Entertaining times at library venues
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.