Li­brary as third space

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By PAM COLE­MAN Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Li­brar­ian

I have been work­ing in Horowhenua Li­braries for over a week now. I look around and pinch my­self at how amaz­ing it is to work in such an awe­some place. Li­braries are many things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. So what is this idea of “li­braries as a third space?”

Good li­braries nowa­days pro­vide a third space that is nei­ther home nor work, where peo­ple can come to­gether to think, play and imag­ine. The third place is re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to a good home in that it pro­vides com­fort and sup­port. It en­cour­ages in­ter­ac­tion and ex­pres­sion for all ages.

The li­brary of­fers a com­fort­able, wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for in­for­mal gather­ing where peo­ple come and go at their leisure. Peo­ple choose to be there. The com­fort­able set­ting of the li­brary pro­vides users with a place to re­lax, feel at home, and be them­selves.

Our Horowhenua Li­braries of­fer all of this. From the vi­brant space in Te Tak­ere­tanga o Kura-hau-po¯ to the in­ti­mate, com­mu­nity feel of Shan­non Li­brary. Li­braries are safe, in­clu­sive spa­ces where di­ver­sity is on dis­play. Te Awa­hou Nieuwe Stroom of­fers you a li­brary, mu­seum and ex­hi­bi­tion space ded­i­cated to the sto­ries of this place.

There are creative, vi­brant book dis­plays to help you en­gage with books on all top­ics. Check out the beau­ti­ful gar­den­ing dis­play Mary Jane from the li­brary team made, com­plete with a lov­ingly crafted bas­ket of cloth veges. You can rush in and chose a book from these dis­plays or the re­cent re­turn shelves. Lose your­self brows­ing among the bright open shelv­ing.

The li­brary is a place with li­brar­i­ans in it. They are the most im­por­tant re­source of all. The li­brary team here are a com­mit­ted bunch of pro­fes­sion­als who are ap­proach­able, fun and friendly.

It is said that li­braries are the gates to the fu­ture. In Horowhenua these gates

are wide open.

Have you heard of the book The Wonky Don­key by Craig Smith?

Craig Smith is com­ing to Te Tak­ere­tanga o Kura-hau-po!!

Craig will be per­form­ing on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 at 10.30am. There will be books for sale and sign­ing as well as his new book Driz­zly Bear.

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