City’s Cen­tral Li­brary to re­open

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - LIBBY WIL­SON

Hamil­ton book-lovers have the news they’ve been wait­ing for - the cen­tral li­brary will re­open early July.

Seis­mic is­sues closed the Gar­den Place li­brary in De­cem­ber 2016, and in Septem­ber 2017 Hamil­ton City coun­cil­lors ap­proved a $635,000 fix.

The lengthy closure frus­trated Hamil­ton’s avid read­ers, who at one point were mak­ing about 90 com­plaints a month.

But repairs are now mostly com­plete and the li­brary can re­open on July 9 - two months ahead of sched­ule, a coun­cil re­lease said.

The re­open­ing day will be all about kids, fea­tur­ing a chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer and Dr Seuss sto­ry­telling.

‘‘Chil­dren and fam­i­lies are among our most en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port­ers,’’ Hamil­ton City Li­braries di­rec­tor Re­becca White­head said.

‘‘We’re pleased to be able to in­volve them di­rectly in our re­open­ing day events and ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

Chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer Mr Roberelli will per­form, and will also be film­ing for his new mu­sic video.

Dr Seuss’ char­ac­ter The Cat In The Hat will be telling tales and giv­ing away a fam­ily pass to his show at Claude­lands in Oc­to­ber.

There will also be gifts of the Hamil­ton City Li­braries new tote bag, a new dis­play by Hamil- ton City Li­braries’ her­itage team, and an ‘‘I Love My Li­brary’’ story wall for cus­tomers to con­trib­ute to.

How­ever, cus­tomers won’t no­tice a big change in how the Cen­tral Li­brary looks, White­head said, as repairs were in staff-only ar­eas.

The front part of the li­brary is due for a revamp now coun­cil­lors have ap­proved $200,000 for work on the area in 2019/20.

The Pop-up Cen­tral Li­brary - which has been op­er­at­ing while the main li­brary was closed - will close for good on Thurs­day, July 5. So there will be no li­brary service in cen­tral Hamil­ton from July 6-8.

Hamil­ton Cen­tral Li­brary will re­open in July, af­ter a year and seven months (file photo).

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