Here we are again approaching the end of the year (yikes) and how many
shopping da …., no, the library is the place to forget about stress.
Walk out of the library with armfuls of goodies that have cost you not
'Blueskin Poets 2008'
Do you have a poem you'd like included? The new (and final) extended
deadline is November 28, so be sure to get your contribution to
Carolyn at the library by then. The deadline for the cover design
competition is the same day. Don't miss out on your chance to win a
Plans are progressing. To keep you up to date on the detail of this,
there will be a public meeting early in the New Year. Watch out for
information about this.
Louise has organised a meeting to provide information and discussion
about the setting up of groups in the Waikouaiti Coast area. The
initial idea involves a group covering central Waitati, and including
the library, but she hopes that people outside of these streets will
be interested in setting up their own groups. To learn more and
become involved, come to the Waitati hall on Thursday 11th December at
6pm for a pot luck meal followed by a meeting with Neighbourhood
Support regional coordinator, Sarah Hexamer, and local agencies such
as the Fire Service and Age Concern. The meeting is expected to end
Ride Share Scheme
This has had a great response, which is continuing to grow. The
organisers feel that this is the time to assess progress so far, and
would like feedback. There will be a meeting early next year to talk
about this, so watch out for details. If you haven't joined yet, you
can still register at the library.
Summer Reading Programme
This gets more popular every year and always has a positive, sometimes
dramatic, influence on the reading habits of the children who
participate. We will be taking registrations at the beginning of the
holidays. Children on the programme get a free voucher, and those who
meet their reading goal will receive a prize at a ceremony when the
school term begins again.
We are open all through the holiday period, except for statutory
holidays. We'd love to see you. We will be putting signs up nearer to
Artists – use our walls!
We like to support local artists, and for some years have kept aside
some wall space behind the library desk so that local people can
display their work. Sometimes this has led to sales, and always to
greater exposure of the artist's name. But lately our wall has been
bare. We are keen to resume our monthly artist space and so are
calling you to bring us work that you think the world should see. To
book yourself in as artist of the month, see Louise at the library.
These used to be called 'bestsellers', and you might have used this
system at the City library, where you jump the queue waiting for new
or popular material by paying a small fee. Until now, you haven't
been able to do this at Blueskin library, but now we have put aside
the shelf just inside the door to display books and DVD's that are in
high demand. They are called 'hot picks'. There is a fee of $5 to
borrow each one. Have a lot at our 'hot pick' shelves the next time
We have always had posters for you to borrow, but you might not be
aware that they are FREE, and that you have each poster for eight
weeks. Have a look at those on display in the children's area.
Congratulations to Louise who has been awarded her Library
Associateship at the national library conference in Auckland.
Congratulations also to Avril on winning her Health and Safety Award.
Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year to you all from Louise,
Carolyn, Kate, Amanda, Mike and Bessie
by Louise Booth
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