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Christchurch City Council Media Release 26 June 2000

New Library and Service Centre for Fendalton

The council’s newest facility, Christchurch City Council: Fendalton, incorporating the Fendalton Library and Service Centre, will open its doors for the first time on Monday 3 July.

This combined service point will mean that customers can pay rates, renew dog licences, borrow books, plus use library information and other council services at just one location.

Situated on the corner of Clyde and Jeffreys roads – on the site of the old service centre demolished last November – the new building will house over 70,000 books, magazines and CDs; computers offering internet and email; casual seating; study places; council services; the community police; and a boardroom.

"As well as books, the children’s library is also home to some very special artwork by New Zealand illustrators," said Rosemary Hitt, Children’s Librarian. "The works, auctioned to raise funds to help performing bears in Thailand, were purchased with a generous bequest to the library."

The illustrations, which all feature bears, are by Karesse Angelo, Christchurch artists Gwenda Turner and Gavin Bishop, and one of the world’s top illustrators Pamela Allen. The inspiration for Pamela Allen’s drawing of bears in red socks came from Team New Zealand’s marketing campaign.

The building will be officially opened by Deputy Mayor Lesley Keast at a public ceremony on Monday 3 July at 9am. Festivities will continue throughout the week with a programme of events including music, guest speakers, workshops, storytimes and family entertainment.

Events programmes are available from all libraries and service centres. Bookings are required for most events and can be made at Papanui, Bishopdale and Redwood libraries, or the Fendalton Service Centre.

For more information, please contact:

Sasha Bowers, Promotions & Publications Co-ordinator, Canterbury Public Library, 941 7923

Bill Nagelkerke, Children’s and Young Adults’ Services Co-ordinator, Canterbury Public Library,

941 7923

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