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Changing chapter of our public libraries

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Changing chapter of our public libraries

Brighten up your weekend and join drag queens Erika and Coco Flash for Rainbow Storytime at NPDC’s Puke Ariki Library on Sunday.

These glamorous and colourful drag queens are leading interactive games and reading stories to our tamariki about acceptance, inclusion and having confidence in yourself. Embracing sequins, colours and all things rainbow, expect to have an electric storytelling experience like no other.

This event is a great example of the changing face of our libraries, which are more than just places to find a great book, they are places where people meet, learn new skills and about different cultures and communities.

“We’re a space for inclusion and acceptance,” says Community Library and Programming Lead Rebecca Beyer says.

“We want everyone to feel at home here – that’s why we choose a range of programming, sometimes with a focus on reading and books, but we also offer 3D design classes, Dungeons and Dragons club, reading and rhyming sessions for young children.”

Public libraries are now one of the few spaces where you’re welcome to spend time for free, providing a cost-conscious option for families.

From online Minecraft sessions, book groups, JP services and writers groups to digital drop in sessions and Migrant Women Meet – an opportunity for women new to the New Plymouth District to make friends – there is so much on offer through our NPDC’s libraries. Find out more in the Puke Ariki What’s On Guide.

Rainbow Storytime is on Sunday between 10.30 and 11.30am.


  • Puke Ariki is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre
  • The total number of visitors to Puke Ariki and district libraries in 2020/2021 was 756,000
  • In that same period, the libraries issued 792,563 items.


Image: Drag Queens Erika and Coco Flash reading in their Rainbow Storytime programme.