Yes, folks, it’s true. Our wandering days may soon be over, at least for a few months. We are hanging up our car keys and bus tickets, and settling in to the latest (and, we like to think, shiniest) library in Christchurch. Central South City is where it’s at, tucked into a corner at South City Shopping Centre, right next to the New World supermarket.
At 9am this morning, with eager crowds already waiting outside, we opened the roller door, and welcomed everyone in. The library is (in what seems to be the phrase of the month) small but perfectly formed, and holds about 7000 items. Most of these are newer titles, and there’s a range of popular material, including a great DVD collection. There’s a lovely kids’ corner, complete with climbing monkeys, sparkly palm trees and bins full of picture books. There are a couple of purple armchairs, and desks for reading or working, and great views of the mall from the big picture window.
Although Central South City won’t have magazines or music collections, we’ve got pretty much everything else that the other bigger libraries have, and by late next week we will also have internet computers, printing facilities and wireless available. It’s beyond great for this displaced librarian to be back in her natural habitat, and playing with all the shiny new books, and chatting with customers, and doing all the things that librarians do.
All we need now is for you to drop in, check out the new library, have a chat and grab some reading for the weekend. We’re open 9 to 6 weekdays, and from 10 – 5 weekends, so there’s really no excuse for you not to come. We’ll even let you buy yourself a cup of coffee at the foodcourt next door when you’re leaving …