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Tuesday 29 June 2021

What's happening in July at the Library?

The Children's team are all prepared for another awesome School Holiday Programme with events and activities running every weekday during the school holidays. There are all sorts on offer- from making movies to dance parties. And don't forget the Reading Challenge too. We look forward to seeing you all there. Why not pick up some books and DVDs, and borrow some Toy Library toys at the same time?

The Great Te Aka Mauri Winter Reading Challenge

The Great Te Aka Mauri Winter Reading Challenge runs from 1 July to 1 August 2021 - plenty of time to build up some reading time. Pick up your entry form at the library and mark off your progress as you go - it's a win/win situation. You get to enjoy some new adventures, improve your reading skills AND go in the draw for some cool prizes.

Have a look through our School Holiday Programme booklet to find the entry form or come in and see us at the library.

Here are some highlights of the holiday programme:

Pom Pom Flowers

Make your own fluffy pom poms then turn them into a beautiful winter bouquet.
Monday 12 July
Location: Makerspace
Cost: $5
Age group: 8+
Book here

Making Movie Magic

Get in the director’s chair and make your own movie using webcams and green screens.
Tuesday 13 July
Location: Makerspace
Cost: $5
Age Group: 8+
Book here

Girls Can Code

Girls learn to code using scratch and create a computer game.
Wednesday 14 July
1pm-3pm and 
Thursday 22 July
Location: Makerspace
Cost: $5
Age group: 8+
Book here. 

'Night Sky' Dance Party

Celebrate Matariki by having a kanikani (dance) with us! Think ‘stars and all things sparkly’ when dressing up.
Thursday 15 July
Location: Discovery Space
Cost: Koha appreciated
Age group: All ages
No Booking required

Lego Selfies

Join us to draw yourself in the style of a Lego minifigure.
Tuesday 20 July
Location: Community Pride space
Cost: Koha appreciated
Age Group: 5+
No booking required.
We also have:
  • He Pī Ka Roha
  • He Pī Ka Rere
  • DIY stickers
  • Let’s Get Coding
  • Busy Bag Drop In
  • Shining Stars
  • Busy Board Games
  • Aquabots
  • LEGO
  • Balancing
  • Shapes
  • LEGO Mindstorms
  • String Art
  • Girls can build- LEGO Mindstorm
  • and lots more.
View the full programme here

We have some beautiful new books, all available on the Ground floor. Perfect for ringing in Matariki.

School visits

Te Aka Mauri offers a range of innovative curriculum linked programmes to schools, including technology programmes such as robotics, and Evolocity and Aquabots competitions. Some can be delivered at schools such as the Digital Literacy Skills and Research Skills Programme or Referencing to avoid plagiarism. And class visits to the library can also be arranged. Teachers at a schools may also be eligible for a class card that allows you to borrow books for your class. Find more information about all of these options here.
Our team of specialist educators and librarians can be contacted to discuss your class’s learning needs and arrange bookings.
Phone: (07) 348 4177

Early childhood visits

Pounamu Pukapuka is an innovative programme which makes bulk loans of materials to early childhood centres and pre-schools. One of our Youth & Early Learning Specialists can also come to your centre and deliver He Pī Ka Rere - On the Road, a 30 minute programme of singing, dancing, a story, and instrument play. A simple craft activity is left with teachers to do at the tamariki’s leisure. Early Childhood Centres may be eligible for a class card that allows you to borrow books for your class.

Want to learn more about your library? A group visit may be just the ticket to find out how you can make the most of your library, and includes a tour of the library collections. To book a visit or learn more about what your group could do in the library please contact us via email: or phone: (07) 348 4177.

Hoki whakamuri, kia anga whakamua.
Look to the past in order to forge the future.

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