Category: Library News

The latest from the City Library

Library podcast – Shelf Awareness

The Library now has its own podcast! Thanks to Manawatū People’s Radio, Shelf Awareness airs live at 10am on Wednesdays, but you can listen to it at any time on the MPR website.

You can expect to hear about all the great stuff the library offers, from books to author talks to outreach programmes. Plus there’ll be reading recommendations, and interviews where library staff talk about what they do in their jobs, and how they can help you.

Is there something you’d like us to talk about? Let us know: pncl@pncc.govt.nz

Holiday hours

If you’re planning to pop into the library to stock up on reading material soon, you’ll be pleased to hear that we have extended our opening hours on certain days at the Central Library (on the Square) to make it easier.

Sunday 18 Dec: 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 20 Dec: 9am – 7pm

Wednesday 21 Dec: 9am – 7pm

All locations will be closed between Christmas and the New Year like the rest of Council, but a Click & Collect service will be available on some days as outlined below.

You can see all our library locations and their open hours on the PDF below, or on the Locations page on our website.

Click and Collect:

On December 28, 29 and 30, the Click & Collect service will be operating. So you can still pick up your Central Library, Mobile Library or Click & Collect items even though the library will be closed.

Learn how to use the Click and Collect service.

Digital Library:

There’s one part of the library that’s always open – the digital library!
You can get ebooks, e-audio, movies, magazines, and more, from the comfort of your own home.

There’s even a specific page for a Children’s Digital Library, to keep the young ones entertained.

Holiday 2022/23 Click and Collect

Over the holidays this year, the Library will be closed from Fri 23 Dec – Tue 3 Jan inclusive, so we’re making our ‘Click and Collect’ service available at the Central Library on the following days:

  • Wednesday 28 Dec, Thursday 29 Dec, Friday 30 Dec.
  • 10am – 4pm

That way, you can still pick up items you reserved for pick up at Central Library or Click and Collect. Items reserved for Mobile Library will also be available to pick up at the Central Library.

How Click & Collect works:

  • Reserve your item for pick up at “Click and Collect – Central Library” (If you’ve made a reservation/hold for pick up at another location give us a ring and we can change this for you).
  • You’ll get a notification when your items are ready to collect.
  • Bring your library card to the window to the right of the Central Library’s main entrance (up the ramp from Te Marae o Hine / The Square, or up the stairs from George Street)
  • Library staff will retrieve your items and check them out for you.

Good things to know:

  • Placing a hold/reserve is free.
  • The normal pickup time applies – you have 10 days from time of notification.
  • If you’re picking up items for a family member or a friend, just bring their card with you.

To get you started, here’s a refresher on How to place a hold on our website or our app (available for iOS and Android):

If you want to edit your hold using the website, here are the instructions:

The Story of Home Service Deliveries

Two women at a Home Delivery in 1975.

2022 marks 50 years of the library’s Home Service deliveries to members of the public who can’t visit because of illness, disability, limited mobility, and support. This is the story of our home service deliveries from 1972 to today.

1972

In February, a ‘Housebound’ service began as a trial, with 17 customers and 6 delivery volunteers. By November the service was made permanent.

1975

The service has six volunteer delivery drivers, 17 housebound clients, and was expanded to 3 local rest homes. The image to the right shows a home service delivery taking place in 1975 and was originally published in the Manawatū Guardian. Source: Manawatū Heritage.

1979

The talking book service was enabled by the Palmerston North Rotary Club. As part of the Rotary International 75th Jubilee project, $3,000 was donated to the Library to provide about 100 talking books (audio books) to start the scheme.

The new Talking Book kit under review by Marie Moncrieff, Librarian; William Mansfield; and Dorothy Mansfield (‘House-bound’ borrower)

Originally published in the Manawatū Evening Standard in 1979. Source: Manawatū Heritage

1988

The service was expanded to 30 volunteer drivers and 65 clients.

2003

Under the guidance of Housebound Coordinator Deon Knox, the service had 40 volunteer drivers!

2007

The service had 82 clients.

Having the Home Service is excellent for me. I don’t have any transport except taxis, so having books and a jigsaw puzzle delivered every few weeks is something I look forward to and enjoy.  I love reading, it takes you out of where you are and to wherever you’re reading about. Jigsaws are always a challenge – the harder ones are the ones I really enjoy.  Because of Covid, meeting and talking with anyone who delivers the books and puzzles hasn’t been possible but to me, the Home Service is JUST THE BEST. 

Home Service client Betty Holmes

2014

The Library’s Home Service are shared winners of Asia Award for home services and reminiscence programme.

2017

Heather Hurrell retired after 10 years as home services coordinator. In November Nora Kilpin took up the reigns as home service coordinator, and is still in the role in 2022.

The service introduced new ‘Victor’ players for the audiobooks, replacing the ‘daisy players’ that were offered to customers for long term loans. 

Home Service deliveries offer a chance to chat.

Source: Manawatū Heritage

2020

Covid-19 restrictions pause Home Service deliveries during the first lockdown of 2020. When lockdown was lifted, staff picked up more of the selecting and delivery work, to keep our clients and volunteers safe.

2022

February saw 50 years since the inception of the service, while November is 50 years since the service was an official, permanent service at Palmerston North City Library.

We welcomed back our volunteers from July.

Being an avid reader myself I have enjoyed selecting for those who otherwise might be deprived of reading material. Long may this fantastic service continue.

Home Service volunteer Annette Bolton 

I’d like to help!

Our volunteers select books according to our client’s preferences, and deliver and pick up bundles once a month, on DAY OF WEEK/ DATE. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers – to find out more contact us here.

I’m interested in receiving Home Service deliveries

If you’re unable to visit us because of illness, disability or limited mobility, and no-one else can do this for you then the Home Service may be for you. We discuss your interests and needs, and select a bundle just for you. And it’s not just books – we deliver music, DVDs and puzzles too!

Contact us by email, or call (06) 351 4100.

Local History Week 2022

Local History Week 2022 runs from Sunday 30 October to Monday 7 November. It’s jam packed with opportunities for you to explore our heritage buildings in Palmy, hear from local historians, and hear from professionals who work every day to preserve our heritage – from buildings to photos, history and memories, and much more.

You can check out the programme online here, and we also have a handy brochure that you can collect from the library, or download here and print for easy reference:

Some great things you might want to check out:

Dame Vera Lynn Remembered

Taking you back in time, Vicki Lee sings hits from Dame Vera Lynn. Performance will be followed by afternoon tea. Join us in the former C M Ross tearooms, now part of the City Library.

Sunday 30 October, 3-5pm / Second Floor, Central Library

Lunchtime Talks

On every weekday of Local History Week at 12noon. All are welcome! Bring your lunch, hot drinks are provided.

  • Queen Elizabeth II in Palmerston North
  • The pox, the flu and the ‘rona
  • Palmerston North’s post-Second World War transit camps, 1945-1959
  • Earning a Crust: Faces of Work in Palmerston North’s Past
  • Archives Central
  • The Process and Self-Publishing of a Memoir

Archive Tours

We have opportunities to tour the Palmerston North City Council Archive and Massey University Archives. Discover these precious historical repositories, and meet the people who preserve history every day.

Jumping Jellybeans – Jump into the past

A great one for the littlies, we celebrate local history with some fun ‘old school’ preschool activities.

Wednesday 2 November, 10 – 11am / First Floor, Central Library

Special Event: Poets on Palmy

Join us for an evening to celebrate Palmerston North Poets and poetry. Starring Manawatū poets Tim Upperton, Tim Saunders and Jo Aitchison, with special guest James Brown (ex-Palmerston North).

Thursday 3 November, 6pm / Second Floor, Central Library

Special Event: The Forgotten Coast

Richard Shaw, Massey University, explores a personal story from our bicultural history. In his book The Forgotten Coast (2021) the author tells an old family story he was never told when growing up: that his ancestors once farmed land in Taranaki confiscated from Māori and sold to his great-grandfather, who was with the Armed Constabulary when it invaded Parihaka on 5 November 1881.

Sunday 6 November, 2 – 4pm / Second Floor, Central Library

Mina McKenzie Memorial Lecture: Stories of change and innovation in the regions: Women in New Zealand museums since the 1950s

Women now run most of the significant regional museums in New Zealand, including Te Manawa, and yet the figure of the museum director at a metropolitan level remains overwhelmingly male. This illustrated lecture focuses on the role of women in New Zealand museums and shows how they moved from honorary and voluntary roles to running museums over the 20th century.

Monday 7 November, Doors open 6.45pm, Lecture at 7pm. Te Manawa Museum Society Event. Te Rangahau Curiosity Centre, Te Manawa

Heritage building tours

Heritage sites across the city are opening their doors on Sunday 6 November for you to discover and appreciate.

Hoffman Kiln, 615 Featherston Street, 12 – 4pm

Palmerston North Electric Power Station 162 Keith Street, 12:30 – 4pm

Caccia Birch House, 130 Te Awe Awe Street, 12:30 – 4pm

You can keep touring the city’s heritage in your own time with the Manawatū Heritage Tours App.

This is just a selection of things that we have happening for Local History Week, so be sure to check out the programme above and take note of what catches your eye!

Together We Read

This month Palmerston North City Library is participating in Together We Read, New Zealand’s largest online book club!

Between October 13 to 27, everyone with a library card is invited to join Together We Read. With your library card, you can borrow an e-book or e-audiobook copy of New Zealand author Nikki Crutchley’s critically acclaimed novel To the Sea.

How does it work?

To join New Zealand’s largest annual online book club, you will need:

  • Your library card number (on the back of your card) and pin number
  • To download the free Libby App on your device. (from the Apple App Store or Google Play)
  • Download To the Sea by Nikki Crutchley as an ebook. It’s free and there are no holds or waiting
  • Start reading!
  • During the two weeks for reading, you can join the author Nikki Crutchley and other readers across New Zealand for online discussions.

Once you have downloaded the Libby app, get your library card and log in with the barcode number and your pin.

If you’ve forgotten your pin, give us a call on (06) 351 4100.

I need a library membership

  1. You can join at any one of our library locations. Bring in some ID and proof of your address to any one of our libraries, and we’ll sign you up. OR
  2. The fastest way to join is to sign up and participate is to for a digital membership with Palmerston North City Library
  3. The form asks you to choose a library to join – pick Palmerston North Central Library
  4. Pick ‘Digital Only Membership‘. This way, you skip the need to provide proof of your address and can use our digital resources (including Libby) straight away
  5. (You can change your digital membership to a full membership with a card if you bring proof of your address into any one of our libraries)
  6. Fill in the rest of your details, read and accept the Terms and Conditions, and click REGISTER
  7. Log in to Libby with your membership, download To The Sea (and anything else that catches your eye), and you’re all set to start reading!

If you’re stuck, give us a call on (06) 351 4100

The Story

To the Sea by Nikki Crutchley (Harper Collins) is an atmospheric, suspenseful, dark and twisty thriller in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier, Paula Hawkins, Anna Downes and JP Pomare. Longlisted for the 2022 Ngaio Marsh Award, To the Sea is compulsively readable, keeping you guessing until late into the night, described by Rose Carlyle as, “An enthralling thriller, as beautiful and deadly as an ocean storm.”

How do I participate?

You are invited to join the zoom launch with Overdrive and author Nikki Crutchley on Thursday 13 October at 7pm.

Zoom link. the passcode is 203012

Or, you can call in from your mobile or landline to listen and join in. Simply call

09 884 6780, or
03 659 0603, or
04 886 0026

Join the discussion board online, for you to chat with other people and share your thoughts on the book as you progress.

What is Libby?

The Libby App is an award-winning digital app from OverDrive, and holds the industry’s largest digital literary catalogue. Available through most local libraries across New Zealand, Libby is a free service offering access to e-books, audio books and other digital content across numerous devices including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™, and Kobo® tablets and eReaders.

Come on Palmy, Let’s Play! 

Looking for something to do with the whānau? We’ve got you covered!

Collect a postcard from any of our libraries and check out fun things to do in the Manawatū! Tick off each activity as you go. Once you’ve completed all 7 activities come back to the library and claim your prize!

School Holidays at the Library – Week Two

It’s the second week of the holidays – here’s some great things you can do to keep little minds busy at the Library!

Tuesday 19 July, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Have a go – with Robots @ Central

Drop by the Central Library and get hands on with a range of different robots to construct, programme and interact with. 

Find out more about Robots @ CENTRAL.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Awapuni Park

Join us at the Awapuni Park (on Newbury Street) with the crew from Sport Manawatū. 

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Awapuni Park

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Badjelly the Witch @ Roslyn Library

Join Dinglemouse for a ‘Bad Jelly The Witch’ experience.

Find out more about Badjelly the Witch @ Roslyn Library

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Robotic workshop @ Awapuni Library

Drop by the Awapuni Library and get hands on with a range of different robots to construct, programme and interact with. 

Find out more about Robotic workshop @ Awapuni Library

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Canine Friends Pet Therapy Come for a Visit @ Central

Come and say hello to our dog pals from Canine Friends Pet Therapy.

Find out more about Canine Friends Pet Therapy Come for a Visit @ CENTRAL

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Make a wild bird feeder @ Te Pātikitiki Library

We’re making bird feeders out of cardboard rolls, coated with Kremelta, and rolled in Wild bird seeds.

Find out more about Making a wild bird feeder @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A Matariki Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack on the stars Ururangi and Hiwa-i-te-rangi.

Find out more about our Matariki activity packs

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Skoglund Park

Join us at Skoglund park with the crew from Sport Manawatū. Fun and games for the whole whānau to enjoy!

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Skoglund Park

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Poetry Workshop @ Roslyn

Come along and discover different forms of acrostic poems, and write your own.

Find out more about our Poetry Workshop @ Roslyn

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Come along and build with LEGO! All ages welcome.

Find out more about LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Thursday 21 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:00am

Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Come in for a relaxing morning of colouring/doodling. No artistic talent needed.

Find out more about Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ PN Skatepark

Join us at the PN Skatepark with the crew from Sport Manawatū. Fun and games for the whole whānau to enjoy!

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ PN Skatepark

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Perfect Picture Books with Alan Dingley @ Te Pātikitiki Library

There are so many AMAZING picture books out there, but which ones can help kids navigate this crazy world? Bookhunter Alan Dingley helps out.

Find out more about Perfect Picture Books with Alan Dingley @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

A Very Silly Session with Dingleberry the Clown @ Awapuni

A jam packed hour of fun! Come along and have a laugh.

Find out more about A Very Silly Session with Dingleberry the Clown

Friday, 22 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A Matariki Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack on the stars Matariki and Pōhutukawa.

Find out more about our Matariki activity packs

Friday, 22 July 2022, 10:30am – 11:30am

Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Roslyn Library

Come and say hello to our dog pals from Canine Friends Pet Therapy

Find out more about Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Roslyn Library

Friday, 22 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm

POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Join us at the Te Pātikitiki Library with the crew from Sport Manawatū. Fun and games for the whole whānau to enjoy!

Find out more about POP UP Play Session with Sport Manawatū @ Te Pātikitiki Library

The end of the School Holidays doesn’t mean an end to the fun – the Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge runs until 10 August, so keep on reading!

8 July – 10 August

Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge

Help Celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as a lead up to the winners announcement on August 10, 2022. Read from the shortlist of finalist books or choose some of your favourite reads.

Find out more about the Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge.

School Holidays at the Library – Week One

The July School Holidays are here, and we’ve got loads on to keep tamariki busy. Here’s what we’ve got for Week One (13 – 15 July).

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A grab and go pack on the stars Tupuārangi & Tupuānuku.

Find out more about our Matariki Grab & Go packs

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Dingleberry the Clown @ Roslyn Library

Come listen to Dingleberry read some of his favourites, your favourites, and help him tell them!

Find out more about Dingleberry the Clown @ Roslyn Library

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Cook Island Dance Class @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Come along to learn how to dance Cook Island style!

Find out more about Cook Island Dance Class @ Te Patikitiki Library

Wednesday 13 July, 3:30 – 4:30pm

LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Come along and build with LEGO! All ages welcome.

Find out more about LEGO Club @ Te Pātikitiki

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:00am

Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Come in for a relaxing morning of colouring/doodling. No artistic talent needed!

Find out more about Art Time for Whanau @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10:30am – 11:30am

Perfect Picture Book Party @ Central Library

Dress up is welcome!

Find out more about Perfect Picture Book Party @ CENTRAL

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Robotic workshop @ Te Pātikitiki Library

An introductory session aimed at Primary school aged children and families. Parents are welcome to join in!

Find out more about Robotic workshop @ Te Pātikitiki Library

Friday, 15 July 2022, while stocks last

Matariki Grab and Go Activity Pack

A grab and go pack on the stars Waitā, Waitī and Waipuna-ā-rangi.

Find out more about our Matariki Grab & Go packs

Friday, 15 July 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am

Pet Toy Craft @ Awapuni Library

Make a paw-fect toy for your furry friend!

Find out more about Pet Toy Craft @ Awapuni Library

Friday, 15 July 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Awapuni Library

Come and say hello to our dog pals from Canine Friends Pet Therapy!

Find out more about Canine Friends Pet Therapy @ Awapuni Library

As well as daily activities, we’ve got a new reading challenge to take on:

Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge

8 July – 10 August

Help Celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as a lead up to the winners announcement on August 10, 2022. Read from the shortlist of finalist books or choose some of your favourite reads.

Find out more about the Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best Reading Challenge.

New digital resources to explore

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added new online tools to our digital collection. LOTE Online for kids, Creativebug, the British Newspaper Archive and new Gale databases have been added to inspire you to explore the pathways of the world.  

LOTE stands for ‘languages other than English’, and is pronounced like the ‘loat’ in ‘float’. It has a catalogue of more than 1,600 digital books in more than 50 languages. It’s a fantastic way to help migrant tamariki hear, retain and read their mother tongue. It’s also great for new language learners of all ages to explore their chosen language by listening and reading.

Visit the Children’s Digital Library on our website to navigate to LOTE and our other fantastic Children’s apps. Keep your library card handy to sign in! 

Creativebug is the perfect place to pick up a new hobby! With over 1000 online classes, taught by renowned artists and crafters, you can learn to paint, knit, crochet, sew and more. Classes don’t expire, so you can learn at your own pace.

Visit Creativebug now to get started. You’ll need to create an account with your library card number.

The British Newspaper Archive is a database covering 300 years’ worth of British newspaper content. One of our team managed to search and find information about their 5x Great-Grandfather! It’s a fantastic resource for those researching their genealogy. 

The British Newspaper Archive is available only on a library computer, with up to 4 seats available at any given time for research. To access and view the archive you need to create an account using an email and password. By registering you’ll be able to view images/documents, keep track of your searches, and bookmark items into folders. 

To start researching, come visit us at the library to use a computer – we’ve got loads of cosy spots. 

We also have seven new Gale databases.

National Geographic Kids (Gale)

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. 

Includes the complete run of the magazine from 2009 to the present. Provides authoritative, age appropriate digital content suitable for younger readers. 

National Geographic Virtual Library (Gale)

National Geographic Virtual Library includes the complete archive of National Geographic magazines from 1888 to the present, National Geographic: People, Animals and the World and National Geographic Kids. Along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. 

Australia and New Zealand (Gale OneFile)

Access content with a focus on Australia and New Zealand. 

This database features a variety of magazines, journals, news and multimedia sources, covering important issues and current events related to Australia and New Zealand. 

Smithsonian Collections Online (Gale)

Access America’s premier archive of culture and history. This database provides access to the following collections from the Smithsonian,  

  • Evolution of flight 1784 – 1991,  
  • Trade Literature and Merchandising of Industry,  
  • World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow, and the
  • Smithsonian and Air & Space magazine archive. 

Science (Gale In Context)

Access information on the latest developments across a range of scientific disciplines. Remain current with the latest scientific developments in the biological sciences, computing, engineering, technology and more. Updated daily. 

Pop Culture Studies (Gale OneFile)

Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that analyse and contribute to popular culture. 

The Popular Culture Studies database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses. 

Military and Intelligence (Gale OneFile)

Covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. 

Search scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. The database offers content in key subject areas including governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces and more. Updated daily. 

Click here to see all of our Gale databases.