Christmas at the Libraries by

Meri Kirihimete | Seasons Greetings to all

Throughout the year, Dunedin Public Libraries bring your events and programming to enlighten, inform and entertain. Thank you for your support for all we do!

At the end of a difficult year, let's take time to look back at some of the fabulous events we were able to bring you in 2020 - press the play button for an overview of the year to November...

best bits of 2020 Kay Mercer, Events Coordinator, Dunedin Public Libraries

To round off the year, we had a packed December with a fabulous series of events. First, an author talk which drew a happy capacity crowd: Shooting the Breeze, A Landmarks Conversation celebrating the publication of this beautiful book by three gentleman at the top of their respective artistic games, Grahame Sydney, Brian Turner and Owen Marshall, MCd by UBS Otago's Phillippa Duffy.

Landmarks — Image by: Kay Mercer

We celebrated the launch of Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We are New Zealand, with a poignant series of readings from this powerful and significant book, publised by Otago University Press.

Ko Aotearoa Tātou — Image by: Kay Mercer

It was so satisfying that we finally managed to travel around the world through tales told in many languages and tasty dishes shared by Dunedin's beautiful multicultural community at the Cultural Bites event brought to us by the Around the World in 80 Tales Storytelling Festival.

Cultural Bites — Image by: Rebekah Yee Wolfe

And we learned of the demonstrable benefit of poetry on the outcome for dementia sufferers with a moving and fascinating talk presented by poet Sue Wootton and Psychogeriatrician Associate Professor Yoram Barak, in partnership with Alzheimers Society Otago, inspired by Des O'Brien's book How Art!

How Art! — Image by: Kay Mercer

With thanks to all our event partners and supporters:

  • Dunedin Public Libraries Association
  • University Book Shop Otago
  • Otago-Southland branch of the NZ Society of Authors
  • Centre for Irish & Scottish Studies
  • National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Dunedin Burns Club
  • Dunedin-Edinburgh Sister City Society
  • Otago Scottish Heritage Council
  • Lee and Royden Somerville
  • Brendan Christie, Stephen Hillman, Personn Wil (Nook & Cranny Music Festival)
  • Ignition Childrens Book Festival Trust
  • SGI Dunedin
  • Kaitrin McMullan, Roberta Carvalho, Rebekah Yee Wolfe, Brydee Strang (Around the World in 80 Tales Storytelling Festival)
  • Alzheimer's Society Otago
  • Otago University Press

We'll be back in January 2021 with a full events programme. Subscribe to our fortnightly newsletter Mea Rawa Ake to keep posted on all upcoming events at the Libraries.