The City of Playford turned a significant page in its history books when the community’s mobile library service celebrated its 40th anniversary recently.
The first mobile library truck rolled out on 31 March, 1978 when Munno Para Council instituted the service. ^^The first City of Munno Para Mobile Library truck unveiled on 31 March, 1978 The early truck often participated in charity cruises and local Christmas pageants. ^^The second mobile library in a charity cruise. The mobile library provides an extension of the City of Playford’s library service, enabling people without easy access to our services to borrow items such as books, DVDs, CDs and more.The Playford Mobile Library is one of six in the South Australian Library Service and currently services an average of 800 borrowers at 60 stops per month. ^^ Mobile library driver Pauline Lambert adding books to the truck in 2012. Since 1978 there have been four library trucks, with the most recent update occurring in 2017.
The current mobile library drivers are Patrick O’Connell and Glenn Ward.Glenn enjoys driving the truck around the community.“Particularly when I get to read to the kids and make them laugh,” Glenn said.Since the City of Munno Para and City of Elizabeth amalgamated in 1997, the Playford Library has had five mobile library officers, starting with Brian Tavener. ^^Patrick O’Connell, a current mobile library driver in the brand-new truck in 2017. The mobile library visits schools, day-care centres and kindergartens. It also stops at Angle Vale Shopping Centre, One Tree Hill, Elizabeth Rise Community Centre and local markets such as the One Tree Hill Market and Elizabeth Rise Community Market.Find out when the Mobile Library will be in your area HERE.
For more information:
Civic Centre Library (8256 0333)10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth. or Stretton Centre Library (8256 0333)307 Peachey Road, Munno Para.