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Kia ora! Welcome to Public Libraries of New Zealand

Are you a fact finder or self-educator, research aficionado or truth-seeker, champion reader or an occasional browser? Then you enjoy learning.

A public library today is a focal point, a centre for the whole community and its visitors; a meeting place; a site for education; a source of inspiration and innovation; a connection to the wider world, a democratic place for sharing knowledge, experience and opinion.

 

This is not the purpose of a public library; it is merely the bonuses. Where public libraries play a key role in improving individual and community outcomes is in literacy (language, numeracy or digital) and social cohesion. Literate communities are more cohesive, stable and high-functioning, more resilient, tolerant, and better able to develop and participate in enterprise and growth opportunities.

 

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Library News...

What’s happening around the country?

Public and school libraries working together Public and school libraries working together
Feb
12
2021 

Public and school libraries working together

Adie Johansen, Library Services Manager, Manawatū District Libraries, explores the value of public and school library collaboration. 

Seeking Young Writers Seeking Young Writers
Feb
9
2021 

Seeking Young Writers

NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme 2021 now open

The NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme offers aspiring four young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, and is now open for...
A New Chapter for Whakatāne Toy Library A New Chapter for Whakatāne Toy Library
Feb
5
2021 

A New Chapter for Whakatāne Toy Library

More toys for local families and children

There are nearly 200 local toy libraries across New Zealand providing families and children access to a range of quality toys.

Somewhere a Cleaner Somewhere a Cleaner
Feb
3
2021 

Somewhere a Cleaner

Landing Press celebrates our cleaners

According to the 2018 Census, 38,577 people were working as cleaners in New Zealand. This collection of poetry from Landing Press brings together...
Libraries observe Te Rā o Waitangi / Waitangi Day Libraries observe Te Rā o Waitangi / Waitangi Day
Feb
3
2021 

Libraries observe Te Rā o Waitangi / Waitangi Day

This weekend New Zealand commemorates our national day. 

One of the most significant days on our annual cultural calendar, Waitangi Day creates an opportunity to reflect on our unique bicultural...
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