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Motueka Library                                                  

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1.30pm-4.00pm, every Wednesday Scrabble Come along for a hearty game of Scrabble. Bring a friend or play with someone new. You'll learn new wordy tips and tricks, meet other people who love Scrabble too, and enjoy a relaxing time playing a classic game. Free.
10.00am-11.00am, every second Wednesday from 17 August onwards Conversation Circle

Come along to a welcoming group where you can enjoy simple conversation with other people whose first language is also not English. Free. All welcome. Exact dates here.

10.00am-10.30am, every Thursday during term time from 8 September 2022 onwards Storytime

Join us for fun and exciting stories and songs at our weekly storytime sessions for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. Free.

11.00am-12.00pm, every Thursday Digi Drop-In

Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.

1.00pm-2.00pm, first Thursday of the month Babbling Books Come along to meet new people, talk about the books you've been reading, and discover some great recommendations. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, second Monday of the month Garden Gurus Garden lovers unite! Come along for conversations about gardening  and your own garden patch, discuss gardening problems and varieties of plants, followed by a seed and plant swap. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, third Monday of the month Book Cafe

Come along to our conversational group to discuss and debate thought provoking topics. Discover a fine selection of books, enjoy themes, interesting snippets and laughs along the way. Refreshments provided. Free.

3.30pm-5.00pm, once a month on a Monday Building Bricks Club

Join the Motueka Library Building Bricks club and make amazing brick creations with Adrian Barbour. Suitable for ages 7+. Building Bricks kindly supplied by the Christchurch User group. Free. Find exact dates here.

10.00am-11.30am, third Wednesday of the month from 21 September 2022 onwards Wellby Talking Cafe

Enjoy a relaxed cuppa and start your journey to connect with others who enjoy the same things. You can pop in for a quick chat or stay for a longer conversation with friendly people. There is no need to register, just turn up on the day. The Talking Café hosts will warmly welcome you when you arrive. Free.

10.00am-10.30am, every Friday during term time from 26 August 2022 onwards Wriggle & Rhyme

Come and explore music and songs, movement and rhythm, instruments, and stories while making new friends and spending quality time with your child age 2 years and under. Free.

10.00am-11.00am, first Friday of the month Appreciating Afrikaans

Join your fellow South Africans as they enjoy a cultural time-out with others who speak Afrikaans. It's an Afrikaans immersion experience complete with tea and coffee, and hopefully some boerebeskuit, biltong and koeksusters too. Free.

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1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 20 August Workshop: Kids Learn To Knit

Would you love to know how to knit? The Crafty Tarts Group are offering a “Learn to Knit” workshop for children. Yarn, needles and tutors are all supplied. Come along and learn this creative skill. For children ages 8+. Free.

1.30pm-4.00pm, most Fridays from 26 August - 21 October Teen Study Space

We're providing a warm, quiet space for students studying for exams in our Community Room. Tables and chairs will be set up for you to settle into some focused study time. Free wifi and light refreshments provided. Free. Exact dates here.

2.00pm, Saturday 27 August Author talk: Chris Stuart - For Reasons of Their Own

Join us for a talk with award winning NZ author of For Reasons Of Their Own - can the past ever be left behind? Ask a flawed detective, a former refugee and a government desperate to misuse a dead body to reshape Australia’s security policy. Free. All welcome.

10.30am-12.00pm, Monday 29 August Stitch Together!

Bring your Origins Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Free.

3.00pm-4.30pm, Monday 29 August Stitch Together!

Bring your Origins Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Free.

3.00pm-4.00pm, Tuesday 30 August Author talk: Margaret McCallum

Margaret looks at death from a thought-provoking new angle, helping you "realise the things you need to release so that more life can come streaming in". Free. All welcome. Cash book sales available, $20.

11.00am-12.00pm, Wednesday 31 August A Water Science Presentation

Learn more about the properties of water and what we need from our water to sustain optimal health. Tee, a local Living Water Specialist, will provide a thought-provoking presentation and then there will be time for discussion. Bring along a water bottle to fill. Free.

4-10 September Exhibition: Motueka Art Group

View a selection of art by talented local artists. There will be a diverse array of artwork on display to suit all tastes and budgets. 

5-9 September Conservation Week: Decorate a Native Bird

Choose your native New Zealand bird shape and colour in, paint, stick, glue or add sparkles; then add it to our display or take home. Free.

5-10 September Conservation Week: Photography Exhibition

Visit a wonderful exhibition of photos taken by local school children celebrating Conservation Week 2022 and 10 years of Project Janszoon in the Abel Tasman National Park. Free.

5-11 September Conservation Week: Bingo

Kids are invited to pick up and take away our fun Conservation Week bingo card, complete, then return to the library by Monday 12 Sept to go into our prize draw! Free.

6.30pm-8.00pm, Tuesday 6 September Conservation Week: Native Lizards

Project Janszoon, DOC and Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust present a talk on native lizards and how to make your garden more lizard friendly by trapping pests and creating habitat. Free. All welcome.

2.00pm-3.00pm, Wednesday 7 September Author talk: Jane Evans - Unschooling

Join us for a talk by author jane Evans about her book Natural learning: The Unschooling Life. Find out about raising children as unschoolers, ask questions, and find out more. Free. All welcome. Cash book sales available: $30.

4.00pm-5.00pm, Friday 30 September Author talk: Warwick Stubbs

Living in his car next to the Motueka River, local author and poet Warwick Stubbs found balance in his life. Hear about the book he wrote as a result. Free. All welcome.

5.30pm, Thursday 6 October Book Launch: Zarrin by David Briggs

A young Kurdish woman, Zarrin, has brought shame on her family. She has paid a high price - as is the way for such dishonour - and fearing for her life, she flees to the border with Turkey, where she finds herself in a refugee camp. Find out more about Zarrin, and celebrate the launch of this fascinating novel, with the author, David Briggs. Book sales available. Free. All welcome.

Murchison Library                  

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11.00am-12.00pm, First Friday of the month Digi Drop-In Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.

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1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
5-11 September Conservation Week Bingo Kids are invited to pick up and take away our fun Conservation Week bingo card, complete, then return to the library by Monday 12 Sept to go into our prize draw! Free.

Richmond Library                                   

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Every Tuesday, 11.00am-12.00pm Digi Drop-In Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.
Every Tuesday, 10.30am-11.30am
Dementia Friendly Library Group If you are living with Dementia, this group is for you. Come along to this supportive, friendly group facilitated by Debbie and Karyn at your familiar local library. Free.
Every Tuesday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am Wriggle & Rhyme Come and explore music and songs, movement and rhythm, instruments, and stories while making new friends and spending quality time with your child age 2 years and under. Free.
Every Wednesday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am Storytime Join us for fun and exciting stories and songs at our weekly storytime sessions for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. Free.
Every Wednesday, 11.30am-12.30pm JP In The Library Do you need a Justice of the Peace (JP) to witness your important documents? We can help. Come to Richmond Library's Community Matters space to talk with a registered JP. Free.
Every Wednesday, 12.30pm-2.00pm Good Crafternoon

Start, finish or work on your almost-started, half-finished, barely-begun craft project in the company of other crafters. All you need to bring is your craft project. Feel free to bring your lunch as well. Free.

Every Thursday, 11.00am-12.00pm English Language Conversation  Is your first language a language other than English? Would you like to improve your English with a qualified, experienced ESOL teacher? Join our friendly English conversation group for ESOL speakers. It’s free and all ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) are welcome. Simply stop by the Constance Barnicoat room for a warm welcome. Free.
First Tuesday of the month (usually), 3.30pm-4.30pm Mystery Ink: Book Group for Young Adults Our group for young adults age 12+ is where you can have fun chatting about books, eating snacks, exploring different ways to express your creativity and enjoy interactive experiences. Free. Exact dates here.
Second Tuesday of the month, 1.30pm-3.00pm Wellby Talking Cafe Enjoy a relaxed cuppa and start your journey to connect with others who enjoy the same things. You can pop in for a quick chat or stay for a longer conversation with friendly people. There is no need to register, just turn up on the day. The Talking Café hosts will warmly welcome you when you arrive. We will be in the Constance Barnicoat Room which is just on the right as you enter the library via Queen Street. Free.
Third Tuesday of the month, 2.00pm-3.00pm Richmond Writing Group Come along to meet new people who also like writing, learn writing tips and tricks, try a creative writing exercise and enjoy the company of others. Free.
Third Wednesday of the month, 3.00pm-4.00pm Book Group Our book group for adults is an opportunity to discover new books and authors, meet new people and share what you have been reading. Free. All welcome

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1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
10.00am-12.00pm, Monday 15 August Let's Make Memories With A Photo Book In this workshop we will show you how to create a photo book using Vistaprint. You'll learn how to upload photos from your computer, create and customise a photo book and get your photo book ready for printing. Phone 03 543 8500 or speak to a library staff member to book your spot. Free.
6.30pm, Monday 15 August DocFest: Theatres of War If you’ve ever seen a war film, you may have wondered: Does all of that military machinery on screen come with strings attached? With the release of internal government documents, the answers have come into sharp focus: the US military has exercised editorial control over thousands of films and television programmes. The deliberate creation of this other “cinematic universe” is one of the great PR coups of our time. To book your spot, phone 03 543 8500. Free,
1.00pm, Tuesday 16 August Author talk: Chris Stuart - For Reasons of Their Own Join us for a talk with award winning NZ author or For Reasons Of Their Own - can the past ever be left behind? Ask a flawed detective, a former refugee and a government desperate to misuse a dead body to reshape Australia’s security policy. Free. All welcome.
10.30am-12.00pm, Friday 26 August Family History Friday Just starting your family tree or having trouble finding your ancestors? Get to know Ancestry.com and other family and local history resources available in our Research Room during this drop-in session. A library staff member will be there to give you a hand. Free. All welcome. Bookings not required.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 27 August Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
10.00am-12.00pm, Monday 29 August Let's Go Safely On The Internet Learn some top tips for being safe online. In this workshop, you will learn how avoid spam and phishing, create strong passwords, understand terminology. Phone 03 543 8500 or speak to a library staff member to book your spot. Free.
6.30pm, Monday 29 August Movie Night: The Outlaw Join us for The Outlaw, a 1943 western directed by Howard Hughes starring Jane Russell, Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell and Walter Huston. Contact Richmond Library to book your spot. Free.
3.30pm-4.30pm, Monday 5 September Conservation Week: Rock Art Workshop

Abel Tasman Youth Ambassadors are hosting an art session for 5-12 year olds. Paint a native bird, animal, or plant on to a rock in celebrate of Conservation Week 2022. Keep your painted rock or make it a piece of public art to be found “in the wild”. Free. Bookings not required.

5-11 September Conservation Week Bingo Kids are invited to pick up and take away our fun Conservation Week bingo card, complete, then return to the library by Monday 12 Sept to go into our prize draw! Free.
10.30am, Wednesday 7 September Translocation of Native Birds Find out about the translocation of native birds in Abel Tasman National Park with Project Janszoon in this special Conservation Week talk. Suitable for adults. Free.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 10 September Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
10.00am-12.00pm, Monday 12 September Let's get photographing Learn how to make the most of your smart phone camera. Learn how to take photos, share your photos with family and friends, and use your camera for everyday purposes. A smart phone/tablet is essential for this workshop. Phone 03 543 8500 or speak to a library staff member to book your spot. Free.
3.00pm-5.00pm, Mondays from 12 September - 28 November (excluding school holidays) Teen Study Space Start the week right by joining us in our dedicated study space. Light refreshments and study guides provided. Study with a group or pop on headphones and ignore everyone – the choice is yours! 
5.30pm, Tuesday 13 September Book Launch: Zarrin by David Briggs A young Kurdish woman, Zarrin, has brought shame on her family. She has paid a high price - as is the way for such dishonour - and fearing for her life, she flees to the border with Turkey, where she finds herself in a refugee camp. Find out more about Zarrin, and celebrate the launch of this fascinating novel, with the author, David Briggs. Book sales available. Free. All welcome.
10.00am-12.00pm, Saturday 24 September Stitch Together! Bring your Origins / Whakapapa quilt piece (and any other materials you need) and work on it together with others. Bring a friend or family member, or come along and meet new people with a shared interest. Constance Barnicoat room.
10.00am-12.00pm, Monday 26 September Let's Stream Online Learn how to create online accounts for using digital streaming services. Learn how to access free digital streaming content, create a TVNZ OnDemand account, create a Three Now account, log in to Kanopy and more. You'll need to bring your smart phone / tablet with you. Phone 03 543 8500 or speak to a library staff member to book your spot. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, Friday 30 September Family History Friday Just starting your family tree or having trouble finding your ancestors? Get to know Ancestry.com and other family and local history resources available in our Research Room during this drop-in session. A library staff member will be there to give you a hand. Free. All welcome. Bookings not required.
10.30am, Wednesday 5 October Book Launch: The Passage of Conquest Come along to the launch of The Passage of Conquest by TD Kuchel. Marooned on a tropical island, Giselle learns that she has travelled to a parallel world in which the island was veiled 400 years ago to prevent an ancient evil from escaping. Ideal for YA and adult fans of fantasy and adventure. Free.
10.30am-12.00pm, Friday 28 October Family History Friday Just starting your family tree or having trouble finding your ancestors? Get to know Ancestry.com and other family and local history resources available in our Research Room during this drop-in session. A library staff member will be there to give you a hand. Free. All welcome. Bookings not required.

Tākaka Library                                   

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Every Tuesday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am Wriggle & Rhyme Come and explore music and songs, movement and rhythm, instruments and stories while making new friends and spending quality time with your 0-2 year old. Physical distancing and mask wearing required. Free.
Every Friday, 11.00am-12.00pm Digi Drop-In Get help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-Reader, or whatever digital device you have. If you're struggling to understand how to use your device, or want to find out more about the wide variety of e-Resources that can be accessed through the library, we can help. Free.
Last Tuesday of the month, 1.00pm-2.00pm Silverfish Book Group

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? We pick a theme, a genre or an author for the month, and upon reading return the next month to have an enthusiastic and informal discussion about the books we’ve read. Free.

Once a month on a Friday, 3.15pm-4.30pm Popcorn Turtles Book Club

Come along to a fun free book club for 9-12 year olds. Find out what others have been reading, get a look at the latest new books, eat some popcorn and do some fun activities. Free. Exact dates here.

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1 June - 30 September Stitch with us! Take part in our Origins Whakapapa community quilt project. Simply pick up your free fabric square and entry form from the library, stitch an image or word on it relating to your origins or whakapapa and return it to us by 30 September. Whether you've lived in Te Tauihu / The Top of The South for 5 years or 500, we want to include your story. All ages, all abilities welcome.
17 June onwards Featured artist: Sarah Thomas Come along and view Sarah Thomas' beautiful art work. Sarah grew up next to the beach at Onekaka, studying the shores, the turning tides and the changing land. She went on to study fine art at Otago Polytechnic, finishing with a sculpture major, a painting interest and a wanderlust.
1-31 August WordFest Take part in a pop-up word based activity – such as word finds and crosswords to take away; create funny sentences with randomly chosen words; post a review of your favourite book; guess what this word means; shared Scrabble games; hangman; shared poem writing; what’s your favourite word and why? 
3.30pm-4.30pm, Mondays, 1 August - 26 September Building With Bricks

Build with bricks, make some new friends, challenge yourself and let your imagination fly! Brick challenges for all abilities will be set at the beginning of each session. We want to foster creativity, self-esteem and collaboration in all sessions and of course having fun. For children aged 5+. Contact Tākaka Library to book your spot.

12.00pm, Wednesday 17 August Local History Publishing: POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER FORECAST POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER FORECAST: Join author and publisher Carol Dawber for an insight into local history publishing and the many books she has written. Koha please. 
10.30am-12.00pm, Thursday 25 August Crochet a Daffodil Learn how to crochet a daffodil for Daffodil Day with Antonietta Hannaford. Basic crochet experience required. Bring your own wool and crochet hook. Cost: $5. Contact Tākaka Library to book your spot.
9.30am-1.00pm, Friday 26 August School Scrabble Tournament Come and watch local school children battling it out in a Scrabble tournament.
12.00pm-1.00pm, Friday 2 September Museum Talks: Paul Kilgour In conjunction with the Golden Bay Museum, Paul Kilgour, the author of Gone Bush - the story of a wanderer, long-distance tramper and hut-bagging legend, will discuss some of his lifetime of adventures in the backcountry. Free. All welcome.
5-11 September Conservation Week Bingo Kids are invited to pick up and take away our fun Conservation Week bingo card, complete, then return to the library by Monday 12 Sept to go into our prize draw! Free.
12.00pm-1.00pm, Friday 9 September Museum Talks: Janet Huddleston In conjunction with the Golden Bay Museum, Janet Huddleston shares slides and stories from her eleven seasons working in Antarctica. Free. All welcome.
3.30pm-4.30pm, Tuesday 13 September Kupu/Word Fun

Let’s celebrate this te reo Māori by having fun with kupu/words and craft supplies. All are welcome to come along, learn some new kupu and have fun. Suitable for ages 4+. Free.

3.30pm-4.30pm, Thursday 27 October Workshop: Monster Finger Puppet Make a monster finger puppet and scare your friends with it during Halloween, or play puppets with your whānau. For ages 5+. Free. Bookings not required.
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