Teachers & Books: An End of Year Get-Together

Here at the Invercargill Public Library we know just how busy you teachers have been all year. So we want the opportunity to help you kick off your well-deserved summer break with drinks and nibbles while we help you select just the right books for holiday reading!

  • Thursday 19 December
  • 4:30 - 6:30pm
We’re certain we can supply you with something you’ll love that will transport you to a new place or will travel with you if you’re heading away. Please join us on Thursday 19 December, here at the Library between 4:30 – 6:30pm where we’ll not only talk great books, but also let you know how we can support you at school in 2020! So we know we’ve got enough drinks and nibbles for you all, please RSVP by Wednesday 18 December. If you can’t make it on the 19th but you’d love to keep in the loop, just email Senga or phone (03) 211 1773 to be added to the list

Have a very merry Christmas at the Library! 🎄

Christmas at the Library

Events for Children

Join us for four days of Christmas magic, as we celebrate the festive season at the Library.

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18dec10:30am11:30amChristmas Storytime and Craft10:30am - 11:30am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Kids

18dec1:00pm4:00pmBoard Game Extravaganza1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Family,Kids

19dec10:30am11:00amChristmas Storytime and Craft10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Kids

19dec1:00pm4:00pmLEGO Build1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Family,Kids

20dec10:30am11:30amChristmas Storytime and Craft10:30am - 11:30am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Kids

20dec1:00pm4:00pmBig Games1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Family,Kids

23dec10:30am11:30amChristmas Storytime and Craft10:30am - 11:30am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Kids

23dec1:00pm4:00pmCrafts1:00pm - 4:00pm Audience:Kids

Christmas at the Library

Events for Teens

Come along to the Library the week before Christmas and make some great handmade Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Ages 12 -18.

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18dec1:00pm3:00pmBath Bomb Making (Ages 12-18)1:00pm - 3:00pm Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Teens

19dec10:00am12:00pmSugar Scrub Making (Ages 12-18)10:00am - 12:00pm Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Teens

Christmas at the Library

Events for the Whole Family

  • Thursday 19 December
  • 11:30 - 1:00pm

You are invited to the performance of The Lyrical Librarians, at 12.30pm on Thursday 19th December. 

Library staff look forward to the annual Christmas sing-a-long. There will be other talented performers from 11.30am, so come early and get a seat.

A collection will be taken in support of the Relay For Life team, raising money for the Cancer Society.

Christmas at the Library

Events for Grown-Ups

  • Monday 16 December
  • 10:30 - 12:00pm

Come and share in the festive spirit as the Chatter group lead singing with some well-known Christmas carols.

Explore the Archives from home

Discovering the collections of the Invercargill Public Library’s Archives has become much easier with their new database now available for the public to search online. The Archive contains materials unique to Southland and archivists are currently undertaking the mammoth task of digitising these items. Their aim is to provide access to the collections and to preserve them for future generations.

Among the collections are records from local businesses, schools, sporting and cultural groups. Some of the treasures already available to view online include Frederick William Burwell’s 1886 block plans of Invercargill, and a photograph album of early street scenes. Interviews from the Southland Oral History Project are also able to be searched. These recordings capture the unique life histories and stories of Southlanders.

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

  • Saturday 30 November
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Before the Santa Parade!

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!