Blokes in minority at library

THERE are two-and-a-half times more women than men who are members of Tweed libraries, and librarian Jo Carmody wants to know why.

That's why she will sit down at the Imperial Hotel in Murwillumbah tonight to talk to blokes about books.

Ms Carmody said she was interested to hear what types of books men would like to see in thelibrary.

“We don't want to assume what is wanted, we are going to the grass roots to find out the directions required, it also provides us the opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the library service to the men in the community,” she said.

According to official statistics, there are 44,421 female members of Tweed Libraries while only 16,428 are males.

Ms Carmody said it was important to change this situation for a dynamic and relevant library service for men.

New titles on various topics as well as new fiction and authors will be available to view and possibly select for thelibrary to purchase.

Participants will be able to speak to library staff and long-time book supplier Steve Pearce.

At the same time the blokes will have an opportunity to view a re-printed format of one of the biggest and most lavish book productions of the 20th Century.

The 480-page tribute to Helmut Newton, considered the 20th Century's most influential and controversial photographer, was an enormous book and was aptly names Sumo.



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