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Book VS Book: The Chapter Book Trials

 Welcome to week one!

This week sees two popular titles and two classic titles vying for your votes.

 Round one: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney VS The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Round 1 wimpy vs underpants


Round two: Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton VS The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Round 2 treasure vs secret

 Comment below with your top pick of each pair and be in to win!


Voting closes Saturday 5th August at 1.30pm.




Round one: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Round two: The Secret Garden



Truly one to die for


Greetings readers!


A cosy group discussed their mysteries here last Friday night, with Lee Child and Dick and Felix Francis getting the Big Book Group Thumbs Up this time round.  And so to August – Friday 4th August, to be precise, at 4pm – where the choice for discussion is a most intriguing category:


“A book with a number in the title”


Truly, one two die four.


Happy reading, and do sing out if you need help finding a suitable book.


All the best –


The Team at Te Aroha Library


Winter Reading Challenge

To go in the draw to win a prize pack of children's books, you need to explore the children's section of our libraries and answer 3 questions.

This challenge will run from 3 July to 29 July and entry forms are available at each of our libraries.

So get down to your local library (Te Aroha, Matamata or Morrinsville) and challenge yourself!

It's book group time again :)


A quick reminder that the next book group meeting is this Friday, 4pm at Te Aroha Library.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch a DVD from the library collection, or to read a Mystery from our shelves, now is the moment!


Looking forward to some great discussion from you all…


Book club DVDs

Your time travel titles seem to have gone down a treat, with works by Diana Gabaldon and Barbara Erskine getting especially favourable mention.  Interestingly, the comment was made that many of the books you read could have fitted equally into either Science Fiction or Historical.  This of course is one of the advantages of the new shelving system for fiction that you’ll have been discovering at each of the Matamata-Piako libraries:  if you’d just been looking at the shelves in the Historical genre, for example, you might have missed something equally wonderful shelved under Science Fiction. Now you’ll find everything filed by author, and you may be pleasantly surprised to find what else your favourite writers have penned in other genres.

A seismic shift in focus for next month’s book group, though:  on Friday July 7th at 4pm the group will meet to discuss the library DVDs they’ve been watching – though if your DVD player is kaput, or you prefer to read something instead, the back-up plan is Mystery.

Our DVDs are shelved in a section all their own, with both non-fiction (documentary-type) and movies available.  The documentaries are wide-ranging – everything from Top Gear specials to David Attenborough wildlife expeditions to art, dance, music, history, geography, you name it.

Other DVDs include popular movies, TV series, New Zealand classics and even one set in Te Aroha (Longing for New Zealand – in German with English subtitles!)  There’s a charge for the ‘fiction’ DVDs - $3 or $5, but the ‘non-fiction’ DVDs are free.

Looking forward to another great discussion next month : )

All the best -

The team at Matamata-Piako Libraries