Shirley Library will remain open during its 9-week repair programme

Kia ora Shirley Library customers! We are happy to report Shirley Library will remain open during its 9-week repair programme.

Shirley Library

From Monday 24 August 2015, Christchurch City Council is repairing the Shirley Library, near The Palms, at 36 Marshlands Road. The repairs are relatively minor and the library will remain open during the repairs. There will be some visible changes such as areas closed off or shelves moved while the repair and refurbishing work is done.

Work will take about 9 weeks and is expected to run from Monday 24 August to Monday 12 October.

As your safety is important, the Christchurch City Council and Libraries staff ask for your cooperation with all signage and warnings on site during the repair.

We look forward to mid-October when the repairs and refurbishment will be completed.

Read our news post on the repairs.

Te Kete Wānanga o Ōraka – Shirley Library

Shirley LibraryHow Shirley Library got its Māori name – Te Kete Wānanga o Ōraka:

This is an area in the vicinity of Horseshoe Lake which was known to Māori as ‘Te Ōraka’ in the Ngāi Tahu dialect or seen sometimes in historical writings as ‘Te Ōranga.’ This lagoon was sited in the Wainoni area of Christchurch.

In pre-European times Waikākāriki was the site of a significant Māori settlement called Te Ōranga. The lake was also later called Waikākāriki – Wai means water and kākāriki has various meanings including green, a type of green lizard or a green parakeet or parrot.

In 1868 Te Ōraka was unsuccessfully claimed by Aperahama Te Aika as part of the Kaiapoi Ngāi Tahu mahika kai. Te Aika also claimed this area because part of it was also an important urupā (cemetery) for his people and had been used since first occupation in the area. The Native (Māori) Land Court however dismissed the claim completely on the basis that it had already been sold to the Crown.

Shirley, as a suburb, was named after Mrs Susannah Buxton, nee Shirley, who on her deathbed asked her son to gift land to the Methodists to build a church. Her wish was carried out and the Shirley Methodist Church was subsequently named after her. The suburb eventually became known as Shirley after the church.

It is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week and this year’s theme is Ngā ingoa Māori – Māori names – so we are bringing you some of the stories behind the Māori names of our libraries.

The Displaced Reader: Mobile Library with a high vis vest

Shout out for Mobile LibraryWhen I heard that the Mobile Library was going to be doing a special post-earthquake stop in my neighbourhood, I was excited. I liked the idea of going for a walk and climbing the steps into a bus. A bus! I love those promotional buses that sometimes park up in the Square and have great displays; I’m a sometime bus commuter and I used to own a housebus – so I consider myself a bus person.

The Mobile Library met all my expectations and more. I found titles just jumped out at me and there was a certain cameraderie from sharing such a small space. Conversations were easy to get into. This little photo collection of the Mobile Library will give you an idea what to expect.

Shopping has some possibilities as well. Of course the Palms is closed but why not visit the shopping centre on the corner of Hills and Shirley Roads. There is a certain famous butcher, a chemist, a bakery, a sweet shop and takeaways – everything you need in these stressful times.

The Mobile Library is going to Shirley Intermediate on Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm and is also operating in the carpark of the  Christchurch City Council Linwood Service Centre on Smith Street, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am-4.30pm. Look for the blue library open flag and the bus that already has its own high-vis vest.

Find out which libraries are open and where the Mobile Library gets to around the city.

OK – I’ve been to small and beautiful, now I’m going to try large and beautiful by visiting South Library. Find out where the  Displaced Reader has been on her travels.