What's On at Your Library 

But this is not all! Check out the July School Holiday programme here.

 

For more details about any of our events contact us.

Motueka Library              

Regular events

Date and Time Event Description

2nd Monday of the month, 10.30am-12.00pm

Garden Gurus Talk and learn about plants and gardens. Gatherings include socialising, browsing library books on selected topics, speakers, activities, workshops and tours.

3rd Monday of the month, 10.30am-12.00pm

Book Cafe Discuss and debate thought-provoking topics and enjoy a fine selection of books with like-minded people at Motueka Library's conversation group. Koha.

Fourth Monday of the month, 3.30pm-5.00pm

(excluding public holidays)

Building Bricks Club Make amazing building blocks creations at the library with local experts. For children age 7+. Free. Dates for 2021 are: 24th May, 28th June, 26th July, 23rd August, 27th September, 1st November, 22nd November

Every Wednesday, 1.30pm-4.00pm

Scrabble Time Scrabble will be available for a friendly game with an old or a new friend. Suitable for word lovers of all ages. Free.

Every Thursday, 11.00am-1.00pm

Digi Drop-In

A free digital drop-in service where anyone can come and ask any questions about their digital devices, software and online services. Free. 

Every Thursday, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Chess at the Library

Bring a friend or meet new people and exercise your brain in a relaxed environment. Free.

1st Thursday of the month, 1.00pm-2.00pm

Babbling Books Book Group

A chance to enjoy a relaxed, informal discussion about what you've been reading. Free.

Every Friday during term time, 10.00am-10.30am

Tiny Tots

Action rhymes, music and stories for children 2 years and younger. Free.

Every Friday, 11.00am-12.00pm

Kapa Kōrero

Nau mai haere mai! Connect with others and practice te reo Māori in a relaxed setting. All levels welcome and encouraged to join in. Free.

Every Saturday, 10.45am-12.45pm

Magic MTG

Discover Magic the Gathering, a collectable and digital collectible card game which involves chance, strategy and skill. Designed for 15-20 year olds. Free.

One-off events

Date and Time Event Description
Wednesday 16 June - Wednesday 7 July Take and Make Fridge Magnets Collect your free craft kit and create decorative fridge magnets at home. A relaxing and easy activity for all ages. While stocks last.
Monday 21 June - Saturday 10 July Matariki Take & Make Stars Pick up your free craft kit and make paper stars for Matariki in the comfort of your own home.
Monday 21 June, 1.00pm-2.30pm Fridge Magnet Workshop Create some decorative fridge magnets for your home in this fun workshop. There's no need to book, just come along. Free.
Monday 28 June - Saturday 10 July, 1.00pm Matariki Poetry Write a poem to celebrate Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori - the Māori New Year. Write your poem in English or te reo Māori with an English translation. For all ages. Submit your poem at Motueka Library or email to janine.gillions@tasman.govt.nz
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.
Friday 2 July, 3.30pm-4.45pm Matariki Celebration Celebrate Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori - the Māori New Year, with stories, kai and craft in our Tamariki Zone. You'll be making a manu iti (kite), and having other family fun. Suitable for 4-12 year olds. Free.
Friday 2 July - Saturday 10 July Matariki Take & Make Children - celebrate Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori - the Māori New Year, when you choose a free craft kit and make beautiful paper stars to celebrate Matariki at home. Free.
Friday 2 July - Saturday 10 July Matariki Scavenger Hunt Collect your entry form, discover nine Matariki stars hidden around the library, then enter the lucky prize draw. For 5-12 year olds. Free.
Tuesday 6 July, 1.30pm Author talk: Annika Ohlson-Smith Swedish-born Nelson author Annika Ohlson-Smith talks about her two new novellas Hide and Seek, and Operation Exodus. Annika has written many published short stories, poems and novellas. Don't miss her talk. Free.
Wednesday 7 July, 3.00pm-4.30pm Weave a Star for Matariki Weave a whetū (star) from harakeke (flax) to celebrate Matariki. Drop in any time between 3.00pm and 4.30pm. All materials provided. Free.
Monday 12 July, 5.30pm Matariki Poetry Reading Come along to listen to poems written in celebration of Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori - the Māori New Year. All welcome.
Monday 12 July - Saturday 24 July Winter Book Sale Fossick about on our sale table and nab a literary bargain. 

Murchison Library              

Date and Time Event Description
First Friday of every month, 1.30pm-3.30pm Digi Drop-In  A free digital drop-in service where anyone can come and ask any questions about their digital devices, software and online services. Free. 
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.
Wednesday 14 July, 1.30pm-3.00pm Weave a Star for Matariki Weave a whetū (star) from harakeke (flax) to celebrate Matariki. Drop in any time between 1.30pm and 3.00pm. All materials provided. Free.

Richmond Library              

 Regular events

Date and time Event  Description

Every Monday, 10.00am-11.00am 

Kapa Kōrero

Nau mai haere mai! Connect with others and practice te reo Māori in a relaxed setting. All levels welcome and encouraged to join in. Free.

Every Tuesday during term time, 10.00am - 10.30am

Tiny Tots

Learn and grow together through music, movement and stories for children 2 years and younger. Free.

Every Tuesday, 11.00am-1.00pm 

Digi Drop-In

A free digital drop-in service where anyone can come and ask any questions about their digital devices, software and online services. Free. 

3rd Tuesday of the month (excluding December), 1.00pm-3.00pm

Richmond Writing Group

After a talk by a visiting author in the first hour, write, and talk about writing in the second hour. Meet like-minded people. Free. All welcome.

Every Wednesday, 11.30am-12.30pm

JP in the Library

If you have any important documents that need signing, pop on down to Richmond Library. A JP will be present to witness your documents, certify copies and much more. Free. All welcome.

Every Wednesday, 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Good Crafternoon Bring your craft project to the library and work on it in a relaxed sociable atmosphere. Free. All welcome.

3rd Wednesday of the month, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Book Group A chance for adults to talk about what they've enjoyed reading and to hear about what other people have been reading. Free.

Once a month on a Thursday during term time, 3.30pm-4.30pm

Mystery Ink The group for 12-18 year olds. Talk about books and movies, and get the first pick of new titles. Snacks and fun diversions included! Free. Exact dates here.

One-off events

Date and time Event  Description
Mondays 10 May - 21 June (excl June 7), 3.30pm-5.00pm Richmond Robotics: Term 2 FULLY BOOKED A fun, hands-on technology programme for young people aged 9-13 keen to learn about coding and SmartBots. Cost $25+. Phone Richmond Library, phone 03 543 8500, to book your spot. FULLY BOOKED.
Fridays 21 May - 25 June, 3.45pm-5.45pm D20 Perspective: Term 2 D20 Perspective is for 10-16 year olds who would like to experience the popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Phone 543 8500, or speak to a library staff member, to book your spot. Free.
Saturday 5 June - Thursday 1 July Exhibition: Blue Stories by Karolina Gorton Nelson artist Karolina Gorton has created a series of portraits (both visual and audio) of women who have experienced perinatal depression. Explore the exhibition and learn more about this rarely talked about condition that women may experience. Free.
Saturday 19 June, 10.30am-11.00am Saturday Stories and Songs Come and enjoy songs, stories and rhymes with your little one at Saturday Tiny Tots!  Learn and grow together through music, movement and stories. For babies, toddlers and children aged three years and younger. Free.
Monday 21 June, 7.00pm FULLY BOOKED: Movie Night - Hopscotch FULLY BOOKED: Join us for a free classic film showing on the big screen. Hopscotch, a 1980 film starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, is a comedic romp involving the CIA, cat and mouse comedy and plenty of intrigue. Contact Richmond Library to book your spot, phone 03 543 8500 or email library@tasman.govt.nz
Tuesdays 22 June - 6 July, 3.30pm-4.30pm FULLY BOOKED: Construct and Create a Journal  FULLY BOOKED: Create and decorate personalised journals for reflective writing over three sessions. Enjoy full use of the library’s craft cupboard to beautify your work. All materials provided.  For 10 -16 year olds. Free. Contact Richmond Library to book your spot.
Wednesday 23 June Computer Workshop: TradeMe Learn how to buy and sell goods using TradeMe. Free. Contact Richmond Library to book your spot, phone 03 543 8500.
Thursday 24 June Computer Workshop: Photobooks  Find out how to use the Vistaprint website, upload photos from your computer, and create a photobook ready for printing. Free. Contact Richmond Library to book your spot, phone 03 543 8500.
Friday 25 June - Sunday 27 June Ablaze: The 2019 Tasman Fires Exhibition Nelson Provincial Museum's touring exhibition marks the two year anniversary of the 2019 Tasman Fires and tells the story of how they affected the region; its environment, people and animals. Free.
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.
Thursday 1 July, 5.30pm Dealing With Depression Author and psychologist Jan Marsh will be talking about her book Dealing With Depression. Find out what depression is and what you can do about it. Jan Marsh offers real help to those suffering from depression. All welcome. Free.
Thursday 8 July, 2.30pm-4.30pm Weave a Star for Matariki Weave a whetū (star) from harakeke (flax) to celebrate Matariki. Drop in any time between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. All materials provided. Free.
Thursday 8 July, 5.30pm Taonga Puoro with Hamuera Robb Join us for a very special evening with Hamuera Robb, Kaitiaki Taonga Māori, Nelson Provincial Museum. Hamuera will be bringing a selection of the Museum's taonga puoro, Māori wind instruments, to the library. Find out about these beautiful instruments, and listen to them being played. Free. Book your spot at Richmond Library, 03 543 8500.
Wednesday 21 July, 10.00am-12.00pm Constellation Creation Celebrate this special time of year by crafting together. We will use the new library e-Resource Creativebug to stitch a Matariki constellation in an embroidery hoop. All materials provided. Free. Suitable for all ages.

 

Takaka Library              

Regular events

Date and Time Event  Description

1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 11.00am-1.00pm 

Digi Drop-In  A free digital drop-in service where anyone can come and ask any questions about their digital devices, software and online services. Free.

Tuesdays during term time, 10.00am - 10.30am

Tiny Tots Learn and grow together through music, movement and stories. Free.

Last Tuesday of each month (except December), 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Silverfish Book Group A chance for you to talk about what you've enjoyed reading and to hear about what other people have been reading. Free.

Every Friday, 2.00pm [commencing 11 June]

Takaka Library Knitting Group

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Or can you do the basics but would love to be able to do more complex patterns? Ann Balkind is here to help. Free.

Third Friday of each month during term time, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Reading Kids on Flying Squids

In this fun group kids talk books, play games, make videos and generally have a great time. Free.

One-off events

Date and Time Event  Description
Tuesdays, 11 May to June 22, 3.30pm-4.15pm Bricks in the Bay Local brick enthusiast Jennifer Jackson sets creative brick challenges for kids age 6-9. Perfect for kids who love Lego! Cost: $10. Bookings essential, phone 03 525 0059.
Wednesday 16 June, 2.00pm Armchair Adventures: Tish Potter Join us for an armchair adventure with Tish Potter, who will be talking about her Adventures in Africa - biking the back roads from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam, a stroll up Mt Kenya, and exploring Lamu, an East African town with UNESCO World Heritage status. Free.
Wednesday 23 June, 2.00pm Armchair Adventures: Gaylene Wilkinson Join us for an armchair adventure with Gaylene Wilkinson, who will be talking about Tramping Down The Spine of the South Island. Free.
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.
Friday 9 July, 3.30pm-4.30pm Lantern Making Workshop Create a beautiful lantern at the library, then showcase your lantern in the Art's Council's lantern parade through Takaka township at 5.30pm for Matariki. Bring a clean glass jar to decorate. Free.
Wednesday 14 July, 2.00pm Author talk: Chris Potter - My Beautiful Island Chris Potter talks about his book My Beautiful Island, based on his mother Norah's diary entries while interned in a Hong Kong prison camp during World War II. Free. All welcome. Cash book sales available.
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