Category: Library News

The latest from the City Library


‘Belonging’ is a photographic exhibition created by Aline Frey. The City Library was lucky enough to display this exhibition after the grand opening at The Globe before some pictures were put on display at Square Edge Arts Centre to be part of a larger display to celebrate International Women’s Day.

‘Belonging’ celebrates 10 women, who like Aline, emigrated to Palmerston North. This exhibition represented women from all about the world, and showcased them as women, not the roles they play such as being mothers or their jobs.

All stories can be found on Manawatū Heritage at:

Read on for the full article…

Aline Frey captures the diversity of Palmerston North City through the portraits of ten women from across the globe who have made Palmerston North their home

Belonging is a basic desire of all human beings. Almost all of us want to belong to a family, a community, a place, a country, or a nation. For some, belonging can be an effortless, automated feeling, but for others, it can be a roller coaster of emotions, challenges and experiences. Regardless of how different each other’s journeys to belonging are, belonging itself is a most beautiful feeling.  A feeling to be home. Through her portraits of women from Palmerston North, Aline Frey captures the feeling of belonging.  

Palmerston North City Library hosted the opening of the ‘Belonging’ photo exhibition created by Aline Frey in the Globe Theatre. The exhibition highlights the portraits of 10 women accompanied by their stories. The common thread that connect these women together is a sense of belonging, Hononga, and Pertencimento.

After the opening it was displayed at the City Library for 2 weeks before some photos were moved to be on display at Square Edge Arts Centre to be part of a larger display to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Aline was inspired to create this exhibition due to her own experiences coming from Brazil and comparing what other women do to feel they belong here. She wanted to find out from other women about their experiences and how it compared to her own, and to find strategies to help others in the community feel connected. She discovered people found their own ways to relate to their new environment whether it be from connections with things such as food, music or friends. It was discovered that sharing their journey, finding those connections and becoming part of the community helped them feel less lonely and isolated.

The generous ladies who shared their stories for this exhibition were found from word of mouth. Aline wanted it to represent every corner of the world. The exhibition gave the women an opportunity to feel proud of themselves and share what was important to them, their journey of finding Palmerston North their home and the shared experiences of belonging.

Aline particularly wanted to focus on women as themselves; not just as mothers, or teachers, or daughters, but above all as themselves. She felt sometimes women were forgotten about and were only thought about as the roles that they play.

By sharing their stories and uploading them to online heritage platform Manawatū Heritage it enables their story to be preserved for their Grandchildren to learn about them, where they came from and how they learnt to belong in their new community. She wanted them to be proud of their stories.

Palmerston North is a very Global community and the exhibition features women from across the globe.  Olivia from Vietnam, Flavia from Brazil, Natsuko from Japan, Megan from Zimbabwe, Jaspreet from India, Marylon from United States, Eunice from Scotland, Lai Bar from Myanmar, Doris from Nigeria and Poto from Samoa.

Aline said that “I am the photographer and the inspiration behind this exhibition, but to create it involved a whole community. Without the extensive teamwork it wasn’t possible. Leslie from the library and Maria’s support kept me going. The teamwork made it a dreamwork.”

These stories can be found on Manawatū Heritage here:

Book review: ‘The Body on the Doorstep’ by A.J MacKenzie.

We have another great review from a wonderful patron at the Awapuni Library on The Body on the Doorstep by A.J. MacKenzie.

1796, Kent. Peaceful backwater? Hardly! Be prepared for a story of murder, mayhem, smuggling and treachery. Late one night the Reverend Hardcastle finds a dying man on his doorstep and so begins a tale that swings from one dramatic event to another; told with a wry good humour.

With the able assistance of his friend Mrs Chaytor, Hardcastle sets out to solve the mystery. Smuggling is rife along England’s South East Coast so he first assumes that it must be linked, but there are others who lurk along the Kentish Coast and the Reverend soon finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew…

This book is available online through Libby and BorrowBox.

Movies and documentaries – for free!

You can enjoy FREE access to movies and documentaries using your library card with Kanopy and Beamafilm. You just need your library card number and pin number – if you have forgotten your pin number don’t worry, just contact us and we can help you.

To help you get started, we have provided the instruction sheets below. Enjoy!😀


One of our wonderful digital resources you can access for FREE using your library card is PressReader. This is such a great resource to all you to keep up with the latest news from all around the world, and you can even look up publications from previous years too. There is also a huge range of magazines you can access.

Visit this link to see a really good video about the great features of PressReader: PressReader for Public Libraries – YouTube

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Just a little reminder of the wonderful digital resources we have with our eBook and eAudiobook libraries.

BorrowBox and Libby are our two online libraries that are free to use with your Palmerston North Library card. You can find more information on them here.

The benefits of using eBooks include: you can change the size of the font, there is a dyslexia friendly format, and they don’t take up much space in your suitcase when you go on holiday!

Some of the benefits of eAudio books include selecting books by the narrator and the option to change the speed. Plus they are really good to make you walk a wee bit further if you listen to them on your daily walks… why wouldn’t you want to walk a bit further if you want to find out what happens?!

Library Hack: Keyboard shortcuts

The wonderful team at the Tauranga Libraries shared with us this really helpful sheet on common shortcuts for the keyboard. We updated it and added some more – it doesn’t have everything but does have some common useful shortcuts.

WARNING! Geek Level = High

@libraryhacks are a new series of technology and library related tips to help make your life easier – look out for them.

CTRL + CCopy the highlighted text, picture or file
CTRL + XCut the highlighted text, picture or file
CTRL + VPaste the copied or cut text, picture or file
CTRL + ZUndo any action
CTRL + SHIFT + ZRedo last action
CTRL + SSave file or document
ALT + TABSwitch between open windows
CTRL + TABSwitch between open tabs in web browser
CTRL + SHIFT + TReopen a closed tab in web browser
CTRL + FSearch for a specific word or phrase in any document or web page
SHIFT + ARROW KEYSHighlight text
CTRL + ALT + DELAdvanced options like Task Manager, Shutdown and Restart
WINDOWS + LLock the computer screen
WINDOWS + DDesktop toggle
WINDOWS + .Emoji extravaganza 😎

Click the keyboard image below to enlarge it

Summer Reading Programme 2021/2022

We have just completed the Summer Reading Programme for 2021/2022.

The Summer Reading Programme is an annual reading programme for children aged 4-10 years, with young teenagers in the 11-13 year age bracket taking part in the iRead programme. Plus there is even a Te Reo Māori and multilingual option.

This year we moved the programmes online due to COVID-19. The format remained the same with kids reading books and getting incentives, only the delivery was different. For the Summer Reading programme there was still the required 4 ‘book chats’ which kids can log online, but there were also extra challenges to take part in, like Read somewhere unique or unusual and Make, hide or hind a Summer Reading space rock.

Although there may have been some initial challenges with the programme such as learning how to log in and log reading, the overall feedback was positive. And we still enjoyed interacting with the kids as they came in to get their books.

It was great to see that although we had a different format some things remained the same. Like the Diary of a Wimpy kid and Harry Potter books, and the popular authors like David Walliams, Enid Blyton and Rick Riordan continue to be a popular choices.

And now preparations are underway for our next reading programme – see you there!

Library Hack: Free ebooks!

“Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover.”

Read the classics for free online or download to your own device as professionally-formatted ebooks.

Standard Ebooks are a volunteer based platform who source digitally transcribed books, proofread and professionally design and typeset them for your reading pleasure.

From Winnie-the-Pooh to Sherlock Holmes, they have it all. Or something a little more epic like Tolstoy or Shakespeare, then look no further!

@libraryhacks are a new series of technology and library related tips to help make your life easier – look out for them.

Reading in your own language

Palmerston North is a very global city with our communities coming from all over the world. To celebrate this diversity we have an amazing range of books in many different languages here at the City Library.

These include Chinese, Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, and more! See the list below for a full list of the languages. There are books for adults and children, in fiction and nonfiction, and even graphic novels. The collection also includes books to help adults learn English.

Come and see the Intercultural Services Officer if you wish to have anything added to our collection. 

Bahasa Indonesian

Lunar New Year

Every year millions of people around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year. This year, the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities shared some ideas of how they celebrate so you can join in with this. Check out their posters to get some ideas.