New Look Pātea LibraryPlus Re-Opened
Thursday, March 14, 2019
A fresh, new look, Patea LibraryPlus was officially opened yesterday (Wednesday 13 March) by South Taranaki District Mayor, Ross Dunlop.
The opening was a real community affair with around 60 members of the public in attendance, as well as Councillors, Community Board Members and students from St Joseph’s School who put on a short performance.
Mayor Dunlop says the $300,000 worth of refurbishments, which included reroofing and recladding, have been completed on time and on budget and represents a significant investment in the Patea Community.
“As well as the outside work, some interior work has also been done including renovating an under-used room to turn it into a space for our younger citizens to hang out in. The room has sliding doors which makes the room multipurpose - staff can open up the space for large events or groups, or close the room off if there is a meeting being held,” says Ross.
“The idea for the room actually came from feedback from the youth when they mentioned wanting to have a more colourful and bright library space to spend time in.”
While refurbishments were underway, the LibraryPlus had been operating out of the Patea Old Folks Hall and Mayor Dunlop says the staff are pleased to be back in their home.
“Patea LibraryPlus is one of seven LibraryPlus centres throughout the district and represents part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to our small towns,” he says. “It’s at the heart of the community and we hope everyone enjoys the LibraryPlus centre’s new look.”
Signage and landscaping for the LibraryPlus are still to be completed.