Library News 1 April 2022

Published on April 01, 2022

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Top 10 Film & TV Tie-ins from CloudLibrary

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
The Mauritanian by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The North Water by Ian McGuire
Passing by Nella Larsen
The Last Duel by Eric Jager
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Leala Faleseuga – Digital Inclusion Coordinator

April is upon us, ushered in surreptitiously and still deceptively cloaked in the lingering blush of summer. Like a visitor you were expecting but had totally forgotten about, April brings the promise of darkening evenings, a cooler bite in the air, autumnal harvests (feijoa’s anyone?), and the potential for cosy and gezellig times. Gezellig is Dutch, very loosely meaning cosiness. It’s one of those lovely, lush words that lack a direct translation in English, often referring to the combination of atmosphere and emotional state, as well as physical specifics. Like the Danish ‘hygge’ or Icelandic ‘gluggavedur’, gezellig is perfect for summing up all the snug and convivial potential of the cooler months to come.

I’m a devotee to the temple of cosy reading, a card carrying convert. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures, a good book, a warm nook, and maybe a hot cup of tea. But hush, don’t tell, I’m also quite partial to some cosy watching, especially as we cash our daylight savings in for those dark nights. I have quite an ad-hoc watching roster, but as the seasons shift, through the contemplative ebb of autumn into the deep repose of winter, I find myself seeking out the prolonged enjoyment of a TV series.

The TV series is a wonderful format (when done right). It allows the time and resources to explore a story deeper than sometimes a movie can allow. This is particularly beneficial for book adaptions…we all know the pain of having to watch a beloved and brilliant book transmuted into a shell of itself through a terrible adaption. Abhorrent! I am particularly fond of a good crime procedural set in a stunning locale, a well-worn format that always performs well, no matter where they’re set. Think Top of the Lake (NZ), Midnight Sun (Scandi-noir from Sweden), Hinterland / Y Gwyll (Wales). My absolute favourites are Shetland (Scotland), Vera and The Long Call (UK), which all have their genesis in the fabulous novels of Ann Cleeves.

Here at Libraries Horowhenua, we can provide you with great watching material through issuable DVD’s, but you can also access great TV watching, along with other media (music and music) through our eLibrary platform Hoopla. All you need is your Libraries Horowhenua membership and password, and you can sign up to Hoopla and enjoy their extensive offerings (eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, comics and TV series).

They have an absolutely fantastic selection of TV series, including dedicated BBC and Acorn TV collections. There’s classics abound, everything from Call the Midwife, to Foyle’s War to Absolutely Fabulous. If you are feeling more like learning, Hoopla has educational material, including The Great Courses, Craftsy, as well as plenty of content for children. It’s well worth checking out.

To sign up, you’ll need your Libraries Horowhenua membership and password, and to visit . You can have 10 Hoopla issues a month.

If you’re still more inclined towards cosy reading (eBooks or eAudiobooks), you can check out our ‘Film & TV Tie-In’s’ list from Cloud Library, one of our other four eLibrary platforms. This curated collection is jam-packed with the literary originals responsible for some of the hottest TV and movie hits of the year gone, or to come. The Power of the Dog, The Lost Daughter, Daisy Jones and the Six, Bear Town and more!

For more information on Cloud Library and our eLibrary, visit


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Closed Sunday

Shannon Library: Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 5.00pm, Saturday & Sunday closed.

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm Closed Sunday


The Three Musketeers, 4 April – 29 April 2022, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery Space,

Tuesday 5 April

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

Thursday 7 April

JP Service: Shannon Library, 2pm – 3pm.

Friday 8 April

SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops

     Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10am-12pm

     Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm -4pm

Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 12pm - 1pm


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