Why was the SCHUB Declined?

Much community interest was aroused when the Community Library Samford declined the invitation to sub-lease space at the Samford Parklands Community Hub (SCHUB).

As the Community Library Samford’s Right to Occupy the old Rangers Clubhouse ended on 31st October 2020, with that building scheduled for demolished, the Library was  poised to move into the Samford Parklands Community Hub (SCHUB).


Following the decision by Library members to decline the sub-lease, which voted in the majority by members as unworkable, the Library packed the main collection of specialist reference and books to borrow for a period of hibernation, until such time as a building could be found which would be able to be occupied for at least three years.

Much community interest was shown in the Library decision to not occupy the SCHUB.  The 15,ooo plus books are an asset to the community. Many people have no concept of the size and extent of the collection of books, which are now listed very conservatively in the financial accounts as an asset at $30,000. The growth since the inception of the book collection idea has been phenomenal, with the community enthusiastically supporting the specialist reference and book borrowing concept through donating and borrowing books, puzzles, DVD’s, CD’s and games. High quality private collections of Art books, Aviation and Maritime, Gardening, Self Heal/Spiritual books have all been generously donated.

Given the unprecedented expansion of the book collections, the understanding on which the Library committed to the SCHUB changed so significantly, to think it possible the Library would be able to operate in the SCHUB became unfeasible.

Such growth also brought about manpower, accommodation and financial challenges.

At the time, the Library was managed by five people and a small group of occasional helpers, following the introduction of covid restrictions.

As SCHUB principal stakeholder, the SDPPA, and stakeholders RSL, Meals on Wheels, Samford Support Network and the library watched in anticipation as the SCHUB neared completion, many Library issues remained unresolved.

The Library never NOT wanted to move into the SCHUB – the decision to no do so left the Library without a home.

The decision to not occupy the SCHUB was based on a variety of factors:

  • Financial: Despite opening less than twenty hours per week, the proposed rental was equal to or greater than other stakeholders operating five days per week, with a proposed additional unspecified amount of commercial cleaning costs to be charged.  Entering into a five year lease on these terms was deemed unworkable, with the Library focus required to move away from community activities, to instead an increased focus on fund raising to enable continued residence in the SCHUB. Without a Memorandum of Understanding in place, the Library would also have been subject to any new conditions/requirements the principal stakeholder may have made.
  • Insufficient display space for books, puzzles, games etc for borrowing, specialist reference sections, as well as insufficient storage space
  • Inability to have a dedicated Children’s area – this whole section was required to be dismantled and packed away when larger functions were held.
  • The requirement to change from static book shelving to mobile shelving (reduced height of mobile shelving meant even less books on display) caused angst amongst Library members. Deespite offers of assistance by SDPPA the moving of all mobile shelving and books to against back walls when larger functions were held, was deemed unfeasible by Library members. Physically moving shelving loaded with books also raised WHS issues.
  • The designated sub-lease to the Library was a 4m x 4m office space with the book shelving area additional as shared space. Shared space meant anyone entering the building had access to all books – many of these books being specialist, out of print and many having significant value- a value far greater second hand value than books presented at the Library annual Book Sale at for $3 to $5 each.
  • The storage area for CLS books was exterior to the building and over 100m distance from the library entry – leaving volunteers subject to extremes in weather – heat, chill, rain etc. The distance involved raised Work Health Safety issues through physical effort moving books such a distance, as well as wear and tear on Library equipment not designed for such use.
  • CLS has always been dog friendly with many volunteers bringing their pooches and in turn many visitors look forward to meeting and greeting these special Library members.
  • While the above covers most of the Library concerns at the time, in summary CLS opinion was that what was believed to be a community based solution for book display, became more a user pays model and as such was unsuited to the Library low cost/no cost community model.

The Library began to fund raise to build a dedicated building to call home. In community consultation, the vision for the building is an eco-friendly building, with a stage and acoustics to musical arts as well as giving storage and display space for Creative Samford, of whom the Library is a full member and vice versa.

Duplicate copies and duplicate content of donated books are sold or redistributed to remote areas, underprivileged children, hospitals and as requested.

Recent donation include children’s books to BUSHkids – a program that has been running in Qld for over 85 years; Bush Heritage volunteers at the Qld section of the Simpson Desert and a Brisbane hospital for the oncology section.

The CURRENT PRIORITY is to locate enough storage space for the 15,000 or so books and other items in the process of being packed – anyone with shed space, a disused stable, garage space etc.  please contact CLS at info@communitylibrarysamford.org. Thank you to those who have already offered to store specific sections of this community asset.

Likewise, anyone who may have unused office/warehouse space from which the Library may be able to run a pilot library is more than welcome to contact the Library.

The Community Library Samford is and always has been, by the community, for the community.

Win a Flight in a Tiger Moth – Terms and Conditions

Community Library Samford Tiger Moth Flight Raffle 2021

Win the opportunity to fly around the Samford Valley

Terms and Conditions

500 tickets. Price of tickets $20.00. One First Prize valued at $2,000.

This raffle is run by Community Library Samford Inc (CLS).

  1. Information on how to enter forms part of the Terms and Conditions of entry.
  2. Purchase of a raffle ticket is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  3. Entry is open to all permanent residents of Queensland.
  4. Anyone under the age of 18 is ineligible to purchase raffle tickets.

5 Entrants must complete, or receive assistance from a CLS Raffle Ticket Seller in completing their contact details in the section provided.

  1. Entries must include a first and last name, an email address, and a telephone number, at a minimum.
  2. Entrants are not restricted or limited to the number of raffle tickets which may be purchased.
  3. Raffle ticket sales will commence on 27th February 2021 and conclude on 23rd June 2021.
  4. Entrants need not be present to win. Prize cannot be transferred (subject to clause 22) or redeemed for cash.
  5. The draw for the winner will take place on 30th June 2021 at 10.00am at Cedar Creek Public Hall, 2 Andrew Rd, Closeburn Qld 4520.
  6. CLS reserves the right to request the winner to submit their ticket stub as proof of identity and purchase. Proof of identification and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of CLS.
  7. If for any reason the raffle is not capable of running as planned, including (but not limited to) tampering or any other causes beyond the control of CLS, which corrupt or affect the administration security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of the raffle, CLS reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the raffle, subject to any direction given under state permit regulations.
  8. In the case of the intervention of any outside agent or event which naturally changes the result or prevents or hinders its determination, including but not limited to sickness, inclement weather, vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strikes, pandemics or regulations or restrictions imposed by government authorities. CLS may in its absolute discretion defer the flight.
  9. The winner will be notified by phone or email within two (2) business days of the raffle being drawn, and the winner’s details will be published on the CLS website, and CLS Facebook page.
  10. Prize value is the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and is correct at time of printing.
  11. CLS shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or sustained in connection with the running of the raffle, or the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
  12. CLS will make all reasonable efforts to locate the winner. If the winner remains unlocatable for more than 1 year, CLS will deal with the prize in accordance with the law.
  13. All entries become the property of CLS. A request to access, update or correct any information should be directed to CLS at the address shown below.
  14. CLS will not enter into any correspondence regarding the raffle result.
  15. The winner must take delivery of the prize at the Redcliffe Aerodrome situated at Boomerang Court, Rothwell Qld 4022, at a time mutually agreed and booked with the supplier. The winner is responsible for their own transport and associated costs to and from the air centre. The winner is responsible for arriving on time, or the flight time will be reduced accordingly, or the flight forfeited altogether.
  16. Subject to clause 22, if for any reason whatsoever the winner does not take delivery of the prize within three months of the date that CLS notified them of their win, then that prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of the prize.
  17. CLS accepts no responsibility for any kind of loss or liability suffered or incurred by the prize-winner in relation to the prize or the raffle. The winner releases CLS, affiliates, officers, and agents, from all liabilities, loss and damage of any kind arising at any time out of or in connection with the acceptance of, and participation in, the prize or the promotion. Without limiting the foregoing, the released parties will not be liable for any injury, sickness or death, property loss or damage or other direct or indirect loss or damage of any kind, howsoever sustained or incurred, in connection with or arising out of the prize.
  18. CLS management committee and their immediate families (the person’s spouse and family members residing at the same premises as the person) are ineligible to enter.

25. CLS is located at 2 Andrew Rd, Closeburn Qld 4520. (ABN 76360228610

Win the opportunity to fly around the Samford Valley

Send Us Your Writing – Please!

We really want your writings!

If you send us your work we will publish it in the appropriate section of our website. We have had the pleasure of publishing a wide selection of work by local writers of all ages – from 8 to 80, all of which has been both well received and read with pleasure by lots of people, also of all ages!

Obviously the copyright of your work remains firmly in your hands, so you are able to publish it anywhere else without having to negotiate with us.

Once we have published your work, we inform you at once, so you can check how it looks, and if you are not happy about that, in whatever way, then we are very happy to alter anything to ensure that your work looks as good as you would wish it to look.

So simply send your work to us by email or contact us and we can discuss things.

Email:  communitylibrarysamford@gmail.com

Who Are We And What Are We Doing?

The Community Library Samford Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer-run “swap and drop” library and community hub which:-

  • holds thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles donated by the local community and beyond for community borrowing
  • has set up a regular 3 O’Clock Book Club on the second Saturday and the fourth Wednesday of each month
  • has Board And “Unbored” Games afternoons for various age groups in response to community requests. Games available at any time.
  • has Story and Rhyme Time each Saturday at 11.00 am
  • supports several charities with donations of “overstock” resources as we sort and cull our donations
  • has set up Satellite Libraries to support Millen Farm trainees and the business community
  • has established several Little Libraries in businesses, child care centres and private premises in Samford district
  • promotes reading through initiatives such as “Samford Reads” and Australia’s Simultaneous Storytime
  • has book sales to sell multiple copy books and overstock
  • is working in conjunction with Samford Support Network, Dayboro Conversation Club and some out of school hours care facilities to develop the Running Bag Library for the isolated who love to read.
  • works cooperatively with several literary organizations such as Samford Writers’ Group and May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust
  • provides space for interest and charity groups such as Samford and District Boomerang Bags, Helen’s Basic Sewing, The Yarn Crowd, Boomerang Bags on a Monday,  and Lucie’s Repair Cafe to meet, create and chat.
  • promotes local and global authors and readers through our website
  • has established sustainable practices through art work creation and soil erosion control, by recycling and reusing most resources that are damaged and culled from the library.

Interest groups are welcome to use our space. Please text Julie on 0426719511 if you would like to use our facility.

Books and a Cuppa:

When the library is open, all are welcome to drop in for a cuppa, a read and a chat, especially those somewhat older members of the local community.

We have comfortable chairs, tables and friendly people who would be very happy to welcome you to the library – a library where people are actually encouraged to talk, silence may be golden, but not in our library.

Useful links to help you find your way around our website

If you follow the various links below, you will be taken to a range of information, all of which we hope will help you join us, find us, know what we are doing in the library and other useful things.

Joining the library – Click Here

Calendar of Activities – Click Here

Community Activities – Click Here

Book Sales – Click Here

Volunteering – Click Here

Contacting us – Click Here

Children’s Writing Workshop

Samfordites, past and present, are a talented lot. Past resident and now well-established children’s author Janet Reid is returning to home fields to inspire and encourage up-and-coming authors aged between 8 and 12. Janet has won the prestigious Text Prize and has received many accolades for her wonderful books, some of which target boys who are reluctant readers. If you child loves writing and reading and you are looking for a great school holiday activity join us for this amazing workshop. — with Janet Reid.

Luanda – My First Days There

Some years ago, my wife – Lotty – and I worked at Luanda International School in Luanda, the capital of Angola, which had just finished a 30 year civil war when we arrived there.

Before we arrived in Angola we had been told all manner of horror stories about Luanda and Angola.   About how it was the most expensive city in the world, how dangerous it was to venture alone onto its crime ridden streets and how chaotic it was. The result of this was that the first time we went into the city (safely tucked up in our school bus, with uniformed guard) we were all terrified to set foot out of the bus. It duly arrived at the “South African Super Market”, which we were being shown, as a good place to shop, This is a smallish supermarket, surrounded by a high cement wall with armed guards at the entrance to the parking lot, as well as at the entrance to the supermarket itself.  By the way, these armed guards were armed with AK47s, which I later discovered was totally normal in Angola at that time.  Every shop had its uniformed and AK47 toting guard sitting outside it.  Taking all our courage in our hands, we climbed cautiously out of our bus into the heat of a Luandan afternoon, and hurried into the supermarket to do our shopping.

Once I had managed to sort out how the price of things was indicated, I felt that the info about it being expensive here was true..The prices were terrible! Anyhow, I gritted my teeth and bought the few things I needed (Lotty was working, so not on this first trip). I then took my purchases and hurried back to the safety of our bus, parked in the car park.

Middle class side street
I later discovered that there were two sorts of shops in Luanda, those that sold stuff chiefly to expats living there, and those that sold stuff to the locals.  This supermarket was one for the expats, and the prices reflected that.  Ordinary shops for the locals were much, much cheaper, and provided you didn’t insist on having well known western makes of food and were happy to eat the local stuff, life was actually very cheap.

This was something that most white expats never discovered, as they refused to go into the small local stores as they were simply terrified of those “dangerous black people”  Silly idiots.

Anyhow, having done my bit of shopping, and as the others others were still happily engaged in their shopping, I returned to our bus and sat and waited for them there. After a bit I felt silly, so I got out again and walked over to the gate and peered cautiously out into the street..And experienced Luanda for the first time in the flesh, as it were, and not from behind the window of a secure bus. Frankly I was scared, the street was filthy, and stank, and there were groups of Angolans sitting around looking suspicious, and to my eyes, dangerous. When they saw me, some of them came rushing towards me, shouting….. So I nipped hurriedly back into the car park. What I hadn’t realised was that they simply wished to try and sell me things, bananas, vegs and so on (Luanda is full of street traders).

So, this was my first attempt to set foot on a Luanda street..a dismal failure owing to what I had been told about the place by our esteemed administration.

I have since discovered that in spite of having lived there for a number of years, they have never actually walked around in Luanda on their own, and had not got a clue about the place.

Having survived this baptism of Luandan fire, I was very happy to return to our safe, walled and guarded compound.

By the way, at that time, as the war had only just finished, supplies were sporadic, there were times when there was simply no soap powder to be had, or eggs, or coffee… So whenever we saw the main staples in the shops, we always bought them, as we couldn’t be sure that when we actually needed them, they would be available in Angola.  Just about everything came in on ships, as the local industries and farms were more or less destroyed at that time.

The following week, I was told that I had to go into town to buy a lot of materials for the computer department in the school, and to be honest, the prospect scared the hell out of me as it entailed going into town on my own (well, with a driver for the bus) and to actually walk on the streets on my own, and going into shops on my own…. With my wonderful Portuguese? And my fear of the place too? Hmmmmmmmmm…..
Anyhow, being British, I firmed up the old upper lip and set off bravely. When we finally  arrived at the first shop I had to go to (it could take up to two hours to get into the centre of Luanda from the school owing to the incredible traffic), the driver parked the van in a dingy car park beside the road and pointed out the shop to me and settled down in his seat to wait for me.  That was when I realised that my moment of truth was upon me! So, bravely, out I got, and set off towards the shop.

Now, the side streets of Luanda were not much more than mud tracks by and large, covered in a thick layer of filth, all manner of rubbish festering happily away, plus groups of women sitting around selling things, or simply sitting and dressing each other’s hair. Also, there were always groups of young men standing around doing nothing in particular, and almost wall to wall cars, trucks and other vehicles (many of which would have given any European Cop a heart attack they were in such appalling condition). So I carefully navigated my way between all of these obstacles, and even managed to cross the busy road to get to the shop. And then I discovered the truth about Luanda, and Angola in general………………… The people there are friendly, easy to talk to, and extremely helpful to an idiotic, pink, sweaty person such as I was at that time. They appeared to have absolutely no feelings of antipathy to white people, or even particularly to register that I was white. The only thing which caused comment was my beard… But that is the same almost everywhere I go.

Thus, it transpired that my fears were completely groundless, Luanda was a safe city for someone such as myself to wander around in on his own. Once I had made this discovery I was unstoppable. I finished my shopping that day, with complete success.  Using a mix of English, French, my tiny amount of Portuguese and a lot of good will, I was able to communicate my needs OK.

So, it was a much relieved Tony who returned to the school that day.

I then become completely at home in that city, using cheap Luanda supermarkets, drinking in Luandan bars and cafes, in preference to the ones used by the expat community, and generally enjoyed the place a lot.

I would go so far as to say that in spite of the enormous problems there – 4 or 5 million displaced people living in a city designed for about 500 000, lousy, or non-existent drainage, water supply and usable infra structure –  it was one of the safest feeling cities I had ever been in. I liked the place!

Market in Luanda
Typical street scene in Luanda
Luanda was a strange mix of the Middle Ages and the late 50’s, both in terms of the architecture and the living conditions. There were elegant houses in quiet side streets, quite beautiful old Portuguese style houses, but the streets they are on are swamps with filth and stink everywhere.

Street Kids
The whole place was a weird mix of rich and poor side by side. The traffic was insane, mainly caused by the infamous white and blue taxi vans everywhere (anyone who has been to Africa will know these taxis, I am told they are endemic in Africa).  These were driven by young men who seem completely insane, they roared along the pavement, on the wrong side of the road, hurtling about, stopping with no warning, crashing regularly, overfilled with passengers ( I have seen them hurtling along with people’s legs and bums sticking out of the windows they were so stuffed with people). Almost all of them were falling apart, and alarmingly, almost all of them had front windscreens that had been hit really hard at some point. They were a complete menace, and you wouldn’t get me in one for any money!
However, they were the main form of public transport there, which is sad, as they killed no end of people every year I am told.

As in most African cities, the inhabitants tend to live their lives out on the streets, rather than in their homes, which is understandable given that most of them lived in shanty towns or dreadful, rotting, 50’s style high rise flats built by the Cubans.    So the streets were always full of people, sitting, talking, working and getting on with their lives. Sadly, the streets were also full of cripples, mainly Polio and landmine victims, beggars and street kids, which was very distressing to see. Like a lot of people there, I gave small amounts of money to those people when I saw them, but basically there was nothing one can do to help.. It was horrible! I have no pictures of landmine victims or polio victims, no way I could point a camera at someone in that condition.

And, as a young friend of ours who was in Angola to clear land mines said, one also saw a lot of people who have given up and cracked under the conditions of life here…   Walking along the streets, shrieking their anguish, or curled up in foetal positions in odd places. It was a very powerful experience, being in a city like Luanda, one I shall never forget!

On the positive side, in spite of the awful conditions of most people in Luanda, the people radiate a feeling of positive energy and happiness which was astounding.. And they smiled so much too. If I had to live as they did, I can’t imagine I would be able to rustle up even a fraction of this energy and apparent happiness. Amazing people, the Angolans are.

An extra ordinary place, full of contradictions.

September Under Capricorn – A Poem By Mary Mageau

Transparent skies, an azure haze

Those tender, sweet, pellucid days that

Mask the coming summer’s heat

It’s hot and white relentless beat

Of burning sun on face and feet.

Oh, the heartbreaking beauty of springtime’s haze,

In those early, soft, enchanting days.

Translucent light, a turquoise sea,

My heart so open, loving free.

September – when you came my way

October – when you said you’d stay

November – when you slipped away.

Now I only remember the turquoise sea,

Not that empty beach with only me.

Early winter’s chill has come

Over Capricorn’s ebbing sun.

Dark clouds racing to and fro

Shadows lengthening long and slow

Reminding me I now must go.

Yet I’ll never forget the azure haze

Of our tender, sweet, pellucid days.

© Mary Mageau

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