Library Notes 29 October 2019

Published on 30 October 2019

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Top 10 books

New Non Fiction
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Appearance Anxiety by Dr. Amita Jassi
Fake Papers; Survival Lessons from Grandma’s Escape by Aaron Rockett
Sam Wanamaker A Global Performer by Diana Devlin
Asian Salads by Maki Watanabe
Pressure Cooking Every Day by Denise Smart
Thank you for Smoking by Paula Disbrowe
Art Deco Architecture: The Interwar Period by Mike Hope
Amazing Loom Knits by Nicole F. Cox
Crochet Stashbusters by Nicki Trench

Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

The international exhibition ‘Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank’ opens at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom on November 1. The exhibition seen by over 10 million people worldwide, presents Anne Frank’s life to the audience, explicitly connecting her story to issues of identity, exclusion and discrimination in today’s world.

Anne Frank’s ‘Het Achterhuis’ (The Secret Annex) was first published in Dutch in 1947. It has been translated into 73 languages, including te reo Māori and sold over 30 million copies, since it was first published. The book is a collection of diary entries written by Anne while she was in hiding in Amsterdam with her Jewish family during the Nazi occupation.

Books based on diaries give a reader something really special. The feeling that someone is confiding in you; sharing things with you and can provide reassurance that other people think like we do. Anne was a real teenager with real teenage concerns. Her diary put a human face on incomprehensible genocide — and also revealed an ordinary young person: a girl frustrated at not being able to go ice skating, dreaming of becoming a writer, crushing on a boy. Through her chatty, friendly style of writing and dry humour we are reminded of the humanity of every individual she writes about and we are inspired—even shamed—to see the cheerful perseverance of a child amidst circumstances far worse than any of us could ever know.

“Riches, prestige, everything can be lost. But the happiness in your own heart can only be dimmed; it will always be there, as long as you live, to make you happy again. Whenever you’re feeling lonely or sad, try going to the loft on a beautiful day and looking outside. Not at the houses and the rooftops, but at the sky. As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that you’re pure within and will find happiness once more.”

The strength that shines from her young words is stunning. Words have the power to keep voices alive in the present day, and share valuable lessons with us that otherwise might be lost to history.  Anne’s diary is about herself and the situation she was living in, but her words also reach out from the text and speak to the present-day reader regardless of age, culture or gender.

In 1944 Anne wrote, ‘I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!’

In 2019 we can safely say that her voice has been kept alive through her diary, and she won’t ever have lived in vain.

What’s On

Exhibitions

Anne Frank ‘Let me be myself ‘Exhibition: Friday 1 November to Monday 2 March 2020 Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom.There be Dragons and other Creatures by local artist Vicky Millman: Friday 1 November to Saturday 30 November Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

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

Wednesday October 30:
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Thursday October 31:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm
Lego Hour: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 3.30pm-4.30pm

Friday November 1:
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

Monday November 4:
Tai Chi Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Main Space 10am

Tuesday November 5:
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 November 6:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Lego Hour: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 3.30pm
Quiz Night- 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5