We popped into Mahara Place this morning to check out the ‘pop-up mini library’ and at the same time this vibrant display of flowers in the two planters in the Mahara Lane part. Full points to the council gardener!

On the subject of the mini-library, this is in the exterior alcove where the artificial vegetation tableau is, and has about 300 of what they say are the most popular books in a portable bookcase for borrowing, They can also do reserves.

For the medium term they are looking at alternative premises; the trio of permanently empty shops owned by the Hong Kong lady were looked at, but she wont allow anything to be attached to the walls, and earthquake safety rules require bookshelves to be secure, so it’s not suitable.