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Join us for a Night at Hogwarts, a fun free event for Teens!

Date: 19 May 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Invercargill Public Library Meeting Room
Ages: 12-18

A flick of a wand, a flurry of wings.
Magic in the Library, as old Murtle sings.
Have you brewed with Professor Katie
Or even explored the sorting hat lately.
Do you love Fantastic beasts and where to find them?
Then join us for a night of fun and mayhem.

Come along to the Invercargill Public Library this May, for the ultimate teen event for Potterheads.

Find out if you are the ultimate J.K. Rowling fan, take a potion class with our very own Professor Katie and help our Volunteens locate the escaped Fantastic Beasts.

Dress up in your Hogwarts house colours. Choose your house when you register or Sorting hat to be sorted into a house on the night! House points are up for grabs and a photobooth will be available for you and your friends to take photos.

Please note you need to be 12 years old or older to attend this event.

This evening of all things J.K. Rowling is proudly brought to you by the library’s Volunteens.

Ockham Book Awards finalists: described in five words or less!

The Ockham Book Awards celebrate New Zealand's finest literary fiction and non-fiction each year, over three categories. To celebrate the announcement of the shortlist nominations, we asked our staff to describe each nominee in five words or less.

Acorn Foundation
Fiction Prize Nominees

Intriguing, strange, tense, and fun!

Historical novel with vivid and intense details.

Compelling, thought-provoking and moving.

Intense and disturbing tale about Millennials

Illustrated Non-Fiction Award Nominees

Worlds collide, travel and encounters

Essays exploring Walters' "New Vision"

Tōtara in Aotearoa including Southland

Nature and wildlife in Otago

Royal Society Te Apārangi
General Non-Fiction Award Nominees

Evolving relationship between Māori and Pākehā

Life of a journalist and cartoonist

Early Encounters between Māori and Europeans

Obsessive search for wartime dad

Poetry Award Nominees

Stimulating, thoughtful, pleasurable and distinctive

Transformative poetry about the natural world

Poetry that paints a picture

Engaging poetry with great imagery

If you are interested in reading one of these books, be sure to place a hold on them online, or pop in and grab one. For more information on the books and awards visit the Ockham Awards webpage.

Trace your WW1 Soldier this April

Our Book a Librarian service is a free service to help with research, reading advice and technology. This month, we are drawing focus to our research component with special Trace your NZ WW1 Soldiers bookings.

Each session is free, and will pair you with a research Librarian for a one-on-one session. We will tailor-make the session to your own requirements. You will have access to online databases, websites and library reference collections to help search for information on any New Zealand Solider who fought in WW1.

If this sounds like you then fill out the form below, and be sure to choose “Trace your soldier” as your enquiry type.

Blind Date with a Book, Lucky Dip and Adult Summer Reading Challenge winners announced.

Blind Date with a Book/Lucky Dip

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Blind date with a Book/Lucky Dip promotion.

This year saw a record number of mystery books issued to children and adults alike, all in the name of love.

Child holds up a lucky dip book.
Staff member Meisha posing in front of the Adult's Blind date with a book display.

Congratulations to this year's winners;

  • Children’s Lucky Dip competition winner Matthew Beattie, who won a $50 movie voucher and $50 ILT voucher
  • Adult Blind Date with a book competition winner  David North, who won a $50 movie voucher and $100 ILT voucher.

Adults Summer Reading Challenge

This year we announced our brand new seasonal reading challenge. The first challenge began in December, and we received many entries.

A huge congratulations to Leanie Geldenhuys who wont the $50 voucher for the Adults seasonal reading draw.

The Autumn challenge is out now, so pop down to the Library and pick up your entry today!

Drop in and get help with your Device, our new weekly programme starting this week.

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Adult's Non-fiction Area

We are excited to announce our new device drop-in sessions starting Wednesday 14 March.

These weekly drop-ins are an informal support group to help get you familiar with your digital device. Whether it’s a tablet or mobile phone, someone will be able to help you with the basics.

Come and learn how to use Press Reader, load eBooks or audio books or just use your device to access library services. The service is free, just bring yourself and your device along.