Library calls for Bay tales
Residents of Blockhouse Bay have the chance to become a lasting part of their suburb’s history.
The Blockhouse Bay library wants to hear from people who have interesting memories or stories to tell about the area.
Librarian Merrilyn McDonald is looking for photos, drawings, stories and memories and more from people who have lived in the suburb for a long time.
The information will then be compiled into a spiral-bound book of Blockhouse Bay’s history to be displayed in the library’s collection.
The project has been organised as part of Library Week, which runs until Sunday.
The theme this year is What’s Your Story? and visitors to libraries around the country will take part in events focused on culture and history.
Ms McDonald says the Blockhouse Bay book will give local people a rare chance to see their memories in print.
“We want to hear stories from people who have lived here a short time to those who have been here all their lives,” she says.
“Knowing their stories will be there for future generations to see will give lo- cal people a sense of pride.”
Library Week has been running for more than 35 years and is a celebration of the services libraries offer to the community.
This year a range of events are planned including a living library project, where people are invited to borrow a “living book” from their local library.
The living book is an interesting person from the community who people can ask questions of and learn more about.
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa president Glen Walker says people now use libraries for a range of activities from finding books to borrowing movies and using the internet.
“Libraries have become a social hub far beyond the book exchanges of the past and those New Zealanders who use their libraries well know that they are getting unparalleled value,” he says.
The Blockhouse Bay library will be collecting submissions for the history book until December 31.
To collect an entry form and template, visit the library at 578 Blockhouse Bay Rd or phone 374-1311.
For more Library Week events, visit the website www. libraryweek.org.nz.
History buff: Librarian Merrilyn McDonald is keen to hear from anyone with stories, memories and photos of life in Blockhouse Bay.