Library all booked out

Avid readers Emily Hawkins, Olivia Manns and Katie Leworthy. Picture: Jon Hewson d438011
Avid readers Emily Hawkins, Olivia Manns and Katie Leworthy. Picture: Jon Hewson d438011

ABOUT 3000 books have been removed from Coodanup College library and 48 new computers have been installed.

It is a sign of the times, with students more likely to engage with literature online.

While the removal of the books may seem extreme, librarian Kahla Brand said the revamp was necessary to attract students into the space.

Miss Brand started in the role last year and found the library was not being used to full capacity.

�My priority was to get the kids in,� she said.

�It was pretty dated and needed to be revitalised.

�We took out a lot of books, mainly non-fiction that were old or damaged.

�Some of the books were 40 to 50 years old.�

Miss Brand said no one wanted the books locally, so they were fundraising to send them to Fiji.

�We still have reference books and shelves of books students can check out,� she said.

The makeover has turned the library into a technology hub.

Miss Brand said much of her role was helping students find factual information online.

�There are lounges and cushions to create a friendly atmosphere,� she said.

�Students can watch movies or play games in their lunch breaks.�

She said students were now using the resources.

�The library is popular again,� she said.