Librarians summon Captain Planet to become Plastic Free

Do you love the environment, and books? Then you will love our new initiative to go plastic-free.

In line with moves being made by major supermarkets, our Library is keen to promote more eco-friendly borrowing practices. Starting 1 November, plastic bags will no longer be provided. To help smooth the transition we will be selling our Library bags for half price during the month of November.

We want to do our part to help promote environmentally friendly practices. We provide great book bags and hope that the half-price sale will encourage more people to use them.

Over 40,000 plastic check-out bags are dumped in landfills every hour in New Zealand.

So be sure to bring your own bags starting 1 November, or for one month only purchase a Library Book Bag for $1.

For enquiries about this decision, please contact

New Rating Valuations for Invercargill and Bluff


All property owners in Invercargill and Bluff will soon receive a 2017 Notice of Rating Valuation with an updated rating value for their property.

This is a result of the triennial rating revaluation being carried out by Quotable Value (QV) on behalf of the Invercargill City Council. The updated rating values, once finalised, are used as one factor to help Council set rates for the next three years from 2018.

A Rating Valuation is the estimated price a property would sell for at the effective date of the rating revaluation, which is July 1, 2017, but it does not include chattels (movable personal items such as curtains and appliances).


A new rating value may show a change in value, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that future rates will proportionately change. When Council sets rates, a rating value is expressed as a percentage of the total value of all properties in an area.

Property owners will receive letters including their new rating valuation in the post after October 18, 2017 and new Council rates taking into account the new rating values will be effective from 1 July 2018.

The new rating values are available on the Council website.

If you don’t have internet access, you can pop into the Civic Administration Building or Bluff Service Centre, and Customer Services staff will print off the information from Council’s website for you. Alternatively, both the Invercargill and Bluff libraries will have at least one computer reserved for people to access the Council website and their rating valuation, using the Property Search tool via the website.

If property owners don’t agree with their new rating value or if they have made refurbishments and improvements to their property that didn’t require a building consent and believe this added value is not being reflected in the new rating value, they have the right to make an objection. The objection close-off date is November 24, 2017 and there will be information on how to object on the owners’ notice. For more information on rating valuations and what they are for, visit

It is important to remember that rating values are not designed to be used as current market valuations which can be provided to banks for use in raising finance or for other legal purposes. Current market valuations require an individual inspection of a property and full written report by a registered valuer.

Rating values are also not designed for insurance purposes to reflect the replacement value of a home – an insurance valuation is required for this purpose.

Ultimate Kahoot : John Green Edition

Event Details

When: 10 October 3:00pm
Where: Learning and Activity Space
Ages: 12+
Cost: Free!

Event Description

Are you the Ultimate John Green Fan? Do you love John Green’s book? Do you want to win a copy of his new book Turtles All the Way Down the day it is released? Then this is the event for you!

We will be hosting the ultimate John Green quiz, and the winners will receive their very own copy of Turtles All the Way Down. We have three copies to give away to those who prove themselves to be the ultimate John Green fans.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Simply turn up with your friends, no registration is required. Everyone who attends will go into the draw to win a copy of every John Green book, including Turtles All the Way Down.

This event is restricted to people 12 years old and over.  Direct all enquiries about this event to our Teen Librarian, Michelle Cunningham.

This event is run by Michelle

Michelle Cunningham

Teen Librarian

Michelle is your Teen Librarian. She buys your teen books and all the graphic novels in the library. She co-ordinates all teen events and runs the Tangent Book Club and the Volunteens. When she isn’t working she can be found looking after her two small boys, watching old Doctor Who episodes, writing her own stories and of course reading stacks of books. 

This is event is proudly supported by;

Library card design competition winners announced

A huge thank you to everyone who entered our competition. We were overwhelmed by all the amazing entries. The winners were as follows

Emilee Goper – Winner of Children’s Section
Kate Johnstone – Winner of Teens Section
Esther Libeau – Winner of Adults Section
Maryann Darmody – Overall winner.

The winning design, and our new Library Card is pictured below.

Main winner library card

Changes to our CV Classes. The last session in the current format to be held on 25 July.

July will see the end of our drop-in CV sessions. For six months we have been running drop-ins every Tuesday, to help the community prepare for job hunting with CV assistance and advice. The last session to run in the current format will be on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

A huge thank you to Jay, who has been single-handedly running these sessions. Be sure to keep an eye on our Stepping Up – Free computer classes. We hope in the near future to bring our CV classes to you in this new format.

In the mean time, we still have resources on offer for those wanting to create CVs. Located in Information Services we have free computers to use for word processing. There is no time limit on the use of these computers and they come loaded with CV templates for you to use.

If you have any questions about our Stepping Up classes, or the changes to our CV sessions, then contact our Customer Experience Manager Cynthia on 03 2111 444 or

Updated CV classes now available.