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      Aug 2019

      Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items

      Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items. Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects? View the selected items at rotoruamuseum.co.nz Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000. The stories are to be emailed to Rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz by 5pm on 1 September 2019. Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to). For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Aug 2019

      Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items

      Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items. Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects? View the selected items at rotoruamuseum.co.nz Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000. The stories are to be emailed to Rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz by 5pm on 1 September 2019. Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to). For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Aug 2019

      Drop-in Tech Assistance

      SeniorNet have partnered with Rotorua Library to offer help to people of all ages who are facing 'challenges' or just need a bit of reassurance when using their phones, tablets, laptops or other computer equipment. Join in the fun at this free drop-in event - learn how to use your device to the max in this age where sending emails and using social media have become the new 'norm' and where a basic computer knowledge is taken for granted. Koha appreciated.

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      Aug 2019

      Wacky Warm Ups: A Community Project

      Join this group if you'd like to knit or make warm items for people living in cold spaces. The group shares wool, needles and know-how and also accepts donations of wool and finished hand-made items and meets on the Ground Floor near the Coffee Cart every Monday. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required.

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      Aug 2019

      Mapping Histories: Story Telling With Maps Workshop

      This workshop is part of the Te Akatea Winter Series. In this Telling Stories with Maps workshop, local historian and researcher Ben Manley will introduce free, basic tools that can combine maps with narrative text, images or video to create interactive, visual narratives.

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      Aug 2019

      He Aka Pikirangi

      These fun, developmental term time sessions are solely in te reo Maori and include story time, songs, instruments, movement and craft. Tailored specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers He Aka PIkirangi supports and fosters the use of te reo Maori, a connection to te ao Maori and the development of many other skills.

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      Aug 2019

      Kapu Ti Korero - Korero over the Teacups

      Kapu Ti Korero - Korero over the Teacups is an informal lunch time gathering for anyone who wants to have a go at speaking in and practicing te reo Maori no matter what stage of the learning journey they are on. Join like minded people and share the learning.

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      Aug 2019

      Calligraphy Workshop with Don Hunt - Gothic Script

      Calligraphy Workshop - Studio 2 At the Arts Village. Note: Registration is for 3 sessions Mondays, August 12th , 19th and 26th – 5.30pm to 7.00pm. This 3 session workshop is designed for beginners who want to develop lettering skills. We will be working with Gothic Script often referred to as Old English or Blackletter. The skills learnt form an excellent base for other styles of calligraphy. The first session will cover basic skills and in the second session students will produce a sample piece of their choice. Workshop cost is $50 including all 3 sessions and all necessary materials.

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      Aug 2019

      Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items

      Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items. Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects? View the selected items at rotoruamuseum.co.nz Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000. The stories are to be emailed to Rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz by 5pm on 1 September 2019. Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to). For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Aug 2019

      He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers

      Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, instruments, movement and craft. Tailored specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared experiences. Come along to this free event (koha appreciated) and read, dance, rock and create!

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      Aug 2019

      Talking About Adoption

      Marianne Pilbrow and her team from Oranga Tamariki Adoption Services will share how to go about finding family members who have been adopted and the services their team offers for those in this position. Koha (donation) appreciated. Join us for this Family History Month event.

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      Aug 2019

      Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items

      Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items. Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects? View the selected items at rotoruamuseum.co.nz Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000. The stories are to be emailed to Rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz by 5pm on 1 September 2019. Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to). For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Aug 2019

      Family History Research Assistance

      Join volunteers from the Rotorua branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists to chat with you and (if required) direct you with your family history research queries. These informal sessions are held in the Heritage and Research Area on the Second Floor of Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri every second Wednesday (until November). No appointment is necessary and the service is provided free of charge. During Family History Month in August the NZSG volunteers will be available to assist you each Wednesday morning.

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      Aug 2019

      He Pipi Paopao - First Steps

      Under Twos can take their first steps to opening up a world of literacy and wellbeing. Our interactive sessions focus on active movement, touch and massage between baby and parent while nurturing development of language, social, cognitive and motor skills. He Pipi Paopao - First Steps is a fun programme for under twos and their caregivers. Join us for songs, rhymes and finger play songs with your little one. Come along - dance and play. Koha appreciated.

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      Aug 2019

      Reading Round

      Reading Round is a group that meets monthly for a round table discussion about their favourite reads. Come along to have a cup of tea or coffee and chat about the scheduled theme or share what you have enjoyed reading over the last month. If you prefer, you can come along and just listen and enjoy. Anyone with a love of reading is welcome to attend - new faces are always welcomed.

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      Aug 2019

      Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items

      Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items. Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects? View the selected items at rotoruamuseum.co.nz Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000. The stories are to be emailed to Rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz by 5pm on 1 September 2019. Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to). For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Aug 2019

      He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers

      Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, instruments, movement and craft. Tailored specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pi Ka Rere - Adventurers supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared experiences. Come along to this free event (koha appreciated) and read, dance, rock and create!

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      Aug 2019

      Te Manawa Playgroup

      Education Angels invite you to another exciting day at Te Manawa where your children can play and interact with other children. After all, the best learning experience comes from play. This playgroup will be held at the new children's playground, which was created in partnership with Ngati Toa Rangatira, a place well-loved by most tamariki in the area. The central stage provides a great place to gather for parents and educators to relax while watching their children at play. Come on down and let your children have the best time at Te Manawa!

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      Aug 2019

      Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items

      Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items. Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects? View the selected items at rotoruamuseum.co.nz Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000. The stories are to be emailed to Rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz by 5pm on 1 September 2019. Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to). For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Aug 2019

      Ancestry.com Workshop

      This workshop will focus on how to use the Ancestry.com online database. The information on this site is for those who have started or who are looking for a point at which to start their family history. An experienced library staff member will give you tips and advice on how to search the database and give you an opportunity to try what you learn. Join us for this Family History Month event.

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      Aug 2019

      Write a Short Story Inspired By Rotorua Museum Items

      Rotorua Museum cares for more than 55,000 objects and photographs. Some of these have fantastic stories behind them and some of them have no information whatsoever. A third group have scattered tempting nuggets of information which make the staff wonder “What’s the story?” The team selected some of these items and are inviting people to fill in the gaps by writing fictional short stories about the items. Some of the objects include a photo of the first ever electric kettle in Rotorua from 1910, and the contents of a writing case which includes a set of fleams (for blood-letting), along with various train, ship, theatre and racecourse tickets, pieces of gold and a notebook. What story can you conjure up about this strange selection of objects? View the selected items at rotoruamuseum.co.nz Once you get inspired by these fascinating collection pieces you can write your creative story. It must be fiction with a maximum word count of 4,000. The stories are to be emailed to Rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz by 5pm on 1 September 2019. Stories will be chosen by the Museum team and then shared online for others to read. Participants will be invited to a special event on Sunday 8 September, 2pm at McLeods Booksellers, where the finalist read aloud their stories (if the writers wish to). For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

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      Aug 2019

      Justice of The Peace Service Centre

      A Justice of the Peace will be available in Meeting Room 3 (Second Floor) at the library to assist you with witnessing your signature, taking statutory declarations and affidavits, certifying copies of originals and 18+ cards. No appointment is necessary - this is a 'drop-in' service.

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      Aug 2019

      Seminar on Macular Degeneration

      Learn about the impact of Macular Degeneration, medical research, treatments and available resources at this free public seminar. Local Ophthalmologist, Dr Neil Murray, will share the latest information on treatments and the management of Macular Degeneration and information packs will be available. We hope to have low vision aids available to view also. To register please call 0800 MACULA (622 852) or email info@mdnz.org.nz Macular Degeneration (MD) is a chronic eye disease that is currently the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand. One in 7 people over 50 years of age have some evidence of it and the incidence increases with age with 1 in 4 people aged 80+ experiencing vision loss which affects their quality of life. Alarmingly it is estimated that the number of people with MD will increase by 70% by 2030. Interestingly MD is three times more prevalent than Dementia and about half as prevalent as Diabetes. Macular degeneration (MD) affects the central vision and this impacts on a person’s ability to drive, read, watch television, undertake hobbies requiring fine work, access websites and even recognise faces. Loss of vision impacts on lifestyle and independent ageing and is associated with the risks of: falls and fracturing hips; developing and increases in depression; inability to access health services and earlier admission to nursing homes. Consequently, people with macular degeneration experience significant emotional harm while the country incurs incalculable financial costs. Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD as a normal part of the ageing process, simply because they don’t know what to look for. NZ research* identifies that among the at risk population, aged 50+, 72% have heard of MD but only 59% understand that it is an eye disorder. Such low awareness is a tragedy – early detection saves sight. Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) is a Charitable Trust with the vision to reduce the incidence and impact of MD in New Zealand. This is delivered to the community by increasing awareness, delivering information and education and providing support to those with MD.

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      Aug 2019

      Printmaking 101: Relief Printing

      This fun weekend course is a beginner's introduction to relief printing. Students will learn how to carve their own stamp using linocut tools provided. Come and enjoy printing your own artwork, greeting cards, gift wrap and more. Suitable for beginners. No experience necessary. $65 per person with basic materials and equipment provided.