'That's what makes a community' - Christchurch celebrates reopening of Redcliffs library




A Christchurch library badly damaged by the 2011 earthquake has opened its new doors for the first time on its original site in Redcliffs.

The library was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and has finally opened its doors on the original site.
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The library is run by a team of more than 30 volunteers and operated throughout the Christchurch earthquakes.

It was established in 1914, bringing the community together at the start of World War I.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel helped cut the ribbon at this afternoon's official opening, encouraging children to find a love for reading.

"I love libraries. I love books. The reason I’m mayor today, and I am looking at the younger generation, is because I was an avid book reader."

Ms Dalziel also paid homage to the volunteers who keep the library open six days a week.

"The idea of doing something voluntarily in your community because you care about your community and want to be actively involved and connected.. that's what makes a community,"she said.

Last week, more than 80 students from Redcliffs School formed a human chain to help move books from their temporary home at the Redcliffs Tennis Club to the rebuilt library.

The library was funded by the community and Christchurch City Council.

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