Laugh out loud with Mr Yipadee! 🤣

Mr Yipadee is back! International best-selling children’s author and musician Mr Yipadee will be visiting us on Friday 6 December for a live performance that will have your kids in stitches. Stick around afterwards and meet Mr Yipadee himself and purchase a signed copy!

Please note: This is a gold coin entry event.

Who is Mr Yipadee?

International Best-Selling Kiwi Children’s Author and Musician, Deano, aka Mr Yipadee, has topped the UK, New Zealand and Australian Children’s Best-Sellers Charts on numerous occasions.

Explore Mr Yipadee

Jump start your summer with fun at the Summer Reading Launch Party!

Join us on Saturday 30 November as we celebrate the beginning of this years Summer Reading Challenge. Located on the ground floor, come and join us on your way to the Santa Parade. We will have a photo booth, crafts, Lego and temporary tattoos!

This will also be an opportunity to pick up this years summer reading challenge cards, our yearly reading challenge with great prizes to be won.


Photo Booth!

Temp Tattoos!



Writing under the Influence of Fiction, History and Imagination

The Dan Davin Literary Foundation is excited to announce that the Dan Davin Writer’s in Residence for 2019 are Maxine Alterio and Majella Cullinane.

On Thursday 19 September, come into the Library for an informal talk about the process of writing, some readings from their books, and information about the Dan Davin residency. 

-Writers in Residence 2019-

Majella Cullinane

Originally from Ireland, Majella Cullinane has lived in NZ since 2008. Her debut novel, The Life of De’Ath was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, a finalist in the 2018 NZ Heritage Book Award, and longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards Fiction Prize 2019.

Maxine Alterio

Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short story writer and academic mentor. Her first novel, Ribbons of Grace, shortlisted for the 2008 Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award, topped the national bestsellers list for several months.

Victorian Murder Mystery Night for Teens!

Join us for a glamorous banquet at Stirling Hall, a grand Victorian estate, but also the scene of a very mysterious murder!

Who is the murder victim? What was she doing in Stirling Hall? How was she killed? And most importantly, who is her killer? Scandal must be avoided at all cost and it’s up to you to find the killer!

Update: Registrations are now full! 

There are limited suspect roles: Let us know if you are interested but please note that there is no guarantee that you will receive a role. You will be informed if you are successful and will receive character information before the event. If spaces run out, you will be given a bystander role .

Victorian attire is a must, so if you are interested in attending then register now, as spaces will fill quickly!

Murder Mystery Details

Lunchtime family history talks with the NZ Society of Genealogists

The Southland Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists presents a week of lunchtime family history talks to celebrate Family History Month.

Located in the Library Meeting Room starting at 12:15pm each day – entry is free and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Each day a different expert will talk about a different family history topic. All welcome.

Family History Week




  • Preserving the past for the Future
    Mary Stuart, NZSG Southland
  • Early Bluff birth facts
    Yvonne Service, NZSG Southland




  • Tracing your Whakapapa
    Joe Wakefield




  • Using local resources – a Riverton case study
    John Macmanus, NZSG Southland




  • Discover the Invercargill Archive online
    Amanda Hunter, Invercargill City Libraries & Archives




  • It’s not all on the Internet
    Wendy Shaw

This event is run by the NZ Society of Genealogists