Waitaki District Libraries Blog

Featuring thoughts, ideas, events, book reviews and staff picks from Waitaki District Libraries.

  • The Shadow of the Wind

    This installment of 'Current Reads' comes to you from our fantastic Community Services Librarian Jean Rivett.

  • Kids Book Club

    Welcome to the first blog detailing what we get up to at Kids Book Club every month.
    Kids Book Club is for any 8-12 year olds who love reading, talking and learning about books.

  • This installment of 'Current Reads' comes to you from our fantastic Community Services Librarian Jean Rivett. Her current read is: Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

  • Two years ago, Bridget Ellis and Lynley Caldwell performed together for the first time to raise funds for a benefit concert in Hampden.

  • Today we were very lucky to host father and daughter duo, Rick Loos and Elaine Henneveld. Elaine, a student of Waitaki Girls High School and member of the Waitaki Girls Choir and Youth Orchestra also writes, sings and plays her own songs.

  • Joseph Balfe came runner-up in last year's New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, and this year he is in contention again - hopefully for first place. We were lucky enough to host him today at the Oamaru Public Library for NZ Music Month.

  • We were very fortunate today to host the Waitaki Girls High Singers, who sang a medley of old and new time favourites.

  • Over the last few weeks we have had our first two Reading with Willow sessions. The children that attended have loved it. We are really happy to hear that the children are enjoying it and growing in their reading confidence.

    Here are some of their comments:

  • Today, for NZ Music Month, the Oamaru Public Library hosted Frank Ramirez. Frank has been playing music for 35 years and in the last 15 has been busking to make a living. His music is soulful and entertaining and his guitar playing is technical and beautiful.

  • This month the Oamaru Public Library is celebrating New Zealand music month by hosting some very talented musicians. This week's musician is Phil Powers, a kiwi folk singer and songwriter who started playing and writing in 1973.

  • Dictators' Dinners - Debbie's current read

    Hi everyone,
    Welcome to a new series of book reviews, where staff highlight a book they're currently reading and talk about it.