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Calling all coders!

codeclubimageWe are aiming to have our Code Club up and running at all branches this year. It will run for one hour a week after school and is aimed at children aged 9-13. You can bring your own devices, or use one of our Chromebooks.

We would like to start these Clubs in Term 2 2020, but are in need of volunteers who can run these clubs (either senior students or adults).

If you are a computer aficionado with a few hours per week to teach others (lessons plans will be provided), we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., message us on facebook, or drop in and see us.

Book Group- Eyes on the prize!

Eyes on the prize!

Greetings all,

It sounds like you had a great meeting last Friday, discussing a vast range of celebrity-related tomes. Pavarotti, Wallis Simpson, Graham Norton and even the last woman hanged in Australasia, all had their part to play!

The next get-together is arranged for Friday April 3rd, here at Te Aroha Library at 4pm, and the topic is 'Award-winners'.

You can search for these on our online catalogue by looking to the top left of the home page where you'll see several options: Childrens Book Awards, Ockham winners, etc. Click on one of these, and it'll take you through to a list of winners in different categories, and from there you can check if we have copies in our local libraries.
Another way of searching is to type in 'award winners' in the main search bar, and see what comes up, rather like a literary lucky-dip.

However you choose to pick your book, it's bound to be an interesting meeting!

All the best

The team at Te Aroha Library

Book group is go, for 2-0-2-0!

Hello, readers!

A goodly group of you made it to the first meeting of the year last Friday, to chew the fat over the books you'd been reading over the holidays – and there were some goodies! Sandra Brown's 'Tailspin' was hotly recommended, especially if you like a clever plot with plenty of twists and turns. Lynda LaPlante's 'Tennison' was next on the list, described as 'a great mystery story'.


The next meeting has a topic with a difference. The theme is 'Celebrity' – so you can read a novel about, for example, someone struggling with fame, or you can grab a biography of a well-known person (check out our 'Walk a Mile in Their Shoes' biography display for some great ideas), or read a book written by a celebrity – Graham Norton, perhaps, or Miranda Hart? And if that all just seems too hard, come and see us at the desk, and we'll find something that fits the bill!

The next meeting will be held on Friday 6th March, 4pm here at Te Aroha Library. Have fun choosing your books – I think this is going to be a really interesting one.


All the best
The Team at Te Aroha Library

Summer Book Sale

Head over to any of our branches and pick up a great book for $1.00 during our big Summer Book Sale.

Starts Monday, 20 January 2020



Kids programmes are back - starting 17 February 2020

Term One has begun, which means our Kid's Programmes are back!

Toddler Time 2019 

Our Toddler Time and Wriggle and Rhyme sessions, which feature half an hour of songs, stories, rhymes and more, will be resuming the week starting Monday 17 February.

Toddler Time sessions (for kids under 5) start at 11am, and are held at Te Aroha Library on Tuesdays, Morrinsville Library on Wednesdays and Matamata Library on Fridays.

Our Wriggle and Rhyme sessions (for kids under 2) will kick off at 10am each Friday at Morrinsville Library and each Tuesday at Matamata Library.

Meanwhile, our one-hour Bricks 4 Kids sessions will take place from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Wednesdays at Matamata and Te Aroha Libraries and Thursdays at Morrinsville Library.