En­ter­tain­ing times at li­brary venues

The Tribune (NZ) - - SCHOOL HOLIDAYS -

Cabin-fever can set in dur­ing the win­ter hol­i­days, so get out of the house and head to your lo­cal li­brary. Palmer­ston North’s li­braries have or­gan­ised a great line-up of free events, ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment. Their warm and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment al­lows you to hud­dle down and en­joy your­self, whether it’s at the City Li­brary, Awa­puni, Roslyn, Te Pa¯tik­i­tiki, Ash­hurst or Youth Space - there’s heaps go­ing on.

En­ter­tain­ment for the younger ones will come from the high en­ergy, hi­lar­i­ous Mr Fun­gus - New Zealand’s self- pro­claimed ‘‘Loud­est Mime’’. Catch him on Mon­day, July 17, at Cen­tral, Awa­puni Li­brary and Ash­hurst Vil­lage Val­ley Cen­tre.

The Travelling Tu­ataras are also per­form­ing a spe­cial blend of songs and in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance ad­ven­tures be­tween July 14-17 at all five li­braries.

Bring a friend to share board games and brain-teasers. There’s also movies, Minecraft, masks and mid-win­ter may­hem. Learn some crafty tips on car­ing for our en­vi­ron­ment and have a go at cre­at­ing some­thing spe­cial from re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als, or learn to write your own best seller at cre­ative work­shop ses­sions.

Get a group to­gether, or as a fam­ily book a Take the Es­cape Room Win­ter Chal­lenge at the City Li­brary . . . if you dare. These are be­ing run on Thurs­day, July 13, and Thurs­day, July 20, from 2- 5pm. Book through the li­brary’s web­site.

Pot­ter­heads can cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of Harry Pot­ter be­ing res­cued from his life un­der the stair­case at 4 Privet Drive at Harry Pot­ter’s Pop Up Pan­de­mo­nium which is on July 10 at Youth Space with trivia, photo booth, spell cre­ation, give­aways and a lot more. Come in your Harry Pot­ter gear if you wish. All ages are wel­come. If you have ever wanted to write some­thing like Harry Pot­ter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Di­ver­gent or Zac Power, then the Story Writ­ing for Kids’ ses­sion will be a must. Spa­ces are limited, so con­tact the li­brary’s web­site or check out the monthly events brochure to see how to reg­is­ter.

Youth Space in Cole­man Mall of­fers a safe and chilled-out en­vi­ron­ment for those aged over 13 years. There they can en­joy a dance off and ta­ble ten­nis chal­lenges along with PS4 VR chal­lenges in­clud­ing Street­fighter 5. You can also join an act­ing and im­pro­vi­sa­tion skills work­shop, one of the many fun ac­tiv­i­ties they have on of­fer.

On July 22, Youth Space is host­ing their sec­ond youth ta­ble ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion. Reg­is­ter to take part with a chance to win some great prizes. If you haven’t vis­ited Youth Space be­fore, this is a great chance to ex­pe­ri­ence what they of­fer through­out the year.

One of the fi­nal events for the hol­i­days is the Global Fes­ti­val be­ing held on July 22 at the Cen­tral Li­brary. From 1.30pm – 4pm you will be able to travel around the world in a day as folks from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and eth­nic­i­ties come to­gether to share their cul­tures with ex­hibits and ac­tiv­i­ties.

See the Palmer­ston North Li­brary’s Face­book page or web­site:

cityli­brary.pncc.govt.nz for fur­ther de­tails on school hol­i­day events, or pick up an Events Brochure next time you’re vis­it­ing any of the city’s li­braries.

The Travelling Tu­ataras are bring­ing sto­ries alive through mu­sic and in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance ad­ven­tures at all of Palmer­ston North’s Li­braries these school hol­i­days.

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