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
During the Covid-19 Lockdown libraries did more than provide access to online publications, e-books and videos to download or stream etc.
In Lithuania public libraries that had 3D printers, which were normally used in digital skills and creative workshops for children and youth, used them in the fight against the coronavirus. Lithuanian libraries joined a national initiative of public libraries to print medical face shields that protected doctors and nurses treating infected people. They busily printed plastic masks and distributed them to hospitals.
In the same vein the Serbian ‘Radislav Nikcevic’ Public Library, in Jagodina, printed medical face shields for their local hospital.