Bring out your negs… 

Dee Atkinson with the prize e-reader package.

A $350 Kobo Libra eReader package is up for grabs for all those engaging in one of Waipā District Libraries’ Heritage Month initiatives running through February.

Anyone lending either Cambridge or Te Awamutu libraries their pre-1970s photographs will go into a draw to win the package.   Images submitted will go towards a newly-launched Local History page on the libraries’ website, and will be scanned and shared via public displays at each library.

The initiative is a central part of this year’s Heritage Month.

“We’re looking for any photos people might have tucked away … they might depict people, events, places, buildings, and cover the whole of Waipā,” said Waipā District Council librarian Dee Atkinson.  “We do Heritage Month every February, but because we’re not able to do anything in person this time, we decided to do this photo initiative as a first for us.”

The sharing of memories during Heritage Month also extends to children across Waipā, with invitations for youngsters aged 8 to 15 to take part in a free online Digital Scavenger Hunt running until February 28.   Prizes of either a book or a DVD voucher will go to the winners, depending on their age.

Questions for the scavenger hunt are available on the library’s website, and participation is not limited to library members.

Yet another element is a virtual Heritage Home Tours, featuring online profiles of some of the homes built around Waipā in the early 1900s.  The first in the series is already up on the website, and features Dee chatting to the owners of Leamington’s Garland House, built in 1864.
Clubs can also get involved in Heritage Month by having their history recorded as part of the Club Oral History Project now underway.

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