Category: Library News

The latest from the City Library

Countdown to Christmas!

The best thing about Christmas (in my opinion) is all the great Christmas books and movies.

We are so lucky that we are spoilt for choice for Christmas themed titles in our library. Whether its with classics like Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol or Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or new ‘classics’ like Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson or The Little Yellow Digger Saves Christmas by Peter Gilderdale we have something for everyone.

Check out some of our titles like Christmas stories for children, Christmas love stories and romances, Cookbooks for Christmas kai to wow your friends and family, Christmassy movies and Christmas music. We also have an extensive collection of movies online that you can use as part of your library membership.

The great news is that using the library for Christmas cheer will help keep the coins in your pocket.

Outside of the Library, you can visit Santa’s Cave at Te Manawa. It’s a Palmy Christmas Tradition. You can book a free ticket to the Christmas Parade held at the Arena this year. The free tickets are available at Ticketek.

It’s World Nursery Rhyme Week

World Nursery Rhyme Week was launched in 2013 and promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education.

Over 5 million children from 113 countries have taken part since 2013!

Every year five nursey rhymes are chosen as a focus for the week, but you can celebrate with whichever nursery rhymes you know and love. This year’s chosen nursery rhymes are:

Incy Wincy Spider
Sleeping Bunnies
Wind The Bobbin
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Down In The Jungle

Palmerston North City Library is celebrating all week, with activities at Central Library in the Children’s section. We have nursery rhyme colouring in activities, decorations, and certificates to earn for reciting to us your favourite nursery rhyme.

Check out our Facebook page for daily clips with a new nursery rhyme to sing along to. As well as English, we’ve got some diversity with Te Reo Māori, American Sign Language (which isn’t related to New Zealand Sign Language) and really shows how expressive sign languages are.

Come join in the fun! Nursery Rhyme activities are on weekdays from opening to 12:30.

Yacht Rock?

I love reading and learning new things from the books. Usually I learn about new places or moments in history but this weekend I read Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey and I discovered ‘Yacht Rock’. There were many references to this new concept throughout the book so of course I had to do a Google search on it. According to this book Yacht Rock is used to describe songs that have a sailing/water theme.

Curiosity got the better of me so I downloaded a playlist on Spotify. There are some really great songs there but I struggled to find a sailing theme in them. Like Steal Away by Robbie Durpree, What a Fool Believes by the Doobie Brothers, and Arthur’s Theme by Christopher Cross – where is the sailing theme? There isn’t even one word mentioned about sailing, or yachts. So, I looked up Wikipedia, as we all know how accurate that is, and found their definition fit more with what I had concluded myself, that Yacht Rock is just a collection of soft rock music from the mid 70s to mid 80s.

The book wasn’t bad either. It was a a light, humorous read, and if you are into Yacht Rock there is a lot of great song recommendations through it.

The long tailed bat

So, a mammal won the Bird of the Year competition Bird of the Year 2021 | Bird of the Year . Interesting choice. The pekapeka long tailed bat won over other New Zealand birds including kōkako and hoiho yellow-eyed penguin.

The pekapeka long tailed bat can be found all over New Zealand but the threat for survival is at the highest level: nationally critical. Bats aren’t the first thing a lot of people think of when they think of threatened species in New Zealand, so although it might be an ‘interesting’ choice to be named ‘Bird of the Year’, it is good to get the spotlight on these cute little bats.

Here are some facts on this bat from the Department of Conservation website:

Facts

The long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) belongs to a more widespread family and is closely related to five other species of wattled or lobe-lipped bats in Australia and elsewhere.

The North Island and South Island long-tailed bat was confirmed in 2018 as one species.  It has the highest threat ranking of ‘nationally critical’.

Long-tailed bats are widely distributed throughout the mainland, Stewart Island, Little Barrier and Great Barrier islands and Kapiti Island. They are more commonly seen than short-tailed bats as they fly at dusk along forest edges. 

  • Long-tailed bats are smaller than the short-tailed bat, chestnut brown in colour, have small ears and weigh 8-11 grams.
  • They are believed to produce only one offspring each year.
  • The bat’s echo-location calls include a relatively low frequency component which can be heard by some people.
  • It can fly at 60 kilometres per hour and has a very large home range (100 km2).
  • An aerial insectivore, it feeds on small moths, midges, mosquitoes and beetles.

Threats

Causes of decline are combinations of:

  • Clearance and logging of lowland forests
  • Cutting of old-age trees for fire wood
  • Predation by introduced animals such as cats, possums, rats, and stoats
  • Exclusion of bats from roosts by introduced mammals, birds, wasps, and human interference.

The Great Kiwi Bake Off

The Great Kiwi Bake Off is happening again on TV, but why don’t you have a go at home? We have tons of great food books and magazines to help you out, or go online and have a look for some inspiration. PressReader has a great collection of magazines you can access from home for free too.

Last week was a Kiwiana themed bake off, I wonder what theme they are doing this week?

Tokelau Language Week

A bit late to the party, but a party it will be! It is Tokelau Language Week right through until Saturday.

This year’s theme for Te vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau is Tokelau! Tapui tau gagana ma tau aganuku, i te manaola ma te lautupuola which means Tokelau! Preserve your language and culture, to enhance spiritual and physical wellbeing.

This reflects the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing.

Once again, if you want to know more, we have resources here at the City Library and at the National Library here.

Celebrate and connect online by visiting the official NZ Tokelau Language Week Facebook page!

You can find even more information here at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples website.

Below is a short introduction to the Tokelauan language. You can view it online or download it to your device.

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

Niue Language Week

Don’t forget that it is Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue this week – also known as Niue Language Week.

This year’s theme is Kia Tupuolaola e Moui he Tagata Niue which translates as May the Tagata Niue Thrive.

Kia tupuolaola e moui he Tagata Niue reminds us of the importance of our Pacific languages and cultures. It also reminds us how they contribute to spiritual, emotional, physical and social wellness for prosperity and wealth in the home, community and nation.

Want to know more? We have resources here at the City Library and have also found more at the National Library here.

Celebrate and connect online by visiting the official Facebook page here.

If you’d like a short introduction to the Niuean language then check out our language card PDF below. View it online or download it to your device.

Nonofo ā mutolu kia

Did you know? Bibliosmia

The smell of a good book

“The best sense about a wonderful book is that sensation of bibliosmia.”

As defined in the Macmillan Dictionary, though as yet not an official entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. That magnificent smell you get from a book. Whether it is new or old, if you love the smell – that’s bibliosmia!

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