Month: April 2022

Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa – NZ Music Month

May is New Zealand Music Month – yay! This year’s ‘Level Up’ theme is about bringing into focus tomorrow’s stars, showcasing up-and-coming talent and success stories, and celebrating what emerging success means for the New Zealand artists

What’s happening at the Library:

  • A live-streamed performance from local artists on May 26th. Check back here and we’ll post a link to it.
  • A display of music photography, called From The Pit (https://fromthepit.co.nz/). You can see this on the big screen on the Central Library’s Sound & Vision area throughout May.
  • A quiz so you can test your NZ Music knowledge. You’ll find it at the bottom of this post.
  • Even more exciting: we want YOU to help us write a song! Submit a line and we’ll use it to write a song at the end of the month. You can submit a line by: writing it on the song lyric sheet in Sound & Vision at the Central Library; or email your line to content@pncc.govt.nz (subject: “Library song”); or comment on this blog post below.

As usual, you can borrow local music on CD and vinyl for free! Visit the Sound & Vision area of the Central Library.

To find out more about what’s happening around the country, have a look at the New Zealand Music Commission website (https://nzmusic.org.nz/).

Book recommendation: ‘The Diamond Eye’

The cover of 'The Diamond Eye' by Kate Quinn

This recommendation is from a library staff member.

I finished reading The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn over Anzac weekend. An amazing story based on the true story of Mila Pavlichenko, who was a history student in the Ukraine when the second world war broke out and then became one of the best snipers in the Russian Army. I always know if I have found a good book if I end up googling for more information which is exactly what I did for Mila Pavlichenko. Kate Quinn did an excellent job telling her story.

It was kind of weird reading this book knowing what is happening in Ukraine at the moment. I personally do not know much history in regards to Ukraine, but from reading this book it seems like there has been a long complicated history, one I will definitely be looking into further. The history of the country isn’t the main part of the story but I just found it interesting because of what is happening at the moment.

This book is currently on our New Book display but we have a few copies of it, and even a copy in large print. I got my copy as an eBook through Libby.

Book review: ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped a Rainbow!’

Thanks to the Awapuni Library for this review on The Dinosaur that Pooped a Rainbow by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter.

Danny sees a rainbow,
Dino sees it too!
So many pretty colours,
They can name them all, can you?

When Danny and his friend Dino see a beautiful rainbow in the sky, they name each of the colours they can see. When they finish they realise that there is one important colour missing. Only Dino the Dinosaur can help correct it!!

A great book about colours for young children with lovely illustrations and part of The Dinosaur That Pooped series.

Anzac quilt

Each year around Anzac Day we display our special Anzac quilt. This quilt was made from hours of work from Council staff and the Palmerston North community in 2015.

The poppies came about from a request from the Waiouru Army Museum to create a display commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. Due to the amazing response they got there was a surplus so all of poppies made by Palmerston North residents were retained by the Central Library in order to make the amazing quilt.

Amongst the red poppies there is also a white poppy to commemorate the fallen Asian soldiers and a purple one for the animals who died during the war. The Turkish flag is also included as they are kindly watching over the graves of our fallen soldiers.

ANZAC Day hours at the Library

Palmerston North’s Central Library, Community Libraries in Ashhurst, Awapuni, Roslyn and Te Pātikitiki, Youth Space and Blueprint: The City Library Makerspace will be closed on Monday 25 April for ANZAC Day.

For the Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; 
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end, they remain.

– Laurence Binyon

What’s on this April

This April, the Library has a great range of activities for all. Here’s a summary of what we have coming up:

April School Holiday Grab and Go activity packs

In a hurry and need something to entertain the kids? Our Grab and Go activity packs are perfect, and a new pack is available each week! Find out more.

21 April – Taking the Ridge

Part of our Writers and Readers programme, Taking the Ridge welcomes author Jeffrey McNeill to talk about his book Taking the Ridge: Anzacs & Germans at the Battle of Messines 1917.

The talk is on 21 April at 6pm on the Ground Floor of Central Library, and RSVPs are requested. Find out more.

27 April – Global War, Global Catastrophe – Neutrals, Belligerents and the Transformation of the First World War

The First World War had a massive impact on Aotearoa New Zealand, but we were far from alone. In this lecture, Professor Maartje Abbenhuis explains how fundamental the First World War was for communities around the world, whether they actually fought in the war or not. 

This talk is hosted at the Globe Theatre at 5.45pm. RSVPs are necessary. Find out more.

Autumn Reading

It’s like Summer Reading, but cosier and open to all!

Read, earn badges and go into the draw to win prizes for feeding your inner bookworm. Find out more.

COMING UP IN MAY

5 May – The Career That Chose Me: Vicki Lee Find out more.

12 May – Life as a Beefeater in the Tower of London Find out more.

More activities and programmes are in store at the Library, so stay tuned!

The City Library Under Orange

Yellow background with black letters saying "City Library Update"

05 May 2022 Update:

Kia ora koutou. Hi everyone,

Here are a few important things to remember when visiting any City Library location (Central, Ashhurst, Awapuni, Roslyn, Te Pātikitiki, Youth Space, and Blueprint) under Orange.

Please:

  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Wear a mask at all times while in the library.
  • Be considerate of others and their space.

Opening Hours:

Programmes:

  • All onsite programmes and regular activities are currently being reviewed against revised traffic light requirements as we look to resuming these as resourcing allows.
  • We will keep you updated with rescheduled programmes and activities once this work has been completed.

Additional Information:

  • Contactless Click & Collect is available at all locations.
  • There are no overdue or hold fees and no DVD/CD charges.
  • All library meeting rooms are closed.
  • We will continue to have QR codes at the entrances of all locations for those who wish to contact trace.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we are hard at work bringing you the City Library initiatives you value.

Read about Council developments and see the latest Central Government advice here.

Always available 24/7:

  • The City Library’s Digital Library is always open—and we are continuously working to enhance our digital offerings. Check out e-books, e-audiobooks, downloadable magazinesmovies and online learning. 
  • Children’s Digital Library is a curated list of digital adventures, virtual storytimes, learn to draw with beloved Children’s illustrators, experiments, and more.
  • Contribute your COVID-19 stories and explore your local history with Manawatū Heritage.
  • Don’t have a Palmerston North City Library membership? We’d love for you to join. You can get instant access to our digital collection with a digital library membership through the Online Membership.

Public Health Information:

It is important to get information from reliable and authoritative sources:

Have a turn with the turntable

Don’t have a turntable at home? Now you can borrow one from the Library!

It’s a one-week issue period. Grab some LPs from the vinyl collection to try them out on the player!

The turntable is kept at the Sound & Vision desk in the Central Library, right next to the main entrance off the ramp. There’s also one you can borrow at the Awapuni Library.

Easter open hours

Planning to visit the Library this Easter weekend? We’re closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, but open on Saturday 16 April. Check out the hours for Central Library below:

And for our Community Libraries here:

Palmeirinhos celebrating Carnival in Palmerston North

Last week about 60 members of the Brazilian community in PN and members of the wider community enthralled us all with a parade around Te Marae o Hine /The Square with their puppets, music and dancing.

Carnaval is the most popular event in Brazil and everyone is welcome to celebrate it. It is used in our community as a chance to help keep the Brazilian culture and language alive, and especially as a chance for the children to keep a connection to their culture.

Check out the article from the Manawatū Standard: Carnaval brings colour and culture to Palmerston North city centre | Stuff.co.nz