Library Notes 6 February 2019

Published on 06 February 2019


Top 10 books
New Non-Fiction

Crystals by Cassandra Eason
A Boy’s Short Life, The story of Warren Bradon/Louis Johnson by Anna Haebich and Steve Mickler
Moriori, Origins, Lifestyles and Language by Rhys Richards
Dogs and Cats have Souls Too by jenny Smedley
Scoundrels and Eccentrics of the Pacific by John Dunmore
Unicorn Crafts by Isabel Urbina Gallego
North Coast Journey, The Magic of Scotland’s Northern Highlights by Brigid Benson
I Would Not Step Back by Phil Lamason
Vita @ Virginia by Sarah Gristwood
Living in Shanghai


Student Services at Horowhenua Libraries
Pam Coleman Community Engagement Librarian

As students and teachers go back to school this week you would think that our librarians would heave a sigh of relief and relax until the next holiday. How wrong you would be!

Our libraries are fully supportive of schools and their libraries. Collaboration between school and public libraries has been shown to make a positive difference in helping to create life-long learners.

Horowhenua Libraries are involved in encouraging emerging literacy skills from birth through pre-school with weekly outreach visits to local preschools and a rich collection of board books as well as parenting books.

As children get older and enter school, our libraries become a place for students to find resources for school projects in addition to offering a wide selection of books for recreational reading. Schools regularly visit our libraries and our librarians provide instruction in information literacy skills.

The library space is vital for students to find a quiet space for homework, studying and research, as well as for providing recreational activities and a place to chill. But wait, there is so much more going on at the library for our young people.

Librarians are also involved in promoting library services to support College students. Currently, we are helping support Leteisha Te Awhe- Downey, a Horowhenua District Council Scholarship Student, in delivering Tertiary Preparation workshops. These workshops are taking place at the local colleges of Waiopehu, Manawatu and Horowhenua, and aim to guide Year 13 students through the tertiary application process. Leteisha believes it is important to start these conversations with the students now as the tertiary process involves a lot of steps and stages that may come as a shock to some people. She says,

“I believe further education is important, but the steps to achieve this are sometimes hard and confusing. You have to figure out what you want to study, enrol to a University, search and apply for scholarships with what feels like endless supporting documents, apply for student loans and allowances, and so much more that can become an added stress when also juggling school work. I want to make sure that our Year 13 students are in the know of what’s ahead so they can take the step into further education with ease and support.”

It is awesome for the library to be involved in a project led by young people for young people. Our libraries play an important role in providing environments and opportunities for young people to develop their strengths, pursue their interests, and express their own voices.


What’s on

Rembrandt Remastered: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom February 9 to April 28
Abstraction with Soul and Heart, Lita Emery: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Friday 8 February

Wednesday 6 February:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am

Thursday 7 February:
Lego Club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 3.30pm-5pm

Friday 8 February:
Friday concert: Myrna & Odette Michell , Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 12-1pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: 10am-12pm Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 2pm -4pm

Sunday 10 February:
Jazz Jam Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 2pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 12 February:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 9.30am-12.00pm
JP Clinic: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 11.30am-1.30pm
Employment Readiness: Come along to create or update your CV Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō: 10am to 12pm

Wednesday 13 February:
Social crochet and coffee club: 10.30am
Friends of the Library- Dianne Edyvane sharing stories of her travels in South America. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō : 10.30am
Quiz night Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō : 7pm
Pop Up Eats Horowhenua: Outside Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 5pm to 8pm