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A Christmas Storytime with Cris.

A Christmas Story Time with Cris

Looking for a time out? Tired of the Christmas chaos? Need some time to rejuvenate your Christmas spirit? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you and your family. Come out of the shopping haze and bring your listening ears and singing voices to the Library and join us with some fun and festive Christmas stories on the 22nd of December at 11:00 am.

All ages are welcomed and participation will be encouraged. New stories, classic stories, funny stories and even a little sing along too.

Christmas is a magical time of year, and together we will create all the Christmas magic we can muster.

Warm up your voices, put on your Santa hats, reindeer horns, red noses and anything festive as we get ready for the big day together.

Cris is looking forward to seeing all your beautiful faces as our Christmas spirits are raised by lunchtime.

Come along to the Chatter’s annual Christmas Party!

Photo from last year's christmas party

When: 11 December at 10:00am
Where: The Library Meeting Room.

Come to the annual Chatter Christmas party and share in some fun, food and excitement that the wonderful people who attend from all over the world provide.  Christmas Carols will be sung in the Library Foyer at 10:30 beside the Christmas tree.  All are welcome but you must bring a plate to share with the group.  Merry Christmas and see you there.

Spine-chilling reads. Our Librarians share the books that scared them senseless.

Halloween may be over, but for some of us, the spooky desires live on.

We asked our staff members what books have scared them the most. We used their answers to compile this list of books guaranteed to give you a scare.

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand is horror book set in a dystopian future. This post-apocalyptic world has been destroyed by a genetically engineered flu virus has killed most of the worlds population. The story focuses on those remaining in this plague stricken world.

Place a hold on The Stand

Who did it scare?

Cris Crighton
Preschool Librarian

Christine by Stephen King

A young high school student named Arnie purchases a new car. A 1958 Plymouth Fury which he names Christine. One day, a bully defaces the car and strange things begin to happen. The car begins killing people and Arnie has to figure out how to make it all stop.

Place a hold on Christine

Who did it scare?

Michelle Argyle
Serials Librarian

The Shining - Stephen King

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in,the hotel begins to feel more sinister… 

This book is on order. Email us if you would like to put a copy on hold when it arrives.

Who did it scare?

Angela Bain
H&C Team Leader
Marianne Foster
Library Manager

October Skies by Alex Scarrow

Deep in the mountain forests of Wyoming, Julian Cooke stumbles across the rotting remains of a wooden wagon. It’s clear that something horrific happened here all those years ago, but Cooke can only find a few tantalising clues. 

Place a hold on October Skies

Who did this scare?

Michelle Cunningham
Teen Librarian

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

A man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you’ll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life.

Place a hold on Penpal

Who did it scare?

Bonnie Mager
D&C Manager

For more scary books, be sure to check out our Horror section in the library, or on our online catalogue.

Do you love these lists? You can email us at any time to request the theme for our next one!

Librarians summon Captain Planet to become Plastic Free

Do you love the environment, and books? Then you will love our new initiative to go plastic-free.

In line with moves being made by major supermarkets, our Library is keen to promote more eco-friendly borrowing practices. Starting 1 November, plastic bags will no longer be provided. To help smooth the transition we will be selling our Library bags for half price during the month of November.

We want to do our part to help promote environmentally friendly practices. We provide great book bags and hope that the half-price sale will encourage more people to use them.

Over 40,000 plastic check-out bags are dumped in landfills every hour in New Zealand.

So be sure to bring your own bags starting 1 November, or for one month only purchase a Library Book Bag for $1.

For enquiries about this decision, please contact events@ilibrary.co.nz

New Rating Valuations for Invercargill and Bluff

 

All property owners in Invercargill and Bluff will soon receive a 2017 Notice of Rating Valuation with an updated rating value for their property.

This is a result of the triennial rating revaluation being carried out by Quotable Value (QV) on behalf of the Invercargill City Council. The updated rating values, once finalised, are used as one factor to help Council set rates for the next three years from 2018.

A Rating Valuation is the estimated price a property would sell for at the effective date of the rating revaluation, which is July 1, 2017, but it does not include chattels (movable personal items such as curtains and appliances).

 

A new rating value may show a change in value, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that future rates will proportionately change. When Council sets rates, a rating value is expressed as a percentage of the total value of all properties in an area.

Property owners will receive letters including their new rating valuation in the post after October 18, 2017 and new Council rates taking into account the new rating values will be effective from 1 July 2018.

The new rating values are available on the Council website.

If you don’t have internet access, you can pop into the Civic Administration Building or Bluff Service Centre, and Customer Services staff will print off the information from Council’s website for you. Alternatively, both the Invercargill and Bluff libraries will have at least one computer reserved for people to access the Council website and their rating valuation, using the Property Search tool via the website.

If property owners don’t agree with their new rating value or if they have made refurbishments and improvements to their property that didn’t require a building consent and believe this added value is not being reflected in the new rating value, they have the right to make an objection. The objection close-off date is November 24, 2017 and there will be information on how to object on the owners’ notice. For more information on rating valuations and what they are for, visit www.ratingvalues.co.nz

It is important to remember that rating values are not designed to be used as current market valuations which can be provided to banks for use in raising finance or for other legal purposes. Current market valuations require an individual inspection of a property and full written report by a registered valuer.

Rating values are also not designed for insurance purposes to reflect the replacement value of a home – an insurance valuation is required for this purpose.