Dunedin Public Libraries | Kā Kete Wānaka o Ōtepoti


In this issue we celebrate the rising of the Matariki star cluster on 13th July by bringing you a great selection of reads and things to do with the whānau for the the midwinter season of wānaka (learning) and whanaukataka (community spirit). Bring the kids along to the libraries for the NZ International Science Festival: experiments, stories, movies, workshops and creativity. Visions for Dunedin is back with a multi-million dollar talk by Laurie Forbes, while photography secrets are exposed at Port Chalmers. We chat to Dave Pigeon author Swapna Haddow, and we've even got a quiz to feed your brain, while Dianne's Kitchen feeds your craving for pizza and banana loaf.


  1. Puaka Matariki 2020

    Kia ara ake kia tō a Matariki, kua haere ētahi mahi Matariki by its rising and setting signals the time to commence certain activities ... Read more…
  2. Save the date!

    Two big festivals return to the Library for 2020 Read more…
  3. Visions for Dunedin: Our Heritage, Our Future

    Lawrie Forbes speaks about his vision for the Atheneum Tuesday 21st July, 5.30pm Read more…
  4. Is a Cellphone really a camera?: Getting your best shot.

    Thursday 23rd July, 11am - Port Chalmers Library Read more…
  5. School Holiday Activities

    Your local library has lots of free things for the kids to do during the July school holidays 6-17th July Read more…
  6. ExQUIZite Science

    To get your neurons all fired up, we’ve put together a quiz covering different branches of science, from biology to botany. Read more…
  7. WARMING WINTER READS

    One good thing about being cooped up in the cold all winter is it means lots of time for reading. Read more…
  8. Fiction Review: The Binding by Bridget Collins

    Some memories hold you captive, some set you free. They can be stolen, and sometimes returned. Read more…
  9. Book Review: The Gospel of Loki

    Ben Martin gives his take on Joanne M Harris' retelling of Loki's story from Norse Mythology. Read more…
  10. What's New McNab

    The latest in the New Zealand collection. Read more…
  11. New Non Fiction

    New and recommended books from our non-fiction collection. Read more…
  12. Vicarious Travel

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness" wrote Mark Twain. Read more…
  13. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine: pandemics and predicting the future.

    During the Covid-19 lockdown you may have been wondering if we could have been better prepared for a pandemic, or any other sort of ... Read more…
  14. Dianne's Kitchen

    South D Library's Dianne Mears taste tests and shares some of her favourite recipes from the Dunedin Public Libraries cookbook collection. Read more…
  15. THE LAND OF GRANITE TEEN WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS

    WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE AND PUBLISH THE WINNING ENTRIES Read more…
  16. Teen Book Review

    Rachel Keane reviews Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean, and brings you a selection of new books from the Young Adult ... Read more…
  17. Check Out an Author: Swapna Haddow

    Jackie McMillan interviews the award-winning children’s author of the Dave Pigeon books, which first published in 2016. Read more…
  18. What's New Teen Space

    New and recommended reads from the YA collection Read more…
  19. What got me hooked on Reading?

    It's hard to believe that many years ago I wasn't interested in reading books. Give me an Archie comic and I was set. Read more…
  20. Real time … real person … real help with your schoolwork …

    AnyQuestions offers free online schoolwork help to New Zealand school students. Read more…
  21. Non Fiction Series Review - The Illustrators

    Find this new series on picture book illustrators in our Children's Literature Research Collection. Read more…
  22. Kids' Picks

    New and recommended books for children Read more…
  23. Documentary Review - Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators

    The Curious George books are usually thought of as American stories, but Curious George was written in France, and influenced by Hans ... Read more…
  24. ANSWERS: ExQUIZite Science quiz

    Plot spoiler: don't read this until you've taken the quiz challenge! Read more…
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