Month: January 2022

Library Closed 6 & 7 February for Waitangi Day

Tenā koutou katoa.

Palmerston North City Library and its community locations will be closed on 6 February for Waitangi Day and 7 February for the weekday observance of Waitangi Day.

As New Zealand commemorates the anniversary of the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi, you might want to learn more about the Treaty, it’s history and impact today. The Library has a collection of resources to help you discover more for tamariki and pakeke (adults).

For everyone, The Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a dual-language, flip-book, graphic-novel-style non-fiction about the Treaty of Waitangi. Developed for a general audience, it has been reviewed by some of Aotearoa’s foremost Te Tiriti o Waitangi experts.

For adults looking for more in-depth insight, browse our non-fiction books and resources here on our website.

For tamariki, we have a selection of non-fiction books about Te Tiriti.

The Treaty = Te Tiriti uses a story format to describe how in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi became the founding agreement between the peoples of Aotearoa.

William’s Waitangi Day is a story to show tamariki that different whānau observe Waitangi Day differently. It also teaches young migrant tamariki that it’s ok to not yet understand what Waitangi Day is.

We wish you a happy Waitangi Day, and will see you when we open with our usual hours on Tuesday 8 February.

The Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi
nā Toby Morris, rātou ko Ross Calman ko Mark Derby ; he mea whakamāori nā Piripi Walker.

Book review: A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Thanks to one of our wonderful patrons at the Awapuni Library for the following review on A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson (Book 1)

Nathan Cody is a troubled man. He’s also a detective sergeant in the serious crime unit of the Liverpool police force. When a woman is killed there are few clues as to why and who the perpetrator might be. It’s only when a second death occurs that Cody realises it’s not the people of Liverpool who are being targeted, but the police themselves.

Deeply traumatised by a previous case he must fight his own inner demons as he struggles to find the murderer. A gritty fast paced thriller, A Tapping at my Door, is the exciting first installment in the Nathan Cody series.

Find a copy here:

Books to read before they become movies in 2022

A lot of us agree that books are better than the movies, but I don’t know about you, I still like to check out the movie to see if it lives up to expectation.

If you want to get a jump start on reading some books that are coming out as movies (or TV series) this year then check out this very helpful website: Books to Movies & TV in 2022: Adaptations Coming Soon.

I think a lot of people will be excited to see some of the titles listed here, particularly The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah which seems to be a favourite of those interested in historical fiction.

You can browse the titles on the catalogue on our website Palmerston North City Library and reserve them too. Don’t forget some are also eBooks which can be found on Libby or BorrowBox.

Library Hack: Check your borrowing history

Did you know you can check our your borrowing history from the last 2 years? All you need to do is login to the website with your library card and then select the Checkout History option in the Checkouts tab.

@libraryhacks are a new series of technology and library related tips to help make your life easier – look out for them.

Memorial Park

Image depicts 'Now and then' feature with old and new depictions of the CM Ross building in Palmerston North.

Summer is a great time to explore parks and pools in Palmy! Families have enjoyed relaxing at Memorial Park from the 1950s to present day.

Although not quite taken from the same angle, these images show just how much Memorial park has changed over the years.

Image depicts historical view of Memorial park changing rooms on hill. Adults and children in school uniform walk on grassed areas past trees and metal seats.Image depicts childrens play equipment. A spiral wooden ramp twists up to a central two-story tower with slide. Surrounding area shows recycled rubber safety flooring in bright colours.
1963 to 2021

Check out this link for more Memorial Park history on Manawatū Heritage.

Library Hack: Photo ID copying

Here’s a great tip if you need to scan or photocopy both sides of your photo ID onto a single page. This works on all our library copiers and will save you time messing about with multiple pages.

Look for the ID Card Copy option on the photocopier, then place your ID on the top-left of the copier screen, hit the green Start button (you won’t see anything print yet…) Then flip your ID over, hit Start again, and voila! Out will pop a copy of your ID with both sides on one page.

@libraryhacks are a new series of technology and library related tips to help make your life easier – look out for them.

Digitise your images at the library

Image depicts computer set-up with photograph scanning machine. A series of negatives and photograph slides rests on a table.

We have scanners available to digitise your hard copy photographs, slides and negatives. Staff are available to train you on the machines so you can preserve your images for the future and share them easily with family and friends.

It’s easy as! Call into the 2nd floor of the Central Library and take a trip down memory lane.