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Dunedin Public Libraries #LIANZABling entry

In December 2016 we held a #LIANZABlilng holiday decorating competition where New Zealand libraries could send in picture of their decorated libraries. We were so impressed with the effort that went in to the entry from Dunedin Public Library that we wanted to showcase it here on the blog. 

The City of Literature themed Christmas tree was given prime position in a window alcove near the library’s front entrance.  

The alcove was covered with wrapping paper and finished off with a giant bow to make it look like a gift.

Most of the bespoke decorations were made from recycled materials.

Santa Bear sports a belt buckle fashioned from the tab of a coke can, a hat and t-shirt made from fabric remnants, and a book bow tie. He is reaching for the sky with an Up (Motion picture) inspired bouquet of balloons.



We used buckram offcuts from our bindery to create mini Christmas books.  

Mini baubles made from CDs were also decorated with buckram.

Discarded CDs were used to create:  

-A hoop for a prancing reindeer.  

-  A star gazing robin.  

-Dunedin Public Libraries logo mobiles

The Santa decorations were made from broken CD cases.  His beard and hat band were made from vinyl offcuts from the bindery.

We really wanted to celebrate our designation as a UNESCO City of Literature so the logo features in many of our decorations – rosettes and snowflakes made from books and plastic strapping, strings using small versions of the logo, and discs featuring local poems and Dunedin images.


We filled up the space in the alcove using gifts decorated with images of Dunedin and bows made from book pages.

Although all decorations will be down by the Twelfth Night, the good news is that Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature lives on forever.

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