Li­brary calls for Bay tales

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

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