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.
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.’
Fruity breeze floats through
Palm trees sway above glistening water
Glimmering waves crash
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.
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 Seven: The BFG by Roald Dahl VS The Hunt for the Golden Book by Geronimo Stilton.
Round Eight: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling VS Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Quarterfinal One: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney VS The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
Quarterfinal Two: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett VS Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Voting closes at 1.30pm Saturday 2nd September.
Please have all your entries into your local library by 5.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd).
The winner will be announced on Friday 25th August.
Best of luck!