Library gathering to celebrate Mahy

LOST IN A GOOD BOOK: Russell St School pupils Sam Hindmarsh, 8, Sophie Brown, 7, and Kylie Walker, 7, get caught up in books written by Margaret Mahy.
LOST IN A GOOD BOOK: Russell St School pupils Sam Hindmarsh, 8, Sophie Brown, 7, and Kylie Walker, 7, get caught up in books written by Margaret Mahy.

Grab your favourite Margaret Mahy book and head along to the Palmerston North City Library tomorrow to pay tribute to the late New Zealand author.

Margaret Mahy died last month of cancer at age 76. She wrote more than 200 books.

The city's library, along with libraries all over the country, is holding a Margaret Mahy nationwide reading event.

Palmerston North City Library children's support librarian Helen Dailey said it would start at 11am in the Children's Zone.

"I think it's just supposed to be a really lovely, informal gathering of the community to be able to pay tribute to someone who has given so much to this country in a literary sense."

The event was open to anyone who wished to come along, Mrs Dailey said.

"There are many adults out there who have their favourite Margaret Mahy books that they enjoyed as children and the thrill of being able to enjoy Margaret Mahy with their own children is doubly special for them."

Manawatu Standard