Loving Whangaparāoa Library’s new look

Publish Date : 07 Sep 2016
Tyler Lummis gives hopscotch a go with Senior Children’s Librarian Sue Bodmer(left) and Debbie Foua (right) and children Isla Cameron, Keri Kemp and Taelyn Durham.
Melissa Kraaykamp assisting customer Pamela Davey at the new service desk. 
Senior Children's Librarian Sue Bodmer at storytime.

The recent upgrade at Whangaparāoa Library has got a big thumbs up from customers of all ages.

The refurbishment has refreshed the library’s interior and exterior spaces making them more welcoming, brighter and safer.

Community Library Manager Doris Lindauer-Hullet says, “Customers are enjoying the welcoming space, comfortable seating and the new colour scheme.”

Million-dollar views

The new service desk with back-lighting is now a focal point for customers and its new position has really opened up the space. Visitors also have uninterrupted views of the mural painting.

Replacing the carpet in high-traffic areas, adding new furniture in the adult, teen and children’s areas and rearranging shelving have all contributed to a more user-friendly layout.

The exterior makeover, with its energy-efficient LED lighting along the building and car park perimeter, makes for a safer environment. Customers also have a pleasant outdoor reading area which includes new furniture and shade.

The library’s upgrade cost $478,000 and took two weeks to complete.

Feedback includes

Alice Marye Cappel (Gulf Harbour) says, “The Whangaparāoa Library is such a happening place. I am ferrying four 8-year-old boys to the Minecraft club on Friday afternoons. Since the refurbishment, what was already a lovely library has transformed into a warm, truly inviting community space. Well done!”

Katie Clark (Manly) says “The children's area is now colourful. My daughter Sara just loves the hop scotch.”

Term-time programmes

Kids’ activities

  • Wriggle and Rhyme – Friday, 10.30am
  • Rhymetime – Thursday 10.30am
  • Storytime – Tuesday, Wednesday 10.30am
  • Minecraft Club – Friday 3.30pm.


  • Thursday 8 September 11am Introduction to email

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