The Displaced Reader: Brilliant views and free wireless at New Brighton

Library neighbour the PierMy usual library haunt is out of action so as part of my personal quake recovery plan I’ve  decided to become a library tourist. I’m visiting  all the Christchurch City Libraries that are open. This means eleven libraries to visit!  I began on the east side by visiting  New Brighton Library and it was a great trip.

New Brighton is a lovely bright library, with fabulous views of beach and pier, cheerful, helpful staff and heaps of computers. Looking around an unfamiliar library the collection seems new and fresh and I quickly zoomed in on a travel guide for Sydney.  What a great place to chill out with a book or a great CD on one of their listening posts with a view.  New Brighton also has free wifi. Like any good tourist I had my camera and took some happy snaps of New Brighton.

Getting there  I took Pages Road. The traffic flow was good, despite roadworks. Nearer New Brighton the road was still bumpy but that’s a fact of life these days. There is plenty of parking on Hawke Street, just a short walk from the library. Some Brighton shops are looking a bit battered but there is still heaps of useful retail – supermarket, chemist, bookshop, cafes, hardware, surf gear and so on. My best buys? Cabbage plants at the hardware store, then a good coffee and Trade Aid dark chocolate at the  coffee roastery. The pier is open and the beach offers great walking.

Make a trip to the east side – it’s worth it.

Find out which libraries are open and learn m0re about New Brighton  Library.

Next stop on the library tour is Parklands, a cool, laid back modern library with a cafe. Keep following the Displaced Reader on her travels.

One thought on “The Displaced Reader: Brilliant views and free wireless at New Brighton

  1. valerienl 6 April 2011 / 1:09 pm

    My local library is Parklands and I was very happy to see the silt removed and the doors reopen. I was greeted with a cheery ‘Welcome back’. And welcome I felt. My favourite magazines were on the shelves waiting for me and now my reserves have started arriving – book paradise.

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