Crafternoon Tea flax weaving session

Date: 26 July 2018
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sharne Parkinson will be bringing her flax weaving talents to the Library during July to farewell Matariki celebrations. Sharne will be teaching and providing all the materials for people to learn and make various items using the flax materials. People will learn the ancient technique of flax weaving to make stars to celebrate Matariki. This is a free event and tea and coffee will be provided.

The Great Indoors: Winter Reading Challenge for all ages

Join the The Great Indoors: Winter Reading Challenge and Win!

Illustration of woman reading by the fire

Are you an avid reader? Do you need something to do inside on these cold winter days? Then why not take part in our annual Winter Reading Challenge!

The rules are simple! Read and log 6 books during the months of July and August in our Winter Reading log book and every completed reading log will go in the draw for a $100 Paper Plus voucher!

Pick up a reading log at any Southland Library, or download it below.


Entries must be received by 7pm Friday 31 August.

The winner will be notified Friday 7 September.

Changes to Meeting Room access on 28 May

Floor Plan of Access Door to Meeting Room

As part of the Library refurbishment process, access to the first floor of the Library will be prohibited from 4:00pm on 28 May. Access to the Meeting room (temporary Information Services and internet computers)will be via the fire exit stairs, with the entrance located on Dee street.   We regret to inform you that we will not be able to provide alternative access for those with mobility issues during this time.

Access will return to normal on Tuesday 29 May.

Join us for a free talk from author Gavin Bishop

Author and Illustrator Gavin Bishop

Join us down at the Invercargill Public Library and meet award winning New Zealand author and illustrator Gavin Bishop. Gavin was born in Invercargill and will be back in his home town for a book reading and signing session, Thursday 14 June. Get the family together and come on down!


Book signing:
Whitcoulls – 54 Esk Street

Free reading:

Invercargill Public Library – Learning and Activity Space

Explore NZ music during May Music Month!

May is New Zealand Music Month and to celebrate we will have a range of live music performers throughout the month. Click here for more information!

We have an expansive CD collection at the Library as well as all the best magazines for music lovers! Check out some of our favourites below.

Ten Guitars: Homegrown Heroes
Various Artists

Pop Rock / 2017

Sing along to lots of favourites from heartland New Zealand by well-known kiwi artists.

  1. When The Cat’s Away – Melting Pot
  2. The Holidaymakers – Sweet Lovers
  3. Netherworld Dancing Toys – For Today
  4. Dave Dobbyn – Slice Of Heaven
  5. Dragon – April Sun In Cuba
  6. The Exponents – I’ll Say Goodbye (Even Though I’m Blue)
  7. Hello Sailor – Blue Lady
  8. DD Smash – Outlook For Thursday
  9. Split Enz – Six Months In A Leaky Boat
10. OMC – How Bizarre
11. Sisters Underground – In The Neighbourhood
12. DLT Feat. Che-Fu – Chains
13. Southside Of Bombay – What’s The Time Mr Wolf
14. Herbs – Parihaka
15. Tiki Taane – Always On My Mind
16. Stan Walker – Take It Easy
17. Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
18. Katchafire – Get Away
19. Breaks Co-Op – The Other Side
20. Max Merritt & The Meteors – Slippin’ Away

  1. Annie Crummer – See What Love Can Do
  2. Patea Maori Club – Poi E
  3. Moana and the Tribe – Black Pearl
  4. Ngaire – To Sir With Love
  5. The Parker Project – Tears On My Pillow
  6. Ardijah – Watchin’ U
  7. Herbs – Sensitive To A Smile
  8. Rikki Morris – Nobody Else
  9. Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
10. Peking Man – Room That Echoes
11. Mark Williams – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
12. Rockinghorse – Thru The Southern Moonlight
13. Golden Harvest – I Need Your Love
14. The Yandall Sisters – Sweet Inspiration
15. The Fourmyula – Nature
16. Blerta – Dance All Around The World
17. The Warratahs – Hands On My Heart
18. Patsy Riggir – Beautiful Lady
19. Allison Durbin – I Have Loved Me A Man
20. Bunny Walters – Take The Money and Run
21. Frankie Stevens – My Elusive Dreams
22. Sol3 Mio – Ten Guitars

Gerry’s Songlist
Gerry McSoriley
Easy Listening / 2016

Well known Invercargill butcher, Gerry has been singing since he was 5 years old, and has done lots of musical theatre.

  1. In Dreams
  2. Oh Carol
  3. Elenor
  4. There Goes My Everything
  5. Till There Was You
  6. Devoted To You
  7. Little Old Wine Drinker Me
  8. Walk Away
  9. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
10. As The Deer
11. Anthem
12. Ka Waiata (The McSoriley Girls)

Twisting Wind
Helen Henderson

Folk Rock / 2009

Blues rock, folk and country music chiefly written by local musician Helen Henderson and Matt Downs, and performed by Helen Henderson with accompanying musicians.

  1. Twisting Wind
  2. Beltane Fires
  3. Better This Time
  4. Your Other Love
  5. Stateless
  6. Stringing Me On
  7. Out of the Woods
  8. Tea and Sugar
  9. Now Is Forever
10. Lucky One

Pop / 2017

Four years after releasing her Grammy Award-winning debut, Lorde is back with one of 2017’s most anticipated albums. Her latest includes the track Liability and the first single, Green Light.

  1. Green Light
  2. Sober
  3. Homemade Dynamite
  4. The Louvre
  5. Liability
  6. Hard Feelings/Loveless 
  7. Sober II (Melodrama) 
  8. Writer in the Dark
  9. Supercut
10. Liability (reprise)
11. Perfect Places

Left or Right
Rock / 2015

Invercargill bred psych-rock/reggae band Left or Right have pioneered a blend of dub-reggae grooves, soaring vocal harmonies, and off-beat lyricism, at times infused with moments of visceral rock riffery.

1. Snail
2. Gary’s Nuggety Neighbour
3. Trippin’ By The Sea
4. Macca
5. Private Number
6. Dungeons & Dragons
7. Kick In The Teeth
8. The Diamond Ray

Fight For Her
Michelle Beck

Country / 2015

Michelle first performed in the Gold Guitars in Gore when she was 10 and was a regular finalist.  In 2013 she won The Southland Entertainment up-and-coming Entertainer of the Year Award.

1. Cowboys and Country Music
2. Fight For Her
3. You Should’ve of Known
4. Some Other Time
5. What Have I Done
6. Time Like That
7. Better Than This

Q Magazine

Q, the UK’s biggest selling music monthly magazine, sits at the heart of a cross-platform brand that celebrates the biggest stars in rock and roll and brings you the most exciting new artists.

You’ll also find out what’s hot and what’s not thanks to Q’s trusted and extensive review section, featuring new releases, reissues, compilations, film and live concert reviews.

NZ Musician

New Zealand Musician is at the heart of New Zealand music scene, with in-depth in interviews with current and upcoming artists. Also has a diverse range of album reviews to help

with your next album section and is the best place to found where and when concerts and gigs are on in New Zealand.

The next time you are in the Library be sure to check out our range of music CDs and magazines!