Category: Library News

The latest from the City Library

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.

Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best

There’s more fun to be had this July with our new reading challenge for kids – Palmy Kids Read NZ’s Best!

We love the finalists of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults so much, we decided that a new Reading Challenge was in order. The challenge is for Tamariki and Rangatahi aged 4 to 19.

To complete the challenge you have to:

  • read at least one book,
  • write at least one book review, plus
  • earn any other four badges of your choice.

The challenge uses the Library’s online platform Beanstack for monitoring and encouraging reading. Join up and log your reading to earn virtual badges.

The Challenge kicks off on Friday 8 July (right at the start of the school holidays!) and finishes on Friday 12 August, following the book awards ceremony on Wednesday 10th when the winning books are announced. Will you read a winner? Join up here and we’ll see!

OR Download Beanstack from the Apple app store or Google Play Store.

  • Open the app
  • Choose Library as the organisation
  • Search for Palmerston North
  • Touch Sign Up!
  • Then join the challenge

Justice of the Peace Service is resuming at the Library

If you need a JP, you can find one at Central Library every Friday from 11am to 1pm on the Mezzanine Floor.

They are in the Wharite Room, which is near the stairs heading up to the first floor. If you’re unsure, ask a staff member and we’ll point you in the right direction.

No appointments are necessary. If you need their services sooner, you can visit Palmerston North District Court on Main Street from 11:30am to 1:30pm, Monday to Wednesday, and from 11am to 3pm Thursday – Friday.

You can also call a JP and make an appointment – to find a JP in your area, visit the Royal Federation of NZ Justices’ Association to search.

Weave your way into our Matariki Kakahu@ Te Pātikitiki  

Colour in a feather to reflect your experience of Our Library or your reflections on the past year or hopes for the upcoming year!  We have a feather template below you can download and print.

Drop them in to any Palmerston North City Library, send via email, Facebook Messenger, post, or just come and colour them in here at Te Pātikitiki. 

Whaea Ruth will whatu (weave) your creations into our Kakahu that has our Pātikitiki as the Taaniko pattern. 

This is an ongoing project and we hope to reach everyone who has grown up here, had their heart touched or their needs met. Please spread the word and the template. 

There will be spot prizes for the feather that has come from the furthest distance, the one with the most moving message and the one with the most spectacular colours. 

From Whaea Ruth and the team at Te Pātikitiki

Want to learn a language?

If your New Years resolution was to learn a new language this year but you haven’t started yet don’t worry, we can help you! Not only do we have books in our libraries to help you learn a language but we also have access to some great digital resources such as Mango Languages to help you. You can get free access to Mango Languages with your library card.

There are many languages to choose from on Mango Languages, from Arabic to Yiddish, with a few fun ones in between like Pirate and Shakespearean English.

You can also find Mango Languages on the app store, or google play store.

Digital Resource: LinkedIn Learning for Library

LinkedIn Learning for Library offers free access to thousands of online courses.

LinkedIn Learning for Library is a great digital resource you can use for free with your library card, so you do not need a LinkedIn profile. There are heaps of learning opportunities from learning how to use and understand Microsoft Office products, customer service techniques or even creative things like how to do animations.

There is a link on our website or you can download the LinkedIn Learning app. After you download it from your app store, click on Sign in, then click on Sign in with your library card to log in through our Library.

You’ll be prompted to enter our Library’s ID, and then your library card number and pin. Note: the Library ID is at the end of the LinkedIn Learning invitation link, and is palmerstonnorthcitylibrary (lower case and one word).