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Motueka Library                                                                                                                                                                                  

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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.
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.

1.00pm-2.00pm, first Thursday of the month Babbling Books Come along to meet new people, talk about the books you've been reading, and discover some great recommendations. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, second Monday of the 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 the 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.

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
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.
8 June - 8 July Kokowai - Art Exhibition

Well known New Zealand artists Robin Slow, Bob Bickerton and Brian Flintoff are exhibiting their art at Motueka Library in the Community Meeting room for one month. Seize the opportunity to come and see this artwork for yourself. Free.

9-17 June Take & Make: Harry Potter Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling with our fun Take & Make kit. It includes wizarding worksheets, word searches, bookmarks and more. Free.
13-25 June Matariki Star Hunt

Find all 9 star pictures hidden around the library and learn the names of the Matariki stars when you find them! Fill in the answer sheet and go in the draw for a spot prize. One entry per child please. Free.

5.00pm, Friday 17 June Book Launch: Carol Duffy - The Isle of DragonFree

Carol Duffy launches her new chapter book, The Isle of Dragonfree. The island has been renamed Dragonfree because Count Clifford Calamus has exterminated all the dragons. King Kevin’s Kingdom is now free of dragons. Or is it? Most suitable for 8 – 11 year olds. Cash book sales available for $18.

20-25 June Take & Make: Matariki Star

Take home a kit with everything you need to make a star using a template and coloured wool in celebration of Matariki. We love seeing what you make! Email: childrensteam@tasman.govt.nz with photos of your Matariki star. Free.

21 - 29 June Wish Upon a Matariki Star

Hiwa-I-Te-Rangi is one of the nine Matariki stars. It is connected to our dreams, hopes and aspirations for the coming year. Join us in celebrating Matariki this year by adding your own wishing star to our display.

21 - 29 June Matariki Pohutukawa Tree

Pohutukawa is one of the nine stars of Matariki.  It is connected to those who have passed on. We invite you to honour your loved ones who have passed away by writing their name or a favourite memory on a flower and adding it to our tree. 

5.30pm, Wednesday 22 June Author talk: Colin Clough

Tap Dance is a self-published account of Colin’s memorable, fast-moving, fleet-of-foot life. Born in 1938, Colin was a child of The Depression, raised by his Chatham Islander grandmother on ‘nothing a year’. Find out more about Colin’s extraordinary life at this special event. Free.

5.00pm-6.00pm, Friday 24 June Te Oro Hā Matariki Concert

Enjoy a concert with local music to celebrate our first Matariki holiday. Bring a rug, chair and kai for a lovely time with family and whānau. Free.

5.30pm-7.00pm, Monday 4 July Mauri Tau: Matariki Audio Experience

Mauri Tau is a unique storytelling experience that weaves together the magic of theatre, your whakapapa to the stars and nature. The guided audio experience immerses you in a playful and reflective Sound Play alongside Te Kāhui o Matariki. Cost: $13. Book your spot here.

3.00pm, Wednesday 6 July Author talk: Tom Rowling

Captain Tom is a master storyteller as well as master mariner. His book is a fascinating account of how a naïve young dreamer copes with the hardships of life at sea. The book covers the ships on which Tom sailed and his adventures in bars and brothels around the world. Free. All welcome.

9-24 July Battle of The Books

Cast a vote for your favourite young adult book. After each round the one book to rule them all remains. Who will be the winner?!

2.00pm, Thursday 21 July Book launch: Kororā and The Sushi Shop

Come along to the book launch for new children’s picture book Kororā and the Sushi Shop by Linda Jane Keegan. Linda will be delivering a reading and related craft activity. Book sales available. All welcome.

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 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
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.
9-17 June Take & Make: Harry Potter Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling with our fun Take & Make kit. It includes wizarding worksheets, word searches, bookmarks and more. Free.
13-25 June Matariki Star Hunt Find all 9 star pictures hidden around the library and learn the names of the Matariki stars when you find them! Fill in the answer sheet and go in the draw for a spot prize. One entry per child please. Free.
21 - 29 June Wish Upon a Matariki Star Hiwa-I-Te-Rangi is one of the nine Matariki stars. It is connected to our dreams, hopes and aspirations for the coming year. Join us in celebrating Matariki this year by adding your own wishing star to our display.
21 - 29 June Matariki Pohutukawa Tree Pohutukawa is one of the nine stars of Matariki.  It is connected to those who have passed on. We invite you to honour your loved ones who have passed away by writing their name or a favourite memory on a flower and adding it to our tree. 
11.00am-11.30am, Friday 1 July Tasman Heritage

Introducing Tasman Heritage, Tasman District Libraries' new online archive collection of photos, documents and oral histories. Come and find out about this great resource for teachers, students and family historians. Free.

1.00pm-2.30pm, Friday 1 July Let's Go online Shopping

Learn how to shop safely online, create a user log-in and shop on a supermarket website. Bookings essential. Phone 03 523 1013 to book your spot. Free.

9-24 July Battle of The Books

Cast a vote for your favourite young adult book. After each round the one book to rule them all remains. Who will be the winner?!

Richmond Library

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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.
Every Tuesday, 10.30am-11.30am (beginning 28 June) 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 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 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. Children's song writer and entertainer Kath Bee will be joining us on the first Wednesday of each month during May, June and July. 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.

Every Thursday (from 14 July), 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 (until 8 July), 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.
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. There is 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.
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 wecome

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One-off Events

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
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.
9-17 June Take & Make: Harry Potter Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling with our fun Take & Make kit. It includes wizarding worksheets, word searches, bookmarks and more. Free.
13-25 June Matariki Star Hunt

Find all 9 star pictures hidden around the library and learn the names of the Matariki stars when you find them! Fill in the answer sheet and go in the draw for a spot prize. One entry per child please. Free.

1.00pm-2.00pm, Tuesday 21 June Author Talk: Helen Staniland Helen Staniland will be talking about her book Te Wai Pounamu: The Glorious South of the South Island - Travelling In The Time of Covid about her solo adventures journeying around the South Island in 2020 and 2021. Cash book sales available.
2.00pm-3.00pm, Tuesday 21 June 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.
21 - 29 June Wish Upon a Matariki Star Hiwa-I-Te-Rangi is one of the nine Matariki stars. It is connected to our dreams, hopes and aspirations for the coming year. Join us in celebrating Matariki this year by adding your own wishing star to our display.
21 - 29 June Matariki Pohutukawa Tree Pohutukawa is one of the nine stars of Matariki.  It is connected to those who have passed on. We invite you to honour your loved ones who have passed away by writing their name or a favourite memory on a flower and adding it to our tree. 
4.30pm-5.30pm, Thursday 23 June Matariki Storytime Grab yourself a hot drink from the Library Café (before they close at 5.00pm) then join us for Matariki Storytime and craft activity. Afterwards, head down to Sundial Square for more Matariki festivities. Free.
8-11 July Book Sale Get yourself along to our first book sale since Lockdown! We have something for everyone and every house. Nab great adult fiction for only $1, children's and young adult books for a measly 20c, and snaffle magazines for only 50c.
9-24 July Battle of The Books Cast a vote for your favourite young adult book. After each round the one book to rule them all remains. Who will be the winner?!
10.30am-11.30am, Wednesday 13 July Flight Themed Craft
Come fly with us! Join us for a STEAM based flight craft with a choice of four crafts of varying degrees of difficulty. Bookings not required - just drop in. Free.
3.00pm-5.00pm, Thursday 14 July Holiday Movie: Astro Kid Following the destruction of their space ship, William is separated from his parents. When his capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet, William has to survive with the help of his survival robot, Buck. Rated: PG. Free. Contact Richmond Library to book your spot.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 16 July Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
10.30am-11.30am, Wednesday 20 July Flight Themed Craft Come fly with us! Join us for a STEAM based flight craft with a choice of four crafts of varying degrees of difficulty. Bookings not required - just drop in. Free.
10.30am, Thursday 21 July Book launch: Kororā and The Sushi Shop Come along to the book launch for new children’s picture book Kororā and the Sushi Shop by Linda Jane Keegan. Linda will be delivering a reading and related craft activity. Book sales available. All welcome.
3.00pm-5.00pm, Thursday 21 July Holiday Movie: Paper Planes After he wins his school's paper plane making contest, 11-year-old Dylan and his father bond as Dylan prepares for the World Paper Plane Championships in Tokyo. Rated: G. Free. Contact Richmond Library to book your spot.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 30 July Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 13 August Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
1.00pm, Tuesday 16 August Author talk: Chris Stuart - For Reasons of Their Own Join us for a talk with award winning NZ author or For Reasons Of Their Own - can the past ever be left behind? Ask a flawed detective, a former refugee and a government desperate to misuse a dead body to reshape Australia’s security policy. Free. All welcome.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 27 August Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 10 September Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 24 September Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.

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.
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.
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.

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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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
March - June Art exhibition: Elaine Robinson Elaine Robinson works in oils, acrylics and mixed media, and enjoys developing thernamic abstracted works which incorporate her love of colour, texture and pattern. Free.
Wednesdays 18 May - 6 July, 10.00am Storytime Join us for fun and exciting stories and songs at our weekly storytime sessions for 2-5 year olds and their whānau. Book your spot either in person at Tākaka Library or ring 03 525 0059. Free.
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.
9-17 June Take & Make: Harry Potter Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling with our fun Take & Make kit. It includes wizarding worksheets, word searches, bookmarks and more. Free.
13-25 June Matariki Kites

In celebration of Matariki, tamariki are invited to colour and create kites in the children’s area, hang them in the library, or take home to hang somewhere special. We will also have a special kite hanging in our front window. Free.

13-25 June Matariki Star Hunt

Find all 9 star pictures hidden around the library and learn the names of the Matariki stars when you find them! Fill in the answer sheet and go in the draw for a spot prize. One entry per child please. Free.

21 - 29 June Wish Upon a Matariki Star

Hiwa-I-Te-Rangi is one of the nine Matariki stars. It is connected to our dreams, hopes and aspirations for the coming year. Join us in celebrating Matariki this year by adding your own wishing star to our display.

21 - 29 June Matariki Pohutukawa Tree

Pohutukawa is one of the nine stars of Matariki.  It is connected to those who have passed on. We invite you to honour your loved ones who have passed away by writing their name or a favourite memory on a flower and adding it to our tree. 

10.00am-10.30am, Wednesday 22 June Matariki Storytime

Matariki signals the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster. Listen to some wonderful Matariki stories and spend time with your tamariki. Grandparents we would love to see you with your mokopuna. Free.

3.30pm-4.30pm, Thursday 23 June Constellation Creation for Youth Stitch the Matariki stars into a frame and create a special cross stitch to celebrate this special time of the year. No sewing experience necessary. Free - all materials supplied. Contact Tākaka Library to book your spot.
20-25 June Take & Make: Maramataka

Make yourself a Maramataka, Māori lunar calendar for Matariki. Use your Maramataka to determine what parts of each month will be most productive, when to focus on planning and when to rest and/or give back to nature. Free.

20-25 June Take & Make: Matariki Star

Take home a kit with everything you need to make a star using a template and coloured wool in celebration of Matariki. We love seeing what you make! Email: childrensteam@tasman.govt.nz with photos of your Matariki star. Free.

1-25 July Take & Make: Tiny Art Collect your Tiny Art Take & Make kit, create your piece of Tiny Art, then return it to the library by 25 July for our Tiny Art exhibition which will run from 1-14 August. Free.
9-24 July Battle of The Books

Cast a vote for your favourite young adult book. After each round the one book to rule them all remains. Who will be the winner?!

11-23 July Eye Spy Activity

See if you can find the flight themed items among all the other items - with just your eyes! Write down the flight themed items on the entry form and go in the draw for a special prize. Free.

2.00pm-4.00pm, Tuesday 12 July Building Brick Drop-In

Build something dangerous, beautiful or inspired by nature and enjoy an afternoon of creativity among like-minded brick builders. For all ages. Free.

10.30am-11.30am, Wednesday 13 July Flight Storytime

Come along and listen to stories celebrating flight and flying. Join in with the songs and go home with a small craft. Suitable for ages 3 – 8. Free.

2.30pm-3.30pm, Friday 15 July Tiny Art Workshop Ages 10+ are invited to have some fun creating a tiny art piece and easel. You can take it home, gift it to soeone special or enter it in Tākaka Library's Tiny Art exhibition. Contact Tākaka Library to book your spot. Free.
10.30am, Wednesday 20 July Book launch: Kororā and The Sushi Shop Come along to the book launch for new children’s picture book Kororā and the Sushi Shop by Linda Jane Keegan. Linda will be delivering a reading and related craft activity. Book sales available. All welcome.
1-14 August Exhibition: Tiny Art Check out the incredible Tiny Art pieces made with our recent Take & Make Tiny Art kits. Free. All welcome.
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