Library Column 11 December 2020

Published on 11 January 2021

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Top 10 books
New Adult Non Fiction

Blood Will Out by David Donachie
Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat
The Chemical Detective by Fiona Erskine
Love Her or Leave Her by Tessa Bailey
All we left Behind by Danielle R. Graham
Darkest Night by Jenny O’Brien
A Woman Alone by Nina Laurin
Rag-and-Bone Christmas by Dilly Court
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Flying Fox Across the Room by Ben Laffra

Pam Coleman, Community Engagement Librarian

As the Christmas Season approaches, it is a great time to reflect on the year. It has been a stressful year for us all but we should be mindful that we celebrate the positives and be grateful for the good things that have happened.

Every year we host a special morning tea where we celebrate the hard work of our library volunteers. The generosity, steadfastness, advocacy and loyalty of our volunteers, is key to the continued delivery of excellent core library services to all of our community.

Librarians love stories. We especially love fairy tales, which often speak of the truths and morals in life. So here is one about our knights in shining armour – our volunteers.

Once upon a time...

There was a grand library in a small hamlet nestled between two great cities. The library stood at the heart of the hamlet and the people loved the library with its wide welcoming open spaces and rows upon rows of books. The people worked hard but their hours were long and the books many. Great piles of treasured books lay unread and unloved and the library suffered. Great vines grew up the walls twisting and turning over dirty windows. Darkness crept through the library and the library fell into a kind of sleepy ennui.

One day a handsome prince and princess passed by the library and spotted these beautiful books. They cut through the thick branches, waded through piles of books, and to their dismay noticed that some had their covers, spines broken, and pages fluttering with sadness. He called on his knights of the realm to rescue these fair books. Day upon day they worked and as they did the library awakened. The vines shrunk back and the warm sun poured in the windows. There became a lightness of being and laughter was heard once again. The people united with the love of these wonderful books and crowds flocked once more to enjoy reading.

The library fell into a happy time once more. Life went on until one day a great plague fell over the kingdom. Once again the people felt that sense of sadness and loneliness but instead of ennui they banded together – this time to make sure the brave knights of the realm were safe and well... because a love had grown between them. Friendship had blossomed over the years. The library could see the empathy, honesty steadfastness and loyalty of the knights and the books were lonely without them. Over time the plague disappeared and one by one the knights returned. The library was joyous and a great celebration was organised by the financially astute and highly organised Celle - with much cake, sandwiches and cake. The books shone with glee and the people laughed....And...They all lived happily ever after.

What’s On

Exhibitions
Retro Auto Art by Zane Goode: November 2020, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery
Parallax – Art Jewellery and Painting – Exhibition: Saturday 17 October to Sunday 13 December
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Heritage room:
The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers 10am-12.30 pm
Monday to Saturday and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 1.00pm – 3.00pm.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research librarian available all day every Friday.

Children’s Summer Reading Programme
Register for the Children’s Summer Reading Programme NOW
Summer Reading Programme runs from December 7 to January 15.

Friday 11 December:
Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 12pm
Tiddlywinks & Noughts and Crosses Children’s Space: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou
Nieuwe Stroom & Shannon Library: 3.30pm-5pm
Tech Try-outs: Curious about which e-Reader or tablet to buy for Christmas? Come and join us for an informal drop-in session! Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am – 12pm

Monday 14 December:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 9.30am-12.00pm
Tiddlywinks & Noughts and Crosses Children’s Space: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom & Shannon Library: 3.30pm-5pm

Tuesday 15 December:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 9.30am - 12.00pm
JP Service: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Make a Cool Bendy Snake: Children’s Space: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou NieuweStroom & Shannon Library: 3.30pm-5pm

Wednesday 16 December:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10.30am
Final Quiz Night of 2020: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 7pm, $5
Make a Cool Bendy Snake: Children’s Space: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom & Shannon Library: 3.30pm-5pm
Crafternoon: Christmas Card Making: Children’s Space: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te AwahouNieuwe Stroom & Shannon Library: 2pm-4pm
Cuppa with a COP: We have a great new initiative happening on the run up to Christmas. Get to know your local police officers by having an informal and confidential chat over coffee. Our times for this may vary over the week according to police commitments, so please keep an eye on the poster in the library and on our Facebook account for times. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Wednesday each week. Time TBC

Thursday 17 December:
JP Service: Shannon Library, 2pm – 3pm
Lego Hour: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Youth Space, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Dots & Boxes & Knucklebones: Children’s Space: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom & Shannon Library: 3.30pm-5pm
Knit and Natter – crochet and knitting group. Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Friday 18 December:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 9.30am-12.00pm
Local Music Showcase (Friday concert): TBC Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 12-1pm
Dots & Boxes & Knucklebones: Children’s Space: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom & Shannon Library: 3.30pm-5pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 10am-12pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 2pm -4pm
Tech Try-outs: Curious about which e-Reader or tablet to buy for Christmas? Come and join us for an informal drop-in session! Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am – 12pm

 

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