The Mary Davies Library and Community Centre played host to a special celebration on Friday 5 July 2019, as the City of Rockingham formally marked the fifth anniversary since the much loved community facility opened its doors.
Located on Settlers Avenue in the heart of Baldivis, the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre officially opened in mid-2014.
The facility is a contemporary, cutting-edge library service that also offers community spaces for hire. It is named after the late Mary Davies (1926 – 2014), who was a passionate and committed member of the Rockingham community.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre had quickly evolved to become an integral part of the community.
“In only five years the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has welcomed 864,000 visits, which is about 172,800 per year,” Mayor Sammels said.
“During this time the library has grown to have about 15,000 registered borrowers, with 657,911 book loans taking place.
“Figures like this indicate just how popular the facility has become in such a short space of time. As the community of Baldivis and the City in general continues to grow, we can expect to see more residents enjoying all that the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has to offer.”
For more information about the programs and events on offer at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 9591 0800.
The treasured thoughts and memories of seniors from across the City of Rockingham are now available to read in all four of the City’s libraries, after a special book titled Memories: An Anthology was published.
The 110 page book was created during a series of eight memory writing workshops that the City held for seniors between October and December 2018.
These workshops were facilitated by the Rockingham Writers Centre and taught participants new skills and knowledge that equipped them to be able to reminisce, record and write parts of their life story. Extracts of the work were then compiled by the Rockingham Writers Centre and published in the book.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the book gave participants the chance to articulate their life story in a moving way that their families and the community could learn from.
“Seniors are the heart and memory of our community and it’s vital that their stories are told so younger generations can learn from them,” Mayor Sammels said.
“This book is a beautifully produced piece of work that details the priceless memories from the long time residents that helped build Rockingham into the place it is today.
“We are fortunate to be able to read and learn about their lives in this unique publication and I encourage all residents to visit the City’s libraries and a grab a copy.”
Visit one of the City’s four libraries for a copy of Memories: An Anthology, or read an electronic copy.
Families across the City of Rockingham will have the opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities during Library and Information Week 2019.
Library and Information Week will be held from 20–26 May 2019 and is an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association that aims to showcase the range of services on offer at libraries.
National Simultaneous Story Time
The City will be hosting three major events as part of Library and Information Week. The first, National Simultaneous Story Time, will be held at Rockingham Centre in the Kids Zone near ANZ Bank on Wednesday 22 May from 9am–10am.
National Simultaneous Story Time will feature members of the public, a school class from Bungaree Primary School and the Paint Rockingham REaD mascot WiDi, all reading the same book as other groups from across the country at the same time.
Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Meanwhile, on 22 May the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis will be hosting its own National Simultaneous Story Time event that will include craft, rhymes and great stories.
Rockingham Central Library
On Thursday 23 May 2019 the City will host Pyjama Story Time at Rockingham Central Library from 4pm–6pm. Running for the fourth year in a row, Pyjama Story Time will feature a cuddly animal farm, scavenger hunt, tech displays and a group reading activity.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to embrace the activities taking place during Library and Information Week.
“The City of Rockingham’s four libraries are filled with valuable information, entertainment and activities for residents of all ages to enjoy,” Mayor Sammels said.
“During Library and Information Week 2019 the City will be hosting two events that highlight the significant role both reading and libraries play in our community. I encourage residents of all ages to get involved with these activities and celebrate the importance libraries have in our City.”
The theme for Library and Information Week 2019 is Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK). This theme recognises the ways that librarians and libraries support and further these ideals.
For more information on these events or the City’s libraries in general, please contact the City on 9528 0333
City of Rockingham residents will have the chance to experience the Rockingham Central Library after dark when the City hosts the Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event on Thursday 16 May 2019.
Running from 6pm–8pm, the exhibition will be presented by the WA Inspired Art Quilters and will include a collection of 16 quilts made by the group. Community members will have the chance to learn about the quilts and their relation to wetland resources and Noongar culture at the time of early European settlement. Bookings are essential for the event.
The Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event is part of a month-long exhibition highlighting the quilts, which will run until Friday 24 May 2019. Exhibition promotional image of one of the quilts. in the exhbition
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the after dark exhibition would give residents an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture in an exciting environment.
“The WA Inspired Art Quilters have created a stunning range of quilts that highlight the importance of the wetlands to Aboriginal people,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The quilts depict various aspects of the wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain and acknowledge that the network of wetlands was abundant on Whadjuk Country before colonisation.
“I urge all residents who are interested in learning more about local Aboriginal culture to take part in the Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event.”
For more information or to book contact the Rockingham Central Library on 9528 8683
The Paint Australia REaD book relay visited the City of Rockingham recently, with children and educators from across the City getting involved in an effort to boost literacy in young children.
The relay is the national version of the local Paint Rockingham REaD campaign, which is a grassroots literacy effort that attempts to address the increasing number of Australian children entering primary school with poor language and reading skills.
As part of the campaign community members are encouraged to read, talk, sing and rhyme with children from birth so they are ready to read and write by the time they start school.
Children and educators from Goodstart Rockingham, Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour joined the Paint Rockingham REaD mascot WiDi, as they welcomed volunteers from the Paint Australia REaD book relay team on Tuesday 26 March 2019 for a special event.
During the event children took part in a number of literacy-based activities before Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby hosted “story time”. Following this, children were able to sign a book the relay team is carrying on its journey around the country. All participating communities add their page to the book, which will be published once the relay is finished on the east coast in May 2019.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the book relay would assist children in making the best possible start with literacy.
“The Paint Australia REaD book relay and the Paint Rockingham REaD campaign are crucial to boosting the literacy skills of our future primary school students,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Reading not only improves children’s literacy skills, it also plays a vital role in enhancing their social skills, emotional needs and understanding of the world around them.”
Paint Rockingham REaD is a collaboration between the City and the Rockingham Early Years Group.
To find out more about the campaign visit the Learning Community page on the City’s website or contact the Community Capacity Building team on 9528 0333.
Donations of children’s books are always welcome and can be made to reception at the City of Rockingham Administration Building on Civic Boulevard.