Library Notes 7 August 2020

Published on 07 August 2020

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Top 10 Fiction Books

The song of the sycamore by Edward Cox
Wedding bells for Woolworths by Elaine Everest
The forgotten home child by Genevieve Graham
When shadows fall by Alex Gray
A daughter’s price by Emma Hornby
The Viennese girl by Jenny Lecoat
The Jerusalem assassin by Joel C Rosenberg
The hidden beach by Karen Swan
The engineer’s wife by Tracey Enerson Wood 


Favourite Places to Read
Pam Coleman, Community Engagement Librarian 

Where are you right now? Have a look around, is this your favourite place to read?

Reading as a solitary, inward activity has always fascinated me, perhaps because I’m so particular about where I read and why I choose to read there.

Few things can beat a quiet afternoon reading in your favourite spot outdoors  — whether it’s on the beach, on a shady hillside or picnic table or a park. Some of us are really good at turning hectic, crowded public spaces into private spaces by immersing ourselves in a good book. However if you are anything like nosy parker Pam, public spaces can be a little too distracting. I envy those who can easily disappear into the covers of a good book no matter where they are, whether it’s on a bus, train, car or plane. And now with ebooks and devices it’s now easier than ever.

So where is the quintessential private, peaceful reading location?  Bed was the prime spot to get my serious reading done (usually until the wee small hours). Now I am in my middle years (ahem)  I often start reading when I am already too tired, and thus, fall asleep.

I confess, I like to grab a favourite read, pick out a bath bomb, light some candles, put on soothing music, and settle in for a nice, long soak. Reading and bathing on their own are some of the best ways to relax, and when you combine the two, you can feel your stress just melt away. The Japanese even have a word for it ‘You-bumi’ literally meaning "bath literature." But – there is a rather large BUT (no pun intended) librarians become perennially furious when engorged books are returned, the pages darkened and weakened from the inevitable splashes they have suffered.

Bringing books into the bathtub comes with a degree of peril, and we could spend ages discussing ideas to help you balance your book, turn the pages, and get totally comfortable, all while keeping your book completely dry. Idea for a future column? 

“Tips for reading in the bath (or how to avoid fines and electrocution).” 

 

 

What’s on?

Winter Warmers
Cosy up with a book this winter! Age 3 to 13? Join our FREE Winter Warmer Reading programme, write 4 book reviews and earn a reward. Write another 4 and receive an extra prize. Programme runs from 3rd – 28th August. Register at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō NOW.

Exhibitions
Matariki – Deep Space: A View of the Stars and Beyond, by Dr Stephen Chadwick, Friday 5 June to Sunday 23 August, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
Keith Hastings – Acrylics by Keith Hastings: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō July 2020 

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.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research librarian available all day every Friday. 

Friday 7 August:
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 9 August:
Family Time in the Youth Space: Giant board games, craft activities and family fun in the Youth Space every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Come on in with the whānau!

Monday 10 August:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm
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 11 August
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 12 August:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Open Meeting Space 7pm $5
Toddler Time Shannon Library, every Wednesday 2pm 

Thursday 13 August:
Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 9.30am-12.00pm
JP Service: Shannon Library 2pm to 3pm
Lego Hour: Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 3.30pm to 4.30pm 

Friday 14 August:
Local Music Showcase (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

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