Bowen Library staff Terry Mills-Edwards, Pat Kraak, Rae Bartlett, Tania Rowe, Julie Gosney and Donna Aitken with mayor Andrew Willcox (back second from left).
Bowen Library staff Terry Mills-Edwards, Pat Kraak, Rae Bartlett, Tania Rowe, Julie Gosney and Donna Aitken with mayor Andrew Willcox (back second from left).

Bowen Library wins national competition

A DISPLAY at the Bowen Library has won the 2015 Summer Reading Club Library Display Competition.

The Bowen Library edged out competition form 51 other entries from around Australia to win.

The display was based loosely on the Angelita Cenote Caves in Mexico and the caves were chosen to illustrate the Lost Worlds in Libraries theme this year.

The caves and underground rivers were created naturally over 6,500 years ago and over the past 20 years.

Experienced scuba divers have explored them discovering more than 300 miles of interconnected passageways and caves that make up this amazing one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

In declaring the Bowen Library as winners, the judges said their display was a great example of community engagement involving a local hardware store, council and community volunteers.

The cave, plants and palm fronds and fireflies were supplied by a local hardware store and one of the volunteers.

Large images of mega-fauna were sourced from the Museum of Tropical Queensland Townsville and the insects and fish were made from photocopied images by staff and volunteers.

The win was acknowledged by Mayor Andrew Willcox and Councillors at a special presentation and morning tea at Tuesday's  Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Bowen.


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