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).
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Welcome to 2017!

Enjoy the library!

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.”

Offer a book to family members! (for teens)

christmas-treeTired of offering socks to your Dad or plastic things that break in 2mn? Well here are some cool, cheap and intelligent ideas:

Books!

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).

Magazine subscription

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.

Book related items

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.

CTH thumbthing01.jpgBook 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.

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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

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http://www.hellolumio.com/shop

The LiliLite: A shelf, Lamp and bookmark!

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http://www.lililite.com/#lililite

And remember to add a book or book series on your Christmas list, reading is good for you!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Readers live longer!

After surveying 3,635 people aged 60 and up about their health, Yale University School of Public Health researchers discovered that people who read books for 30mn or more per day live 2 years longer than non-readers!

Reading books works better than magazines and newspapers.

Reading more than 3 hours and a half per day bring a 6% advantage compared to those who read more than 30mn.

(Full study here http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616303689)

I’ve told you reading is good for you !

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

Stu Duval at MAC

We had the privilege to welcome Stu Duval at Mount Aspiring College for 2 engaging sessions to all year 7 and 8 classes, one of story telling and one creative writing workshop.

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How inspiring, engaging, useful and fun!

If you want to purchase his books, there are order forms at the library. Bring the completed form and money to the office by Monday 20th June.

http://www.studuval.co.nz/