Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Blueskin Bay Library news

Kia ora. We have lots to tell you about this month. Our calendar is
bristling with events, such as the children's prize giving, a book
launch, and the A&P fun day. Activities such as book clubs and story
time get under way again, and new programmes are planned, a men's
wellness series, and a poetry study course for Lent. We have a new
artist featuring as our Artist of the Month.


The children's summer reading programme always culminates in a
prizegiving where the children who have achieved their reading goal
receive a prize donated by the University Book Shop. At the beginning
of summer each child sets a goal for his or her holiday reading. Most
achieve this and many exceed it by a long way. This year Nick Prosser
has kindly agreed to be our speaker and to present the prizes on March
9 at 7pm in the Waitati hall. Please keep this time free.

Story Time

This will be every Friday at 10.30am in the library. Bring your small
ones, curl up on a beanbag and listen to stories from the best of our
picture book collection. The first session will be Feb 23.

Book Clubs

Warrington Children's Book Club begins on Feb 27. Meet Helen at 3.15
to 4.30 pm at the school and be ready to hear about all of the
wonderful books Warrington children have been reading. Refreshments

Waitati Children's Book Club starts on March 2, in the committee room
of the Waitati hall, 4pm till 5pm. Unfortunately Sabina is unable to
continue the great work she has done in previous years with this
enthusiastic group, and so Carolyn will try to fill her shoes. Not
easy. Refreshments provided as usual.

Adult book club meeting times have yet to be decided. Any
preferences? Evenings? Afternoons? What feedback can you give us so
that we can attract as many as possible of our local readers?

Book Launch

Most of you will be aware that our local history book 'Blueskin Days'
will be launched in the Waitati Hall on March 4, at 6pm. As well as
speakers and refreshments, there will be the opportunity for you to
buy the book! If you can't be there, order forms are held at Blueskin
Bay library and at Blueskin General Store. Please note that it will
not be available in bookshops. Interest has been huge, especially
from people who live here, once lived here, or had ancestors who lived
here, so move fast and don't miss out.

Men's Wellness Series.

Mike is working on the planning of this programme and would appreciate
your thoughts. He would like it to be relevant to men from teenage to
senior years. Topics he has planned so far include: fitness, the
changes and issues of puberty, retirement issues, and issues to do
with aging. He would like to invite speakers with expertise in the
areas covered. What feedback can you give us? Are these topics
interesting? Can you suggest others?

Finding God Among the Poets

This is a study series for Lent organised jointly by St Barnabas
Church and the Blueskin Bay Library. People of all persuasions and
points of view are invited to attend the five weekly sessions. You
will be asked to share your thoughts about poems by Andrew Motion,
Anne Sexton, R.S. Thomas, John Berryman, and NZ poets from the
anthology 'Spirit in a Strange Land'. See Louise at the library for
more details. The sessions will be held on Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15,
22, 29, in the Library 7.30-9.00pm. Please let Roger (472 7402) or
Louise know if you'd like to take part.

Artist of the Month

Every month we feature the work of a local artist on our library wall
behind the desk. This month our artist is Jacob Feenstra. His work
is available for sale. Come and admire.

Congratulations to Carolyn

The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand
Book List 2007 have 40 children's books published in 2006. Carolyn's
book 'The Unquiet' is included in the Junior Fiction category. Carolyn
we are so proud of you!

Bye from Louise, Carolyn, Helen and Mike

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"copyleft" by Blueskin Media - may be freely re-edited and
republished. If you want to credit the source it's "blueskin.co.nz".

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