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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?

Wellingtonians on the march to save library Wellingtonians on the march to save library
Mar
4
2021 

Wellingtonians on the march to save library

Protestors picket the Manners Street Pop-Up Library

The protest is against the reduction in library resources, among other things, proposed by the Wellington City Council last week. PLNZ Executive Director explains.

An Open Letter to the Mayor of Wellington An Open Letter to the Mayor of Wellington
Mar
2
2021 

An Open Letter to the Mayor of Wellington

Leading literary lights join forces to fight the partial privatisation of the central library building and a cut to the resources budget - books!

The decision by Wellington City Council to cut the book budget and privatise several floors of the planned Wellington Central...
National Strategic Framework receives international recognition National Strategic Framework receives international recognition
Mar
1
2021 

National Strategic Framework receives international recognition

Read and learn what public libraries offer your community.

The National Strategic Framework of New Zealand has been picked up by an Australian library. Every few years, public libraries develop a national...
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...
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