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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.
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.

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
1-31 May 1000 Books Before School 1000 Books Before School is a free programme with a vision to have everyone in the Tasman District reading aloud to their tamariki from birth. It’s never too late to start! If you sign up or complete a check in during May your child will receive a fun Take & Make bag. Free.
1.30pm-2.00pm, Monday 30 May Motueka High School students perform Come and listen to musical Motueka High School students perform for NZ Music Month. Free. All welcome.
11.00am-12.30pm, Tuesday 31 May Solar Made Simple Learn about energy consumption and how to conserve energy with Kevin Fourie. Take the opportunity to find out about various options, and whether you should go solar or not. Book your spot at Motueka Library. Free.
7.00pm, Wednesday 1 June Author talk: Andrew Tilling - Changing The Spots of the Leopard Join us for a talk with local author Andrew Tilling about his book Changing the Spots of the Leopard: A Personal Conservation and Development Saga in Africa. The stories are anecdotes of Andrew’s often humorous first-hand experiences of conservation and development practices in Africa over the last seventy years. Cash book sales available $35. Free.
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.
11.00am-12.30pm, Thursday 2 June  Solar Made Simple Learn about energy consumption and how to conserve energy with Kevin Fourie. Take the opportunity to find out about various options, and whether you should go solar or not. Book your spot at Motueka Library. Free.
11.00am-12.30pm, Saturday 4 June  Solar Made Simple Learn about energy consumption and how to conserve energy with Kevin Fourie. Take the opportunity to find out about various options, and whether you should go solar or not. Book your spot at Motueka Library. Free.
8-15 June Take & Make: World Oceans Day Postcard kits

World Oceans Day is on 8 June and we are celebrating with fun Take & Make kits. Each kit will contain a postcard, decorative papers, pictures and fast facts about oceans.  Create a postcard for yourself or give to a friend. Free.

9-17 June Take & Make: Harry Potter Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling with our fun Take & Make kit. It includes wizarding worksheets, word searches, bookmarks and more. Free.
5.00pm, Friday 10 June Haiku Evening We invite you to read your Haiku entries from the recent Haiku competition; or simply come along and enjoy the haiku written by others. Local poet and judge Maggie Brown will provide information about haiku writing and feedback about our entries. Prizes will be presented to the winners and spot prizes will also be given. Free.
9.30am-1.00pm, Saturday 11 June Worldwide Knit In Public Day Calling all knitters! Bring your needles and wool, your almost started, half finished projects and a friend or two to the library and KNIT. We want to see as many people knitting in public as possible. Meet other knitters and have a lovely time. Free.
5.00pm, Friday 17 June Book Launch: Carol Duffy - The Isle of DragonFree

Carol Duffy launches her new chapter book, The Isle of Dragonfree. The island has been renamed Dragonfree because Count Clifford Calamus has exterminated all the dragons. King Kevin’s Kingdom is now free of dragons. Or is it? Most suitable for 8 – 11 year olds. Cash book sales available for $18.

Murchison Library                                                                          

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1.30pm-3.30pm, 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 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
1-31 May 1000 Books Before School 1000 Books Before School is a free programme with a vision to have everyone in the Tasman District reading aloud to their tamariki from birth. It’s never too late to start! If you sign up or complete a check in during May your child will receive a fun Take & Make bag. Free.
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.
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-4.00pm, Friday 10 June Worldwide Knit In Public Day Calling all knitters! Bring your needles and wool, your almost started, half finished projects and a friend or two to the library and KNIT. We want to see as many people knitting in public as possible. Meet other knitters and have a lovely time. 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 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. Children's song writer and entertainer Kath Bee will be joining us on the first Wednesday of each month during May, June and July. 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 (from 14 July), 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.
Every Friday (until 8 July), 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 wecome

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One-off Events

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1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
1-31 May 1000 Books Before School 1000 Books Before School is a free programme with a vision to have everyone in the Tasman District reading aloud to their tamariki from birth. It's never too late to start! If you sign up or complete a check in during May your child will receive a fun Take & Make bag. Free.
10.00am-12.00pm, Friday 27 May Family History Friday Just starting your family tree or having trouble finding your ancestors? Want to know more about how to use Ancestry.com, or what other family or local history resources are available? Drop in to Family History Friday and our expert librarians will help you out. Free. Bookings not required.
7.00pm, Wednesday 1 June Movie Night: Kansas City Confidential In this 1952 noir-thriller, three convicts are contracted by a mysterious benefactor to pull a bank heist. The four men, having worn masks during the crime, are complete strangers and anonymous to one another, but plan to meet up in Mexico to divvy up the loot. Their plan is to pin the robbery on Joe Rolfe, an ex-con himself - but little do they know, Rolfe has convinced the police of his innocence and has now been hired to catch the true culprits. Contact library@tasman.govt.nz or phone 03 543 8500 to book your spot. Free.
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.
9.30am-1.00pm, Saturday 11 June Worldwide Knit In Public Day Calling all knitters! Bring your needles and wool, your almost started, half finished projects and a friend or two to the library and KNIT. We want to see as many people knitting in public as possible. Meet other knitters and have a lovely time. Free.
1.00pm-2.00pm, Tuesday 21 June Author Talk: Helen Staniland Helen Staniland will be talking about her book Te Wai Pounamu: The Glorious South of the South Island - Travelling In The Time of Covid about her solo adventures journeying around the South Island in 2020 and 2021. Cash book sales available.
2.00pm-3.00pm, Tuesday 21 JUne 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.
4.30pm-5.30pm, Thursday 23 June Matariki Storytime Grab yourself a hot drink from the Library Café (before they close at 5.00pm) then join us for Matariki Storytime and craft activity. Afterwards, head down to Sundial Square for more Matariki festivities. 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.

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.

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One-off Events

Description

1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Here is the epic reading challenge for adults you have been waiting for! Read authors A to Z in one year - yep, that's 26 authors in 52 weeks, or one author every two weeks. Win prizes, have fun, discover new authors and read your way A to Z. Pick up your reading log from your library any time from 1 July onwards.
March - June Art exhibition: Elaine Robinson Elaine Robinson works in oils, acrylics and mixed media, and enjoys developing thernamic abstracted works which incorporate her love of colour, texture and pattern. Free.
1-31 May 1000 Books Before School 1000 Books Before School is a free programme with a vision to have everyone in the Tasman District reading aloud to their tamariki from birth. It’s never too late to start! If you sign up or complete a check in during May your child will receive a fun Take & Make bag. Free.
Wednesdays 18 May - 6 July, 10.00am Storytime Join us for fun and exciting stories and songs at our weekly storytime sessions for 2-5 year olds and their whānau. Book your spot either in person at Tākaka Library or ring 03 525 0059. Free.
12.00pm, Friday 27 May Jed and Friends in Concert Join us for a special NZ Music Month concert with Jed Bright and some of his musical friends. They'll be playing various musical styles, so there'll be something for everyone to enjoy. Free. All welcome.
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.
3.15pm-4.30pm, Friday 3 June 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.
9.30am-1.00pm, Saturday 11 June Worldwide Knit In Public Day Calling all knitters! Bring your needles and wool, your almost started, half finished projects and a friend or two to the library and KNIT. We want to see as many people knitting in public as possible. Meet other knitters and have a lovely time. Free.
3.30pm-4.30pm, Thursday 23 June Constellation Creation for Youth Stitch the Matariki stars into a frame and create a special cross stitch to celebrate this special time of the year. No sewing experience necessary. Free - all materials supplied. Contact Tākaka Library to book your spot.
13-25 June Matariki Star Hunt

Find all 9 star pictures hidden around the library and learn the names of the Matariki stars when you find them! Fill in the answer sheet and go in the draw for a spot prize. One entry per child please. Free.

20-25 June Take & Make: Maramataka

Make yourself a Maramataka, Māori lunar calendar for Matariki. Use your Maramataka to determine what parts of each month will be most productive, when to focus on planning and when to rest and/or give back to nature. Free.

20-25 June Take & Make: Matariki Star

Take home a kit with everything you need to make a star using a template and coloured wool in celebration of Matariki. We love seeing what you make! Email: childrensteam@tasman.govt.nz  with photos of your Matariki star. Free.

3.15pm-4.30pm, Friday 1 July 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.
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