Category: Library News

The latest from the City Library

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:

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

Autumn Reading Challenge

Get cosy this autumn with Palmerston North City Library’s Autumn Reading Challenge!

Autumn Reading uses Beanstack; the Library’s online platform for monitoring and encouraging reading.

Everyone in the family and all ages can join in our Autumn Challenge; simply log your reading in Beanstack to earn badges and go in the draw to win prizes.

The Library used Beanstack for the 2021-2022 Summer Reading Challenge, and you only need one account for the whole family: each reader can have their own profile.

If you are new to Beanstack sign up at
https://palmerstonnorthcitylibrary.beanstack.org/reader365  
Or download the Beanstack app from your App or Play store.

More information on Beanstack can be found here on our website.

We Pick, You Collect!

That’s right, we’re adding an extra layer to our Click and Collect service. If you can’t think of a specific book you want to reserve, let us choose some for you!

Head to the We Pick, You Collect page on our website, tell us a few details about books you enjoy, and then sit back and relax while we put together a bag of books for you. When it’s ready, we’ll let you know, and you can swing by the Click and Collect window next to the Central Library’s main entrance to pick them up. Too easy!

Need some books for the kids? Put your feet up and we’ll take care of it.

Wondering what to read next after that great novel you just finished? We’ll scour the shelves to find the best reads to suit you!

Stuck at home? You can even nominate someone else to pick the books up for you.

Don’t go short of a good read – the City Library’s got what you need.

Check out the useful instructions below:

Kai resilience building initiatives

This week we are looking at kai resilience building initiatives as a focus on Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2022.

In our local neighbourhoods we have a lot of organisations that have been doing this for years and have been doing a great service to our communities.

At Te Pātikitiki and Ashhurst Libraries they each have a community garden kindly run by volunteer groups Let’s Grow Highbury and RECAP: The Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina Inc. respectively. Everyone is encouraged to take what they need from the garden, and these groups also run education programmes to help share their knowledge of how to grow your own produce.

Another great service these groups provide through our libraries is the seed libraries. They are run slightly different but their purpose is essentially the same, where the focus is sharing seeds around the community for free.

All the Community Libraries have sharing tables where people frequently drop off excess fruit and vegetables – a much better option than having it munched up by the lawn mower! These are found in all the libraries with the exception of Ashhurst Library that has a sharing shelf outside.

Digital Help

Next week the Digital Help Sessions at all City Library locations will resume.

These are individual sessions where we can help you answer your questions, such as how to access eBooks, how to use your phone, help with a job application, or simply learning how to turn your device on!

We are happy to try and find solutions for you though bookings are required for these sessions so please contact us if you wish to make one.