July 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


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

A group of seven men and women on a log bridge.

Mīharo Wonder exhibition

Friday 26 February 2021 to Saturday 2 October 2021

National Library Gallery, National Library Wellington

What does the word ‘wonder’ — or ‘mīharo’ — mean to you? It could be something that evokes awe, fascination or curiosity; to make you think, speculate, meditate upon.

The ATL100 exhibition Mīharo Wonder will inspire you to do all of these.

Part of: Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library 

The simple image: The photography of Barry Clothier

The Simple Image: The photography of Barry Clothier exhibition

Friday 9 April 2021 to Saturday 10 July 2021

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

The photography of Barry Clothier, showcased in an exhibition co-curated by the Alexander Turnbull Library and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. Photographs, film and music of the 60's.

Colourful poster with a woman dancing, lots of different types of typography main words are "Flying Nun, six new releases

Flying Nun: Fabulous things

Monday 10 May 2021 to Friday 9 July 2021

Lower ground foyer, National Library Wellington

We are celebrating Flying Nun’s 40th anniversary with a display of seven posters from the label’s first decade, including those for The Clean, The Bats, and Look Blue Go Purple. Visit the mini-exhibition on the Lower Ground floor of the National Library.

Part of: New Zealand Music Month 2021

Women using long poi.

Pūkana: Te Karu o te Ika - Moments in Māori performance

Saturday 22 May 2021 to Sunday 22 August 2021

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton

If you missed the Pūkana exhibition the first time or want to have another look, now you have a chance to see it at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History.

Part of: Pūkana

Father and child's legs and sock-covered feet sticking out from chair behind large red 'Mother Goose' book cover as they sit in a chair with bookshelves in the background

Strengthen school-wide, family, and community reading connections — Auckland

Friday 2 July 2021, 9am to 2:30pm

National Library Auckland Centre, Seminar Room, 8 Stanley Street

Learn new ways to build a school-wide reading culture by collaborating with your wider community. Explore strategies and ideas for establishing whānau and community partnerships and creating whole school reading initiatives.

Part of: Open the Book 2021

Hato Marie — Te Auaha

Tuesday 6 July 2021 to Friday 23 July 2021

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Wearable art celebrating Matariki and inspired by the He Tohu and Mīharo Wonder exhibitions.

Part of: Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library 

Orange image of hand showing a hand doing a thumbs up sign.

Why Len Lye matters

Friday 9 July 2021, 6pm to 8pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Mīharo Wonder: 100 years of the Alexander Turnbull Library bring you Sarah Davy and Len Lye biographer Roger Horrocks for a presentation on the process, inspiration and impact of ground-breaking artist Len Lye (1901–1980)

Part of: Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library 

Colourful brochures for Mīharo Wonder on a table.

Mīharo mystery tour

Tuesday 13 July 2021, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Back by popular demand, join the Mīharo Mystery Tour! Win a prize in our scavenger hunt and go on a top secret tour.

Part of: School holiday fun — July 2021

Selection of books, letter, photo and papers from the Wilcox family collection.

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 20 July 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Want to know more about the collections and services of the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Library of New Zealand? Keen to learn how you can connect to the collections and use them in your research or publication? Then these talks are for you. Connecting to Collections talks are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (February to November)

Conservator talking to woman about a family treasure.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Tuesday 20 July 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell MNZM from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Women in a fruit shop looking at boxes of pineapples.

The essentials of oral history research, Day 1: Introduction to oral history — Auckland

Saturday 31 July 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Archives New Zealand, Auckland

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