Library News 13 August 2021

Published on August 13, 2021


Pam Coleman
Community Engagement Librarian
Book Reviews

Libraries Horowhenua are always keen to know what you think about what you read. As well as focusing on the data we gather from our collection statistics your feedback and suggestions can provide information which our librarians can use to help make decisions about the purchasing of books and other materials.

Anyone can say “I loved this book”, or “I hated that book”, but it’s much harder to say why. Reviewing is important because well-argued reviews can influence what gets read and ultimately what gets published. Your voice can make a difference.

Good book reviews are for readers, to tell them: 

  • Title, author, publisher, year
  • What this book is about
  • How it compares with similar books
  • How well it works as a book, and why.

You can leave or find book reviews on our catalogue through our main library websites or

There is a link to our catalogue through the main page under the menu “your library.” When you search for a new read or find a book you have read, you can post a comment at the bottom of the book summary.  Alternatively, you can leave a short comment or rating on the sheet on the inside cover of the actual book.

There are plenty of websites and blogs available online to find reviews or suggestions of a good read. Local blogger, Julia Kuttner reviews her favourite reads. All of her reviews are from books available from Libraries Horowhenua, so you are sure to find them in our catalogue. Julia is a great supporter and volunteer at our library and her blog is honest and well-written. A link to her site is available on the front page of our catalogue, which again you will find on the tab “Your Library” on our main Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō or Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom website. There is no one right way to write a review and one of the pleasures of reviewing is seeing what other people say about a book you have read. Write with your personality and if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. You can give the book a rating, for example a mark out of five or ten, if you like! Enjoy yourself – it’s not often you get a chance to have your say in a public forum!

What’s On

Glimpses of Nancy, selected works by Nancy Adkin, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery, August

Heritage Room:
The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers Tuesday to Saturday at the following times:
          Tuesday, 10.00am-12.30pm    
          Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10.00am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm
          Saturday, 10.00am-12.30pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research Librarian available all day every Friday. 

Monday 16 August
Library Meet Street: Te Takeretanga o –Kura-hau-pō, social group, coffee and chat, all welcome, 10.00am-11.00am 

Tuesday 17 August
JP Service: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 11.30am-1.30pm 

Wednesday 18 August
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10.30am
Wednesday Cooking: The Youth Space. 5.00pm-6.00pm
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 7.00pm-9.00pm, $5 

Thursday 19 August
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Awahaou Nieuwe Stroom, 10.30am
Made to Sew: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Youth Space, 10.30am
JP Service: Shannon Library, 2.00pm-3.00pm
Lego Hour: Shannon Library 3.30pm – 4.30pm 

Friday 20 August
Local Music Showcase, Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 12.00pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
          Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 10.00am-12.00pm
          Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 2.00pm-4.00pm 

Saturday 21 August
The Inflatable Kingdom 10:00am–2:00pm, 4:00pm–7:00pm, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Youth Space, 10 Bath Street, Levin, Horowhenua
Enjoy some amazing activities including bouncy castles, nerf and basketball shooting ranges, mini golf, giant games and so much more. Littlies under 3 will enjoy a dedicated toddler zone.

Ticket Information:
General Admission (3-12 Years Old): $5 each
General Admission - Family Pass (4 Children): $15
General Admission (0 - 3 Years Old): Free
Supervising Adult: Free

Tickets available Online at eventfinda
Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) 

Coming up
Saturday 28 August 10.30am Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō
Join us to celebrate the launch Tony Straw's first novel "Avoiding the Autobahn." Enjoy an excerpt from the delightful novel as well as participate in Q&A session with the charming Tony. You will also be able to purchase a signed copy of "Avoiding the Autobahn." Refreshments will be provided. FREE


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