Little Libraries project celebrated

20 December 2019
LittleLibraries project celebrated

Spring Hill Corrections Facility in Hampton Downs has been thanked for their involvement in Waikato District Council’s ‘little libraries’ project.

The placemaking project has seen a total of 44 little libraries constructed and decorated by Spring Hill prisoners.

Instructor Andrew McBean was singled out for praise thanks to his commitment and leadership throughout the project. He was recently presented with a pounamu by Community Development Adviser Lianne Van Den Bemd and a certificate of thanks signed by Mayor Allan Sanson.

The little libraries bring books to small communities across Waikato district’s rural areas. Holding 20-30 books that can be borrowed and exchanged, each little library has been installed and kept stocked by local residents to enhance a local gathering place, to break out books in communities without public libraries, and boost residents’ enjoyment of their towns and villages.

The ‘little libraries’ project is part of a publicly-acclaimed Waikato District Council ‘Placemaking programme’ designed to help communities to reclaim their public spaces with seating, planting, art installations and other projects and activities that bring people together. 
 
Waikato District Council’s Economic and Community Development Manager Julie Dolan says this project has provided an opportunity for Council and Spring Hill Corrections Facility to work together for the good of the Waikato district.  “Our little libraries project has won popular support in our rural communities and will bring pleasure into many lives.”

Assistant Prison Director Christine Faull says projects like these are an excellent way for the men to make a meaningful contribution to the community, while learning valuable skills for future employment. “We welcome opportunities that allow prisoners to develop their skills and to contribute back to their communities.”

“The men are gaining carpentry trade skills when they design and build the little libraries, so it’s a win-win for the community and the men.”

ENDS

Photo (left to right): Waikato District Council’s Economic and Community Development Manager Julie Dolan, Community Development Adviser Lianne Van Den Bemd, Assistant Prison Director Christine Faull, Industries Manager Sean Smith and Instructor Andrew McBean.

For more information please contact:
Teresa Hancock
Senior Communications & Engagement Advisor
Waikato District Council
027 706 5776
communications@waidc.govt.nz