Libraries have evolved far beyond the traditional silent repositories of books.
These days, Campbelltown’s libraries are vibrant places where residents can use computers, learn new skills, view displays – and now borrow cake tins for free.
Campbelltown’s library service launched its new Cake Tin Collection at Greg Percival Library, Ingleburn, on Wednesday 9 May.
It is the one of the first Sydney libraries to offer members the opportunity to borrow novelty cake tins to cook special occasion cakes.
The collection will be based at Greg Percival Library, Ingleburn. However, people can reserve the cake tins via the library website, over the phone or in the library and collect them at their local service.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said the collection would enable people to cook novelty cakes without having to buy a tin that might not be used again.
“Novelty cakes tins can be very expensive to buy – between $20 and $60 – and it’s difficult to justify the expense if it’s a shape that might only be used once or twice,” he said.
“Families can now make a special cake without the cost of buying – similar to reading a book without the cost of buying one.”
Campbelltown City Library’s cake tin collection includes numerals and popular novelty shapes including butterflies, bears and dinosaurs.
Cr Brticevic said the idea for the cake tin collection came from a suggestion by a member of the public during the Connect, Create, Learn Library Strategic Plan community consultation.
“The library did some research and thought it was an excellent idea to try out,” he said.
“Non-traditional collections, such as our cake tins, are a great way to show that libraries are more than books – that we cater to the community as much as we can – and are open to suggestions.”