Busy month for libraries

by Anonymous Author

The month of May will be a busy one for Selwyn libraries with fashion, music and crafts on the event list.

May is New Zealand Music Month, and libraries around Selwyn will be marking this with a number of events including free interactive performances for children with ensembles from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO), as well as a variety of Ministry of the Mind Music artists.

A Selwyn District Council spokesperson said the CSO ‘Music Trails through the Library’ sessions are aimed at introducing young children to live music.

“These 45 minute interactive performances by CSO ensembles have elements of song, stories and dance, and are a great opportunity for children to see the instruments up close and join in with the musical fun.”

The two CSO performances occur on Thursday, May 3 at Rolleston Library and Monday, May 14 at the Lincoln Library, with both shows running from 10.30am to 11.15am.

Ministry of the Mind Music features Picking at the Remnants, Alex Hardy and Patrick, Moonflower, and Hanna Hogg with all artists playing acoustically.

These sessions take place each Saturday during May at each Selwyn District Libraries branch (Rolleston, Darfield, Leeston and Lincoln) and run from 11.30am to 1pm.

All Music Month events in Selwyn are free, with no bookings required, however, spaces are limited and for more information go to selwynlibraries.co.nz. Two new programmes are being offered at Selwyn District Libraries in May, focussing on fashion and crafts.

Libraries in Rolleston, Darfield, Leeston and Lincoln are hosting two four-week courses in May and June for those interested in becoming a fashion designer, merchandiser or stylist. The Fashion Illustration course is suitable for ages 13 to 18 years.

“Attendees will learn to develop their own croquis, a basic fashion design sketch,” a council 
spokesperson said.

“The course run by trained fashion designer, Trudi Fraser, teaches how to analyse and draw female fashion figures, as well as how to develop design ideas and fashion sketches. The course will also include basic silhouettes used in fashion design and how to represent clothing simply and effectively.”

The courses are free but bookings are required.

Meanwhile, ‘Crafternoon’ is a new regular fortnightly drop-in craft session for people who want to craft together. The sessions offer a chance to share and learn new skills, swap tips, improve techniques and be inspired.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own projects, materials and crafting kits, and the drop-in sessions take place fortnightly from 2pm to 3pm at all libraries during term time, beginning in Darfield on May 8.