TAKING THE REINS: Volunteer Angela Guna and Mildura Christie Centre staffer Krister Jonsson complete training this week at the Irymple Library.

MILDURA Christie Centre Inc. has officially taken the reins of the Irymple Public Library, with volunteers and staff undergoing training this week ahead of a ‘soft opening’ next Tuesday.

Mildura Christie Centre team leader, Bernie Chaplin, said training was set to dominate the group’s first week in charge of the site, before the space is reopened to the public next Tuesday, July 17.

“We’re spending a couple of days with staff and volunteers getting them up to scratch with the system and operations of the library,” she said. “We’re very much feeling our way at the moment.”

Ms Chaplin said the library would adopt flexible opening hours for the next few weeks while staff and volunteers become more familiar with the day-to-day operations of the library.

“At this stage we’re thinking of opening from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while also opening from 11am to 5pm on Wednesdays,” she said. “Our first focus is on training staff and volunteers, and on setting the roster.”

Ms Chaplin said the Christie Centre would be using its first few months of operation as “a trial period”, with plans to engage the community regarding future opening times, and program and activities the library will host.

“We really want to gauge that feedback, and learn from the community what it is they want out of this space,” she said.

Nine volunteers have already put their hand up to help manage the Irymple Library, undergoing police checks while also in the process of achieving their working with children certifications.

Ms Chaplin said an official grand opening was being planned for later in the year.