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Library Services keep Community Connected

This page contains a news story about some of the Whangarei District Libraries initiatives to keep delivering Library services while maintaining social-distancing precautions.
Updated: 14/04/2020 9:56 p.m.

​Whangarei District Libraries’ staff have been missing seeing the friendly faces of their customers since having to close their doors for the nationwide lockdown.

It’s meant a shift of focus, with staff taking advantage of online ways to connect with the community and offer their services in different ways.

Picture of Librarian Glenn Davidson with his daugther recording a new 'Fun-time' video.  Librarian Glenn Davidson and his daughter record a video for 'Fun-time'. 

They have been making videos of Funtime sessions and sharing these on the Whangarei District Libraries Facebook page and their website for their youngest customers. The Funtime sessions include singing, dancing and a story and librarian Glenn Davidson says the response so far has been excellent. “Customers have been very positive about the online videos. One mother got in touch to say her son enjoyed doing the Funtime but missed our usual high five, so we gave each other a virtual high five using emojis. Another caregiver said she was really thankful as it gave her children a sense of normal routine which they have been missing.”

Whangarei District Libraries Facebook page

Virtual Funtimes are just one of the online services on offer and more are being added all the time – to access online resources visit: and keep an eye on the Library Facebook page. Here is a little taste of what is available:

For teenagers (and craft lovers)

The Library is reaching out to young adults using the social media platform Instagram – teenagers can connect with them using #whangareilibraries. Staff will be posting craft ideas and challenges to Instagram:

Whangarei Libraries Instagram page 

Free eBooks Audiobooks and educational resources

You can read or listen to your favourite books anywhere, anytime using the services available through the Library website.

Whangarei District Libraries website

One of the new services that has been made free for customers during the Covid-19 pandemic is TumbleBook - a digital library of eBooks, animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists and graphic novels for children and teens. It’s a great, easy to use service that gives you unlimited access to as many books as you want, when you want, on any device. And you don’t have to be a library member to access it.

Planning on doing some family history research? 

Genealogy website Ancestry is giving free access to Ancestry Library until the end of April 2020. This excellent database for family history research can be visited through the Library website using your library card. Another historic treasure trove is the Library’s online Heritage Collection.

For the mechanically minded

Haynes Australia is giving free access for Library members to its manuals until at least 31 July 2020. Haynes Manuals cover a vast range of car and motorcycle makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance, servicing procedures, video tutorials, wiring diagrams and fault-finding tools.

Don’t have a library card? It’s easy and free to join online

Complete the online registration form and get temporary membership which will give you access to our online library services straight away. We will email you a temporary Library membership ID followed with a Library card number. 

If you live outside the Whangarei District you can also join for free for one year.

Decorative image showing pictures from the Whangarei Libraries social media channels.



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