Library Notes 15 May 2020

Published on 15 May 2020


Welcome to Level 2!
Pam Coleman Community Engagement Librarian

Now that New Zealand is moving into Level 2, we’re delighted to confirm that we’ll be opening our doors again after 6 long weeks! We have missed you!

Things will be a little different, but rest assured, that all the familiar faces and great advice will still be available.  Entering Level 2 means we can slowly start to reintroduce some of the services you love at your library. Our team have been working hard planning for when our library is open. We know you are all eager to restock your bubble’s bookshelves, so we're opening for quick borrowing missions from Monday 18 May.  

Our teams will be following all relevant guidelines to ensure that our spaces are safe and healthy, with hand sanitisers, signage to help mark out spaces and contact tracing up and running for everyone’s protection. We may need to fine tune some processes and our additional precautions will mean some delays for you, so we ask for your patience and kindness as we transition to this new, safer normal. You can help us with this by staying home if you, or anyone in your bubble, is unwell. Everyone will need to sign in, as we will be following all contact tracing guidelines set out by the government. We also need to ask you to keep visits under 30 minutes, and come on your own or in small groups. And for your own protection please use the hand sanitiser provided and follow the 2 metre physical distancing rule.

We do have a couple of ways to make your borrowing experience safe and convenient.

We will continue to provide our free Homelink service for people who are in isolation or physically unable to visit the library. You can let us know what genre and format you are interested in so we can hand-pick the best materials to be delivered to you. We will then select and deliver these materials to your door. If you would like to refer yourself, or someone you know, fill in the the form on our website,  email us at [email protected] or call 368 1953.

In addition, if you want to minimise interaction and still need a great read, or you’re just not sure what you want exactly, we can help with your library experience! Use our Librarians Choice form on our website or call 368 1953 to register,  inform us about your needs and arrange a collection time.  We select and check out items based on your preferences.  All you need to do is collect. What could be easier?

If you know exactly what you like or enjoy browsing our online catalogue you can log into your account and make a reservation on any items. All your reserves will be ready to collect, from our Click & Collect area in the Youth Space, using the entrance on Bath Street. You will receive a message/phone call advising that your reserve is ready for pick-up.

You can of course continue to use our awesome online eBook collection, and Pressreader is available for those who like to read the newspapers and magazines. Email us at [email protected] or call 368 1953 for help on how to do this at home.

There is no doubt that has been a trying time for all of us, but together we got through it! There have been many positive things that we have experienced during this six weeks, from recognising how important family, friends and work whanau are, to experiencing the genuine and generous kindness of strangers. We may have even discovered the purpose that was missing in our lives - got that shed built, cleaned out the cupboards, or even knitted a poncho. (That was my goal, and much to my husband’s delight the woolly monstrosity was for him!). We've hopefully taken all the mental health advice to heart and tried to look after ourselves, put our feet up, and had a good rest. We may have read two (or twenty) good books. Quite possibly, many of us have got sucked into binge watching a whole 612 episodes of a favourite/mindless (delete as appropriate) show on Netflix! 

We've learned respect for ordinary workers doing extraordinary things for us. So many people have worked hard for our sakes, for our health and wellbeing. Thank you.

We should all be proud of our collective effort and we know that we have the resilience to continue to be kind, patient and carry on keeping each other safe and well.

Lastly, and for me especially, we understand spatial awareness! Who knew what two metres looked like before now? 

We’re really looking forward to being able to serve you face to face, albeit some distance apart.

 Thanks for your support of our community facilities during the lockdown period. We can’t wait to welcome you back!


Temporary Opening Hours

·       Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō opening hours will be 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

·       Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō will be closed on the weekends until further notice.

·       Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom (Foxton) will open 10.00am-4.00pm, seven days a week.

·       Shannon Library will remain closed until further notice.


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