Settling into the new school year

book coverWhether you have a new entrant or a not-so-little-one off to high school, our libraries have the resources to guide you through.

For the little ones, we have readiness for school books including New Zealand titles.

We have many books about school for children to read. These range from beginner reader up, and include titles in Maori, Tongan, Niuean, Samoan and Rarotongan.

For the big kids off to high school we have a great school page on our teens website The Pulse which has links to NCEA topics, exam info, school survival, further education and the online resource Student Research Centre.

We also have resources on family involvement in schools and conflict with schools.

Don’t forget to be organised for school lunches.

There are great homeschooling resources on shelf in our libraries and many online resources available through our website for all students and parents.

The library website has a homework help page and our librarians are online to help with find resources for homework.

So good luck for the year ahead and remember your local library is here to help.

Hawke’s Bay earthquake 1931 – 80 years ago today

At 10.47am on 3 February 1931, a violent shock, followed closely by a second, rocked Hawke’s Bay for almost three minutes. New Zealand’s deadliest earthquake devastated the cities of Napier and Hastings, Hawke’s Bay. At least 256 people died in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake 161 in Napier, 93 in Hastings, and two in Wairoa. Many thousands more required medical treatment.

It was 80 years ago today.

Our page on the disaster lists facts and information on the earthquake.

Many 0f us have connections with this disaster – my Granddad was at school in Napier when the building collapsed. And Christchurch people can comprehend of what a major earthquake is like, having experienced a 7.1 quake last year. The people of the Hawke’s Bay had to cope with fire, devastation and loss of life as well as our shared issues around demolition of buildings, loss of chimneys and damaged water supplies.

Those who lost their life are commemorated at The Earthquake Memorial in Park Island Cemetery, Napier.

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Hastings Street after the Napier earthquake [Feb. 1931]
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Hastings Street after the Napier earthquake [Feb. 1931]
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Hastings Street after the Napier earthquake [Feb. 1931]
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Emerson Street after the Napier earthquake [Feb. 1931]

CoverFind out more about the Hawke’s Bay earthquake