Marking Anzac Day while staying safe at home

Anzac Day is usually a solemn time when we come together to remember the sacrifices made in the past. Here are four ways you and your family can mark Anzac Day this year while staying safe in your bubble.

Complete our Since Writing You Last quiz

Keep the kids busy with our Anzac themed quiz. Explore Since Writing You Last to find the answers to these wartime-related questions.

  1. What are the names of the four soldiers whose letters are on the Since Writing You Last website?
  2. What date did New Zealand find out that war had been declared?
  3. How many troop ships left Wellington on 3rd December 1914?
  4. How old was Len Shepard when he enlisted in the army?
  5. What was served to one of the soldiers for Christmas dinner?
  6. What date was conscription announced?
  7. Whereabouts in Southland were the McIntyre brothers born?
  8. What was Len Shepard’s job before joining the NZ Expeditionary Force?
  9. How old was John Hall when he left school?
  10. Which two soldiers came home to Southland after the end of WWI?

Make your own poppy ✂️

The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve in the armed forces. Make your own poppy to wear or display this ANZAC day to remember our fallen soldiers. The RSA website has some great ideas to help you out.

Bake Anzac biscuits 🍪

Although it’s a myth that ANZAC biscuits were sent and eaten by troops in Gallipoli, rolled oats biscuits were in fact sold and consumed at fetes, galas, parades and other public events at home, to raise funds for the war effort.This connection to the troops serving overseas led to them being referred to as “soldier’s biscuits”.

The basic ingredients for a rolled oat biscuit were rolled oats, sugar, flour, butter with golden syrup, not eggs, used as a binding agent. This made them not only nutritious and full of energy but also long lasting.

After WWI, the most popular rolled oat biscuit had the name and association of ANZAC applied to it and thus the legend of the ANZAC biscuit began. Try making some of your own.

Hold a home service 🎖️

With the cancellation of ANZAC day services due to COVID-19, think about ways in which you could have your own service at home. You can join other New Zealanders at 6:00am on Saturday 25 April. Visit the RSA website for all the details.

5 reasons why you NEED to start listening to audiobooks today!

For many reader’s the idea of listening to a book rather than reading it may seem strange, or even considered “cheating”. In reality, audiobooks are a fun and easy way of reading more without realising it! Here are 5 reasons why you need to start listening to audiobooks today!

1. You'll save time multi-tasking ⏱️

Get more done in your day while listening to stories you love. With audiobooks, you can listen while you:

  • cook dinner
  • do the gardening
  • workout
  • mow the lawn
  • fold the laundry

2. You'll be a better person 🧘🏽

Were you always meaning to give something a go, but never had the time? Whether you’ve always been meaning to learn to meditate, improve your financial position, learn about World War II, or read the biography of Red Hot Chili Pepper’s frontman, Anthony Kiedis – you can do it all and more listening to audiobooks.

3. You'll get lost 🏖️

Do you enjoy a winding mystery or a light and fluffy romance? Whatever your favourite genre is, audiobooks can often provide an experience above and beyond that of the solitary reading experience through the narrator. 

A great narrator makes the world come alive through their inflection, tone, and delivery. They may put on different voices for specific characters. Books are often read by famous celebrities or sometimes even their authors themselves!

4. Kids love them too 🧒🏼

If there’s one thing that kids love more than a story, it’s hearing the same story again. And again. And again. Save your sanity and keep the kids quiet with lots of top children’s books like Harry Potter, Wings of Fire, Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and more!

5. It's easier then reading 🛀

No more strained eyes.
Stop turning pages. 
Say goodbye to your sore neck.

So what are you waiting for? Start listening today!

We offer two digital services providing audiobooks, Libby and BorrowBox. Learn more about them below, and get listening!

  • 1,600+ audiobooks
  • Borrow up to 5 items at a time
  • North American focus
  • 7, 14, or 21-day borrowing period

Get started with Libby

  • 1,800+ audiobooks
  • Borrow 4 audiobooks at a time
  • NZ, AUS, & UK focus
  • 14-day borrowing period

Get started with BorrowBox

What is my Library card number and password?

Your Library card number is the 8-digit number found just below the barcode on the back of your card. Your password/PIN would have been setup when you first signed up at the Library. 

Don’t remember your password? Message us on Facebook or send an email and we can reset it for you.

Get lost in the fantastic range of magazines with PressReader

Explore the fantastic range of magazines available to Library members through PressReader. To get started you just need your Library card and password. Have a card but unsure on your password? Reset it here. Don’t have a Library card? Register for one now.

Explore 🗺️

What is my Library card number and password?

Your Library card number is the 8-digit number found just below the barcode on the back of your card. Your password/PIN would have been setup when you first signed up at the Library. 

Don’t remember your password? Message us on Facebook or send an email and we can reset it for you.

Connect to a deeper family story with Ancestry

Library members now have full access to Ancestry Library Edition from the comfort of your own home. Simply follow the link below, login with your user ID and PIN, and starting building your family tree!

  • Browse from home
  • Search obituaries, immigration, census, and military records
  • Download charts and forms
  • Exchange messages with other researchers

What is my Library card number and password?

Your Library card number is the 8-digit number found just below the barcode on the back of your card. Your password/PIN would have been setup when you first signed up at the Library. 

Don’t remember your password? Message us on Facebook or send an email and we can reset it for you.

Non-stop storytime! Keep your children engrossed while learning to read with TumbleBooks

Library members can now browse, watch, and read TumbleBooks, which offers a huge range of animated talking books for kids of all reading levels. TumbleBooks also provides other databases aimed at different audiences – check them out below!

What are TumbleBooks?

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. 

  • Animated talking picture books
  • Read Alongs
  • Play puzzles and games
  • Videos from National Geographic
  • Reading levels from pre-school through to year 6

Browse these further collections offered by TumbleBooks:

  • Animated talking picture books
  • Pre-school through to Year 6
  • Makes learning maths fun
  • Aimed at teenagers
  • Graphic novels
  • Literature classics
  • Audiobooks for all age groups
  • Titles available in español
  • No holds or waiting lists
  • Curated collection of romance ebooks
  • Over 1700+ titles
  • No holds or waiting lists

Please note: Access is granted until 31/8/2020 – will review closer to that time to see if we want to keep this going.