Medical Centre visitors get a library preview

Books go back on shelves

by Paul Campbell

After a year spent in storage containers, while the building, which also houses the town’s new medical centre was extensively renovated to comply with its new role, the books are going back on the shelves at the Paparoa Community Library.

The revamped library will occupy new space in the former Otamatea council premises on the eastern end of the village and new librarian Jas Futter is looking forward to providing “a new and vibrant space. It is a new role for me but with huge help from Dargaville Library’s Lisa Salter and Simie Simpson we are nearing an opening date soon.”

A major task was moving “boxes and boxes of books” together with shelving and furniture out of storage and Jas says volunteers from the general community, Paparoa Lions and the rural fire force put in a calculated 235 hours of work.

“We are creating a new livelier and lighter space to enjoy, instead of what was formerly a rather uninviting place. We have got rid of many older books and will have a fabulous new children’s book area too.” Another innovation planned is for an outward facing section to show the books by the cover, rather and just the spine and the library plans to seek book reviews, possibly adding a Facebook page precis for other readers to make a selection by. There will also be a rental service for the latest fiction titles and a large print display.

“Facebook and our website will contain more information about library events, and we will provide texting and email service.”

The library also needs people. “We would welcome any more volunteers with time to spare to assist with roles such as book exchanges, book displays and general maintenance. Training is now being provided, and we will advise an opening date soon.”