Library service hits the road
by Ann van Engelen
Residents of Castle Hill, Windwhistle and Arthur’s Pass were the first to try out the Selwyn District Council’s new Edge Connector service, bringing popular programmes and resources to those who don’t have easy access to a library.
The especially kitted out vehicle is designed to target communities and schools that are at least 15 kilometres from a library.
“The service is designed to be cost-effective, efficient and flexible in what it provides, so it can bring things the whole community want but would otherwise be difficult to access,” says Community Services and Facilities group manager, Denise Kidd.
“We want to make sure those communities across the district without easy access to a physical library have similar opportunities to others, whether through education on our online resources or bringing a specific programme that caters to a group of residents of the particular community.”
Visits to communities such as Springfield, Dunsandel, Southbridge, Hororata, Greendale, Glentunnel and Sheffield will begin in the next few weeks.
The Edge Connector is fitted with Wi-Fi, computers, a printer and scanner.
“We had the connector to visit, and it was really exciting for the community. Matt, the librarian, had story time with the younger students and explained graphics with the seniors,” said Windwhistle School principal Bronwen Seaward.
“Community members came along and learned how to use e-books as well.
It is a great way to connect our children with the library services as we are a great distance to the nearest library.”