Library Notes 4 September 2019

Published on 04 September 2019

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Top 10 books

New Rental Fiction
Practical Cactus & Succulent Book by Fran Bailey and Zia Allaway
Arrow’s Fall by Joel Scott
The Snow Gypsy by Lyndsay Jayne Ashford
With Love, Wherever you are by Dandi Daley Mackall
Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards
Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay
Little darlings by Melanie Golding
Deliver Me by Karen Cole Witchmark by C.L. Polk
Sweet on You by Becky Wade
The Warship by Neal Asher

 

Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  
Spring into Spring!

My mantra this week was to notice the colour yellow, and it has been a joy to notice all of the daffodils springing up in my neighbour’s garden.

With gardening on my mind, my eye was drawn by the biggest book of the top 10 pile this week. “Practical Cactus & Succulent Book” by Fran Bailey and Zia Allaway. I have to confess, that I was not born with “green fingers”. (Incidentally, this phrase allegedly, comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots stain a person’s fingers if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flowerpots has green fingers.)

I do envy those who have patience and make time to nurture their garden. I often look wistfully at beautiful gardens, gardening books and magazines and am crushed by the memory of many wilted, brown, stick-like, decomposing plants. If plants in my care could talk, they would scream.

But I digress. I love nature, however I have fingers of death to all plants in my care – except succulents. Succulents are pretty hardy plants and need limited care, hence I have many of them. 45 pots at last count!

For those who do put into practice what they read, our libraries have a variety of material on horticulture. As well as an abundance of books on the subject, the connoisseur of plants can find two great magazine titles in our collection “New Zealand Gardener” and “NZ House and Garden.” You can also find magazines on our online database PressReader. Some examples are: BBC Gardeners' World; Gardens Illustrated; Organic Gardens; Amateur Gardening; and Garden Answers.  PressReader provides online access to today’s newspapers and magazines from around the world in full colour in their traditional format and layout including complete editorial content, graphics, advertising, classifieds and crossword puzzles. PressReader also provides up to 90 days of back issues and the ability to print, email and share individual pages and stories. There are up to 6000 titles available with a plethora of topics to choose from.  You can logon to PressReader through our library website using your library card number and your password.  If you need more help you can book a Digital Tutorial to go through it with a friendly librarian. Pop into your local library and ask about it. It’s an amazing resource.

Despite all of this, I’ll have to be content with having print stained thumbs and 45 pots of blooming succulents!

 

What’s On

 

Exhibitions
‘Nature’s Colour and Form’ by Gill Allen and jeweller Paula Dixon Our Place Exhibition Sunday 1 September 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 September 4:
Quiz Night- Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō $5

Thursday September 5:
Lego Hour Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 3.30 - 4.30

Friday September 6:
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

Monday September 9:
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 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

Wednesday September 11:
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