Following the Independent’s revelations about disappearing librarians and public unrest about library services, the KCDC has provided its own view of the past year in the district’s four libraries. The Independent iks happy to present their media release in full…
‘Very successful year, host of new services’Media release by the KCDC
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries has had a very successful year with lending up across the board and a host of new services on offer.
Over the past year the library service has been reorganised and more services added to better meet the needs of the community.
The first comprehensive review of the District’s libraries in nearly 30 years was driven by the Public Libraries of New Zealand Strategic Framework, a national strategy to refocus the role of New Zealand libraries to make them more relevant and responsive to the communities they serve.
“Globally the role of libraries is changing to meet the diverse needs of a wider range of customers and to make use of rapidly changing technologies,” says Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty.
“Some people go to libraries to simply get an entertaining read while others go to access online information and some to connect to their community or the wider world,” says Mr Dougherty.
Libraries Manager, Leeann Morgan says since the review, a raft of new programmes and events at the District’s public libraries has helped make it one of the most successful years ever.
“More than 17,000 people attended youth and community programmes over the last year and the number of programmes on offer has doubled in line with the vision to make libraries places of joy and discovery”
Ms Morgan says the approach seems to be working because the last 12 months have been one of the libraries’ busiest. Some of the notable achievements include:
- 780,000 items issued to customers – 50,000 more than in the previous 12 months
- More than 4,000 eBooks issued
- Reserves were placed for nearly 60,000 items
- 2,500 items circulated weekly between Kāpiti Libraries and the 26 SMART libraries across the Greater Wellington region
- More than 117,000 log-in sessions were recorded for free internet computers and wifi
New adult programmes included:
- Monthly book discussion groups at Waikanae and Paraparaumu libraries
- Book Club in a Bag – 20 kits containing 10 copies of each book, discussion questions, author biography, recommended reading and other information for book clubs on the Kāpiti Coast to borrow and enjoy;
- Time for a Yarn, which brought together people who knitted, embroidered or used yarns; and
- Craft-tea @ my library.
Youth programmes included:
- Story time
- School holiday programmes
- Summer Reading Club
- Class visits
- NZ Post Children’s Book Award Programme – where librarians visited eight schools and interacted with more than 400 children.
Other programmes such as Matāriki Workshops and the Tea and Tales programme expanded throughout the year. Activities were held to recognise significant events such as ANZAC and Waitangi Day. New Zealand Music Month, was marked with 12 performances at Kapiti libraries through May.
“It’s all about making libraries active places for people to learn and engage,” says Ms Morgan. “Last month cast members from Ōtaki Musical Players production of Cats came into the library in costume to talk about T.S. Elliott’s work.”