Meanwhile 31 teens were at Papanui Library celebrating Free Comic Book Day with a fun workshop and pizza and comic swap. Spencer Hall and Elijah Lopez, two graphic artists, helped the budding comic-makers with drawing technique tips and advice. Comics Compulsion came to the party with free comics.
I didn’t have to travel very far at all to get to Papanui Library – the “best little library in the North West”. No nice little road trips and ice creams for me (not that I’m bitter or anything). I used to inhabit the Central Library, but 2011 took me to South, Linwood and now the Fingertip Library, which is located just behind Papanui Library. It’s a very convenient location with all kinds of shopping just outside the door and a great big car park right beside the library.
I’m impressed by the very up-to-the-minute décor featuring eggshell blue/red combinations and a photographic mural of a high rise city at night. Spots, stripes and patterns are mixed together in the soft furnishings to create a sophisticated and satisfying background. In the returns area hangs a rather lovely sculpture donated by some Invercargill artists. Not that I can see much of all this – it’s obscured by all the people.
I’m used to busy libraries, but Papanui is really buzzing. The children’s corner is crammed with entranced littlies chanting “he walked and he walked and he walked and he walked” as they join in with the story performed (and I mean performed) by professional storyteller Andy Wright.
The new smart issue stations are surrounded by people getting their books out, or being guided through the process by a bevy of librarians. Down in the children’s area, the kids are absorbed in the same process using Archie The Penguin. The shelves are full of people browsing and all the tables and computers are in use.
Closed libraries apart, I can understand why this is library people like to visit. It has nice Bestseller and magazine collections, substantial amounts of fiction and non-fiction to choose from and yes – good sources of coffee and even lunch places and bars in the vicinity. You could combine your trip with a chance to cross some of those purchases off your to-do list, or have a browse around the shops.