So the April school holidays are only a couple of weeks away. We thought we would cordially invite you to join us in revelling in our collective General Nerdery throughout the holidays.
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Everyone has something that they get nerdy about. For some it’s board games and tabletop RPGs (here’s lookin’ at you, D&D kids), for some it’s comics or movies (or movies about comics), for yet others the thrill of creation and expression will be what gets their Spidey-senses a-tingling. The good news is, we have a pile of events to suit you, whether you’re a digital nerd or more of a hands-on type. Dear reader, this is your chance to let out your inner geek and let them strut around with the rest of us! Read on to find out more, or click here for the full breakdown of what’s on where.
Tara Black x Dylan Horrocks: Talk and Draw!
Talk and draw with Tara Black in discussion with Dylan Horrocks
If you’re a graphic artist, zine artist or comic book fan, this event is a must-see! Come along to hear Tara Black in conversation with Dylan Horrocks. Part workshop, part overview, part discussion — join us for what promises to be a fabulous, informative, and entertaining event.
We’ve already blogged extensively about this event — click here for the full and juicy deets!
- Johnsonville Library, Saturday 17 April, 1.00-2.00pm
Arapaki Games Night
Join us at Arapaki Library on Manners Street for a night of boardgame fun! People of all age groups are welcome, and you can come along as an individual or as a group. We have a great selection of games, but you are welcome to bring your own favourites to share with others as well. BYO snacks!
- Arapaki Library, Monday 19 April, 5.00 – 6.45pm
Embroider Your Own Patch
Join us at Johnsonville Library during the school holidays to learn how to embroider your own patch that you can sew onto your clothes, schoolbag, or jacket! Wear your nerdy finery with pride and chill with like-minded folx in the library while picking up a rad new skill and levelling up your DEX stat at the same time! We’ll provide the materials; all you need to do is turn up!
- Johnsonville Library, Tuesday 20 April, 2.00 – 5.00pm
- Johnsonville Library, Tuesday 27 April, 2.00 – 5.00pm
Virtual reality (VR) offers us a new and exciting way to learn about and experience the world around us. From 3D painting and virtual sculpting to exploring some of the world’ most extreme location (and, okay, maybe a bit of Beat Sabre thrown in for good measure), this is your opportunity to experience VR from the safety and comfort of your local library.
- Karori Library, Tuesday 20 April, 3.30 – 4.30pm
- Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, Thursday 29 April, 3.30 – 4.30pm
Zine Make ‘n’ Swap
Come on down to Arapaki Library on Manners Street every Tuesday evening to spend some time making zines and socialising with other local zinemakers. We’ll supply plenty of materials, but feel free to bring your own as well. Once you’ve finished putting your zines together, you can swap with other zinemakers and/or donate your completed zines to the library, which people will then be able to browse and borrow!
- Arapaki Library, Tuesday 20 April, 5.00 – 6.45pm
- Arapaki Library, Tuesday 27 April, 5.00 – 6.45pm
If you enjoyed The Queen’s Gambit, come along to Arapaki Library on Manners Street and join us for some games of chess! We have two chess sets available, or you are welcome to bring your own, for an evening of challenging games. People of all age groups and ability levels are super welcome.
- Arapaki Library, Wednesday 21 April, 5.00 – 6.45pm
- Arapaki Library, Wednesday 28 April, 5.00 – 6.45pm
Okay, we baited you, it’s not what you think it is. Come along to Tawa Library to literally turn the teen section into a giant box fort. That’s it. That’s the event. You’ll love it, we promise! Maybe you’ll even love it so much that you want to do it twice!
- Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, Thursday 22 April, 4.00 – 6.00pm
- Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, Thursday 29 April, 4.00 – 6.00pm
Teen Zine Machine
Wellington Zinefest’s Lucky Drop Zine Machine has its temporary home with us at Johnsonville Library. Join us for this special zine-making workshop to learn how you can write and construct your own zines, either to take home or to add to our library’s collection! Your work will be proudly displayed alongside other works of ziney genius such as Butts, Judith Collins on Race, and Butts. Did we mention we have a zine called Butts? We’re not exactly setting the bar high here!
- Johnsonville Library, Friday 23 April, 2.00 – 3.30pm
- Johnsonville Library, Friday 30 April, 2.00 – 3.30pm
Nature Heroes: Board Game Creation Workshop
Johnsonville Library is excited to work with VIVITA Aotearoa to bring this VIVISTOP Mini pop-up programme to the library. During this 5-day workshop, you will learn about the concepts of design thinking, engage in creative problem solving, learn to use software and hardware and other tools in the library’s Tūhura HIVE Makerspace, and then apply these lessons to the creation of a board game centred around the theme of conservation.
This workshop is FREE, but space is limited to 15 participants. Click here to register. Nature Heroes: Board Game Creation Workshop is suitable for young creators aged 9-15.
- Johnsonville Library, Tuesday 27 April to Saturday 1 May (inclusive), 10.00am – 12.00pm
Waitohi Youth Night
Come to our after-hours Youth Night to find a space to be yourself in all your nerdy glory, and meet other like-minded teens. Check out the coll tech in Tūhura | The HIVE, record music, play games, watch movies, read a book, or just hang out — our space is yours! And yes, we will feed you pizza.
During Youth Night, the library is closed to other customers. You need to be over 14, so make sure you come ready to show your school ID at the door.
- Johnsonville Library, Saturday 1 May, 5.00 – 8.00pm
Dungeons and Dragons One-Shot with Julz Burgisser
Join superstar Dungeon Master and podcaster Julz Burgisser for this Dungeons and Dragons one-shot for teens. Pre-generated characters will be available to choose from, so we get into the game as quickly as possible, and no prior D&D experience is required. Character sheets, pens, and dice will all be provided — but make sure you bring a drink or snack, as we’ll be playing for a while!
This event is for teens aged 14-18 who are wanting to try D&D for the first time. Please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as spaces are strictly limited.
Find out more about Julz, and this one-shot, here!
- Johnsonville Library, Sunday 2 May, 12.00 – 3.00pm