The Invercargill Public Library promotes programmes to enable our schools and communities to discover, connect and enjoy – providing opportunities for all. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you in planning the details of your visit and any activities that you would like students to do while they are here. We are also available for visits out to schools and centres.
Please note: booking in advance is essential!
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Our programmes provide schools access to and support in the use of digital technologies to continue lifelong learning with a focus on fun and creativity.
Come along and see how a library works, how to find and access information and share in the wealth of resources available to support the teaching of literacy, the other Areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.
We offer lessons tailored to suit your learners' specific needs for groups up to 50. These aim to support current learning in schools as well as library skills.
Our Preschool Librarian is available to do in house preschool visits with the choices being: Story time and craft (themed), Story time and interactive time, i.e. parachute play, rhythm sticks, felt board stories, story stones or Digital Story time. Only on Tuesdays with a minimum of 2 weeks notice.
Our Librarians are available to come and visit your class, school or teachers.
Visits can include:
- Promoting Literacy and Independent Reading
- Engaging young readers
- Research skills, including online research tools
- Book Talks and Reading advice
- Story times
- Any Questions workshops
- Class reward visits
- Book themed visits and resources
- eBooks and Tumble books
- Creative Game Design using Bloxels
- Learning with Lego
- Coding with Robots
We have a range of resources, all Southland specific, that are available for public use including school records, photos, maps, letters and diaries. Decisions are made on materials based on how it relates to Southland, their uniqueness, the long-term value of the item and how much we know about it. We can tailor a visit to your class for you to learn about our Archive and how it works.
The library has three Dash and Dot robots available for visits of up to 10 children. The robots come with four different apps that aim to teach programming and coding lessons through music, mazes, paths and puzzles. Users on the older side can even try their hand at making their own iOS and Android applications for the robots.
Bloxels are a hands-on video game creation system. Students use the cubes and game board to create characters and levels which they then upload to an app to play. The library has a set of 10 kits, so students can work in small groups to share and create their ideas. This is best delivered as a one hour a week programme that runs for several weeks during a term. This allows students to grasp the concepts they need to create a playable game, and gives time for sharing of their ideas and games.
We have two Lego kits and a Lego train system that are available for overnight loan for use in your classroom. These kits contain assorted blocks, wheels, people and bases. They also contain a set of challenge cards to spark some ideas in your students.
Check out some of our amazing, ready-to-go classroom activities;
The Invercargill City Libraries have created a set of Matariki resources to support your visit. These mainly literacy focused resources are suitable to be used with Year 1- 8 students and are designed to engage, inform and inspire.
AnyQuestions offers free online schoolwork help to New Zealand school students. You can log on to the website from 1pm to 6pm weekdays during the school year and chat online with a friendly librarian about a schoolwork question.
AnyQuestions librarians are specially trained to help you find the answers you need, without giving you the answers of course! They will guide you to quality information sources and help you gain the skills to do future searches yourself.
The site is backed by the Ministry of Education and is staffed by librarians from Invercargill Public Library and other libraries around New Zealand.
Learning Connections Coordinator
Hailey is our onsite teacher, club leader and learning leader. Born and raised in Invercargill, Hailey has been teaching at local schools over the last 12 years before joining the Library team.
She loves literacy and making it exciting and accessible for everyone. When she’s not at the library Hailey is hanging out at home with her kids and their menagerie of animals.