Free Dumpling Class to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018 - Sun 18 Feb 
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Cost: Free for all ages

The Invercargill City Libraries and Archives is proud to announce its first dumpling making event ever.

In conjunction with the Invercargill Chinese community, the Library will be hosting a dumpling preparing, cooking and eating session from 12pm - 2pm on the 17th and 18th of February.

Come join in the fun and meet some of the newest residents to Invercargill!

Mischief and Mayhem at the Library! Sign up for this year’s Teddy Bears Picnic.

When: Friday 23 February 3:30pm
Where: Learning and Activity Space
Ages: 3-8

We are once again hosting our annual teddy bear’s picnic on Friday 23 February. Aimed at children aged 3-8 years there will be snacks, games and interactive stories. After our picnic it will be time to tuck the teddies up in bed for their big overnight adventure at the library.

Photo of Kids and their soft toys
Kids at the 2017 Teddy Bears Picnic
Teddy Bears sittting in the Library Archives
Teddies getting up to mischief at the 2017 Teddy Bears Picnic

All children need to bring along a teddy or toy that they are comfortable leaving at the library overnight.

Teddies will be available, with a book about their adventures, from the children's library after 10am Saturday 24 February.

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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.

The ultimate guide to podcasts about books, by readers, for readers!

A podcast is like a downloadable radio episode you can listen to anytime that comes out periodically. There are heaps out there and it can be overwhelming to sort through the good from the bad.

So to help you out, we have created this list of book themed podcasts for you to enjoy.

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books

Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide.

 Plus, they always recommend some books they're reading and really enjoying. 

Recommended for: Those who love to read romance novels

Crime Time Podcast

Crime Time is a weekly book podcast talking mystery, thriller, sci-fi, horror & crime fiction. Hosted by two Aussie women: Lee and Eddie.  It's like listening in on a conversation between two friends.  

Recommended for: Those who like darker reads.

Book Club for Masochists

Book Club for Masochists

A podcast run by a group of Canadian and American librarians. Their slogan is 'Becoming better library staff by reading books we hate'.

Every month they read books from a new, randomly picked genre then  discuss their reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Recommended for: All book lovers


MuggleCast is the most-listened to Harry Potter podcast online, and the only one to release on a regular and timely schedule. Pioneering the Harry Potter podcast phenomenon in August 2005, MuggleCast has continued to bring its listeners the most entertaining and thought-provoking discussions. "With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, and more!"

Recommended for: Harry Potter fans

Book Riot

Book Riot is a great book-related website with lots of interesting articles and fun lists and stuff.

They host a few different podcasts, including All the books! Which talks about new releases, and Recommended which is a new podcast which has “interesting people talking about their favourite books”

Recommended for: All book lovers

The Nerd Factor: a Library Podcast

The Nerd Factor: a Library Podcast is an hour long weekly podcast from the Madison County Public Library in Kentucky, USA. Hosts April, Brandon, and CC are nerds who also happen to be librarians and each bring their own signature flavour to the show. Additionally, each episode can surely be "tied in" with one of the many library services provided at MCPL. "The episodes include many things:  fun, casual, thought-provoking, topical, and every so often contain a few all-out hilarious moments that we hope our audience will enjoy!" 

Recommended for: All book lovers

A Stab in the Dark

Best-selling author and comic Mark Billingham presents a brand new crime fiction podcast series bringing together the very best super-sleuths from literature and television. Each episode of A Stab in the Dark sees a set of two brand new guests from the worlds of TV and books assemble to discuss the inner workings of crime fiction.

Recommended for: Those who love crime fiction

The world of podcasts is huge – if there’s a topic there’s likely a podcast dedicated to it.  Give it a go yourself, and if you have a podcast you'd love to recommend to us then be sure to let us know on our Facebook Page.

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.