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"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."
- Henry Ward Beecher
The Friends of the Rotorua District Library were formed in 1991. The following year they ran a huge booksale in the Sportsdrome and continued to run these biannually until 2002 when the building was renovated and became the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. Today they run a very successful Book Sale at Kuirau Park every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.
To date, they have raised thousands of dollars for the Rotorua District Library which has been used to support children's and teens' holiday programmes, visiting authors and guest speakers, the provision of specialty services such as Medianet NZ Film Archive Access, an audio/visual system, furniture, crockery and appliances for the Meeting Rooms, library shelving and competition prizes. They also support the library with man-power whenever asked for tasks such as catering, moving, labelling or packaging. Their support is always much appreciated by library staff and others.
A generous donation from the Friends of the Library group resulted in the opening of a multisensory room on the ground floor of the library. Please note, this room is temporarily unavailable while we are in the Pukuatua St. The small secure room was fitted with state of the art fibre optics, a multicoloured water bubble column lamp and projector which displayed specially designed graphics on to the wall. The idea was sparked by a member of the community and the project driven by former Community Services Librarian Bev Emmerson. The room was specifically designed for children with special needs as a therapeutic sensory environment but also appealed to all small children. This room will be available again when we move back into the refurbished Library building.
Anyone can join the Friends of the Library. It costs $10 per year for individual membership which entitles you to 5 free books at the book sales (max $2 each) and discounts to selected literary events. You will also receive the Friends of the Library newsletter. You can join at the Kuirau Park book sales or contact Onno van Raalte on 07 349 3306 for any other enquiries.
BOOK SALE BOOK SALE BOOK SALE on the first and third Saturday of the month 9.00am - 1.00pm at Kuirau Park (old tea kiosk)