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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
26 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2011 Upper Hutt Central Library---one year on. . . The redevelopment of the Central Library was completed in October 2010, providing the community with a facility that is capable of allowing the delivery of contemporary library services and innovative programmes. The renovation has enabled the library to increase its capacity by 30%, expand and create specialised spaces, improve accessibility, and provide separate study and activity spaces. It also incorporates a number of new technologies. So what's changed? No longer hidden behind vegetation and walls, the new Library is more visible and welcoming to customers. The introduction of Radio Frequency Identi cation (RFID) has allowed the Library to improve its customer service delivery. By enabling a greater level of self-service, we have been able to provide more sta on the oor to personally assist customers. Recorded enquiries have risen 141.5% as a result. The increase to 26 Internet computers and the availability of WiFi has seen a large rise in the number of people using the Library for study. Modern public libraries engage, inspire, and inform people---helping to build strong communities. The redevelopment of Upper Hutt s Central Library has provided for greater integration of its printed resources along with technological experiences in various formats, spaces for reading, comfortable seating, and places to engage, discuss or simply feel connected to the community and the wider world. The library is now one of Upper Hutt s most popular places to visit. Visitor numbers for the last 12 months have increased by 14.7%. During the week, the library averages over 1,100 people per day. Weekends regularly see over 800 visitors per day. Current Library membership is also at its highest with 19,113 members. The additional space has allowed the library to expand its level of programmes and services: • The Children's Library provides holiday programmes, hosts school classes, home school groups, a book club, Sunday Family Storytime, and delivers four preschool programmes. • Regular adult programmes include book discussion groups, a writers group, Tea and Tales, craft groups, computer workshops, and Friday Fables for people with special needs. • During the last 12 months, major events the Library hosted include Healthy Homes, Happy Pockets sessions and an expo, NZ Book Awards celebrations, National Poetry Day, and Seniors Week activities. A word from Councillor John Gwilliam Upper Hutt is truly an amazing place. I have had the privilege and honour to be one of your representatives on Council for the last seven years as we have addressed the challenges of Upper Hutt s future growth. Growth however should not be simply for the sake of growth. We must do so in a sustainable way that does not detract from the inherent qualities of our environment that is so cherished by those who choose to live in Upper Hutt. The community recently has had the opportunity to express its views regarding Upper Hutt City s vision for the future. With the assistance of consultants Urbanism+, those views have been collated and a strategic vision presented for Council s consideration. It has been particularly encouraging to see the high number of those who took the time to engage in this process. This bodes well for ensuring that we as Council make the right decisions regarding Upper Hutt s future. That strategic vision will assist us in developing the ten-year Long Term Plan for Upper Hutt that we are required to adopt next year. With changes in the Local Government Act, the draft plan we put out for consultation early next year will be in a far more user friendly format, which will hopefully make it easier for the community to make submissions. I am looking forward to reading and hearing those submissions and I would invite all those who are passionate about Upper Hutt and who care about its future to make the most of this opportunity to make a submission. • Community sharing of information and ideas has increased signi cantly. • The Hot Seat is a desk available for community groups, organisations, and individuals to provide free information. • Upper Hutt Jelly is a group of self- employed people who work from home and meet in the library to share ideas and network. • Regular clinics are also held by the Mayor and local Justices of the Peace. The Library s innovative approach to programming has continued to garner widespread recognition. The Library was awarded commendation for excellence and innovation in adult and community education at this year s Dynamic Community Learning Awards in Wanganui. The judges noted our devotion to the whole community regardless of circumstance, and our dedication to providing opportunities for as many people as possible to grow and learn and feel included.
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