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Hub of the community Read more

Hub of the community

Documentary photographer, Pene Coleman, arrived in Tauranga 28 years ago and the first outing with her two young sons was to check out the local library and get membership cards. This is her experience of settling into a new community.

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Books for Fiji Read more

Books for Fiji

Last month Fiji was hit by one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded leaving a path of devastation in its wake. The second to batter the island nation, in recent months, Cyclone Ana caused severe flooding and forced around 10,000 people to evacuate. The NZ Government was quick to send aid. 

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Te Pouhuaki | National Librarian, Rachel Esson, explains Read more

Te Pouhuaki | National Librarian, Rachel Esson, explains

Libraries have been around for thousands of years. If society kept everything ever written whether, on tablet, scroll, parchment or illustrated manuscript, it would be a very crowded house. Culling book collections or "weeding" is a regular practice within libraries where contemporary technologies and a commitment to sustainability and good business (libraries’ budgets are finite) ensure library users can still access international publications online, as well as through interloan.




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Life Through Lockdown Read more

Life Through Lockdown

During Level 4, Manawatu District Libraries ran a poetry competition asking the community to share their feelings and experiences and then published a runaway success!

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An Open Letter to the Mayor of Wellington Read more

An Open Letter to the Mayor of Wellington

The decision by Wellington City Council to cut the book budget and privatise several floors of the planned Wellington Central Library has raised considerable concern across the public library sector and throughout Wellington city communities, and rightly so. The difficulty facing the Council is not one of finding ways to make savings to compensate for big-ticket infrastructure bills, the difficulty is whether this decision is in the current and future interests of the city and its citizens. These proposed budget cutbacks are also occurring at a time when customer demand for library services is increasing. 

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Upper Hutt Libraries go fine-free! Read more

Upper Hutt Libraries go fine-free!

Upper Hutt Libraries joins the movement to make public libraries more accessible. While many libraries have dropped fines for children and teens, Upper Hutt Libraries is the fourth public library in New Zealand to remove all overdue fees.


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The History of Public Libraries in New Zealand Read more

The History of Public Libraries in New Zealand

Read about our long and interesting history - thanks to the

New Zealand’s first public library, The Port Nicholson Exchange and Public Library, opened in Wellington in 1841. It was established by a group of the city’s first settlers, and operated for one year, at the corner of Charlotte Street (now Molesworth Street) and Lambton Quay, an area now occupied by the Wellington cenotaph. Read more about NZ's first public library.


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Keep New Zealand Reading Read more

Keep New Zealand Reading

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura is Igniting a love for reading and encouraging all New Zealanders to read more.

The aim is to inspire reluctant or non-readers to pick up a book. After all, reading is one of the most accessible, affordable, and enjoyable activities there is, and its benefits are well documented.

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Any Questions Read more

Any Questions

Homework can be a bore, school projects stressful but it doesn’t have to be! AnyQuestions offers free, online help to assist New Zealand students with their schoolwork.

Managed by the National Library of New Zealand and staffed by friendly, trained librarians from around the country.

It’s easy and fun. Using online chat, AnyQuestions librarians work with students to unpack their questions.

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Cool writing programme for Teens Read more

Cool writing programme for Teens

Your story matters. Write your story now.

WCL has set up a ‘virtual classroom’ for teens who are in isolation. Programme administrator Stephen says, “This time in lockdown is particularly worrying and isolating for teenagers and I thought this would be a nice way of keeping them connected with each other and the library”.

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Librarians on the front line. Read more

Librarians on the front line.

During a crisis, librarians are there on the frontline.  They number among the unsung heroes and heroines. Often ‘second responders’ stepping up for their communities during manmade and natural disasters, like earthquakes, floods, shootings, eruptions, and financial recessions.

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Opinion Piece - The New Norm Read more

Opinion Piece - The New Norm

I live in a small rural town. For us the lockdown has been heaven. None of the constant traffic or explosions of population during the tourist season. Like elsewhere in New Zealand we have experienced, cleaner air, birdsong and friendship with our neighbours in ways not possible before the pandemic. A stroll down the street is met with cheery waves and “How are you doing? Keeping safe?

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Blokes vs Books Read more

Blokes vs Books

Men don’t read. True or false? Or do they read more non-fiction and product manuals than works of fiction? Maybe they don’t realise how powerful it is for kids to see their Dad reading? Or that reading is a brain food with many proven neurological benefits.

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