Library notes 13 December

Published on 13 December 2017

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Top 10 books

New Adult Fiction

A Stardance Summer, An Eternity Springs Novel by Emily March

Raw Deal, A romance Novel by Cherrie Lynn

Trespass, Beautifully written novel that demonstrates how capacious the crime friction genre can be by Anthony J Quinn

The Binding Song, A Chilling Mystery by Elodie Harper

Ladder to the Moon, In love and war, courage is not always enough by P J Fry

A Darker Place, The New Sean Dillon Thriller by Jack Higgins

Solar Bones, BGE Irish Book of the Year Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize by Mike McCormack

An Act of Silence, How far will a Mother go to protect her son by Colette McBeth

White Fur, A Love Story of Equal Parts Grit and Glamour by Jardine Libaire

Putin’s Gambit, When Europe comes apart the Bellicose Dictator makes his move by Lou Dobbs and James O Born

Celebrating local authors

Beth Bolton, Senior Library Assistant

Libraries Horowhenua Libraries is always delighted to support our local authors. We wanted to identify as many as possible of our local authors by adding them to a list on our catalogue and putting a Local Author sticker on the top of the books’ spine for easy identification. Our local authors collection covers non-fiction, fiction, Te Ao Maori, young adult, junior fiction and junior non-fiction and includes authors from both Horowhenua and Kapiti.

Rosa Gray, of Shannon Library fame, published her first novel “The price of magic” earlier this year. The Kingdom of Launair is on the brink of collapse. A plague, created by mages has devastated the population and people. Now all the mages are dead but their legacy still spreads throughout the land and will soon reach the neighboring country of Shanovia, a country with problems of its own, caused by the mad King Uldread. Orlaina is a barmaid by day, a burglar by night, stealing from the rich. She has a secret, one that could get her burned at the stake. She must avoid her parent's fate at all costs. She has been getting away with it for a decade now, that is until a desperate man and his father form a deadly plot that she must now help with.

Janet Slatter Bottin’s “The big block of chocolate”. Miss Jenny bought some chocolate, a great big block of chocolate. She said, 'This block of chocolate is mine and ALL for me.' Did someone say CHOCOLATE? Brought back by popular demand, with its original illustrations, this much-loved, delicious story about a favourite treat will be enjoyed by all.

“Stu’s kitchen” by Stuart Frith.  Full of yummy treats and good home style cooking for the family.  Easy to read and very easy to follow instructions for recipes such as shepherd’s pie, pumpkin soup and very tasty banana bread. Beautifully illustrated and helpful advice.

Also amongst the collection are authors such as Davey Hughes “Untamed : the extraordinary adventures of the Swazi man”,  “Armless not brainless” by Rod Haines, “My journey: a memoir” by Tony Sheppard, “The Nam legacy” by Carole Brungar and Paul W. Feenstra’s “The breath of God”.

We encourage you, our local authors, to have a book launch here at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po. It is a great way for the public to meet our local authors and perhaps even purchase a copy of their latest book. Come and talk to us or email

What’s on

Vicky Millman Art Exhibition "Colours of my Soul" Exhibition – 1 November – 18 December

Ramila Parbhu - Art Exhibition "Namaste Papatuanuku" – 19 December to 31 January

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.

Wednesday 13 December

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: final quiz for 2017 - 7pm


Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am


Lunchtime concert: Rex Bowater 12-1pm

SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops 2-4pm


Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po, Levin 2pm


Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am


JP Clinic 11.30am-1.30pm

Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am

Wednesday 20 December

Social crochet and coffee club 10.30am

Te Reo classes 6pm

Quiz night 7pm

Learn new skills

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po
Wednesday 13 December
ePetting Zoo 3pm-5pm

Thursday 14 December
eBooks 10am-12pm

Tuesday 19 December
Pinterest 10am-11.30am