An amazing week of free Christmas events for all ages

Christmas is a busy time of year. It can be hard to keep the kids entertained while harnessing their excitement. Or maybe you need a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle? Visit us each day during the week leading up to Christmas for a range of fun free events for kids and parents at the Library.

Please note that children under 14 must be supervised by an adult at our Christmas events.

The Chatter Christmas Party

Adults

Monday 17 December 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Chatter Christmas Party will celebrate 2018 in good old fashion Chatter style. Come
join all the regular Chatterers in a very merry Christmas pot luck event, there will be carols,
food, laughter and you will also meet someone new. This is a great way to kick off the
holiday season, let your hair down and reflect on another fantastic year. Meri Kirihimete

Christmas Storytime and Decoration Making

Kids

Every morning from 11:00am we will have a Christmas story and craft to complete.

This will be a magical event for kids who love Christmas time! There will be Christmas stories and Christmas decoration making. Kids can even take what they make home, with no cost or mess at home for you! Each day we will be making a different decoration so you can attend as many sessions as you desire!

Christmas Break Boredom Busters

Kids

Every afternoon between 2:00 – 4:00pm we will have a fun, free activity for kids. No registrations are required, just come along and join in on the fun. 

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Colouring Competition

Kids

A competition for all ages. We have four Christmas scenes for you to colour – get them back
before Friday 21 of December, and you could win a Christmas themed book! Entries are available from the Library.

Christmas Carols in the Foyer

Family

Thursday 20 December
Come along for a few hours of free performances from a selection of local musicians. At
12:30pm The Lyrical Librarians will perform a selection of Christmas carols and songs, to
finish off the event with a bang. Come along and join in, or sit back, relax and soak up the
festive atmosphere.
Current lineup of performances:
12:30 – Lyrical Librarians

Refurbishment Update: Stage 3 nearing completion

Stage 3 of our ongoing refurbishment project is nearing its completion. Stage 4, the final phase, is scheduled to begin 2 November 2018.

You will notice our new Help Desk right in the middle of the ground floor when you come into the Library, whether from the Dee Street or car park entrance. This is the first point of call for all of your enquiries. We will be pleased to show you around and point you in the right direction, please ask.

Visit ilibrary.co.nz/library-refurbishment for the latest updates on the Library refurbishment.

Upcoming Changes

  • All Children's material is being moved back to the renovated Children's Services.
  • Music, DVD, Blu-ray, Videogames, Puzzles, and Board Game collections are all being moved to Children's Services near the Activity Spaces
  • A new Parent’s Room is available with diaper changing and toilet facilities, accessible on the ground floor.
  • Newspapers are being moved downstairs to the ground floor.
  • Biographies are being moved downstairs to the ground floor.
  • APNK Internet Computers will be moved downstairs to the ground floor.

Spookytime and Halloween Hijinks: A fun night out for kids!

Prepare for a night of fun this Halloween as we run two amazing events for kids. Costumes are a must and fun is guaranteed!

Spookytime! (ages 0-5)

When: Wednesday 31 October, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Where:
Teens Area

Gather around for a (not-so-scary) Halloween storytime, and craft. Bring your torches and blankets and get your photo taken in front of our Halloween display. No registrations are required, just show up on the night for this Halloween treat!

Halloween Hijinks (ages 6-10)

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When: Wednesday 31 October, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Where:
Meeting Room

Calling all little monsters! There’s something eerie happening at Invercargill Public Library this Halloween. Join us for spooky stories, ghastly games and a frightful scavenger hunt! We’ll provide the snacks and the scares, don’t forget to dress up and bring your torch!

The Four Day Book Sale

Our Annual Library Book Sale is back!

September 28 marks the beginning of our annual book sale. Bring along your loose change and grab a bargain. This year, due to the refurbishment work, the sale will last 4 days only so get in quick!

Located on the first floor, in the Library Meeting Room, our sale includes ex-library DVDs, CDs, puzzles and a wide range of books.  Doors open 9:00am on September 28 so come and find your next favourite book.

Donald holding book sale items
Customer Experience Team Leader Donald Cunningham sits among some of the items up for sale this year
Catherine amongth the boxes of books
Interloans Librarian Catherine Wilson sits among boxes filled with books and items for sale.

Sale Prices

  • Games and Puzzles $1
  • DVDs $3
  • Electronic Games $3
  • Audiobooks and CDs $3
  • Graphic Novels $2
  • Magazines 50c
  • Non-Fiction Books $1.50
  • Large Print Books $0.50
  • Fiction Books $1 or 6 for $5

Refurbishment Update: Stage 2 complete!

Stage 2 of our refurbishment project is now complete! The newly renovated section of the Library is now open to the public, with all collections once again available to browse. Please be aware construction work will be continuing on with the Children’s Services area being closed off.

Refer to ilibrary.co.nz/library-refurbishment for the latest updates on the Library refurbishment.

Latest Updates

  • Stage 2 is now complete. Work has begun on Stage 3.
  • Adult fiction, large print, young adult, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-rays, music CDs, and videogames can be found in Adult Services.
  • All children's collections can now be found in Adult Services.
  • Construction work will continue on into the Children's Services area.
  • Access to the Library foyer from the Car Park and Dee Street will now open at 9:00am.