Library notes 29 November

Published on 29 November 2017


Top 10 books

New Adult Fiction

The Brothers of Brigadier Station, Queensland Outback Love Story by Sarah Williams

The Secret Life of Bees  by Sue Monk Kidd

I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett

Hawke’s Prey, A Sonny Hawke Thriller by Reavis Z. Wortham

The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, A mesmerizing mix of  post-apocalyptic SF, war/adventure, criminals dealing in memories, and black as hell noir. By Nik Korpon

The Sisters Chase, A beautifully written family drama by Sarah Healy

A Fever of the Blood, A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery by Oscar De Muriel

Longing, A novel about the risks and the compromises that come with falling in love by Mary Balogh

The Leavers , A Rich and sensitive portrait of lives lived across borders and cultures by Lisa Ko

Trophy, A Nerve-shredding page turner by Steffen Jacobsen

Reading registrations open

by Deborah Macdonald, Children’s Librarian

Hey kids, are you wild about reading?  This is the theme for our Summer Reading Programme which starts on 11 December and is open to children from 3yrs to Year 6.  Come along and meet Geraldine, our giraffe mascot, and enter the jungle (at your own risk) to do your report-ins. There will be incentives along the way and you will finish with a grand finale where you will be rewarded with a certificate, a brand new book to keep and a goody bag.   

There is a separate programme (iRead) for Year 7 & 8 children. Read books, write a review in your special review log book and receive up to four book prizes over the course of the programme. .  You will finish the programme with a Master Chef competition. iRead is available at Shannon Library and Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po.

As well as the reading programmes we have lots of jungle based craft activities happening and there will be some great entertainers at each of the libraries.

Little Dog Barking Theatre creates the thrill and magic of live theatre bringing to children the stories of the world, told and presented in simple and imaginative ways. They will be performing a play about a small boy, his neighbours and the search for lost memories.

Mary Kippenberger is one of our favourites.  She is known as a riotous and vibrant performer who makes her audiences think. She has also written several picture books. Mary teaches storytelling workshops for librarians, teachers and anyone working with children and tells her tall stories at schools, libraries and festivals in New Zealand and overseas.

Both performances take place in early January and will be advertised closer to the time. They will also be on your Summer Reading calendar, 

But wait, there’s more! In mid-January we have another performer who will be coming to Te Takeretanga-o-Kura-hau-po.  Stu Duval is a gifted author, storyteller and artist. He is touring libraries throughout New Zealand and will be performing stories from his books accompanied by live art and cartoon drawing demonstrations.  This is a free show and Stu will be here on Thursday, 18th January at 2pm. 

So lots happening this Summer.  Be sure to get in quick to register for the reading programme as places are limited.

What’s On


Vicky Millman Art Exhibition "Colours of my Soul" Exhibition – 1-30 November

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 22 November

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


Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am

Sue Nicholson “Answers from the Other Side” 7pm. Tickets on


Lunchtime concert 12-1pm

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


Jazz exponent Kevin Clark Sunday concert

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po, Levin



Tai Chi 10-11.30am

Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am


JP Clinic 11.30am-1.30pm

Te Runanga o Raukawa Playgroup 10-11.30am

Wednesday 29 November

Social crochet and coffee club 10.30am

Te Reo classes 6pm

Quiz night 7pm

Learn new skills

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po

Thursday 30 November
Employment Readiness 10am-12pm

Tuesday 5 December
ePetting Zoo 10am-11.30am

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Tuesday 7 December
ePetting Zoo 2pm-4pm