Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries is an organisation for ALL people interested in books, libraries, life and literacy.
We hold the following monthly meetings at 3 of the 4 libraries:-
Book Groups at Mt. Maunganui, Papamoa and Greerton,
A General Meeting at Greerton with a speaker.
We began as a lobby group within local body politics, campaigning for improved library services.
A strong aspect of our work is advocating on behalf of the community with both the Library and the Tauranga City Council. We lobbied vigorously for a new library in Papamoa and more recently a new library in Greerton.
Money raised through our regular activities goes back into our libraries.
Our organisation supports the Children’s Summer Reading Programmes, which run through the Christmas holidays, by securing grant money and by helping with the set-up and finale of the programmes.
To maintain a close working relationship with Library and Council staff to help provide the best possible service to the community and to increase the use of the Libraries through public awareness and advocacy of the Library’s goals and objectives.
Tauranga City Libraries
Friends of Baycourt Tauranga
Friends of The Tauranga Art Gallery
New Manager for Tauranga City Libraries
Joanna Thomas has recently been appointed to the position of Manager of the Tauranga City Libraries. She has a long association with Tauranga Libraries. Her first job there was in 1997, coming back in 2006 to open the Papamoa Library and then returning again in 2013. Joanna says that she is ready for the challenge of focusing on the strategic and long term direction for the libraries without losing her sense of reality and what is important to customers and staff.