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Explore Polynesian culture this Polyfest at the Library

Murihiku Polyfest is back for 2018! From 27-31 August, join us at ILT Stadium Southland for a week of incredible cultural performances from early childhood, primary, and secondary school students. Tickets can be purchased from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland.

The remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator

Includes articles from the past and present about Maori and Polynesian cultures

A pictorial book about the Fijian Islands, some of the best places to go, as well as the culture and a little bit of history.

Draws on the extensive collection of the Auckland Museum and includes whale bone, shark teeth, jade, tapa and shells

Recipes and stories from the heart of Polynesia along with some history and traditions.

Details the key elements of Cook Islands culture including language, religion, rites of passage, personality, and cultural aspects of food.

Make sure to book your tickets from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland!

Making the Invisible Visible: Uncovering the stories of the 1893 Suffrage Petition.

Blomfield, William, 1866-1938 :Behold, she stands at the door and knocks.

Event Details

Wednesday September 12
5:30 – 7:00pm
Note: Car park closes at 7.00 pm

Invercargill Public Library Meeting Room

Join Stefanie Lash from ArchivesNZ as she Uncovers the stories of the1893 Suffrage Petition.

With a focus on the Invercargill and Southland suffragists, Stefanie will discuss some of the interesting people researched so far and demonstrate how visitors can upload their own stories of the suffragists to the ever-expanding database of knowledge about the Women’s Suffrage Petition.

Invercargill was a hotbed of women’s suffrage, and contributed over 1,200 signatures to the suffrage petition that directly led to the passing of the Electoral Act giving women the right to vote. Behind Kate Sheppard and the well-known campaigners of the day were over 25,000 suffragists whose stories are yet to be told. 

The 1893 Petition is on permanent display at He Tohu. He Tohu opened in May 2017 and will be in place for at least 25 years. Stefanie Lash, Lead Curator of He Tohu, will introduce the audience to the magic and mysteries of the Petition document.  The interactive technologies in the exhibition allow visitors to search for their ancestors by name and be instantly taken to the place on the huge roll where their signature lies – but what is this worth without being able to learn the stories of some of these ordinary and extraordinary women? 

Register your interest below (optional)

Refurbishment Update: Changes to Adults Fiction access, returns and building hours.

Stage 3 library move

From Wednesday 22 to Wednesday 29 of August the Library is moving across the corridor to a bigger space. There will be limited access to all the collections currently on the ground floor during the move.

From 23 August – 27 August the Adult’s fiction area will not be accessible to the public. Books from this collection can only be borrowed by request.

We will be starting the move with Adult fiction, followed by Large print, Young Adult material, Graphics, Audio books, magazines, DVDs and multimedia, with the Children’s collections being the last to move.

Our clubs and programmes will continue to run during this time, however may be in a different place. Our staff will be available to retrieve specific books for you during this time however these collections may not be available for browsing.

Adult non-fiction, biographies, newspapers and computers will still be freely available upstairs.

We apologise for any inconvenience during this time. Please ask if you have any questions.

Car Park

The start of Stage 3 will affect access to Dee Street from the Car Parking Building before 9am.  At present the Library access doors open before 8am to allow people to walk through to Dee Street. Unfortunately during this stage of refurbishment, these doors will not open until 9am. There will be signage to advise that access to Dee Street is available by exiting the orange side door on Level 2, and using the lane between Speights Alehouse and Tuatara Backpackers.

Again, we apologise for any inconvenience.

Book Lovers Day: Our favourite books in 5 words or less

To celebrate Book Lovers Day we have reviewed some of our most loved books!

Forest bathing.... might be naughty!

Jumble, avarice, blood, friendship, carrots

An exhilarating tale of friends persevering

I devoured this series!

Cyborgs, fairytales, Cinderella on steriods

Monkeys... the Earth isn’t flat

Don't be an a******

Best book supporting libraries, EVER!

Play me: no strings attached!

I ugly cried.... in public!

Amazing, Emotional, Inspirational, Gutsy, Uplifting!

...LOMU!... OGH!... OGH!

American tragedy, scapegoat, media circus

Family History lunchtime sessions

Be enthralled with your snacks at our free lunchtime talks, in collaboration with The NZ Society of Genealogists, Southland Branch.

Each talk delves into a different subject, from how to find family treasures from the Son of a Kāi Tahu princess to identifying the era from photos.

At 12.15 pm from the 6th to 10th of August, our talented speakers will share their insight into exploring Family History and the tools you need to explore them.

Timetable

  • Monday 6
    Roger Washbourn, NZSG Southland
    Introduction to family history
  • Tuesday 7
    Jay Coote, Invercargill Public Library
    Edward Fowler: the son of a Kāi Tahu princess
  • Wednesday 8
    Wendy Shaw, NZSG Southland
    Identifying old photographs by the clothing worn
  • Thursday 9
    Wendy McArthur, Invercargill City Council
    Accessing historic City Council records
    Southland Roman Catholic Church records
  • Friday 10 (Talk has changed)
    Mary Stuart, NZSG Southland
    Lone Graves in Southland
    Roger Washbourn, NZSG Southland
    Missing persons in Fiordland