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Book Lovers Day: Our favourite books in 5 words or less

To celebrate Book Lovers Day we have reviewed some of our most loved books!

Forest bathing.... might be naughty!

Jumble, avarice, blood, friendship, carrots

An exhilarating tale of friends persevering

I devoured this series!

Cyborgs, fairytales, Cinderella on steriods

Monkeys... the Earth isn’t flat

Don't be an a******

Best book supporting libraries, EVER!

Play me: no strings attached!

I ugly cried.... in public!

Amazing, Emotional, Inspirational, Gutsy, Uplifting!

...LOMU!... OGH!... OGH!

American tragedy, scapegoat, media circus

Family History lunchtime sessions

Be enthralled with your snacks at our free lunchtime talks, in collaboration with The NZ Society of Genealogists, Southland Branch.

Each talk delves into a different subject, from how to find family treasures from the Son of a Kāi Tahu princess to identifying the era from photos.

At 12.15 pm from the 6th to 10th of August, our talented speakers will share their insight into exploring Family History and the tools you need to explore them.

Timetable

  • Monday 6
    Roger Washbourn, NZSG Southland
    Introduction to family history
  • Tuesday 7
    Jay Coote, Invercargill Public Library
    Edward Fowler: the son of a Kāi Tahu princess
  • Wednesday 8
    Wendy Shaw, NZSG Southland
    Identifying old photographs by the clothing worn
  • Thursday 9
    Wendy McArthur, Invercargill City Council
    Accessing historic City Council records
    Southland Roman Catholic Church records
  • Friday 10 (Talk has changed)
    Mary Stuart, NZSG Southland
    Lone Graves in Southland
    Roger Washbourn, NZSG Southland
    Missing persons in Fiordland

Wrap up this July with these winter reads

Keep warm this winter with a good read. Check out some of our favourite recent fiction and non-fiction releases below!

Fiction

Yu-jin wakes up covered in blood, his mother dead. He knows he’ll be accused so tries to solve the murder himself. Inspired by a true story, this book took South Korea by storm.

A wonderful crime novel that will make you cry, laugh, and gasp!
Angela
Team Leader
Heritage & Collections

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive, but not how to live. One simple act of kindness is about to change that.

The latest captivating story in Lucinda Riley’s epic series about two women searching for a place to call home.

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. Based on a true story.

Non-Fiction

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. A universal and inspiring coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers.

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Humorous, surprising and informative.

The first ever memoirs from the bestselling adventure author. Wilbur Smith shares his extraordinary true life stories that have inspired his fiction.

The inside story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump’s term as President.

A solo trans-Tasman sailor’s battle to survive for twenty lonely, challenging days in a tiny life raft.

What are your favourite books to curl up in front of the fire with?

Crafternoon Tea flax weaving session

Date: 26 July 2018
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sharne Parkinson will be bringing her flax weaving talents to the Library during July to farewell Matariki celebrations. Sharne will be teaching and providing all the materials for people to learn and make various items using the flax materials. People will learn the ancient technique of flax weaving to make stars to celebrate Matariki. This is a free event and tea and coffee will be provided.

The Great Indoors: Winter Reading Challenge for all ages

Join the The Great Indoors: Winter Reading Challenge and Win!

Illustration of woman reading by the fire

Are you an avid reader? Do you need something to do inside on these cold winter days? Then why not take part in our annual Winter Reading Challenge!

The rules are simple! Read and log 6 books during the months of July and August in our Winter Reading log book and every completed reading log will go in the draw for a $100 Paper Plus voucher!

Pick up a reading log at any Southland Library, or download it below.

Winter_Reading_Pamphlet

Entries must be received by 7pm Friday 31 August.

The winner will be notified Friday 7 September.