Library Notes 8 January 2020

Published on 08 January 2020


Top 10 books


2019 Popular Fiction

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
After by Anna Todd
Blue Moon by Lee Child
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Guardians by John Grisham
Ghost Fire by Wilbur Smith
A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley
Under Currents by Nora Roberts


Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

New Year! More Books!


Happy New Year!

Now we are a few days into 2020, millions of people have now made New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change in their lives. The recurring themes each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development.

Some people love goal setting and planning, with nothing more motivating than writing up lists of objectives for the year ahead. I have to admit I always struggle with this, mainly because I get overwhelmed by the multitude of options available to me. I like to think I am at peace with who I am but the chances are, it is more that I have too many areas to improve upon!


Since this is a library column, we should address the ‘read more’ resolution, one that I confess to never knowing where to books, books on the ‘to be read list’, recommended books, or books that just take my fancy?


We could go through the annual flurry of book lists announcing the year’s “Best Of.” There’s the delight in discovering new titles; the self-congratulatory thrill of having read it already or for me, the feelings of guilt at all the titles you’ve missed. A cautionary note though, if you’re going to be perusing the best-of lists, don’t read just one. They do hold biases so hold true to your own tastes. I like to see these lists as opportunities for discovery…can reads rather than must reads!


The wise woman of our libraries, once shared that she rereads a favourite book or series at the beginning of each year in order to ensure an excellent start to the new reading year! A great idea, so I’m reading ‘The Name of the Wind,’ by Patrick Rothfuss. It is book number one of The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy. Rothfuss is still writing the final book in the fantasy series, so I have something to look forward to and it is a guaranteed certainty in my own ‘best of’ list.


It won’t be easy either, narrowing down next year's list of buzzy titles, so trust that 2020 is going to be a great reading year. There are many books our team are excited for, from major novels to fascinating memoirs. We hope to share them in the coming weeks ahead!

Happy Reading!



What’s On

Friends of Horowhenua Libraries’ Annual Summer Used Book Sale.
Monday, 13 January to Friday, 24 January
A great choice of quality fiction, non-fiction and children’s books for sale.
As well as puzzles, magazines and DVDs.
Books only $1. Children’s books only 50c.
Bring your own bag.
Thanks to the Friends - all proceeds go to supporting Horowhenua libraries.

'The Divine Alchemist' an exhibition of paintings and works by local artist Ramila Parbhu: Friday 3 January to Wednesday 29 January 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:

Summer Reading Programme runs from December 16 to January 24.

   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau pō: 6 - 23 January:  Report in Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Take part in a fun craft activity from 10am to 12pm

   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: 6 - 23 January:  Report in Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Take part in a fun craft activity from 10am to 11.30pm

   -Shannon Community Library 6 - 23 January: Report in Monday to Friday opening hours. Take part in a fun craft activity from 12pm to 3pm


Adult Reading Challenge:

16 December to February to 26

Join in with 2020 Reading Challenge and let us guide and inspire you with your book choices. Pick up a booklet at your local library. There are also lots of book related activities to choose from each week, 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.


Friday 10 January

Zappo the Magician: Zappo has enjoyed performing children’s magic shows all over New Zealand. “Kindness makes magic happen”, is Zappo the Magician’s motto.

All performances are suitable for families with children aged 3-12 years. FREE
Shannon Memorial Hall, Grey Street, Shannon 4821 10am
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 1pm
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 3pm

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.
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am-12.00pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops
   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10am-12pm
   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm -4pm

Monday 13 January

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


Tuesday, 14 January

Strong Man Stan: A classic circus act the Strong Man will amaze you with the feats of strength, balance and danger! Come along and see this family friendly show. FREE

   -Shannon Memorial Hall, Grey Street, Shannon 10am

   -Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 1pm

   -Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 3pm

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