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Finalists Announced...

The LIANZA Children's Book Award's finalists were announced today in five categories- non fiction, junior fiction, young adult, illustration and Te Reo Maori. The judges were very impressed by the calibre of work on offer, so much so in the young adult category that they ended up selecting six finalists instead of the usual five. You can check out the finalists and read about the selection process by clicking here.

Also don't forget to come into the library to read the books for yourself and pick up a pizza wheel so that just by reading eight books you can score a free pizza from Hell Pizza. The winners of the awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on 4 August 2014 giving you plenty of time to have a read of the finalists and decide which is your favourite and deserving of a win.

The 2014 LIANZA Children's Book Awards!

Keep an eye out on the 10th of June, as the Finalists are being announced. There'll be medals and pounamu awarded by librarians for their choices of outstanding New Zealand children's books, in the following fields;


The LIANZA Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction recognises a distinguished contribution to literature for children aged 0-15 years.

The LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award recognises a distinguished contribution to literature for children and young adults aged 13 years and above.

The LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award is awarded for the most distinguished pictures or illustrations for a children's book.

The LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award recognises a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.

Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori) recognises Māori authors, illustrators and/ or translators and is awarded annually to the author of a book which makes a distinguished contribution to literature for children or young people written in Te Reo Māori and promotes excellence of library resources in Māori.

The Librarians' Choice medal is awarded to the most popular finalist, as voted by LIANZA members.

Find out the history behind the awards here!

God Save the Queen

The long weekend is finally here and it's the last for a while which means we need to make the most of it- whatever we might be doing. The libraries are open until 7pm tonight and in the morning from 9am until 1pm as per normal, this gives you plenty of opportunity to pop in and grab a great read to enjoy over the long weekend. We will be closed on Monday but will be back to normal on Tuesday- don't forget toddler time at Matamata and Te Aroha libraries (and Wednesday in Morrinsville). Sit back, relax, grab a great book and have a fantastic long weekend!

Big Library Read

The Big Library Read is back again, this time with an adult mystery gving you the perfect excuse to try out an e-book or add to your library. The book 'A Pedigree to Die For' is the first book in the Melanie Travis series by Laurien Berenson, this title will be available from June 3-18. So go on join millions of readers around the world by downloading and reading this e-book here. A valid library card is required, if you have any questions or to find out more get in touch with any of our libraries

Book in your Friday night with us!

Are you looking for something to do on a Friday night?

Well look no further, bookclub is held at Te Aroha library on the first Friday night of each month. The next one is the 6th of June from 5.45 to 6.45 and the discussion will be on adventure titles, so pop down to check out the selection at either Matamata, Morrinsville or Te Aroha libraries. The Morrinsville library book club is currently in recess but the Te Aroha book club is open to members of all three libraries. You can find up to date information on what's happening with book club here