Kathryn Has Closed Her Book

Published on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 2:40:34 PM

Kathryn Dye has closed the book on her 10.5year career at the Mount Barker Library, retiring from the service on Friday 3 September 2021.


Kathryn started when the Library was housed in the old Recreation Centre.  The books were shelved in the old Basketball Court and the Art Gallery was lining the Squash Court walls.  One of Kathryn’s first jobs was to plan and outfit a new Library which was being constructed as part of the Community Resource Centre / Library development.


Kathryn’s vision has resulted in what we are proud of today, a vibrant, interesting and welcoming space.


The Mount Barker Library has also been lifted from a small regional service which had books provided by the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) to a service given recognition beyond its scale.  The Mount Barker Library now has its own selecting system where SLWA provides us with an annual grant and the Shire can do the purchasing on behalf of the community.  We also have access to a broad range of programs to support the community covering all ages.  The SLWA has even started a Rural Library Award to recognise the importance of Rural Libraries, thanks to some lobbying by Kathryn.


Kathryn will be retiring to the Kendenup community where she will now have time to spend on her art and history projects.


Nicole Selesnew will be stepping into the role of Manager of Library and Information Services.  Nicole is a familiar face around the Shire, having previously worked as the Manager of Community Services before taking a few years leave to establish a dairy and cheese manufacturing business.  While we’ll miss having a local cheese maker (and the cheese!), we’re also excited to have her back working with the community.

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