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Creative fusion . . . Waimate assistant librarian Ann Hume in front of the library's latest display. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

STAFF REPORTER

One has to wonder – what do ties have to do with literacy?

Take two classics– one recent and one a bit older – and throw in some neck ties, and you have got a fusion of unique creativity that will spark the imagination and tempt young and old minds alike to explore all that is on offer at the Waimate District Library.

The two classics – Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland– are the themes infused into a display at the library and are the inspiration of Irene Sparks, who has the Guinness World Record for Grabatology (necktie collection) with 21,321 different ties.

Mayor Craig Rowley said there was a strong focus on encouraging people to visit the library and the display was a fine example of blending artistry and literacy.

“Just last week we announced the removal of fines on overdue children’s books. This is one way to encourage literacy.

“The new display will spark even greater interest.

ties have to do with literacy?

“The answer lies within the display itself and as Irene Sparks has herself said, there are hidden clues, including what Harry Potter may have seen on his first day at Hogwarts – pumpkin pasties and jars full of humorous potions.

“Entering the library is like falling down the rabbit hole. There are many surprises indeed.”

The colourful exhibit will be on display for about a month.