Library Column 2 October 2020

Published on October 02, 2020


Top 10 books

New Adult Non Fiction
The Grown-ups Guide to Crafting with Kids by Vicki Manning
Tried and True: 13 Classic Quilts for Reproduction Fabrics by Jo Morton
Cute Crotched wild animals by Emma Varnam
Manga Drawing Delux by Nao Yazawa
Meditative Stone Art by Maria Mercedes and Trujillo Arango
Japanese Paper Flowers by Hiromi Yamazaki
Drinking with Chickens: Free-Range Cocktails for the Happiest Hour
Southeast Asia’s Best Recipes by Wendy Hutton
Aegean: Recipes from the Mountains to the Sea by Marianna Leivaditaki
Cool Beans: the Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World’s Best Plant Protein  by Joe Yonan 

Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  


One of our library goals involves technology so that we can let our community learn and ask questions about things they are interested to try out, but not necessarily purchase for themselves. We work with everything from virtual reality to robotics, from drones to even the simple Lego brick. This type of learning is called STEM Learning. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Perfect subjects for a library you might say. Combining books on STEM with practical, hands on sessions is a perfect way to help young people, and adults, to develop an interest in technology and engineering.

Drones are currently one of the biggest buzzes in the technology community, so for us, it was a perfect fit for what we could call “Show and Tech.” We’re letting people go hands on with our technology and, perhaps more importantly, engaging in discussions about what the real-world applications are.

There is a lot going on with drones right now: people have questions about what it means for privacy, how it’s going to affect the airspace, and what regulations are being put in place, examples of them being used, etc. You can certainly have these conversations with people at any time, but when they are able to feel a drone in their hands and see a quick flight demo in person, their imaginations are sparked and they begin to create their own story of what the future of technology will look like.

This spring holiday young people aged 12- 16 will learn about the safety and applications of drones from a real life drone pilot, then have a go at  building, programming and controlling an Airblock modular hovercraft and airblock drone. They will have a few fun games to help them learn about using the controls.

This hands on experience is not only great fun, it aids in the development of core skills such as fine and gross motor skills. There’s even a little bit of physics in there – gravity. Who knew physics could be fun!

So I can imagine a lot of you grown-ups are now thinking, “What about me? Can I sign up?” Embrace the twelve year old you and watch this space for all kinds of show and tech.


Wednesday 7 October 9am – 3pm
Ages 12 – 16
Held at Levin Memorial Hall, Levin Aquatics Centre with lunch in the Youth Space.
Includes lunch/snacks: Please indicate any allergies/food allergies/special requirements
Registration is essential as anyone under 16 must get consent from a parent/carer.
You can
   -Register via email, print out and return Email: [email protected]
   -Pop in to the library to register.
We will provide a waiting list for this and potential future programmes if this one is full. 

What’s On

Celebrating Levin Playcentre: October 2020, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō GalleryS
Town and Country Quilters: 4th – 18th October, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Main Space
Whenu - A Multimedia Exhibition, Five contemporary artists from around the region have come together, each weaving their innovation and story-telling into one space. Saturday 29th August to Sunday 11th October, Te Awahou Niuewe Stroom 

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

Exploring Great Artists:
Monday 28 September to Friday 9 October
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am -12pm
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10am -12pm
   -Shannon Library 1pm to 5pm

Maths Is Fun
Monday 5 October to Thursday 8 October Te Awahou Niewue Stroom

There are 4 different levels according to what year the child is in at school, so contact the library for the different times for each group.  Registrations are open now and numbers are limited.
Contact our Children’s Librarian with any queries: [email protected] 

Friday 5 October:
Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 12pm

Tuesday 6 October:
JP Service: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 11.30am - 1.30pm

Wednesday 7 October:

Indoor Drones Workshop, Ages 12 – 16 Levin Memorial Hall, Levin Aquatics Centre, lunch in the Youth Space. FREE registration essential 9am – 3pm

Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am

Quiz Night 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Thursday 8 October:
Lego Hour: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Friday 9 October:
Local Music Showcase (Friday concert): TBC Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 12-1pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10am -12pm
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm - 4pm


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