Library Notes 18 December 2020

Published on January 08, 2021


Top 10 books
New Adult Non Fiction
Tough Women: Adventure Stories edited by Jenny Tough
Family Trusts: The Must-Have New Zealand Guide by Martin Hawes
Conversations with RGB: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law
A Long Time Coming: The Story of Ngai Tahu’s Treaty Settlement Negotiations with the Crown by Martin Fisher
These are not Gentle People by Andrew Harding
Violin for Dummies by Katherine Rapoport
Skin Healing Expert by Hannah Sillitoe
Under the Olive Tree: Recipes from my Greek Kitchen by Irini Tzortzoglou
Sewn Toy Treasures by Sandra Reis
Cakewalk compiled by Lissa Alexander


Pam Coleman, Community Engagement Librarian

Christmas Wishes:

There are many traditions for Christmas and indeed for our community all year round, but a common thread is the time spent with loved ones, the sights and smells that evoke past holidays, and the warmth and hope that comes from random acts of goodwill (and we see many of these across our community spaces.) This holiday is a welcome break, for a year which may have been difficult for many. It's a reminder, too, of the enduring power that Christmas has in bringing out the best in the human spirit.

This time of year, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are possibly unaware of the anxiety and the onset of Christmas depression that can occur from isolation during the festive season. It’s true that many can go through the motions of the busy holiday period, but still feel very lonely at Christmas.

For lonely people it can be a difficult time. For many different reasons, such as the death of a loved one, living too far from relatives, or because possibly because of social isolation.

Our Libraries are open in the days between Christmas and New Year. It’s a place where all are welcome. It’s a place where you can meet with others, have a chat with the librarians, play a board game, enjoy some quiet time and even, read a good book.

After this tumultuous year we can try to focus on the things which bring us together. To celebrate the things which connect us, and to be more forgiving of the things which cause conflict and distance.

Christmas is a moment to reset the clock, if temporarily. It is a time to stop and appreciate the richness of life and all those who have contributed to it. The New Year and its challenges and joys will come soon enough.

From all of us at Horowhenua Libraries we wish you and yours the warmest wishes for the holiday season and the year ahead.


What’s On

Levin Model Railway Club, December 14 to January 19, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery
Parallax – Art Jewellery and Painting – Exhibition: October 17 to Sunday December 13,

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
Heritage room:
The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers 10am-12.30 pm
Monday to Saturday. Monday to Saturday and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 1.00pm –
3.00pm. Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research librarian available all day every

Children’s Summer Reading Programme
Register for the Children’s Summer Reading Programme NOW
Summer Reading Programme runs from December 7 to January 24.

For our Christmas and New Year Opening Hours please see the Council Advert or check online or on social media


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