A New Chapter Opens for
Paekakariki LibraryBy Leslie Clague District Libraries Manager5th May,2010
On Saturday 1 May the Paekākāriki Community Library closed its operation out of St. Peter’s Hall. The service had been provided since 1991, first in an old post office building and for the past decade in the hall.
The seven volunteers who run the library are now weeding the collection and packing up the remainder to go into storage until a new facility is opened. The plan is for the library to be situated in the Paekākāriki Tennis Club; however the contract still has to be signed for the Kāpiti Coast District Council to take over the care and maintenance of the tennis club facilities.
The vision is for the library in its new location to be a joint effort between community volunteers and Kāpiti Coast District Libraries staff. “We’re hoping to get more volunteers after the move,” said Margaret Griffiths, one of the dedicated service providers.
The plan is to have the ability to lock the library collections away at the tennis club so the facility still acts as a tennis club, and can also be rented out for evening functions. The model for this system is the Plimmerton Library in Porirua.
The Paekākāriki Community Library prides itself in having 1,063 members, over 66% of the area’s current population. The volunteers admit that once one is signed as a member, one is always a member, even if one moves away.
Membership for the new facility will be through a Kāpiti Coast District Library card. The 20 cent charge to borrow a book will be removed.
There is a vision for the future of returning the library to St. Peter’s Hall after half a million dollars is raised to create the space in the hall’s basement. This project is expected to take three to five years.
In the meantime, when in a new home, the library will be supported with materials from the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries collections and service provided by an Outreach Librarian, funding for which commences in Council’s new financial year in July.