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Library Lines: Tuesday, 07 January 2020

You’re come to change your books and the library is closed!

Don’t worry, we are only closed for the library to be re-carpeted, and while that work is being done, the staff are still busy preparing books and programmes, ready for the opening on 06 January 2020.

If you require more books during the shutdown period, there are two pop up libraries in town, one at the Civic and the other at the Town Hall conservatorium. These are all old books, and can just be taken. There will also be a trolley of discarded books outside the library book until Friday 20 December, 2019.

Please don’t leave your library books at these locations – any material that you have checked out prior to the closing still needs to be returned to the library when it reopens or down the afterhours chute to the left of the door.

New books are still being processed and will be added to the shelves – something to look forward to when the library re-opens! Look out for Imaginary friend by Stephen Chbosky, described as ‘A haunting and thrilling novel pulsing with the radical empathy …Unputdownable … ‘imbued with heart and soul. You’ll fall in love with these characters.’

For young adult readers, a new title is Lyla: a novel, ‘a griping and personal story about one girl’s experience of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and its aftermath.’ The book is one title of the Through my eyes – Natural Disaster Zones series.

As soon as the library reopens on Monday 06 January 2020, we will launch into the Summer School Holiday programme, and the theme for this year is Australiana! The library will be decorated with Australian animals, birds and flowers that children, and adults, can contribute to if they wish. There’s Toddler time for the younger readers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10.30 am, and Crafty Creations for older children at 3.30 pm. There’s a three dollar charge to cover the cost of materials for the older children in the afternoons.

The first week it’s stories and handicrafts about Birds and insects, the second week features Flowers and Fish, and the third week will concentrate on Animals. So don’t forget to come to the library and see what you can create!

See you next year at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Yes, the library doors are shut! , but the library will re-open to the public on Monday 06 January 2020, at 0930, and we will have new carpet! And also plenty of new books on the shelves, so make a New Year’s resolution to come and join the library.

There’s a terrific collection of over 17.000 items that you can borrow for almost three weeks. Collections include fiction, nonfiction, young adult collection, children’s fiction, children’s picture books – which are great fun! – talking books for children and adults, and also Large Print books for people who may have trouble reading normal print. There are also paperbacks and magazines to select from, as well as DVDs and CDs –
So really there’s something for everyone.

Not for loan are local history books, newspapers.
The library also offers services such as printing, copying, laminating, free wifi, free public access computers, and there is usually a JP on duty to sign statutory declarations, and to certify documents.

There’s also a huge range of programmes on offer for all ages – from Toddler time for children and the young at heart, to Brain Training @ the library and Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter.

So keep the library and its services in mind for next year!

And when you come in, look out for all the new books that have been added to the shelves.

New titles include a lovely new edition of The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 2926, there’s an introduction that puts the book in context. Lighter reading is The summer of Sunshine and Margot a romantic tale by Susan Mallery, described as ‘a delicious tale destined for beach blankets’!

People who love to read mysteries and thrillers will enjoy The racketeer by John Grisham ‘He was betrayed by the FBI … Now he wants revenge …’

Remember, you can still obtain good books at the pop up libraries at the Civic and from the street library box at the conservatorium.

See you at the library next year!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

You’re come to change your books and the library is closed!

Don’t worry, we are only closed for the library to be re-carpeted, and while that work is being done, the staff are still busy preparing books and programmes, ready for the opening on 06 January 2020.

If you require more books during the shutdown period, there are two pop up libraries in town, one at the Civic and the other at the Town Hall conservatorium. These are all old books, and can just be taken. There will also be a trolley of discarded books outside the library book until Friday 20 December, 2019.

Please don’t leave your library books at these locations – any material that you have checked out prior to the closing still needs to be returned to the library when it reopens or down the afterhours chute to the left of the door.

New books are still being processed and will be added to the shelves – something to look forward to when the library re-opens! Look out for Imaginary friend by Stephen Chbosky, described as ‘A haunting and thrilling novel pulsing with the radical empathy …Unputdownable … ‘imbued with heart and soul. You’ll fall in love with these characters.’

For young adult readers, a new title is Lyla: a novel, ‘a griping and personal story about one girl’s experience of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and its aftermath.’ The book is one title of the Through my eyes – Natural Disaster Zones series.

As soon as the library reopens on Monday 06 January 2020, we will launch into the Summer School Holiday programme, and the theme for this year is Australiana!

The library will be decorated with Australian animals, birds and flowers that children, and adults, can contribute to if they wish. There’s Toddler time for the younger readers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10.30 am, and Crafty Creations for older children at 3.30 pm. There’s a three dollar charge to cover the cost of materials for the older children in the afternoons.

The first week it’s stories and handicrafts about Birds and insects, the second week features Flowers and Fish, and the third week will concentrate on Animals. So don’t forget to come to the library and see what you can create!

See you next year at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Keen readers please note that the library will be closed from 09 December, 2019, and won’t be opening again until Monday 06 January 20120 – we are getting a lovely new carpet!

There will be a pop up library outside the front door from 09 December 2019 until noon 20 December 2019, so you can select some books – these are cancelled books which are usually for sale. There are also pop up libraries at the Civic and at the door of the Conservatory.

Until 09 December you can borrow extra books to tide you over the carpet closure period and the Christmas and New Year break. The date due has also been adjusted so you won’t get any overdue notices or fines during this period.

There’s an afterhours chute to the left of the door, but it won’t be operating until after 20 December. After that date, if you’re in town, you can push the chute open and slide the books through, and they will be returned by the library staff when the library reopens.

All library programmes – Brain Training @ the Library, Junior Brain Games, Toddler Time, and Bookends Literacy Assist will carry on as usual until the Christmas and New Year shutdown, but in a different location!

Just come along to the library door as usual, and the library staff will escort you to the temporary location.

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves during the last week.

Amongst the titles ready to be borrowed are the new thrilled by John Grisham The guardians ‘How do you prove your innocence from behind bars?’ is Quincy Miller’s problem – find out how he solves his dilemma by checking out the book!

Bestselling Australian author Tricia Stringer’s new novel The model wife also asks a question ‘When did having it all become doing it all?’; ‘sometimes a good woman can be pushed too far …’ Another great read -

See you soon at the library!