Library Notes 2 July 2021

Published on July 02, 2021


Top 10 Books

Whistler's way: a thru-hikers adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by William Monk
The (almost) Zero Waste Guide: 100+ tips for reducing your waste without changing your life by Melanie Mannarino
A Family Secret: My shocking true story of surviving a childhood in hell by Maureen Wood
The Pattern Seekers: a new theory of human invention by Simon Baron-Cohen
Off-road with Clarkson, Hammond & May: behind the scenes of their "rock and roll" world tour by Phillipa Sage
Grow Your Own Mushrooms: how to choose, grow and cook them by Folko Kullmann
One Chance: surviving London’s gangs by Terroll Lewis
Life Hacks For Cats: or how to train your human by Grant Dyson
20th Century Passenger Flying Boats by Leslie Dawson
The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz by Thomas Geve 

Jennifer Walton
Services to Older Adults Librarian

Importance of Human Connection

Some would say that human connection is a basic human need and that being socially connected is as important as food and shelter.

Loneliness and social isolation in New Zealand are on the rise and recent studies have shown that Covid-19 has played a part in the increase of loneliness amongst our adult population. 

Social isolation and loneliness can impact wellbeing and pose serious health risks. Chronic loneliness is associated with low physical activity, a lack of sleep and weakened immunity.  Therefore, loneliness can put people at risk of health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. 

But the outlook needn’t be so grim!  If you recognise feelings of loneliness in yourself, just starting with a few small steps can lead to life changing positive effects. Short walks, more veggies and better sleep routines can all be steps in the right direction. The better your body feels, the more energy you’ll have to tackle your feelings of loneliness.  If you’re feeling out of your depth, seeking professional help could make all the difference - a councillor, psychologist or your doctor may be a place to start. You can also free call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellor. 

Here at Libraries Horowhenua we do our part to help reduce loneliness and isolation in our community.  We do this by supporting all kinds of get-togethers such as providing space for crotchet group, cards and chess clubs, operating learn to sew programmes, Tea & Tales, Teen book club, regular youth and reading programmes and more. 

Our latest social initiative begins next week with the ‘Library Meet Street’.  Meet Street is open to all, it offers a chance to share, chat and make connections.  Take a small step, come along to our Main Space and meet someone new. 

“A library is the only single place you can go to learn something new, be comforted, terrified, thrilled, saddened, overjoyed, or excited all in one day.  And for free”. - Amy Neftzger

What’s On

Matariki Programme
Friday 2nd July:
Karakia Levin – Muaūpoko. Event at Lake Punahau, 5am-6am, breakfast at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 6.30am.
Karakia Foxton – Ngāti Raukawa. Foxton Beach 4am-6am Karakia at Foxton Beach, all attendees are requested to bring a small kumara wrapped in tin foil to be cooked and eaten at the karakia. Breakfast at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 6.30am. 

Tuesday 6 July:
Matariki for Preschoolers: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10.30am – 11am 

Wednesday 7 July:
Matariki Bus Tour: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō and Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 9.30am – 2pm.
We have reached capacity in Foxton for this event.  Registrations for Levin event only are still available online at 

Friday 9 July:
Kapa Haka and Community Kai: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 4pm 

July - #CaptureYourHorowhenua: Matariki, photo competition entries: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery 

Heritage room:
The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers Tuesday to Saturday at the following times:
          Tuesday, 10.00am-12.30pm
          Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10.00am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm
          Saturday, 10.00am-12.30pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research Librarian available all day every Friday. 

Friday 2 July:
Local Music Showcase: Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 12pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
          Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 10.00am-12.00pm
          Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 2.00pm-4.00pm 

Monday 5 July:
Library Meet Street: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō social group, coffee and chat, all welcome, 10am-11am
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 9.30am-12.00pm
Robo Riot is a fun, reward based reading programme from 28 June until 6 August. Complete 3 book reviews for a small incentive, 6 book reviews qualify you for your own book and certificate. Report in after school from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and during the holidays at these times:
          Levin 10am - 12pm
          Foxton 10:30am - 12pm
          Shannon 1pm - 5pm 

Tuesday 6 July:
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 7 July:
Friends of the Libraries Morning Tea:  Open Meeting Room at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō. 10.30am. Ian Nightingale will be speaking about his early career in travel and tourism.  All welcome.
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10.30am
Teen Book Club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 5pm-6pm
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 7.00p,-9.00pm, $5 

Thursday 8 July:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 9.30am-12.00pm
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Awahaou Nieuwe Stroom, 10.30am
Made to Sew: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Youth Space, 10.30am
JP Service: Shannon Library, 2.00pm-3.00pm
Lego Hour: Te Awahaou Nieuwe Stroom, 3.30pm-4.30pm 

Friday 9 July:
Local Music Showcase, Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 12pm
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 9.30am-12.00pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
          Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 10.00am-12.00pm
          Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 2.00pm-4.00pm

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