Library as third space
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.