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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.

Not your usual love story. Romance films that don’t always end with a Happy Ever After.

Romance doesn’t always end with “and they all lived happily ever after.”   But it’s the romantic journey from beginning to end that keeps us entertained.   We decided to share some romantic movies that might scare you, make you laugh, make you cry, maybe even make you wish you were single again.

When Lily, a shy fast-food restaurant cashier and hopeless romantic, and Jarrod, another forsaken eccentric, connect at a 'come as your favourite animal' party, it's a match seemingly made in outcast heaven.

Place a hold on Eagle vs Shark

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is different from his fellow Dead. Then he meets Julie. She's the opposite of everything he knows: warm, bright - and very much alive. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

Place a hold on Warm Bodies

Alex is a handsome school teacher in his mid thirties and his parents want him to marry a good Greek girl. But Alex falls hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Eve, a lawyer, whose parents are Lebanese Muslim. Like oil and water, the two should never mix, only how can they stop themselves from falling in love?

Place a hold on Alex & Eve

Ex-maid of honor Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the 'random' table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers.

Place a hold on Table 19

Five years after losing the love of her life, one moment suddenly changes Nikki forever... at first sight and with one glimpse, she falls in love again. The object of her affection, Tom, is the man of her dreams - a handsome art teacher with a big heart, kind smile and zest for life. And he just happens to look exactly like Nikki's deceased husband, Garrett. Seduced by the chance to re-live her first true love, Nikki spirals into a fantasy world of life with Tom as Garrett.

Place a hold on The Face of Love

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim. A bass guitarist for garage band, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams, literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues' gallery from her past. If he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all.

Place a hold on Scott Pilgrim vs The World

It's William Shakespeare's epic and searing tale of love. An ageless story from the world's most renowned author is re-imagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend.

Place a hold on Romeo and Juliet

The road to true love is never easy and never smooth . It’s not a Mills and Boon world out there and sometimes being a little bit out of the ordinary can make a difference. Be different, take a risk, hug a Zombie… maybe!

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.

Sorry, this event is now full. To be first to hear about our kids events be sure to follow us at facebook.com/invlibrary or sign up for our newsletter at ilibrary.co.nz/newsletter.

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.