Haere mai / Welcome

Gonville Library is ten years old

After more than half a million visits and a quarter of a million books issued Gonville Library is gearing up to celebrate its tenth birthday. Everyone is invited to join the celebration at the Gonville Centre, 44 Abbot Street, on Saturday, 31 August at 2.00pm.

Children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character, with prizes for the best dressed. There will be a free sausage sizzle, free vegetarian sandwiches, children’s entertainment and a birthday cake. The library will stay open through the afternoon, with hot drinks and snacks available for purchase from the counter as usual.

The Gonville Library will be open as usual from 10.00am on Saturday 31 August, and the party will kick off at 2.00pm.

Who are we?

Whanganui’s public libraries are freely open to everyone. Encouraging and facilitating reading is the heart of our operation and we have more than 100,000 books and magazines to help us do it, as well as over 30,000 audiobooks, eBooks and eMagazines (and DVDs and CDs as well). We look after our community’s memories and enable people to discover and connect with their own and their community’s stories. We welcome around 400,000 people every year. We are safe, welcoming community spaces that connect people to literature, to knowledge, to entertainment and to the whole world. We are public spaces that connect people to one another.

Reading matters

“What do libraries do for us? Well, they introduce many into the world of literacy and learning and help to make it a lifelong habit; they equalise; they teach empathy and help us to learn about each other; they preserve our cultural heritage; they protect our right to know and to learn; they build communities; they strengthen and advance us as a nation; they empower us as individuals.”
Malorie Blackman, UK Children’s Laureate 2013 to 2015

“People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer, such as “Is this the laundry?” “How do you spell surreptitious?” and, on a regular basis, “Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it turned out they were twins.”
Sir Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

More readers, reading more: Whanganui Distrcit Library Strategic Plan 2018-2023