Third branch open celebrating its 60th

THE 17th of October marks the 60th birthday of one of Canterbury-Bankstown’s most popular Library and Knowledge Centres – Padstow.

Thousands of residents have visited the library since it was opened, along with the adjacent baby health centre, on October 17, 1959, by then Mayor Carl Little.
It was Bankstown’s third branch to open, following Chester Hill in 1958 and Bankstown in 1954.
Mayor Khal Asfour said that when it opened, it boasted a 9,000-book collection, with 1,656 resources borrowed on the first day.
“By the end of the first month, more than half the collection had been borrowed by local residents,” he said.
Padstow Heights residents Eric Drysdale and Norma Smith have been visiting the library every week for more than 20 years.
“Norma, who actually turns 85 on the 17th of October, became a member in 1963,” Mr Drysdale said.
“We keep a spreadsheet to keep track of how many books we read. Normally we read about three books a week and more than 100 a year.
“Over the years, we’ve developed good relationships with the staff. They are helpful and accommodating, and make visiting the library an enjoyable experience.”
A day of celebrations will be held at Padstow Library and Knowledge Centre on October 17.