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Motueka Library - Te Noninga Kumu                                                                          

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10.30am-12.00pm, second Monday of every month Garden Gurus Garden lovers unite! Come along for conversations about gardening  and your own garden patch, discuss gardening problems and varieties of plants, followed by a seed and plant swap. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, third Monday of every month Book Cafe Come along to our conversational group to discuss and debate thought provoking topics. Discover a fine selection of books, enjoy themes, interesting snippets and laughs along the way. Refreshments provided. Free.
3.30pm-5.00pm, once a month on a Monday Building Bricks Club Join the Motueka Library Building Bricks club and make amazing brick creations with Adrian Barbour. Suitable for ages 7+. Building Bricks kindly supplied by the Christchurch User group. Free. Find exact dates here.
1.30pm-4.00pm, every Wednesday Scrabble Come along for a hearty game of Scrabble. Bring a friend or play with someone new. You'll learn new wordy tips and tricks, meet other people who love Scrabble too, and enjoy a relaxing time playing a classic game. Free.
10.00am-11.00am, every second Wednesday Conversation Circle

Come along to a welcoming group where you can enjoy simple conversation with other people whose first language is also not English. Free. All welcome. Exact dates here.

10.00am-11.30am, third Wednesday of every month 
Wellby Talking Cafe

Enjoy a relaxed cuppa and start your journey to connect with others who enjoy the same things. You can pop in for a quick chat or stay for a longer conversation with friendly people. There is no need to register, just turn up on the day. The Talking Café hosts will warmly welcome you when you arrive. Free.

12.00pm-2.00pm, third Wednesday of every month WHAM (Write Here At Motueka)

Let us help stimulate, motivate and promote your writing, so that you produce, perform and publish. Write, read your work, and get instant feedback. Free. All welcome.

10.00am-10.30am, every Thursday during term time Storytime

Join us for fun and exciting stories and songs at our weekly storytime sessions for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. Free.

11.00am-12.00pm, every Thursday Digi Drop-In

Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.

10.30am-12.00pm, first Thursday of every month Poetry Circle

Come along and enjoy poetry in a relaxed setting with a cuppa. Write poetry, read poetry, bring your favourite poem and discover new poets with other poetry lovers. Free. All welcome.

1.00pm-2.00pm, first Thursday of every month Babbling Books Come along to meet new people, talk about the books you've been reading, and discover some great recommendations. Free.
10.00am-10.30am, every Friday during term time
Wriggle & Rhyme

Come and explore music and songs, movement and rhythm, instruments, and stories while making new friends and spending quality time with your child age 2 years and under. Free.

10.00am-11.00am, first Friday of every month Appreciating Afrikaans

Join your fellow South Africans as they enjoy a cultural time-out with others who speak Afrikaans. It's an Afrikaans immersion experience complete with tea and coffee, and hopefully some boerebeskuit, biltong and koeksusters too. Free.

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One-off Events

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1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
1.30pm-4.00pm, most Fridays from 26 August - 21 October Teen Study Space

We're providing a warm, quiet space for students studying for exams in our Community Room. Tables and chairs will be set up for you to settle into some focused study time. Free wifi and light refreshments provided. Free. Exact dates here.

15 September - 15 October Mauria Te Pono: Believe in Yourself - Under 25s Art Exhibition

View the artwork of artists, creatives, performers, writers and musicians in our Community Room. Contact donna_mcleod64@yahoo.co.nz for further details.

2.00pm-3.30pm, Friday 30 September International Day For Older Persons

International Day for Older Persons is celebrated annually to spread awareness about the importance of Older Persons (or senior citizens) in our society and to appreciate their contributions. Enjoy a cuppa and refreshments over a chat, followed by a music interlude and a memento to take home.  Free. All welcome. 

4.00pm-5.00pm, Friday 30 September Author talk: Warwick Stubbs

Living in his car next to the Motueka River, local author and poet Warwick Stubbs found balance in his life. Hear about the book he wrote as a result. Free. All welcome.

3-16 October Scavenger Hunt

Find the 10 posters around the library and learn different ways to keep your mind and body happy! Fill in an entry form and hand it in for a chance to win a spot prize.

3-29 October Take & Make: Self Care Kit

Acknowledge mental health awareness with a Take & Make Self-Care kit. These nature themed kits contain a greeting card to decorate, self-care tips, a bookmark and a word find. Collect yours today! For all ages. Free. 

10.30am-11.30am, Tuesday 4 October Author talk: Janet Horwell

Ētahi Rotarota O Aotearoa: Kiwi Rhymes for Modern Times by Janet Horwell features reimagined nursery rhymes in te reo Māori and English. Join us as Janet shares word, song, interactive activities and updated bilingual nursery rhymes that reflect modern values and are written for all children. Cash book sales available $25.

11.00am-12.00pm, Tuesday 4 October Children's Mindfulness Morning

Start the day right with a morning of children's mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment and is a wonderful tool in your well-being toolkit. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.

11.00am-12.00pm, Thursday 6 October Children's Mindfulness Morning

Start the day right with a morning of children's mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment and is a wonderful tool in your well-being toolkit. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.

5.30pm, Thursday 6 October Book Launch: Zarrin by David Briggs

A young Kurdish woman, Zarrin, has brought shame on her family. She has paid a high price - as is the way for such dishonour - and fearing for her life, she flees to the border with Turkey, where she finds herself in a refugee camp. Find out more about Zarrin, and celebrate the launch of this fascinating novel, with the author, David Briggs. Book sales available. Free. All welcome.

2.00pm-4.00pm, Friday 7 October School Holiday Sessions For Young People

We are opening a space in the community room for our young people to gather, be comfortable and engage in an activity that helps with focusing on the present. Suitable for ages 13+. Free. Registration is not necessary.

1.00pm, Saturday 8 October Mauria Te Pono Concert

As part of the Mauria Te Pono showcase for rangatahi, we are celebrating with a concert on the outside deck. It will be an afternoon of music, singing and performance where rangatahi age 13-25 will play their musical instruments and sing their songs. Free. All welcome. Feel bring to bring beanbags, a rug or a chair so you can watch in comfort on Decks Reserve. If it rains, the postpone date is 15 October.

11.00am-12.00pm, Tuesday 11 October Children's Mindfulness Morning

Start the day right with a morning of children's mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment and is a wonderful tool in your well-being toolkit. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.

11.00am-12.00pm, Thursday 13 October Children's Mindfulness Morning

Start the day right with a morning of children's mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment and is a wonderful tool in your well-being toolkit. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.

2.00pm-4.00pm, Friday 14 October School Holiday Sessions For Young People

We are opening a space in the community room for our young people to gather, be comfortable and engage in an activity that helps with focusing on the present. Suitable for ages 13+. Free. Registration is not necessary.

11.00am, Sunday 16 October Rapua Te Mārama

Te Ārai research team are presenting whānau portraits and stories about life, death, tangihanga and bereavement during Covid-19 Lockdown as experienced by whānau, funeral directors and health professionals. please join us. Free.

1.00pm-3.00pm, Tuesday 18 October Workshop: English Paper Piecing

Learn something new! Chris McGuigan will demonstrate a traditional patchwork technique. Fabric is placed around a paper shape and the pieces are sewn together to create intricate designs. Cost: $15. Contact Motueka Library Te Noninga Kumu to book your spot.

Murchison Library                                                                                                

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11.00am-12.00pm, First Friday of the month Digi Drop-In Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.

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One-off Events

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1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
3-16 October Scavenger Hunt Find the 10 posters around the library and learn different ways to keep your mind and body happy! Fill in an entry form and hand it in for a chance to win a spot prize.
1.30pm-2.30pm, Friday 7 October Workshop: Worry Dolls Leave your worries with the worry dolls. Originating in Guatemala, worry dolls are made to listen to anything you might be anxious about. Tell them your worries, then sleep easy. Free.
1.30pm-2.30pm, Friday 7 October Kindness Rocks One message, at just the right moment, can change a person's life. Join us to design, paint and decorate your own kindness rocks to either keep. give away or leave in a cool spot around the community to make someone's day. Free.

Richmond Library                                                                                                                                 

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Every Tuesday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am Wriggle & Rhyme Come and explore music and songs, movement and rhythm, instruments, and stories while making new friends and spending quality time with your child age 2 years and under. Free.
Every Tuesday, 10.30am-11.30am Dementia Friendly Library Group If you are living with Dementia, this group is for you. Come along to this supportive, friendly group facilitated by Debbie and Karyn at your familiar local library. Free.
Every Tuesday, 11.00am-12.00pm Digi Drop-In Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.
First Tuesday of the month (usually), 3.30pm-4.30pm Mystery Ink: Book Group for Young Adults Our group for young adults age 12+ is where you can have fun chatting about books, eating snacks, exploring different ways to express your creativity and enjoy interactive experiences. Free. Exact dates here.
Second Tuesday of the month, 1.30pm-3.00pm Wellby Talking Cafe Enjoy a relaxed cuppa and start your journey to connect with others who enjoy the same things. You can pop in for a quick chat or stay for a longer conversation with friendly people. No need to register, just turn up on the day. The Talking Café hosts will warmly welcome you when you arrive. We will be in the Constance Barnicoat Room which is just on the right as you enter the library via Queen Street. Free.
Third Tuesday of the month, 2.00pm-3.00pm Richmond Writing Group Come along to meet new people who also like writing, learn writing tips and tricks, try a creative writing exercise and enjoy the company of others. Free.
Every Wednesday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am Storytime Join us for fun and exciting stories and songs at our weekly storytime sessions for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. Free.
Every Wednesday, 11.30am-12.30pm JP In The Library Do you need a Justice of the Peace (JP) to witness your important documents? We can help. Come to Richmond Library's Community Matters space to talk with a registered JP. Free.
Every Wednesday, 12.30pm-2.00pm Good Crafternoon

Start, finish or work on your almost-started, half-finished, barely-begun craft project in the company of other crafters. All you need to bring is your craft project. Feel free to bring your lunch as well. Free.

Third Wednesday of the month, 3.00pm-4.00pm Book Group Our book group for adults is an opportunity to discover new books and authors, meet new people and share what you have been reading. Free. All welcome
Every Thursday, 11.00am-12.00pm English Language Conversation  Is your first language a language other than English? Would you like to improve your English with a qualified, experienced ESOL teacher? Join our friendly English conversation group for ESOL speakers. It’s free and all ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) are welcome. Simply stop by the Constance Barnicoat room for a warm welcome. Free.
Every Friday, 3.30pm-4.30pm (commencing 21 October) Tabletop Gaming Group Come join us around the table for weekly gaming greatness! Make some new friends and play some great games including role playing, board games and card games. For ages 9-13. Free. Register your interest by contacting Richmond Library.

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One-off Events

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1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
3.00pm-5.00pm, Mondays from 12 September - 28 November (excluding school holidays) Teen Study Space Start the week right by joining us in our dedicated study space. Light refreshments and study guides provided. Study with a group or pop on headphones and ignore everyone – the choice is yours! 
10.00am-12.00pm,  Friday 30 September Let's Stream Online Learn how to create online accounts for using digital streaming services. Learn how to access free digital streaming content, create a TVNZ OnDemand account, create a Three Now account, log in to Kanopy and more. You'll need to bring your smart phone / tablet with you. Phone 03 543 8500 or speak to a library staff member to book your spot. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, Friday 30 September Family History Friday Just starting your family tree or having trouble finding your ancestors? Get to know Ancestry.com and other family and local history resources available in our Research Room during this drop-in session. A library staff member will be there to give you a hand. Free. All welcome. Bookings not required.
3-16 October Scavenger Hunt Find the 10 posters around the library and learn different ways to keep your mind and body happy! Fill in an entry form and hand it in for a chance to win a spot prize.
10.30am-12.00pm, Tuesday 4 October Children's Mindfulness Morning Start the day right with a morning of children's mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment and is a wonderful tool in your well-being toolkit. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.
10.30am, Wednesday 5 October Book Launch: The Passage of Conquest Come along to the launch of The Passage of Conquest by TD Kuchel. Marooned on a tropical island, Giselle learns that she has travelled to a parallel world in which the island was veiled 400 years ago to prevent an ancient evil from escaping. Ideal for YA and adult fans of fantasy and adventure. Free.
2.00pm-3.00pm, Thursday 6 October Kindness Rocks One message, at just the right moment, can change a person's life. Join us to design, paint and decorate your own kindness rocks to either keep. give away or leave in a cool spot around the community to make someone's day. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, Tuesday 11 October Children's Mindfulness Morning Start the day right with a morning of children's mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment and is a wonderful tool in your well-being toolkit. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.
2.00pm-3.00pm, Thursday 13 October Workshop: Worry Dolls Leave your worries with the worry dolls. Originating in Guatemala, worry dolls are made to listen to anything you might be anxious about. Tell them your worries, then sleep easy. Free.
10.30am-11.30am, Friday 14 October Workshop: Connecting With Nature

Learn how to care for the environment, sow seeds, plant seedlings and about composting and worm farming. Children will go home with a seedling and seeds for their own garden. Suitable for school children age 5+. Parent/caregiver help may be needed for smaller children. Free.

10.30am-12.00pm, Friday 28 October Family History Friday Just starting your family tree or having trouble finding your ancestors? Get to know Ancestry.com and other family and local history resources available in our Research Room during this drop-in session. A library staff member will be there to give you a hand. Free. All welcome. Bookings not required.

Tākaka Library                                                                                                

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Every Tuesday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am Wriggle & Rhyme Come and explore music and songs, movement and rhythm, instruments and stories while making new friends and spending quality time with your 0-2 year old. Physical distancing and mask wearing required. Free.
Last Tuesday of the month, 1.00pm-2.00pm Silverfish Book Group Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? We pick a theme, a genre or an author for the month, and upon reading return the next month to have an enthusiastic and informal discussion about the books we’ve read. Free.
Every Friday, 11.00am-12.00pm Digi Drop-In Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.
Once a month on a Friday, 3.15pm-4.30pm Popcorn Turtles Book Club

Come along to a fun free book club for 9-12 year olds. Find out what others have been reading, get a look at the latest new books, eat some popcorn and do some fun activities. Free. Exact dates here.

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One-off Events

Description

1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
17 June onwards Featured artist: Sarah Thomas Come along and view Sarah Thomas' beautiful art work. Sarah grew up next to the beach at Onekaka, studying the shores, the turning tides and the changing land. She went on to study fine art at Otago Polytechnic, finishing with a sculpture major, a painting interest and a wanderlust.
3-16 October Scavenger Hunt Find the 10 posters around the library and learn different ways to keep your mind and body happy! Fill in an entry form and hand it in for a chance to win a spot prize.
12.00pm-1.00pm, Wednesday 5 October The Motupipi River Catchment Makeover In celebration of World Rivers Day, come and learn about how the landowners near the Motupipi River are restoring their part of the river. Claire Webster, TDC Education & Partnerships Officer and local landowner Kathy Reilly will be speaking. Free. All welcome.
10.30am-11.30am, Thursday 6 October Yoga For Kids Children’s yoga teacher Nikki McGuinness will take children on a journey through story and movement. Feel your child’s mood improving and find stillness with self-calming and relaxation techniques. Free, registration not necessary. Suitable for ages 5-8 years.
3.00pm-5.00pm, Friday 7 October Tween Takeover Who said libraries have to be quiet? Bring your favourite playlist and play it as you make some slime or plant a book. Suitable for ages 10+. Free. Bookings not necessary.
10.30am-12.00pm, Tuesday 11 October Children's Mindfulness Morning Start the day right with a morning of children's mindfulness activities. Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment and is a wonderful tool in your well-being toolkit. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.
2.00pm-4.00pm, Thursday 13 October Creative Craft Fun We supply the art supplies, you supply the information! Have fun with the many different art supplies we have that are just waiting to be made into something amazing. Suitable for ages 5+. Free. Bookings not required - just turn up.
3.30pm-4.30pm, Thursday 27 October Workshop: Monster Finger Puppet Make a monster finger puppet and scare your friends with it during Halloween, or play puppets with your whānau. For ages 5+. Free. Bookings not required.
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