Upcoming Literature Events at all Libraries

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Shakespeare for Seniors

Tuesday 16 August

11:00am - 12:00pm
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Friendship Book Chat

Thursday 18 August

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shakespeare for Seniors REV

Shakespeare for Seniors

Tuesday 23 August

11:00am - 12:00pm
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Blokes Book Club

There’s a new book club in town! Blokes Book Club meets at Central Library, facilitated by Mark Caunter, Heritage Librarian. Share your thoughts with like-minded blokes on what you’ve been reading and hear about what others are enjoying.

Suitable for adults.

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Come and share your passion for reading with library staff and fellow book lovers. Talk with others about books you have enjoyed and get ideas for new books and authors you might like to read.

Suitable for adults.

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You may also be interested in our Friendship Book Chat sessions - these are the same as Book Chat, but not facilitated by library staff. See times and locations.

Child and woman reading to therapy dog

Does your child need some help with their reading? Are they new to reading in English or Te Reo Maaori? Let’s read to therapy dogs together to build their confidence! Registrations essential.

See more information and register.

Shakespeare for Seniors

Shakespeare for Seniors is aimed at opening the world of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories specifically for our elderly community. What’s more, no previous acting experience is necessary! This is a chance to give Shakespeare a go in a relaxing, social, and fun session each week.

Suitable for seniors. (We also run Social Shakespeare, a similar group for adults of all ages.)

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Social Shakespeare

Every few weeks we will choose a different play and briefly discuss its characters, historical meaning and context, as well as how various theatres have performed it. There is less emphasis on acting, (and no prior acting experience is required!). To sign up or not to sign up, that is the question…

Suitable for adults.

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The Writer's Den support group

If you share our passion for writing, you are welcome to meet with us fortnightly, share your work, receive feedback and support on our writing journeys.

Suitable for adults.

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Seasonal Literature Events

Summer and Winter Reading Programmes

Summer Dreaming - Moemoeaa Raumati (Theme of Summer Reading Programme 2021)

 

Reading Programmes are an important activity for children to help keep up their literacy levels. Our seasonal reading programmes are for pleasure - allowing kids to choose what they want to read, with the focus being relaxation and enjoyment. You can sign up your children to our reading programmes for fun activities and competitions, including a grand finale event at the end of the programme.

Learn more about our reading programmes.

Occasional Literature Events

Author Events

Jack Cottrell

 

Our libraries have hosted a number of authors for talks and workshops, particularly during the Hamilton Book Month festival each August.

Look out for the next author event on our Event Calendar, Facebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui, for updates.

Harry Potter in the Library

Harry Potter in the Library

 

Each year we invite Harry Potter fans aged 8-13 along to the library for a fun-filled day of wizarding events. Test your knowledge and earn points for your house! In 2021, due to demand, we invited grown-up Harry Potter fans to compete in teams for the "Try-Wizard Cup"!

Look out for dates for the next Harry Potter Celebration on our Event Calendar, Facebook page, or sign up to our newsletter, ePaanui, for updates.