Library Notes 4 December 2019

Published on 04 December 2019

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Top 10 books

 

New Fiction

One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker
A Family’s Heartbreak by Kitty Neale
Drowned Lives by Stephen Booth
A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien
Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber
The Dirty Dozen by Lynda La Plante
A Christmas Gift by Katie Flynn
To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alaxander McCall Smith
Black Ops by Chris Ryan
Home Truths by Susan Lewis

 

Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

 

Getting a star wars lightsabre is still the single strongest memory I have of a childhood Christmas – and I remember the near ecstasy I had when I unwrapped it. As we get older though ‘things’ seem to take on less importance and experiences mean so much more.

Of course as a librarian I would always recommend buying books – the joy of escaping into a whole new world whether you are relaxing at home or on holiday. Have you thought of a different option this year? Fancy encouraging a loved one to enjoy reading AND embracing a new technology? 

Though many people prefer the tactile feel of traditional printed media, eBooks do have some distinct benefits and offer versatility that print cannot. While print books aren’t going away anytime soon, there are many situations in which eBooks provide an advantage over traditional paper media.

  1. eBooks Are Instant

    You don’t even need to leave your house to borrow new titles from your local library. You can you can instantly download titles for free while still wearing your pyjamas or sitting on your couch. 

  2. eBooks are more portable than print

    Printed books, especially hardbound editions, can be very heavy, while most modern eReader devices are lightweight. It's much easier to carry an eReader containing an entire library of titles than to bring even a few physical books. If you finish reading one on a trip, it is much simpler (and cheaper) to download a new eBook from the library. 

  3. There Are No Late Fees for Library eBooks

    You don't have to return them by any due date—instead, they will simply expire on your device. You will never be hit with a surprise late fee for a digital loan.

  4. eBooks Can Be Read in the Dark

eReaders are backlit, so you don’t need to have the light on to read them—you can read in the dark or in low-light situations anywhere. However, I much prefer reading under my bed covers with the light from my lightsabre!

So if you are interested or need a little more convincing, come and join us for an informal drop-in session ‘Tech Tryout’ on Friday 6 December / Friday 13 December / Tuesday 17 December / Friday 20 December between 10.30 am – 12.00 pm.! B.Y.O device, or try one of ours! Booking is not essential, just come on by.

 

What’s On

Exhibitions

 ‘Trig Walkway & Kohitere Forest; Through the Seasons on Canvas’ by Ronda Turk: Friday 1 December to Saturday 30 December 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

 

Children’s Summer Reading Programme 

Registration for the Children’s Summer Reading Programme from 2nd December

Summer Reading Programme runs from December 16 to January 24.

 

Adult Reading Challenge

16 December to February to 26 January

We’ve put together an Adult Reading Challenge to put some fun into choosing your next book!  Join in with 2020 Reading Challenge and let us guide and inspire you with your book choices.

Spice up your current reading schedule or be inspired to read something different! There are also lots of book related activities to choose from 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.

 

Wednesday December 4:

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

Thursday December 5:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm
Lego Hour: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 3.30pm-4.30pm
Christmas Crafternoon: It’s all about the power of paper: make beautiful cards, tags, decorations and wrapping paper to get you ready for Christmas! Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm

Friday December 6:
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
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 December 8:

Christmas Crafternoon: It’s all about the power of paper: make beautiful cards, tags, decorations and wrapping paper to get you ready for Christmas! Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 2pm

 

Monday December 9:

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

 

Tuesday December 10:

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

Tea & Tales: Join us for a festive morning tea, treats and an hour of Christmas Tales from local people reading from books, including short stories, poems, excerpts from novels and anecdotes.

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10.30am

 

Wednesday December 11:

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

Quiz Night- 7pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

 

Thursday December 12:

Christmas Crafternoon: It’s all about the power of paper: make beautiful cards, tags, decorations and wrapping paper to get you ready for Christmas! Shannon Library 2pm

Tea & Tales: Join us for a festive morning tea, treats and an hour of Christmas Tales from local people reading from books, including short stories, poems, excerpts from novels and anecdotes.

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am

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