It was a magical day in Mauke when the new community library was completed and the people of Mauke could finally tour the shelves this week and discover an abundance of literature.
A bulk load of 500 books had been delivered to Mauke with help from Cook Islands Rotary, Malcolm Sword and Air Rarotonga’s Ewan Smith.
The library building itself was put together by June and Andrew Hosking who did the work to turn an old bedroom into what is now named 'Are Puka o Mauke' (Book House of Mauke).
Bookworm June Hosking said she used to hate reading but since finding a love for it many years ago, she has made it her mission to share that passion.
June remembered an enthusiastic college lecturer encouraging a search into the world of children's literature and since then she can consume lengthy novels and if she’s not careful, hours can escape her.
June says the library will provide a quiet place to do homework and the children have made use of activities there such as chess, Scrabble and puzzles.
The elderly, too, can use the space to commune and crack open a brand new book.
“It won't be long before our shelves reach capacity of around 1000 books, a good number for a small island,” said June.
“The opening was the first petal of a dream flower which has begun to unfurl.”