Pātea gets revamped library

A new chapter in the life of Pātea’s library has just begun.

Pātea’s newly revamped LibraryPlus was officially opened this week by South Taranaki district mayor, Ross Dunlop.

The opening was a community affair with around 60 members of the public at the celebration, as well as councillors, community board members and students from St Joseph’s School who put on a short performance.

Dunlop said the $300,000 worth of refurbishments include re-roofing and re-cladding, and the project was completed on time and on budget.

“As well as the outside work, some interior work has also been done including renovating an under-used room to turn it into a space for our younger citizens to hang out in,” he said.

“The room has sliding doors which makes the room multipurpose – staff can open up the space for large events or groups, or close the room off if there is a meeting being held.

“The idea for the room actually came from feedback from the youth when they mentioned wanting to have a more colourful and bright library space to spend time in.”

Dunlop said the $300,000 project was a significant investment in the Pātea community.

“It’s at the heart of the community and we hope everyone enjoys the new look.”

The library operated out of the Pātea Old Folks Hall while the refurbishments were done, and Dunlop said the library staff were pleased to be back in their home.

Signage and landscaping for the LibraryPlus are still to be completed.