Library News 25 February 2022

Published on February 25, 2022

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New Non-Fiction

The diabetic goodie cookbook: classic desserts and baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth by Kathy Kochan
Between the harbour and the mountain: reflections of the ordinary and the profound by Patricia Williams
Out here: an anthology of Takatapui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa
Ayurvedic rituals: wisdom, recipes + the ancient art of self-care by Chasca Summerville
Remembering Kaikoura earthquake by Andrew Spencer
Drawing: a complete guide: nature by Giovanni Civardi
Shutdown: how Covid shook the world’s economy by Adam Tooze
You’ve got to laugh: stories from a life lived to the full by Alison Hammond
In the company of gardeners: inspirational gardens and inspired gardeners of New Zealand by Juliet Nicholas
New Zealand’s wild weather explained by the experts at MetService; with Gerard Hutching


TIPS for Reading with Babies
Pam Coleman Community Engagement Librarian

With the new academic year about to begin thousands of children will be leaving home – many for the first time – as they set out on that great adventure we call life. My darling daughter, baby number four and our youngest is now going into her second year and instead of flatting she is moving back home. Just three months after darling son, number two, moved out. Don’t get me wrong I love my kidults, and we did have a bit of empty nest syndrome. After years of children being at the centre of our life we thought ‘what now?’ Well for three glorious months, I could watch my own TV programmes, listen to loud music and live in an untidy house without having to set an example. My favourite thing of all?  Having the freedom to wear what I want, from PJ’s to muumuu dresses.

Perhaps with this in mind, everywhere I look I see pregnant ladies or parents with newborns at the moment. Our esteemed leader has become a Nana recently too and we have been enjoying gorgeous pictures of her gorgeous grandson. As a Library Manager and booklover’s grandson, this lucky lad is going to be the best-read baby in New Zealand!

It’s never too early to read to your baby. As soon as your baby is born, he or she starts learning. Just by talking to, playing with, and caring for your baby every day, you help your baby develop language skills necessary to become a reader. By reading with your baby, you foster a love of books and reading right from the start. The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for you and your child.

     Snuggle up with a book:

When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story. Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby’s confidence and love of reading.

     Choose baby-friendly books:

Books with bright and bold or high-contrast illustrations are easier for young babies to see, and will grab their attention. Books made of cloth or soft plastic (for the bathtub) or “board books” with sturdy cardboard pages are easier for a baby to handle.

     Encourage your baby’s coos, growls, and gurgles:

They are your baby’s way of communicating with you, and are important first steps toward speech. Encourage attempts to mimic you. The more your baby practices making sounds, the clearer they will become. Go ahead and moo, woof and honk!

     Make reading a part of your daily routine:

Routines can soothe a baby, and let a baby learn to predict what will happen next. The ability to predict is important when your child is older and is reading independently.

     Sing, Read, Repeat:

Read favourite stories and sing favourite songs over and over again. Repeated fun with books will strengthen language development and positive feelings about reading.

     “Read” your baby:

Pay attention to how your baby reacts to the book you are reading. Stop if your baby isn’t enjoying the story and try another book or another time.

Remember you can always ask us for book recommendations. You will find that librarians of any age (including most of the oldies) enjoy reading children’s books and would love to share their favourites.

The greatest gift for a child is a love of reading so the greatest gift we can give, is to help you make it happen!


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‘Drawn With Light: Stories from the Family Camera’ by MAVtech and Jacob Brookie, 5 February to 28 February, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery Space.

New Arts Collective Exhibition: Kotahi Tonu te Wairua o Nga Mea Katoa, December 18, 2021 to March 6, 2022, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom.

Tuesday 1 March

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

Thursday 3 March

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

Friday 4 March

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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