Jig­saw fun for hire

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - — Re­becca Mauger

‘ ‘ 180 do­nated jig­saw puz­zles can be hired out like a li­brary book.

JIG­SAW puz­zles can pro­vide hours of amuse­ment.

But do you re­ally want to do the same ones over and over again? It’s ei­ther that or fork out an­other $50 for the next puzzle, which you may tire of aswell.

St Stephens Methodist Church in Brook­field Tce has come up with a so­lu­tion— the Jig­saw Puzzle Li­brary.

They have about 180 jig­saw puz­zles do­nated which can be hired out like a li­brary book and re­turned.

Church dea­con and or­gan­iser Mar­garet Bir­tles says puz­zles pro­vide a lot of fun, es­pe­cially for older peo­ple, but it can be an ex­pen­sive hobby. Too ex­pen­sive for­many peo­ple on a pen­sion, she says.

A friend of Mar­garet’s had started their own puzzle li­brary in Christchurch and she won­dered if it work here. Puz­zles do­nated to their op shop All­sorts was also grow­ing. The Jig­saw Puzzle Li­brary opened in July.

On of­fer is plenty of Was­gij puz­zles, oth­ers with themes of an­i­mals, land­scape, his­tor­i­cal, beach scenes and a small col­lec­tion of chil­dren’s puz­zles. The church would like more jig­saw puz­zles do­nated.

Mem­ber­ship is $2 and hireage is 50 cents for puz­zles un­der 500 pieces, $1 for puz­zles with­more than 500 pieces.

Jig­saw Puzzle Li­brary is open Satur­day morn­ings from 10am-12pm in the room off High­more Tce.

Mar­garet Bir­tles among the do­nated jig­saw puz­zles at the church.

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