Message from Our Library

Puhoi Town Library

Covid 19 – Temporary Closure

Due to the confined space within the library we are unable to comply with the social distancing measures recommended by the government and are therefore temporarily closing the library. We will review the situation fortnightly and will keep everyone informed through Judith’s Puhoi newsletter.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but as most of our visitors are tourists from outside the community the risk is higher than if we were just open to local library members.

We were initially worried about the influx of returning New Zealanders, who arrived just before Sunday 15th , who did not have to self-isolate, but we now have to worry about the estimated 80,000 still abroad who have been advised by the government to get back immediately. There are worries that self-isolation is not always being adhered to.

The advice today is for everyone is to “stay apart”.

We do not wish to leave the village devoid of reading material, so Nic has suggested that we place a few boxes of books on his top verandah for locals to fossick through. These books have originally been donated to the library by the community and had not as yet found shelf room. We are now giving them back to the community. You are not required to either return them or pay for them, just enjoy.