The library festival will start in 2 weeks!
There will be the traditional Favourite book poster competition and new events. Surprise!
This article “The Surprising Power of Reading Fiction” by Courtney Seiter is worth a read as she details how reading fiction actually helps develop empathy, reduces stress and mental aging, improves sleep, relationships, memory, inclusivity, vocabulary, creativity, pleasure and ultimately happiness!
And this excellent Canadian infographic provides further interesting data.
When 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 !
The vocabulary is easy, the chapters are short, the fonts are large and legible, 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.
We were donated 4 excellent resources about maori history in Upper Clutha written by Richard Hewitt.
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.
There are lots of new series on the shelves. For younger and older readers, for boys, girls and everyone. Sport, humour, adventure, fantasy, thrillers…
7100 Fiction books, 6520 Knowledge books, 500 picture books, 1264 Ebooks… Whatever your style, read read read!
The library is open Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 4pm, including interval and lunchtime. NO FOOD please.
Here is a quote I found during my summer reading in “The Well of Lost Plots” by Jasper Fforde (Check out this amazing, witty Thursday Next series – FFO).
“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colours of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer – perhaps more.”
Tired of offering socks to your Dad or plastic things that break in 2mn? Well here are some cool, cheap and intelligent ideas:
Choose books on what they like, books recommended by a teacher (or ask the librarian), award-winning books, and books you would like them to read (for example how to stop yelling at your teen)! Head down to our local bookshop, at DOC or at Puzzling World or you can shop online on Wheelers (cheap and user-friendly).
Buy the latest issue of your parent’s favourite magazine. Before you wrap it up, look for the subscription page and subscribe for the time you can afford, maybe 3 months, maybe a year. Get help from the other parent for payment. S/he’ll love it and will be impressed with your thoughtfulness.
Bookmarks: there are plenty of beautiful bookmarks in the shops or you can get crafty and make your own. You can find materials for very cheap at Wastebusters and there will be a workshop on Monday 5th December from 4pm – 5.30pm to create hand-made recycled gifts.
Book things: Book covers, bookends, book holders, book jewels are available from local shops or online at NZ Book Lover. For example, this handy bookmark/hold-your-book-with-one-hand devices is only $9.
Book lamps: we need a good light to read in the evening. Consider a cheap simple lamp and clamp lamp (with soft blue or neutral tones LED approx 4 Watt), available locally from Mitre 10.
If your budget is bigger, one of these smart and sleek reading lamps are sure to impress and delight!
|The Lumio Lamp: A book, lamp, portable
|The LiliLite: A shelf, Lamp and bookmark!
And remember to add a book or book series on your Christmas list, reading is good for you!
Offering 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?
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.
I like to make hamper presents that include a book. It demonstrates actively the usefulness and ubiquity of reading. For example:
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.
We wish to warmly thank John Darby for his generous donation of natural history, civilizations and animals books. They are an extremely valuable addition to our library collection.
The library collection has recently been greatly enhanced thanks to clearance sales at National Geographic.
Here are new titles in the reference section:
And these have been added in the knowledge section so they can be borrowed:
With these beautiful, thorough, informative, up-to-date books, reading for learning is a pleasure!