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Upper South Island Members! We Want You!

Upper South Island Members! We Want You!

Southland Regional Rep, Justin McLauchlan, has resigned as Libraries Manager, Timaru District Libraries, to take up the position of South Canterbury Manager of Environment Canterbury. Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) is now seeking a new Upper South Island Regional Rep to join the Executive Committee.  “I have loved my time with libraries and have valued the positive relationships and networks I have made,” Justin said. “Libraries play such a vital role in building ...
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Award winning author loves libraries

Award winning author loves libraries

Interviewed by Kim Hill (RNZ 18 Nov), Kapiti Coast playwright and author Renée spoke of how she educated herself at public libraries. Renée is the recipient of this year’s Playmarket Award for her significant artistic contribution to New Zealand theatre. Renée talked to Kim Hill about leaving school at 12 to work so her widowed mother could send Renee’s brother to High School. To listen to the interview click here. Playmarket, representing the interests of ...
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 Popular Kiwis back the book

Popular Kiwis back the book

What do a Shortland St star, three reality TV stars and four media broadcasters have in common? They know how important it is to love reading.  Today the New Zealand Book Council launches their advocacy campaign #ReadToSucceed. “We published research earlier this year that found almost 400,000 Kiwis didn’t read a book last year. The increasing demands of society and work mean more than ever, New Zealanders need to be able to read to function effectively at work and everyday l...
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Opening of the 52nd Parliament of New Zealand

Opening of the 52nd Parliament of New Zealand

Did you know, Public libraries can help you find out about what is happening at Parliament, how you can connect and engage with our democracy and have your voice heard on issues that are important to you? The 52nd Parliament is about to begin sitting following the election and you are warmly invited to watch the opening on November 7 and 8.    The Opening of Parliament consists of three key events. The Commission Opening of Parliament begins at 11am on Tuesday 7 November. This is wh...
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Margaret Mahy’s Book “The Changeover” now a Major Movie

Margaret Mahy’s Book “The Changeover” now a Major Movie

Margaret Mahy, New Zealand’s most celebrated children’s and young adult writer is the author of over 120 titles, including the very popular novel, The Changeover. For those who have not read the book, The Changeover is a supernatural thriller about a troubled teenager who must become a witch to save her little brother from an ancient spirit. It is full of humour, fantasy, adventure, science and the supernatural. The movie features newcomer Erana James as Laura Chant, the novel&r...
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2017 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

2017 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

“This year’s shortlist reminds us that books are powerful vehicles for helping children make sense of their world and gain a better understanding of themselves and others. At times the vividly descriptive writing was brutal and heart-breaking, providing moving portrayals of life through the eyes of children and teenagers. All finalist titles are convincing in their realism, skilfully laced with honour and honesty throughout,” says convenor of judges Pam Jones.
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And the winners are…

And the winners are…

We’re proud to announce that the winners in our Public libraries change lives competition have been decided. The web and social media competition ran during July and August and we hoped it would encourage stories that demonstrated the amazing power public libraries have to change and enrich people’s lives. The winners in the youth category were: First prize Samantha Romjin Second prize: Hariklia Nicola  Third prize: Hanah Adam Shah  Runners up: ...
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  • Wellington City Library's Pop-Up

    Wellington City Library has opened a pop-up in Manners Street.But there is more to come!
  • 2019 PLNZ National Forum Tūranga

    Every year public library managers from around the country gather to learn, network and collaborate.
  • Summer Holiday Success

    28,829 children, 26,402 books, 38,418 adventures, 166 public libraries And the final figures are still trickling in as many programmes host their closing functions. This summer, children across ...
  • Summer Holiday Programmes Across Aotearoa

    Adventure awaits… at your local library and it's a truck-load of fun! How, you ask? Sign me up! Kids who exercise their brains are smart kids. With carefully crafted and well-planned literac...
  • GIF IT UP 2015 Challenge

    The National Library of New Zealand’s GIF IT UP challenge is back. DigitalNZ and the Digital Public Library of America are calling for the best animated GIFs reusing historical material from librarie...
  • 5 Libraries That Nailed Their Valentine’s Day Display

    1. Well, off to the check-out desk we go then... 2. Much like wedding vows, it’s important to renew books before they become overdue… 3. There are just somethings that should never be kissed… bo...
  • And the winners are…

    We’re proud to announce that the winners in our Public libraries change lives competition have been decided. The web and social media competition ran during July and August and we hoped it would...
  • 7 Fun and Educational Books Your Child Should Read

    The kids are heading back to school! Here are some book suggestions for you to read with them at home, and stay engaged with their learning. 1. The...

 

 

 

 

 

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