It certainly makes event planning challenging when changes to Alert Levels can happen overnight. For instance, we announced our Children's Programmes were all starting back for the year when we were unexpectedly thrust into Level Two, which meant we had to cancel the first week of those programmes mainly in the interests of safety but also as we can't expect toddlers to socially distance and now as at 28 February we are again operating under Level 2. So what is happening here at the Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri?
Free Indigenous Stories App
Something new, which is unaffected by Alert Levels, is the free access to LINGOGO, a dual-language and audio app for indigenous stories and languages. Rotorua Library has a subscription to Lingogo so anyone with a library card has free access to the site. For learners of te reo Māori, this app offers the written and audial options. In due course, other Pacific languages will be offered too.
The Lingogo team are also looking for more stories (100 - 600 words) to add to their site so if you are a writer or an aspiring writer, read how you can get paid for your work here.
Inspiring Community Kōrero
Want to engage with interesting people, talk about new topics, learn something different, gain a new perspective? Community Kōrero, a one hour talk to a small group at the library is starting in March and will run each Friday at 10 - 11am in one of the library meeting rooms.
For the first month, we are delighted to have Mr Thomas George as our guest speaker.
He is a very experienced Tourism and Hospitality Lecturer, having worked both in New Zealand and China. Many students will remember Thomas from his time as Senior Lecturer and Programme Coordinator at Toi Oho Mai (previously Waiariki Institute of Technology) in Rotorua. Thomas describes a career highlight when he was awarded the Icon of Hospitality Award in 2014, recognising his contribution to the industry. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Thomas is looking forward to meeting new people and even has a surpise gift for one of his audience at each talk. His talks for each Friday in March are:
Tourism Ambassadors - A Collective Responsibility
Hospitality Industry - Superior Customer Service
China Today - Living and Working in China
Multicultural Kiwi - Love Thy Neighbour
If you would like to present as speaker to a small group (10 people), we would love to hear from you.
March is also all about Sustainable Backyards and the library is hosting some of the events run by Envirohub. Beeswax Wrap workshops will be held on Thursday 4 and Tuesday 23 March in the Community Room on the Ground Floor for ages 12+. Make your beeswax wrap and take it home with you!
A series of films will screen each Monday in March beinning with Plastic Paradise on Monday 1 March at 3.30-5.30pm in the Community Pride Space. An independant documentary discovering the mysterious phenomenom of Midway Atoll. see the list of films being shown here:
|Monday 1 March 3.30-5.30pm||Plastic Paradise||Discovering the mysterious phenomenom of Midway Atoll|
|Monday 8 March 3.30 - 5.30pm||Chasing Coral||Why is coral disappearing at an unprecedented rate around the world?|
|Monday 15 March 3.30-5.30pm||River Blue||Discussion on one of the world's most pollutive industry: fashion.|
|Monday 29 March 3.30 - 5.30pm||The Lorax||From the craetors of Despicable Me, Dr Seuss' The Lorax.|
There is also a Sustainable Backyards photo competition along with talks, tours and more fun events in and around Rotorua. For a full calendar of events for Rotorua, click here.
International Women's Day
Zonta is holding their International Women's Day at the Library on Friday 12 March to celebrate women's achievements, hear from inspirational speakers and discuss gender equality. Tickets are $10 per person and available via Eventbrite. Everyone is welcome to come along and listen.
Coming up in April - Iwi Living Exhibitions - Learn more about four iwi of Rotorua.