Monday, 31 December 2007


...and ride on up to Warkworth for the Annual New Years Day Rodeo.

Venue: A&P Showgrounds (just 1 km north of town on State Highway One)

Tuesday 1 January 2008 from 10.00 am
Bareback riding. Bronc riding. Barrel racing. Rope and tie. Steerwrestling. Bull riding. Team roping. Pony rides.

Refreshments available. Hamburgers. Steak sandwiches. Hot dogs.

Entertainment by Trevor Stevens, country music star.

Adults $15. Children $5. Family $30. Free parking. Please leave your dog at home.

For more information: 09 425 8828

Friday, 28 December 2007

Summer Art

If you are feeling creative - or want to check out those among the community that are, come along and be inspired by these two fantastic art events just after Christmas.

The Great Manly Art Show 2007

Saturday 29 December 77 The Esplanade, Manly Beach
10.30 onwards rain/shine
Art lover? Come along and enjoy the artistic talents of the Hibiscus Coast. Artist? Great opportunity to exhibit your work (Fees and commission apply)
For more info ring Lesley 424 0398

The Great Summer Art Exhibition

Saturday 29 December – Monday 31 December: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 1 January 9.30am to noon
Snells Beach Community Centre Hamatana Road, Snells Beach

I haven't beem to the Great Manly Art Show but I always make time to have a wander around the Summer Art Exhibition at Snells Beach where you can catch professional and amateur art work, and maybe discover the artist of the future (or just find something you like the look of to grace the walls of your abode).

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Creative Commons - make sure your stuff is used how you want it to be used

Did Santa make all your dreams come true and bring you a digital camera for Christmas? You'll be snapping pictures and adding them to photo sharing sites like Flickr in no time. Hang on a minute though. Have you thought about how you want your images to be used? Let's talk about copyright and Creative Commons.

Creative Commons licensing lets you choose how you want your digital stuff to be used. It's like copyright but much more versatile. Copyright is on or off - mostly on. With a Creative Commons license you can let people use your image as you see fit. You'll see options used on blogs and websites and now there's a New Zealand version.

There are six different combinations of how you want people to be able to use your stuff and whether they can do so for commercial or non-commercial reasons. Each one has a little icon and is explained in 'human readable language'. If you're interested in the legal words behind each one you can click through to read them.

Rodney Libraries has licensed some of our photos on Flickr with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0. It's important to us that some of our images are kept for our own use and display but with others we're pleased to share them round.

Happy snapping!

Monday, 24 December 2007

Library Opening Hours

Rodney Libraries will be open for the community right through the festive season.

Santa said we have all been good enough to take Christmas Day and Boxing Day off. The first two days of 2008 are also statutory holidays so we will be closed then as well.

Apart from that we will be open normal hours but without late nights for the next two weeks.

For full details of who will be open when, click on the link on the right hand side of the page or click here Rodney Libraries opening hours

Here at Rodney Libraries we would like to wish everyone a fantastic fun and safe festive season.

Christmas Storytime at Kumeu Library

The last of our Christmas Family Storytimes is on at Kumeu Library at 10.30 am this morning. Guest storyteller Bringwonder will share his new Christmas story. There may be songs, carols and perhaps a visit from Santa.

Friday, 21 December 2007

Christmas Family Storytime at Orewa Library

Christmas Storytime at Orewa Library at 4pm today. Bring the family and take time out to relax as special guest storyteller Bringwonder tells a Christmas story.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Family Storytime at Warkworth Library

It's Christmas Storytime at Warkworth Library at 5.30 pm today. Dress up in your best Christmas outfit and come along to hear guest storyteller Bringwonder weave his magic. Mahurangi East report that the children and adults were all enthralled with his tale on Tuesday so come and hear him for yourself.

The long tedious car trip ... with kids

It's hot - it's humid. You are sitting inside a moving vehicle (make that a slowly moving vehicle as there are thousands of other vehicles on the road), with restless children and toddlers. "Are we there yet?" is becoming rather boring. And you are trapped because you are still only half-way there (not that you would tell the kids that).

WE HAVE THE ANSWER (well at least it's worth a try).

Audio books and tapes are not just for adults. There are talking books and stories for childrens and teens to cover all ages.

Many of the popular children's authors are now available in this format including Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz and Paul Jennings. There are also great books such as the BBC production Across the Barricades (Joan Lingard) about two young people from different sides of the street in the city of Belfast or A Horse called Elvis (John Heffernan) about a foal that becomes part of a family that is going through it's own turmoil and struggle to stay together.

One of my favourites is the Don Linden Children's Favourites collection. All the stories I remember from the Sunday morning Request sessions such as Little Toot, Sparky, Diana and the Golden Apple and The Littlest Angel are here (I know - I am showing my age).

Or try the music tapes and CD's with popular Wiggles, Hooley Dooleys, Hi-Five, Play School, Pukeko Stomp and others. Mothers in the know recommend that you get more than one CD or tape, otherwise you can get very sick of hearing the same songs over and over (and over) again.

We also have lots of kits with the book and the tape/CD in it so the child can read the story while they are listening to it. The Christmas Kitten by New Zealand storyteller Mary Kippenberger (who visited us a couple of years ago for our Summer Reading Programme finale parties) is a lovely tale as is The Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Those long tedious car trips

It's that time of year where everything gets packed into the car and you hit the roads with thousands of others who are all trying to get somewhere. It's usually hot and humid and the radio receiption around the hills and valleys of our fair country is a little random.


More and more people are discovering that one way to ease the tension and tedium of car trips is with talking (or audio) books. Pop a CD or a tape into your car stereo and enter a whole different world.

There is a huge range available on talking books from the latest bestsellers such as Rhonda Byrne's The Secret, Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic & Sister and David Baldacci's The Collectors to the classic authors such as George Orwell, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier and Jane Austen.

There are new titles being bought all the time and lots have arrived just in time for Christmas.
Try A Golden Age by Tahmimia Anam - A great story about survival during Bangladeshs War of Independence, or The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh - an edgy tale set in the world of cabaret and magicians.

And audio books are not just for adults - catch me here again tomorrow and I will talk about our childrens and young adults titles.

Ka kite ano

Two Christmas Family Storytimes today

Guest storyteller Bringwonder will be travelling the district today for the Christmas storytimes. He'll be at Wellsford Library for their storytime in the morning at 10.30 am. Then he'll be off to Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre for their evening storytime at 6.00 pm.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

The Best of Lists

From the Listener magazine's Best Books of 2007 to The Women's Bookshop Guide to Good Books, this is the time of year when almost every publication you see has some sort of list in it of what others consider to be the best reading of the past year.

And the good news is that although some of the titles are a little obscure, most can be found at your local Rodney Library. 89% of the novels in the Listener list are available and 100% of the Women's Bookshop fiction titles are in the catalogue. The Summer Books reviewed by North and South this month have all been ordered or have just arrived and we also have most of the books mentioned in the latest Next magazine.

New books and magazines are arriving at the library every day so pop into the library for your summer holiday reading now.

Christmas Storytime at Mahurangi East Library

Guest storyteller Bringwonder at Mahurangi East Library at 4.00 pm this afternoon. Not just for the pre-schoolers, there is something for the whole family with stories, songs, maybe a Christmas carol or two, and perhaps even a visit from a jolly old gentleman (if we have all been very good).

Monday, 17 December 2007

Christmas Storytimes Reminder

Christmas is coming to Rodney Libraries this week. Most of the libraries have their Christmas storytimes this week with visits from both Bringwonder the storyteller and (if we are lucky) a jolly old gentleman from the North Pole (or one of his helpers as he is so busy at this time of year).

Here are the times again for the storytimes this week:

Mahurangi East Library 4.00 pm Tuesday 18th December
Wellsford Library 10.30 am Wednesday 19th December
Whangaparaoa Library 6.00 pm Wednesday 19 December
Warkworth Library 5.30 pm Thursday 20th December
Orewa Library 4.00 pm Friday 21 December
Kumeu Library 10.30 am Monday 24 December

Friday, 14 December 2007

What's on this weekend?

Start your weekend early with these events on tonight...

Kumeu Christmas Parade and Carols
Rotary Club of Kumeu Christmas Parade followed by Carols by Glowstick by the Huapai Library. 6.45pm to 8.45pm (A road closure and diversion will be in operation.)

Warkworth Carols in the Park
Lucy Moore Park & Baxter St, Warkworth from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Sponsored by the Warkworth Rotary Club this annual event has a brass band, childrens choirs and even a harp. A great way to enjoy the festive community spirit.

Then kick it up a bit on Saturday...

Christmas in the 'Ville
South Kaiparas very own free Christmas Carols night for all ages presented by PACKS. 5.00pm to 9.00pm ish at the Parakai Domain. Come along and see local talent perform well known and loved carols and Christmas songs. Join in and celebrate a great night for the whole family.

Orewa New World Carols by the Beach
Orewa Beach Reserve Saturday 15 December from 6.30pm. A Free Community Christmas Event. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live entertainment and traditional Christmas carols. The finale will be a spectacular professional fireworks display.

Finally wind down on Sunday...

ASB Christmas at the Zoo
Sunday 16 December, 5pm – 9pm (Rain date Monday 17 December) The zoo will sparkle with fairies and walking Christmas trees. Children can get their faces painted free, have their photo taken with Santa, and enjoy fun rides and interactive games, including a giant obstacle course and the ASB Tennis Speedserve. Tickets available from
Auckland Zoo on (09) 360 3805.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

How do I get there from here?

If you're leaving Rodney for the holidays then be sure to take a good map. Speaking from experience it's terrible to drive past the turnoff to your destination and not realise it for a couple of hours or be lost in a tangle of one way streets.

Come into the library and look at the road map books. 919.3 in the Adult Information or Reference sections. You'll be able to take the ones from the Information section home with you or you can photocopy pages from the Reference items.

Alternatively, go to Wises Maps. Type in your destination and click "go". It will take you to a map that you can print out. You can even get driving instructions - from here to there with approximate distance and driving time included.

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Going on holiday

Hands up who is heading away on holiday for the summer! Congratulations, lucky you.

We often get asked by people if they can use their Rodney Library Card at a different Rodney Library than the one they usually go to. The answer is of course YES you can.

So if you are heading away on your holiday to another part of the Rodney District, don't forget to take your Rodney Library Card with you and pop into the local library. There are seven of us around the region - Helensville and Kumeu out west, Orewa and Whangaparaoa in the East and Warkworth, Snells Beach and Wellsford in the north. Your library card will work in all of them.

And if you are heading to your holiday home in Rodney from further afield, don't forget that all Rodney ratepayers are entitled to free membership and use of the Rodney Libraries.

Can't wait to see you all here.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Express Select arrives at Warkworth

The Warkworth Library is the latest of the Rodney Libraries to make available the new Express Select Collection - the quickest stop for popular books and magazines.

Forget the hold queue - this is strictly a "see it and pick it up" collection - Express Select items cannot be requested or have holds put on them. The lending time is shorter for a quicker turn around and there is a charge. Books are $5.00 for a week and magazines are $2.00 for the week. It is possible to renew them but there will be another charge. A quiet warning that they are more expensive if you are late back with them as well.

However if you don't want to wait in the hold queue for a copy to come available - this is a quick easy way to get the latest reading. If you don't want to pay, there are copies of all the books in the Express Select Collection are available free in the general lending collection.

Just another option for your reading. Check it out on the special stand at your local library.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Parties and entertaining

Party season seems to start straight after Labour Weekend but it goes crazy as Christmas and the summer holidays draw closer. If you're looking for a bit of inspiration, try the following searches on the catalogue...

Subject : Parties. There are 5 books listed under this heading. (I especially like the sound of "Diane Warner's great parties on small budgets : celebrations for grownups and kids of all ages" It looks American so it won't necessarily translate exactly for New Zealand products but there should be some fun ideas in there.)

Subject: Entertaining. 51 titles listed here. A nice mix of recipes and styling ideas. (My favourite in this list is "Entertaining for wimps" with the subtitle "Food, drink & style sense for the hesitant host.")

Friday, 7 December 2007

National Jandal Day for Surf lifesaving

Today is National Jandal Day for Surf Lifesaving New Zealand. Brought to you by Bach 22 wines and Surf Life Saving New Zealand, National Jandal Day wants every Kiwi to step out in NZ’s favourite summer footwear, and help make our beaches safer places.

From their website "Last year 1,440 lives were saved by Surf Lifeguards. We have a drowning rate twice that per capita of Australia (shocking eh?), and Surf Life Saving New Zealand needs your help to increase its commitment to public education, expand their services to increase our beach access and meet the ongoing demand for more patrols, more equipment and training for our lifeguards. To do this we need your support!"
Make a donation online to this great cause. They help to keep us safe over the summer season.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Rodney libraries catalogue 'Advanced Search' option

Did you know that you can search by format under the Advanced Search option? Scroll down to find 'Material type' and choose from the selection e.g. DVD, Audio CD etc. By searching on * in 'Any field' you'll get results for all of the items we hold in that format. It's a great browsing option if you can't get into the library to have a look through the shelves.

I don't recommend you try this with the 'Book' format though otherwise you'll be scrolling until Christmas.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Volunteers - It's Your Day

December 5th is International Volunteers Day. It's that time of year when we all stop and consider the huge amount of work that all volunteers, everywhere do to keep things running smoothy, do that little bit extra and in some cases to do something that makes all the difference in the world.

Rodney Libraries operates with the help of a large number of volunteers who freely give their time (and sometimes muscle) to assist us everyday. They make it so much easier for us to provide you with the library service.

So we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU. Take a bow library volunteers. You know who you are and we appreciate everything you do to help us.

Take the time to thank a volunteer you know. Sometimes it is really nice to know you are appreciated.

Christmas Storytimes

As well as our normal storytimes for preschoolers, this year Rodney Libraries are having special family Christmas storytimes with guest Storyteller "Bringwonder" and his new Christmas story "The Littlest Christmas Treet".

Not just for the pre-schoolers, there is something for the whole family with stories, songs, maybe a Christmas carol or two, and perhaps even a visit from a jolly old gentleman (if we have all been very good).

Mahurangi East Library 4.00 pm Tuesday 18th December
Wellsford Library 10.30 am Wednesday 19th December
Whangaparaoa Library 6.00 pm Wednesday 19 December
Warkworth Library 5.30 pm Thursday 20th December
Orewa Library 4.00 pm Friday 21 December
Kumeu Library 10.30 am Monday 24 December

Put this date in your diary now (I know mine is exploding with all the neat things to do in the lead up till Christmas. I will be quite exhausted on the day).

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Rocket into Reading with Rodney Libraries

ROCKET INTO READING - Kokiritia te Korero Pukapuka

Our popular Summer Reading programme is on again with registrations opening on Saturday 8th December from 10am at your local library.

This 6 week programme targets mainly the 6-11 year olds and includes four visits to the library, a Rocket into Reading Kit and finale parties around the district (with guest storyteller) on 23rd and 24th January. Children will be encouraged with their reading, learning about using the library and can have fun while they are doing it. There are activity sheets, mazes, a colouring in competition and even some code breaking.

The programme is available free of charge but places are limited. Check-ins are spread out over the holidays.

To join children need to come into the library with their parents or caregiver and they need to have a current library card (if they don't they can get their own card at the same time).

If you want any more information please contact your local Library.

Monday, 3 December 2007

New Zealand film clips are going online

A bigger slice of New Zealand's history is now available online following the launch of Archives New Zealand’s new Audio Visual Archives website. It features more than 100 film clips sourced from the National Film Unit and is a big step forward in making Archives New Zealand’s audio visual collection more accessible and visible to New Zealand and international viewers.

The online exhibitions are a great place to start. They are small features about films, film makers and film archiving. If you want to dive right in you can search the collection by subject or free text through the wiki feature. This will take you to details about the films. To see them go to view films which gives you a list of full length digital videos.