Library Notes 5 April 2017

Published on 05 April 2017

Festival of Stories media

Top 10 books

New Adult Fiction

  1. No Job for a Girl by Meredith Appleyard
  2. Someone to Hold by Mary Balogh
  3. Sweet as Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand
  4. Backstabber by Kimberley Chambers
  5. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
  6. Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
  7. The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner
  8. A Mother’s Sacrifice by Kitty Neale
  9. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
  10. Nothing but Trouble by Kerry Wilkinson

Festival of Stories

Joanne Dillon (JD)

Community Learning Lead

When you think of stories and libraries, it’s natural that you envisage shelves of books containing mysteries, romance and adventures, novels set in times gone by, the present day or far off futures. However stories aren’t limited to those contained within printed pages – they exist in movies and songs, in oral storytelling and artwork, in family trees and photographs.

Libraries Horowhenua are excited to announce a week long Festival of Stories in which we will explore not only the stories you can find around you in a range of media but also give you the skills to help free your own stories. Between Monday 8 and Sunday 14 of May, we are offering more than 50 events and activities that will bring us together to enjoy and create stories. Here are some highlights of Festival of Stories:

Special guests

Mona Williams as the Caribbean Queen will share Stories of New Zealand at a family fun night. Ross Kinnaird, illustrator of popular children’s picture books such as “Why do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?”, will speak about his work as an illustrator. International speaker DK, yes that’s his real name, will inspire us with examples of storytelling using social media. He is also doing some workshops at Te Takere on Monday 15 May showing us that there is much more to social media than Facebook. Journalist Karl du Fresne will talk about the journey he took to write his book “A road tour of American song titles: from Mendocino to Memphis” which visits American towns that are featured in songs.

Free Your Stories workshops

Many of us have a head full of stories which never get told.  During Festival of Stories we want to help equip you with some of the skills and techniques you need to share your stories. Palmerston North writer Helen Lehndorf is offering  a creative writing workshop as well as a journaling one, based on her book “Write to the Centre: navigating life with glue stick and words”. ‘Song Doctor’ Charlotte Yates is running a song writing workshop for those of you wanting help with sharing your story through lyrics. The saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words, so for those who have an artistic streak, you might like to book to attend Ross Kinnaird’s illustration workshop. We are also opening our recording studio each morning during Festival of Stories and invite you to come in and share your stories.

Free Your Stories competitions

We know that there are thousands of stories in the Horowhenua so we invite you to share them with us. We have two competitions – a short story writing competition and a bookmark design competition. See our website or pickup an entry form from your library for more details.

Our Stories Are Free

During Festival of Stories we want to ensure everyone in the Horowhenua has a chance to enjoy our stories.  From Monday 8 to Sunday 14 May all items you borrow from Te Takere, Foxton Library and Shannon Library will be free of charge. This means you can borrow the latest fiction titles from our shelves as well as the newest DVDs, audio books and magazines and it won’t cost you a cent. 

Please join us for Festival of Stories: Celebrating Stories of New Zealand. Visit or our Facebook page to get further details.

What’s on in Te Takere


Horowhenua Embroiderer's Guild Exhibition 1-30 April

Monday to Friday

Volunteer Resource Centre: Talk to the Volunteer Resource Centre about becoming a volunteer. They can help you match your individual skills and interests with a large number of groups who need volunteers. 10am - 12 noon.

Family and local history: Call into the Heritage Room for help and advice on researching your family tree 10am-3pm.

Today – Wednesday 5 April

Social crochet and coffee club: Jenny Goyne will teach you to crochet, or bring you own craft project along and join in the coffee and chat and meet new friends 10.30am.

Friends of the Library morning tea 10.30am
Te Reo classes 6pm

Quiz night 7pm


JP Service Centre Shannon Library 2-3pm


Yoga 10.30-11.30am
Lunchtime music: The Kiwis George and Dean 12-1pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops 2-4pm

Youth Cooking: Contact Youth Space 3.45pm


Yoga 10.30-11.30am


Minecraft 1.00-2.30pm

Code Club 2.30-4.00pm


Tai Chi 10am-11.30am


Young Parent Coffee Group: Contact Youth Space 10am

JP Service Centre:  Kowhai Room, Te Takere 11.30am-1.30pm

Te Takere Book Club 2-3pm

Guitar Club: Contact Youth Space 4-5pm

Wednesday 12 April

Social crochet and coffee club: Jenny Goyne will teach you to crochet, or bring your own craft project along and join in the coffee and chat and meet new friends 10.30am

Te Reo classes 6pm

Quiz night 7pm


Learn new skills

Tuesday 6 April

Stepping Up: Google and the Internet, 10am-12pm