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Libraries add printers


Central Hawke's Bay has taken another step towards supporting the community to increase digital literacy, with the arrival of new 3D printers at both its Waipukurau and Waipawa District Council libraries.

Enhancing digital literacy was a key priority identified by the community during project Thrive, and the new 3D printers have already sparked considerab­le interest among people excited about what the new technology can do and be applied to, according to John McConville from CHB District Council Libraries.

“The printers are generating a lot of interest, with the common reaction being excitement from the community and a sense of great pride that CHB is able to offer technology often only available in larger centres.

“Our new 3D printers, along with our other technology offerings, provide the opportunit­y to introduce new technology and through programmes and classes, increase our community's digital understand­ing and literacy,” he said.

CHB District Council Libraries in recent months have also led out a range of other technology offerings, including `stepping up' free computer training classes, robotics classes and introduced free internet into homes with children under 18 through Spark Jump.

“The increase in the range of offerings [at the council] libraries reflects an approach to further increase our services relevance to all in our community that in turn supports the economic and social wellbeing of our community,” said Doug Tate — group manager customer and community partnershi­ps.

“While libraries will always promote the love of reading, leading libraries understand their critical role in increasing community literacy in the widest sense,” said Mr Tate.

The July school holiday activities provide the opportunit­y for families and children to experience the new technology, as well as additional programmes and services already operating in both libraries.

The new 3D printers will be one of the highlights of a Family Fun day at the Waipukurau Library from 10am-1pm this Saturday, July 14.

For more info, residents can visit their local library or follow Central Hawke's Bay District Libraries on Facebook.

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PHOTOS: SUPPLIED Children at the Waipawa Library in front of one of the new 3D printers, and a 3D creation.
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A 3D creation.

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