Read to win!

Erik’s Fish and Chips has announced the first set of Central Lakes prize winners for Erik’s Reading Challenge!

Congratulations to…

Amber from Wanaka Primary School who has won:
2 nights accommodation for your family at Bella Vista Motel in Dunedin
$100 Best Cafe voucher
Visit to the Dinosaur Revolution Secrets of Survival Exhibition
Visit to the Ocho Chocolate Factory

Ruby from KingsView School has won our monthly draw:
$30 Erik’s Fish and Chips voucher
I-Fly voucher
$25 Spice Room Voucher

Last but not least, our monthly teachers prize goes to Ruby’s teacher, Katie:
A Harmany Spa voucher
$25 Spice Room voucher
$30 Erik’s Fish and Chips voucher

There is another draw at the end of September and October, so keep reading!
Every 5 chapter books read is one entry and get a free kids meal at Erik’s Fish and Chips.

Thanks to the team at Erik’s! ‌  ‌

Level 2 continued

Covid19Please remember to sanitize when entering the library.

Practice social distancing (use the cross on the floor).

We now quarantine returned books for 5 days.

Print AND Digital

Love booksPrint

I love books. Of course, I am librarian! I think each book is a treasure, a gift.

I enjoy the tactile experience, the paper softness, its smell.

I can lend a book, give it forward, I remember who gifted me which book, I may hug it even!

Their materiality give them context, a significance, therefore a stronger memory.

Most importantly, I love reading books. I enjoy diving into the pages in precious dedicated times. Losing myself in a book, forgetting time, living someone else life, being rocked by the rhythm of the words…

I also read print (alias a knowledge book) to learn a subject in depth, exploring all its aspects and nuances, often re-reading a difficult or important part to take it in. Oh! And they don’t have advertising!

Reading onlineDigital

I am an avid online reader too. But I can’t say I love it.

Online is where I get a lot of information, everything I want to know and more.

I explore the world and worldviews, I get news and weather of course. I keep contact with my friends, my community, and read many things I do not need.

Snippets, snapshots. Quick. Easy.

I read articles too, I skim-read the page to see if it’s what I want to read, then click away or continue skim reading. I tend to skip the end when articles are too long. Or my phone beeps and off I am.

Online reading has great advantages: ability to read in the dark, my phone of lighter than most books, it’s easy to find the information I want, it’s perfect when travelling and even saving paper!

As librarian, I witness first-hand how books in print are less and less used.  Is it a problem?

Reading Brain

Maryanne Wolf is a reading specialist. In her latest book, “The Reading Brain in a Digital World” she questions the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we switch to online technologies.

Studies have shown that 85% of students multitask (=get distracted) in an online environment but only 26% when reading print.

Analyses of movements of the eyes when reading show that we scan through a screen (in the shape of an F) whereas eyes follow lines in a book. Trained to search and find words fast on webpages, we unconsciously practice speed-reading on a screen. So we read e-books faster! We look for the meaning, the plot, but miss the implicit, the depth and the literary expression.

Learning impact

So what about thinking, analyzing, evaluating? What does it mean for learning?

A study by Geoff Kaufman and Mary Flanagan says that for abstract (inference-based) questions, the print participants scored higher, on average, with 66 percent correct compared to the digital participants with just 48 percent correct. For concrete questions, digital participants out-scored the print participants: 73 percent correct versus 58 percent.

This study shows screens do not make us dumber as some people fear or blame.  But it does show that brains do not work the same way with print or screen.


I invite you to reflect on your reading habits, be aware of the differences print or digital offer and choose your reading medium accordingly.

It turns out that it’s no longer a Print VS Online debate, it is a Print AND Online world. We have to be bi-literate.

How do YOU read?

How to find reliable information

As research projects begin and news affect everyone, here are a few information literacy skills resources, to help identify the truth.

How to conduct a research project? Follow the Define, Locate, Select, Organise, Present, Assess steps in this Prezi!

How to use the internet efficiently for research -senior: Youtube video 3.19 mn

To help with research, here is the direct access to selected databases for New Zealand schools -no login required. Scroll down on the page to this search box:


Spot Fake News

Here is an interesting article about identifying Fake information:  Visual clues, resist emotional response, look for the motives. 1000 words – 5mn read

Lots of new books

More than 130 books have been added to the collection this year and it will keep growing, of course.

Check them out on the New Books revolving shelf in the library or on the Book Lists page. If the book you want to read is already borrowed, ask the librarian to reserve it for you.


20-02-17 New Books




ToitoiWell done to Anataia White from Mount Aspiring College for her beautiful drawing published on page 48 of the TOITOI Magazine.

Quite special to have a work actually published!

You can send your writing and art for Issue 20 by April 9, 2020.

More information here

Human rights display

Human rights

A very wide subject profusely declined in fiction as well as documented in knowledge books. Grab one from the display area or choose your own from the collection.

Keywords to try in the library catalogue: oppression, rebellion, civil rights, slavery, freedom, social control, resistance, equality…

In Knowledge area: 303.6, 305, 305.8, 320, 324, 355, lots of biographies…

Grab your paper copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the issue desk or read online here. 

The theme is challenging but essential to human growth and well-being!

Making time for reading

We know reading is good for us so how can we read more in our busy lives?

  • boy wearing white poloAlways carry a book with you: waiting time becomes reading time
  • Download a book in your phone – MAC students and staff can access nearly 2000 books on MAC e-library
  • Have another book near your bed. Studies have shown that reading 15mn before sleep improves sleep quality
  • Stop scrolling and reading random bits from magazines and phones, use this time to dive into your chosen read
  • Use a bookmark to find where you stopped instantly
  • Skip parts, read how you like. A boring paragraph? Scroll to the next.
  • If you don’t like what you are reading, stop and choose another book

Observe how more reading changes your life!