Library Notes 29 January 2020

Published on 29 January 2020

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Top 10 books

 

New Non Fiction

 

Falls Ende Secundus by Paul W. Feenstra

The Remaking by Clay Mcleod Chapman

Girl by Edna O’Brien

Passport to Happiness by Carrie Stone

The Adventures of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer

Whatever It Takes by Andy McNab

Absolution by Ellen J. Green

The Wild Card by Renee

The Mythic Dream edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

 

Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

 

Back-to-school season is a chaotic time for parents. You have to shop for school supplies, establish new routines, deal with school lunches and figure out a way to get suddenly sleepy kids out of bed in the morning.

The multitude of advice for parents recommends:

  • A good night sleep (for both you and your child).
  • A healthy breakfast that includes some protein and little or no sugar.
  • A healthy lunch and snack, ideally foods that your child enjoys eating.
  • A calm family. Stress or fighting on any morning before school always disrupts a child’s day.
  • An outfit they feel good in. Nothing beats a special outfit, new backpack, or accessories to help beat the jitters on that first day back!

The reality of course is somewhat different! Your alarm doesn’t go off as planned. You have to drag children out of bed who are ‘just too tired’ but who have been waking up at 7 A.M. EVERY SINGLE DAY of the school holiday.  A late start means the adorable pancakes with chocolate chip faces that you pinned on Pinterest are clearly a no-go.  You throw granola bars at the kids as they buckle up and you back out of the drive. You’re five minutes late. But it’s still going to be a great school year!

Relate?

Joking aside though, for children, young people and parents the start of a new school year can be both an exciting and challenging time. So some of that advice is fairly common sense.

If you are like me, and need a bit of inspiration, our collection has some excellent books on parenting, meal ideas and of course some great children’s fiction! The library is also a great place to visit after school, especially if your child is looking for information on topics they are learning about.

There is one dimension of being a parent where the research beautifully matches my experience in the trenches – something stunningly simple, where the return on investment was undeniably good for my kids and good for me:

I read to them.

Almost every evening, we snuggled and read. Despite the inevitable ups and downs of family life and our chaotic mornings, we ended the day connected.

 

What’s On

Exhibitions
'The Divine Alchemist' an exhibition of paintings and works by local artist Ramila Parbhu: Friday 3 January to Wednesday 29 January 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

Adult Reading Challenge:

16 December to February 20- Due to popular demand WE HAVE EXTENDED THE CHALLENGE DATE!

Join in with 2020 Reading Challenge and let us guide and inspire you with your book choices. Pick up a booklet at your local library. There are also lots of book related activities to choose from each week, to help you make the most out of the library this summer!

           

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.

 

Thursday, 30 January

Holiday Music Showcase: Come along and enjoy our talented local musicians.  This week, the fantastic Steve Poulton will be captivating everyone with his soulful sounds. Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 12pm – 1pm Come along and enjoy our talented local musicians.

 

Friday 31 January

Tech Try- outs: Curious about e-Readers? Wondering about tablets? Or do you have a digital device query that you’d like help with? Come and join us for an informal drop-in session! B.Y.O device, or try one of ours! Booking is not essential, just come on by. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am-12.00pm

SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
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Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10am-12pm

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

 

Monday 3 February:

Tai Chi Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Main Space 10am

Tech Try- outs: Curious about e-Readers? Wondering about tablets? Or do you have a digital device query that you’d like help with? Come and join us for an informal drop-in session! B.Y.O device, or try one of ours! Booking is not essential, just come on by. Shannon Library 10.30am-12.00pm

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