So Much More than Just Books

Published: 21-Jan-2019

Our libraries had a bumper year in 2018 with over 565,000 visitors, more than 20,000 people attending training or events, and 520,000 borrowed books, ebooks and audio books.

Overall it was a 15 percent increase of visitors since last year. What this shows is that people come to our libraries for more than books.

In 2019 we have something planned for everyone.


For the kids in your house we like to start them young with baby and toddler reading times. They can then move up to our very successful summer reading programme. Keep up their love for reading over the summer break through a range of activities to help make sure that they are ready for school.


For your crafty kids we will be launching a new programme this year called ‘Maker Space’.  This is a collaborative space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses everything from high-tech to no-tech tools.  It is a space for kids to use their imagination and work together. The library staff have some cool ideas of their own from Popsicle Theatre to a Junk Orchestra.


But it’s not all about the kids - we’ve got heaps going on for grown-ups too. You too can join in with our Adult Reading Challenge. It’s a great way to expand the kind of books you read and you can always join one of our book groups. Look out for our Book Banter evening coming up in March when you can come along and share your favourite books with other bibliophiles (book lovers).

Not a reader?

Is reading not your thing? We have heaps of other ways to expand your mind. What about learning a new language, research your ancestors or update your technical skills using our Lynda training platform.  We also can help with our Stepping Up education programme which covers everything from using email to getting to grips with social media.

And it’s not just in the library that we can help

We can also assist with your internet access at home. Spark Jump is an initiative that we run through the libraries supplying modems and a cheap data package for families who currently don’t have internet access at home. Check in with our library staff to see if you are eligible.

Meet new people

If meeting people and making social connections is your thing then we have some great options for you too. Come along to one of our movie mornings at Kaiapoi library or you can join in on one of our Games for Grown Ups sessions running throughout the year.

For more information about what’s coming up at each of our libraries pop on Facebook and like their page for updates