August 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

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 

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

Class of students reading books in school library.

Developing your school library services

Full — wait list available

Monday 2 August 2021 to Friday 10 September 2021

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.

Two smiling girls looking at photographic negatives.

Cook Islands collections up-close

Tuesday 3 August 2021, 5:30pm to 7pm

Katherine Mansfield Reading Room

Celebrate Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani/Cook Islands language week at the library. Discover the Cook Islands collections held at the Alexander Turnbull library with Suliana Vea, and learn how you can contribute to the Digital Pasifik website with the guidance of Taputukura Raea.

Part of: 2021 Pacific Language weeks

Orange poster, man reaching out to shake hands, words Tauranga for winter sunshine, best reached by rail.

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

Fully booked

Thursday 5 August 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Greerton Library, Tauranga

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

People in the Mīharo Wonder exhibition.

Tea and tours

Fully booked

Thursday 5 August 2021, 10am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join our Ako (Learning team) for tea and scones, watch a short film compilation by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and take a tour of the exhibitions He Tohu, Mīharo Wonder, and Tohe | Protest.

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

Group of performers wearing uniforms made of colourful green and yellow fabric and wearing flower head dresses.

Celebrate Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani

Thursday 5 August 2021, 12:10pm to 12:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Celebrate Cook Island Language Week with a lunchtime performance from Victoria University Cook Islands Association.

Part of: 2021 Pacific Language weeks

Carved Māori waka on beach with water and waka in background

Teaching Te Tiriti | The Treaty — primary (Tauranga)

Full

Friday 6 August 2021, 9:30am to 11:30am

Tauranga Girls' College Library, Tauranga

Share experiences of, and ideas about, engaging students in Te Tiriti o Waitangi related learning. Discover valuable, audiovisual, digital, and print resources to support you in teaching Treaty-related topics.

Part of: Teaching Te Tiriti / The Treaty

Polynesian people  and other protesting. Signs read "Save my freedom", "Sole dad protest".

‘The Platform: the radical legacy of the Polynesian Panthers’

Friday 6 August 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Hear author of ‘The Platform: the radical legacy of the Polynesian Panthers’ Melani Anae recall the radical activism of Auckland’s Polynesian Panthers. The Polynesian Panthers was founded in response to the racist treatment of Pacific Islanders in the era of the Dawn Raids.

Part of: Public History Talk — 2021

Carved Māori waka on beach with water and waka in background

Teaching Te Tiriti | The Treaty — secondary (Tauranga)

Full

Friday 6 August 2021, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Tauranga Girls' College Library, Tauranga

Share experiences of, and ideas about, engaging students in Te Tiriti o Waitangi related learning. Discover valuable, audiovisual, digital, and print resources to support you in teaching Treaty-related topics.

Part of: Teaching Te Tiriti / The Treaty

Abstract painting with colours orange, pink, blue, teal and white.

WONDER: Poets Laureate at the National Library

Friday 6 August 2021, 5:30pm to 8pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join us for an evening of poetry with Laureates David Eggleton, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ian Wedde, Cilla McQueen, Michele Leggott, Jenny Bornholdt, Brian Turner, Elizabeth Smither, Bill Manhire, Vincent O’Sullivan with MC Greg O’Brien.

Part of: NZ Poet Laureate — David Eggleton

Mother and her two children posing for a photo outdoors in 1908.

Family history research day 2021 (2oom 0ut 2oom 1n)

Saturday 7 August 2021, 10am to 4pm

Johnsonville Community Centre, Wellington

Whether you are experienced or just beginning your family history journey, there will be something at our Wellington Family History Month Research Day for you. The National Library, Alexander Turnbull Library and Archives NZ will be there with a stand and friendly staff to help with your enquiries.

Part of: Family history month 2021

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 — Napier

Thursday 12 August 2021, 9am to 2:30pm

Napier Intermediate School, Napier

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

Yellow, blue and purple badges that say "She for me! (with glee!)", "He! for me (Yipee!), "Hey hey, I"m they".

Gender matters in writing

Monday 16 August 2021, 5:30pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

New Zealand Society of Authors (Wellington) in association with the Lesbian and Gay Archives NZ and the Alexander Turnbull Library is proud to present ‘Gender Matters’ — a celebration of transgender and non-binary writers in Aotearoa.

Papers Past homepage shows newspapers, magazines and journals, letters and diaries and Parliamentary papers.

Twenty years of Papers Past

Tuesday 17 August 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

As part of Family History Month 2021 Emerson Vandy will reflect on 20 years of Papers Past — the development of the site, some of the stories we’ve encountered, and what is coming up. There will also be a chance to ask questions about using this invaluable service.

Part of: Connecting to collections

Conservator talking to woman about a family treasure.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Cancelled

Tuesday 17 August 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.

Two boxes of floppy disks with colourful labels.

Introduction to managing born-digital collections — a workshop for the GLAM sector

Thursday 19 August 2021, 9am to 12pm

Douglas Lilburn Room, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington

This half-day course will introduce you to basic principles, resources, and tools for working with born-digital heritage material. It will help you establish workflows and procedures to enable your institution to successfully management common born-digital materials.

Woman with long curly hair and glasses standing in front of brick building.

Dr H B Turbott, “the Radio Doctor”

Thursday 19 August 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Hear Dunedin PhD graduate and researcher Claire Macindoe talk about Dr H B Turbott New Zealand’s first health communicator and disease-prevention expert.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2021

A selection of books from the National Library's Schools Lending Collection.

Literature at the heart of literacy — Auckland

Full — wait list available

Friday 20 August 2021, 9am to 2:30pm

Seminar Room, National Library Auckland

Learn ways to harness the power of children’s and young adult (YA) books to engage students and help develop language, ideas, and lasting memories.

Part of: Open the Book 2021

Comic drawing of a seagull and people flying on flying carpets, birds, pencils and a bicycle above Wellington. Words are Comicfest 2021.

Comicfest 2021

Saturday 21 August 2021, 9am to 5pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join us for this fantastic — and totally free — national celebration of all NZ things comics-related. Featuring a whole galaxy of Aotearoa’s finest graphic artists and authors in a full day of events for comic fans of all ages, plus hundreds of free comics to give away for Free Comic Book Day!

Two people standing in front of Parliament. One has a Tino Rangatiratanga flag on as a cape.

Picturing protest and photographing dissent

Wednesday 25 August 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

From scary fairies to Ihumātao solidarity and Kiwi QAnon anti-vaxers: Dylan Owen shares images and stories from his years as a protest photographer.

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 — Dunedin

Friday 27 August 2021, 9am to 2:30pm

BNZ Partners Centre, George Street, Dunedin

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

A man  looking pensive in a protest march wearing a hard hat and holding a sign that says fight racism.

40th anniversary of the Springbok tour protests

Saturday 28 August 2021, 10am to 2pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join us for a day of dialogue and reflection on the 40th anniversary of the Springbok tour. Watch a screening of Merata Mita’s definitive protest documentary PATU! (1983), and hear about the impact of the tour.