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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

Book group is this Friday

Talk about the swift passage of time!  We’re all set to discuss our Time Travel Tomes this Friday, June 9th, 4pm at Te Aroha Library.  Hope you can make it.  Until then, here’s something philosophical to be going on with.

Time flies like an arrow.

Fruit flies like a banana.

An oldie but a goodie…

Happy Reading : )

Our fiction section has been transformed!


You will now find the A’s with the A’s and the Z’s with the Z’s, regardless of their genres.

The only ones which have stayed separate are our Mills & Boon, Graphic and Western collections.

This will make searching for your favourite authors easier, and may introduce you to new favourites.

If you have any questions, ask one of our helpful Librarians.

Back to the Future!

Last Friday afternoon was Saga City in the library, as you discussed your many and varied takes on this popular genre, from the crackling wit of Lisa Lutz’s tale of American women, ‘How to start a Fire’, all the way across the ditch to Jeffrey Archer’s classic 20th century Clifton Chronicles, and Jennifer Donnelly’s ‘Tea Rose series’. 
Maybe it was something to do with the historical slant of these reads, but for whatever reason, the theme for your next meeting is ‘Time Travel’ fiction.

Time Travel Machine


Book group this Friday!

It’s almost here, gentle readers – our book group gathering for the month of May! The 5th of May to be exact.

The topic is Family Saga, and the venue, as always, is Te Aroha Library at 4pm.

Bring your books and your opinions, ready for a great discussion…


From the Matamata-Piako Libraries Crew