Media release: Thursday, 10 December, 2009
Christmas gifts for commuters
Thirroul District Library is trying to find a new home for some of its old books this
Christmas by delivering them into the hands of local residents so they can stay
entertained on their morning train journey.
Between 8am and 9am each morning this week, librarians from Thirroul District
Library are distributing books to residents from the platforms of Thirroul Railway
Council’s Manager of Community, Cultural and Library Services, Jenny Thompson,
said this was an excellent way to promote our library services to local residents as
well as an opportunity to find a home for some of our older books.
“Opening in June 2009, Thirroul Library is the newest of Wollongong’s libraries and
already has 5910 registered borrowers,” Jenny Thompson said.
“The Christmas gifts for commuters project is helping to raise awareness of the new
Thirroul Library as well as encouraging people to sign up and become library
“Residents who have never used the library may not be aware of all the great
facilities available, including, CDs, DVDs and interactive technologies. We hope that
our librarians’ presence at the station will inspire commuters to consider the benefits
of joining our library and borrowing books for free,” Ms Thompson said.
“Each person who receives a book to read on the train this Christmas will also be
given a specially designed Christmas bookmark from Wollongong City Library.”
The Christmas books are copies the library has updated, replaced in their collection
or no longer needs.