Library Notes 23 July 2021

Published on July 23, 2021


Top 10 Adult Fiction Books

Malice by Heather Walter
Country proud by Linda Lael Miller
Masters of Rome by Gordon Doherty & Simon Turney
Hold the line: the Springbok tour of '81 : a family, a love affair, a nation at war by Kerri Harrison
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Forger and the Thief by Kirsten McKenzie
Both Feet in Paradise by Andy Southall
By way of Sorrow by Robyn Gigl
The Orphan of Ironbridge by Mollie Walton
The Man with the Silver Saab, Alexander McCall Smith

Pam Coleman
Community Engagement Librarian

Scotland has just come out of lockdown restrictions meaning life is going back to a ‘normal’ that we have been lucky enough to have experienced for nigh on a year now. Lockdown may have granted time to some, and many people relished it. People found new hobbies, new perspectives and new connections. Some people found themselves.

However, having talked to my parents, my Mum reported missing the micro-interactions with people in her community, which was for her, pretty impossible to facilitate via digital communication. The ability to just stop, gossip, laugh, joke and do all the things that you do face to face was an important loss to her. She missed popping down to the local shops and visiting the library- not just for books but for the little interactions from people who she might not even know the name of.

Dad however, had more of a challenge. While he has always been a social, jolly person, he is experiencing some cognitive changes as he ages. Like many of us he was lonely before Covid and interactions have become even more challenging now. This isn’t a common problem and can affect people of all ages, backgrounds with or without the occurrence of a pandemic and lockdown.

This week however, Dad took himself off to the first meeting of the local Men’s Shed group. It took sheer guts and determination overcoming his anxiety and I am incredibly proud and humbled by this. Clubs, associations and meet-ups can have a genuinely positive effect on our wellbeing, our mental health and our sense of ourselves.

It’s timely that on Saturday 31 July we are holding a clubs Expo, ‘Let’s Go Clubbing,” which will showcase many of the clubs our community has on offer. A number of cultural, sporting, or activity-base clubs will have stalls on display in the Youth Space and Main space areas and there really will be something for everyone. The aim of the expo is to highlight the fantastic activities available in our community and to encourage people to stretch themselves and try something new. It is a free event and it’s not too late to register your club. If so, contact [email protected]

It is never too late to begin a new hobby. I’ll be there taking a leaf out of my Dad’s book. See you there?

What’s On

#CaptureYourHorowhenua: Matariki, photo competition entries, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Gallery, July
Leon van den Eijkel Retrospective: A Colourful Nation – Kleur Bekennen, 7 July to 25 July. 

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.

Saturday 24 July
Taitoko Seasons Winter Market, Pop Up Library: Thomson House Park, 9.00am – 2.00pm 

Sunday 25 July
Sunday Concert: Wandrella, Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Come along and enjoy one of our favourite local duo Wandrella’s soulful sister harmonies from Folk to Americana. Wandrella play a mix of clever “covers with a twist‟ and original songs which reflect their classical roots and eclectic musical influences. 

Monday 26 July
Library Meet Street: Te Takeretanga o –Kura-hau-pō, social group, coffee and chat, all welcome, 10.00am-11.00am 

Tuesday 27 July
JP Service: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 11.30am-1.30pm 

Wednesday 28 July
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10.30am
Wednesday Cooking:The Youth Space. 5.00pm-6.00pm
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 7.00pm-9.00pm, $5 

Thursday 29 July
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 

Friday 30 July
Local Music Showcase, Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 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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