Lilliput library for Hawea readers

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Rural life and a love of literature come together at a new Lilliput library in Hawea.

Lake Hawea Station owner Justine Ross said while living in Dunedin and seeing ‘‘gorgeous decorated’’ Lilliput libraries in many places she decided to create a diminutive depository in Hawea Back Rd.

‘‘I just became besotted with them.’’

The library was handcrafted by John Ross, father-in-law of Mrs Ross.

‘‘This is what I hope will become a destination for the families of the area and I hope that they will engage with it.’’

Books for adults and children were stocked in the library and it was asimple concept of borrow a book and leave a book, Mrs Ross said.

If stocks ran low she had a collection of books to keep it supplied, including some bestsellers and many children’s books.

As an ex-teacher and speech therapist, Mrs Ross had a ‘‘huge passion for books’’.

‘‘What we are hoping will happen here is that people will come and bring a book and swap it.’’

Some of her favourites books in the library she hoped people would enjoy included Hemingway’s Boat by Paul Hendrickson, a series of teenage spy novels called Cherub by Robert Muchamore, and 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton and Riria Hotere.

‘‘So I am just excited to see what people are into.’’

Quiet read … Izzy O’Sullivan (9), of Hawea, enjoys a book from the new lilliput library on Hawea Back Rd. PHOTO: SUPPLIED