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City Library and Youth Space introduce April school holiday programmes

Thursday April 11 2019

School holidays are upon us and so are some interesting programmes from the City Library and Youth Space.

A commitment to fun learning and creating connections—this is what the programmes at the City Library and Youth Space are focusing on this school holiday.

A range of exciting and engaging activities are on offer for kids, tweens and teens. Jampacked with a mix of bookable workshops, drop-in activities, and other creative sessions, there’s surely something for everyone.

Palmerston North City Library holiday programme

Our City Library team kicks off the fun on 15 April with heaps for children to do across all our locations. Kids will have a chance to discover and create cool things—from racing a robot and inventing their own flying machine to drawing comic creations and building eco-homes with Lego.

Photo shows group of children looking through an empty frame.

Tech sessions are lined up for kids at the library during the school holidays.

April 23 is World Book Day and we’re celebrating this at the Central Library with an entertaining story time of the The Dog and the Mog. The book is written and illustrated by local duo Kaye Arnott and Laura Wenden Green.

To commemorate Anzac Day, we’re also hosting a drop-in workshop where kids can create and curate care packages for soldiers. During this session, they’ll also learn the importance of mail for soldiers during the war.

The holiday programme comes to an amusing finale on 26 April with international children’s entertainer Deano Yipadee performing at the Central Library, Te Pātikitiki and the Roslyn Library.

Photo shows smiling man posing outdoors with children's books.

Renowned children’s entertainer Deano Yipadee returns to our City Library to showcase some of his classic favourites and his latest material.

Visit the City Library website for the full school holiday programme schedule and more information about each activity.

Youth Space holiday programme

Over at the Youth Space in Coleman Mall, we’re giving 13 to 19-year-olds loads of opportunities to get inspired, socialise, grow and explore.

Photo shows teens playing table tennis inside the library's Youth Space centre.

Aside from the school holiday activities, teens can also enjoy the free facilities at the Youth Space, including console games, table tennis, books and musical instruments.

Youth Space’s holiday programme starts off with a "drive club" session on Monday, 15 April. This is to promote driving readiness and road safety. With the help of iHow Caravan and Vehicle Testing New Zealand, we’ll sponsor those aged 16 to 19 to get their learner’s licence. Limited slots are available so online applications are encouraged.

Throughout next week, teens can bond and socialise over pizza-making and basketball. The Palmerston North Youth Council has also prepared a special Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on Saturday 20 April.

Our awesome Co-Lab Crew are leading the second week of the programme with activities celebrating Anzac Day—from a quiz day to an Anzac biscuit making session.

Friday 26 April is sure to be a riot with people vying to build the most creative cardboard box fort.

Youth Space will open earlier throughout the holidays, at 10am, to give teens a safe place to hang out, meet friends and socialise with one another. However, it will be closed on the statutory public holidays. 

Visit the Youth Space Facebook page for more info on our April school holiday programme.