The Bordertown Public Library has been embracing History Month this May by hosting events, presenting awards and encouraging community involvement.
Most recently, the library invited students from nearby primary schools to participate in a ‘badge design competition.’
Library manager Rae Bromley said the library asked Year 5 students from Bordertown and Mundulla primary to reflect the history of the Tatiara in their design.
“We’ve got the Lions Club badge display here and we’ve asked members of the community to bring in any historical badges they have, so we thought we’d also get the local children involved,” Mrs Bromley said.
“In the past we’ve had writing competitions during ‘History Month’ but this year we thought we would keep with the theme of badges.”
Mrs Bromley announced the winner of the ‘Badge Design Competition’ was Eliza Jozeps from Bordertown Primary School.
“Eliza has won a book voucher and we’ve made a badge using her design,” Mrs Bromley said.
“Unfortunately Eliza was not present during the award ceremony.
Bordertown Primary School students Sally Edwards and Jacquie Altus, as well as Mundulla Primary School student Ethan Neumann, were awarded ‘Highly Commended’.
Mrs Bromley said all the students who participated did a good job at reflecting the history of the Tatiara.
“All the entries will be kept in the local history collection and if anyone wants to look at them in the future they will be there for them to look at,” Mrs Bromley said.
The Bordertown Public Library also encourages all members of the community to come and browse the historic badge display contributed by the Lions Club and the community.
“The badge collection stems from the violet badges from the first world war, so we invited the community to bring theirs in,” Mrs Bromley said.
“We’ve a very good response, especially from the older people who had the violet day badges. Every badge has a story.”
Mrs Bromley reminds the community that the library is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am-5.30pm and Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am-6pm.
The next event for Tatiara History Month will be the ‘Bordertown Old School Building Open Day’ on Saturday May 26 from 10am-12 noon.
For more details of the event contact Marlene Webb on 0429 677 065.