Classes and courses at libraries and learning centres

South Learning CentreOur libraries and learning centres are busy places. We have a range of courses – for adults during the day, and kids after school.

See our Learning Centre events and our Classes and events calendar.

You can browse our After school programmes.

Science alive sessions kick off for this term this week too!


Here is a selection of some of the classes you can try:

Computers and Coffee

Beginning Computer Skills @ South Learning Centre – Monday 12 May, 11am – 12.30pm

Beyond Beginners @South Learning Centre – Wednesday 14 May, 9am – 10.30am


iPad Classes

Introduction to iPads @ South Learning Centre – Tuesday 11 March, 1pm – 2.30pm

Beyond Beginners @ South Learning Centre – Friday 16 May, 9am – 10.30am


Computer Drop in Sessions

South Learning Centre –Wednesday 14 May, 2.30pm – 3.30pm


After School Programmes at South Learning Centre

Girlszone – Monday 12 May, 3.30pm – 5pm

Workshop Club – Tuesday 13 May, 3.30pm – 5pm

eBook Club – Wednesday 14 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Gamezone – Friday 16 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Contact us for more information.

Coming up mysteriously: Cool new stuff from our selectors

If ever there was a genre that is over subscribed it is mystery and crime. Just as the BBC and other networks are doing more crime and mystery shows that you might imagine, the publishing industry has reached a point where they couldn’t see a murder they didn’t like.

Among the more interesting ones coming up are:

  • Arne Dahl’s To the top of the mountain (features a male-female Swedish detective duo)
  • Rennie Airth’s The reckoning (murder in the Sussex countryside just after the end of WWII)
  • William Shaw’s A house of knives (his second novel, again set in the 1960s)
  • Alafair Burke’s All day and a night (the latest from the excellent American author, now becoming just as famous as her mystery writer father)
  • John Gordon Sinclair’s Blood whispers (set in Glasgow and the second novel by the actor best known for Gregory’s girl)
  • Hans Olav Lahlum’s The human flies (first English translation for a bestselling Norwegian writer)

And these are just a few – most, of course, won’t sell like the second Robert Galbraith novel (by You Know Who, the biggest selling children’s writer on the planet).

Cover of All day and a night Cover of The reckoning Cover of Blood whispers Cover of To the top of the mountain Cover of House of knives Cover of The silkworm

Three Symphonies by David Farquhar – free online New Zealand music

Three Symphonies by David Farquhar featuring New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with Kenneth Young performing the music of David Farquhar, 1928 – 2007

These highly original works feature serious and dense clustering dissonances to more whimsical and open passages of lyrical expression.

David Farquhar was born in 1928 in Cambridge, New Zealand, and studied music at Canterbury, Victoria and Cambridge (UK) Universities. He was a strong advocate for New Zealand music, and his long teaching career meant that he had a direct and indirect influence on hundreds of New Zealand musicians and composers. In 1953 he joined the Music Department of Victoria University, where he was appointed Professor in 1976. He retired at the end of 1993.

Widely-respected, he was founder-president of the Composers Foundation of New Zealand (which later became the Composers Association of New Zealand). He believed music should entertain, his body of work was extensive, and his skill and creativity as a composer is a legacy all New Zealanders can share.

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.