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Motueka Library

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10.30am-12.00pm, second Monday of the month (excluding January 2023 - recommencing 13 February 2023) 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.
2.00pm-4.00pm, third Monday of the month Classic Board Games For Adults Drop in for friendly, sociable and fun classic board games such as Scrabble, Chinese Checkers, Chess, Risk, Catan, Yahtzee and more. Free.
3.30pm-5.00pm, last Monday of every month (excluding January 2023 - recommencing 27 February 2023) Building Bricks Club Make amazing brick creations with Adrian Barbour. Suitable for ages 7+. Building Bricks kindly supplied by the Christchurch User group. Free.
11.00am-12.00pm, every Tuesday (excluding January 2023 - recommencing 14 February 2023) 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.
1.30pm-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-11.30am, third Wednesday of every month (excluding December) 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 the month (exc December) WHAM! Write Here At Motueka

Let us help stimulate, motivate and promote your writing, so that you can produce, perform and publish. Come along to our monthly writing group for adults.

10.30am-12.00pm, fourth Wednesday of the month excl December (commencing 22 February 2023) Paper Artsy

Use decorative and themed papers to create cards, bookmarks and postcards, for your own pleasure or to give to family and friends. Free.

10.00am-10.30am, every Thursday during term time (recommencing 16 February) Storytime

Join us for fun and exciting stories and songs at our weekly storytime sessions for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. 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, last Thursday of the month Poetry Circle

Write poetry, read poetry, bring your favourite poem and discover new poets with other poetry lovers. Free. All welcome.

10.00am-10.30am, every Friday during term time (recommencing 17 February) 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.

4.00pm-6.00pm, usually the second Friday of the month (commencing 10 February) Dungeon Dwellers

Come and roll the dice and play Dungeons and Dragons - a fantasy role playing tabletop game. For teens and adults. Free. Exact dates here.

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December 1 - 31 January Summer Book Bingo

Pick up your Summer Book Bingo card from Richmond, Motueka, Tākaka or Murchison Library, read one book in each of nine different categories and then return your completed bingo card to the library to be in to win. This challenge is designed for adults.

16 December - 10 February Summer Reading Programme Kids! Books take you everywhere! Collect your Summer Reading Programme participation form from the library and follow the instructions to have a great summer. Free.
4 January - 1 February Teen Poetry Contest Ages 13-19 are invited to submit poems inspired by the Latin phrase Audaces Fortuna Juvat - Fortune Favours The Bold. Pick up your entry form at the library.
4 January - 3 February Authors & Illustrators Scavenger Hunt Pick up your entry form from the library and learn more about authors and illustrators on this fun scavenger hunt for kids. Spot prizes to be won!
11.00am-12.00pm, Thursdays 5 January - 2 February Games & Bricks Gather some friends, or come along and make new ones, and pop in to the library to play with game and building bricks. Free. For ages 4+.
9-28 January New Year Book Sale Grab a bargain at our preloved library book sale. There's something for everyone.
11.00am-12.00pm, Tuesdays 10-31 January Arts & Crafts Gather some friends, or come along and make new ones, and pop in to the library for art and craft activities. Free. For ages 4+.
16 January - 3 February Look For A Book Pick up your entry form from the library and have fun searching for our library books in the shop windows along Motueka's High St. Go in the draw for a spot prize!
16 January - 3 February Nature Scavenger Hunt Drop by your library, pick up your Scavenger Hunt participation form, head outside, find nine nature-inspired things, fill in your form, return it to us, go in the draw to win a prize! Easy! And fun!
4.00pm-6.00pm, Friday 20 January Dungeon Dwellers Create characters and ventures when you play Dungeon Dwellers with us - a fantasy roleplaying tabletop board game. Suitable for teens and adults. Free.
10.30am-11.30am, Monday 23 January Author talk: Barbara Glass Barbara glass writes and illustrates books about dragons and their adventures for adults and children. In this session, Barbara will read, and answer questions about writing and illustrating her books. Suitable for ages 6+.
2.00pm-4.00pm, Monday 23 January Classic Board Games Adults are invited to bring a friend or meet new people while playing classic board games in the library. Free. 
10.00am-3.00pm, Wednesday 25 January "Where Is It In Town?" Storywalk We are celebrating Ned Barraud's new search and find book "Where Is It In Town?" with a pop-up Storywalk in the Kiyosato Japanese Gardens. Books and walking in our local park - the best of both worlds! Free.
2.00pm-4.00pm, Wednesday 25 January Paper Artsy In this fun workshop, use decorative and themed papers to create cards, bookmarks and postcards, for your own pleasure or to give to family and friends. Free.
4.00pm-6.00pm, Friday 27 January Dungeon Dwellers Create characters and ventures when you play Dungeon Dwellers with us - a fantasy roleplaying tabletop board game. Suitable for teens and adults. Free.
1 - 31 March Loving The Library Wall

Collect your "brick", write on it why you love your new library, then add it to our community wall. Fun for all ages.

1 - 31 March Take & Make: Booklover's Notebooks

Collect your free kit from the library and decorate your own notebook. In it, list the books you read and wish to read. A perfect little journal for those on the go. Free. For all ages.

7 March - 3 April Community Butterfly Art

Pick up a butterfly shape from the library and decorate it for our Community Butterfly Exhibition on our Art Wall. Free.

5.30pm, Monday 20 March Author Talk: Gerard Hindmarsh Local author Gerard Hindmarsh discusses his latest book Kahurangi Out West: More Stories From Northwest Nelson. This rich and colourful social history includes tales about drovers, loggers, mill workers, top secret coast watchers and more. Autographed books will be available for purchase on the night for $40.
20 - 25 March Use Your Card & Win! Celebrate Motueka Library Te Noninga Kumu's first birthday by using your library card, or signing up to the library, and go in the draw to win a prize.
20 - 31 March Anniversary Bookmarks To celebrate the success of the new library and our first anniversary, we are giving away special gold and silver Tibetan style bookmarks to our library community. Collect yours from the desk while stocks last.
20 - 31 March Celebrating Libraries, Celebrating Youth To celebrate our first anniversary, we will have a spcial nook in the Youth area displaying mindful activities and great books. For ages 13+
27 - 31 March Take & Make: Greedy Cat Our first anniversary is a great time to acknowledge our Greedy Cat artwork by Robyn Belton in the Children's area of the library. Pick up your cardboard Greedy Cat to take home and assemble. Free. Suitable for young children.
27 March - 8 April Take & Make: Postcards Collect your kit to create and assemble an inspiring postcard for yourself or to give a friend or family member. Free.
6.00pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 29 March Meet The Artists & Tour Come and meet the artists and hear the stories behind the artworks throughout our library. Free.

Murchison Library

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11.00am-12.00pm, First Friday of the month (excluding January & February 2023 - recommencing March) 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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December 1 - 31 January Summer Book Bingo Pick up your Summer Book Bingo card from Richmond, Motueka, Tākaka or Murchison Library, read one book in each of nine different categories and then return your completed bingo card to the library to be in to win. This challenge is designed for adults.
16 December - 10 February Summer Reading Programme Kids! Books take you everywhere! Collect your Summer Reading Programme participation form from the library and follow the instructions to have a great summer. Free.
4 January - 1 February Teen Poetry Contest Ages 13-19 are invited to submit poems inspired by the Latin phrase Audaces Fortuna Juvat - Fortune Favours The Bold. Pick up your entry form at the library.
4 January - 3 February Authors & Illustrators Scavenger Hunt Pick up your entry form from the library and learn more about authors and illustrators on this fun scavenger hunt for kids. Spot prizes to be won!
1.30pm, Wednesday 29 March Author talk: Chris Long Written by Chris Long, the son of the authors of A Life on Gorge River and A Wife on Gorge River, The Boy from Gorge River is an enthralling account of chasing adventure while forever staying true to where you come from. Welcome Chris Long to Murchison for this fascinating talk. Free. All welcome.

Richmond Library

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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 during term time, 10.00am-10.30am (recommencing 14 February 2023) 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 (recommencing 15 February 2023) 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.

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. Contact cat.budai@tasman.govt.nz for more info.
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 (exc December) 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 (exc December) 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 Conversation Group
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.
3.30pm-4.30pm, second Thursday of the month (commencing 9 March 2023) Between The Lines
Young adults Years 9-13 are invited to join us for books, banter and snacks in the library. We'll chat about what we are reading, life and everything in between. Free.

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16 December - 10 February Summer Reading Programme Kids! Books take you everywhere! Collect your Summer Reading Programme participation form from the library and follow the instructions to have a great summer. Free.
4 January - 1 February Teen Poetry Contest Ages 13-19 are invited to submit poems inspired by the Latin phrase Audaces Fortuna Juvat - Fortune Favours The Bold. Pick up your entry form at the library.
4 January - 3 February Authors & Illustrators Scavenger Hunt Pick up your entry form from the library and learn more about authors and illustrators on this fun scavenger hunt for kids. Spot prizes to be won!
16 January - 3 February Nature Scavenger Hunt Drop by your library, pick up your Scavenger Hunt participation form, head outside, find nine nature-inspired things, fill in your form, return it to us, go in the draw to win a prize! Easy! And fun!
10.00am-12.00pm, Tuesday 24 January Art Smash! Have fun with the library's many different art supplies. We provide the art supplies, you bring the imagination! Suitable for ages 5+. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, Thursday 26 January Booknic Bring your picnic and books to swap to Washbourn Gardens for a fun afternoon with outdoor games, snacks and reading under the trees. Bring a pre-loved book you'd like to swap with someone else. Free.
6.30pm, Wednesday 8 February Movie Night: The Gay Divorcee

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire star in this 1934 romantic comedy. Mimi wants to divorce her no-good husband so decides to stage a fake adultery. She then meets Guy Holden at the rendezvous place, and mistakes him for her ‘fake lover’. Book your spot by contacting Richmond Library. Free.

Every Friday, 10 February - 31 March Table Top Gaming Group

Come join us around the table for weekly gaming greatness. Make some new friends and play some great games. Role playing, board games and card games – whatever takes our fancy. For ages 9-13. Free. To register, contact Richmond Library: 03 543 8500.

6.30pm, Monday 20 February DocFest: Exhibition on Screen - Matisse

Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs was hailed as the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history. Join us for a screening of this intimate behind-the-scenes documentary about the exhibition with contribution from people who knew Matisse, curators and historians. Book your spot by contacting Richmond Library. Free.

1.00pm-2.00pm, Tuesday 21 February Author talk: Cath Welsh

Cath is the author of a trilogy of pony adventure stories for children between the age of 7 to 13. Her books are fiction, yet based on true experiences, positive, educational and fun. Find out about Cath's process and her life as a writer. This talk is designed with adults in mind. Free. Cash book sales available.

6.30pm, Monday 6 March Movie Night: The Circus

Starring Charlie Chaplin and all his famous hijinks, in this 1928 classic The Tramp finds himself at a circus where he is promptly chased around by the police who think he is a pickpocket. Running into the Bigtop, he is an accidental sensation with his hilarious efforts to elude the police.  Book your spot by contacting Richmond Library. Free.

6.30pm, Monday 20 March DocFest: Mavis!

The first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. Featuring powerful live performances and rare archival footage. Book your spot by contacting Richmond Library. Free.

Tākaka Library

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Every Tuesday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am. The first session of 2023 will be on 14 February. 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. 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 (exc December and January) 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, 3.15pm-4.30pm (exc December, January & February. Recommencing March 2023) 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

December 1 - 31 January Summer Book Bingo Pick up your Summer Book Bingo card from Richmond, Motueka, Tākaka or Murchison Library, read one book in each of nine different categories and then return your completed bingo card to the library to be in to win. This challenge is designed for adults.
16 December - 10 February Summer Reading Programme
Kids! Books take you everywhere! Collect your Summer Reading Programme participation form from the library and follow the instructions to have a great summer. Free.
4 January - 1 February Teen Poetry Contest Ages 13-19 are invited to submit poems inspired by the Latin phrase Audaces Fortuna Juvat - Fortune Favours The Bold. Pick up your entry form at the library.
4 January - 3 February Authors & Illustrators Scavenger Hunt Pick up your entry form from the library and learn more about authors and illustrators on this fun scavenger hunt for kids. Spot prizes to be won!
4 January - 3 February Adopt a Reading Rock Pick up a reading rock from the library, read to them as much as possible and tick off a spot on your summer reading programme. Free.
16 January - 3 February Nature Scavenger Hunt Drop by your library, pick up your Scavenger Hunt participation form, head outside, find nine nature-inspired things, fill in your form, return it to us, go in the draw to win a prize! Easy! And fun!
2.30pm-4.30pm, Friday 20 January Build With Bricks Drop in between 2.30pm and 4.30pm to have fun building awesome things out of building bricks. For all ages. Free.
11.00am, Tuesday 24 January Steve Wilbury Show A magic show that is fun and exciting with a dash of danger and a whiff of fart jokes. Suitable for all ages. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, Friday 27 January Creative Writing Workshop Discover how to write small stories with great emotional impact with Frankie McMillan, an award-winning poet and short fiction writer. Cost: $20. Phone 03 525 0059 to book your spot. Suitable for beginners and those with more writing experience.
2.30pm-4.30pm, Friday 27 January Build With Bricks Drop in between 2.30pm and 4.30pm to have fun building awesome things out of building bricks. For all ages. Free.