Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This photo looks north along Chamberlain Street in 1969 before construction began on the Mall. It is one of a series of photographs taken by Dorothy Picken who was the Librarian at the time. More of her photos can be found on Kete Horowhenua.
The echoes of tenants past were heard last week when this old McKenzie logo was found on a door being removed from the old Countdown space. The Countdown space was originally McKenzies and opened in November 1970.
It originally had doors opening to the north, where the Mall is now, and to the south, onto the concrete area at the end of the existing library. The Levin Mall opened a year later, in 1971. McKenzies later became Woolworths and then much later, sometime after 1991 it became Countdown.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The cheerful sound of giant woodpeckers and the grumble of unseen machinery from beyond the wall is taking a small break. However smiles continue unabated as work generally progresses towards our new building. One of the greatest pleasures is sharing the news of a positive outlook with library users. Yes! We are expanding! Say goodbye to the empty abandoned-looking shell and HELLO to progress. Imagine the the incredible services we will be able to offer, the space we will have, the exhibitions we will show. The pride we will have in working in such a dynamic library and community centre.
Firstly the crane on the truck was used to drag the beams out of the building entrance to where the guys were able to safely hook it up.
It didn't take long at all for the beam to be swung ever so gently up over the truck to where it could be loaded for carting away.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The channel for the new fire wall - no wonder it was noisy in the Mall while they were digging it!
Thanks to Mario and his team for saving the noisiest part of their work until the library was closed yesterday. We really appreciated your consideration.
Friday, December 16, 2011
The big jack hammer in action.
North end of the interior - the truck parked inside makes it really obvious how much room there is inside building.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I was working away at my desk this morning and kept feeling that something was missing. It finally dawned on me that it was blissfully quiet. No jack hammers causing the walls to vibrate and the teeth to chatter. I can actually concentrate on my work. I know that this is just a respite before it all starts up again. I really don’t mind too much. Te Takere is on its way.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The full story of the adventure of the retrieval of Tihi Pukematawai is here.
... is a jackhammer
Never have library staff been so happy to put up with noise as we are this week. The jackhammer has been going non stop for 2 days and our only concern is for the poor guy on the end of it:)
Given that there is a double firewall with a still air gap between we weren't expecting it to be quite so loud - but it is!
Staff are looking quite spiffy in their earplugs, headphones and what ever else they are using to block out the worst of the noise. Here's a tip: audiobooks are your friend!
Visitors to the library are being absolutely brilliant and understanding and tolerant too. Thank you everyone. Hopefully this disruption is the worst of the demolition and it shouldn't go on for too much longer. Just imagine how wonderful the new facility is going to be :)
Friday, December 9, 2011
At last we are on the way to having a fabulous Community & Cultural centre that we have all dreamed about and hoped for for so long. Levin has a long history of free library service beginning in 1911 in the free library which was build with funds contributed by the Scots/American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Continuing this tradition of support for local projects which will benefit the whole of our community Horowhenua District Council approved the construction tender at an extraordinary meeting of Council on 29 November 2011. Work is expected to begin within the next month.