Tauranga city's $3.65m library unveiled

By Josephine Edmonds

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The new and improved Greerton Library will officially open today.

Library customer services team leader Joanna Thomas said staff were excited to finally be able to open the new space, which she described as "a destination for families."

Ms Thomas said the staff had been working hard to prepare for the official opening, which begins at 9.30am, and will feature a range of activities including a circus performer, crafts, storytelling and spot prizes.

The new library, which cost $3.65m to build, was double the size of its predecessor and home to 10,000 more books, 16 computers, iPads, free internet and much more space for the public to read and study.

Ms Thomas said the library also featured a new meeting space with a full projector set and kitchen, which was open to library users as well as community groups, at a small charge.

A blessing and unveiling of a Pou, carved by Whare Thompson of Ngai Tamarawaho, on the village green will form part of the official opening.

Following this, Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby and local school children would cut the ribbon to the new building. Mr Crosby said it was a major milestone for the community.

"Tauranga City Council's investment in building the new library recognises the role of libraries as community knowledge hubs and we are excited about the opportunities this new facility offers to the whole of Tauranga."

Shelley Wu, Greerton Library supervisor, outside the new library. Photo/John Borren
Shelley Wu, Greerton Library supervisor, outside the new library. Photo/John Borren

- Bay of Plenty Times

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