Library News 8 April 2022

Published on April 08, 2022

Library News on a blue, purple and red background

Top 10 New Non-Fiction

Honey, I Homeschooled the Kids by Nadia Sawalha and Mark Adderley
The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war by Craig Whitlock
Churchill’s Little Redhead by Celia Sandys
All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King
What Colour is your Parachute: Your guide to a lifetime of meaningful work and career success by Richard N. Bolles
Human Frontiers, the Future of Big Ideas in an Age of Small Thinking by Michael Bhaskar
Mal’s Cat by Mala Kacenberg
Maths Tricks to Blow your Mind: A journey through viral Maths by Kyle Evans
Speeches that Changed the World collated by Quercus
The Harley-Davidson Source Book: All the milestone production models since 1903 by Mitch Bergeron

Pam Coleman Community Engagement Librarian

As I like to share with you all I love my job. Working with our community is one of my favourite things, but I probably enjoy writing the Library Notes the most. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it, but some may ask, “Why does the library write The Library Notes in the newspaper in the first place?”

Firstly, the most obvious reason is to engage our customers and share any library news. Promoting our library’s services, resources, and programmes in print can help us reach out beyond the visitors, beyond the walls of the physical library. The Library Notes is a great tool to help us highlight the library’s collection. We can use it to share book lists and advice on how to use the catalogue. We can share book reviews, book recommendations, and celebrate book awards.

We need to dig a little deeper to explain why we diligently provide a column each week. What inspires our librarians to write Library Notes each week?

As we plan and organise events it is foremost in our mind why we offer such programming. We keep in mind who our programme is for, what that audience needs and what they might gain from participating in it. For example, with our children’s holiday programme coming up (in fact, it’s in two weeks, from the 17 April, can you believe?) our children’s team are preparing all the resources and fun things we plan to do that week. So on top of my mind this week is to show how much libraries and librarians can contribute to supporting children’s literacy and ultimately to inspire a love of reading among children.

It seems appropriate to include some words, which have inspired me this week. Richard Van Camp is a Canadian author asked to write a speech and a poem to celebrate International Children’s Book Day last week. In his speech, he talks about how the most wonderful thing about children is that they pull you onto the dancefloor of life. In his poem, he uses the inspiring phrase,

“Stories are wings that help you soar every day so find the books that speak to your spirit, to your heart, to your mind.”

In our Library Notes we try to give you a deeper insight into the workings of your library and connect you with the wider world of literature. For me, I like to give a voice to people from within our team too. It’s always really exciting to welcome a new person into our team. Especially when they understand the value of reading. I’ll leave you with some words from her, our newest team member and parent to a wee three year old.

“When I am sitting reading to my son, I think about how much I want him to be confident in life and progress through school as easily as possible. I think about how reading is essential to just about everything in life – from cooking to driving, to just getting through school.

How proud do we feel as parents when our children learn and begin to use new words? But it’s not just us that get a kick out their vocabulary expanding – they do too! I felt it was important to start reading to my child at a young age and teach him the value of reading so they will grow to practice it often and value their ability to do so. Reading can be a quiet independent experience for them, or it can be an animated and fun bonding adventure for the both of you.”


What’s On

Opening Hours

We are delighted to be able to resume normal opening hours.

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9am to 5.30pm, Wednesday - 10am to 9pm, Saturday - 10am to 4pm, Sunday - 1pm to 4pm

Shannon Library: Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 5.00pm, Saturday - 10am to 12pm, Sunday – Closed

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday & Sunday - 10am - to 4pm


The Three Musketeers, 4 April – 29 April 2022, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery Space,

Tuesday 11 April

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

Thursday 12 April

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

Friday 13 April

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

Up in the Air: Children’s Holiday Programme

Crafts and Activities, 18 April to 29 April, Monday to Friday:

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10am to 12pm

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 1pm – 5pm

Shannon Library, all day

Watch this space for additional programming in the afternoon and at the weekend.

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