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This basket has been created to preserve the memory of events that have taken place at Tauranga City Libraries and articles that have been written by staff members. An index to the articles can be accessed by clicking here.

The history of the Tauranga City Libraries can be found at the following links:

Greerton Library (est. 1964)
Mount Maunganui Library (est. 1967)
Papamoa Library (est. 2006) 
Tauranga Library (est. 1871)
Tauranga Mobile Library (est. 1962)


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Tauranga Library 1987 07-121.
On 8 April 1871 a meeting was held to establish the Tauranga Library and Mechanic's Institute. Since then the library
Greerton Library Opening (15 July 2016).
Greerton library first opened on 11 March 1964. Since then the library has seen several upgrades until a new library
Papamoa Library (2011).
Pāpāmoa's $9 million environmentally friendly library opened on 16 June 2006. The sloping curved roof mimics the sand dunes and
Bookrapt Seminar 2016: Penguins, Poems & Pandemonium.
On Saturday 6 August 2016, the Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association Incorporated, otherwise known as 'Bookrapt', held their annual
Matariki Film Awards (2016).
The Matariki Film Challenge 2016 was the first of its kind in Tauranga Moana, focusing on local stories with a
Greerton Library Opening (15 July 2016).
The new Greerton Library, more than twice the size of the old one, opened on Friday 15 July 2016 after
Matariki Lecture: Rongoa Maori by Rob McGowan (2016).
On 6 July 2016 Rob McGowan delivered two lectures on Rongoa Maori: Learning from the Seasons as part of the
Matariki Lecture: The Renaissance of the Voyaging Canoe by Frank Kawe (2016).
In 2010 seven vaka moana (ocean going canoes) embarked on a 30,000 nautical mile ocean voyage to raise awareness about
Matariki Kite Day (2016).
On Sunday 3 July 2016 Tauranga City Libraries hosted a Matariki Kite Day at Fergusson Park as part of the
Mana Rangatahi - Youth Workshop (28 June 2016).
On 28 June 2016 a Mana Rangatahi (Youth Workshop) was held in the Tauranga City Council Chambers as part of
The Fable of Mauao: He Korero Tipu by Fred Graham.
Mount Maunganui Library opened on 19 August 1967. The library is the home of the artworks 'The Fable of Mauao:
Matariki Lecture: Māori Astronomy by Doctor Rangi Matamua (2016).
A lecture by Doctor Rangi Matamua, Constellations in the Sky Will Last Forever - He Tātai Whetu O Te Rangi,
Matariki Performance: Te Ao - The World (14 June 2016).
Karetao Pūoro (singing puppets) are an ancient Māori treasure that to a large extent has been sleeping for generations. This
Matariki Film Challenge (2016).
The Matariki Film Challenge is the first of its kind in Tauranga Moana, focusing on local stories with a Matariki
Matariki Exhibition: Te Hokowhitu a Tū - Māori Pioneers (2016).
"Te Hokowhitu a Tū” the Māori Pioneers is an exhibit that commemorates the exploits of the Māori Battalion during the
Matariki 2016: Artefact Digitisation Unit.
During the Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival 2016 Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph digital kiosk was placed at Tauranga City Library. The
Matariki Exhibition: Our Place, Our Stories (2016).
This collaborative exhibition was hosted by Creative Tauranga who invited artists in Tauranga Moana to show work significant to Matariki
Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival: Whanau Day (6 June 2016).
In 2016 the Tauranga Moana Matariki Advistory Committee organised the 2016 Tauranga Moana Matariki Festival. This was the festival's 15th
Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections at Tauranga City Library.
Ngā Wāhi Rangahau: Research Collections house the Tauranga City Libraries' main heritage collections and are a valuable local resource. In order
Tauranga City Libraries Five Most Issued Books in 2015.
What was the most popular book borrowed from Tauranga City Libraries in 2015? This page lists the top 21 books
2015 International Star Wars Reads Day at Tauranga City Library.
On Saturday October 10th, 2015, the Tauranga library celebrated International Star Wars Reads Day by throwing a Star Wars themed
Winner of Inaugural Creative Tauranga Writers’ Award announced.
Local author and librarian, Debbie McCauley, has been announced as the 2015 winner of the inaugural Creative Tauranga Writers’ Award,
Random Acts of Reading 2015 - Deb M (133).
On 8 September 2015 Tauranga City Libraries participated in Random Acts of Reading in Wharf Street to celebrate International Literacy
Gavin Bishop at Papamoa Library (2015).
Gavin Bishop is the author and illustrator of nearly 60 books and has won numerous national and international awards for
Family History Month (August 2015).
In August 2015 Tauranga City Libraries ran a comprehensive program for Family History Month. The program included lock-in's, tours, beginners
Hairy Maclary Fun Family & Dog Day (1 August 2015).
Two Tauranga City Librarians, Marie Gradon and Bev Standing, spent four hours storytelling at the Hairy Maclary Fun Family &
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2015 (78).
For Māori Language Week in 2015 Tauranga City Libraries Māori Events Team invited Toro Pikopiko Puppetry to perform two shows
Greerton Library Demolition (2015).
In July 2015 the Greerton Library was demolished to make way for a new library planned to be double the
Debbie McCauley at St Thomas More Catholic School (2015): Rena crashing into Astrolabe.
On Monday 3 August 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Finalist Debbie McCauley took part in
On Saturday 1 August 2015, the Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association Incorporated, otherwise known as 'Bookrapt' held their annual

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Our purpose
... To provide our community with easy access to a wide range of resources for information, leisure, and cultural enrichment..

About us
Tauranga Libraries have collections of books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, newspapers, large print and audio-books, and e-books. Most can be borrowed for free. Some of the latest items have a small charge for borrowing. There are approximately 326,000 items in the collection,

There is internet access at all libraries for a small charge. Wifi is coming soon.

Events and programmes include
story times for pre-schoolers
holiday programmes and class visits for children and teens
cultural events for adults e.g. Poetry Night, Matariki and Maori Language Week, lunchtime speakers, book launches, Book Clubs.
computer classes in the Learning Centre, and more.

The Digital Library includes
Over 20 databases which provide access to the world’s information and e-audio books which can be downloaded.
Approximately 1.6 million items are borrowed from the libraries each year.

Over 900,000 visits were made to Tauranga libraries during the year, and another 130,000 visits made online. They come to browse, borrow, read, use the internet, find information, study, meet friends, attend an event or learn in a computer skills class. Libraries are no longer quiet places except in study areas. There’s too much going on!

Tauranga City Libraries consists of 4 Libraries, at Tauranga City, Greerton, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa, and a mobile library.
You can use your library card to borrow and return items at any of the 4 libraries.

Joining Tauranga City Libraries is free for residents and ratepayers of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District. We also offer free membership for residents of Rotorua, Whakatane, Taupo, Kawerau and Opotiki Districts. Tauranga residents and ratepayers can join any of these libraries free.