Mobile library coming to a beach near you

01:16, Jan 14 2014
Mobile library
SUMMER READ: Puke Ariki mobile library bus drivers Diane Dravitzki-Simpson, left, and Walt Crawshaw, enjoy a book under the sun.

Book lovers will get a treat this summer as the Puke Ariki mobile library embarks on a week-long summer beach tour.

The tour will coincide with Puke Ariki's surf-themed exhibition

Head of the mobile library team, Mary Laing, said this was the first time the bus had been on a summer tour and hoped the journey would be popular with beachgoers.

"This is the first time the mobile library has gone outside the square," Ms Laing said.

The main purpose for the summer tour is to promote awareness of the library service and encourage reading at all skill levels.

"People often don't realise the bus is a free service. Anyone can use it," she said.

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In addition to providing the regular service to beach-lovers, the mobile library will be incorporating the annual summer reading programme for children.

This year kids will be able to sign up for the programme on the tour as well as at the library as normal.

"The reading programme helps to keep kids' literacy levels up so when they go back to school they don't fall behind," Ms Laing said.

Many of the stops will be close to beach campgrounds so campers will be able to have the opportunity to visit the library too.

Although the bus will only stop for two and a half hours at each spot on the tour books can be borrowed and dropped off at a later date at the library.

If the tour was successful Puke Ariki would look to expand the mobile library summer tour.

"We're looking at what we can do to expand what the mobile library does in the school holidays because it's a great resource."

The tour begins next Monday at Urenui and runs till Friday, January 24, where the last stop will be at the Oakura beach reserve.

- Oren Oaariki is a Whitireia journalism school student

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