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Financial literacy 101

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Global Money Week is an annual global awareness-raising campaign on the importance of ensuring that young people are financially aware, and can acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to make sound financial decisions and ultimately achieve financial well-being and financial resilience. It is marked in 175 countries and is held every year in the last week of March. On these shores, Alison recently chatted to the author, educator and personal finance journalist Mary Holm , whose latest book, A richer you: how to make the most of your money , is  available to request now from the Auckland Libraries catalogue. Mary was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2020 for services to financial literacy education. She says that financial literacy skills are vital for all Kiwis. This knowledge includes understanding the value of money, budgeting, saving and avoiding unnecessary expenditure.  Those who don’t have basic financial literacy skills can easily fal

Ōtara Library temporary closure

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Ōtara Library will be temporarily closed from Saturday 17 April for internal refurbishment, reopening on Monday 14 June 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience. Alternate library services from 17 April - 14 June 2021 Events and programming Events and programmes will continue at an alternate location. Keep up to date with events by visiting the  Ōtara Library Facebook Page .  Justice of the Peace services will operate from Te Puke Community Hall in Ōtara. Holds and returns From 5.30pm, Friday 16 April, any holds waiting for pick up will be transported to  Tupu Youth Library  and will be made available for pick up there ASAP. The Ōtara Library after-hours returns slot will be closed from 5.30pm Friday 16 April to 9am Monday 14 June. During this period, please return library items to any other Auckland Libraries location. The closest alternate libraries are Tupu Youth Library ,  Papatoetoe War Memorial Library ,  Māngere East Library , Ōtāhuhu Pātaka Kōrero Ōtāhuhu Library , Te Paerang

Auckland EcoFest 2021

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Auckland's biggest environmental festival EcoFest 2021, is running in West and North Auckland from Saturday 20 March - Sunday 18 April. This month-long annual community festival is filled with environmental events, activities, workshops, and ways to live more sustainably.  We're proud to support EcoFest with a round-up of environmental reads, recommended watches, events and websites. Working bees and restorations Some of our libraries have been enjoying regularly participating in the Te Ara Awataha restorations in the Northcote area . EcoFest offers many similar community restorations where you can meet other enthusiastic people in your area and help with local conservation efforts. You might also learn about local flora and fauna, native and pest plant identification, or experience a reconnection with nature and the environment.  Love your stream day  - Glen Eden - Wednesday 24 March, 9am - 12noon Waikumete Stream clean-up - Wednesday 24 March, 9am - 12noon Restoration prepar

Temporary changes to Central City Library

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Auckland City Council. Architectural model of the planned new Auckland Public Library, May 1964. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 580-10199. Last updated - 12 April 2021 Limited holds pick-up service A limited holds pick-up and returns drop-off service is now available at the Central City Library. This allows Central City library customers to collect books they already have on hold and return any books that are due back. Holds pick-up services are available at the following times:  Monday - Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm Staff will retrieve holds for customers and check them out before handing them over. Customers will not be able to access other services or areas in the building.  Items that are in transit have also started coming into the Central City Library for collection again. Notification for holds that arrive for customers at Central City Library will be sent in the same way they usually are. Closure information Central City Library was closed last w

Kumeū Library temporary closure

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Kumeū Library will be temporarily closed from 5pm Tuesday 30 March for planned remedial work, reopening at 9am, Wednesday 28 April 2021. Internal and external building work will be underway from March until June 2021. Some noise and disturbance is expected during some stages of the project. We apologise for any inconvenience. Alternate library services from 31 March - 27 April From Wednesday 31 March, any holds waiting for pick up will be transported to Te Manawa and will be available for pick up there ASAP. The Kumeū Library after-hours returns slot will be closed from 5pm Tuesday 30 March to 9am, Wednesday 28 April 2021. During this period, please return library items to any other Auckland Libraries location. Any library items due back to Kumeū Library during this closure period will have an extended due date of 10 May 2021. The closest alternate libraries are Te Manawa , Albany Village Library and Helensville Library . Feel free to keep up to date with what's happening by vis

International Women's Day 2021

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International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day where we celebrate the achievements of women, raise awareness of bias and take action for equality.  In this Books & Beyond International Women’s Day special recorded during Auckland’s fourth lockdown, Alison & Ineka celebrate gutsy, feisty and science-y women who are the builders, shapers and makers among us. Ngā Pātaka Kōrero - Auckland Libraries · Books and Beyond: International Women's Day 2021 This year more than ever, we're reflecting on the strength, resilience and determination shown by women both here and abroad in times of crisis. Globally, research is beginning to show that countries led by women have had better outcomes related to COVID-19 . At the same time, women have been disproportionately affected by both job loss and additional caring duties on top of their workload as a result of the pandemic, whether working from home or on the front line.  This podcast is both a salute and a shout-out, celebrati

Queer reads

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As part of our  Auckland Pride Festival 2021 celebrations, librarian Alison chatted to Lil and Tanya from the Rainbow community about their recent and all-time favourite queer reads.  You can listen to the conversation on the Auckland Libraries podcast . Ngā Pātaka Kōrero - Auckland Libraries · Books and Beyond: Pride 2021 edition Reading enriches our lives and allows us to see ourselves and others at the intersections and margins of our experiences. Queer reads bring our lives in from the margins and show us that we belong, we matter, and we can thrive. Here are some of Lil and Tanya’s faves: Books to rip your insides out Stone butch blues by Leslie Feinberg Available as a free download from the author's website. Beautiful writing and an important record of queer history from the pre-Stonewall era. There was no safety for young queer folk in their blue-collar town, even in the drag bars. The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Also available as OverDrive eBook