plaque.

It will eventually have 50,000 books in stock and other state-of-the-art facilities.

Children will be able to play with Duplo building blocks from 10am-3pm, while the rest of the family can visit HOTspot, which is free, hands on technology with robotics and virtual reality at the same times.

The highlight of the opening weekend will be Monday's Evening with Matthew Reilly in the Event Space and Reading Central areas of the library between 6-8pm.

Library worker Rebecca Severn.
Library worker Rebecca Severn.

Bookings are essential.

Reilly's books have been published in more than 20 countries and he has sold seven million copies. Some of his books have also been optioned for film.

Division 1 Councillor David Morrison, who was MC at the opening on August 17, said the library would offer a fun, new hands-on experience to help build the Ipswich community's digital literacy.

Springfield Library operations manager Cheryl Pye tests out the new facilities.
Springfield Library operations manager Cheryl Pye tests out the new facilities.

The facilities will enable members to build their skills, and increase their employment opportunities.

"It will provide Ipswich Libraries' members with a new space to enjoy and a destination where they can relax, learn and grow," he said.

The children’s library area at the new Springfield Library.
The children’s library area at the new Springfield Library.

The library will include a main collection area, market place selection, public access computers, children's space, parents' room, event spaces with supporting kitchens, public meeting rooms, training room, smart lockers, makerspace and modern library resources.

Cr Wendt said it was the first new library in Ipswich for more than 20 years, although a successful mobile service had operated at Springfield Central since 2009.



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