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Last modified: 25 Aug 2020 8:50am

Image of a woman in a black mask with silver sequins

With people encouraged to wear masks at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, the Selwyn Libraries are helping out.

Each of the four libraries has a sewing machine, which is being made available for people to make their own masks. The libraries are supplying patterns and thread at each library for people who bring their own fabric to make a mask. Patterns are available at each library and through the libraries’ Facebook page for people with their own machines to make masks at home.

Picking up mask patterns has proved very popular with library users, District Arts Culture and Life-long Learning Coordinator Mat Logan says.

The libraries are always on the lookout for ways to support the community and help people build skills. Past sewing and craft initiatives at the libraries have proved very popular and masks filled an immediate need, he says.

“With the advice for people to wear facemasks we can provide the opportunity to people and the plans to make them quickly and cheaply at home.”

It also gives people the chance to help others by making masks for whanau and friends, Mat says.

Anyone wanting a mask pattern can collect one from the libraries or visit the Libraries' Facebook page to find a download link.