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Motueka Library celebrates 160 years of service

June 29th, 2017

Sixty people gathered at Motueka Library yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of 160 years of Library service in Motueka.

Speeches were delivered by Lindsay McKenzie, the Chief Executive of the Tasman District Council, Councillor Peter Canton, Glennis Coote the Tasman District Libraries Manager and Shirley Lunn, a time honoured Library member. The speeches covered historical milestones and quirky points of interest.

Outstanding musical interludes were performed by two Motueka High School students, one playing the harp and the other singing "Hallelujah".

Then there was a "cutting of the cake" ceremony, and special commemorative bookmarks designed by local artists were displayed.

Morning tea was delicious and supplied by Cindy at "Food for Thought". A vibrant and colourful Flossie entertained 70 children and parents with her clever balloon twisting creations during the afternoon.

"It was a memorable day celebrating connections, networking, achievements and the value of our own Motueka Library," said Motueka Library chief librarian Janine Gillions.

And it was appropriate timing given that Tasman District Council is about to undertake detailed studies on the future of library services in Motueka, which has been under considerble stress for over a decade.

Also appropriate was the reminder that the first Motueka Library was not a building dedicated to one purpose but actually a multi-purpose community facility.

Proponents of a new library have been arguing for a new facility as part of a community hub on Wallace Street besid the i-Site.

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