Library Notes 1 May 2019

Published on 01 May 2019


Top 10 books


New Adult Non Fiction
The Duke I once knew by Olivia Drake
After He Died By Michael J Malone
The Land Girl by Allie Burns
Dare me Again by Shelly Alexander
The Burglar by Thomas Perry
The Widows by Jess Montgomery
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux
A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods
A Cornish Secret by Emma Burstall


Pam Coleman Community Engagement Librarian

 Large Print – See Differently

Large print books are regular titles which are published unabridged as special editions with larger than usual font sizes. Large print titles usually have size 14 to 16 size font. Most regular adult books are set in 10 to 12 point set.

Large print books are an essential resource for individuals with low vision. It’s not just a bigger font size that makes reading large print accessible.  It’s also proven that the bold typeset and increased white space on the page improves word recognition, aids reading comprehension and increase feelings of confidence when reading. This makes it a perfect choice for beginning readers, readers with dyslexia or for learners of English as a second language.

Reading large print allows the eyes to relax more, reducing eye strain. Eye strain can be linked to symptoms such as headaches, light sensitivity, red, sore and itchy eyes, so keeping our eyes relaxed and healthy is important for everyone.

Digital eye strain occurs after two or more hours of digital device use. As ‘screen time’ increases, reading large print can give your eyes a rest.

Most new large print books are printed on thinner, high quality, opaque paper which makes them as light as a traditional adult hardcover book. They are more expensive to make because of this.

Horowhenua Libraries believes that everyone in our community has the right to access library services and materials to meet their needs for information, education, inspiration and recreation. We believe that every person should have the opportunity to reach their own potential, to be who they choose to be. While we dedicate a large part of our collection budget to building a great large print collection, the books are costly. We need your help to do everything we can to ensure the library maintains a wide variety of genres and topics

The Large Print appeal runs through Horowhenua libraries from Wednesday 1 May until ….May. Members of the public are invited to ‘sponsor’ a new large print book of their choice by donating $25 or $15. Donors can select a specific book from a display of new large print books at Shannon, Te Awahou or Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō. The gift is acknowledged by a donation plate, and the donor gets to be the first reader.

The Friends of the Library are active partners in the appeal. They generously support the appeal by matching every donation dollar for dollar, up to $2000. Their hours of hard work through book sales and fundraising events are much appreciated.

Sponsor a large print title and give everyone and anyone a chance to see differently!


What’s on


RSA100: A celebration of our local Levin RSA, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Wednesday, May 9 to 29

Heritage room:
The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers 10am-12.30 pm Monday to Saturday.

Wednesday May 1:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Quiz Night 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Thursday May 2:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm
Lego Club Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 3.30pm – 5.00pm

Friday May 3:
Friday Lunchtime Concert presents 6-Pac: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 12am-1pm

Sunday May 5:
Sunday Concert Series presents Matiu Te Huki Beautiful Soulful and melodic tones, from this internationally acclaimed, Kāpiti based singer-songwriter.

Monday May 6:
Tai Chi classes Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Main Space 10am

Tuesday May 7:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm
JP Service: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 11.30am-1.30pm

Wednesday May 8:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Quiz Night 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5