Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour enjoys a book with Ethan Dower, the 43,000th member of Fraser Coast libraries.
Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour enjoys a book with Ethan Dower, the 43,000th member of Fraser Coast libraries. Contributed

Fraser Coast Libraries welcome 43,000th member

FRASER Coast Libraries welcomed the 43,000th member at a special presentation at the Hervey Bay Library on Wednesday.

Councillor for community George Seymour presented 10-year-old Ethan Dower with a special book pack to mark the milestone.

"The libraries are really growing in popularity," he said.

"It was only around Christmas time that we were celebrating 40,000 members and we've had more than 3000 members sign up since then."

Ethan said he enjoyed going to the library because of the variety of books on offer.

"They are so many titles," he said.

"I really enjoy books by Paul Jennings and there are plenty of those here."

There are five library branches across the Fraser Coast, in Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Howard, Burrum Heads and Tiaro.

The five branches boast more than 226,000 book titles, Cr Seymour said.

"Libraries have changed so much over the last 10 years," he said.

"Our five Fraser Coast branches have a huge catalogue of music, from classics to contemporary and modern favourites, plus a large range of DVDs and documentaries.

"We have a growing range of e-books and electronic resources for people of all ages and audio books are proving as popular as ever."

Fraser Coast Libraries also offer internet and computer access, wi-fi, online tutorials and language services.

"We also offer residents who can't visit the library a housebound service where we personally deliver borrowed books and resources to their homes," Cr Seymour said.

"Add to that regular visits from prominent poets, authors and writers workshops, and it's no surprise that member numbers are on the rise.

"Libraries are primarily about books, but they are much more than that. 

"They are a community hub; a place for enjoyment, creativity, education and broadening horizons."

To become a member or for more information on the any of any of the Fraser Coast libraries visit www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/libraries or phone 1300 794 929.