Young library users expected to behave

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Team work... Mataura Community Board chair man Alan Taylor and Gore district libraries manager Lorraine Weston-Webb are keen to see all young people in Mataura who use the library behave in a respectful way. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Mataura Community Board will be working with Mataura library staff to encourage acceptable behaviour in young people using the library.

The decision was made after a report from Gore district libraries manager Lorraine Weston-Webb tabled at Monday night’s board meeting was discussed.

After the meeting Ms Weston-Webb said she had been concerned about the behaviour of some of the young people using the library and decided it was a community board issue.

“We discussed the concerns we had about some challenging behaviour from some unattended children in the library and the community board was concerned and agreed to work with us to encourage acceptable behaviour and a safe environment for all who wanted to enjoy the library and service centre,” Ms Weston-Webb said.

Since October on several occasions police were called to deal with young people who were behaving in an unacceptable way.

She would like to encourage the young people who have been behaving inappropriately to be respectful and enjoy the services on offer at the library.

“It is a place for everybody.. no bad language, no swearing, no abuse.”

Per head of population the library had a high usage rate.

“It’s a very popular place and we need to make sure it’s a comfortable place for everybody at all times.”

Community board chairman Alan Taylor said the library staff had the full support of the board.

The number of incidents in communities where young people were not behaving well seemed to be increasing.

“Surely there is a responsibility on parents, on families and the wider community to counter unacceptable behaviour for if we ignore or accept what is wrong we are simply condoning it,” Mr Taylor said,

“It takes a community to raise a child.”