Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries is an organisation for ALL people interested in books, libraries, life and literacy.
We hold the following monthly meetings at 3 of the 4 libraries:-
Book Groups at Mt. Maunganui, Papamoa and Greerton,
A General Meeting at Greerton with a speaker.
We began as a lobby group within local body politics, campaigning for improved library services.
A strong aspect of our work is advocating on behalf of the community with both the Library and the Tauranga City Council. We lobbied vigorously for a new library in Papamoa and more recently a new library in Greerton.
Money raised through our regular activities goes back into our libraries.
Our organisation supports the Children’s Summer Reading Programmes, which run through the Christmas holidays, by securing grant money and by helping with the set-up and finale of the programmes.
To maintain a close working relationship with Library and Council staff to help provide the best possible service to the community and to increase the use of the Libraries through public awareness and advocacy of the Library’s goals and objectives.
Tauranga City Libraries
Friends of Baycourt Tauranga
Friends of The Tauranga Art Gallery
Public Library of the year 2018 (IFLA award)
CONTEMPORARY ATMOSPHERE WITH A TOUCH OF HISTORY
The new library in Den Helder, Netherlands is located in a 100-year old building previously housing School 7. The new library building has been built up around the existing building. The result is a successful mix of authenticity and a contemporary atmosphere. Evelien van Veen, Van Veen Architects BV of Rotterdam, is responsible for the design and Marcel van der Veer, MARS Interior designers, has developed the interior.
In this project the library shelving goes hand in hand with the customised furniture. The final result exceeds expectations. The new library is a place to be, a place to stay. It has become the meeting place of the city.
The library is accessible to all the different groups within the larger community. The inhabitants of Den Helder are proud of their new library, and it shows every day. People come to the library to read, to work, to attend a lecture or to take part in a workshop. You can even get married in the theatre or hold a birthday event in the café. All these facilities are now located under the same roof.