Library Notes 26 June 2019

Published on 26 June 2019


Top 10 books

New Non-Fiction:
Cambodia and Laos – Travel guide
Tomorrow will be different by Sarah McBride
A Cotswold family life by Clare Mackintosh
Bangkok – Travel guide
Long shot: My life as a sniper in the fight against ISIS by Azad Cudi
Cozy minimalist home by Myquillyn Smith
Batch cocktails by Maggie Hoffman
350+ quilting tips, techniques & trade secrets by Susan Briscoe
Clodagh’s supper by Clodagh McKenna
Topp Country: A culinary journey through New Zealand with the Topp Twins


Pam Coleman Community Engagement Librarian

Part 1- A busman’s holiday

By the time you read this column I will be flying high across the sky in a tin can to my hometown in Alba (Scotland). I’m taking my youngest daughter on a trip to see where she spent the first ten years of her life, catch up with family and attend a traditional Scottish wedding. And of course, although my daughter doesn’t know this yet, visit some libraries.

We are lucky enough to be stopping off for a couple of days in Seoul in South Korea. My sixteen year old companion is excited to see the bright lights and big city, practice her Korean and hit the giant shopping malls hard.

Her first priority is to visit the largest underground shopping centre in Asia, COEX Mall. For once I am more than happy to oblige. However what she doesn’t know is that COEX Mall has a library filled with over 50,000 titles to its name. Occupying a whopping 2800 square-meters in size, the brightly lit two-storey athenaeum has rightly been named Starfield Library after long being referred to as the Open Library. Unfortunately, you can’t borrow books as the materials are for browsing in house only, but there are an estimated 200 seats available in the form of plush sofas, table seating and benches to enjoy reading. It is definitely one to search for on the internet as just the image of the books upon books is an astounding sight to behold.

We then fly into London for a few days and of course on my teens mind is Camden Market, designer shops and the long held dream of dining at Taco Bell.  Of course there are a plethora of libraries available to visit in London. Top of my list would be The British Library. It is not just the largest library in terms of number of items catalogued in London, but the world, with access to 150 million items, sourced from across the world. A copy of everything ever published in the UK is held by the library.

Next on my list is the grand Guildhall Library a specialist library and the definitive resource for learning about London history. It has 200,000 primary documents dating from the 15th to 21st century, including special collections dedicated to Samuel Pepys, John Wilkes and Thomas More. Guildhall Library is a great place to conduct historical social research of London as well an invaluable research for plotting out your own family tree.

All of these things, perhaps bar the 150 million books, we are lucky to have in our Horowhenua Libraries. As I read about all of these libraries I realise that Horowhenua Libraries stand in good company with these libraries.  It is a good reminder that our libraries are world class facilities with great resources for our own community.

Part two of our plans follow next week.

What’s On

Te Marama Puta: Emerging Light, Presented by Te Kokiri Development Consultancy Inc
Toi Whakarakai: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, May 1 to July 30 

Heritage room:
The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers 10am-12.30 pm Monday to Saturday.

Wednesday June 26:
Te Kokiri Weavers Interactive Showcase: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am-12pm
Kapa haka performanc: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 11am
Toddler Time: Shannon Community Library, every Wednesday, 1.30pm
Matariki Craft for Kids: Shannon Library  3pm
Movie Moana in Te Reo: Shannon Library 3.30pm
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Quiz Night 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5
Maori Films: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 5pm

Thursday June 27:
Lake Horowhenua karakia (Dawn – 6am gathering for karakia at first light)
Kapa Haka Performance for Older Persons: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Matariki Stargazing with the Horowhenua Astronomical Society: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom  7pm to 9pm

Friday June 28:
Te Kokiri Weavers Interactive Showcase: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10am-12pm
Weaving Flax Stars: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō  3.30pm
Modern Maori Quartet: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō  6.30pm.
Please note – LIMITED DOOR SALES – Tickets can be purchased from  Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō , Shannon Library,  Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom or online from Eventbrite and our Facebook Site.

Saturday June 29:
Community Kai: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 6.30pm
Kapa Haka Showcase( Grand Finale): Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Monday July 1:
Tai Chi classes Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Main Space 10am
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 July 2:
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 July 3:
Toddler Time: Shannon Community Library, every Wednesday, 1.30pm
Quiz Night 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5