Yacking over, it’s time for reading

David Koren and Wendy Kerr at the library site. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
David Koren and Wendy Kerr at the library site. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

THE long-running saga of Indigo Shire’s new Yackandandah offices is almost over.

The $2 million project is expected to be completed by November, depending on the weather.

While several work days have been lost lately due to rain, Indigo Shire’s manager of community planning David Koren yesterday said the project was still largely running on time with the building work about 75 per cent completed.

The library is a first for the town.

Library co-ordinator Wendy Kerr said pop-up libraries were operating at the town’s community markets on the third Sunday of each month to give residents a sample of the new centre.

“We had a really good response to the first pop-up library,” she said.

“We were really surprised by the number of people who had not realised there was a library being built as part of the new offices.

“They all knew offices were being built, but some people were surprised to be told it would also have a library.”

People have been providing library staff with the titles of books, DVDs and other items they would like to see among the 5000 items that will adorn the library’s shelves.

“It’s about building a collection that reflects the community,” Ms Kerr said.

“People are excited about having their own library.”

Plans for the shire offices have aroused heated community debate since 2007.