Library a lesson in community spirit

Library builder John Carter and daughter Sally, mural artist Ofira Waldispuhl and student Khaleb Hillman. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d401630
Library builder John Carter and daughter Sally, mural artist Ofira Waldispuhl and student Khaleb Hillman. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d401630

It was built by one of the parents in his spare time, decorated with a mural by another parent, while another donated her time for one day a week for 13 years.

The walls are now lined with thousands of books for children and parents to choose from after four mothers catalogued the collection.

‘It also shows what you can do if you have a couple of parents with a few ideas,’ said principal Rod McNeill as he opened the new facility.

‘Without their support we would not have this library.’

Perth Hills MP Frank Alban attended the official opening.

‘When I was at school we only had two books in the class, The Sun on the Stubble and Robbery Under Arms,’ he said.

‘I’m jealous these kids have so much to choose from with their new library.

‘Kids who read gain an extra benefit.’

Mr McNeill said the school was moving towards a new ethos, which was ‘Live in the Hills, Learn in the Hills’. The librarian, Rosemary Tester, spent 13 years as a library volunteer and has been in paid employment since 2006.

‘We started out opening two half days a week, but now the library is open every day,’ Mr McNeill said.

‘It really helps to extend the learning in the school.’

Mr McNeill said the community spirit of the school and the Hills was summed up in the mural by artist and mother Ofira Waldispuhl, and John Carter, who built the structure during the summer holidays.