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Story time!

We have a fantastic digital resource if you are looking for some story options for kids. It is the Story Box Library. You have free use of this resource with your library card, and you can find access to from our website under the Collections tab.

A picture of a screen shot of the Digital Resources page with the Story Box Library link.

Book recommendation – ‘Breaking Badger’ by Shelley Laurenston

A google review for this book says it is a ‘wacky, violent’ and thrilling book to which one of our library staff members agrees whole heartedly. The sarcastic humor in this book will make you laugh out loud, with the quirky unforgettable characters to the fast pace plot you wont be able to put the book down.

This book can be borrowed as an eBook from Libby.

Cover image for Breaking Badger

Digital Resource: Haynes Manuals AllAccess

Haynes logo

Haynes Manuals AllAccess is one of our digital resources you can use for free with your library card.

Haynes AllAccess is a digitalised version of their printed repair manuals, making over 700 online manuals available online covering car, 4WD, & road/off-road motorcycles.

Every online manual include:

  • Unlimited use of all manuals
  • Step-by-step procedures, from dash and trim to complete engine overhaul and everything in between
  • Mobile friendly on all operation systems with an internet connection
  • Fault finding guide and general service interval information
  • Colour photos – 750+ in each manual
  • Easy to read colour wiring diagrams
  • Quick links to popular procedures
  • Easy search functionality
  • Videos tutorials

Every manual can be easily viewed from any desktop, tablet or mobile device with an internet connection.

Book recommendation: ‘The Diamond Eye’

The cover of 'The Diamond Eye' by Kate Quinn

This recommendation is from a library staff member.

I finished reading The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn over Anzac weekend. An amazing story based on the true story of Mila Pavlichenko, who was a history student in the Ukraine when the second world war broke out and then became one of the best snipers in the Russian Army. I always know if I have found a good book if I end up googling for more information which is exactly what I did for Mila Pavlichenko. Kate Quinn did an excellent job telling her story.

It was kind of weird reading this book knowing what is happening in Ukraine at the moment. I personally do not know much history in regards to Ukraine, but from reading this book it seems like there has been a long complicated history, one I will definitely be looking into further. The history of the country isn’t the main part of the story but I just found it interesting because of what is happening at the moment.

This book is currently on our New Book display but we have a few copies of it, and even a copy in large print. I got my copy as an eBook through Libby.

Book review: ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped a Rainbow!’

Thanks to the Awapuni Library for this review on The Dinosaur that Pooped a Rainbow by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter.

Danny sees a rainbow,
Dino sees it too!
So many pretty colours,
They can name them all, can you?

When Danny and his friend Dino see a beautiful rainbow in the sky, they name each of the colours they can see. When they finish they realise that there is one important colour missing. Only Dino the Dinosaur can help correct it!!

A great book about colours for young children with lovely illustrations and part of The Dinosaur That Pooped series.

Anzac quilt

Each year around Anzac Day we display our special Anzac quilt. This quilt was made from hours of work from Council staff and the Palmerston North community in 2015.

The poppies came about from a request from the Waiouru Army Museum to create a display commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. Due to the amazing response they got there was a surplus so all of poppies made by Palmerston North residents were retained by the Central Library in order to make the amazing quilt.

Amongst the red poppies there is also a white poppy to commemorate the fallen Asian soldiers and a purple one for the animals who died during the war. The Turkish flag is also included as they are kindly watching over the graves of our fallen soldiers.

Palmeirinhos celebrating Carnival in Palmerston North

Last week about 60 members of the Brazilian community in PN and members of the wider community enthralled us all with a parade around Te Marae o Hine /The Square with their puppets, music and dancing.

Carnaval is the most popular event in Brazil and everyone is welcome to celebrate it. It is used in our community as a chance to help keep the Brazilian culture and language alive, and especially as a chance for the children to keep a connection to their culture.

Check out the article from the Manawatū Standard: Carnaval brings colour and culture to Palmerston North city centre | Stuff.co.nz

Book recommendation – ‘Diddly Squat’

One of our library staff members has been reading Diddly Squat by Jeremy Clarkson. It is a humorous book about Jeremy’s ventures into running his own farm over a year- spoiler alert- it doesn’t go smoothly! 

Hilariously honest from page one it is a good book to pick up if you need a laugh.   

This book can also be found as an eBook on BorrowBox.

We Pick, You Collect!

That’s right, we’re adding an extra layer to our Click and Collect service. If you can’t think of a specific book you want to reserve, let us choose some for you!

Head to the We Pick, You Collect page on our website, tell us a few details about books you enjoy, and then sit back and relax while we put together a bag of books for you. When it’s ready, we’ll let you know, and you can swing by the Click and Collect window next to the Central Library’s main entrance to pick them up. Too easy!

Need some books for the kids? Put your feet up and we’ll take care of it.

Wondering what to read next after that great novel you just finished? We’ll scour the shelves to find the best reads to suit you!

Stuck at home? You can even nominate someone else to pick the books up for you.

Don’t go short of a good read – the City Library’s got what you need.

Check out the useful instructions below:

Kai resilience building initiatives

This week we are looking at kai resilience building initiatives as a focus on Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2022.

In our local neighbourhoods we have a lot of organisations that have been doing this for years and have been doing a great service to our communities.

At Te Pātikitiki and Ashhurst Libraries they each have a community garden kindly run by volunteer groups Let’s Grow Highbury and RECAP: The Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina Inc. respectively. Everyone is encouraged to take what they need from the garden, and these groups also run education programmes to help share their knowledge of how to grow your own produce.

Another great service these groups provide through our libraries is the seed libraries. They are run slightly different but their purpose is essentially the same, where the focus is sharing seeds around the community for free.

All the Community Libraries have sharing tables where people frequently drop off excess fruit and vegetables – a much better option than having it munched up by the lawn mower! These are found in all the libraries with the exception of Ashhurst Library that has a sharing shelf outside.