Libraries are really important for our community and we’re taking action to keep them open as much as possible while COVID-19 is in the community.
At present, all three of our branches – Elma Turner, Stoke, and the Nightingale Library Memorial – are open and operating under their regular hours. In addition, we are running our regular programming at the Elma Turner Library and have a Click and Collect service for those who are unable to visit the library.
However, our availability may change at short notice as the Omicron outbreak impacts staffing or our ability to safely provide all programmes and services.
Given the unpredictability of COVID-19, we recommend checking our website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. We appreciate your understanding and can be reached at email@example.com or on (03) 546 8100 if you have any further questions.
Come along, relax and unwind to the cool sounds of Bossa Nova music. Nelson's finest jazz and Latin musicians provide a cruisey and chill musical antidote for our busy and modern life.
Karen Stade and Diana Clark on Appo Hocton
Tuesday, 5 April 11am - 12pm
Elma Turner Library
Hear the stories of Nelson’s first Chinese settler from direct descendant Diana Clark in conversation with the author of his biography, Karen Stade.
It was an unconventional arrival for New Zealand's first Chinese immigrant in 1842. Wong Ah Poo Hoc Ting, approx.1820-1920, and who became known as Appo Hocton, (sometimes Hockton) left China aged nine to work on English vessels as a ship's boy. When the immigrant ship the Thomas Harrison berthed in the colony of Nelson on May 26, 1842, he joined other crew members and jumped ship.
Continue reading Appo's story on The Prow and come along to hear this interesting piece of Nelson history.
This event is part of Tuku 22 Heritage Month Whakatū - look out for the full programme coming soon!
Image: Hocton cottages on Hastings Street, Tyree Studio Collection 31724/3
Happy reads for challenging times
Is the world getting you down at the moment? Pick up some up-lit to warm the cockles and restore hope.
Pop over to our website and find out why we love these books, with links through to our catalogue.
Click & Collect
To make sure all our customers have access to our wonderful collection we have introduced a Click and Collect service. This is available for all members of our community.
Please visit our website for more information about how this service works, FAQs, and to fill out a form to request some books.
Alternatively you can phone us on 03 546 8100 and we can complete a form on your behalf, or answer any questions you have about the service.