Finalists were announced for the New Zealand Post Book Awards on Wednesday and are as follows
Nielsen Booksellers' Choice
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on August 27
You can find more information on the awards here
Whitcoulls have just released their Top 100 List for 2014 as voted by New Zealanders. This years list marks a milestone as Eleanor Catton with her prize winning book The Luminaries made it to number six on the list- the first time a New Zealand author has made it into the top 10. This is a great achievement especially when considering that 70 percent of the list stayed unchanged with the majority of old favourites hanging in there. There was also an increase in the popularity of young adult novels in this years list as more adults are reading young adult books due in some part to the popularity of books such as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series which have also been made into movies- giving them a seemingly instant increase in popularity. This is true for number one and two on the list; The Fault in our Stars by John Green and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak which have both recently been made into movies giving them greater exposure. If you want to get your hands on some of Whitcoulls Top 100 come and check out the selection which we have in our libraries or have a look on our catalogue
It's school holidays AND it's winter which means it is a great time to pay a visit to the library.
Come on in from the cold and check out our fantastic range of children's fiction and non-fiction, there's no better time to get stuck into a good book than in front of the fire (heat pump) on a cold winters day! A reminder also that there is no toddler time on during the school holidays and this will resume on Tuesday 22 in Matamata and Te Aroha and on Wednesday 23 in Morrinsville- we look forward to seeing you there.
It's time to get those thinking caps on and let your creativity flow.
The Sunday Star-Times is holding its annual short story competition with entries opening soon. This particular completition has helped launch the careers of some of our best known authors such as Eleanor Catton. If you are a budding writer and think you have a winning idea for a story why not give it a go.
There are three divisions this year which are:
Entries open on August 4- look out for more information in the Sunday Star-Times
The winners were announced and they are;
The boring book by Vasanti Unka - (lives in the picture book section of Te Aroha library)
The Beginner's guide to hunting and fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson - (lives in the adult non-fiction section of all three libraries)
Dunger by Joy Cowley - (lives in the chapter book section of all three libraries)
Mortal fire by Elizabeth Knox - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)
A necklace of souls by R. R. Stedman - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)
The three bears...sort of by Yvonne Morrison and illustrated by Donovan Bixley - (lives in the picture book section of all three libraries [when its in:)])
Bugs by Whiti Hereaka - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)
Taka ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page - (lives in the Maori picture book section of all three libraries)