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Short Story Competition

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:

  • Open division (3000 word limit)
  • Secondary school division (3000 word limit)
  • Non fiction essay- no age restrictions (1000-1200 word limit)

Entries open on August 4- look out for more information in the Sunday Star-Times

School Holidays

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.

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.

New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Winners of 2014 announced!

Kia ora,

The winners were announced and they are;

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category;

The boring book by Vasanti Unka - (lives in the picture book section of Te Aroha library)

Best Non-Fiction;

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)

Junior Fiction;

Dunger by Joy Cowley - (lives in the chapter book section of all three libraries)

Best Young Adult Fiction;

Mortal fire by Elizabeth Knox - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)

Best First Book;

A necklace of souls by R. R. Stedman - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)

Children's Choice;

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:)])

Honour Award;

Bugs by Whiti Hereaka - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)

Maori Language Award;

Taka ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page - (lives in the Maori picture book section of all three libraries)

For more about the awards and winners click here!


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!