Hastings War Memorial Library
Photo: Peter McIntyre designed the etched glass panels and marble stone in the Hall of Memories.
The words on the stone are, "Our freedom is bought with a price that others paid. As you pass through here, remember."
"The appeal for war memorial funds languished until 1952 and much debate and controversy ensued over the form the war memorial would take. At this stage the funds for the war memorial were handed over to the Borough Council so it could obtain a government subsidy on offer by the required date. A proposed change of site was put forward due to increased costs involved in acquiring the necessary land on Civic Square, first to Queen's Square, then to Cornwall Park. A public outcry ensued as, for amongst other reasons, Civic Square had been regarded as the "memorial square" for over 30 years.
Finally at a public meeting of contributors to the fund, a resolution was reached by an overwhelming majority, for a War Memorial Library to be built on Civic Square."
From a free reading room to computerised services, the Hastings Library has evolved over many years. Our buildings have been built, fallen down (literally), moved, rebuilt and extended, to provide a much used community service in the heart of Hastings.
Photo: The old Hastings Library building in Market Street South, destroyed in the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.
Hastings Library has programmes of stories, crafts and enterainment during school holidays.
See Holiday Programmes for dates and times.
All welcome to come along.
Photos and video clips of previous programmes can be seen on our Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdlibraries
Join us in the Childrens' Sections for stories, songs, things to make! Storytimes for Preschoolers are held during term time, 10:30-11:00am, at all three libraries:
Hastings & Havelock North Libraries - every Wednesday.
Flaxmere Library - every Thursday.
All welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Statistics New Zealand gathers comprehensive data on many aspects of our region.
Visit their website to find the latest economic, social and demographic statistics for Hastings District and Hawke's Bay.
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