• Posted on: 8/03/2023
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We are celebrating the Motueka Library’s 1 year anniversary in the new building.

Throughout March we are offering a variety of events to mark this occasion.  Visit our events page to find out more.

Highlights of Motueka Library over the last 12 months

The Motueka Library: Te Noninga Kumu has been a thriving lively Community hub over the last 12 months. People of all ages have enjoyed the library collections, performances, art exhibitions, workshops, author talks, children’s activities, music, kapa haka and a variety of passive programs making this library a hive of activity.

We endeavoured to engage wholeheartedly with our community, to reflect our diverse community, provide social connections for all ages, and provide literacy and lifelong learning.

106,348 visitors have walked through the doors since we opened in March last year.

1060 new members have been registered, a 35% increase on 2021-2022 membership.

178,863 library items have been issued during the last 12 months, a 30% increase on the previous year.

People are enjoying the light, spacious new building with frequent use of the community rooms, quiet reading zones, art walls and eye-catching displays.

Our diverse range of events attracted an attendance of 2950 people.

The special events included Kapa Haka performances, Kokowai Art exhibition, Under 25s Art Exhibition, Te Oro Hā Matariki, the Nelson Arts Festival play “Scattergun” and Te Oro Hā Parihaka performance and author talks.

An extensive range of Take & Make kits catered to all age groups, abilities were cross cultural and included different interest areas. They hopefully provided some respite from anxiety in a covid world.

Our regular groups such as Gardening Gurus, Scrabble, Bookcafe, Poetry Circle, Storytimes, Wriggle & Rhyme, WHAM, Conversation Circle, Babbling Books, Building Bricks, Dungeons and Dragons, Paper Artsy and History Buffs were attended by 1481 people.

A number of schools visited with 1393 children attending, exchanging books, and being introduced to Robyn Belton’s Greedy cat wall illustrations.

There has been a noticeable increase in the use of the library by young people from our community.

The special Māori artworks throughout the library represent culture and the diversity within our town.

The Library team invites you to participate in the first anniversary events.