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Libraries are changing lives for the better in Greater Dandenong

Libraries are changing lives for the better in Greater Dandenong

14 January 2019

The City of Greater Dandenong has joined other Councils and Library Corporations in an advocacy campaign aimed at highlighting the benefits of public libraries.

Developed by Public Libraries Victoria and State Library Victoria, Libraries Change Lives is a statewide campaign designed to build community support and attract additional government funding for public libraries.

Greater Dandenong Libraries in Springvale and Dandenong attracted more than 1.2 million visitors last year, more than 900,000 items were borrowed and the computers were used more than 150,000 times.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Roz Blades said public libraries play a vital role in the local community that go far beyond reading and borrowing books.

“Last year more than 1.2 million people visited our libraries in Springvale and Dandenong,” Mayor Blades said.

“Our libraries offer a place to learn, create and belong. Along with free access to computers, iPads, online learning courses, books and DVDs, our libraries also host English language classes, technology classes and creative workshops.’

Mayor Blades said language and literacy programs, run through the library, helped enhance the lives of people living in Greater Dandenong.

“The City of Greater Dandenong is now officially recognised as Australia’s most culturally diverse community,” she said.

“One in five residents has limited fluency in English. Through the language and literacy programs we offer through our libraries we are making a huge difference to our community.”

Statistics from Public Libraries Victoria show that for every $1 invested in a local library, $4.30 is generated in community benefit.

“Through the services our libraries offer we are literally changing lives and creating new pathways for education and employment,” Mayor Blades said.

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