Get involved with the Oral History Project at the Library

These training sessions are for those individuals wishing to undertake interviews for the Southland Oral History Project.

The first session will cover:

  • What is Oral History?
  • Overview of the Southland Oral History Project
  • The interview process – sleceting interviewees, preliminary meetings, etc
  • The recording equipment
  • Interview technique
  • Ethical standsards
  • Documentation

Attendees will undertake a practice interview prior to the second session (equipment will be provided).

The second session will cover:

  • Review of practice interviews and general feedback
  • Abstracting technique and practice

Morning and afternoon tea is provided but attendees will need to bring their own lunch.

There is no enrolment fee for the training workshops, however spaces are limited and participants are asked to commit to at least 2 to 3 interviews for the Project each year.

  • Interviewer Abstractor
    Our interviewers undergo training to ensure that our interviews are conducted in a professional and ethical way. Training workshops are usually held yearly. There is no enrolment fee for the Oral History Training Workshops. However participating in the workshops brings with it the expectation that you will contribute to the Southland Oral History Project as a volunteer interviewer. No previous experience is required but an interest in people and an ability to listen are essential. Our abstractors undergo training to ensure that abstracts are produced to a high standard. Training is done on an individual basis throughout the year. You will need access to a computer with a word processing programme, email and a CD player

If you would like more information before committing to the training, please email the Southland Oral History Project Coordinator.

Get creative with melted crayon art (for teens!)

Want to have a go at making some waxy master pieces? Come along and create unique paintings with melted crayons. 


  • Wednesday 17 April
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Ages 12 - 19
  • Cost: Free!

After hours session for genealogists

Join us for after-hours access to our genealogy and local history resources. This evening is perfect for experienced researchers who have already started working on their family tree. Library computers will be available but you are welcome to bring your own laptop.
Tea and coffee provided. Places are limited so register now!


  • Date: Thursday 4 April
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Who: Experienced researchers

  • Ensure you have entered a valid mobile phone number
  • Please note: there is a limited number of ‘beginner’ spaces

Get active at the Library with your toddler!

Perfect follow-on from Wriggle & Rhyme!

If you loved Wriggle & Rhyme then be sure to check out our newest event for children
and toddlers aged 3-5. This interactive programme for parents and kids helps children
grow independence, confidence and brain development – and it’s fun! Activities include
parachute play, chime bells, puppets and more to help children learn through play and

Active Rhyming Details

  • Date: Every Tuesday during the school term
  • Time: 10:30 - 11:00am
  • Ages: 3 - 5 years
  • Cost: Free!

Shakespeare in the Park, at the Library!

Join us next Monday, 11 February for a very special lunchtime presentation of select scenes from this year’s Shakespeare in the Park show; the Rude Mechanicals’ Revival! This event is free for all ages, and will be followed by a Q&A session.

The Rude Mechanicals’ Revival will be playing at Queens Park from 13 – 16 February. Visit the link below to find more information.

  • Date: Monday, 11 February 2019
  • Time: 12:30 - 1:00pm
  • Where: Activity and Learning Space
  • Cost: FREE!