Words & photo: Geoff Lewis

New titles, working authors and educational kits are included in an upcoming library show with the strong intention of keeping libraries relevant.

This is the key aim of All About the Books, a section of the Waikato Show organised by Hamilton City Libraries.

Children and teens librarian, Su Bradburn, said the aim was to have a presence – on behalf of city libraries – which would include local authors and illustrators Kat Merewether and Deborah Hinde. The pair will be working on-site providing an interesting attraction for the public and especially children.

”We will be there to showcase the library’s children’s services with a selection of new children’s books and a range of fascinating pop-up and interactive books. We have interactive books with apps including the Guinness Book of Records, I-Dinosaur and I-Storm.

“We will also have wonderful kits people can borrow which include a real telescope, sewing machine and gardening kit – which has seeds we replace as they get used up. It’s about keeping libraries relevant and we will have a list of all our services and show people what we can achieve,” Su said.

The Hamilton central library is currently closed for earthquake strengthening and is intended to be re-opened in winter. In the interim, a ‘pop-up’ library is located in the HCC’s reception lounge off Civic Square.

All About the Books can be seen at the Waikato Show, Claudelands, April 7-9.

Photo caption: Hamilton City Libraries Children’s and Teens Librarian, Su Bradburn, with a selection of reading material people can see at the Waikato Show.

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