Month: February 2024

Versions writing project – submissions open 1 March

Once again, in 2024, the City Library’s Versions writing project is go. The fifth in the series, Versions Tuarima will collect community creativity, giving anyone an opportunity to see their work in print. Use the prompt to get started with writing a story, poem or play, or write a piece of music or create some visual art. The idea is to explore creativity.

This year’s prompt is “whenua/earth”. Make of that what you will. You can use it extensively, or as a jumping off point, or go your own way completely.

How to format your submission:

  • As a .doc, .docx or .rtf file
  • Name and contact details at the top of the manuscript.
  • Double spacing, with paragraphs indented and no space between paragraphs.
  • Italics as Italics and bold as bold.

See here: for a good formal overview:

When submitting, please include a brief biography of around 50 words.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about that, at

Submissions open on 1st of March and the deadline is 31st July. We’ll publish a physical book as well as an ebook in October. We’re planning on running a couple of workshops to help you along the way – keep an eye on our What’s On page. Submissions and questions can be sent to

Let your creative muse soar!

Festival of cultures 

Join us in celebrating the diverse cultures we have in the community! 

The mobile library will be at the Festival of Cultures World Food, Craft and Music Fair.  There will be Community Language books to discover and check out. Talk to us about the digital resources in different languages available through the library! 

From the 15th of February Global Parents Support have a Traditional Costumes around the World display at Central Library. View special traditional garments and pick up an entry to their colouring in competition. Entries will also be available at the Community Libraries.  

There will be some cultural immersion book displays at the libraries and you can watch World movies and documentries for free through  

Beamafilm | Watch movies, series and more … 

Kanopy – Stream Classic Cinema, Indie Film and Top Documentaries 

Don’t forget you can share your photos from the Festival of Cultures on  Manawatū Heritage – Manawatū Heritage (   

Festival of Cultures 

Lantern Parade 

Friday 23rd February 


Te Marae o Hine- The Square 

World Food, Craft and Music Fair  

Saturday 24 February 


Te Marae o Hine- The Square 

Festival of Cultures World Food, Craft and Music Fair 2018: Photo by Rob Edwards accessed on Manawatū Heritage. 

Lunar New Year 2024

During Lunar New Year, communities all over the world participate in different celebrations. Lunar new year typically starts when the first new moon appears until the first full moon, the start date various between cultures. Lanterns, decorations, traditional food, fireworks and red envelopes are just a few traditions followed during this time hoping to bring prosperity for the new year.  

If you follow the Chinese zodiac you will know that the year 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. The characteristics of the Wood Dragon include confidence, creativity and determination and the Year of the Dragon is a symbol of strength, luck and success.   

This year Global Parents Support have a display about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated around the World! Come and see it on the First floor at the Central Library before the 12th Feb. 

Click on a book cover in the image below and it will take you to the Library catalogue record for that book.