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3 - 2 - 1 Book Launch!

22 June 05:30pm - 07.00pm

The spectacular Nikki Slade Robinson and Mandy Hager are each launching a new book! Join us in celebrating and congratulating them. Buy yourself (or a special someone) a personally signed copy.

Titles: Muddle and Mo’s Rainy Day, by Nikki Slade Robinson and Ash Arising (Sequel to The Nature of Ash), by Mandy Hager.

Authors: Nikki Slade Robinson, Mandy Hager

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A-tome-ment: Harry Potter Escape Room

22 June 9am - 5pm, 7 sessions each day
23 June 9am - 5pm, 7 sessions each day
24 June 9am - 5pm, 7 sessions each day

You’re locked in the formidable Madame Pince’s office in the Hogwarts Library with only one hour to escape before she returns! Find the clues and solve the puzzles to uncover the secret spell that will unlock her magic door.

Get a team together of 2-5 witches and wizards aged 14 years and over. Each witch and wizard can only attempt the challenge once. Send us an owl (or give us a call) to book in your team. Sessions start at 9am each day and run for 1 hour with a 10 minute break between each session.

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Book Repair & Care Workshop

22 June 12.00pm - 01.00pm
23 June 10.00am - 11.00am
24 June 10.00am - 11.00am

Get hands on. Learn how to repair the tattered covers and fluttering pages of your old favourites with our knowledgeable library staff. This workshop will teach you basic book covering to protect your books. Please bring a book to practice on.

Speakers: Puke Ariki’s Collections and Digital Services

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Cool Tooning Workshop with James Davidson

23 June 09.00am - 10.00am
23 June 10.30am - 11.30am
23 June 12.00pm - 01.00pm
24 June 01.00pm - 02.00pm

Come along to discover some cool cartooning techniques and design your own comic strip with local artist and author James Davidson! Suitable for 10 - 14 year olds. Bookings essential. Only 15 tooners per session.

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Author: James Davidson

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Digging Deeper - Genealogy

23 June 02.00pm - 03.00pm

Follow your curiosity up to level 2 and sharpen up your research skills with a guided tour of the resources you can use to explore your family history and whakapapa. Some of the resources we hold are unique to our Research Centre – find out what they are and how to use them!

Image credit: The Policy of War (Taranaki Punch (Vol. 1, No. 9) 1861), Henry Freer Rawson (ARC2002-538) 

 

Team: Information Services Team, Taranaki Research Centre 

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Digging Deeper - Taranaki Land Wars

22 June 03.00pm - 04.00pm

Follow your curiosity up to level 2 and sharpen up your research skills with a guided tour of the resources you can use to explore the Taranaki Land Wars. Some of the resources we hold are unique to our Research Centre – find out what they are and how to use them!

Image credit: The Policy of War (Taranaki Punch (Vol. 1, No. 9) 1861), Henry Freer Rawson (ARC2002-538) 

 

Team: Information Services Team, Taranaki Research Centre 

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Digi-tools

22 June 12.00pm - 01.00pm
22 June 02.00pm - 03.00pm
23 June 10.00am - 11.00am
23 June 12.00pm - 01.00pm
24 June 12.00pm - 01.00pm

There is a wealth of information available that you won’t see on the library shelves. Nerdy up with Puke Ariki’s Tech Teams, learn tips to speedily find what you are looking for in our collections and beyond. Your library without walls is available 24/7, right when you need it.

BYO device for extra practice

Speaker: Puke Ariki’s Collections and Digital Services

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Five by Five

22 June 05.00pm - 05:30pm

David Hill, Elizabeth Smither, Michele Leggott, Helen Griffiths, Melissa Browne. They’re five phenomenal poets doing their thang for five minutes each. What more do you need? Follow it up with 3-2-1 Book Launch from 5.30pm!

Author Speakers: David Hill, Elizabeth Smither, Michele Leggott, Helen Griffiths, Melissa Browne

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Future Slam

24 June 3pm - 5pm

Join an open forum to chat about the future of technology, including everything digital and electronic.  Where is our world heading? No topic too big or small. Come and discuss your ideas with a group of like-minded people.

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Just Saying: Spoken Word for Solstice

24 June 5.30pm

Celebrate the closing of our inaugural festival and put a spark into a winter’s night with poetry and flash fiction. Hosted by the incomparable Missie Moffat, the mic will be open for anyone to share their work – just say the word.

Puke Ariki accepts responsibility for a warm welcome but BYO rug for a complete snuggly solstice experience.

Entries three minutes and under preferred. Get in touch beforehand or sign up before 5:15pm. Gold coin entry, all welcome.

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MC: Missie Moffat

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KidLit - Writing for Kids

23 June 11am - 12pm

Join 10 year old twins Simon and Marcus, collectors of questions and KidLit consumers, as they grill children’s authors Nikki Slade Robinson, David Hill, Linley Wellington & Rebecca Beyer about the hows and whys of writing and illustrating for kids.

Authors:  Nikki Slade Robinson, David Hill, Linley Wellington,  Rebecca Beyer 

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Legal in the Library

22 June 09.30am - 10.30am
22 June 11.30am - 12.30pm
22 June 02.00pm - 03.00pm

Come along to hear accurate, up-to-date practical advice on common legal issues, such as tenancy law/agreements or employment with New Plymouth Community Law.

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Lifting the Lux

24 June 2pm - 4pm

Puke Ariki’s jewels of the calligraphers, illustrators and printers arts are generally kept safely tucked away out of the light to extend the life of their luminous colours. Lift your heart at this darkest time of year with a rare display of illuminated addresses, awards and acknowledgements from the dim past. Recommended for 12 years and up. Booking required. Maximum 15 participants.

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Team: Information Services Team, Taranaki Research Centre 

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Open Books: An Insider’s View

23 June 10.00am – 10.30am

Ever wondered what makes librarians tick? We say a lot more than ‘shhh!’ Be part of a convivial conversation about favourite books, writers and why we work in a public library.

Speakers: Puke Ariki’s Customer Support Team

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Play the Game

23 June 11.00am - 01.00pm
24 June 09.00am - 04.30pm

Bring your friends or make some new ones, and join the board game revolution! Spend a wintry day where it’s warm. Choose from our collection of board games, play your old favourites or learn new ones. All ages warmly welcomed.

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Poetry Workshop with Elizabeth Smither

24 June 10am – 12pm

Join Elizabeth Smither, a local award-winning poet with an international reputation, for a two hour workshop on the art of writing poetry. Bookings essential. Maximum 12 participants.

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Author: Elizabeth Smither

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Pukapuka playtime

22 June 10.00am - 10.30am
22 June 12.30pm - 01.00pm

Join Linley Wellington and Rebecca Beyer for a fun activity and to hear their picture book Daniel’s Matariki Feast. It is Daniel's first day of school, he arrives to find the teacher and students involved in preparing for the Matariki/New Year's feast.

Authors: Linley Wellington and Rebecca Beyer 

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Rainbow Storytime with Erika and CoCo Flash

22 June 10am

Change of guest speaker - Celebrate diversity and rainbow families at this colourful storytime presented by drag queens Erika and CoCo Flash. This is a fun event for children, families, and anyone who likes stories.

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Reading Between the Wines

23 June 5.30pm

Join Mandy Hager, Janet Hunt, and Mikaela Nyman for some readings and adlib conversation about being writers, living literary lives, and their wonderful work.

Speakers: Mandy Hager, Janet Hunt, and Mikaela Nyman

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Readings with Elizabeth Smither

23 June 3pm

Local author, Elizabeth Smither, will be reading her poetry and other work.

Author: Elizabeth Smither

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Readings with Michele Leggott

23 June 10am

Join Michele Leggott to hear a selection of her award-winning poetry. 

Author: Michele Leggott

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Rebels, Rats and Ructions: New Plymouth in the 1840s with Andrew Moffat

22 June 05.00pm - 06.00pm
23 June 03.30pm - 04.30pm

New Plymouth’s founders faced storms, sickness and death. Driven by opportunity or desperation, they sailed from England and gambled everything. This talk will cover the scandals, drama and characters of New Plymouth’s early years - a pioneering period where nothing was truly settled.

Image credit: William Bryan (1841), Edwin Harris (A75.456)                    

Speaker: Andrew Moffat

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Ruru’s Hangi with Nikki Slade Robinson

22 June 10am - 11.30am

Come and join author/illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson for a fun, feathery art activity! Draw a ruru (morepork), weta, or other critter on a big branch of Ruru’s tree. There’ll be plenty of feathers available to make your ruru look extra snuggly. Recommended for all ages!

Author Speaker: Nikki Slade Robinson

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Telling Tall Tales with Lesley Dowding

24 June 10am

Ready to be wowed by storyteller extraordinaire Lesley Dowding? Experience a colourful and interactive storytelling session. Recommended for ages 10 and under.

Author: Lesley Dowding

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The Curious Case of Writing a Book

23 June 01.00pm - 02.00pm

Wanting to get published? We’re putting a publisher, an author and a bookshop manager under the spotlight. Learn from those who’ve been there, done that, and those who pass your books on. Bring your questions and find out how authors get published and noticed.

 

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Transposing Place - Readings with Mikaela Nyman

22 June 4pm

Come and listen to Mikaela Nyman read some of her short fiction, poetry and creative non-fictions. She is interested in "culture, identity and migration; how displacement and life experiences influence the behaviour of individuals and communities".

 

Author: Mikaela Nyman

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Weka’s Waiata with Nikki Slade Robinson

22 June 3pm - 4.30pm

Come and join author/illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson for a fun feathery art activity! Draw your very own little weka. There’ll be plenty of feathers available to make your weka look extra snuggly and lovable!

Suitable for 8 - 12 year olds.

Author: Nikki Slade Robinson

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Word Weaving Workshop with Mandy Hager

22 June 02.00pm - 03:30pm
23 June 10.00am - 11.30am

Develop some fabulously creative writing skills from one of New Zealand’s best writers of young adult and adult fiction. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Bookings essential.

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Author: Mandy Hager

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Write Rhyme with Helen Griffiths

23 June 10.00am – 10.45am
23 June 12.30pm – 01.30pm
23 June 02.30pm – 04.00pm

Come along to Helen’s workshops and learn how much fun poetry can be! Poetry is often overlooked and forgotten but raising children to know and love poetry will benefit them in school, their careers, relationships and day-to-day life. Poetry has the potential to open many doors. Bookings Essential.

10am - 10.45am session is suitable for 3 – 5 year olds with caregivers.

12.30pm – 1.30pm session is suitable for 5 – 7 year olds with caregivers.

2.30pm – 4pm session is suitable for 8 – 12 year olds

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Author: Helen Griffiths

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Zine Making Workshop

22 June 4pm - 5pm

Learn how to make and self-publish your own small book. Bring any art, poems, stories or ideas you would like to use.  Try out some great arty techniques. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Bookings essential.

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Team: Puke Ariki’s Discover it! Team

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