Dementia Awareness Collection now open at Castle Hill Library

Published on 28 March 2019

Mayor Byrne pictured with the President of The Friends of the Hills Library, Merle Overton, at the opening of the Dementia Awareness Collection.JPG

The Dementia Awareness Collection has been officially opened at Castle Hill Library by the Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne and President of The Friends of the Hills Library, Merle Overton on Thursday.

Members from The Friends of the Hills Library gave up one coffee per month over a two-year period to raise a total of $4000 to purchase a range of books, DVDs, music and other informative resources to support those with dementia, and their family, friends and carers.

Mayor Byrne thanked the local library group for their contribution to the Collection. 

“A diagnosis of dementia is life-changing for the person suffering from the disease, as well as with their family and friends,” Mayor Byrne said. 

“Information and resources are now available to help those affected by the disease, and to help improve residents overall quality-of-life.

“On behalf of The Hills Shire Council, I want to thank the Friends of the Hills Library for their outstanding work in making this collection available to residents and library members,” Mayor Byrne added.

Over the last 25 years, The Friends have raised more than $183,860 for The Hills Shire Library Service to purchase new books for library collections, Christmas gifts for housebound library customers, purchase new equipment such as digital cameras and display stands and fund special programs.

President of The Friends of the Hills Library, Merle Overton said she was proud of the club’s efforts.

“We are very proud of this initiative and the fact that its introduction coincides with the 25th anniversary of The Friends of the Hills Library makes it especially noteworthy,” Ms Overton said.

“We hope that as we continue the coffee sacrifice program, the funds raised will contribute to the growth of the Dementia Awareness Collection in the future,” she added.

The collection is now available at Castle Hill Library.