September 2019

Student reading in an empty spa pool.

Sail into Summer Reading: Keeping students reading over summer

Monday 22 July 2019 to Monday 2 September 2019

Online

Explore ideas and learn strategies for school summer reading initiatives to keep students reading for pleasure through the holidays to avoid a summer slide in reading levels.

Primary-aged children reading picture books in a lime-green painted room

Developing your school library services

Monday 12 August 2019 to Monday 23 September 2019

Online

Learn how to develop library services to support teaching and learning in your school, including using research, evidence, and feedback from your school community.

Haka at the Land War Petition at Parliament December 2015

Pūkana — the exhibition

Wednesday 4 September 2019, 12pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Come and hear Paul Diamond, lead curator for the Pūkana exhibition, talk about the background to this exciting new exhibition. Pūkana celebrates Māori performance across time.

Part of: Pūkana

An open book on a table.

Open the Book: Developing the school library to support reading for pleasure — Geraldine

Thursday 5 September 2019, 9am to 3am

Geraldine High School Library, McKenzie St, Geraldine

Learn ways to develop your school library space, services, and collections to promote reading for pleasure in your school. You'll explore key factors that contribute to creating life-long readers and a reader-centred library. This workshop is the second in our Open the Book series, but you don't need to have attended the first workshop to learn from this one.

An older woman sitting in her kitchen looking at a spider and its web in the corner of her house.

Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere — The Kuia and the Spider

Thursday 5 September 2019, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

A children’s production in te reo Māori, 'Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere' is devised from Patricia Grace’s classic story book 'The Kuia and The Spider'.

Part of: Pūkana

Black and white photo of a man and an emu.

The essentials of oral history research, Auckland — Day two: Recording seriously

Saturday 7 September 2019, 8:45am to 4:30pm

New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland

This is the second day of a two-day workshop. Attendance at day one (Saturday 3 August 2019) is essential. A practical introduction to oral history methodology, part two.

Part of: The essentials of oral history research — Auckland

An open book on a table.

Open the Book: Developing the school library to support reading for pleasure (primary) — Dunedin

Monday 9 September 2019, 9:30am to 3:30pm

BNZ Partners Centre, Level 1, 98 George Street, Dunedin

Learn ways to develop your school library space, services, and collections to promote reading for pleasure in your school. You'll explore 6 key factors that contribute to creating life-long readers and a reader-centred library. This workshop is the second in our Open the Book series, but you don't need to have attended the first workshop to learn from this one.

Titus Angus White and an unidentified Maori man, circa 1860.

T. Angus White and the Māori prisoners of war on the Marion

Wednesday 11 September 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Who was Titus Angus White? And who was the man photographed with him in Auckland in about 1864? Come & hear Barbara Francis talk about her research and what she has found out about this interesting man and the times in which he lived.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Library Public Programme — 2019

Black and white photo of a man and an emu.

The essentials of oral history research, Wellington — Day two: Recording seriously

Saturday 14 September 2019, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

This is the second day of a two-day workshop. Day one was on 10 August 2019 A practical introduction to oral history methodology.

Part of: The essentials of oral history research, Wellington

Two hands holding a world

Creating a feeling for change: theatre and the arts in the information society

Tuesday 17 September 2019, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

In this world of information overload, do we need to make more space for artistic engagements with the issues that matter? Can theatre provoke new thinking on social justice, inequality, poverty, climate change and other big challenges of our time?

Part of: Our changing world

Conservator turning the Women's Suffrage Petition scroll

Turning the page — Seeing the light

Thursday 19 September 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

On Women's Suffrage Day hear Anna Whitehead talk about why the Women's Suffrage Petition scroll is moved on regularly to show new signatures. Stef Lash uncovers some insights into the newly-revealed signatories on display.

Part of: Connecting to collections

Vicki-Anne Heikell - Field Conservator, National Library

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Thursday 19 September 2019, 1pm to 1:30pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Get preservation advice on the care, handling and storage of your taonga.

Shapes of nature, every body is a gift. Pencil drawing of women and flowers.

Mahina

Friday 20 September 2019 to Saturday 28 September 2019

Te Puna Foundation Gallery, (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon

A pop-up exhibition showcasing posters, designed by students of Wellington’s Youbee School of Design as part of our inaugural Tapu Festival, the first season of which is Mahina.

Chris Tse and Liang Yujing.

Moving Between Tongues: Chinese Poetry in English

Tuesday 24 September 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Yujing Liang and Chris Tse will explore what is found and gained in translation, with a focus on contemporary Chinese poetry. They’ll also discuss their own experiences of incorporating English and Chinese language in their own work.

Part of: Chinese Language week 2019

Students enjoying eating dumplings.

Teaching and learning Chinese in New Zealand schools

Wednesday 25 September 2019, 12pm to 1am

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

A panel discussion with three Mandarin Language Assistants and three secondary school students who are currently studying Chinese, discussing their experiences and goals. An event for Chinese Language Week.

Part of: Chinese Language week 2019

A woman holding a decorative knot.

Language of Knots: Chinese Knots tying workshop

Thursday 26 September 2019, 12:10pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Wai Ching will lead participants in learning Chinese knotting techniques and developing discussions about the symbolism of knots as connection, considering what this means for tauiwi in relation to co-existing with diverse communities.

Part of: Chinese Language week 2019

Interior of Taiwhanaga Kahau — Auditorium

Architecture Book Club: Expanded fields

Thursday 26 September 2019, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Nga Aho and the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Wellington branch in partnership with the National Library presents the Architecture Book Club, helping to expand the realm of Architectural reading.

Black and white photo of a man and an emu.

The essentials of oral history research, Dunedin — Day two: Recording seriously

Saturday 28 September 2019, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

This is the second day of a two-day workshop. Attendance at Day One (Saturday 24 August 2019) is essential. A practical introduction to oral history methodology, part two.

Part of: The essentials of oral history research, Dunedin

Ngahuia Murphy

Tapu: Te Awa Atua and the reclamation of Mana Wahine

Event held on Saturday 28 September 2019

Join a group of extraordinary waahine Maori entrepreneurs for a transformative afternoon of kōrero, performance and n...

Recording coming soon
Tuvalu Language Week 2019

Tuvalu language week — Flag raising event

Monday 30 September 2019, 9:30am to 9:45am

National Library Podium, corner of Molesworth and Aitken streets, Wellington

Join DIA Pacific staff to raise our 4th Pacific Island flag to celebrate Tuvalu language week beginning Sunday 29 September to Saturday 5 October 2019.