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It's that time again...

Amazingly, it’s October, and we are ready and raring to go with book group this Friday (6th October), 4pm at Te Aroha Library.

Your choice of topic this time round was Non-Fiction from the 300s, 500s or 800s.  It’s not too late if you haven’t chosen a book yet, but you’ll need to get into the library quick smart if you want to be able to join in the discussion on Friday : )

Happy reading –


Final Week of Book VS Book!

We have reached the finals!

The BFG by Roald Dahl VS Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Final Round BFG VS Harry Potter

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Voting closes 1.30pm Saturday 23rd September, 2017.



It's that time again!

Book group is this Friday!

Is it my imagination, or was August a very short month?  Whatever the case, here’s hoping you’ve all had a chance to read your ‘author starting with A’ books, as the next meeting is almost upon us.

We’ll be congregating in Te Aroha library this Friday, September 1st, at 4pm.  And that’s not all!  At one and the same time, should you wish to eavesdrop, some of the winning poets from our recent Haiku Hike competition, will be reading their works aloud here in the library.  A veritable literary feast!

We hope to see you there.


Haiku Hike Reading afternoon.

Our winners gathered for a haiku reading last Friday to enjoy and experience the winning (and highly commended) haiku from our Haiku Hike competition.

Winner Ron Stone left and commended haiku writer Stan WilsonWinner Ron Stone (left) and commended haiku writer Stan Wilson.

Ryder and Benji Johnston haiku writing brothers with their proud parentsRyder and Benji Johnston haiku-writing brothers with their proud parents.Junior Winner Anica Dowing

Junior Winner Anica Downing.

Thank you to all who joined in!

Winning Haikus are on display in each library for you to read.

Spring is the season for haiku!

Spring is the season for haiku, and Matamata-Piako poets have come out in force to prove it.  Nearly sixty haiku were submitted for the libraries’ Haiku Hike, a trail of haiku ‘pavers’ around our library walls.  NZ poet, writer and creative writing tutor Sue Emms, who kindly agreed to judge the competition, had this to say:‘I love reading a collection of poems like this because it reminds me again of how creative and individual we all are. Some of these entries were funny, some were sad, some evoked wonderful images.’

The Junior Prize was won by 10-year-old Anica with this evocation of a tropical island:

Fruity breeze floats through
Palm trees sway above glistening water
Glimmering waves crash

The Adult Prize was awarded to R E Stone for a deceptively simple haiku:

Sun-drying hay
Boy returns

Highly Commended Junior: Ryder (7)
Highly Commended Adult:  A. Nonn

Commended: R. E. Stone, M. Phillips, A. Nonn, S. Wilson, Benji (6)

Special Mention: Jonathan Ashworth for his haiku written in Japanese.

Winning entries and a full copy of the judge’s comments will be on display at each library.

A reading of some of the winning haiku will take place at Te Aroha Library this Friday, September 1st, at 4pm. All welcome.