Library Notes 20 November 2019

Published on 20 November 2019


Top 10 books

New Fiction
One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell
Un marriageable by Soniah Kamal
Death on a Shetland Isle by Marsali Taylor
Don’t tell Teacher by Suzy K Quinn
I Know Everything by Mathew Ferrell
Six Months to Kill by Enzo Bartoli
A Perfect Silhouette by Judith Miller
Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
Decisions at Fletcher’s Mill by David Caringer
Lucifer Falls by Colin Falconer


Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  
Parents often ask how they can help their children learn to read.
“You don’t need a Ph.D. to raise a happy, healthy, smart child. Parents have been doing it for thousands of years. Mothers and fathers successfully teach their kids to eat with a spoon, use a potty, keep their fingers out of their noses, and say “please.” These things can be taught pleasantly, or they can be made into a painful chore.”

I can attest, being unpleasant (e.g. yelling, punishing, pressuring) doesn’t work, and it can be frustrating for everyone. To this day my 27, 23, 21 and 16 year olds can use a potty, say ‘please’ (sometimes), eat with a spoon but still cannot keep their fingers out of their noses! It must ‘run’ in the family!

This notion applies to reading, too. We read countless numbers of books, articles, blogs, social media posts and we hear hundreds of opinions on how best to teach a child how to read. Here are three top tips from a not so serious librarian and mum.

How many times have you read the first few pages of a book and thought – no thanks? So, if you show your child a book and they show no interest, then put it away and come back to it later. OR choose another book. No problem. No pressure. No hassle. You should enjoy the journey, and so should your child.

Make reading a part of your daily life, and kids will learn to love it, but you don’t need to schedule it and stand over them with a stop watch.

Your kids are watching your every move. Plus they copy you. So if they see you reading regularly the experts say this is good modelling. I use this as my justification for reading all the time, especially when I should be cleaning. Feel free to borrow this most excellent reasoning, too.

A lot of people read before bed. It has been said that reading a book before bed is a known stress reducer, it can also help you fall asleep faster. Be careful though when reading hardback books when lying down, because they can induce headaches!

This is the most serious piece of advice! Visit the library and strike up a conversation with a friendly children’s librarian. They are the kindest, cleverest, most patient, non-judgemental, well-grounded and silliest of people in this whole world, and they will joyfully help you to raise a reader.


Save the dates!
Our children's Summer reading Programme is on this summer!
Registrations open on Monday 2 December 2019
Programme starts on Monday 16 December 2019 until Friday 24 January 2020.
Activities run each day of the holidays (except 25/26 December & 1/2 January) between 10am-12pm


What’s On

Save the dates!
Our children's Summer Reading Programme this summer!
Registration opens on Monday 2 December 2019
Programme starts on Monday 16 December 2019 until Friday 24 January 2020. Activities run each day of the holidays (except 25/26 December & 1/2 January) between 10am-12pm

There be Dragons and other Creatures by local artist Vicky Millman: Friday 1 November to Saturday 30 November Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō
Anne Frank ‘Let me be myself ‘Exhibition: Friday 1 November to Monday 2 March 2020 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 and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 1.00pm – 3.00pm. 

Don’t miss!  Friday 29 November:
Libraries Horowhenua are excited to present Seonaid Lewis, Heritage Librarian at Auckland Libraries, who will be giving a presentation on all the great resources that they hold and their oral history project. This event is free but registration is essential.  If you are interested in attending, please email Kiri Pepene, our Information, Research & Local History Librarian ([email protected])
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 8.30am-3.30pm

Wednesday November 20:
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Thursday November 21:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm
Lego Hour: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 3.30pm-4.30pm

Friday November 22:
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 November 25:
Tai Chi Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Main Space 10am

Tuesday November 26:
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 November 27:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Quiz Night- 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5 


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