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Welcome to the SLANZA Waikato BoP Wiki
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This wiki has been created to enable Waikato BOP SLANZA members to share within the region.
SLANZA Waikato BOP is a regional branch of SLANZA

  • Provides a national voice for school library teams
  • Advocates for the critical role of school libraries in reading, teaching and learning
  • Provides professional development through conferences, regional meetings, the Collected magazine and our Connected Librarians online course
  • Links with associated national and international professional organisations

Join School Library Listserv:

SLANZA Waikato BOP Regional Contacts:
SLANZA Waikato BOP Chairperson - Glenys Bichan, Library Manager, Cambridge High School, Cambridge

SLANZA Waikato BOP Committee
We are keen to hear new ideas and have new Committee members.
If you would like to take a more proactive role with SLANZA Waikato BOP, please contact Glenys Bichan, SLANZA Waikato BOP Chairperson

2018 Events List

SLANZA Waikato BOP Events are listed in Green.
See also: NZSA Writing Festivals and Book Fairs



7th - 18th February Hamilton Garden's Festival - Hamilton Gardens - Hamilton


1st March World Book Day

9th March 9:00 am - 2:30 pm SLANZA Waikato/BoP Term 1 Workshop - Hamilton
Make Your Library Come Alive!
Cost: $40 for SLANZA members; $50 non members
Please bring cash or cheques : we provide receipts, but do not invoice schools

Register online here
Any questions please email Jan Mathews, Librarian, Melville High

Girls just wanna have fun!
Steph Ellis, Librarian, Napier Boys’ High School,
Michelle Simms, Librarian, Te Totara Primary School, Hamilton

Let Us, 'Entertain' Inform and Excite You!
(and we’ll try and entertain you as well…)
Rosemary Tisdall and Melissa Spark, Reading Services Librarians, Services to Schools, National Library

Special thanks to Book Protection Products for their ongoing sponsorship.

? March Waikato Community Funding Expo - Hamilton Gardens Pavilion - Hamilton
Noon - 7 pm
A great opportunity to talk to a range of funders all under the same roof. Come along and check out the stalls and attend one or more of the workshops.
There’s lots of practical advice, information and strategies to assist your community group or project.

21st March World Poetry Day


30th April - 6th May Children's Book Week


23rd May at 1:00 pm National Simultaneous Storytime 2018
LIANZA is excited to partner with ALIA to bring you the first trans-Tasman National Simultaneous Storytime.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 18th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
Event contact email:
Event website:

?? May Waikato Bay of Plenty LIANZA Weekend SchoolTe Whakakitenga aa Kaimai

?? Haratua (May) Te Ropu Whakahau hui, Rotorua
Location: Tangatarua Marae, Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua
Theme: Hangaia tō whare kōrero
About: Te Rōpū Whakahau is the leading national body that represents Māori engaged in Culture, Knowledge, Information, Communication and Systems Technology in Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Rōpū Whakahau membership is open to any person, group or institution with an interest in ngā taonga i tuku iho, culture, knowledge, information, communication and systems technology work.

15th - 20th May Auckland Writers Festival - Aotea Centre, Auckland

?? May (Saturday) SLANZA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Term 2 Workshop & AGM 2017
Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm

31st May Interface Xpo - Rotorua


13th - 16th June Fieldays - Mystery Creek - Hamilton

?? June (Friday) ?? July (Sunday) Word Cafe Raglan , Raglan



August - Hamilton Book Month - Hamilton
Check the programme for a wonderful selection of events.

4th August (Saturday) Bookrapt’s annual seminar

9th August - National Book Lovers Day!
Observed each year on August 9, (and sometimes on the first Saturday in November) bibliophiles get to celebrate on National Book Lovers Day!
A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.
Sit back, relax and READ! Use #NationalBookLoversDay to post on social media and spread the word.


?? September SLANZA Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee is planning our Term 3 "Coffee, Collections and Conversations"
10:00am – 12:30pm
SLANZA members and non-members welcome!


October is International School Library Month
International School Library Month allows those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month in October to celebrate the importance of school libraries.

?? October Storylines New Zealand Children’s Authors and Illustrators National Hui

10th - 12th October ULearn Conference - Auckland


2nd November - Literary Salon at The Meteor - Hamilton

?? November - SLANZA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Library Tour


9th December - Picture Book Seminar at University of Waikato - Hamilton

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