Library News 17 September 2021

Published on September 17, 2021


New Young Adult Fiction

One in a Hundred Thousand by Linni Ingemundsen
You’re the One that I Want by Simon James Green
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze by Clayton Zone Comber
A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp
Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck
Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon
Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adreinne Tooley
This is for Tonight by Jessica Patrick

Leala Faleseuga

Digital Inclusion Coordinator
Tomorrow is Read an e-book day!

Reading digitally can be a suspicious concept, especially to the traditionalists among us who can’t get passed the beauty and perfection of a book in its physical entirety. The joy in the paper, the bend of the spine, the satisfying tangibility of stories bound into physical form. A book can transform one’s mind, one’s outlook… and they make a fantastic addition to one’s home décor. You can’t go past a good book and plant combo in the cosy corners of one’s home, in my humble opinion. However, no matter the vessel, be it traditional or digital, the story within remains the same. E-books and e-audiobooks are welcome additions to my reading world. They don’t compete with my beloved ‘book’ books, rather augment my reading life quite nicely.

Reading e-books has many benefits. They are extremely portable meaning you can enjoy your stories anytime, anywhere. I often will read digitally when I am sitting in the dark, helping my children settle for sleep. E-books are nice and light, perfect for those who may find a traditional book hard to hold for long periods. You can also store a multitude of books on the one lightweight device… you’ll never run out of reading! Imagine having to lug 20-30 books around in your bag. E-books also have fantastic accessibility features such as font options, text size options and Dyslexia friendly settings, and can be issued even when we are physically closed.

Libraries Horowhenua has a world of free e-books and e-audiobooks available with your membership. Our e-Library collection currently includes OverDrive / Libby and Lingogo, and more options will be added in the coming months. Lingogo is the newest addition to our e-Library, and is a downloadable app with Māori and Pasifika language stories. Lingogo uses a unique dual language format to help readers and learners of all ages and levels to enjoy the collection. It is very user friendly, and has audio options, as well as English translations at the touch of a button. You can access Lingogo using your card number and password or pin.

With all the new additions to our digital reading options, we will be saying farewell to our Wheelers e-Platform catalogue. This will be winding up on the 30th of September, so please do make sure you’ve finished any reading you are doing on this platform, as your books won’t be available past this date. Don’t worry though! While we close the door on our Wheelers e-Platform service, we are going to be getting some exciting new options in the near future, so keep an eye out!

For information on our e-Library, e-membership options or password resets:

What’s On

We strongly believe our libraries are at the heart of every community and we mirror, reflect and service our community according to their needs. Libraries Horowhenua are taking extra practical steps to ensure our community have access to our services during this challenging 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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