Library News 1 October

Published on October 01, 2021


New Rental Fiction

The Lip by Charlie Carroll
The Rule by David Jackson
The Last Commandment by Scott Shephard
Ascension by Oliver Harris
This Shining Life by Harriet Kline
Wolf Stockburn: Railroad Detective by Max O’Hara
The Woodcock by Richard Smyth
The Covered Wife by Lisa Emanuel
Light Seekers Femi Kayode
The Heathens: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins

Pam Coleman
Community Engagement Librarian

Our kids may be feeling a bit confused and saddened by the restrictions at level 2. At first, a few days off from school and after school clubs may have felt fun. But after weeks, and with the school holidays approaching, they may be struggling to understand why all of their activities have been cancelled. It is important we support them as they adjust to the changes—especially since a lot of uncertainty remains about when their activities will resume again.

For myself I’m trying very hard to avoid using phrases like “stuck at home” or “can’t get out.” It’s very difficult but I think this type of language implies that we are all victims who are trapped in an unbearable situation. It can cause us all to feel even worse about their circumstances. Instead, I try to use empowering language. I try to use words like “safer at home” and “choosing to stay in.” This way I know that I’m making good choices because I want to, not because I’m obligated to.

I have been reading lots of fun light material, romance and children’s fiction included, to try to escape the daily ennui. Wandering to a different world just by opening up a chapter and reading from sentence to sentence, I get to decide the pace. With a book in front of your nose, you can allow yourself to just ignore the world around you for a moment, or for hours, or for an entire day.

The library is open and we can all continue to safely borrow items, so a visit is an essential activity this school holiday. Thanks to libraries, reading is one of the most accessible, affordable and creative activities. Reading for pleasure is strongly influenced by relationships between children and their carer’s, teachers and of course, librarians. Reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and everyday life.

While cancelling our programming keeps us safe we don’t want kids to miss out.  So pop into the library between 4 to 15 October and pick up your free kids craft kit this school holiday. We have included supplies and instructions for you to enjoy a craft or activity at home.  You can pick up your kit, as well as lots of books and DVDS, from Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and Shannon Library. Get in quick as supplies are available on a first come, first served basis.

Our team are hurting this week at the loss of a beloved member of our library whānau. His whānau are in our thoughts and prayers. We know that he rests in peace and will be singing amongst the stars.

Okioki i runga i te rangimarie.

What’s On

As we continue to work together at level 2 to contain the new outbreak of the delta strain of coronavirus, Libraries Horowhenua continue to take extra practical steps to ensure our community have access to our services during this time.

Under Alert Level 2:

  • All of our Horowhenua Libraries will be open normal hours.  The exception to this is no late night Wednesday at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō.
  • The Youth Space will be closed until further notice.
  • Please wear a mask, as these are mandatory during Alert Level 2.
  • Please scan the NZ Covid Tracer App QR Code at the entrance to our facilities, or use the alternative paper methods that will be provided.
  • Please maintain 2 meter physical distancing at all times.
  • Customer numbers will be restricted at Shannon Library, so we can ensure safe 2 meter distancing
  • There will only be one entry and one exit point at each of our facilities.
  • Our staff will be ensuring our spaces are safe and healthy with cleaning and hygiene protocols.
  • All programming is cancelled until further notice.
  • Public computers are still available, but with physical distancing measures.  
  • EBooks, audiobooks, and online resources are available 24/7 on our website through our online platform Libby

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation, this helps us ensure we all keep safe during Alert Level 2.

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