🎄 Join us for Four Days of Kirihimete these Holidays! 🎅🏻

Countdown to the big day with a range of Christmas-themed activities at the Library!

๐Ÿ“ List of activities

Our holiday programme is designed to encourage tamariki to visit and engage with the Library during the holiday season, while still keeping everyone safe ๐Ÿงก.

๐Ÿคถ Activity 1: The Christmas Room

๐Ÿ•’ Open Monday to Thursday between 3 and 5pm
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Limited numbers at a time
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks must be worn

When you go through the door of our Christmas room you will enter a wonderland of Christmassy amazingness. Trees, decorations, lights and music – come and enjoy!

โœ‰๏ธ Activity 2: Christmas Message to Finn

โœ‰๏ธ Write a holiday message for Finn!

Wish her Merry Christmas, tell her something or ask her a question. vAll messages will be acknowledged!

โœ‚๏ธ Activity 3: Christmas Decoration Craft Kit

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Take home craft kit!
Create a beautiful star using our take home craft pack. Available to pick up from Monday 20 December. Ask at the help desk.

๐ŸŽถ Activity 4: Christmas Carols

๐Ÿ“… Wednesday 22 December
๐Ÿ•ง Starts at 12.30pm

The Lyrical Librarians will serenade you with a selection of Christmas songs on Wednesday at 12.30pm in the library foyer. Subject to Covid restrictions.

๐Ÿ“… Christmas hours

Date Invercargill Public Library Leven Street car park
24 December 9:00am - 1:00pm 7:00am - 7:00pm
25 December Closed Closed
26 December Closed Closed
27 December Closed Closed
28 December Closed Closed
29 December 9:00am - 6:00pm 7:00am - 7:00pm
30 December 9:00am - 6:00pm 7:00am - 7:00pm
31 December 9:00am - 6:00pm 7:00am - 7:00pm
1 January Closed Closed
2 January Closed Closed
3 January Closed Closed
4 January Closed Closed
5 January Normal hours resume Normal hours resume

DateBluff Public Library
24 December9:00am - 1:00pm
25 DecemberClosed
26 DecemberClosed
27 DecemberClosed
28 DecemberClosed
29 December9:00am - 5:00pm
30 December9:00am - 5:00pm
31 December9:00am - 5:00pm
1 JanuaryClosed
2 JanuaryClosed
3 JanuaryClosed
4 JanuaryClosed
5 JanuaryNormal hours resume

๐ŸŽ„ Sorted your holiday reading?

Sign up for our ☀️ Summer Reading Challenge

The world is full of words! Your challenge is to read as many of them as you can, as often as you can before the summer is out!

๐Ÿ•๏ธ How it works

Sign up the next time you visit the library and take away your Summer Reading Challenge activitiy sheet!ย You can also register online and download a copy to print at home.

Each day of summer we challenge you to read something you enjoy for as long as you can OR complete one of our reading activities (feel free to adapt activities to suit your or your childโ€™s abilities/resources).

Once you have done this, colour in one of the bubbles on the front. You can only colour in one bubble each day.

Download the Kids Summer Reading Challenge [PDF]

Sign up the next time you visit the library and take away a booklet, or you can also register online and download a copy to print at home.

Read books and/or complete activities between Wednesday 1 December, 2021 and Monday 31 January, 2022.

Each book you read will give you an entry into the prize draw. Once you have read a book, log the title, author, and how many stars you would rate it in your booklet, or online below.

Download the Teens Summer Reading Challenge [PDF]

๐Ÿ›๏ธ The prizes

Everyone who enters the challenge and completes at least 10 bubbles gets a FREE BOOK and an entry into the grand prize draw!

For every extra 10 bubbles you do, youโ€™ll get another entry so keep reading!

Every participant who reads at least one book or completes one activitiy will receive a free book.

๐Ÿ“ The fine print

This challenge is open to all children aged 0-12, and runs from 1 December 2021-31 January 2022.

Your free book will be available from the first floor of the Invercargill Public Library from 10-31 January 2022. Please bring in this poster or a photograph of your completed bubbles to claim your book.

To enter in the grand prize draw, return your poster to the library by 6pm Monday 31 January. Winners will be notified Wednesday 2 February 2022.

Email phineas@ilibrary.co.nz if you have any questions or require any help.

Free books can be collected on the first floor of the Invercargill Public Library from Monday 10 January 2022, and must be collected by Monday 31 January 2022, unless prior arrangement is made by emailing teens@ilibrary.co.nz

Remember to register your Summer Reading Challenge to receive bonus activity challenges directly to your email each week. Each completed activity will get you another entry into the prize draw. All entries, either paper booklets or online submissions, need to be in by Monday 31 January, 2022.

The winner will be contacted by Wednesday 2 February 2022.

๐Ÿค” Why Summer Reading?

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed to keep kids reading and prevent the โ€œsummer slideโ€, where reading skills drop off over the long summer holidays. Weeks, if not a term or more, are spent helping students catch up to their reading levels from the previous year.

In one New Zealand study, some students in a South Auckland decile 1 school lost 5.8 months reading progress over the summer holidays. This year the summer reading challenge is open for all ages, adults included!

For more information visit the National Library website.

👻 Spooky fun this Sunday at the Library!

This Sunday, October 31, something spooky will be happening at the Invercargill Public Library.ย 

Children (and grown-ups) are being encouraged to get dressed up and come on down to the library for some Halloween fun.

There will be โœ‚๏ธย craft kits and ๐Ÿ–๏ธ colouring-in competitions to take home, as well as the chance to be brave by visiting our ๐Ÿš๏ธย HAUNTED ROOM.


๐Ÿš๏ธ Haunted Room

From 10.30am until 3.30pm the ๐Ÿš๏ธย HAUNTED ROOMย will be full of chills and thrills for those looking to have a spooktacular time!


๐ŸŽƒ Take Home Fun!



Pickup a CRAFT KIT!

Can you defeat the evil wizard Dekan? 🧙 Gather your party and secure your spot for our latest escape room!

The evil wizard, Dekan, has turned your village to stone!

Your company of heroes must work together using your unique skills to obtain the artefact before time runs out.

Through rumours, you learn of an artefact that will revive the villagers hidden in The Forgotten Library in the depths of Faron Woods.

However, one does not simply walk into The Forgotten Library. Upon entering, you trigger a trap setting a timer to your task. Using each of your unique skills, your company of heroes must obtain the artefact before time runs out!

Each person in your company will be assigned a character that has skills and weaknesses that will play a big part in your escape from the Forgotten Library.

What are you waiting for? Get your party together and secure your spot!