|Monday 5 October 1998|
During October, Canterbury Public Library is celebrating 50 years as part of the Christchurch City Council. To celebrate, the library has planned an exciting programme of events designed to give customers a glimpse of the past and a taste of the future.
As part of their celebrations, the library is inviting children, aged between 5-12 years, to take part in the Future library competition.
"We want the children to let their imaginations run wild and draw how they think the library will look in 50 years time", said Sasha Bowers, the library's Marketing and Promotions Specialist. "Technology has had a huge impact on the library over the last 50 years and we are asking children to consider whether libraries will have any books or people in them by the year 2048."
The closing date for competition entries is 16 October.
All pictures will be displayed at libraries during the following week, 17-23 October.
There are two age categories 5-8 years and 9-12 years.
There will be three prizes for the best entries in each age category. First prize is a $20 book token, second a $15 book token, and third a $10 book token.
United Book Company Ltd and Canterbury Library Book Suppliers have generously provided the prizes.
Canterbury Public Library was the first public library in New Zealand, in 1975, to use a computerised lending system. In 1995 it became the first in Australasia to develop a World Wide Web home page.
Today books share shelf space with magazines, newspapers, CDs, videos, and CD-ROMs. Computer facilities and Internet access enable customers to keep up with the latest in technology.
Details of other 50th anniversary events are available from all libraries.
For more information contact:
Sasha Bowers, Marketing and Promotions Specialist, 941 7923.