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Trust gives $100,000 to buy new books

THE HB Williams Memorial Library Trust has made a grant of $100,000 to buy books for Gisborne’s new library.

Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour said the grant had been deliberately timed to coincide with the opening of the district’s new library, due to open in April.

She said former Cook County chairman Frey Ormerod established the library trust in 1983, in the days before local body amalgamation. He had been well aware that the day would come when there would not be enough money to buy new books for libraries.

So he and Gisborne City Council established the HB Williams Memorial Library Trust with a small amount of capital.

People often left small amounts of money when they went through the library and the trust was now worth $800,000.

The interest was particularly used for buying books, collections and library equipment.

“This $100,000 today is a distribution from that because for the past three years the librarian had recommended the trust not spend all the money we might have offered her because there were not sufficient shelves available in the library to put books up,” she said.

Now the trust had decided to make this grant to the Gisborne community to buy books for the new library. The present trustees are Pat Seymour, Darryl Keast and Pat Flockhart.

The late Bob Briant was an active trustee and worked with author Sheridan Gundry to produce the most recent historical book on Gisborne, A Splendid Isolation.

The library trust and council funded the book and the proceeds after royalties to the author went to the library trust.

This was just one of the ways that the library trust had worked to provide books for the community, Mrs Seymour said.

• To help deal with cost overruns, the council had reallocated $100,000 from library stock to furniture and fittings.

A $100,000 grant from the HB Williams Library Trust will ensure new books are available when the new library opens. Pictured are cultural activities operations manager Pene Walsh, deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz, Mayor Meng Foon and trustees Pat Flockhart and Pat Seymour. Picture by Paul Rickard