Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Opening Hours

Timaru District Libraries Christmas / New Year

Opening Hours 2011 / 2012


Friday 23rd December 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 24th December 10.00am – 1.00pm

Sunday 25th December Closed

Monday 26th December Closed

Tuesday 27th December 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Wednesday 28th December 9.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 29th December 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 30th December 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 31st December 10.00am – 1.00pm

Sunday 1st January 2012 Closed

Monday 2nd January Closed

Tuesday 3rd January 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Wednesday 4th January 9.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 5th January 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 6th January 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 7th January 10.00am – 1.00pm

Sunday 8th January 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Normal Hours resume Monday 9th January

Temuka and Geraldine

Friday 23rd December 8.30am – 5.00pm

Saturday 24th December Closed

Sunday 25th December Closed

Monday 26th December Closed

Tuesday 27th December Closed

Wednesday 28th December 8.30am – 5.00pm

Thursday 29th December 8.30am – 5.00pm

Friday 30th December 8.30am – 5.00pm

Saturday 31st December Closed

Sunday 1st January 2012 Closed

Monday 2nd January Closed

Tuesday 3rd January Closed

Wednesday 4th January 8.30am – 5.00pm

Thursday 5th January 8.30am – 5.00pm

Friday 6th January 8.30am – 5.00pm

Saturday 7th January 10.00am – 1.00pm

Sunday 8th January Closed

Normal Hours resume Monday 9th January

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Books now available for sale...

We are now stocking the following new release books that are available for sale at the Library:

The Streets of Timaru by Keith Bartholomew and Jack Hamilton.


Love, lies and laughter by Noel Guthrie


Magnus and the Maungati Mouse by Jan Hill


Magnus and Maungati's Christmas by Jan Hill


Magnus and the Motorbike by Jan Hill


Maungati Mouse and the EQ Rescue by Jan Hill


"I saw love today"


This consists of 58 pieces of writing from 40 submitters scattered around NZ which was compiled by the Pleasant Point Presbyterian Parish and does include quite a few local authors.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Book Launch - Love, lies and laughter by Noel Guthrie

Love, Lies and Laughter is Timaru Author Noel Guthrie's first venture into the fiction field, it is made up of a selection of ten short stories, all total figments of his imagination, in the style of the writing of Barry Crump.

Timaru District Library, Thursday 17th November, 7.00pm.

Books available for sale on the night.

All Welcome.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Launch - Maungati Mouse and the EQ Rescue by Jan Hill

Book Launch - Maungati Mouse and the EQ Rescue by Jan Hill

Maungati Mouse is back in his new adventure...

Come along, meet Jan Hill and hear all about Maungati Mouse and his adventure helping his mouse friends after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake had hit Christchurch.

Timaru District Library, Tuesday 8th November, 6.30pm.

Geraldine Library, Thursday 10th November, 6.30pm.

All Welcome.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Altrusa Great Read

Altrusa’s focus worldwide is the improvement of Literacy. Did you know that world wide over 776 million adults lack minimum literacy skills?

The Altrusa Great Read project is aimed at promoting the importance of literacy skills in opening the gateway to future opportunities.

The basic concept is to have as many people as possible to take time out to read for 10 minutes between 12 noon and 3pm on Thursday September 8th 2011 – “International Literacy Day”.

Register at

All those who register and participate in the Altrusa Great Read will go into a special prize draw.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Database of the Month

Ancestry Library Edition gives individuals of many ages, races and backgrounds something truely priceless: the chapters of their own authentic, unique family stories.

The world's largest online collection of family history records and resources, ALE is a popular research tool. It offers a wide variety of unique content to help users trace their family lineage.

Collections are sourced from around the world, and many of the resources featured have not been previously available in libraries.

The collections include:
* The 1911 census; United Kingdom and Ireland Census Collection; England & Wales Civil Registration Index 1837 - present; US Federal Census Collection; US and UK Military Collection; Australian Convicts Collection; Canada Census Collection; German Records Collection

This online database is only accessible at any of our libraries.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Allyson Gofton Library Visit - Country Calendar Cookbook

Two New Zealand treasures bring you the ultimate cookbook and the stories behind the recipes...

Timaru District Library and Paper Plus Timaru invite you to an evening of fun and laughter with Allyson Gofton. Allyson will enertain us with a recipe demonstration from the Country Calendar Cookbook, some fun out-takes from the project and give you a chance to ask your most pressing cooking questions. This is not to be missed.

Thursday 18 August


Timaru Library 56 Sophia St

Entry by gold coin donation

Proceeds will go to the Christchurch earthquake appeal

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Family History Month

August is Family History Month

Have you ever thought about tracing your family history – finding about ancestors or discovering lost relatives??

South Canterbury Branch of NZ Society of Genealogists can help – bring your questions to Timaru District Library on Wednesday 10th August 11am – 4pm. For more info email

Some handy links: - New Zealand Society of Genealogists - Useful Family History Websites. A list of helpful websites and online resources for family history and genealogy. Includes resources for New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain & Ireland, Pacific Islands and United States of America.

Also check out our great range of books and magazines on Family History -

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Friends of the Library Event - What's Your Favourite Travel Destination

Escape the Winter Blues with The Timaru District Friends of the Library

Join us on Thursday 28th July @ 2pm
And tell us about your favourite holiday destination and your favourite travel book.
All Welcome.

Monday, May 2, 2011

David Hartnell - Memoirs of a Gossip Columnist - Saturday 21st May 1pm

David Hartnell - Memoirs of a Gossip Columnist - Saturday 21st May 1pm

For one day only his lips will be unsealed and you are invited to join David as he shares some of the famous Hollywood gossip as told in his new book "Memoirs of a Gossip Columnist" and there might just be a few extras that he can't put into print - you'll have to be there!
Plus Two signed copies of David's book to be won - one for the best-dressed person and one for the best-dressed Gran!
Timaru District Library Saturday 21st May 1.00pm
Free Entry.
Books available for sale on the day.

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Zealand Sign Language Week - Free Taster Class Thursday 5th May

New Zealand Sign Language Week
2nd - 8th May

Free Sign Language Taster Class
Thursday 5th May 1pm - 2pm

Free Taster classes are a chance for people to get a taste of New Zealand Sign Language in a fun and supportive environment. The class is 60 minutes long where a Deaf Tutor is coming to the Library and teaches introductory New Zealand Sign Language.

All Welcome.

Jill Worrall Book Launch "Two Wings of a Nightingale" Tuesday 10th May 6.30pm

Jill Worrall Book Launch - Two Wings of a Nightingale Tuesday 10th May 6.30pm

Jill Worrall's second travel book Two Wings of a Nightingale is ready to go on sale! Two Wings tells the story of her 8000km road trip through Iran with her Iranian friend Reza Mirkhalaf.

Join us as Jill will talk about her new book.

Free Admission.

Books will be available for sale on the night.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Kelvin Cruickshank Timaru Library Visit - Saturday 7th May 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Born and raised in the Waikato, Kelvin Cruickshank exhibited medium psychic abilities from an early age. He could hear and feel spirits around him, but had no idea what it all meant; he mostly chose to ignore the extra company. He knew he was somehow different from other children because he saw people that the other kids couldn't see. Although he didn't understand who these people were, he did know that he was never alone.

Nine years ago, after a complete breakdown, Kelvin took time out from his busy career as a chef and stopped to listen to what he was hearing. It was then that he realised the messages he was receiving were not intended for him but for others. This final acknowledgement of who he is and acceptance of his gift has changed his life completely. From that moment, Kelvin has dedicated his life to working fulltime as a medium passing on messages from those who have passed over.

In his spare time Kelvin loves fishing, diving and listening to Pink Floyd. He currently lives in Auckland.

Kelvin's visit to the Library to promote his new book 'Finding the Path' on Saturday 7th May 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Please note Kelvin will not be doing personal readings.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Annual Book Sale

Timaru District Libraries Big Book Sale Starts Monday 28th March 9am -
Timaru District Library, Sophia Street, Timaru...something for everyone
plus ongoing Sales Tables in Temuka and Geraldine.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NZ Author on prestigious New York Times list

NZ Author on prestigious New York Times list
The New York Times bestseller list is the domain of publishing’s household names... and a writer who resides in suburban Auckland.

New Zealand author Nalini Singh has again cracked the list with Archangel’s Consort (Gollancz, $29.99 RRP), which comes in at number eight on the mass market fiction list. Singh’s book is sandwiched between mega-selling authors Stieg Larsson and James Patterson.

“To make the New York Times bestseller list is an incredible achievement, and it is extremely unusual for a New Zealander to reach these heights. Nalini has shown herself to be in the top tier of international authors,” says Kevin Chapman, managing director of Hachette NZ.

Archangel’s Consort is the third book in Singh’s bestselling ‘Guild Hunter’ series. She is no stranger to the list, having appeared on it eight times with previous releases.

“It's always the most amazing feeling to see my name on the list. I'm incredibly excited that so many readers are enjoying my books!"says Singh.

Singh is a prolific author with 22 titles to her name. She currently writes two ongoing paranormal romance series – ‘The Guild Hunter’ series and the ‘Psy-Changeling’ series.

Despite her incredible success in the American market, Nalini was relatively unknown here until recently, when her books became widely available through Hachette NZ after Orion picked up UK and Commonwealth rights.

Article courtesy of Booksellers New Zealand.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Information

Earthquake Information

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch (two hours drive North of Timaru City) at 12:51, February 22, 2011 at a depth of 5km. Timaru District has not been seriously affected by the earthquake.However, support is being offered to the people of Christchurch.

For more support and general information click here...