Library Notes 17 July 2019

Published on 17 July 2019

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Top 10 books

New Non-Fiction
Visual Arabic English bilingual dictionary
Lonely Planet Eastern USA
Passageways: the story of a New Zealand family by Ann Thwaite
Super-cute macarons: bake and decorate delicious treats for any occasion by Loretta Liu
Handmade wedding: 35 handcrafted projects to make your special day unique
Simple & stylish backyard projects by Anna & Anders Jeppsson
Water-smart gardening: save water, save money, and grow the garden you want by Diana Maranhao
Natural soap making by Marie Browning
Riding by faith through Ireland by Tracey Elliot-Reep
Waugh stories: growing up in Hokitika during the 1960s by Alec & Richard Waugh

Midwinter Warmers by Renee Faleseuga

By the time you read this, Pam should have returned to these antipodean shores! Maybe laden with Harry Potter mementos, possibly with a few new library cards, definitely with some memories of home to bring … home. Because home can be many places at once. Welcome back, Pam!

One thing about travelling across the globe is shifting through seasons in days rather than months. For Pam, that means arriving home to a southern hemisphere winter. I used to think I was a summer lover only, balking at the thought of crisp air, short days. I have since realised my error, learning to embrace each season for its gifts. Winter is upon us and I am thrilled! What’s winter perfect for? Cosy reading! We all have our warm winter reading favourites, safe choices that never disappoint. In my case this would be some Ann Cleeves. I love a classic crime novel, where the locale is a character in itself. However, I thought for this week’s winter reads I’d look a bit out of the box, at the other parts of our catalogue that I am enjoying.

E-Books

Book purists, hear me out! I am one of you! However, I am also a parent, most recently to twins, who are now three. In my parenting career I have spent an obscene amount of hours in the dark or low light. Everything from night-feeding, to worried bedside vigils and hospital stays, to (current stage) me attempting to cajole my toddlers to go to sleep. It all happens in the near dark. I wish I’d put an e-reader on my baby registry! I could have been reading all that time, instead of mindlessly scrolling my phone or staring into the salt-lamp tinged black. E-books have been a lifeline in the dark. Even better, they’re available for free if you have a library card and a suitable device.

Top pick:The Library Book by Susan Orlean - An intriguing investigation of the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire. It also casts light onto the role and importance of libraries.

Graphic Novels

Did you know, we have graphic novels that span all ages? From children to teen to adult! I am new to this genre, but have come to the love the fast paced storytelling and fabulous artwork. I’m glad I ventured out of my reading zone!

Top pick:World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay - A prequel to Black Panther, this powerful tale looks into the lives of the Dora Milaje, the all-female elite special forces of Wakanda.           

Today is your last chance to pick up a bargain from the Friends of the Library book sale.  Happy winter reading everyone!

 

What’s On

Exhibitions:
Te Marama Puta: Emerging Light, Presented by Te Kokiri Development Consultancy Inc
Toi Whakarakai: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, May 1 to July 30

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

Wednesday July 17:
Maths is Fun:    Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom – session times as per registration
School Holiday Crafts:
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10am – 12pm
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, drop in
   -Shannon Library, 2pm - 3pm
Winter Warmers: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10am-12pm & 3pm – 5pm
Quiz Night 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Thursday July 18:
Maths is Fun:    Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom finale, 3.30pm
School Holiday Crafts:
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10am – 12pm
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, drop in
   -Shannon Library, 2pm - 3pm
Winter Warmers: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10am-12pm & 3pm – 5pm

Friday July 19:
Friday Lunchtime Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Bruce Carey, 12pm
School Holiday Crafts:
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10am – 12pm
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, drop in
   -Shannon Library, 2pm - 3pm
Winter Warmers: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10am-12pm & 3pm – 5pm

Monday July 22:
Tai Chi classes Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Main Space 10am
Toddler Time:
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō – Children’s Library, every Monday, 2pm
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom – Children’s Library, every Monday 2.15pm

Tuesday July 23:
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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 July 24:
Toddler Time: Shannon Community Library, every Wednesday, 1.30pm
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Quiz Night 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5