Librarians are Talking



4th February 2010

The Summer Reading Programme, “Dive into Books,” is over. There was a 91% success rate for the 220 children who participated, by reading and getting rewarded for their efforts over their summer holidays.

The annual programme is special in that it receives good sponsorship from the community. Sponsors this year included not only the Kapiti Coast Friends of the Library, who funded a student assistant, but also The Lion Foundation, Lions International, Community Organisation Grants Scheme, Penguin Group (NZ), Waikanae Community Board, Paekakariki Community Board and Ōtaki Community Board.

But this programme is just the beginning of programmes offered by the libraries to their communities this year.

Librarians are talking to Age Concern groups each month, letting them know about books and services available to them.

The libraries will have a display at the Katihiku Marae, Te Horo, on Waitangi Day, informing participants about the wealth of Maori information, stories and history available at the libraries, including the Ōtaki Māori Land Court Minute Books.

In early March, the libraries will participate in the Council of Elders Senior Citizens Expo at the Waikanae Memorial Hall and later that month will share what’s available on environmental issues at the Sustainable House and Garden Show.

May is New Zealand Music Month and the libraries marketing team are thinking up ways to celebrate music throughout the district.

Development will soon be underway on a community library in Paekakariki and in July there will be an Outreach Librarian joining the team to better service people who cannot manage to visit the libraries, but need access to materials.

Arty August is back this year was well. Arts and crafts creators will feature in all three libraries, demonstrating how they make their craft or art.

Needless to say, the Children’s and Teens librarians will be visiting schools, play centres and Kohanga reo throughout the year and providing school holiday programs as well.

Another new idea that is being formulated is “Tea and Tales,” a sort of a story time for adults, which is quite popular in other communities.

As the most used community facility by choice, the libraries are vibrant social and learning centres, with numbers through the door up 17,000 or 6% over the first six months of the financial year.  From July through December 2008, the libraries had 289,072 visitors. For the same period in 2009, there were 306,017 people through the doors. That’s the same as every member of Kāpiti’s population visiting the library at least once a month.

Check out the libraries’ web site to keep up to date with all that is going on:

For further information contact:

Leslie Clague,

District Libraries Manager

Kapiti Coast District Libraries