2017 Book Fair

An extremely successful book fair thanks to the generosity of many locals who sponsored the gourmet sausages. Martine worked very hard to gain sponsors for the library BBQ and to ensure that we got gourmet food.

Always a wonderfully successful day the book fair brings locals down to nab a bargain and to chat with friends and to enjoy the sunshine. Thanks to Dan who supplied us with a couple of gazebos to keep the sun off all the goods.

Auckland Libries donated cartons of books, as did locals and the table were covered in wonderful delights for all. While the parents worked heir way through the piles of books children had their faces painted by Dana, Ella, Matt and Sharon.

The books, facepainting, raffle and BBQ brought in a grand total of over $2000 toward the library administration - insurance, webpage and telephone.

A great day thanks to Piha locals and library volunteers.



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Library Mural opening March 2017

The magnificent library mural was opened in March by Peter Turei. The children and parents, who had worked with local artist Shelley France, came along to cut the ribbon so the public could finally see the work that was a year in the making.

All along the decks to the library are the wonderful book characters produced by the children from their favourite books. Many New Zealand book characters are to be found amongst DR Seus and Harry Potter characters.

Locals, politicians and children all came and enjoyed stories from Peter Turei and a great morning tea organised by Maureen Thompson.

The mural is a major asset to the Library building drawing in locals and vistiors to enjoy the work.


Lion Rock and Roll for Babies

Piha Community Library - children's room during term time at 11am.

This programme is to music and we have poi, instruments and various activities to accompany the music and teach movement.

This is for 0-2 year olds. Older children are welcome but must be considerate of the younger children and babies who will be on the floor.

Project: School holiday programme mural

The Library needs sponsorship to help run this programme

We currently have a grant to cover some of the cost of the programme but need a further $600to compete it. If anyone in the community would like to help with this project either with materials or donations. That would be fantastic.


A mural would provide a real feel of community ownership to the library and would provide a personal narrative from those who re growing up in our unique environment. The colourful and strong mural by local children will allow them to develop self-confidence and enable them to realise their potential artistically and creatively, and help create a strong sense of belonging for those who use the library. The project will empower not only those who participate but also those who use the facility.
The mural project will run over 12 hours (3 days x 4 hours) and will have up to 10 children participating. Well known West Auckland Arts Educator Shelly France will be facilitating the programme.


Mitres 10 - Ply, battens, screws (@15% discount)                             249.10
National Art Supplies - Brushes, brush cleaner                                  149.24
Resene - paints etc                                                                             522.08                            

Total                                                                                                    $920.43

Instructor        - 3 days @5 hours@$40                                               600.00
    Total                                                                                             $1520.44

Poppys on display at Piha

The poppies made by Library members and friends were on display during the ANZAC parade at Piha on Saturday. They made a brilliant display against the black sand and it was wonderful to see peoples enjoyment when seeing them spanning the beach between the sand dunes and Lion Rock and around the flag pole.

ANZAC Display

Please come to the library and have a look at the display for ANZAC day. There are also books and DVDs on the topic to borrow. The library will be open on ANZAC day.

We are hoping to display all the Peace poppies which locals have helped to make on ANZAC day.

Poppy making at the library Saturday 18th from 10-12.

Piha Library News - November 2014

Christmas card making workshop

Saturday 13th December at the library at 2pm-4pm. A chance for the kids to make a card for their favourite person. Please bring along any Christmassy things you have around at home to stick on your cards. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Raffle

We are collecting for our annual Christmas Raffle. if you have groceries or non-perishable items that you would like to donate to the raffle please leave them at the library. We will start selling the raffle tickets on December 10th. Thank you for your support.

Thank you to Hannah Slade

The Piha Community Library Trust would like to thank Hannah for her work at the Library as the Library Administrator aiding the Trust in providing a professional library service to the people of Piha, Anawhata and Karekare. Hannah's professional attitude over the last few years has served to ensure that the service provided by our volunteers has been efficient and effective.

Magazine Donations Wanted

If you have any magazine you would like to donate to the library we would love to have them. They need to be in good condition and be less than 2 years old. Please leave at the library to share with the community.

Situation Vacant - Library Administrator

The Piha Community Library Trust is seeking an experienced and community minded person to help in the administration of the library. The library is a small rural library serving a population of about 2,000-3,000 people from the Piha, Anawhata, and Karekare areas. It is open approximately 13 hours a week.

The contract for the Administrator is reviewed annually, and is currently offered for seven hours per week. The key tasks are overseeing and supporting the volunteers, cataloguing the stock, and general administration of the library to ensure its smooth running. Particular emphasis will be on understanding the essential involvement of the library in the life of the community it serves through helping in the planning, customer service and establishing the library as a place with partnership building within the community.

The appropriate qualifications and experience are: having managed and worked with volunteers; sound communication skills; computer skills (particularly with a Mac); good administration and time management skills; some experience working in libraries would be an advantage. Having a commitment and involvement in the local community is particularly important.

If you are interested please send a CV and covering letter to glenda.northey@gmail.com.

The closing date for this position is 21 November 2014. The starting date will be mid-January.

Piha Library News June 2014

Working Bee- Sunday June 29th at 10 am

It's that time of year again! The windows need cleaning, the deck needs scrubbing, lightbulbs need replacing! So on Sunday June 29th at 10am we'll be holding our annual working bee.

Many hands make light work, and we would appreciate your help.  If you can lend a hand please email pihacommunitylibrary@gmail.com  to let us know.


July School Holidays at the Piha Library

Book Reading with Stacy Gregg- Saturday 12th July at 1.30 pm

We are very excited to announce that Stacy Gregg, author of popular series Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals, will be visiting the Piha Library on the second Saturday of the July School holidays to read from her latest book "The Princess and the Foal".  Don't miss this opportunity to meet a best-selling, award winning author.  Visit our website for more information.

Facepainting Workshop - Sunday 13th July at 10 am

We are looking at hosting a Basic Facepainting workshop with the awesome people from BodyFX at the Piha Library on Sunday 13th July. For this to go ahead we need 15+ people. Visit our websitefor more information.  If you or your children are interested in taking part please email pihacommunitylibrary@gmail.com by Monday 7th July.

Colouring Competition

Visit the library during the school holidays and take part in our colouring competition.  We are open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday Afternoons and Saturdays.

New DVDs

Awesome DVDs have arrived in time for the holidays.  Visit our website to see them now. Remember, you can always ask our librarians to reserve DVDs for you if they are out when you visit the Library.

Volunteer Librarian Needed for Thursday Afternoons

Can you help?  We are looking for another lovely local to help out at the library one or two Thursdays a month.  If you would like to volunteer with us please send us an e-mail

Piha Library News May 2014

Piha Library Working Bee

It's that time of year again! The windows need cleaning, the deck needs scrubbing, lightbulbs need replacing! So on Sunday June 29th at 10am we'll be holding our annual working bee. It would be wonderful to have you there. If you can help in anyway please email us at pihacommunitylibrary@gmail.com to let us know.

Piha Kids art for Mother's Day

A big thank you to the kids of Piha Preschool for their fantastic portraits of their mums- visit the Piha Library to see these beautiful pictures by our budding young artists.

Car Boot Fair - thanks from the Library Trust

The Car Boot Fair went ahead on Easter Saturday even though the weather wasn't the best. There was a good turnout of hardy car boot sellers and treasure hunters who came along and braved the squalls. Despite the weather the event raised approximately $1400 towards the replacement roof and library running costs. A big thank you to everyone who helped our fundraising endeavour, and especially to Marilyn who ran the event for the Trust.

Piha Library Thursday after-school Session

Did you know that on Thursdays the library is open from 3.30-5.30 pm? We know how busy weekends can be, so this session was set up to make the library more accessible to children living in the Piha, Karekare and Anawhata area. It's also a good opportunity for those working out of Piha to pop in and get a book or a DVD for the weekend.

Piha Oral History Collection "Storybooth"

We want to expand our collection of local history on Piha and you can help. We have set up a 'Story Booth' at the library to collect your stories and anecdotes about Piha. We have postcards available for you to fill out with any story you would like to share relating to this area. You can fill these out at the library, or feel free to take a postcard home with you to ponder over your story. The postcards will be displayed in the library and later put together as a record of a piece of Piha history. Postcards will be available at the library during May and June. Please come and share your story with us.

Piha History Collection 'Story Booth'

We want to expand our collection of local history on Piha and you can help. As a way of collecting stories and building community we set up a 'Story Booth'. We want to hear your anecdotes about Piha. It can be about any aspect of your connection to this area you like to share. We have postcards in the library that you can fill out there and then, or take home to ponder over your story. The postcards will be displayed in the library and later put together as a record of a piece of Piha history. Postcards will be available at the library during May and June. Please come and share your story with us.

Piha Library News March 2014

Book Fair a big success!

A big thank you to everyone who helped out, and made the Book Fair a great day for our community.  This fantastic event raised $2500 to go towards the running costs of the library.

A special thank you is due to our generous sponsors!  

Thanks to our local sponsors Blairs on the Beach, Piha Real Estate, Piha Cafe, and Black Sands Lodge.  And thanks also to those a bit further afield, Kings Plant Barn Henderson, Oratia Native Nursery, Blossom Flowers and Gifts Point Chev, and Amplifier design New Lynn.  And thank you to our wonderful publishers and bookshops for the high quality books they generously donated for the fair, Random House New Zealand, Scholastic New Zealand and University Bookshop Auckland.  

We really appreciate the support you showed our little community library!


April School Holidays- Activities at the Library

We aim to have a fun School Holiday Activity for our junior members during each term break.  For the past two years these activities have been coordinated by one of the local mums in a voluntary capacity, but as she has now returned to work we are asking the wider community if they can volunteer some time to help with this.  

If you can volunteer to help out with one activity, between us all we could put together an awesome programme for the rest of the year for our local kids.  

Please contact the Library Manager by email if you can help.


Fantastic New DVDs and Books have arrived!

Don't forget to visit our New Books and New DVDs pages on our website.  These pages are updated regularly as new items are added to our collection.



Book Fair Raffle Tickets

The three raffles from the Book Fair will be drawn after Waitangi Day. We will still have tickets for sale at the library until Waitangi Day. 

Tickets $3 or 2 for $5 for these amazing packages:

The Garden Pack (Value $200)

Not just the plants, but someone to do the work!

Includes: Oratia Nursery voucher, Kings Plant Barn Henderson voucher, your own gardener for 4 hours plus garden tools! 

Sponsored by Piha Real Estate

The Indulgence Pack (value $350)

Everything you need to treat yourself or someone special.

Includes: 1 night accommodation at Black Sands Lodge Piha, 2 bottles of premium wine from Artisan Wines Oratia, Piha Cafe voucher, voucher for a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Blossom Flowers and Gifts. 

The Book Pack (value $200)

A fantastic selection of quality Adult Fiction and Non Fiction.  A perfect way to relax on your summer holiday.

Piha Library News December 2013

Christmas Hamper Fundraiser- Raffle Tickets on sale next week

Many thanks to those who have already contributed generously to our Christmas Hamper- it is looking fabulous!  If you still have something you would like to donate there's still time to do so this weekend.  

Raffle tickets for this gorgeous hamper of goodies, and a beautiful gingerbread house, will be on sale from Monday next week.  Tickets will be $2 each or $3 for 5.

Don't miss out on a chance to win these fabulous raffle prizes.


Book Fair 2014

Planning for our annual Anniversary Weekend Book Fair is underway.  Mark the date of Saturday 25th January on your calendar!  

Fabulous new and second-hand books, DVDs and magazines for sale, as well as a free-range organic sausage sizzle, face-painting and more.

Help Needed

Donations of Raffle Prizes

Helpers and face-painters on the day 

If you would like to get involved or can help in any way please let us know.

Christmas Activity Hour at the Library

On Monday 23rd December at 11 am we will have a Christmas Activity Hour at the Piha Library.  

Get in the mood for Christmas with a Christmas themed storytime, songs, and a Christmas decoration craft session.  

All welcome.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Great new DVDs for Kids for the Christmas Holidays

We have some exciting new DVDs going out onto the shelves this Saturday, including two Christmas favourites. Visit our New Kids DVD page to see all our new DVDs for kids.

New DVDs for Adults

A range of fantastic New Release DVDs will be available at the Library from Saturday.  Visit our DVD page to see all our new release DVDs.  Make the most of our great DVD selection over the Summer holidays.  



Piha Library News November 2013

We Need Your Help with Our Fundraisers

Christmas Hamper Fundraiser

As Christmas approaches we are asking for donations of non-perishable grocery items for our Christmas hamper raffle. We have a lovely basket to fill with goodies, so if you have any items to donate please drop them off at the Library by December 8th.  Raffle tickets for the hamper and for a beautiful Gingerbread house will be on sale from December 9th.  Please help us make this a successful fundraiser.

Piha Library Book Fair Planning Meeting

We are also beginning our planning for our annual Anniversary Weekend Book Fair.  This is a wonderful community event, and the biggest contributor to raising much needed funds for the library.  Our first planning meeting will be on Wednesday 20th November at 7pm at the Piha Community Library.  Please come along if you would like to get involved, or contact us if you would like to help but can't make it to the meeting.

Other ways you can help:

- Odd Jobs - do you have a tall ladder?  We are looking for someone to change some very high lightbulbs!
- Christmas and Summer Holiday Activities at the Library - We are currently looking for someone to run a Christmas activity and another Summer holiday activity in January for our junior members.  

Let us know if you are interested in helping out.

Check out our Kids Reviews

Did you know that we have a page with book reviews by kids?  Our junior members can submit their own reviews and we will post them to the library website.  We'd love to receive your child's review of great books they have read from the Piha library, so visit our reviews page to find out more.

New DVDs

We've just added some fantastic new release DVDs to our collection, including Danny Boyle's "Trance" and the stunning "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". Visit our DVDs page to catch up with all the DVDs that have been added this month.  When you like us on Facebook, we will keep you up to date with when new Books and DVDs are added to the collection.  You can also post your own comments about Books and DVDs you've enjoyed.

Congratulations to the winner of our Rialto Cinemas Double pass giveaway

Congratulations to Mike Smith, winner of our October Film Festival promotion giveaway!  A double pass to Rialto Cinemas is on the way to you.

A big thank you to Rialto Cinemas for their generous donation. And thank you to everyone else who borrows DVDs from us, it is one of our biggest fundraisers