New Library Opens in Paekākāariki

KAPITI’S latest municipal building will be officially opened by Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow this Saturday (January 26th, 12 noon) after months of delays and budget over-runs.

Named after one of Kāpiti’s civic dignitaries, The Old Whatsisname Memorial Library is a free book-swap facility where locals can take, swap or drop off books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.

The library is located outside 52 Tilley Road, Paekākāariki, and replaces a small cupboard that has carried out this function for several years. The new facility boasts seating, and solar powered lighting for evening reading. A ‘magnificent’ clock is prominent on the facade.

“Demand had out-stripped the storage capacity of the old cupboard,” says project coordinator Sam Buchanan.

“That cupboard replaced Paekākāariki’s first book-swap facility, the book fridge located further down Tilley Road. The new library has expanded shelf space and seats one comfortably, or two standing.”

Art exhibitions, theme months and other events are under consideration. Very small groups are welcome to use the space for meetings.

The library will be open all hours, except on Tuesdays from 3am to 5am when it will be closed for staff training. Other pointless rules will be posted shortly. No public funds have been used in this project.