Category: Library News

The latest from the City Library

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).

Library newsletter

Stay up to date with the Palmerston North City Library – subscribe to our monthly newsletter!

Each month you’ll get an email highlighting what’s coming up, things we’re excited about, and ways to get the most out of your library membership.

Sign up here, or simply ask a librarian next time you’re visiting one of our branches.

Queen’s Birthday at the City Library

Palmerston North City Library will be closed on Monday 6 June for Queen’s Birthday.

The Central Library, Community Libraries, Youth Space and Blueprint: The City Library Makerspace will be open on Tuesday.

We wish you a restful long weekend!

Public computer upgrades at the Library

20 May 2022 – The City Library is now upgrading the public computer booking system in the Community Libraries on Monday 23 May. We’ve planned the update to happen before the Community Libraries open at 2pm on Monday.

There is a small chance of disruptions on Monday afternoon to Tuesday when using computers, but most of this mahi is being done externally and outside of our opening hours to ensure a smooth experience for you.

Our team are happy to help you as they can. Wi-Fi will be unaffected.

The update has already been completed at Central Library and Youth Space.

Digital Resource: Haynes Manuals AllAccess

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Haynes Manuals AllAccess is one of our digital resources you can use for free with your library card.

Haynes AllAccess is a digitalised version of their printed repair manuals, making over 700 online manuals available online covering car, 4WD, & road/off-road motorcycles.

Every online manual include:

  • Unlimited use of all manuals
  • Step-by-step procedures, from dash and trim to complete engine overhaul and everything in between
  • Mobile friendly on all operation systems with an internet connection
  • Fault finding guide and general service interval information
  • Colour photos – 750+ in each manual
  • Easy to read colour wiring diagrams
  • Quick links to popular procedures
  • Easy search functionality
  • Videos tutorials

Every manual can be easily viewed from any desktop, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection.

Off the Page is back!

Exciting news! Our popular Off the Page series, featuring some of New Zealand’s best writers, is returning to the library after being paused due to Covid-19. The series includes talks, readings, discussions and workshops from and for writers. Past guests have included Bill Manhire, Patricia Grace, Owen Marshall, Karlo Mila and Vincent O’Sullivan.

On Friday 6 May at 6.30pm we host Massey University, PNCC and Square Edge Community Arts Visiting Writer Feana Tuˈakoi in conversation with 2021 Visiting Writer Mikaela Nyman.

On Saturday 7 May, 10am – 12noon there will be a Writing for Children Workshop with Feana Tuˈakoi.

Off the Page is sponsored by the School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication and the Palmerston North City Library.

All activities are free and open to the public.

Registrations to attend these programme dates can be sent to genny.vella@pncc.govt.nz or 027 292 9965.

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.