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50 Dee Street, Invercargill
(03) 211 1444
Bluff Service Centre, 94-98 Gore Street, Bluff
(03) 212 6804

  • Teachers

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    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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    Click here to book a visit

    Since Writing You Last

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    In conjunction with the launch of our unique to Southland online war letters website we are offering “Since writing you last” Workshops tailored to different age groups for schools with a communication focus.


    Each workshop will involve a story time, activities and a visit to our Archives. The workshops will cover concepts such as communication then and now, letter writing, bravery and light-hearted history of New Zealanders at War. A great workshop opportunity to support any teaching and learning around ANZAC day.


    Printable Resources 


    We have put together some printable WW1 resources for you to use in the classroom to help support the teaching and learning around ANZAC day and world wars. The crossword and word find will help students discover more about our Southland soldiers and the War letters by using the website to find the answers to the clues. 


    If the below documents are not quite what you are looking for, request a resource by emailing


    Design your own medal (186KB PDF)

    Morse code: Crack the code (250KB PDF)

    Since Writing You Last Crossword (230KB PDF)

    Since Writing You Last Word Find (420KB PDF)


    Bravery Award Competition

    All children who attend a "Since writing you last" workshop will be given a Bravery Award card to complete for an entry to win 1 of 3 book packs. Students are encouraged to be brave with their reading and read different genres or topics that they normally wouldn't. Complete a new book, come in and tell us about it to receive a stamp on one of the medals on the Bravery Award card and enter the draw with all 6 awards completed.


    Bravery Award card (2.7MB PDF)


    WW1 Themed "Since Writing You Last School" Visits

    These workshops will run for the month of May and are available all day Thursday and Friday or Tuesday afternoons and bookings are essential. Each of these lessons can be adapted for your students’ needs.


    Click here to book a visit
    • Let's Communicate

      NE – Year 4


      Children will explore the art of communication with popular fairy tales. Children get to create and learn about different forms of written communication such as postcards, invitations, recipes, letters.

    • Letters to Home

      Year 5 – Year 8


      Children will learn concepts such as bravery, writing with emotion, and the art of letter writing. Workshop activities include Morse code cracking & bracelets, writing to home, designing a bravery medal and a visit to the Archives to see the war letters first hand.

    • Our Soliders

      Year 9+


      We explore the impact of war on our Southland soldiers during this workshop; learning about four men who fought for New Zealand and now share their story with us through the form of letters. The workshop will teach children and teachers how to use our new online war letters website as well as reconstructing letters to find out more about the soldiers and the messages in their letters. 

    Library Visits

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    Learning Visits

    We offer lessons tailored to suit your learners' specific needs, which link each akoranga to the New Zealand Curriculum and its key competencies and values. 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.


    Library Themed Visits

    Termly themed workshops are available to book for a whole class with a focus on a popular calendar events such as; Waitangi day, ANZAC day, Matariki, Halloween and more. These aim to support current learning in schools as well as library skills. Each visit includes a story time, fun and interactive lesson followed by a craft or activity.


    Preschool Outreach

    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. 


    Archives Tour

    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.


    Please note: booking in advance is essential!


    Click here to book a visit

    Learning Spaces and Resources

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    At the Invercargill Public Library we have a range of unique resources available in order to support schools and learners. Access to all these facilities is free, and a librarian is always on hand to help out if needed. For more information, click on the relevant photos.

    • Learning Spaces

      The Learning and Activity Space is installed with an interactive whiteboard, internet access, as well as tea and coffee facilities. This space is free to use for educational purposes, and can be booked by phoning (03) 2111 444.

    • Tablets

      The library has a set of 11 Samsung tablets available to be used by classes and educators for in house visits. These are equipped with a series of education and reading Apps including Overdrive, Book Creator, Minecraft and more.

    • Green Screen

      Fitted with a 6x3m Green screen, Studio photography lighting (2 soft boxes and 2 red heads) and an HD video camera, this space is designed for all your green screen filming needs. It is free to book this room. 

    • Training Room

      Our newly refurbished computer training room has 8, Windows 7 based PCs with internet access, perfect for your training needs. They come with a range of programmes pre-installed, and a librarian can be booked to do the training. 

    • Robots

      The library has 3 dash and dot robots available to class visits. 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 through Wonder Workshop’s open API. 

    Any Questions? Many Answers!

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    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.


    AnyQuestions will work with any internet enabled device, such as a computer, tablet or a smartphone. AnyQuestions does look a bit different on different devices but you’re still talking to a librarian, somewhere in New Zealand.


    The site is backed by the Ministry of Education and is staffed by librarians from Invercargill Public Library and other libraries around New Zealand. For more information visit AnyQuestions


    AnyQuestions Flyer (2.9MB PDF)
    Any Questions Poster 1 (1.3MB PDF)
    Any Questions Poster 2 (1.25MB PDF)


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    Morgan Clode
    Learning Connections Coordinator

    (03) 211 1771
    Cris Crighton
    Preschool Librarian

    (03) 211 1444
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