A brand new knitting group, a film festival, singing, dancing, competitions, brains and food. Oh, and AL BROWN is coming to town!


Experienced or beginner knitters of all ages are invited to join our weekly knitting group. Bring your own wool and knitting needles, and maybe a pattern or two to swap with fellow knitters.

Guidance and assistance available, along with a selection of the Library’s latest knitting books, hot off the press.

Suitable for all ages, but no unaccompanied children under 15, please

Every week on Tuesday evenings (excluding public holidays), 6:30pm - 8pm



Create a piece of writing inspired Francis Upritchard’s exhibition, Jealous Saboteurs at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The exhibition opens on Saturday 12th August 2017 and runs until 26th November 2017. Visit the exhibition and pick up an entry form from the Art Gallery or any Dunedin Public Library for more details or enter online

Entry is restricted to high school students in years 9 to 13, and there are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winners. The competition will be judged by Dunedin writer, David Eggleton and Kings High School Librarian, Bridget Schaumann.

Closing date for entries is 28 October 5pm.

Winners notified: Wednesday 15th November

Prize-giving: Sunday 3rd December, 12.00pm, Dunedin Art Gallery.

In association with the Francis Upritchard exhibition Jealous Saboteurs, and in collaboration with Dunedin Public Libraries and Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.  For queries, contact Lynda Cullen at Dunedin Public Art Gallery 474 3249. This touring exhibition, Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint partnership with Monash University Museum of Art and City Gallery, Wellington.

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature Robert Burns Poetry Competition 2017

Write a poem in English or Scots, inspired by the life or works of Robert Burns.

Three categories of entry, with cash prizes, medals, certificates and an invitation to the 2018 Dunedin Burns Club Supper on 25th January:

  • Published Poet – adult poets who have had poems published for payment

  • Unpublished Poet – adult poets who have not had poems published for payment

  • Youth Poet – young poets aged under 18

Prizes generously sponsored by Otago Scottish Heritage Council (Published Poet - $1000), Dunedin Public Libraries Association (Unpublished Poet - $500), Edinburgh-Dunedin Sister City Society (Youth Poet - $500).

Pick up an entry form with full details from your local Dunedin Public Library or visit our competition page.



The only Film Festival in New Zealand dedicated to contemporary cinematographic productions from Latin America and Spain. LASFF is a yearly non-profit event, organized by the Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile. Cuba, Mexico and Spain in Wellington. LASFF shows 11 films from Latin America and Spain subtitled in English. LASSF gives the public the opportunity of learning more about the different cultural and social aspects of the region through the big screen. The admission for the Film Festival is free, making it more accessible for the wider community, and therefore, attracting an even larger audience.

Visit www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/events for full details of the Festival programme for Dunedin

28th September-12th October

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library


Other than on your ultimate fantasy dinner guest list, where could you expect to see Princess Leia dancing with morris men, or steampunk pirates battling it out with an Arthurian knight?

When in your wildest dreams would you be witness to a conversation between Queen Elizabeth I and Iron Man, or hear a rockabilly band jamming with a Renaissance quartet?

All things are possible at the 2017 Carnival of Costume!

Proudly supported by Dunedin Gasworks Museum and the Dunedin Medieval and Renaissance Society

[Visitors are welcome to dress up and be part of the spectacle]

Check the Carnival of Costume Facebook page for updates

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October, 11am-4pm

Exhibitions & Talks

Al Brown: Eat Up New Zealand

Presented in partnership with Dunedin Public Libraries, Mosgiel RSA, Paper Plus Mosgiel and Allen & Unwin Publishers, a chance to meet Kiwi chef and teller of stories, Al Brown.

Join us for a great evening out at Mosgiel RSA as Al chats about the new book, our amazing local ingredients, and his cooking adventures.

PLUS: Bring a small sample of your own baking and have your cooking skills judged by Al Brown himself. Prize for the best home baker!

Tickets $10: Available to purchase from Paper Plus Mosgiel or Dunedin Public Libraries (Mosgiel and City branches). All sale proceeds to Mosgiel RSA.

Books available to purchase on the night courtesy of Paper Plus Mosgiel: EFTPOS available.

When: 2nd Oct 2017 7:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Mosgiel RSA, 6 Church Street, Mosgiel
Price: Tickets $10: Available to purchase from Paper Plus Mosgiel or Dunedin Public Libraries (Mosgiel and City branches).


The next Reed Gallery exhibition explores the outer covers of books - their bindings.

The collecting interests of the donor of the Reed Collections, Alfred Reed (1875-1975) were diverse. His eclectic approach enabled him to amass a collection of books whose temporal parameters ranged from the late fifteenth to the early twentieth century. The Dunedin Public Library’s Reed Collection thus naturally includes a striking diversity of specimens of the art and craft of bookbinding over several centuries.

The upcoming exhibition Plain to Ornate: Bookbindings from the Reed Collection contains a myriad of bookbindings ranging from humble to deluxe, from plain to ornate.

21st Jul 2017 9:30am - 8th Oct 2017 12:30pm

3rd Floor, City Library


Continuing this series of talks about brain health, Yoram Barak, recently-appointed Associate Professor of Psychogeriatrics at the Dunedin School of Medicine, shares his knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and prevention. Roughly 15% of the New Zealand population over the age of 65 are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, and this percentage is increasing each year. Many people will be either affected directly by the disease or will have a family member or friend who is affected. Yoram will explain what Alzheimer’s disease is, why it is such a big problem in our society, what risk factors to watch for, and what we can do to prevent it.

Find out what you can do to improve and maintain your brain health in this fascinating series of talks.

Fortnightly on Thursday’s at 6pm - 7

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library

Part 3 – Food and the Mind Diet: Thursday 7th September

Part 4 – Brain Engagement, the benefits of music and meditation: Thursday 21st September

Part 5 – Finale, real world brain maintenance: Thursday 5th October



3rd September 2017 :DADDY COOL

Bring your dad along for a special Father’s Day storytime with Kaitrin McMullan, and tell us why your daddy's cool.

1st October: ANIMAL TAILS

St Francis of Assisi loved all animals. Come along for a special storytime with NZ sign language, and celebrate our furry, feathered and scaly friends.

Make a cute animal tail to take home and wear.

For children of all ages.


Children’s Storypit, Ground Floor, City Library, Moray Place

Mr Yipadee

Bring the kids out for a hilarious rowdy show with Mr Yipadee, singing some of your old favourites and a sneaky peak at his latest book, brand new for October, Stink-o-saurus!

A fun live music performance with some interactive props and instruments for some of the kids to join in with - singing, dancing, comedy and read & sing-along

This show is suitable for all children up to the age of about 10 years old.

Cost: $2 on the door for all attending

Saturday 14th October

Mosgiel Library – 10am

City Library (4th Floor) – 1pm


Children's entertainer, Rainbow Rosalind, will have you up and dancing, singing and learning new things. Rainbow Rosalind is a New Zealand children's singer/songwriter who performs at kindergartens, schools and children's events for kiwi kids all over New Zealand.

She can't wait to meet you all!

Enjoy singing along to some fun songs and stay on to get your face painted afterwards!

Suitable for children aged 0-7

Tuesday 5th September 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm
Mosgiel Library