New burrow for bookworms

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Reflecting Frankton’s growth as a Queenstown hub, a large library’s coming to Remarkables Park.

Queenstown’s council is leasing the 600 square metre ground floor of Remarkables House for at least three years while it looks for a permanent site for a Frankton Flats library to complement its existing Gorge Road one by the CBD.

Frankton’s popularity with bookworms has been proven with a pop-up library at the Events Centre, which will carry on till the new facility opens.

This library’s only open for two hours each Monday and Friday, however books can be returned whenever the centre’s open.

Council comms advisor Sam White says the number of items returned has steadily increased to about 500 a month, due to the convenience of its location.

“As well as Gorge Rd-registered borrowers, it’s being used by Arrowtown borrowers and a few Wanaka borrowers too.”

The council asked for expressions of interest for a temporary Frankton library late last year, and said the option of a short-term lease would give it the chance to “test designs, layouts and technologies, together with the community, to refine a long-term model”.

Remarkables Park boss Alastair Porter says Remarkables House, which opened last winter, is ideal as “it’s a very easy location to get to, there’s loads of parking and there’s the ability to open the doors so people can sit outside the immediate vicinity of the library”.

It’s located not only next to Wakatipu High’s new campus but also the Remarkables Park shopping complex.

White says fit-out and opening date information will be confirmed once a lease is signed.

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