The reinstatement of $411,000 for new library books in the proposed annual plan has been welcomed by Councillor Bernie Randall and Deputy Community Board Chair Guy Burns.
They say the Covid-19 lockdown has shown the community the value of books and reading.
Communmity Board helped lead the way
In December the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board passed a resolution urging the Council to restore the total library book budget in the annual plan.
Bernie Randall and Guy Burns say: “Community activists such as Alan Tristram and Christopher Ruthe organised a petition and campaigned on the restoration before the election last year.
“Over 80% of Kapiti residents are members of our library.
“Books give an opportunity to learn and explore new ideas — and children who enjoy reading perform better in reading tests.
“It was disappointing that in the previous triennium some Councillors claimed that a lack of shelving was responsible for the reduction.”