Kia ora, the Feilding library is a place where we hope to provide a feeling of being taken care of and contentment to those who use our services. We want to help create a mood of coziness this winter. Whether flicking through a magazine, staring at puzzle pieces trying to fit them together or reading a good book in a comfy spot at the library or to take home. Our library is a place where people feed their imaginations, rebuild their lives, find direction, upskill themselves and find growth through opportunities. 

We pride ourselves on providing book clubs, colouring in, knitting & crochet group, school activities and events. The library is about people and creating opportunity for having endless conversations about the big and small things in life – or just being comfortable in each other’s silent company or even simply being yourself enjoying a free hot drink on our late night, Thursday evenings after 5pm. 

As we all know the best things in life are free. We hope to break barriers by providing free resources, free events, clubs and services as these are important for everyone's wellbeing. Manawatū District Libraries removed fines for children in 2020 and also, we have no charge for placing holds. As of 1 July 2023, we are pleased to now offer no more overdue fees. We will no longer charge fees for overdue books. Please note that payment will still be required for anything that is borrowed from the library that is not returned, lost or damaged. 

In 2021 at least 12 councils, including Auckland, Nelson, Hutt City, Carterton, Waikato, Selwyn and Waimakariri were no longer charging users for overdue library books and the list had only grown over the last two years. Moving to a fines free operation means that we can focus on encouraging a love of reading, social connection and lifelong learning opportunities here at the library. 

Stay Comfy over the winter months with us and take a break. 
"That’s NOT a Hippopotamus! and Te Hipo Huna | by Juilette MacIver, illustrated Sarah Davis 

Manawatū District Libraries unveiled a second StoryWalk® for the Manawatū District at Kōwhai Park on the Monday, 4th July 2023. Following the success of StoryWalk® at Mt Lees Reserve in November last year, the library team have worked on bringing another children’s story to life. StoryWalk® is a fun and interactive way for children and adults to enjoy the outdoors. 

With permission from Gecko Press, the library team have replicated Juliette’s story That’s Not A Hippopotamus, Illustrated by Sarah Davis, directly onto boards into the park surroundings. It is also translated into a Te Reo Māori version, Te Hipo Huna, with the permission of translator Karena Kelly for its use. The Manawatū District Council Parks Team have been hard at work improving the bush area of the park, to ensure that it’s accessible for all. With the new addition of gravel paths, seating, planting and new bridges. Work will continue in the area to make the space more inviting. 

Lola Christian sent the library a message saying "Thank you so much for such an awesome idea! My children Isabella and Charlotte enjoyed the creative way of reading while walking through our favourite bush-walk. The most exciting part of the walk was finding The Hippo." 

Ronald Nolan from Lytton Street School commented, "Awesome idea thank you, especially the carved Hippo." Ka rawe ōu mahi! The amazing wooden hippopotamus you will find on the StoryWalk® was carved by Duncan Foord. 

Over the first week of the school holidays, we had a StoryWalk® Scavenger Letter Hunt competition. By following the instructions, it would reveal a hidden sentence. Children brought this sheet back into the Feilding library to go in the draw to win our School Holiday Fun Prize Pack! 

Congratulations to our winnner, Nia Jones. She received, That’s NOT a Hippopotamus! book and Te Hipo Huna book by Juilette MacIver and illustrated by Sarah Davis. Also included a Family pass to Fantasy in Lights at the Coach House Museum, $10 ice cream voucher for I Scream for Ice Cream, Feilding and a Family Makino swim pass.

We hope everyone is getting outdoors, reading and having lots of fun at our StoryWalk®.

Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki signals the Māori New Year.
For Māori, the appearance of Matariki heralds a time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is an occasion to mourn the deceased, celebrate the present, and prepare for the coming year. At Tuia, it was about everyone casting your eyes to the heavens and finding yourself, to find your future.

Providing our hāpori with the opportunity to learn, explore and be enlightened through the humble experience of TUIA. The name TUIA gifted to our celebration by Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngāti Kauwhata, speaks to the idea of grasping and binding celestial and terrestrial knowledge for the benefit and wellbeing of the people – our community, and in turn hope that it will bring positive change in our community’s lives through the various activities such Poi, Tītī Tōrea / Stick Game, Mahi Whakatō / Planting, Hanga Rātana / Lantern making,  Workshops, Hāngī and cultural performances that were held on the day. 

We would like to say a big thank you to all the people that contributed to this special event. It was an amazing day for our community to come together and celebrate.

TUIA is proudly bought to you by The TUIA Alliance | Manawatū Community Hub Library, Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngāti Kauwhata and Whānau Ātaahua – Beautiful Families Trust.
Our July school holidays were jammed packed with lots of great activities to keep everyone entertained. We had so many families join us for our Messy Morning and S.T.E.A.M Activities. 

We had Safari Kids with Sam Safari, Theo, Morag the Unicorn, and Teddy who took everyone on a musical adventure today! Lots of imagination, dancing and singing to start our holiday fun. Teddy also made lots of new friends and got lots of warm hugs from little ones. It was a great musical show of music and movement. 

Some of our other activities were Felt birds, Sock Snowman, Seascape Sculpture, Butterfly Art and Wooden Spoon people. Everyone enjoyed getting messy with paint, glue, markers and crafty materials. 

Did you know that two-thirds of New Zealanders live in areas prone to flooding and rising sea levels. A can you beat the flood? experiment using a selection of materials, children got to build a flood barrier around a
cardboard house and discover which barrier would best control flooding. As you can see from the photo's everyone found it was really tricky to beat the flood. Manawatū District Council, Civil Defence Emergency Management Coordinator, Vicki.

A big thanks to those that attend and support our school holiday fun! The library team will continue to provide all these amazing activities for our community to enjoy over the holiday breaks. 

Monday 25th September 2023 to Thursday 5th October 2023 at Manchester Street School Hall  
Friday 6th October 2023, we will be at Rural Day in the Feilding Town Square.  

Everyone is welcome to attend, and all these activities are FREE to the public. Please note all children who attend need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.   

When coming into the Feilding library and looking for something to read you can ask one of the friendly library team for a title of a good book or check out our staff pick recommendations in the library front entrance display which are replaced by another great read as soon as it has been pulled from its place by an intrigued reader. Also, if you look through the library front window you will see our new release shelf displaying shiny new books waiting to be opened. If you find a book you would like to read on our website search catalogue, feel free to place a hold. This is a no charge service, and you will be notified by email when your book is available for collection.

Snuggling up with a hot drink and good book in the cold short days of winter is one of life's pleasures. Finding a book series, where you know that when you get to that final page there is another book waiting can bring a feeling of anticipation and joy that can't be rivalled. These are our Feilding library book series to get stuck into this winter.

The Seven Sisters Series (Family Saga)
Author Lucinda Riley

The Murphy Shepard Series (General Fiction)
Author Charles Martin

Red Rising Series (Science Fiction / Fantasy)
Author Pierce Brown

Scrublands Series (Thriller)
Author Chris Hammer

Heart Stopper (Young Adult)
Author Alice Oseman

It ends with us (Romance)
Author Colleen Hoover

Snake and Dog-Man Series (Western)
Author Johnny Gunn

Join us on Wednesday 26th July 2023, at 5.30pm at the Feilding library for our book club Between the Covers. Everyone is welcome to come and listen to Riley Chance's author talk about his new book. 

How can citizens change society? That question sparked Riley’s interest in the forces shaping our future and has resulted in series of entertaining novels that he has written. He also challenges readers to look critically at society. His first book Surveillance was released June 2022 and The Democracy Game released this year on the 1st May. 

“Riley Chance is producing high-quality local thrillers with a strong political thread, touching on significant issues facing New Zealand society in the modern world.” — Editor, Geoff Walker 

Riley’s goal is to write a series of popular fiction books set in Aotearoa New Zealand. I intend to entertain readers with great stories while challenging their thinking about the society we which we live.
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 The Kimbolton public library is housed in the smallest library building in New Zealand. Originally a one room cottage built prior to
1900. It was established as a library in 1927 and has remained as such to this day. Manawatū District Libraries - Feilding Library, supplies books & resources to the Kimbolton public library.
In the 1962, Tui Mayo was elected to the Feilding Borough Council, on which she was to serve for 21 years. As chairperson of the council’s library and baths committee, Mayo campaigned strongly for a new library in Feilding. At its official opening in September 1980, one area of the new building,  featured a fine native-timber ceiling and dado recycled from the town’s former council chamber,  named the Tui Mayo wing. These items have been preserved and there will be a Tui Mayo meeting room in the new Community Hub.  
No broadband at home?  Thanks to our Partnership with Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa. With Skinny Jump you can use up to 225GB per month. Skinny Jump specifically supports those most at risk of digital exclusion.
For more information visit our website or talk to our friendly library team.

Here at the Feilding library we sell 'Blue' Council Rubbish Bags at cost price with no mark-up which is great for our community. You can purchase in a 5 pack or individually at our front library counter just ask our friendly staff.

1 Bag - $2.50 or 5 Bags - $12.50

This book really is a hidden treasure. Greta leads a very ordered, lonely life and some would say she’s socially awkward. She really only has one friend – Walter. Walter is dying and has instructed his lawyer to give Greta a letter upon his death.
This letter turns Greta’s ordinary life upside down and takes her on a whirlwind tour. I laughed out loud at her boarding the aircraft and being directed to sit in business class. Walter has gifted Greta not just experiences she would have never dreamed of, but the real gift was the journey of Greta reinventing herself.
Thank you, Kirsty M.  
This book review was written as part of our annual reading challenge.
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape is sometimes hard to watch, but well worth it. There are some difficult scenes dealing with hard-hearted outsiders teasing the Grape family, and some scary ones when Gilbert loses his temper with Arnie. But there are also moments of beauty and compassion, and an offbeat sense of humour throughout.

Thank you, Katherine G.
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A true story of one fluffy cats wild and windy week after Cyclone Gabrielle. Pearls home was in the eye of the storm in the Hawkes Bay and it was
destroyed. Read how her comfortable life and that of her family and community were turned upside down.

This book was used in our School Holiday Fun, 'Get the Flood Out' activity.
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1. Did you know, the fear of running out of something to read is called Abibliophobia. 

2. There are four law books bound in human skin at the Harvard University Library. Anthropodermic bibliopegy is the term given to binding books in human skin. There are actually several books known to be bound in human skin. Interestingly it was mainly doctors who bound these books. There are also several books bound in animal skin.

3. People say the longest sentence to ever be printed in literature belongs to Victor Hugo. The claim is that in Les Misérables there is a sentence which is 823 words long. 

4. Up to 50 books can be made from 1 tree. Being sustainable is a massive part of our day-to-day lives and being able to make up to 50 books from one tree is fantastic.

5. The most expensive book in the world is Codex Leicester by Leonardo Da Vinci. 
Bill Gates purchased the Codex Leicester in 1994 for $30.8 million. 

6. There is an actual word for loving the smell of old books, it’s Bibliosmia. 

7. The earliest known written existence of the word ‘book’ is in a book by Alfred the Great. Books were not called books until a long time after they were actually books!

8. Lord of the Ring author, J.R.R Tolkien typed the whole trilogy with just two fingers! The Lord of The Rings trilogy is over 1200 pages. Tolkien said the only way he learned to type was with just two fingers.

9. In Sydney, 2012 a record was made for the most people to balance books on their head. 998 people participated in setting the world record.

10. Fact has it that former American President Theodore Roosevelt read one book a day. 
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