Libraries, Literacy & You – Seminar Day

ReaLM presents our annual ‘Libraries, Literacy and You’ Day.

We are back for our 11th year and we hope you are as excited as we are to bring you this year’s event. Join us for a learning filled day of six sessions with engaging and expert speakers to support you and your library.

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The ReaLM organising committee have been working hard over the last couple of months and are pleased and excited to announce our the following speakers as part of our 2020 line up:

Sharon Holt – Author and a passionate advocator of Te Reo

Sharon decided on a career as a children’s author when she was seven. Unfortunately, life intervened, and one day there were 40 candles on her birthday cake! With no time to lose, Sharon started writing stories, plays and poems for Learning Media’s School Journals and Ready to Read series. The desire to see her books in libraries and book shops led to success with Walker Books, Allen & Unwin and Scholastic. For the last eight years, Sharon has focused on writing her award winning series of Te Reo Singalong books. She also has a passion for correct pronunciation of Māori place names, birds and trees, which she teaches through her Te Reo Māori Challenge facebook page. You can find Te Reo Singalong books at

Session: How te reo Māori changed my life
I first met te reo Māori in 2002. It was love at first sight. Never mind that I was happily married and already in my 40s. This new relationship was true love, the kind where you feel comfortable, safe, understood, inspired to be your best self, and eager for more. And it’s a relationship that’s stood the test of time. I’m not saying it’s easy. Like all relationships, we’ve had our rocky patches. For a few years we didn’t talk much. But these days, we’ve reached our “happy place”. I look forward to showing you how you can also have a happy and fulfilling relationship with te reo Māori.

Adele Broadbent – Author and self confessed book nut

Adele is the author of five novels for middle grade readers and several educational titles in the US and Australia. Her latest novel – IF ONLY, is for young teens – A tale of loyalty, first love, white lies and whales – all wrapped up in a guilty secret.

Adele’s passion is children’s books and she is a self-confessed book nut. She loves collecting outstanding and beautiful children’s books, and feels lucky to be in her dream job as a children’s bookseller at the award winning Wardini Books in Napier.

When Adele isn’t reading or writing or talking about books at Wardinis, she is adding reviews to her children’s and teen’s book review site –

Session: When Adele was working as a Children’s Librarian at the public library, she would often see children of all ages trailing along the shelves, struggling to choose among the plethora of books on display. An avid reader of young fiction, she loved to help but saw the need for somewhere the readers could choose for themselves. Beginning with hundreds of her own reviews – What Book Next was born.
Adele will be discussing her review site, its conception and uses, along with her novels for tweens and her new novel IF ONLY for teen readers.