PROMOTING LITERACY: Staff of the award-winning Western Downs Libraries team (from left) Lisa Harth, Cathy McKenzie, Shirley Venuto, Janette Quince, Chris Bermingham, Pamela Langridge and Sheridan O'Keefe.
PROMOTING LITERACY: Staff of the award-winning Western Downs Libraries team (from left) Lisa Harth, Cathy McKenzie, Shirley Venuto, Janette Quince, Chris Bermingham, Pamela Langridge and Sheridan O'Keefe. Tangible Media

Major gong for literacy program at local libraries

FOLLOWING the success of their Language to Literacy conference in May, Western Downs Libraries received the annual 2018 Local Government Award presented by Queensland Public Libraries Association at a recent QPLA event.

More than 40 Local Government libraries are associated with the Queensland Public Libraries Association.

Western Downs Regional Council's Western Downs Libraries received the honour at a recent event.

The prize was awarded to Western Downs Libraries for their submission detailing the success of their first Language to Literacy conference, which featured author Mem Fox.

Council spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development, Councillor Kaye Maguire, said it was an honour to receive the award.

"Our libraries do such an amazing job offering so many fantastic programs to our community throughout the year, so it was a privilege to be recognised and awarded for our inaugural early literacy conference which received very positive feedback,” Cr Maguire said.

"Not only do Western Downs Libraries run many public programs, but they also offer vital services to the entire community every day so important recognition that is given to our libraries is greatly appreciated.”

Western Downs Libraries co-ordinator and Queensland Public Libraries Association president Lisa Harth was excited her team was recognised at state level.

"The Local Government Award is only given to one library service per year by the QPLA Board, so it was very exciting to see our team recognised this year,” she said.


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