Florence, Librarian in Wanaka

A colleague gave me this extract last Friday- nearly April fools day! I enjoyed it so much I just had to share it!

Edith’s daughter, Florence, was very different from her mother. Two of her great interests were the library and whitebaiting. For about twenty years she was librarian at the Wanaka Library. Her system of arranging books seemed rather impractical to many but woe betide anyone who would tried to reorganise her shelves – current new books lived on a shelf at chest height, easiest for reading titles, last year’s new books were on the shelf below and, as they dated, books receded higher and higher on the shelves. Simple!
Aspinall, P. (1993). Florence Perrow (Nee Hedditch 1854-1943). In Short Tales (p. 22).

Lots of new Breezy Reads

Breezy ReadWhen the South Pacific books representative brought her boxes of new books to choose from, I asked some students to choose easy books they’d like to read. They are now ready !

Spot the Smiley Face!

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The vocabulary is easy, the chapters are short, the fonts are large and legible -great for dyslexia- , there are some illustrations, just like in children’s books. But the stories are engaging and high-octane to provide the experience of a good novel.

Find them in the Picture Books / Breezy Reads section of the library.

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Maori resources

We were donated 4 excellent resources about maori history in Upper Clutha written by Richard Hewitt.

They are:

  • “The Promised Land”
  • “The Neck Lake Hawea Maori reserves”
  • “Maori History”
  • “Maori Occupation of the Great Lakes and Middle Island & use of some of the resources. Prior to European Occupation”

They  contain detailed research and numerous illustrations. They can be borrowed by MAC students and staff.

We thank the Town library and Richard Hewitt for their valuable donation.

New series

There are lots of new series on the shelves.  For younger and older readers, for boys, girls and everyone. Sport, humour, adventure, fantasy, thrillers…  2017 Series

Books and book stuff to your teen for Christmas (for parents)

bookschristmasOffering a book for Christmas prevents the “Summer slide” and is a great way to show you value books and reading. So head down to the bookshop and stroll the shelves. What to choose?

  • A book of the genre your teen likes
  • A series is a great gift as it is difficult to get them all in order from libraries.
  • An award-winning book, they are actually usually good
  • Books to Films are popular eg. Mortal Engine, by Philip Pullman
  • A book to convey a message, eg. Life of Pi
  • A useful book, eg. cooking or fitness (for teens)

If you don’t know, go book shopping with your child, it is a great way to talk books, what s/he likes, what you like or offer a book voucher.001

I like to make hamper presents that include a book. It demonstrates actively the usefulness and ubiquity of reading. For example:

  • a learn-to-knit book in a basket with wool and needles
  • a learn-to-fish book with a fishing rod and kit
  • bike maintenance or bike skills with a new bike

Other ways to reinforce the love for books is to offer book-related items, bookmarks, bookends, bookstands… but also fancy book covers, book jewels, decorations or book paraphernalia. For example book earrings will tell your girl: “I know you’re a great book lover, I value that and it suits you well”. You’ll find ideas at the bookshop, at DOC or online on Wheelers for books. Explore NZ Book Lovers and Ex-Libris crafts for other book-related gifts.

 

Posters winners!

Thank you to all the participants of the “Favourite Book” poster competition. Your creations now decorate the library and are great book recommendations.

Congratulations to our winner, Ruby Burke, for an impressive illustration of the all times favourite Harry Potter Series, by J. K. Rowling.

Winning Book Poster, by Ruby Burke

Well done to runner-up Noah Regan-Roach and third best Maggie Dougherty.

You all won book vouchers!

Library Festival 2016

22nd August to 5th September

Book exchange
Renew your book shelves for FREE!
• Bring your own books in good condition to the library to collect tokens
• Come to the library from the 22nd August to spend your tokens on other books.

Poster competition
• Design a poster promoting your favourite book (must include Title, Author, an illustration -can be the book cover- and 3 keywords that describe the book. Don’t forget to write your name and whanau at the back)
• Bring your creation to the library by Monday 5th September
Prizes: Book vouchers for 3 best posters and House points

 Whanau quiz
On Monday 5th September in whanau, fill in the quiz given to your whanau teacher
and return the same day.
Prizes: Chocolates for the winning whanau and House points.

Winners and house competition results will be announced in assembly on Wednesday 7th September