Personal memories of 1966 sought for 50 year celebration

October 26, 2016 by  

The upcoming 50th birthday celebrations of the Dee Why Library have sparked a request for Northern Beaches’ residents to come forward with personal memories from its official opening week in 1966.

Northern Beaches Council General Manager Mark Ferguson said in excess of 5,000 people from Dee Why, Warriewood, Mona Vale and surrounding areas visited the library in the first seven days of operation.

At the time, he said it was considered futuristic and was the only purpose-built library servicing the Northern Beaches region.

Mr. Ferguson urged everyone who visited the library during its opening week to contribute to the 50-year celebration by sharing their memories.

He said the library wanted to hear from the youngest attendees to visitors and parents.

When the library was established in 1966, it launched the Northern Beaches into the modern era, according to Mr. Ferguson.

In addition to being a treasure trove of Australian and International knowledge and hosting everything from printing services to a technically advanced electronic lending system, the library boasted an award-winning design with innovations such as concealed air-conditioning.

The library, he said, quickly became a favourite haunt, for many parents with children and school groups of all ages, eager to experience its pleasant surroundings and inviting study atmosphere.

Anyone interested in sharing their stories is asked to contact the Dee Why Library’s Local Studies Unit before the November 19 office 50th birthday celebrations.