Links for Lockdown

Adventure Magazine

Read the April 2020 issue of Adventure magazine online for free!

You're surviving lockdown but could you survive an eruption, a snow storm or an encounter with a Great White? Find out in the latest issue of New Zealand's Adventure magazine. And how about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing : is it just a walk in the park?


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Atlas Obscura

Each week, in addition to their Wonder From Home stories and virtual exploration with their atlas of more than 19,000 wondrous places, they’ll now be broadcasting live—on Zoom, FacebookInstagram, and more—and posting new videos on YouTube.

Auckland Writers Festival - 2020 Winter Series

Commencing at 9am on May 3rd and running live once a week for 13 weeks, three writers including at least two from the 2020 programme will chat with series host Paula Morris, read from their work and answer audience questions.

Each episode will stream live and free-to-view on the Festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels, and will then be uploaded to our website.

Australian Fiction Authors

Here you’ll find contemporary and historical fiction from a group of Australian authors writing stories that reflect life in Australia- from the outback to the small towns to the cities. From rural romance to commercial women's fiction.

Big Book Weekend 8-10 May 2020

The Big Book Weekend is a 3-day virtual festival, taking place on, that brings together the best of the British book festivals cancelled due to coronavirus, featuring the biggest names in books alongside unknown debut authors and rising talents.

Bird Identification


Calming music, stories, guided meditations - all for free. Easy to use site.

Crime Fiction Lover

This site offers new releases, book reviews and author interviews.

Frankie Magazine Crafts

Fun ideas for sewing, knitting, embroidery and more!

Fungi Identification (NZ)

General information about fungi, some fun things to do with them and a large collection of photographs to help you identify Fungi.

Glen Jones Art

Printable activities with a Kiwi theme.

Goodreading Podcasts

Book talk and author interviews aimed at helping you discover your next favourite read, presented by Good Reading Magazine.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. See what books your friends are reading.Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read. Check out your personalized book recommendations. Goodreads recommendation engine analyzes 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes. Find out if a book is a good fit for you from their community’s reviews.


Aimed at people over 50, this website has lots of information, games, competitions, blogs, chat etc. All free, but you have to join up.

Help to support reading at home

A blog created by the National Library with lots of resources and links to support reading from home. It has national and international resources, read-alouds, links to free audiobooks, etc

How to cut hair at home

Finding yourself stuck at home with no access to your stylist? Whether your kiddos are looking a little raggedy, your hubby’s mane is a mess or your bangs are in sore need of a trim, there are plenty of ways to take on the job at home when getting to your favourite hairstylist just can’t happen.


With hundreds of global contributors, Hyperallergic is a constant source for the latest in film, visual art, books, and performances around the world.


Here you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about the natural world.


Issuu gives anyone with digitally bound content the ability to upload and distribute their publications worldwide. In just minutes. And as often as they’d like. Each day, more than 20,000 newly uploaded publications become instantly available to active readers around the world who use Issuu’s site and mobile apps to discover and engage with what they love, from magazines, newspapers and portfolios, to catalogs, DIY guides, community programs and more.

LIANZA Library from home

Links to Podcasts, Reading Lists, Audiobooks and more!

Library Journal - Organising the books in your home

Part 1: How to Shelve Like a Librarian

Part 2: Getting To Know the Genres

Part 3: Understanding Young Children’s Books


Study the basics of the Māori Language, through online video movie lessons. Learn to kōrero or speak Te Reo Māori and get links to Māori Language resources and organisations to help you.

The Massive Singlet

In a Massive Singlet, you'll join up to 500 participants worldwide in warmups, the learning and singing of a song (or two), a little drink break, and then a bit of sharing: thoughts, knitted things, flags, or snippets of music from you, possibly finishing with a dance track. You'll see everybody, but, mostly you won't be able to hear everybody, due to latency (delay). but sometimes you will, for a moment, be able to hear everybody. You have control over what you see, and whether people see you. (though they will see your name).

NZ Poetry Shelf

A Poetry page with reviews, interviews and updates on the world of New Zealand Poetry.

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Free streaming of performances.

New Zealand Trees App

In collaboration with the Centre for Learning and Teaching and The App Lab, the School of Science has developed a smart device app that allows the user to identify the most common native trees of New Zealand. The app comes with a user friendly ‘multiple choice’-type wizard, an A-Z species list and the option to capture, save and share your own sightings. The app is available on both the Android and the iOS platforms.

Open Culture

Free Cultural and Educational Media on the web.

The Pantograph Punch

There’s now a growing amount of cool free art stuff online, from national theatre institutions streaming live recordings to authors doing readings on Instagram. The Pantograph Punch have collect up all the free online ephemera they're most interested in – podcasts, online theatre recordings, Youtube wormholes – and put them in one place.


A US based daily poetry series publishing new work by contemporary poets.

Read together

Book Depository has put together a series of great reading sessions to help keep you entertained at home. They have an exciting list of authors reading their own work until the 5th of May!

Recollect Community

The NZ Micrographic Services website helps you to discover the community of Recollect sites.

Scattered Seeds

The Heritage Collections at Dunedin Public Libraries has a large historical card index covering the period from 1851 to 1993. Volunteers and library staff have for many years been indexing biographical material, obituaries and local and regional topics of interest from our local newspapers and other sources. This card index has, until now, only been accessible by visiting the Heritage Collections in person. Since 1993, we have been indexing online with records available via our online catalogue. Search the online index. The challenge now is to transform the card index into a resource that can be searched online and be accessible from anywhere.

State Library Victoria

Peruse 4.1 million digital collection items online and get lost in a treasure trove of galleries, exhibition content, videos, stories, music and more. This article has direct links to help you find what you are looking for:

The Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival

The Stay-at Home! Festival is a free and completely online festival with workshops, readings, panels and Q&A sessions by writers of all genres that people all over the world can enjoy from their sofa (and which will doubtless be presented from writers’ sofas!)The programme features over 200 authors and 130 events from 27th March until 11th April 2020, with subjects ranging from poetry to novel writing and nonfiction, career advice, wellbeing and mindfulness, mental health, and publishing.

Te Hu o Moho

Māori language books specifically in the southern Kāi Tahu dialect.

Te Papa

Explore New Zealand’s rich history through pictures, quizzes, videos, and articles. Learn about the natural environment, Pacific and Māori culture, and everything in between – from vintage fashion to rugby.

Tōku Reo

Learn to start speaking Māori now. Each episode has its own relevant activities and exercises allowing people to practise and develop language skills. In each block of five episodes, viewers learn vocabulary based around a theme and small number of sentence structures. Episode exercises recap key elements of each show and reinforce what is being learnt. These are activated online after each show has been broadcast on Māori Television. Check online at for programme times.

Very Well Mind

A collection of podcasts for learning about psychology, including mental health, general psychology, forensic psychology, and neuroscience.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Explore collections online.

Virtual Tours of Museums

Weave Kono Online Course

Have Fun! experimenting with whatever you have at home - firm paper strips, florist ribbon, stiff fabric, plastic baling strips, other plant leaves. Get creative, have a play and see what you can find that works!



Popular titles include Judge Dredd. There is a random selection of issues/titles available for free, but you do have to sign up for an account to get access to these.

Image Comics

Popular titles include Alex + Ada, Paper Girls and Saga. You can read the first issues of most of their titles for free online. Pretty easy to use once you click through - scroll pages using mouse or arrow buttons



Giving new life to old books.

Books and Authors 

This podcast from BBC Radio 4 features Open Book, talking to authors about their work, and A Good Read, which discusses favourite books.

The Book Review 

The podcast from the New York Times that takes you inside the literary world.


A podcast that adapts public domain works from all over the world of fiction.

Get Booked 

A weekly show of custom book recommendations from the bookworms at Book Riot.

Guardian Books

A weekly look at the world of books.

Literary Friction

A monthly conversation about books and ideas on NTS Radio hosted by two friends, Carrie and Octavia.


The Spinoff podcast all about books.

The Penguin Podcast

World-class thinkers and pioneers talk about five objects that have inspired their work.

Vintage Books

A fortnightly books podcast from Vintage publishers.

What Should I Read Next

Dedicated to answering the question that plagues every reader.