Author: Jocelyn Woodward-Candy

Digital help sessions

We are reintroducing digital help sessions, but with some differences.

You can book in a session by going here to have some help in the Central Library or you can email or phone us if you need help.

Contact us at pncl@pncc.govt.nz, phone us on 351 4100 or message us on Facebook @PalmerstonNorthCityLibrary.

We can try and help you that way or maybe we can try and arrange a Zoom meeting with you to try and help solve your digital questions.

Bird of the Year

This year you can vote for Bird of the Year from 18th-31st of October. Who would you choose – would it be a kiwi, kākāpō, kea or the surprise entry of the long-tailed bat pekapeka-tou-roa?

If you have trouble deciding on who you will vote for, have a look at the many great bird books and magazines we have in our library and online.

You can vote here Bird of the Year 2021 | Bird of the Year

October School holidays

Due to COVID Alert Level 2 we have had to do things a little differently for these school holidays. But that doesn’t mean we are not providing the same level of fun and entertainment! At the Central Library, we have some Grab and Go activity packs, which include a range of different crafts and a special cool writing activity.

The Community Libraries are also providing some fun these holidays, with most libraries doing Grab and Go crafts or activity packs. Awapuni Library is also offering the writing activity. Ashhurst Library is bringing back an old favourite with Ashhurst Adventures, where you follow a map taking you on a tour of Ashhurst to hunt special lettered tiles.

Lastly, every location is doing a little mystery activity of Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar. Each day of the first week of the holidays we are putting up clues to who stole our cookies. These clues are also published on our Palmerston North City Library Facebook page.

Quilt

Have you noticed the beautiful quilt on the wall on the Mezzanine floor? This quilt is made by Pam Eastcott who has made every quilt we have had in our library in the last few years – they have all been very impressive!

These quilts take an interesting journey to get in our library. They are dropped off at the Roslyn Library and then placed carefully in a book bin. They are then brought into the Central Library via our library courier where staff member Robyn arranges to get them hung up on display – I guess you can say it’s a real team effort!

This quilt is made up of lots of vibrant Kaffe Fassett prints Pam has collected or been given over the years.

Many people have admired this quilt while we have had it this month, as with all her other quilts. Thanks Pam, you do a fabulous job and we all look forward to seeing what we get next!

Learning Te Reo Māori through technology

This week are we celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Radio New Zealand shared a great story about Te reo Māori growth being boosted by apps. It talks about how more people are learning and using Te Reo Māori thanks to social media, websites and apps. Such a great thing, why rely on traditional lessons?

This article has a great list of useful apps including:

Other good apps not mentioned in the article are:

What is a karakia?

What is a karakia?

Karakia are Māori prayer and a way in how we connect with our Atua, used for spiritual connection or guidance.

How do I do a karakia?

Before you start your karakia, you need to think about what you want to pray about. 

Some prefer to close their eyes, bow their heads to the Atua above or stare at a spot and focus in on the spiritual connection and what you are asking for.

When should I do a karakia?

Anytime, anywhere, any way that you feel is comfortable.

This could be anything, from guidance when travelling afar, starting your workday/hui, before you eat, going to bed at night or finishing for the day.

Why do we do karakia?

The reasons why we do karakia and what karakia is are the same. We seek connection with our Atua for spiritual guidance or to give thanks for what we have received.

Here is a short karakia that can be used before you start your day at work or at the beginning of a hui, or the start of something special to you.

Tuia

Tuia i runga

Tuia i raro

Tuia i roto

Tuia i waho

Tuia te kupu

Tuia te korero

Tuia te mātauranga

Ā kui mā

Ā koro mā

Haumie

Hui e

Taiki e!

Ngā mihi.

Books returned after lockdown

We were closed for the first day of Delta Level 2, Wednesday 8th September, but that didn’t mean we had the day off. We were kept busy with so many items being returned and over 600 items on our request list. We found almost all of them – only 45 left on the list at the end of the day!😁

The Square book-drop, one of the many times it needed to be emptied.
Some of the holds we have found.
The Hold shelf – we needed to add some extra shelves!

Missing our Food and Drink books?

I love looking through recipe books and the food magazines. In our library I can not seem to walk past the trolley of food books without stopping to have a ‘quick’ look through. Who doesn’t like food? Sadly with our library closed at the moment I don’t have access to the great book selection on our food shelves. One solution is looking at the great selection of magazines on Pressreader.

Pressreader is one of our digital resources available for free using your library card. You can find a link for it here Magazines & Newspapers • Palmerston North City Library (pncc.govt.nz)

Another idea is to dig out my well used recipe books. Check out my Edmonds cookbook. I can proudly say all pages are there and are in order, they just don’t look very pretty anymore. Though it makes it easy to find what recipes are good: they are the dirty pages!