Register now for our After Hours Family History evening

When: 29 March 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Where: Information Services
Cost: Free, but registrations are required. 

We are excited to run a second After Hours Family History session after the success of last year’s event. Everyone is welcome to register. Whether you are just starting out, are more experienced, or would just like an evening at the library to work on your family history then we would love for you to come along.

Staff will be on hand if you need help. You can use the library’s reference resources as well as Ancestry. The library computers will be available to use or you can bring your own laptop or camera. Tea & coffee provided.

Register Below now!

Please note that the Invercargill Library closes at 7:00pm. When attending this event be sure to arrive before then.

Summer Reading 2017 Prize Winners Announced!

We recently finished up our Summer Reading challenge for kids & teens. This year we created a challenge to try and get our little library bus all around the NZ map. Each book that was read got us 30 km further and we made it! 

The Stats

  • 531 booklets completed
  • 280 entrants
  • 4232 books read
  • 126 960 kms travelled

Check out the video below of the buses big adventure.

The prize draw winners were:

Teens

  • Harry Moran
  • Lily McLeish
  • Angus Dobbie

Family

  • Sreeraj Family
  • Coats Family

Childrens

  • Anna Ki
  • Meera Sreeraj
  • Liam Prattley
  • Caitlyn Hamilton
  • Willow Harper
  • Lucy Thomas
  • Chloe Bashford
  • Fahim Firdaus
  • Merrin McEwan

Congratulations to all our winners, and keep an eye out next week for the winners of our adults challenge.

Find your next favourite read with Blind Date with a Book.

Your favourite love-themed library programme is returning this February as we bring back our Blind Date with a Book promotion. Check out one of our specially wrapped “Blind Date Books” this month, and discover your next favourite read.

Books will be wrapped up in paper, with a small personal ad on the top, luring you to give them a read. A fun way to try a new author or genre this summer.

Mystery books at Invercargill Library – Channel 39 News 2017

Find Love in a  Book – Southland Times 2015

After finishing the book, be sure to fill out the “Rate your Date” card inside. Let us know if it was love at first sight, or an absolute disaster, and you could win a dinner and movie prize package for two.

Are you too young for love, and just want to read? Then come and check out our “Lucky Dip Reads” chosen from our children’s books, picked especially for kids! Fill out the lucky dip form inside when you have finished reading and you could win a movie prize pack for you and a friend.

So, stop by the Library sometime in February, and who knows, you might get lucky, if not in love, then with literature perhaps?

Entries need to be in by Tuesday 13 March, Prize drawn on Wednesday 14 March.

Hear Kiwi Author Emma Stevens talk about the inspiration behind her best-selling biographies.

When: Monday 19th February, 5:30pm
Where: Library Meeting room. Refreshments provided.

Come along to the Library for an engaging, free talk from writer Emma Stevens. Emma has written three memoirs, Walking on Ice, Nesting on the Nushagak and Dancing on the Tundra, about her ‘girl’s own adventure’: her life-changing decision to marry an Alaskan high school principal and leave her beloved New Zealand for a world of snow and ice, caribou and bears, and the Yup’ik Eskimo people.

Walking on Ice by Emma Stevens Book Cover
Nesting on the Nushagak bye Emma Stevens book cover
Dancing on the Tundra by Emma Stevens book cover

During her six-year journey in remote bush Alaska, Emma faced unexpected and at times life-threatening situations. Her stories are guaranteed to engross her listeners, transporting them deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness and the people who live there.

Emma will have her books for sale for $25 each or $60 for the complete trilogy. She can accept cash, cheques and eftpos.

15 Festive Books and Multimedia for Adults this Christmas

Christmas Fiction

Belle Calhoun, An Alaskan Christmas Book Cover

After inheriting a gift shop in Love, Alaska, single mom Maggie Richards is ready for a new beginning—while her little boy is ready for a new daddy! But Maggie has no time for love—she wants to open the shop in time for Christmas, something she’ll do with help from childhood friend Finn O’Rourke. Finn’s on board to help Maggie—but not with the romance rumors that swirl around them like snow. Like Maggie, he’s hiding too many secrets to ever wed. So why do Maggie and her little boy make him dream of finding an unusual gift under the tree—a ready-made family?

Genre: Romance

Place a hold on An Alaskan Christmas.

Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year-old son. With the bank threatening to evict them, she discovers an advertisement for the Women’s Relief Society auction and applies for a position–only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity–and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man?

Genre: Christian Fiction

Place a hold on Christmas at Carnton

Set during London’s most festive time of year and filled with delicious food Anita Hughes’ Christmas in London is about love and friendship, and the season’s most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness. It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren’t hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day; so she agrees. The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food. And then there’s Kate, the show’s beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew’s in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Genre: General Fiction

Place a hold on Christmas in London

A festive Christmas package left on Mariah’s doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim’s widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.

Genre: Crime

Place a hold on A Christmas return.

From the snowy, wind-whipped prairie to the remote Australian Outback, a cowboy’s loving kiss makes this Christmas merry and bright . . .

Genre: Romance

Place a hold on Christmas with my Cowboy

Christmas Non-Fiction

Hang the stockings, deck the halls, and cook up a happy holiday with Good Housekeeping ! 
Brimming with more than 300 celebration-worthy recipes, sparkling decorating ideas, and suggestions for homemade (and home-baked) gifts, this sumptuous, mouthwatering collection will make the season extra merry. Featuring new recipes in every chapter, as well as holiday ideas from celebrities, plus a section on gingerbread houses, The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook offers its triple-tested holiday favorites. 

Place a hold on The Good Housekeeping Christmas cookbook

A lot of home cooks come up with wondrous feasts year after year at Christmas gatherings.  This cookbook will teach you all the tricks for producing just about every recipe you’ve ever dreamed of that’s suitable for the holiday season. Included are tips, hints, accompaniments, time lines to follow with step by step photos to guide you through the many fabulous recipes.

Place a hold on Christmas Basics

Make the festive season really special and create these stunning step-by-step projects with a Scandinavian flavor, including cards, decorations, garlands, and cosy gifts.

Place a hold on Scandi Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–so celebrate in style with your own festive, homemade paper crafts. From wreaths and buntings to table settings, tree toppers, and ornaments, this collection of 25 projects offers a bounty of decorative items for a beautiful holiday. Created by some of the best crafters on Etsy, they all use straightforward techniques like cutting, folding, stapling, and taping, and include templates to guide you and plenty of helpful how-to illustrations.

Place a hold on A very merry paper Christmas

Containing 100 projects from some of Search Press’s best-selling authors. The projects cover a wide variety of crafts from including papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint. All projects are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crafters.

Place a hold on 100 little Christmas gifts to make

When it comes to Christmas, it’s the thought that counts. Homemade Christmas is the perfect source of festive inspiration for creating thoughtful, personalised gifts and decorations for your loved ones. Discover 100 simple decorations, recipes, gifts, cards, and Christmas craft projects, from garlands and gift boxes to mince pies and marzipan. Create beautiful homemade Christmas gifts using a variety of techniques from metalwork to bread making, and delight your friends and family with the personal touch. Homemade Christmas puts an individual twist on the festive season. With a focus on upcycling and natural materials, you can create eco-friendly and cherished gifts without the waste, and personalise everything from Christmas cards to Christmas pudding. Have your most creative Christmas yet with Handmade Christmas.

Place a hold on Homemade Christmas

Christmas Multimedia

Ethan, Isaac and Chris have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball; the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Place a hold on The Night Before

A true story of romance, secrets and terrible adventure in which Ed Preston, on his way home from rugby practice in 1940, joins the New Zealand Army to go to World War II. His new wife, Tui, is pregnant and distraught, but he tells her not to worry, he’ll be home by Christmas. And so he is – four years later – after escaping from a prison camp in Italy. But while Ed is away, Tui has fallen in love with another man. A remarkable memoir of resilience, determination and love.

Place a hold on Home for Christmas

One of London’s oldest and finest cathedral choirs performs a mix of best-loved and brand new festive carols, including the world premiere recording of Graham Jordan Ellis’s captivating There Is No Rose.

Place a hold on Carols with St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir

A Pentatonix Christmas is the fifth studio album by American a cappella group Pentatonix. It is also their second full-length holiday album since That’s Christmas to Me in 2014

Place a hold on a Pentatonix Christmas