Tauranga City Libraries
Friends of Baycourt Tauranga
Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery
Puhoi Town Library
A small white concrete building which stands on the Puhoi river bank has been used as a venue for meetings, a first aid post, a mortuary and a small craft outlet.
Today it serves as the Puhoi town library. The building was erected in 1913 and ten years later, in 1923 the Puhoi Road Board gave it to the people of Puhoi and the Puhoi Town Library was established.
Sadly the library was filled with 6ft of silt after the the “Great Flood” of 1924.
Finally in 1977 the building was re-established as the library of Puhoi.
Then in 2001 it was flooded once again!
The library now houses over 6,000 books, including every Booker Prize winner.
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.