News From the Library

Library Connect - May 2016

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Library Connect - May 2016

From Frontline to Online

Sharing our soldiers' stories

Pieces of our servicemen’s stories can be saved and shared in minutes, at an Online Cenotaph digitisation kiosk, on loan to Hauraki District Libraries by the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Letters, pictures, papers, diary excerpts, pay book and service records, medals, and other war-related items can all be scanned into the database for others to see.

Family members and researchers can also use the unit to find information on individual New Zealand servicemen and women (not limited to World War I), and to lay a virtual poppy against a specific person’s name.

The kiosk will start it's circulation through the Hauraki from 22 January and be available at the following libraries:

  • Waihi Library until 29 February, then on to
  • Paeroa Library until 4 April, then on to
  • Ngatea Library until 6 May.

Volunteers put wheels under housebound service

We may not have a mobile library – but last month we asked for volunteer book buddies who could deliver and return books for someone in their area who can’t get to the library easily.

Thanks to a tremendous response from members of the community, our libraries can now offer a ‘housebound’ service in urban Paeroa, Ngatea and Waihi. We already know this will be appreciated by some of our senior patrons who really miss visiting the library as they used to.

There may be also be residents we don’t know of who wish they could use the library, but can no longer drive or have restricted mobility. If this is you, please contact your local library!

If you are not a library member, one of our friendly staff can visit you to set up membership and find out what kinds of books you enjoy.

More eBooks in Overdrive

Macmillan Australia eBooks have recently been added to Overdrive.

This catalogue includes titles from well-known authors, such as: David Baldacci, Di Morrissey, Liane Moriaty, Matthew Reilly, Jeffrey Archer, Lola Berry, John Marsden and Andy Griffiths and many more.

The History of Flags of New Zealand

The New Zealand is a hot topic around the country at the moment. The following link will give you an insight into the history of the current flag we all know, as well as previous and other official flags.
Flags of New Zealand

Creative books

Do you borrow creative books, crafts, cooking, etc? Why not bring in your creations to show our librarians who will be keen to take photos or perhaps even offer to taste test the occasional cooking treat.
Patchwork bags
One clever reader borrowed the book Patchwork Bags and brought in her finished products to show us.


New Orders

Choose a group to see titles we have recently ordered

Just Arrived

Choose a group to see which titles are new to the library

Reading at the library

Access your library's online resources today

Your library's resources are as easy to use as the Internet, without the hassle or risk.

Did you know that fewer than 10% of search-engine results offer relevant research information?

Wikipedia and other user-generated sites can be a starting point for research, but even Wikipedia warns it "makes no guarantee of validity".

Your library's online resources contain only authentic, expert-chosen books, images, newspapers, magazines, audio/video and interactive tools. You can trust the content.
See our full list of online resources.

We've gone digital!

Our ebook and audiobook download service using OverDrive has been live for a while now and is proving popular.

Click below to find out more about using OverDrive:

Print Disabilities Service

The National Library's Print Disabilities Service offers audio books to adults, young adults and children who have a print disability. Find out more

Readers Choice Reviews

Read the comments on our latest selection of Readers Choice Reviews. You can even add your own comments on a book you have read.

DVD of the Week on Facebook

Have you liked us on Facebook yet?

If you have you will be getting weekly reviews on DVDs and books as well as being kept up to date with the general goings on in our District Libraries.

If not, visit Hauraki District Libraries on Facebook to see all the good stuff you've been missing!

Adult literacy services for rural adults

Free help with:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Basic Maths

Or...learn how to coach someone with low literacy skills.

Find out more on the Adult Literacy Trust website

Do you know we have Magazines in our libraries?

In the NZ Today magazine there is even a great article on Paeroa called "Putting the fizz back in the Hauraki Plains". You can find this magazine in all three of our libraries, plus many other popular magazines.

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