Dive into Books

Christmas Season Dives

In @ Kapiti Libraries

By Leslie Clague
District Libraries’ Manager
1st December 2009

The Libraries’ Christmas Season opens with the Summer Reading Programme for children on the theme “Dive into Books,

The programme, for children aged five to twelve, will have its big sign-up session on Saturday, December 5 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) , at all three libraries – Otaki, Waikanae, and Paraparaumu.

It’s being sponsored by the Lions Foundation, the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS), the Lions Club of Kāpiti, Waikanae Community Board, Paekakariki Community Board and Ōtaki Community Board.

All  of this money has been raised through the organising efforts of the Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries.

The programme is open to 220 children throughout the District. Children are inspired to read at least four books during their summer holidays.

They come to the library and discuss the books they’ve read with their Children’s Librarian and/or a Friends volunteer.

They get a small reward after each report-in. Craft sessions are dotted throughout the six-week event and reading success is celebrated at a finale party.

The programme offers good fun for all while encouraging that all important skill of reading.

Amnesty Gift Books for Libraries

On December 10, Amnesty International will present its annual gift of books to Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, marking the anniversary of the organisation.

Each year they give as many books as Amnesty is old. So this year 61 titles of thought-provoking and inspiring reads will be added to the collections.

Library Gift Cards

As part of the libraries’ requirement to recover 10 per cent of their operating costs, a $10 library gift card will be on sale until Christmas.

With a Kāpiti Coast theme, the card is a nice size to slip into a Christmas card or Christmas stocking.

It gives the recipient the chance to take out ‘Best Sellers’, DVDs or CDs for free. It’s a ‘green’ gift as well, as it taps into reusable treasures.

Launch with Leibrich

Developing the ‘Kāpiti Writes’ Collection, which features writers on the Kāpiti Coast, poet and children’s author Julie Leibrich will launch her latest poetry book at Paraparaumu Library on Sunday December 13.

Called “Shadow Friend,” the poems mirror, in part, the photography exhibit Julie displayed in 2007 — the “Beach Diary,” focusing on Kāpiti beach scenes and experiences.

This small white volume could make a lovely Christmas gift for those passionate about the Kāpiti Coast!

Holiday Hours

During the actual holiday period, the libraries will be shut on December 25, 26 and 28, and January 1, 2, and 4.

Paraparaumu Library will be open on the Sundays, 27 December and 3 January. Late nights will not occur at Paraparaumu Library on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.