Auckland Libraries

Auckland Libraries delivers library and information services which are accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the residents, diverse ethnic and community groups and organisations that make up the Auckland region.

A wide range of services are delivered through 54 community libraries and 4 mobiles from Wellsford in the north of Auckland to Pukekohe in the south, and a further 14 rural libraries run by volunteers. Auckland Libraries is the biggest public library network in the Southern Hemisphere, servicing the largest single city population and the most diverse in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Auckland Libraries works to meet the needs of Auckland’s ever growing and changing diverse communities through the delivery of events, programming, activities and community languages collections. We monitor the changing nature of Auckland’s communities, and are active in community engagement and outreach. We evaluate our activities, and support robust staff liaison networks with some culturally specific roles.

Visit the website of Auckland Libraries

Projects 2012
Whakamana te Tiriti o Waitangi – Elevate and celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi

Auckland Libraries is playing a key part in supporting and building Aucklanders’ understanding of The Treaty of Waitangi with the themed promotion:  ‘Whakamana te Tiriti o Waitangi – Elevate and celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi’  3-10 February 2012.

There is a special focus on our unique heritage and research collections – bringing to the fore our specialist librarians and our rich resources. Highlights include educational tours of the research centres, thought-provoking children’s activities and informative displays connecting you to our Māori collections – we have over 60,000 items in these regional collections, so you’re be sure to find what you’re looking for!

There are FREE seminars on topical issues across the region. These include:

  • Exploring Pākehā identity in Aotearoa / New Zealand (a presentation and workshop)
    Thursday 2 February 2012, 6pm – 7:30pm
    Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library
    Introduced by Carl Chenery, Presentation by Kate Terry from Client Services – Media NZ and Anca Cernic from Nielsen NZ
    To book, contact Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771
  • Treaty and the Constitution
    Tuesday 7 February 2012, 11am – 12pm
    North Auckland Research Centre, Level 2, Takapuna Library
    Presentation by Susan Healey
    To book, contact North Shore Research Centre on 09 486 8466
  • Introductory session to the Treaty of Waitangi – The Treaty – What’s it all about?
    Tuesday 7 February 2012, 2pm – 3pm
    Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library
    Presentation by Christine Herzog
    To book, contact Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771
  • Foreshore and Seabed – What’s all the controversy about?
    Wednesday 8 February 2012, 2pm – 3pm
    Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library
    Presentation by Christine Herzog
    To book, contact Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771
  • Treaty and the Constitution
    Thursday 9 February 2012, 12pm – 1pm
    South Auckland Research Centre Meeting Room, Level 1, Manukau Library
    Presentation by Christine Herzog
    To book, contact South Auckland Research Centre on 09 261 8637
  • Introductory session to the Treaty of Waitangi – The Treaty – What’s it all about?
    Thursday 9 February 2012, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    South Auckland Research Centre Meeting Room, Level 1, Manukau Library
    Presentation by Christine Herzog
    To book, contact South Auckland Research Centre on 09 261 8637
  • Foreshore and Seabed – What’s all the controversy about?
    Friday 10 February 2012, 12pm – 1pm
    Whare Rūnanga, Level 2, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson
    Presentation by Christine Herzog
    To book, contact West Auckland Research Centre on 09 836 8000

There is also a Whakapapa session at 12-1pm on Wed 8 February in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Auckland Central City Library presented by Margaret Ngaropo (Pou Kohinga Matua) of the Central Auckland Research Centre as part of the Family History Lunchtime series.  She will also take you on a tour of the research centre at the conclusion of her talk.

Please see our website for further details.

Diwali

 

From 1 November, Aucklanders have been getting involved in a range of Diwali activities at their local library celebrating Indian culture, music, movies and more.

Kids will love the Diwali-themed Storytime (appropriate for 3 to 5-year-olds), the many craft and quiz activities, competitions and games from India.

Hindi or Punjabi speakers can join in a Q&A about Auckland Libraries’ services.

For the not so young, there is a chance to play Bollywood-style ukulele and to learn more about the herbal remedies in your pantry, while the fitness mad can try Bollywood-style dance activities or yoga.

For a more hands-on experience, there will be henna paintings at Auckland Libraries.

 There will also be Bollywood movies screening at the Central City Library.

“Aucklandis such a diverse city, it is important that we as Aucklanders acknowledge and celebrate this diversity, celebrating cultural festivals such as Diwali,” says Glen Eden Library manager and Diwali co-organiser Imraan Ali. 

 Auckland Libraries Multicultural Services advisor and Diwali co-organiser, Shivangi Pradhan, says the festival also gives Auckland Libraries the chance to highlight its Indic-language collection of novels, magazines, travel guides DVDs and cookbooks.  

 In the Community Languages Collection there are books in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi Tamil, Urdu and Marathi languages.

There is also a catalogue of more than 125 Indian newspaper titles available, including The Hindu, International Herald Tribune, Times of India, New Indian Express, Business Standard, Deccan Chronicle, and Best Movie International

You can find out what is on as part of ‘Light up your life’ Diwali Festival at your local library or what resources are available on the Auckland Libraries website www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz.

 

 

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