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Story Walks in our towns

Colourful Kiwi story-trail
Fancy something fun and free to do with the kids, out in the open air?
Matamata-Piako Libraries' Story Walks are three trails of colourful pages leading through the leafy spaces of Te Aroha Domain, the Morrinsville River Walk and Matamata's Centennial Drive, in celebration of Parks Week 2021.
All three walks feature a series of panels telling a different story in the delightful 'Kuwi the Kiwi' series by well-known Waikato writer/illustrator, Kat Merewether. Her cheerful, native-bush-based tales work well in an outdoor setting, heightening readers' awareness of the plants and wildlife around them. The stories also provide great motivation for little legs to keep moving on to the next exciting instalment, while plenty of clever visual detail and word-play should keep the adults amused.
As an extra-special wrinkle, the panels show the story in both English and te reo versions, making it a great way for the family to practise (or show off) their bilingual skills. Translator Pānia Papa is a champion of Māori language, and looks to have had a lot of fun creating the te reo version.
Story Walks originated in the United States and have now been installed in 13 countries including New Zealand, Russia, Pakistan and South Korea. During Parks Week, hundreds of organisations across New Zealand and Australia are holding events to celebrate the vital role parks play in improving everyone's quality of life.

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Te Aroha's Story Walk starts at the Mokena Geyser (behind the spas complex) and follows the Domain Lower Walk. Good footwear is recommended as the gravel surface can be slippery.
Morrinsville's Story Walk begins at the Recreation Ground and follows the Morrinsville River Trail.  UPDATE 2nd April: This has now been removed due to ongoing vandalism.
Matamata's Story Walk starts by the Scout & Guide Hall on Broadway, and follows Centennial Drive.

 

Stepping Up computer classes continue

Our Stepping Up classes are continuing throughout April into May.  All three libraries will be hosting small classes in eBooks, computer basics, digital banking and more!  Stop by your local library to register your interest in our upcoming Stepping Up classes, or go online to https://diaa.arlo.co/w/upcoming/ 

Date Time Location Course
Friday 23/04/2021 10am Te Aroha Computer Basics
Thursday 29/04/2021 10am Te Aroha Google & the Internet
Monday 03/05/2021 10am Te Aroha Email 2 (Using Email)
Monday 10/05/2021 10am Te Aroha Intro to Chromebooks
Wednesday 26/05/2021 10am Te Aroha Smart Phones
Monday 31/05/2021 10am Te Aroha Intro to Tablets
       
Date Time Location Course
Tuesday 20/04/2021 10am Morrinsville Google & the Internet
Wednesday 21/04/2021 10am Morrinsville Email 2 (using email)
Tuesday 04/05/2021 10am Morrinsville Computer Basics
Tuesday 11/05/2021 10am Morrinsville Intro to Tablets
Tuesday 18/05/2021 10am Morrinsville Digital Banking
Tuesday 25/05/2021 10am Morrinsville Smart Phones
Thursday 27/05/2021 10am Morrinsville  Computer Basics
       
Date Time Location Course
Wednesday 21/04/2021 10am Matamata eBooks & eReaders
Wednesday 05/05/2021 10am Matamata Computer Basics
Wednesday 19/05/2021 10am Matamata Intro to Digital Banking
Wednesday 26/05/2021 10am Matamata Email 1 and Email 2 (setting up and using email)
Thursday 10/06/2021 10am Matamata Intro to Digital Banking
Wednesday 16/06/2021 10am Matamata Computer Basics

For more information, see our Library Services page.

Stepping Up computer classes resume

Our Stepping Up classes are continuing throughout March and into April.  All three libraries will be hosting small classes in smartphone use, eBooks, digital banking and more!  So if you're tired of finding modern technology infuriating, mystifying (or both), stop by your local library to register your interest in our upcoming Stepping Up classes, or go online to https://diaa.arlo.co/w/upcoming/ 

Please note that during Level 2, face masks, contact tracing and social distancing are required at all Stepping Up classes.

Date Time Location Course
Wednesday 03/03/2021 10am Te Aroha Google & the Internet
Monday 08/03/2021 10am Te Aroha eBooks & eAudiobooks
Monday 15/03/2021 10am Te Aroha Smartphones
       
Date Time Location Course
Thursday 11/03/2021 10am Morrinsville eBooks & eAudiobooks
Monday 29/03/2021 10am Morrinsville eBooks & eAudiobooks
       
Date Time Location Course
Wednesday 10/03/2021 10am Matamata Internet Safety & Security
Wednesday 24/03/2021 10am Matamata Intro to Digital Banking
Wednesday 21/04/2021 10am Matamata eBooks & eReaders

For more information, see our Library Services page.