Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill is now open
The Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, located at 362-372 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, is now open.
Emanuel Tsardoulias’s widow, Zoi, said the family are truly honoured the library has been named after the late Councillor, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 38.
“Emanuel was all about the community, so it seems fitting the library be named after such a prominent and much loved member of the community.
“He loved reading in his spare time, and it gives me and his twin sons Stavros and Dimitri great comfort that we can visit the library knowing what a wonderful, and much needed project Emanuel accomplished for the community in the area he grew up in.”
Earlier this year, Council approached local authors, artists and performers to be ambassadors of the new library. Ambassadors’ gave valuable input, providing book recommendations for the library to purchase.
Library ambassador Libby Gleeson AM, acclaimed children’s author said, “Libraries are incredibly significant, indeed vital, in any community.”
Library ambassador and novelist Michelle de Kretser agrees with Gleeson. She said, “Writers grow from readers. At the periods in my life when I haven't been able to afford to buy books, libraries have provided a lifeline of pleasure and education. They are an indispensable resource for anyone looking to widen their intellectual horizon.”
Kretser is one of many ambassadors who suggested a fellow local’s work be purchased for the new library, showing the books – and the library itself – to have strong community-based appeal.
The new contemporary library space is larger than the original Dulwich Hill Library (now closed). It will host regular activities for the community, as well as housing thousands of new books and DVDs.
Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library will be officially opened on Saturday, with a private function to be attended by the late Councillor’s family and friends. The public are encouraged to view the new space and facilities at the Dulwich Hill Village Fair, taking place this Sunday 11 September.
The Fair will also host the library’s annual Book Sale, held outside the old Dulwich Hill Library branch on Seaview Street from 10am-4pm. All books are priced at $1 for library members and $2 for non-library members (there is the opportunity to join the library on Fair day).
Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, 362-372 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill
Trish Whitton, Library and History Promotions Specialist, 9392 5125
Elizabeth Heath, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, 9392 5334 or 0428 115 292