Tony Paki song workshop at Glen Innes

New Zealand Music Month isn't just an opportunity for the library to show off its sweet collections, and brag about all our influential friends. It's also an opportunity for us to do something that a lot of people don't instantly think of when they think about libraries: teach.

At community libraries around Auckland City we run Akozone homework centres, where school children can come and work on their homework and have a librarian on hand to help them out. On Wednesday 19 May local musician Tony Paki is stopping by the Glen Innes library to teach some of his songs, including a song he's written for Glen Innes.

Tony's a local, a father of three, and a member of the Tu Wharetoa, Te Arawa and Tuhoe tribes. He's been involved in music since he was young, getting started in a a Kapa Haka Group called Nga Tapuwae Junior Maori Club. We were lucky enough to get Tony along to share his love of music and Glen Innes with the Akozone kids. The workshop starts at 3pm on Wednesday 19 May, and is for under-13s.

If you've got the learning itch and can't be part of Tony's workshop, don't forget we've still got beginner's ukulele lessons at Central, and soon I'll be posting some information on our class on how to use the Naxos Music database.

~ Ashley

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