On 15Th July 2016, the Carlton community celebrated the first birthday of the historic, Kathleen Syme Library. Sounds like quite the paradox, doesn’t it?
Well, this is due to the A$15.5 million restoration; transforming the Victorian-era building into an ultra-modern creative, learning and community space. The building now boasts of training rooms, computer labs, recording studios, meeting rooms, community activity spaces, community kitchen, Wild Timor Café and with free Wi-Fi facilities.
Keeping in mind with the history of the library as a former state school, the community center is now open for learning.
The center celebrated by organizing a Community Expo to get connected with the local community and Carlton groups, a Carlton Dreaming with the Carlton Residents Association with wine and cupcakes, Carlton Morning exercise and dance group and a Line dancing open workshop.
There were lots of children’s activities planned such as face painting, Children’s Storytime and craft activities. The delectable barbeque was provided by Wild Timor café throughout the evening.
There were different zones catering to different ethnicities such as the Eritrean coffee, Henna and Asian tea service.
Different gaming zones were created offering a variety of age-groups with table-tennis, giant games, dot craft workshop, Minecraft gaming a creative technology showcase including 3D printing, Virtual Reality with Google cardboard, mBot soccer display and the VR Oculus Rift!
As the evening progressed further into the night, the air at the center was filled with harmonious melodies. They comprised of SNIP – a traditional Eritrean band bringing unique sounds from East Africa, Hurdy Gurdy – an amazing Italian instrument with Alexander Parise, Karaoke/ sing along with the O’Farrell’s and the sweet tunes by the local duo, Emma and Nat, with the band name – Rosewood.
There were different stalls at the celebration comprising of Carlton Residents association, Carlton Girls Guide, Cohealth, Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, the Community Grocer, Parkrun, the Welcome dinner project and the Australia’s International Student News website – meldmagazine.com.au
It was a fun-filled evening and though the night is over, it’s memories will remain in the hearts of Carlton residents for a long time to come!