Do­na­tion keeps res­i­dents read­ing

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Our lo­cal li­braries are al­ways busy adding new ti­tles to their col­lec­tions to keep things in­ter­est­ing and fresh for pa­trons.

On top of such re­cent ad­di­tions, Ti­maru Dis­trict Li­braries have also ben­e­fit­ted from a rather gen­er­ous do­na­tion from a lo­cal trust.

Thanks to this gen­eros­ity, there are now more than 80 ex­tra new pop­u­lar fic­tion books in our lo­cal li­braries.

Dona­tions like this give a much-ap­pre­ci­ated boost to the li­brary collection.

Not only are new ti­tles now on of­fer, but it also means some pop­u­lar ti­tles which have been dam­aged can be re­placed and ad­di­tional copies can be of­fered for some ti­tles where there have been ex­tremely long wait­ing lists.

When a li­brary re­ceives a do­na­tion such as this one it is al­ways thor­oughly ap­pre­ci­ated, as it means the whole com­mu­nity can ben­e­fit from the gen­eros­ity.

There’s also some­thing ex­cit- ing back for the kids again this year. That’s right, the Hell Pizza Read­ing Chal­lenge is back and has now started for 2018. All pri­mary school chil­dren are eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate.

They need to read seven books, then head into Ti­maru, Te­muka or Geral­dine li­braries to chat about the books with a friendly li­brar­ian to fill in their wheel so they can qual­ify for a free pizza. Talk about food for thought!! So kids, pop in to pick up your wheel to­day.

The Ti­maru Chil­dren’s Li­brary has also just in­tro­duced a new book­ing sys­tem for attending school hol­i­day pro­grammes.

Due to over­whelm­ing pop­u­lar­ity, chil­dren must now be booked in to at­tend craft ses­sions, which are suit­able for ages five and up. Spa­ces are lim­ited.

But the good news is the 10.30-11.30am morn­ing ses­sions will now be re­peated at 2.30-3.30pm in the af­ter­noons as well. So re­mem­ber to book so you don’t miss out. The Te­muka and Geral­dine school hol­i­day pro­grammes un­changed.

The Geral­dine Li­brary and Ser­vice Cen­tre also has a new of­fer­ing from Satur­day, April 7, with a Jus­tice of the Peace now avail­able each Satur­day from 10am to 12pm.

And mem­bers of the pub­lic in­ter­ested in ge­neal­ogy or who

will

re­main have a ques­tion or two about trac­ing their fam­ily his­tory, need to head along to Ti­maru Li­brary on Tues­day, April 24 when the South Can­ter­bury branch of the NZ So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists will be at the li­brary for the day to help peo­ple with their queries.

In fact, Ti­maru Dis­trict Li­braries have a num­ber of re­sources avail­able to the pub­lic to help with the trac­ing of fam­ily his­to­ries, in­clud­ing data­bases like Ancestry.com and FindMyPast.com which can be ac­cessed in the li­braries at no cost. So call in and pick up a pam­phlet from your li­brary to get you started.

And fi­nally, with An­zac Day quickly ap­proach­ing, what bet­ter time to pe­ruse the War His­to­ries sec­tion in your lo­cal li­brary.

You might just be sur­prised at the gems found in this sec­tion.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

School hol­i­day pro­grammes in the Ti­maru Chil­dren’s Li­brary have be­come so pop­u­lar there is now a book­ing sys­tem in place.

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