The Broome Public Library celebrated its 40 year anniversary on Wednesday, welcoming the entire community to the much-loved facility for library-themed bingo and a cake. Current and past employees, community members and families joined representatives from the Shire of Broome to celebrate the library’s rich history, which has long been a hub for literacy, lifelong learning, events and digital connection. The library was opened on November 18, 1981, with this week marking four decades of service for the Broome community. The Shire undertook a community perceptions survey in 2020, with respondents giving the library a 96 per cent positive rating, the highest result of every metric surveyed. Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey said the library had been an important community facility for a long time. “The Broome Public Library is a thriving centre of education, connectivity and community spirit, with this event a celebration of 40 years of selfless service,” he said. “The Minister for Arts and Culture David Templeman visited the library recently and was full of praise for the facility and out wonderful staff. “To give you an idea of the level of patronage, there were 48,196 library loans in the 2020-21 Financial Year, that’s over 900 per week.” Cr Tracey said the community loved the library. “With all the regular children’s events and plethora of resources available at the library, it is a hub of activity,” he said.