Have your poem published online in our blog, and be in to win a book prize for 1st place.
Need some tips? Learn about writing poetry here or call in to your local library to borrow one of our many poetry books.
- The competition runs from 1st August to 21st August 2014
- Entries close at 3pm 21st August 2014
- No late entries will be accepted
- The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day 22 August 2014, on our blog site
- All entries must be typed and can be emailed to email@example.com or handed in at any branch of Tararua District Library
- All poems to be an original creation of the person submitting it, and must be previously unpublished
- Entries to be accompanied by the name, address and contact details of the submitter
- All poems to be in English
- The decision of the judges is final
- Open to all adult New Zealand residents – aged 18 and over
Have you ever wanted to share your love of poetry with others? Enjoy an evening of poetry on the open mic at Woodville Library, on the eve of National Poetry Day.
Bring along some poetry to recite (tips here) – either your own, or your favourite poets, or both. Or simply come to enjoy the recitations.
When: Thursday 21 August 2014, 7pm – 8.30pm
Where: Woodville Library, 42 Vogel Street, Woodville.
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation. Refreshments provided.
Coming? Please register your interest in attending at any branch of Tararua District Library by 15 August, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This song by Weird Al Yankovic will strike a nerve with some people – either those who are guilty of the crimes, or those who rail against them!
If you think you might need to brush up your grammar, we’ve plenty of helpful books at the library. Enjoy!
Do you know what that means? If not, Maori Language Week 21-27 July 2014, is your chance to learn! The theme is ‘Te Kupu o te Wiki’ (The word of the week) so why not make it your mission to learn a few new words. Kia ora means hello, so you’ve already begun, and here are some other words that most New Zealander’s will have heard before.
What is the purpose of Maori Language Week?
Maori Language Week is a week for all New Zealanders to recognise Maori as an official language in New Zealand. While learning the language is not compulsory, Te Reo is a special part of our kiwi identity. Even New Zealanders who have never learnt Te Reo, understand and often use words like kia ora, haka, puku, and whanau.
Maori Language Week gives us a chance to celebrate something truly unique to our country. While you may not be a fluent Maori speaker, (or even want to be), the Maori language is still a part of who we are as a nation. Ask any country who has ever played the All Blacks! [Source Kiwi Families]
Aotearoa (New Zealand) is the only place in the world where Māori is spoken widely, and this is why it deserves our protection and nourishment. For Māori to thrive as a language of everyday use, we must encourage its use in our homes and communities as much as possible.
Tararua District Library has plenty of books on Maori language, including novels and children’s books in Te Reo, as well as beginners’ text books and dictionaries.
Learn Maori online with this mobile app, or if you have only a personal computer, learn the basics through online video lessions and you can even hear spoken Te Reo Maori on youtube. You can sign up here at Kupu Maori NZ to be sent a word a day.
Our popular “movement to music” session for under 2′s is back! Help your baby learn about themselves and their environment, with activities you can continue to do at home.
Prize Draw – every time your baby attends Baby Rock, their name is entered into a prize draw to win a book and toy. Drawn at final 2014 session. Caregivers go in the draw to win a monthly coffee voucher.
Where? Dannevirke Library, children’s section
When? Wednesdays 11am, during Term time.
|Jul-23||Tummy time, rolling & crawling|
|Jul-30||Swinging, spinning & rocking|
|Aug-06||Climbing, hanging & swinging|
|Aug-13||Catching, throwing & kicking|
|Aug-20||Developing hands & fingers|
|Sep-03||Massage & touch|
|Sep-10||Eyes need to move too|
|Sep-17||Songs, rhymes & fingerplays|
|Sep-24||Tummy time, rolling & crawling|
“Little Ears” story time for pre-schoolers begins again on Monday 21st July 2014. It’s free and it’s fun, so bring your kiddies along to listen to stories and do some activities – and you can enjoy some company afterwards!
Where? Dannevirke Library, children’s section
When? Mondays at 9.30am
|Date||Theme (stories written by)|
Likeable character Penn Cage is mayor of his hometown Natchez, Mississippi in the deep south of the USA. His father, Dr Tom Cage, who is still Penn’s idol, stands accused of murdering an African-American nurse who used to work for him. And the prosecutor, District Attorney Shadrach Johnson, has been waiting for a chance to get even with Penn since the last time Penn bested him in the riverboat gambling scandal that threatened to tear Natchez apart (‘The Devil’s Punchbowl’).
‘The international bestseller’ the cover of Natchez Burning trumpets above author Greg Iles’ name. Maybe they had to do that because the book wasn’t selling as well as they hoped? While I’ve long been a fan of Iles and have been waiting and waiting for his new book, it seems that ol’ Greg spent much of his time recuperating from his near-death accident in 2011 reading through James Lee Burke’s back catalogue. Man, has Iles become windy! And with much less rhyme nor reason than Burke.
The story premise was engaging, but I felt like writing a letter to his editor, asking why s/he had not slashed and burned at least a third of the words from this 791 page tome. Maybe s/he felt like I did - overly sympathetic? I was originally going to flame this book as sub-par, then Googled to see if it was just me who disliked it (it appears I am in the minority) and found Greg Iles had finished this book in 2011, prior to his accident, but decided to ‘delve more deeply into the characters of “Natchez Burning” and broaden the novel’s background of racial strife and murder in the Jim Crow South’ (http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/life/2014/05/05/tragedy-changed-greg-iles-book-natchez-burning/8712971/, accessed 13 May 2014).
In the same article, I read there will be two other books in the series! I’m not reading them, but do feel free to make up your own mind and let us all know what you think in the comments below.
Greg Iles has enough of a back catalogue of other novels not related to Penn Cage to make it worthwhile seeking him out in our catalogue – before he became self-indulgent. 2/5 stars.
- Tamara Jones
So was it worth the wait, the many years that I have put into getting to the end of the Wheel of Time series?
I have had many complaints about this series regarding its length, the style and language and the plot and flow of the story itself so I found the 14th and final novel, “A memory of light” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, a refreshing and clever way of tying up all the loose ends nicely.
I had complained about the number of characters and the complicated relationships. By now they have been sorted and very easy to follow. The actions make sense. The new characters add to the story and so do their stories start, develop and end here, no problems there. No “who the heck are you again” anymore!
I complained about the story, and again this has been improved. The story has been brought back to five main settings and all the major characters have actually reconnected. Any new locations again make sense and add to the story and not distract from it. None of the “where the heck am I again”?
“A memory of light” is a very good read and in my opinion, an excellent ending for the whole series and yes, worth the wait. Fans should be happy to have found “The End” at last. I wonder if the movie version of “The Eye of the World”, being made in 2014, will do it justice?
Guess what! What? We have just purchased 64 new DVDs for our collection! At only $3.50 for a 7-night rental, that’s cheap entertainment. Most of the titles purchased are new releases, or less than two years old.
For a full list of what we have, check out the RL:DVDs or RL:DVDs children’s list at our online catalogue under Reading Lists. We do share DVDs between our four branches, but you can reserve titles for an extra $1 if it’s not at a local branch.
Drum roll please …. and the winners are:
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year – “The boring book” by Vasanti Unka
Best Picture Book – “The boring book” by Vasanti Unka
Best Junior Non-fiction – “The beginner’s guide to hunting and fishing in New Zealand” by Paul Adamson
Best Junior Fiction – “Dunger” by Joy Cowley
Best Young Adult Fiction – “Mortal fire” by Elizabeth Knox
Best First Book – “A necklace of souls” by R L Stedman
Children’s Choice – “The three bears…sort of” by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Best Maori Language – “Taka Ki Ro Wai” by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page.
Honour Award – “Bugs” by Whiti Hereaka
“The Boring Book exhibits the highest quality of design and its presentation is thoroughly original. The story takes delightful unexpected turns that charm afresh with each reading. Small children and older readers alike will be delighted by its subversive touches, and they’ll be entertained by its warmth and fun,” says Barbara Else, the Awards’ Convenor of Judges. “We think The Boring Book will help cultivate a love of words and books. It combines beautiful production and perfect design, which seamlessly integrates the words and text. It’s refreshing on so many levels.”
New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category
Prizes: $7,500 for the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and $7,500 for Best Picture Book
The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin)
|Best Non-Fiction: Prize $7,500The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House New Zealand)|
|Junior Fiction: Prize $7,500Dunger by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)|
|Best Young Adult Fiction: Prize $7,500Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press)|
|Best First Book: Prize $2,000A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager)|
|Children’s Choice: Prize $2,000The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Scholastic New Zealand)|
|Honour award: Prize $500Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers)|
|Māori Language award: Prize $1,000 (announced on 8 April)
Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page (Tania&Martin)
What’s on in our libraries during the next school holidays? We have an awesome programme planned!
As always, our free paper-based Craft Sessions for 5-12 year olds are on offer. Just come along – but it would help if you contacted your local branch (except for Dannevirke) so they can make sure enough equipment is on hand. Younger children require caregiver supervision please. Pahiatua Library is not offering craft this holidays, as Maths is Fun is being run.
Tall Poppies Youth Theatre Company will be performing “Jack and the beanstalk”. All welcome.
Megan Hicks is the Storytelling Empress
|Craft sessions for primary-aged children|
|Dannevirke Library||Wed 9 July 2014||10am – 11am|
|Dannevirke Library||Wed 16 July||10am – 11am|
|Woodville Library||Tue 8 July||1.30pm – 2.30pm|
|Woodville Library||Tue 15 July||1.30pm – 2.30pm|
|Eketahuna Library||Fri 18 July||11am – 12pm|
|Dannevirke Library||Mon 14 July||10.30am – 11.30am|
|Pahiatua Library||Mon 14 July||2pm – 3pm|
|Dannevirke Library||Fri 11 July||10.30am – 11.30am|
|Woodville Library||Fri 11 July||2.30pm – 3.30pm|
|Pahiatua Library||Wed 16 July||10am – 11am|
|Eketahuna Library||Wed 16 July||1.30pm – 2.30pm|
And don’t forget that Winter Warmers registrations are open now – places are limited, so be in quick!
Tararua District Library is again running the FREE six-week Winter Warmers programme for all local primary-aged children, from 23 June to 1 August 2014
Designed to encourage reading confidence and independence, children receive a booklet in which they do a written review of a Tararua District Library book. By written review, we mean the reader can tell us what the story was about in their own words, draw a scene from the story, design a different cover or other ideas that are given inside the booklet.
For each review, they receive a sticker in their booklet. When 5 stickers have been received, the child gets a free gift ; at 10 stickers, a bonus gift is given. Those who have achieved 5 stickers also get a certificate and free book, at the end of the programme.
- One book – one review – one sticker.
- 5 stickers = gift/certificate/book
- 10 stickers = bonus gift
Registration is now open. Parents, to register, contact your local library and put the child/s name down, or print out the PDF from the link and email or fax it to us. Winter Warmers Registration Form
Please check the below list as these students are already pre-registered – if your child goes to one of these schools or is in one of the classes listed, you do not need to register. Please feel free to email email@example.com for more information, or contact your local library. Addendum: Dannevirke Library is now on Waitlist, all places full 24/6/14
St Josephs School Entire school
Weber School Entire school
Huia Range Rms 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
South School Rms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Ruahine School Rooms 4, 5
Norsewood School Rooms 4,5
Woodville School Room 10
Pahiatua School Room 8, 9, 10
Eketahuna School Rooms 2, 5, 6