NEWSLETTER WINTER 2018

During the past few months lots of very exciting things have been happening at the Maldon Athenaeum Library. The State Government made a grant of $10,000 available to the library to help us carry out a number of projects. The major of these include the installation of solar panels on the rear of the library roof. The building of a new vermin proof shed to assist with storage of excess books, tables etc. the installation of bright new carpet in the Junior Library, a reorganisation of the work room so that a bespoke shelving unit could be installed to aid the repairing of books, an upgrade of the Bookmark computer system, a more sophisticated scanner and the purchase of a new laptop to make the borrowing and returning of books easier. In addition we have been able to spend a substantial amount on the purchase of new books.

It is always the policy of the Athenaeum Library to encourage our members to suggest books that they would like to read and then these can be purchased as long as they are suitable for general reading interests.

During the recent Maldon in Winter festival the Athenaeum held a very successful book sale. It was a cold Sunday and people were delighted to come into the warm Library and buy books for the small sum of $2.00 a book. Many people were very generous and donated more than that as they knew that all proceeds were going towards the Library.

The following Sunday afternoon saw the Reading Room quite full of people who came along to listen to Sean Kenan relate the history and development of Irish fiddle playing and of course to play a variety of tunes ranging from classical to hornpipes. Sean generously donated his talents and his time and the afternoon was a very happy one with people enjoying either a glass of wine or a soft drink with some very nice cheese and dips.

New members are always joining the Athenaeum and for $15.00 a year it is wonderful value with friendly and efficient service every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The volunteers really try to make everyone welcome so why not drop in to see this unique and historical friendly library where you can also borrow the latest publications.

NEWSLETTER WINTER 2017

It’s almost spring but after a dry winter, the heavens have opened here and the alpine ski resorts are having a bumper year. Maldon, Victoria very rarely sees that cold, white stuff but we have had some wonderfully heavy frosts, not too good for the newly planted vegetable patches!

The Library has had a busy time with several events that emphasise its important place in our small community. Our hard working President ensures that we continue to feature in local news and advertisements. In recent months we have had two book sales (indoors in the Library Reading Room – in the warmer months we have stalls outside the building but not in winter). Both sales were extremely successful and later in August we are involved in a “pop up” stall at the local monthly market. This latter is very popular indeed and we anticipate more funds for new books.

We have also had two literary “events”, a reading of her biography by Joan Hooper and latterly a poetry reading by expatriate Katharine Gallagher, a London-based writer of renown who was born in Maldon and reared locally. Both events were well attended in spite of inclement weather.

In July, our annual Maldon in Winter festival saw a successful holiday activity for children organised by Castlemaine Library and held in our Athenaeum Hall, plus all the usual “Christmas in July” dinners by several of our local cafes and pubs. The retailers did us proud as always by dressing their windows in cold weather themes, the best judged by local school children. Special steam trains were run and Maldon was a visitors’ delight.

We have contact with the other (original!) Maldon in Essex and visitors from here are encouraged to visit our twin town. Occasionally articles from the UK Maldon appear in our local weekly newspaper, the Tarrangower Times. The editors of this publication which has been continuously published from 1858, offer a fantastic service to a small community of less than 1,300 and their website is worth a visit.

And so we carry on, the flag flying merrily! The Library’s almost forty volunteers should be congratulated on their dedicated service with new volunteers regularly knocking on our door.

 

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If anyone has any queries regarding the Maldon Athenaeum Library, don’t forget, we have an email address: newgrasmere@mmnet.com.au.  

Should there be any questions on the Maldon Athenaeum Library, please do not hesitate to write to us at: 
P.O. Box 219
MALDON

 

     

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