1st birthday celebrations at Tūranga – Saturday 26 October

Tūranga opened on Friday 12 October 2018. Join us for birthday celebrations on Saturday 26 October (Labour weekend). Saturday's activities include:

Christchurch Big Band Festival performances 1pm to 3pm

The Christchurch Big Band Festival will be putting jazz into the party on Saturday!

Alpha Bot demonstration 11am to 12noon, 2pm to 3pm

Swing by and interact with the incredible humanoid Alpha Bot! Get involved by following along as Alpha Bot displays its impressive range of dance and yoga moves.
Tūhuratanga | Discovery, Level 3.

Nao Robots - Fun Palaces at Central Library Peterborough
Nao Robots. Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography. Flickr: CCLFunPalaces-2015-10-3-Fun Places - 16 - Fun Times - 16 - 1590

3D printing

Check it out on He Hononga | Connection, Ground Level and Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4.

Family Makerspace 2.30pm to 4pm

Have a go from 2.30pm to 4pm on Hapori | Community, Level 1.

Lion in the Meadow activity zone

The Lion in the Meadow Activity Zone is our homage to Margaret Mahy and her first book ever published. We’ve created a place to read, relax and explore, with activities inspired by A Lion in the Meadow in celebration of its 50th birthday! Exhibition Space, Hapori | Community, Level 1

The Lion in the Meadow activity zone
The Lion in the Meadow activity zone. Flickr 2019-09-27-IMG_7355

‘Just Dance’ on PlayStation screens

Get jiggy with it and play Just Dance on Hapori | Community, Level 1.

Photo Boards

Have a play with the ‘face-in-the-hole’ photo boards, created from images in the libraries’ digital collection. Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2.

Faitauga Tusi: Samoan Storytimes session 1pm to 1.30pm

Faitauga Tusi: Samoan Storytimes session  is on from 1pm to 1.30pm.Enjoy and learn stories, rhymes and action songs in Samoan. Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2.

Illuminate: Unearthing treasure from our collection exhibition

To celebrate our 160th birthday, Illuminate: Unearthing treasures from our collection exhibition goes deep into our vaults and brings you some of our favourite gems. Stunning, unexpected, extraordinary, curious - come and find your favourite! Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2.

Illuminate: Unearthing treasures from our collection

The Green Connection Pod

The Green Lab, Tūranga, and All Right? invite you to come nourish your connections or enjoy contemplation completely surrounded by plants kanohi ki te kanohi, face to face. Bring a friend or share the space with someone new - try a conversation prompt to help you get started. The Green Connection Pod is on He Hononga | Connection, Ground floor, Tūranga.

Virtual Reality Experience 10am to 12noon, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Give a Virtual Reality experience a go. 10am to 12noon, and 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4

Here's a video of the virtual reality experience being set up:

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Fact fans

  • The Discovery Wall at Tūranga has been used over 21 million individual times.
  • More than 471,000 items have been issued.
  • Over 9000 new members have joined at Tūranga.
  • Most popular adult fiction: The Midnight Line by Lee Child.
  • Most popular adult nonfiction: Becoming by Michelle Obama.
  • Most popular YA book: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. 
  • Most popular children's book: 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths.
  • Most popular DVD: Bohemian Rhapsody.


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