Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE -

Kia ora koutou,

As you’ll read on page 8, Auck­land Coun­cil have an­nounced an over­haul of how li­braries op­er­ate. There’s no bet­ter place to look than our What’s On pages if you want to see the vi­tal ser­vice run by our lo­cal li­braries. As you scroll through the listings, you’ll see ukelele classes, com­puter lessons, home­work clubs, book and craft groups and the list goes on. But on a per­sonal level, what I’ve come to ap­pre­ci­ate is the fact the li­brary is a safe, warm and fun place to bring my daugh­ter. Along with the reg­u­larly re­freshed range of books, there’s puz­zles, cud­dly toys and child-sized fur­ni­ture. How­ever li­braries are so much more than just a great ser­vice. It’s the peo­ple who staff them, cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere and a sense of com­mu­nity, while an­swer­ing a plethora of im­por­tant queries. That’s why it’s so sad many staff are los­ing their jobs, as it means we are los­ing some­thing too. Nga mihi nui, Justin

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