Parklands at play – Sunday 19 February

One of the great things about living in Parklands is there are lots of parks. Great if you have children who like to swing, slide, run or need a safe place to ride a bike. Fantastic if you want to take a walk or go for a run. The Parklands Reserve on Queenspark Drive is big and a perfect place for children to play. It’s located near the Parklands Library, so there is another plus.

If you are in Parklands on Sunday 19th February, come over and join the fun. If you have a bike, pedal along for a bike check and try the bike obstacle course. Local sports clubs will be there so you can have-a-go. A great way to try a new sport and maybe join a local club. Kelly Sports and Waimairi Golf Club will be there, so you can try SNAG and putting golf.

Would you like to try out the bubble balls and mega slides? What about pedalmania or table tennis? Did you enjoy watching The Karate Kid and secretly wish you could learn karate? What’s Zumba?

The pre-schoolers are welcome too with Toy Library ride-ons, story time, bouncy castle, messy play and face painting.

Do you own a ukulele? Have you always wanted to try one? Then join in with the Ukulele band. Maybe you prefer the sound of brass. Have a go at playing wind instruments provided by Northwest Brass Band.

By now you are probably feeling a bit tired and hungry. There will be food for sale including a Devonshire Tea tent.

Will I see you there? I hope so. I’ll be the one with the camera.

  • If you want to go outside and play games, we have books that have great ideas.
  • The library has books, magazines and e-resources on sport. You can also do a Subject search for your preferred sport.
  • To join a sport club, check out CINCH.

Happy birthday to Parklands Library

The fabulous community library at Parklands is celebrating ten years. There are some events on next week – come along and join in with the people of Parklands to have some fun.

Parklands 10th Anniversary - Facebook tile

Hip Hip Hurrah! – Story-telling and craft

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (3:30PM – 4:15PM)
A birthday themed Storytime for Parklands Library which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, and for our favourite cat Slinky Malinky who turns 25 this year! For ages 3-7yrs.

3D Printer Taster

Thursday, August 6, 2015 (3:30PM – 5:00PM)
Calling all 3D tinkerers! Check out a 3D printer in action at Parklands library with a live demonstration and find out how you can start creating your own 3D designs using free software.

Family Fun Day

Saturday, August 8, 2015 (11:00AM – 3:00PM)

Live music and storytelling – a day for the whole family.

Better than Bacon – Live Music (11:00am-11:45am)
These young local rockers took Parklands by storm during May Music Month and now they’re back to help us celebrate our birthday! All ages

Tales with Tania – Story-telling (1:00pm – 1:30pm)
Stories, rhymes and music from our very own story-telling superstar Tania! Ages 3-5yrs

New Brighton Ukulele Pirates – Live Music (2:00pm-2:45pm)
Shiver yer timbers, these ukulele playing pirates will have the whole family singing and dancing with original pirate tunes and well-known classics. All ages – bring your ukulele!

There are also the usual Parklands activities, crochet, Science Alive, storytimes and more. Parklands is a lovely library with friendly staff, so if you haven’t been in – come and visit!

Sheep at Parklands Library

Sheep at Parklands Library. Art by Sally Blake and Knitting Ninjas. Flickr 2015-07-29-IMG_8422

Parklands Library

Parklands Library. Flickr 2015-07-29-IMG_8415

The Orange Chair: “Women and Money”

Girls Just Want To Have Fund$Whether you fastidiously check your internet banking after every purchase so that $3.99 doesn’t go unaccounted for, or simply plonk everything on your plastic, secure in the knowledge that it will all be affordable somehow, money is an ever-present concern for all of us, as evidenced by the boundless popularity of books centred on financial advice.

As part of the series of “Orange Chair” public conversations being held at Parklands Library – Te Kete Wānanga o Waitikiri, one such financial advisor and author, Sheryl Sutherland, will be seating herself in the famous hot seat next week at 6:00pm on Wednesday 30th October to share her wisdom.

Sheryl’s background is very impressive, with three books on financial success under her belt and over three decades’ experience in financial planning. She is especially committed to helping women better manage their money and investments in what is often a male-dominated world, so this particular Orange Chair is a must-attend for any woman looking to better balance her budget.

But what, there’s more! Call (03) 941-7923 now to secure your place (numbers are limited) and you’ll go in the draw to win of two prize packs, each consisting of Sheryl’s three books, which will get you started down the road to freedom from debt and empower you to make wise investments.
Smart MoneyMoney, Money, Money, Ain't it funny

The Displaced Reader: relax in the cool building and cafe at Parklands Library

Relax at ParklandsParklands Library was next on my tour. The guidebook doesn’t really prepare you for what a cool, laid back library this is. Modern design, friendly staff, cute little cafe inside and a some lovely relaxing spaces. The library is one of our smaller ones but as someone famous once said “Small is beautiful” and it makes it really easy to get around the collection and see what is on offer.  There was a good collection of DVDs I noticed and plenty of other inviting titles popping up.

Getting there I used Marshlands Road, QEII Drive, Burwood and Mairehau Roads turning left at Inwoods Road then right onto Queenspark Drive. The library is next to the Parklands shopping centre. It’s bigger than I realised, and there is plenty of parking. As well as the cafe in the library, there is another cafe nearby.

This whole area took a bit of a hit in the earthquake so roads are still bumpy and being repaired in places, but I found it pretty easy to get around. The route I took was only one of several that you could use. Shirley Library customers in particular could find the run to Parklands worthwhile.

Find out which libraries are open and learn m0re about Parklands  Library.

I’ve just learnt the Mobile Library is coming to my neighbourhood. I love buses so that’s where I’m off to next. Find out where the  Displaced Reader has been on her travels.