CELEBRATING KAPITI AUTHORS
By Leslie Clague
District libraries Manager
17th March 2010
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Friends of the Library group are working hard on developing the “Kāpiti Writes” Collection at Paraparaumu Library. The collection features authors who live, or who have lived, and written, on the Kāpiti Coast.
Letters went out to known authors this past month asking for information about their work. If an author feels so inclined, he or she can donate works to the collection, but there are also budgets set by the library and by the Friends to purchase items as well.
Most of the authors are already represented in the existing collections. Kāpiti Writes Collection is there to celebrate creativity on the Coast with additional items housed there.
Authors are presented in alphabetical order, whether or not their work is fiction, non-fiction, written for children or for adults, poems, screenplays, any type of writing at all created on the Coast. If a work is self-published, it is assessed by the Kāpiti Writes Collection committee for inclusion.
The current committee includes Janet Secker, chairperson of the Friends; Pam Kessler, secretary; Anthony Dreaver, local historian and author; and Jennifer Ramshaw.
Some family histories, written for a small audience, might find a home in the library’s Local History Collection, rather than feature in Kāpiti Writes.
If you would like to find what is currently in the collection, you can use the library catalogue (either in the library or at home via the library web site). Simply type in “KAPWRITES” in the search box and a list will be generated. Currently there are 64 entries, but this will definitely be growing over this coming year and beyond.
The plan is to also feature the authors on the library web site, if they wish to participate. Brief biographies, lists of publications, connections to blogs or other internet facilities will be included.
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For further information contact:
District Libraries Manager
Kapiti Coast District Libraries