Readers are Leaders

Mr Andrew Stark – Head of Libraries

As readers well know, the Harley Stumm Centre underwent a major refurbishment this year. As a result, the Senior Library was housed in rooms N 1 and 2 (main research area) and the Memorial Room (fiction collection). It is something of an irony that, from 1947 to 1975, the Memorial Room was actually the original Senior Library. While there were many challenges regarding space and resource availability, we always knew this was only temporary and that we would be returning to the Harley Stumm Centre in Term Four; where we would be spoilt with more space, a flexible floorplan, and an extensive mezzanine level for our fiction collection.

The refurbished Harley Stumm Senior Library Centre is to be officially opened on Thursday 2 November by Sherry Stumm, the daughter of Harley Stumm. This is in keeping with previous iterations of the Centre; the Harley Stumm Centre was first opened in 1975 by Mrs Lorraine Palmer (Harley Stumm’s wife) and, later in 1990, when the Centre was expanded, Mrs Palmer was once again included in the official party. There is now an indelible link between the Stumm’s and The Southport School and this itself is worth celebrating!

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