Library Notes 24 July 2020

Published on 24 July 2020


Top 10 Fiction Books


Echoes of the Runes by Christina Courtenay

Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt

The Warsaw Protocol by Steve Berry

The Woods by Vanessa Savage

Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar

A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux

The Look – Alike by Erica Spindler

Damascus by Christos Tisiolkas

The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker


Losing your reading mojo

Pam Coleman, Community Engagement Librarian


Many people used the time in ‘lockdown’ to catch up on some well-deserved reading. However it was a busy time for our team who had to maintain library services in an entirely innovate way, both online and outreach and something very strange has happened. 

Has anyone ever lost their reading mojo? If I am honest, this is something which has been brewing over the last year. I have been lucky to have been recommended some great reads from colleagues but I’ve found it difficult to be inspired when choosing stories that click with me.


I am now having to take some sage advice from wise colleagues. I thought I would share some of their tips and strategies to help bring back that bookish momentum.


Reading is a luxury:

The worst thing you can do is force it. If you’re not feeling it, don’t read. Take a break. Focus on doing what you love for the moment. Once reading becomes a source of pressure, it will be even harder to love it again. The desire to read will come back. Honest!


Stop reading what doesn’t inspire you:

It’s okay to put books down.

I repeat. It’s okay to put books down.

Reading for fun is supposed to be fun. Respect yourself and your time by saying goodbye to a book that isn’t inspiring you halfway through.


Schedule time to read, and read:

Make reading a habit. If you’re not sure where to put your habit, try sticking to something and see how you like it. The point is to start – read just a little bit. A page, even.


Find a reading buddy:

Find a friend who is as passionate about books as you are. Talk about what you have enjoyed.


Browse a Bookstore:

This could be dangerous for the wallet. However, the library is your friend. You can check to see if we have it on our catalogue and if not you can put in a suggestion to buy. Log into your library account to make a suggestion here or talk to our librarians at any of our branches.


Read something you know will get you hooked:

Reread an old favourite, or tap into a genre that’s fun and quick for you.


Put away your phone or electronic device:

Some of us spend too long browsing the internet, checking social media, Pinterest, online shopping. The list is endless and if you are anything like me, it is very easy to fall into the rabbit hole of the internet and be distracted by the variety of (often useless) information there.


Go online:

Okay, this does contradict the last piece of advice but if you enjoy browsing online there is a wealth of information about books, genres, reviews and recommendations out there. Of course there is no replacement for a bibliothecary (an obsolete term for a librarian).


“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”


What’s on?

Winter Warmers Children’s Reading Programme:

Cosy up with a book this winter! Age 3 to 13? Join our FREE Winter Warmer Reading programme, write 4 book reviews and earn a reward. Write another 4 and receive an extra prize. Programme runs from 3rd – 28th August. Register at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō NOW.



Matariki – Deep Space: A View of the Stars and Beyond, by Dr Stephen Chadwick, Friday 5 June to Sunday 23 August, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Keith Hastings – Acrylics by Keith Hastings: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō July 2020


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.

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research librarian available all day every Friday.


Friday 24 July:

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


Sunday 26 July:

Family Time in the Youth Space: Giant board games, craft activities and family fun in the Youth Space every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Come on in with the whānau!


Monday 27 July:

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

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


Tuesday 28

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 29 July:

Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am

Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Open Meeting Space 7pm $5

Toddler Time Shannon Library, every Wednesday 2pm


Thursday 30 July:

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

Made to Sew: An Introduction to Sewing - Everything you need to get started.

Learn new skills and develop the confidence to use our sewing machines for your own, un-tutored projects. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Youth Space 10am to 12pm


Friday 31 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 10am-12pm

  Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm -4pm


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