December 2021

Student and school librarian issuing a book, next to the words 'Welcome to the school library!'

Register: Learning and support for new school library staff

Tuesday 26 January 2021 to Friday 3 December 2021

Online

New to your school library? Register anytime during the year to join our online learning community. You'll attend regular Zoom meetings, build your skills, receive support from National Library experts, and connect with other library people.

Part of: Learning and support for new school library staff — 2021

Painting of a man looking at a book. He is wearing a hat with a leaf on it.

Imagining Dante exhibition

Monday 1 November 2021 to Friday 28 January 2022

Turnbull Gallery, National Library Wellington

‘Imagining Dante’ showcases some of the illustrated editions of the Divine Comedy held by the Alexander Turnbull Library from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries.

Blue starfish on bleached coral.

Trouble in Paradise exhibition

Thursday 4 November 2021 to Saturday 30 April 2022

National Library Gallery, National Library Wellington

A photographic exhibition documenting the effects of the climate crisis in the Pacific, artworks by Sheyne Tuffery, and a selection of historical rare books from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Black and white photo of a boy looking a skeleton in a glass exhibition case.

Strange but True: Max Oettli and Peter Peryer

Monday 22 November 2021 to Friday 18 February 2022

Lower ground foyer, National Library Wellington

If you are visiting the Library be sure to check out this small display of photos by Max Oettli and Peter Peryer.

Portrait of Ben Brown looking at the camera.

Te pānui o Te Awhi Rito — Te hā, te kupu, te kōrero

Cancelled

Thursday 2 December 2021, 6pm to 7pm

Online — Zoom

Te Awhi Rito, Ben Brown, presents his pānui about the importance of reading to children and the way stories give us a deeper understanding of our relationships to each other and the world we live in.

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

Abstracting oral history — day one

Postponed

Saturday 4 December 2021, 8:45am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Increase your oral history repertoire and join us to practice the comprehension and editing skills needed to compile a reliable and usable abstract. This is a two half-day course and attendance at both days is required.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

Abstracting oral history — day two

Postponed

Sunday 5 December 2021, 8:45am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Increase your oral history repertoire and join us to practice the comprehension and editing skills needed to compile a reliable and usable abstract. This is a two half-day course and attendance at both days is required.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021

A woman gesturing at a screen while presenting to a group of seated people in a marae.

Ngā Tānga Reo Māori: An introduction to the Books in Māori collection of printed Māori taonga

Tuesday 7 December 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Online — Zoom

The Library has begun to digitise its collection of printed Māori texts and the first items will soon be available on the Papers Past website. Join Māori Digitisation Advisor Clare Butler (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) and Curator, Māori Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) in this online talk, showcasing how printed Māori language material will be accessed beyond the Library’s walls.

Part of: Connecting to collections

People working at tables crowded with laptops, papers and drinks. The words A Thousands Cuts film screening with Movies that Matter is in a box, and there are two logos that say Netherlands and Canada.

Human Rights Day – ‘A Thousand Cuts’ documentary screening and panel discussion

Tuesday 7 December 2021, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join the Netherlands Embassy and the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand for a screening of the multiple award-winning documentary A Thousand Cuts, which portrays the drive of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa to defend freedom of expression.

A man and woman driving in an open-top car past the ocean.

Tea and tours

Cancelled

Thursday 9 December 2021, 10am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Morning tea with our Ako (learning) team, a screening of Wellington as we were by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, followed by tours of the Trouble in Paradise and He Tohu exhibitions.

Part of: Trouble in Paradise

Informal portrait of Barry Barclay.

Camera on the Shore documentary screening

Cancelled

Friday 10 December 2021, 12:10pm to 2pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Graeme Tuckett’s 2009 documentary explores the life and work of tireless activist filmmaker Barry Barclay (Ngāti Apa and Pākehā), the director of Ngati, Tangata Whenua, The Neglected Miracle and much more.

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

The essentials of oral history research, Day 2: Recording seriously — Wellington

Cancelled

Saturday 11 December 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. This is a two day course, with one month between days.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021