Library News 24 September 2021

Published on September 24, 2021


New Fiction
The Clockmaker’s Wife by Daisy Wood
Gunpowder Green by Paul W. Feenstra
Kyiv by Graham Hurley
What makes you think you’re awake? By Megan Poland
The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds by T E Kinsey
On the subject of relationships by Jeremy Mallinson
Angels Unaware by Lisa DeAngelis
Bluemantle by Karen Langston
Mrs England by Stacey Halls
The Sunshine Seekers by Sarah Morgan

Dariann Sigley

Library Assistant
This Sunday marks the beginning of a busy celebratory days and weeks. This coming week, all in one week in fact, is Chinese Language week, Banned Books week and Mental Health Awareness week. Following that it’s International Older Persons Day and Grandparents Day.

While we can’t celebrate all of these events in our usual way, we can mark them by bringing awareness and acknowledging the importance of each event. So make sure to keep an eye on our social media accounts and library displays to celebrate with us from a distance!

International Day of Older Persons is a United Nations initiative celebrated around the world. It’s a time for everyone, families and organisations to acknowledge and say thank you for the huge contribution older people make to communities throughout New Zealand. Our Services to Older Persons Librarian Jennifer Walton has been making sure we celebrate safely and in accordance with level two standards to protect our elders.

On Friday 1st October if you are a senior citizen, you can also enjoy a free coffee (or hot chocolate) at the Library Café! Come up to our library desk at the front entrance to receive your voucher. And make sure you come in before 3pm when the café closes!

Of course the week I am most excited and enthusiastic about is Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools, and supports the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

While individuals, groups and organisations may feel that reading material not in line with their own belief or values should be unavailable to everyone, it is up to an individual to decide on what is appropriate for themselves and their family.

The theme of this year’s banned book week is “Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us.” This is a great way to approach the positive aspects of reading. We encourage you to think of some examples of books that bring us together. Pop in to the library find out some interesting and perhaps surprising banned books. Better yet - take one home.

 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 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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