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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.

We have reached the QUARTERFINALS!

The Quarterfinals have arrived!

Quarterfinal 1 Wimpy vs 13 storeyQuarterfinal One: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney VS The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Quarterfinal 2 Secret vs CharlottesQuarterfinal Two: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett VS Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Vote in library, on Facebook, or comment below!

Voting closes at 1.30pm Saturday 2nd September.


Final two days of voting till we reach the quarterfinals!

Get those last minute votes in to determine the last two books that will make it through to the quarterfianls of our Book VS Book Chapter Book Trials.

Round 7 BFG vs StiltonRound Seven: The BFG by Roald Dahl VS The Hunt for the Golden Book by Geronimo Stilton.


Round 8 Potter VS PercyRound Eight: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling VS Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

 Comment below with your pick from each round and be in the draw to win!


Week three has arrived!

Three weeks in and what an interesting ride it has been!

Keep those votes coming in for round five and six this week! With owls, a thieving granny, a pirate and a grim secret; this week should be as entertaining as the others.

Comment below with your top picks from both rounds!

Round 5 capture vs granny

Round Five: The capture by Kathryn Lasky VS Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.

Round 6 Sinking vs pirate

Round Six: Sinking By David Hill VS The Man whose Mother was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy.

Voting closes Saturday 19th at 1.30pm