Month: November 2021

Summer Reading registrations open today *** NOW CLOSED ***

What is it?

The Summer Reading Programme is our popular summer challenge, which promotes the enjoyment of reading for children aged 4 – 10 years. Readers of all abilities can participate.

This year, our programme is online due to Covid-19. Readers will still be supported by library staff over summer with the app Beanstack. Readers log their reading on the app to complete ‘activity badges’ which help to earn incentives.

We provide assistance to parents and families in what services the library has to offer as well.

So READLOGDOEARN and if you earn 4 (or 5) incentive activity badges you’ll have successfully completed the programme and can take home a finale grab-and-go pack to celebrate!

iRead – Intermediate Reading Programme

This programme is for children aged 11 – 13 years and requires them to write and submit short online book reviews.

For every three reviews completed, readers can select one new book as a reward. It is possible to earn up to five new books during the programme. Some of these book rewards are the latest titles.

There are also some additional online activity badges that can be earned too.

Te Reo Māori Programme

We are pleased to offer a Te Reo Māori programme, which we run through local schools in Term 4.

Please contact Christina Winitana by email for more information.

Multilingual Options

The Summer Reading Programme supports speakers of other languages by offering our ‘Global Legends’ online activity badges. Translated hardcopy materials are required to complete these reading activities.

These activities have been created and supported by multicultural groups within our community and facilitate connections for children who are speakers or readers in another language.

How do I participate?

There are more than 600 places available, however our reading programmes are very popular so we might have more people who wish to register than we have space for.

To secure your place, register on our website from 9am Monday 22 November. Registrations remain open while places are available.

*** Registrations are now closed ***

When does it run from?

The Summer Reading and iRead Programmes 2021/22 both start on Monday 6 December, and finish on Thursday 27 January.


The Summer Reading Programme is available online and through all Palmerston North City Library sites: Central, Ashhurst, Awapuni, Roslyn and Te Pātikitiki for incentive collections.

iRead is also run online, and through the Library at Central, Ashhurst, Awapuni, and Roslyn for incentive collections.

Want to know more?

Contact Rhonda Chenery, Children’s Programme Coordinator


Phone: 351 4100, ext: 7057

Countdown to Christmas!

The best thing about Christmas (in my opinion) is all the great Christmas books and movies.

We are so lucky that we are spoilt for choice for Christmas themed titles in our library. Whether its with classics like Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol or Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or new ‘classics’ like Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson or The Little Yellow Digger Saves Christmas by Peter Gilderdale we have something for everyone.

Check out some of our titles like Christmas stories for children, Christmas love stories and romances, Cookbooks for Christmas kai to wow your friends and family, Christmassy movies and Christmas music. We also have an extensive collection of movies online that you can use as part of your library membership.

The great news is that using the library for Christmas cheer will help keep the coins in your pocket.

Outside of the Library, you can visit Santa’s Cave at Te Manawa. It’s a Palmy Christmas Tradition. You can book a free ticket to the Christmas Parade held at the Arena this year. The free tickets are available at Ticketek.

It’s World Nursery Rhyme Week

World Nursery Rhyme Week was launched in 2013 and promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education.

Over 5 million children from 113 countries have taken part since 2013!

Every year five nursey rhymes are chosen as a focus for the week, but you can celebrate with whichever nursery rhymes you know and love. This year’s chosen nursery rhymes are:

Incy Wincy Spider
Sleeping Bunnies
Wind The Bobbin
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Down In The Jungle

Palmerston North City Library is celebrating all week, with activities at Central Library in the Children’s section. We have nursery rhyme colouring in activities, decorations, and certificates to earn for reciting to us your favourite nursery rhyme.

Check out our Facebook page for daily clips with a new nursery rhyme to sing along to. As well as English, we’ve got some diversity with Te Reo Māori, American Sign Language (which isn’t related to New Zealand Sign Language) and really shows how expressive sign languages are.

Come join in the fun! Nursery Rhyme activities are on weekdays from opening to 12:30.

Yacht Rock?

I love reading and learning new things from the books. Usually I learn about new places or moments in history but this weekend I read Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey and I discovered ‘Yacht Rock’. There were many references to this new concept throughout the book so of course I had to do a Google search on it. According to this book Yacht Rock is used to describe songs that have a sailing/water theme.

Curiosity got the better of me so I downloaded a playlist on Spotify. There are some really great songs there but I struggled to find a sailing theme in them. Like Steal Away by Robbie Durpree, What a Fool Believes by the Doobie Brothers, and Arthur’s Theme by Christopher Cross – where is the sailing theme? There isn’t even one word mentioned about sailing, or yachts. So, I looked up Wikipedia, as we all know how accurate that is, and found their definition fit more with what I had concluded myself, that Yacht Rock is just a collection of soft rock music from the mid 70s to mid 80s.

The book wasn’t bad either. It was a a light, humorous read, and if you are into Yacht Rock there is a lot of great song recommendations through it.

The long tailed bat

So, a mammal won the Bird of the Year competition Bird of the Year 2021 | Bird of the Year . Interesting choice. The pekapeka long tailed bat won over other New Zealand birds including kōkako and hoiho yellow-eyed penguin.

The pekapeka long tailed bat can be found all over New Zealand but the threat for survival is at the highest level: nationally critical. Bats aren’t the first thing a lot of people think of when they think of threatened species in New Zealand, so although it might be an ‘interesting’ choice to be named ‘Bird of the Year’, it is good to get the spotlight on these cute little bats.

Here are some facts on this bat from the Department of Conservation website:


The long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) belongs to a more widespread family and is closely related to five other species of wattled or lobe-lipped bats in Australia and elsewhere.

The North Island and South Island long-tailed bat was confirmed in 2018 as one species.  It has the highest threat ranking of ‘nationally critical’.

Long-tailed bats are widely distributed throughout the mainland, Stewart Island, Little Barrier and Great Barrier islands and Kapiti Island. They are more commonly seen than short-tailed bats as they fly at dusk along forest edges. 

  • Long-tailed bats are smaller than the short-tailed bat, chestnut brown in colour, have small ears and weigh 8-11 grams.
  • They are believed to produce only one offspring each year.
  • The bat’s echo-location calls include a relatively low frequency component which can be heard by some people.
  • It can fly at 60 kilometres per hour and has a very large home range (100 km2).
  • An aerial insectivore, it feeds on small moths, midges, mosquitoes and beetles.


Causes of decline are combinations of:

  • Clearance and logging of lowland forests
  • Cutting of old-age trees for fire wood
  • Predation by introduced animals such as cats, possums, rats, and stoats
  • Exclusion of bats from roosts by introduced mammals, birds, wasps, and human interference.

The Great Kiwi Bake Off

The Great Kiwi Bake Off is happening again on TV, but why don’t you have a go at home? We have tons of great food books and magazines to help you out, or go online and have a look for some inspiration. PressReader has a great collection of magazines you can access from home for free too.

Last week was a Kiwiana themed bake off, I wonder what theme they are doing this week?