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It's the library,
Jim, but not as
we know it.
Those who haven't been into a library for a while have
a surprise in store the next time they visit the Bowral
Library, which has recently undergone its rst face-lift in
The rst hint is the Groucho Marx quote on the
entrance wall: "Outside a dog, a book is a man's best
friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."
Obviously, this is a library where the visitors won't be
shooshed and glared at if they laugh out loud in the
humour section or join in the regular children's story-
telling sessions too boisterously.
Instead of the solemn thump of the librarians' stamp
on books, there's now the bleep of an automatic
check-out system that lists the books, DVDs or CDs
you've chosen and the due date. (It won't, however, tell
you where your lost library card has gone).
What hasn't changed is the wealth of entertainment
and knowledge that's stored in the library.
It's the only place you can go from Africa to
Zimbabwe in the eight steps it takes you to go from
Biography (starting with Joy Adamson's Born Free) to
Your library card is a passport that can take you
through time, space and real and imagined worlds.
Drop into the Bowral Library soon and book
your trip. n
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