Best Auck­land li­braries

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT -

There is noth­ing bet­ter than curl­ing up with a good book.

A trip to your lo­cal li­brary opens a world of fic­tion, plan­ning your next hol­i­day or a place to take the kids for fun free ac­tiv­i­ties. Here is our pick of the best Auck­land li­braries to visit. Waiuku Waiuku Li­brary south of cen­tral Auck­land is known for it’s great ser­vice from friendly li­brar­i­ans who hand­ily bun­dle up sug­gested best reads ac­cord­ing to genre. All you need do is pick up a pre-stacked pile of books. And af­ter that, why not a stroll along the Waiuku main street which of­fers a range of cafes and an his­toric pub. Kauka­pakapa So, the range of books here may not be ex­ten­sive. But as one of the small­est li­braries in New Zealand Kauka­pakapa li­brary is well worth a visit purely for the his­tory. It was orig­i­nally con­structed in 1911 and has been re­lo­cated sev­eral times in its life but has al­ways stayed close to Kauka­pakapa School. Piha For com­mu­ni­ties on the West Coast of Auck­land, the Piha li­brary is a gem. Nes­tled against the back­drop of one of the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar beaches the li­brary of­fers a range of books and DVDS for lo­cals and pic­turesque scenery. Cen­tral City An Auck­land in­sti­tu­tion, the Cen­tral City li­brary has moved with the times and is trea­sured by res­i­dents. The kids space is an ex­cel­lent fa­cil­ity, the tree hut on the lower level a much loved ad­di­tion. Devon­port Architecturally de­signed, the Devon­port Li­brary is a great place to visit. Fit­ting with the nau­ti­cal lo­ca­tion, the de­sign cre­ates a cosy and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere. Take out a book, set your­self up in the park near the beach and en­joy read­ing in the win­ter sun.

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