Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 17:36
Help us celebrate the library’s first decade. Join us for a day of fun
and entertainment, including an animal farm, balloons, prizes and giveaways and cultural performances on Saturday 23 June.
The day kicks off with story time at 10.30am and Greek Romiosini Dancers at 11.00am, and runs until 4.00pm at the library.
The award-winning Mill Park Library, designed by prominent Melbourne architects Oaten Stanistreet, opened in 2002. It cost $8 million. It is one of Victoria’s largest public libraries and the first to be built on the concept of a hybrid digital/print library.
The Mill Park Library was awarded the Victorian Engineering Excellence Award in October 2003. The judges rated the public library the best of more than ten urban and regional infrastructure projects, worth up to $10 million. They said the designers applied leading edge engineering innovations and steel to dramatic effect. It was noted that these features, coupled with inclined fascia lines and extensive tapering bronze glass panels, have produced a structure that will remain modern and functional for many years to come.
On what was possibly the busiest day ever in an Australian public library, we had more than 5,000 people come to take a look at Mill Park, on the opening day, 23rd June. The building and service provided within it is a credit to everyone involved. This includes the architects, the builders, the library staff who selected, acquired and processed 58,000 items, as well as the staff involved in the preparation and opening of the building. The building is a credit to the City of Whittlesea who had the foresight and wisdom to invest in such a great facility.
The Mayor of Whittlesea, Councillor Frank Merlino, officially opened the library on June 21st, 2002.
Today, the library has more than half a million loans a year, 200,000 visits and more than 15,000 people attend activities there. The building has become an icon of the local area with its spaceship-like facade.