Spring/Summer at the library
Queenstown and Frankton libraries have an abundance of activities and programmes on offer between now and the end of the year. Coming up at Frankton this week is the book launch of Community Kai Story, and they’ve also appointed a new Adult Services Librarian who will coordinate and deliver adult resources.
Paulina Antoine has recently stepped into the role and is excited about the opportunity. She started with the library last year and comes from a background of working in theatre in Chile. After leaving the theatre, she started reading fiction books to immerse herself in new worlds and help to extend her vocabulary in English.
“I started as a casual last year here at Frankton Library,” Antoine says. “Then I was working with children and youth before spending the last couple of months in an acting role within the adult services, and now I’m in a permanent position in adult services at the Frankton Library. I’m hoping to be a bridge between the people that maybe have been left behind because of cultural, economic or language barriers, to the resources we have here at Queenstown Lakes District Libraries and Central Otago Libraries. Knowledge can be reachable to everyone, regardless of the limitations we might have.”
Next up at Frankton Library will be the Our Community Kai Story – tales of food, people and connection across Queenstown Lakes – a project that has involved many months of dedicated and collaborative work. The book includes vibrant stories, recipes and local knowledge of over 25 community contributors. It will be available for purchase at the libraries, Te Atamira, Wānaka Recreation Centre and the council offices. All proceeds will go to KiwiHarvest, and there will be a launch of the book at Wānaka Library on 16 November.
Also on this month, both libraries will also host Steph Fieldsend, founder of Elemental Potential and body language expert. Steph will host three Novel and Script Writing workshops, discussing the importance of body language in your writing, exploring methods of building tension, revealing individual quirks and mannerisms, portraying joy and a whole host of other valuable nonverbal scriptwriting strategies.
There’s also a continuation of regular programmes at the libraries including Frankton Library’s Origami Club on the last Saturday of every month, where you can have some fun learning the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into decorative forms, and the knitting club on the second Thursday of each month where you can join a relaxed evening with friendly knitters of all levels. There’s a course for seniors to learn computer basics, a Harry Potter quiz night, and a monthly stress-relief workshop called Joy Bubbles.
The Community Kai Story book launch will take place at Frankton Library on Thursday, 9 November, from 5pm and following that, there are a number of events between now and the end of the year including a Santa Story Time on 15 December. For more information on what’s happening at the libraries, you can head to their Facebook facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries or website codc-qldc.govt.nz/libraries