Friends of Paynesville Library

Welcome to our website

The Friends of Paynesville Library was formed in 2009 by a small group of library users.  It aims to support and encourage full use of our excellent free East Gippsland Regional Library Service which covers Paynesville, Raymond Island, Eagle Point and Newlands Arm areas.

The group was incorporated in 2011 to facilitate the holding of our first Short Story Competition. The Friends meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm.  These meetings take place within the Paynesville Community Centre premises, on the Esplanade overlooking Lake Victoria.

Its various activities include book discussions and recommendations;  guest speakers;  encouragement of members of the community – young and not so young – to use the library and learn what a great asset the library is; and most of all, to extend companionship to other readers in the community.

We support and liaise closely with the Paynesville Library staff, and hold regular Book Sales.  Books for these sales are donated to the Library and the Friends organise the event.  Funds from these sales are used for charitable organisations and also major items for the Library.  We have helped equip an outdoor terrace area for people to enjoy on fine days to read or study;  armchairs inside for readers to relax in;  blinds in one of the meeting rooms where a new projector is to be installed;  a display cabinet;  and special matting for the outdoor area to make it more comfortable for children when library staff conduct story and rhyme time programs.

We welcome new members, so if you would like to join the Friends of Paynesville Library Inc., just fill in an application form (available at the Library or print off the form from this site) and leave it at the desk in the Library with your $5 annual subscription.  A receipt and membership card will be sent to you.

CLICK HERE to download a membership application form (.pdf format)


Entries have closed for 2021 Short Story Competition.

Winners will be announced on Friday 6th August 2021



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