Library And Museum
Street Address: Jellicoe Court, Kawerau
Postal Address: P.O. Box 103, Kawerau, 3169
Phone: (07) 306 9041
Queens Birthday Monday 3 June 2013
News And Events
System Upgrade At The Library
After 12 years of service, the Kawerau District Council is replacing the Library software system, Horizon, with a new system named Kōtui. Kōtui is a shared library management and resource discovery service available to New Zealand public libraries on subscription. The word 'kōtui' in te reo Māori means to interlace or interweave. Our customers will gain access to using the resource discovery tools to easily find what they want from our library’s physical and electronic content (including e-books and e-audiobooks) when searching from home, school, work or on their smartphone as well as from inside their library. There will be a period of time while staff continue to update and change systems over to the new software but we hope the long-term benefits allowing customers to connect from home and after-hours will be well worth the temporary disruptions. If you want to try our new catalogue, click here or on the button at the top of the page.
On Display At The Museum...
New exhibitions at the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum launched March 2013. Early in 1954, an amateur photographer Fred Robb took photos of Kawerau District High School (our first High School) being built. As far as we are aware, these are the only photos of this event, and we have placed them up on display. Another new exhibition is an overview of Francis Prideaux, who was responible for many of the decisions in creating the township of Kawerau. With the reorganization of schools in Kawerau, we thought this was a great opportunity to celebrate the history of schooling in Kawerau from our first school in 1954 up to present day. The #2 Paper Machine roared into action fifty years ago on the 15th December 1962 and our display features photos from its development through to the official opening in 1963. There are also new photos in our permanent displays, the stories of industry and the community. More information on our displays plus our pressed glass community cabinet can be found at http://www.kaweraudc.govt.nz/library/museum.asp .
Please Support Kete Kawerau
The Kawerau District Library and Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum has launched a website Kete Kawerau to collect the stories and images of Kawerau. Visitors can view the Kete Kawerau on the APNK computer service or go online at http://ketekawerau.peoplesnetworknz.info/ to add your own material. Kete Kawerau has been created to capture and preserve the historical and current memories, stories, and activities of the Kawerau community and we need you to share your stories and images, past and present.
As part of our current Museum displays, we are asking people to share their memories of Kawerau's schools and you can add yours online or come in and see the Museum and Library staff. Donations of original documents and photos are also appreciated. Kete Kawerau is your place to add online material about Kawerau's current and past history so please help us by adding your stories for future generations to enjoy.
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