❄️ Winter reading is back!

To help pass these cold winter days, Finn challenges you to READ and CREATE!

How the challenge works:

Come into the library and collect a Winter Reading Challenge bingo card or download one at home. Mark off the activities  as you complete them (feel free to adapt activities to suit you or your child’s abilities/resources).

For every four challenges you complete, you will get one entry into the prize draw of your choice. You can complete as many cards as you like, but you must use different books, movies etc.

Complete the form on the back of the card, bring it in to the library and give it to the librarian at the ground floor help desk. They will give you one prize ticket for every four completed tasks. Fill in the ticket and pop into the prize draw box of your choice!

The challenge is open to early readers (age 0-7), kids aged 7-12 and teens aged 12-18.

Download your bingo cards here: Early Readers (0-7), Kids (7-12) or Teens (12-18)

Entries must be in by 6pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Winners will be notified by Tuesday, 6 September, 2022. 

✨ Matariki school holidays made easy at the library

Keep the kids busy!

We have a great range of fun activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays!

During your visit see if you can find Finn and the nine Matariki stars hiddren around the library!

Boredom Busters

Find Finn!

Finn is hiding somewhere in the the library, can you find her?
Fill in the form telling us where she is and be in to win a prize!

Scavenger Hunt!

Can you find all nine Matariki stars hidden around the library?
Hand your completed form in to go in the draw to win a sparkly prize!

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Social distancing will apply. Depending on numbers there may be some waiting time.

🔦 Enjoy stories by torchlight at our Matariki Whānau Night!

👨‍👩‍👧 Enjoy stories by torchlight at our Matariki Whānau Night!

🏛️ Visit the library after hours

🎸 Sing waiata

🏕️ Build a whare with your whānau

🔦 Enjoy stories by torchlight

🥪 Snacks provided!

ℹ️ Remember to bring blankets and torches

🎉 We’re going fine free! 🆓

Fines for late books are being scrapped at Invercargill City Libraries and Archives from Friday 1 July. Library users will no longer have to pay overdue library fees and all historical fines will be wiped. 

🤔 What's happening?

Overdue fines are being scrapped and all historical fines will be wiped from July 1 2022!

😈 Wow so now I can keep books forever or sell them on TradeMe?

Well no, some charges will remain at the library, such as if a book is lost, destroyed or damaged or the fees for hot picks and reserve items.

🙀 Won't people never bring books back now?

Studies have shown that when fines are no longer applied it’s been found that return rates actually increase.

🎶 Celebrate Matariki with live music for tamariki from Aro!

🎶 Live music for kids!

Celebrate Matariki with a very special music show from Aro!

Aro will be performing songs featuring te reo Māori on topics such as Matariki, and the native creatures of Aotearoa, and more! Sign-up to come along to the pre-show workshop and your tamariki can sing-along with ARO during the show!

🎫 Pre-show Workshop

Register to come along to a very special pre-show workshop with Aro! 

The workshop will include extra song performances, sing-alongs, games, and storytime! Places are limited so register your child’s spot below.

👪 Who are Aro?

Aro is made up of husband and wife Charles and Emily Looker.

The bilingual duo share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity.

🎧 Take a listen

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