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Game of Tomes

Martinborough Library staff Ronnie Hawkins, left, Kathy Schofield, Victoria Stevens, Shirley Nightingale, Adrienne Sutcliffe, Richmel Castleton, and Jackie Hawkins. PHOTO/ANNAH RAIT

 

EMILY NORMAN

Winter is coming, and Martinborough Library staff are putting on their best game faces for social media warfare.

Inspired by Invercargill Library’s viral Kim Kardashian photoshoot, the Martinborough Library have armed themselves with swords, dressing up as characters from Game of Thrones.

Librarian Shirley Nightingale said their “Game of Tomes”, which was posted on Facebook at the start of this week, has already garnered 16,000 views.

“We’ve got libraries from Pennsylvania, Miami, Seattle all coming back saying, ‘game on’.

“So, we’re already thinking about our next move.”

Mrs Nightingale said when most people thought about librarians, the image that came to mind was “ladies with tight buns, glasses”

“That’s not necessarily true – we have a lot of fun.”

The tomes in the photo were donated to the library, Mrs Nightingale said.

“A man popped in one day with one of the books in his hands and said, ‘I’m on my way to the tip with these old books unless you want them’.

“Of course, I wanted them.”

They were a set of the Historian’s history of the world, dated 1908.

“The large one Ronnie is holding is dated 1899 about Thomas Gainsborough.

“Honestly, we take donations of anything at the library – we have even had a rooster, which we re-homed for a customer.

“Our library is a community heart rather than just a room with books, and shoes, of course.”

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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