After school is cool at the library
Entertaining children after a school day doesn’t need to be a challenge. While many people head to the library during school holidays, they may not be aware there are also free after-school programmes during the school term.
Every Wednesday at Palmerston North’s Central Library, hands-on activities are on offer for those aged seven years and above. The Library’s programmes team deliver captivating activities where children can make, create, construct and express themselves with hands-on arts, crafts and technology. Each week they can take part in a different activity while making new connections with others the same age. While they are there, they can also grab themselves some books, puzzles or DVDs for the week. These activities run from 3.30pm–5pm.
Those attending intermediate schools often feel a little left out as many after-school activities cater for younger children, so once a month the Central Library runs an Afternoon Tween Time. Yes, there is actually some afternoon tea, but just for tweens aged 10-12 years. They also get to enjoy new friendships, be inspired with new activities and challenges. In August this is being held on August 30 from 3.30pm-5pm.
Youth Space in Coleman Mall is the go-to place for those aged 13 years+. In very cool surroundings they can entertain themselves with activities such as table tennis, console games, music equipment and young adult literature. They also run a wide variety of activities throughout the week, including Saturdays. Their team ensure things run smoothly and it’s a safe, secure place for teenagers to hang out. Call in some time to check them out.
If you live near Roslyn, then head to the Roslyn Library on Thursdays after school. Youthline help run an afterschool arts programme at the Roslyn Library on Thursdays from 3pm–4.30pm for those aged five and above. The Lego station is a popular spot at Palmerston North’s Central Library which offers hands-on activities after school every Wednesday.
Check out the Palmerston North Library’s ‘new look’ website for details on all their events: www.citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz.