Library Notes 28 August 2019

Published on 28 August 2019


Top 10 books


New Non Fiction


Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

Father’s day is just around the corner and it seems appropriate that we mark the day with a Dad joke. For those unfamiliar with the term – a ‘dad joke’ is a witticism generally maligned for being gruesomely corny. Here are some examples:

A dad is washing his car with his son. The son says: "Dad, can't you use a sponge?"
RIP boiled water. You will be mist.

I accidentally handed my wife the superglue instead of her lipstick. She still isn't talking to me.

My favourite of course is:

A man walked into the library. He asked the librarian “Can I have a portion of fish and chips please?” The librarian answers “Sir, this is a library.”
The man repeats in a whisper, “Oh sorry, can I have a portion of fish and chips please?”

I’m sure the dad joke experts could go on and on and many, eventually, will laugh rather than groan. Maybe.
Seriously though humour books do appeal to many and could be an ideal Father’s Day present. There are lots to choose from.

For those looking for a lower price gift, the Enid Blyton range for grown-ups is sure to please. The books are a parody of the much loved Famous Five series. Titles include: Five go on a Strategy Away day; Five go Gluten free; Five lose dad in the garden centre and Five at the Office Christmas party. You get the picture? For those who are fans of the original series, be warned, it is incredibly irreverent, but a bit of giggle.

“How to Dad” and “How to Dad Volume 2” is a brilliant book by Jordon Watson. Jordon is an internet sensation and the daddy to two girls. You may know him from his silly viral parenting videos on things like 'How to get a baby to clean the house' or 'How to travel with a baby.' 

For those Dads who like to read bedtime stories with their kids, David Walliams latest book “Bad Dad” is a fast and furious adventure of a dad and his son trying to break a man into prison. It’s a fun contemporary book and Walliams manages to write a book which is both heart-warming and full of meaning.

There are plenty of Dad books to choose from in our libraries too. So we encourage you all to pop in and check them out. We will look out for all those bad, dad ‘joke’ t-shirts.

To end on a high note we have one final dad joke and of course it’s library themed.

Today, my son asked "Can I have a book mark?" and I burst into tears. 11 years old and he still doesn't know my name is Brian.

Happy Father’s day to all of the men out there who are fathers and father figures. We are thinking of the new dads, the step-dads, the amazing single dads, the dads who have lost children, the dads we have lost, the men who one day will become dads and the amazing women who are both mum and dad.


What’s On

Food for Fines
It’s the last few days of our August Food for Fines Amnesty! Come in to your local library, talk to one of our library staff, they will let you know how much you owe on your card, whether you need to bring any books back and what they are.  They will also let you know how many items of food or non-perishable items you need to bring in to cover the amount owed. Bring your items into any of our libraries, clear your card and update your details.  You will then be issued with a brand new card (if you have an old one) and your debt is cleared. Collected items will be passed on to a local foodbank or HUHA (animal rescue).

Realism & Nostalgia’ by Foxton Beach artists Sue Taylor, Jill Hammond and Paul Andersen. 8 August to 31 August 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.

Wednesday August 28:
Quiz Night- Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Friday August 30:
Friday Lunchtime 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

Saturday, 31 August 2019
Petals for Peace: Charity Auction Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 7pm
Tickets for the auction are $25 from Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Monday September 2:
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 September 3:
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 September 4:
Toddler Time: Shannon Community Library, every Wednesday, 1.30pm
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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