Library Notes 18 September 2019

Published on 18 September 2019

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Top 10 books

New Rental  Fiction
Wartime for the District Nurses by Annie Groves
The Daughters of Ironbridge by Mollie Walton
Murder on Trinity Place by Victoria Thompson
Dark Forge by Miles Cameron
Liberation Square by Gareth Rubin
The Book of Dreams by Nina George
The Lost Ten by Harry Sidebottom
The Summoning by Heather Graham
A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum
The Falling Sword by Ben Kane 

Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

From 21 to the 29 of September, readers of all ages are celebrating Banned Books Week. Banned Books week inspired the theme of our Festival, ‘Celebrating the Right to Share our Stories.’ From To Kill a Mockingbird to The Hunger Games, banned books run the gamut in terms of themes and content. The one thing they all have in common: they’ve created controversy in some way. In honour of this week, we will be featuring displays, competitions around banned material during the Festival.

Some of the most frequently banned books are children’s or young adult books. Some notable examples are the Harry Potter Series; James and the Giant Peach; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl and Charlotte’s Web. Most recently the young adult book ‘13 Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher caused controversy when it was adapted into a Netflix television show because of the strong themes it depicted.

Books by New Zealand authors have had some dubious encounters with local censors over the years. The Butcher Shop by Jan Devanny was banned by the Censorship Appeal Board in 1926. The board comprising of two librarians and a bookseller, found that the book, which was the story of a wealth farming family who were involved in multiple extra- marital affairs, was sordid and unwholesome. The 2013 children’s book award winner ‘Into the River’ by Ted Dawe was made subject to a legal restraint order which required that no copies could be sold until after it was reviewed by the censorship board. The review began on October 2nd and finished on October 14. Into the River is now legal to sell again.

Have you ever wondered how classification decisions for films, games and other publications are made? During our Festival, we are very lucky to be hosting Erica Brooks from the Office of Film and Literature Classification. Erica will explain how things come to the Classification Office for classification, and how the classification criteria are applied. Erica will discuss how the key factor in deciding how a publication should be classified is whether or not the availability of the publication is likely to be injurious to the public good.

Free expression is not only about your ability to speak but the ability to listen to others and allow other views to be heard. We should feel comfortable being in a room with people who disagree with us as otherwise nothing will change. We would encourage you to participate in our Festival programme over the week and perhaps see things from a different perspective. We may still disagree with other’s views but it helps see the whole picture. Stories help us deepen our understanding of humanity, so let’s open our eyes, ears, voice and heart!

 

What’s On

Exhibitions
Realism & Nostalgia’ by Foxton Beach artists Sue Taylor, Jill Hammond and Paul Andersen. 8 August to 31 August Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō
Our Place Exhibition Thursday 8 August to Sunday 29 September 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.

Daily During Festival of Stories 21- 29 September
Once upon a Time – Banned Adult’s Books to Film: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10:30am-12:30pm
Once Upon a Time – Banned Children’s Books to Film: Shannon Library; Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō; Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 3.30pm -5pm

Wednesday September 18:
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Friday September 20:
Friday Lunchtime Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 12pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10am-12pm
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm -4pm

Sunday, September 22
Special event: Tammam Tamim Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm-4pm
Tammam Tamim, former refugee and now President of the Manawatu Refugee Voice, shares his story about how he fled Syria, his experience in Thailand and how his family have settled into life in New Zealand.

Monday September 23
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
Workshop: Make Your Own Mini Handmade Book Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: 11am-12pm
Slam Poetry Workshop: RikTheMost Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 1pm-4pm
First of our three Spoken word and poetry workshops. Free but registration for all three workshops is essential. Age 14+ Contact Pam Coleman for details - [email protected]
Virtual Reality: Express your creativity Shannon Library: 3.30pm to 5pm
Unleash your creativity and paint in 3D space with virtual reality.

Tuesday September 24
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
Film and Literature Classification Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm to 3pm
Erica Brooks from the Office of Film and Literature Classification discusses the history of censorship and talks about how classifications and censorship decisions are made.

Wednesday September 25
Storytelling: Zebong: Storytelling with a Twist!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō- 9.30am
   -Te Awahau Nieuwe Stroom 11.30am
   -Shannon School 1.45pm
Tea and Tales: Turn the Light On! Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: 2pm-3pm
Join us for a cup of tea and listen and share your favourite banned or challenged books.
Slam Poetry Workshop: RikTheMost Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 1pm-4pm
Second of our three Spoken word and poetry workshops.
Virtual Reality: Express your creativity: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 3.30pm to 5pm
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