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Thursday 22 July 2021

What's happening in the Library?

With school holidays finishing up soon, we'll all be settling back into routines. The children’s team will be busy with all of the usual offerings: preschool programmes, and LEGO and coding clubs. If the kids haven't found the time for reading, now's the time to get back into it. 

We've got a wonderful family friendly event coming up in late August with international storyteller Tanya Batt, and Peter Forster. Be sure to come along.  And have you checked us out on TikTok yet?
In this Issue 
New Picture Books
New Children's Fiction
New Children's Māori Collection
New Children's Non-fiction
New Teen's Fiction
New eBooks
Te Aka Mauri on TikTok
Toby or not to be: Stories of Death and Dying
Regular Events

New Picture Books

New Children's Fiction

David Walliams

On a volcanic island, in the middle of shark-infested waters, stands The Cruel School. The lessons are appalling, the school dinners are revolting and the teachers are terrifying - especially the mysterious Science teacher Doctor Doktur. When Larker is sent to the school, she quickly realises something very odd is going on... something involving Doctor Doktur, a pair of strange spectacles, and a 'Monsterfication Machine'. And ultimately she finds herself face to face with a real life Megamonster.

Children's Fiction WAL
Journey to Tangiwai: the diary of Peter Cotterill, Napier, 1953
David Hill

It's 1953 and Peter is determined that his scout patrol will get to the finals of a First Aid competition. This means travelling to Auckland by train on Christmas Eve, a journey that Peter will never forget.

Children's Fiction MY

New Children's Maori Collection

First encounters: New Zealand 1642-1840
Edited by Sarah and Gordon Ell

Europeans had no idea what they would find when they first set eyes on Aotearoa. First Encounters selects some of the key writings from these early traders, missionaries, explorers and surveyors covering nearly 200 years. Their records of encounters with this new land and its Maori inhabitants reveal stories of wonder, curiosity, misunderstanding and adventure all with maximum interest and impact for modern readers. The text is liberally illustrated with two-colour imagery and historical photos, alongside fact boxes explaining historical language and events.

Children's Māori Collection 993.01 FIR NZ
Ki te moe Aotearoa
Donovan Bixley
Translated by Joseph Darryn

An engaging story of bedtime for all the animals around New Zealand being put to bed by their parents, and settling down to sleep.

Children's Māori Collection B

New Children's Non-fiction

Fossils from lost worlds
Helene Rajcak

Walk in the footsteps of the first fossil researchers to discover the earliest animal life on Earth. Explore the story of a spiny sea worm without tail or head, a walking fish, a peaceful sea dragon, and many other incredible creatures. Told through comics, illustrations, and data, Fossils from Lost Worlds is also a fascinating insight into paleontology itself. It shows how science is a process of thinking and rethinking, questioning and learning. Through a timeline of animal reconstructions and major discoveries, we can track beliefs and theories that have brought our knowledge to where it is today.

Children's Non-fiction 560 RAJ
Inside bubble Earth: climate change
Des Hunt

Global climate change is happening, and we hear of it mentioned now daily in the news, and we fear for the future of the planet. This book clearly explains the science behind the causes of climate change and what can be done to avoid climate crisis.

Children's Non-fiction 363.738 HUN NZ

New Teen's Fiction

Violet Black
Eileen Merriman

Violet Black and Ethan Wright are both in a coma after contracting the lethal M-fever. They have never met. But there is a far more serious reason for Ethan to find Violet: the sinister Foundation is trying to hunt them down.

Teen Fiction MER, and downloadable on ePlatform. 
Christina Sanders

Eloise and her family must leave Cornwall on a treacherous sea journey to start a new life in 1870s colonial New Zealand. On the ship across, Eloise meets Lars, a Norwegian labourer travelling below decks, and their lives begin to intertwine. When her brother disappears, her father leaves and the family are left to fend for themselves in their new home, Eloise must find the strength to stand up for what she believes in and the people she loves.

Teen Fiction San, and downloadable on BorrowBox. 

New eBooks

If you don't get the chance to visit the library, take advantage of our eLibrary where you can find a great read to enjoy from the comfort of your armchair.

Te Aka Mauri is on TikTok

Are you following us on TikTok? Have you got a book review or recommendation to share? Frankie is looking for some keen little bookworms to share their favourites on TikTok, and take home some cool badges. Pop in & let us know.

Check out Alyana and Carlos's picks on TikTok here, or click on the books below to find them in the library. 

Toby or not to be – Stories of Death and Dying

Te Atawhai Aroha – Compassionate Communities Rotorua is proud to bring to Rotorua international storyteller Tanya Batt, and Peter Forster for performances of Toby or Not to Be? The performances weave together conversation, contemplation, traditional stories, song, and music that considers our relationship with death and life.

Supported by Rotorua Community Hospice and Rotorua District Creative Communities NZ. For ages 8+. Koha appreciated.
Friday, 13 August
Tanya Batt is a self-confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic. Hailing from Waiheke Island, she is the creative director of the Once Upon an Island Charitable Trust, that uses storytelling for community building, environmental, and cultural education. 
All activities for Under 5s run every week during school term, and take place in the Children's Area, on the Ground Floor. No bookings are required, but a gold coin koha is appreciated.

He Pī Ka Roha​

He Pī Ka Roha helps children eighteen months to three years old to spread their wings.The programme is designed with toddlers in mind and provides opportunities for active movement and participation. The sessions are a mixture of song, finger play and stories. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

He Aka Pikirangi​

Mā He Aka Pikirangi e ekea ai e ngā tamariki nohinohi ngā taumata teitei.  Ko ēnei akoranga whakawhanake, pārekareka hoki kai roto i te reo Māori anake, mai i ngā pūrākau, ngā waiata, ngā taonga pūoro, ngā nekenekehanga me ngā mahi toi. Waihangatia ai mā ngā tamariki nohinohi, ko tā He Aka Pikirangi he tautoko, he whakatairanga hoki i te whakamahinga o te reo Māori, he hononga ki te ao Māori, ā, he whanake hoki i ētahi atu pūkenga huhua.​ ​​Nau mai – kōrero Māori, pānui, kanikani, waihanga!

10:30 i te ata, Ia Mane/Rāhina i ngā wāhanga o te kura

He Pī Ka Rere - Adventurers 

Under Fives can take flight with He Pī Ka Rere - Adventurers. Our fun, developmental sessions focus on story time, songs, instruments, movement and craft. ​​Tailored specifically for toddlers and pre-schoolers He Pī Ka Rere - Adventurers​ supports and fosters children's literacy, social, cognitive, motor and musical skills whilst bonding with their caregivers through shared experiences.​​Come along - read, dance, rock and create!

Tuesdays and Thursdays

He Pīpī Paopao - First Steps​

Under Twos can take their first steps to opening up a world of literacy and wellbeing with He Pīpī Paopao - First Steps. Our interactive sessions focus on active movement, touch and massage between baby and parent while nurturing development of language, social, cognitive and motor skills. He Pīpī Paopao - First Steps is a fun programme for under twos and their caregivers. Join us for songs, rhymes and finger play songs with your little one. Come along - dance and play.

10.30am & 10.45am

He Pī Ka Rere - On the Road ​

One of our Youth & Early Learning Specialists will come to your centre and deliver a one hour programme of singing, dancing, a story, instrument play and a simple craft.

This programme is offered during school terms on a date that suits your centre.

Booking:  Please contact T.A. at 07 351 7074

Cost:  There is no charge but a koha is appreciated.

LEGO Club ​

Lego Club is free and open to all children aged 5-11. LEGO Club allows children to collaboratively play with others while using our new LEGO set. Each club begins with a story then children can build whatever they please. All materials are provided. Each child can attend up to 5 times each term.

​Parents and guardians of children aged 8 and under are asked to stay in the Makerspace during club time. Parents and guardians of children aged 9 and over are asked to stay in the library.

Younger & older siblings aged between 3 and 13 years are welcome. Children aged 36 months and under require one on one supervision with the LEGO.  

We are very grateful to the Friends of the Rotorua Library for funding the purchase of our super-sized Lego set and for the support of our Makerspace Programmes Partner Unison.

There is no charge but a koha is appreciated.


Te Aka Mauri CODE CLUBS 

Classes have only 10 students and will be grouped based on age. When you sign up, you are committing to coming each week. The cost of classes is a gold coin donation each week. Register here

​Learn to create your own games and websites using a range of applications. For age 7 – 18 with the ability to read independently. 
Thursdays, ​3.30pm - 4.30pm & 4.30pm - 5.30pm

​Hang out with the girls and learn to create your own games and websites using a range of applications.  for age 7 – 18 with the ability to read independently.
Thursdays, ​4pm - 5pm​

​Get together with like-minded students as we learn engineering skills and participate in a range of competitions. We learn and use robotics, programming, computational thinking and engineering skills to participate in Aquabots, Evolocity, Robocup Jnr and VEX Robotics. No experience necessary. For year 7 - year 13 students in Rotorua. 
Wednesdays, 3.30pm - 5.30pm

There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.

Philip Pullman

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