Category: What’s on

Festival of cultures 

Join us in celebrating the diverse cultures we have in the community! 

The mobile library will be at the Festival of Cultures World Food, Craft and Music Fair.  There will be Community Language books to discover and check out. Talk to us about the digital resources in different languages available through the library! 

From the 15th of February Global Parents Support have a Traditional Costumes around the World display at Central Library. View special traditional garments and pick up an entry to their colouring in competition. Entries will also be available at the Community Libraries.  

There will be some cultural immersion book displays at the libraries and you can watch World movies and documentries for free through  

Beamafilm | Watch movies, series and more … 

Kanopy – Stream Classic Cinema, Indie Film and Top Documentaries 

Don’t forget you can share your photos from the Festival of Cultures on  Manawatū Heritage – Manawatū Heritage (   

Festival of Cultures 

Lantern Parade 

Friday 23rd February 


Te Marae o Hine- The Square 

World Food, Craft and Music Fair  

Saturday 24 February 


Te Marae o Hine- The Square 

Festival of Cultures World Food, Craft and Music Fair 2018: Photo by Rob Edwards accessed on Manawatū Heritage. 

Lunar New Year 2024

During Lunar New Year, communities all over the world participate in different celebrations. Lunar new year typically starts when the first new moon appears until the first full moon, the start date various between cultures. Lanterns, decorations, traditional food, fireworks and red envelopes are just a few traditions followed during this time hoping to bring prosperity for the new year.  

If you follow the Chinese zodiac you will know that the year 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. The characteristics of the Wood Dragon include confidence, creativity and determination and the Year of the Dragon is a symbol of strength, luck and success.   

This year Global Parents Support have a display about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated around the World! Come and see it on the First floor at the Central Library before the 12th Feb. 

Click on a book cover in the image below and it will take you to the Library catalogue record for that book. 

Waitangi Day

How much do you know about Te Tiriti? Do you know who translated Te Tiriti? Do you know how many copies were made? Come into the Central Library to test your knowledge.

We are running a quiz from Wednesday 31st Jan to Wednesday 7th Feb. Find the Tino Rangatiratanga flags spread out around the library to help find answers to the questions.

Once you’ve completed the quiz, you can enter the draw to win a prize.

Here are some useful websites to find information on Te Tiriti.

The Treaty of Waitangi – Archives New Zealand

Treaty Resource Centre – He Puna Mātauranga o Te Tiriti (

The Treaty in brief – The Treaty in brief | NZHistory, New Zealand history online

Waitangi Tribunal | Waitangi Tribunal

Kāinga – Wai 262, Protecting and Nurturing Taonga Māori

Activity Books from Te Papa

Blue Smoke

On Thursday 8 February, there’s a talk about the 75th Anniversary of the “Blue Smoke” recording release, and 28 Maori Battalion in the Second World War. This talk will be presented by Ruma Karaitiana, Rangitāne Kaumatua and Chair, Rangitāne o Manawatu Commercial Arm.

The talk is co-hosted by RNZE CT/ECMC and Palmerston North City Library.

Central Library, Heritage area (2nd Floor), 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Image: Ruru Karaitiana (songwriter and composer) and Pixie Williams (vocalist)

Random Poetry Generator!

The next time you’re in the Library and think ‘I could really use a quick, randomly generated poem right now’, we’ve got you covered!

The Poetry Machine has been coded to randomly select and print a poem from submissions received after we put out a call on Facebook. The ‘machine’ is a repurposed receipt printer linked to a Raspberry Pi and a giant red button (just because). It is housed in a gorgeous old record player box. It’s designed to be ‘plug and play’ so wherever we put it, people will be able to print themselves a random poem to enjoy. 

At present, we have about 60 poems from a range of submitters (newbies through to experienced poets, school children to more mature folk).

The Poetry Machine will be at the Central Library from Wednesday 13th December for about a month (excluding our closed period for the holidays).

Thanks to the poets who submitted. We’re sure your words will delight and inspire!

Summer Reading Programme

We are excited to bring to you our Summer Reading Programme again this Summer!

Where will you go with your reading this Summer?

Summer Reading Programme ages 4-10

This programme promotes the enjoyment of reading for tamariki aged 4 – 10 years over Summer for readers of all abilities. Our team will assist participating tamariki with their reading and encourage them to talk about what they have read when they come in for a book chat. We also provide assistance to parents and families in what services the library has to offer. Tamariki will earn rewards as they progress and if they complete four book chats they get to attend our finale event with their whānau. This year there are also optional virtual badges which will earn entries into our Choose Your Adventure mystery pack draws as well.

The Summer Reading Programme starts Monday 4 December and finishes with the finale on Thursday 25 January.

iRead (Intermediate) Reading Programme for children aged 11-13 years

Starts Tuesday 5 December and finishes with the finale on Wednesday 17 January. This programme allows tamariki to explore their reading through written book reviews with incentive books earned as they progress.

Language Book Chats

Book chats can be provided in other languages on both programmes if requested but will depend on volunteer availability. You can request to do this via the language link in the programme description when registering.


Registrations open 9am Monday 27 November

Registrations are made via Beanstack. Beanstack is the library’s online platform for monitoring and encouraging reading.

If you already have a Beanstack account but have forgotten your sign in details please contact and we can help you out. Doing this before registrations open will be your best option so you are all ready to go.

Once registered you will have a Summer Reading or iRead booklet to collect from the library you registered with.

For more information about our Summer Reading Programme please contact or your local Community Library.

A Projection of Pride 

Whether you’re a part of the Rainbow community or an ally, October has some great opportunities to commemorate the Manawatū Lesbian Gay Rights Association’s (MaLGRA) birthday month. 

That classic combo of coffee and creativity will be on offer this Wednesday evening, from 5.30pm, as we celebrate diversity and acceptance. Writers are welcome to share their rainbow positive poems and we’ll also have a selection from our wonderful collection for people to browse and read aloud. 

Information about other rainbow-positive activities happening in Palmerston North this month can be found here. 

Read the Rainbow with our queer poetry and young adult recommendations. 

Recommended Queer Poetry:

Don’t call us dead: poems 

By Danez Smith 

Out here: an anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa 

Curated by Chris Tse and Emma Barnes 

Echidna, or, the many adventures of Hinenākahirua as she tries to find her place in a colonised world: included throughout is the story of Māui-Pōtiki & Prometheus  

by essa may ranapiri 

100 Queer Poems 

Curated by Mary Jean Chan and Andrew McMillan 

Recommended Rainbow Reads for Young Adults 


We Could Be Something 
by Will Kostakis 
A wonderful emotional rollercoaster of a novel about two young men, each on a journey of discovery. It’s part coming-out story, part falling-in-love story, part relationship breakdown story, part extended Greek family story. It’s warm and funny, a little bit heartbreaking, and completely satisfying. Harvey’s dads are splitting up. It’s been on the cards for a while, but it’s still sudden. Woken-by-his-father-to-catch-a-red-eye sudden. Now he’s restarting his life in a new city, living above a cafe with the extended Greek family he barely knows.Sotiris is a rising star. At seventeen, he’s already achieved his dream of publishing a novel. When his career falters, a cute, wise-cracking bookseller named Jem upends his world.Harvey and Sotiris’s stories converge on the same street in Darlinghurst, in this beautifully heartfelt novel about how our dreams shape us, and what they cost us.’Vivid and exquisitely written… Kostakis weaves a sparkling tale of hardship, heartbreak, identity and the universal struggle of finding your footing in the world.” 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda 
by Becky Albertalli 
“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out — without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.” 

Nick and Charlie 
by Alcie Oseman 
A short novella based on the beloved characters from Alice Oseman’s acclaimed debut novel Solitaire and graphic novel series Heartstopper. CHARLIE: “I have been going out with Nick Nelson for two years. He likes rugby, Formula 1, dogs, the Marvel universe, the sound felt-tips make on paper, rain and drawing on shoes. He also likes me.” NICK: “Things me and Charlie Spring do together include: Watch films. Sit in the same room on different laptops. Text each other from different rooms. Make out. Make food. Make drinks. Get drunk. Talk. Argue. Laugh. Maybe we’re kind of boring. But that’s fine with us.” Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question – they’re ‘Nick and Charlie’ for God’s sake! But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever…” 

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit 
by Jaye Brown 
“Joanna meets the perfect girl for her and must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on love in this charming young adult romance. Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad.Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right? 

by A. L. Graziadei 
“A. L. Graziadei’s Icebreaker is an irresistible YA debut about two hockey players fighting to be the best—and the romance that catches them by surprise along the way.Seventeen-year-old Mickey James III is a college freshman, a brother to five sisters, and a hockey legacy. With a father and a grandfather who have gone down in NHL history, Mickey is almost guaranteed the league’s top draft spot. The only person standing in his way is Jaysen Caulfield, a contender for the #1 spot and Mickey’s infuriating (and infuriatingly attractive) teammate. When rivalry turns to something more, Mickey will have to decide what he really wants, and what he’s willing to risk for it.This is a story about falling in love, finding your team (on and off the ice), and choosing your own path.” 

Annie on My Mind 
by Nancy Garden 
When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there’s something special between them. Soon, their close friendship develops into a deep and intimate romance. Neither imagined that falling in love could be so wonderful, but as Liza and Annie’s newfound sexuality sparks conflict in both their families and at their schools, they discover it will take more than love for their relationship to succeed.   One of the first books to positively portray a lesbian relationship, Annie on My Mind is a groundbreaking classic of the genre. The subject of a First Amendment lawsuit over banned books and one of School Library Journal’s “One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century,” Nancy Garden’s iconic novel is an important story for anyone discovering who they’re meant to be.” 

Language Expo 2023

On Saturday Sep 30, 1-4pm, Manawatū Multicultural Council are putting on a Language Expo at the Central Library.

They say: “Join us as we celebrate some of the languages we have in Palmerston North. Perfect for school holidays as there will be lots to see and plenty to do! Language stalls, traditional language games, arts & crafts, reading & writing workshops, reading station and multilingual storytelling!”

More details here on the MMC Facebook event listing.

Creative writing showcase

On Wednesday the 4th of October, seven of the finest student writers from Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa will present a showcase of their work at the City Library. The writers represent a range of genres and literary styles, each with their own individual voice.

The showcase will be hosted by Doctors Gigi Fenster and Thom Conroy from Massey University. Massey’s creative writing programme has been running as an independent programme since the establishment of the Master in Creative Writing in 2011. Dr Fenster says it has “grown to be a flourishing part of New Zealand’s literary community. We offer papers for first year students trying out creative writing for the first time through to established writers undertaking a PhD. Our papers cover a wide range of genres and literary disciplines.”

Quizzed on the importance of creative writing in Aotearoa today, Dr Fenster responds: “I could say that creative writing is therapeutic, that it helps to alleviate stress, that it helps us make sense of the world, to make connections, to understand humanity. And all that would be true. But I wonder whether its real value is found not in any of these ‘goals’, but rather because, like any other art form, it makes our hearts sing. Good writing makes us feel something intensely, and to emerge from the experience unscathed.”

Palmerston North City Library is a proud supporter of making people’s hearts sing in this way. The creative writing project ‘Versions’ is in its fourth year now, and has more participation than ever before. Anyone can have a go at writing, and enjoy the experience of being published. As the Library’s masthead says, it’s all about Te Ara Whānui o te Ao: exploring all the pathways of the world. These opportunities are open to all, and who knows? A first-time writer might be encouraged to take it further. Maybe even study creative writing at Massey!

Come to the showcase and get a taste of the craft, the imagination, and the drive, that makes a great writer.

“We are so proud of our writers’ achievements,” says Dr Fenster, “and of the wealth of talent in the Manawatū region.”

Off The Page is a series created as a collaboration between Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa and Palmerston North City Library.

Light refreshments from 6:15pm

Showcase 6:45pm

Mahuru Māori

As a continuation of our celebration of te reo Māori, here at the Palmerston North City Library we acknowledge Mahuru Māori. As well as our regular activities: 

Kōrero Kawhe

Manu Hāpai waiata group

Here are some more activities during Mahuru:

Rorerore Tōtiti – Sausage Sizzle

Kiriata reo Māori me te kānga pahū – Māori language movies and popcorn!

Learn more about Te Wiki and Mahuru:

Te Rangaihi Reo Māori | Māori Language Movement (

Mahuru – Me kite, Me Rongo, Me Kōrero (

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori