Library Notes 2 October 2019

Published on 02 October 2019

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Top 10 books

New Non Fiction
The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad
The Wonder of Lost Causes by Nick Trout
The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell
Life before by Carmel Reilly
59 Memory Lane by Celia Anderson
Montauk by Nicola Harrison
Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine
Sixty Summers by Amanda Hamson
We’ll Meet Again by Rosie Archer
Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley

Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

Brain Games

Term 3 has come to an end and the library children’s team are full swing into holiday programme events. This holiday the theme is Brain Games.

Puzzles may not seem the most likely champions in the digital counter-revolution, but they are extremely popular. Lots of adults today enjoy crosswords, Sudoku, word games and jigsaws. What do we love so much about puzzles? What is it about a puzzle that entices children and adults of all ages?

Puzzles are entertaining, plus they can encourage family and friends to work together toward a common goal. The time you spend putting together a jigsaw requires both sides of the brain which means there are lots of benefits to doing them. Additionally, puzzles have emotional benefits. Sitting down and working on a puzzle can be a calming and peaceful experience. Our minds are actively engaged, distracting us from other stressors in our lives and, in solving them, we are rewarded for our patience and persistence! Completing a puzzle is a satisfying experience.

The benefits of puzzles extend to all ages. Doing jigsaw puzzles can strengthen the mind. Puzzles develop problem solving, reasoning, and memory skills. Even in this electronic age, puzzles capture the interest of older children.  For example, three dimensional puzzles of the pyramids, five layered 3D puzzles, or giant floor puzzles are educational and fun to assemble. With more complicated puzzles, a child learns problem solving skills, such as starting with the edges first. From an early age, puzzles strengthen memory, thinking, and fine motor skills. Visual Brain Games for children develop mental skills such as visual recognition, abstraction, visualisation, imagination.

There is a wealth of puzzle books available in our collection for all ages. Optical illusion books such as ‘Ultimate Eye Twisters’ by Gianna Sarcone contains a visual feast of images that appear to be two or more objects at once; shape and line puzzles which confuse our perception; patterns which look like they are moving and so much more! There are plenty of seek and find books for all ages including the tongue in cheek “Where’s Warhol’ based on the Where’s Wally series for children. ‘1000 IQ Puzzles’ is also ideal for building up your mental muscle.

Keeping your mind sharp can not only be extremely helpful, but it’s definitely fun too. There are many memory games for all ages available in the library over the holidays. We will also be featuring some on our Facebook page.

Puzzles are food for the brain. Feed your brain. Give them a try!

What’s On

Exhibitions
Nature’s Colour and Form: An exhibition of the works of Gill Allen and Paula Dixon 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.

Brain Games School Holiday Programme
Are you up for a challenge or perhaps just some fun? Join us these holidays for Brain Games!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am - 12pm weekdays.
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - Anytime
   -Shannon Library - Anytime

Wednesday October 2:
Brain Games School Holiday Programme
Are you up for a challenge or perhaps just some fun? Join us these holidays for Brain Games!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am - 12pm weekdays.
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - Anytime
   -Shannon Library - Anytime
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Thursday October 3:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm

Brain Games School Holiday Programme
Are you up for a challenge or perhaps just some fun? Join us these holidays for Brain Games!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am - 12pm weekdays.
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - Anytime
   -Shannon Library – Anytime
Lego Hour: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 3.30pm-4.30pm

Friday October 4:
Brain Games School Holiday Programme
Are you up for a challenge or perhaps just some fun? Join us these holidays for Brain Games!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am - 12pm weekdays.
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - Anytime
   -Shannon Library – Anytime
Friday 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

Monday October 7:
Brain Games School Holiday Programme
Are you up for a challenge or perhaps just some fun? Join us these holidays for Brain Games!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am - 12pm weekdays.
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - Anytime
   -Shannon Library - Anytime

Tuesday October 8:
Brain Games School Holiday Programme
Are you up for a challenge or perhaps just some fun? Join us these holidays for Brain Games!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am - 12pm weekdays.
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - Anytime
   -Shannon Library - Anytime
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 October 9:
Brain Games School Holiday Programme
Are you up for a challenge or perhaps just some fun? Join us these holidays for Brain Games!
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am - 12pm weekdays.
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - Anytime
   -Shannon Library - Anytime
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Quiz Night- 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5