Library notes 11 October 2017

Published on 10 October 2017

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Top 10 books

New Adult Fiction

Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham

Vanguard by Jack Campbell

Once Upon a Spine by Kare Carlisle

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child

Workhouse Orphans by Holly Green

The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien

Enemy of the Good by Matthew Palmer

The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger

Ridgeview Station by Michael Trant

Tomorrow Brings Sorrow by Mary Wood

Editorial by Wendy Fraser

This week, 9 -15 October is Mental Health Week.  In the past 1-2 years there has been a huge increase in the demand for diversity in books.  There has been much discussion on social mediums about the need for different cultures, sexualities, ethnicities to be reflected in our modern day literature.  Mental health is another one.  Libraries Horowhenua has many resources on this topic both factual and fictional.  

The shock of the fall by Nathan Filer is a contemporary fictional tale of one young man’s degeneration of thinking and behaviour through his diagnosis of schizophrenia.  For a hard hitting but thoroughly absorbing look at the same topic you can’t go past the non-fiction book, No one cares about crazy people by Ron Powers.  For Powers the question of "what to do about crazy people" isn't just academic; it's deeply personal as he interweaves his own story of having two sons diagnosed with this maddening disease.

Celebrating the diversity of thought and culture has been one of the keys to the continuing success of Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po.  From Festival of stories this year which celebrated the diversity of story with te reo, sign language, written and oral stories to Matariki with performances from our tamariki and a community kai to next week celebrating Diwali.

This colourful, rich and vibrant celebration is not only significant to Hindus, but has importance of Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.  For Hindus, it is associated with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and victory over the demon Ravana.  On that day, he was welcomed to the kingdom to Ayodhya with rows of Deep (Lamps), lit throughout the kingdom.  Thus, there is a tradition of lighting oil lamps that symbolize the victory of good over evil and freedom from spiritual darkness.  Hindus, also make preparations to welcome goddess Lakshmi by drawing rangoli, and footsteps (Paduka) on the entrance that would allure goddess Lakshmi to visit one’s home and bring prosperity along with her.

Diwali celebrations begin on Thursday 19th October and include henna painting demonstrations 3-5.30 Thursday and Friday and 10-4pm on Saturday; an Indian cuisine interaction cooking session on Thursday 4-5pm; a Bollywood showing in the Open Meeting room on Friday at 3pm and of course the big finale evening starting at 7pm on Saturday 21st with performances and cuisine with the fireworks display to finish the celebrations.

What’s On


Ashleigh Collis ‘ Mangahuia Photography Exhibition – 1-31 October

Town and Country Quilters Exhibtion – 14-28 October

Monday to Friday

Volunteer Resource Centre: Talk to the Volunteer Resource Centre about becoming a volunteer. They can help you match your individual skills and interests with a large number of groups who need volunteers. 10am - 12 noon.

Family and local history: Call into the Heritage Room for help and advice on researching your family tree 10am-3pm.

School holiday Mad Science programme

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po 10am each morning

Wednesday 11 October

Kate Martin dance workshops 9am-2.30pm

Trevor Morley – storytime with pop-up books 10am

Social crochet and coffee club: Jenny Goyne will teach you to crochet, or bring you own craft project along and join in the coffee and chat and meet new friends 10.30am

Youthline holiday programme 1-4pm

Te Reo classes 6pm

Quiz night 7pm


Holiday coding for kids 2-4pm


Lunchtime concert 12-1pm
SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops 2-4pm


Tai Chi 10-11.30am

Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am


JP Service Centre 11.30am-1.30pm

Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am

Youth Debate Club 3.30-4.30pm

Wednesday 18 October

Social crochet and coffee club: Jenny Goyne will teach you to crochet, or bring you own craft project along and join in the coffee and chat and meet new friends 10.30am

Te Reo classes 6pm

Quiz night 7pm

Learn new skills

Thursday 12 October

Stepping Up: Introduction to tablets 10am-12pm