Friday, 29 August 2008

What's on this weekend?

Here's hoping that the ground won't be waterlogged this weekend. I'm sure I can feel spring in the air...

A Touch of Coast Quilt Show
Sat 30th and Sun 31st August, 10am to 4pm. Orewa Community Centre, 368 Hibiscus Coast Highway OrewaCoast Quilters are taking the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills. Come and see Quilting, Patchwork and Applique at its best.
Entry $3 Adult. Children free

Silverdale Market
Every Saturday morning the Silverdale Markets, Silverdale Street, Silverdale attracts many local people buying the freshest locally grown flowers, plants, eggs and vegetables from the street and hall stands set up on the main street. Other products for sale include chocolates, home made jams, pickles, preserves, organic produce, natural soaps, garden ornaments and art are also keenly sought after products. See you there! 7.30am till 12.30pm.

The Leisure Centre Open Day
159 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay
The Leisure Centre will be holding its annual open day on Sunday 31st August between 10am and 3pm. Bring your friends and family along, learn something new, join in and then take up the opportunity to join the centre for a special offer of no joining fee, making a saving of $99. Throughout the day you'll have the chance to tour the facilities, have a go at the Circuit Express or a Les Mills Class. The kids have fun in the pool and there's also free swim school assessments carried out throughout the day.

Rodney Farmers Markets
Experience what Rodney District producers and growers have to offer, from farm fresh organic produce, flowers, plants and herbs . Don't miss out on the traditional community farmers market -Every Sunday - start 8am to 12.30am, (except first Sunday of every month closes at 11.30 am) at the Orewa Square, cnr HBC Highway & Florence Ave, Orewa Beach.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Daffodil day tomorrow, 29th August, 2008.

"Daffodil Day, the Cancer Society of New Zealand’s flagship annual event, is one of the most important fundraising and awareness campaigns in the country.
Daffodil Day is the culmination of a month of fundraising activities, and is a time when people support the Cancer Society’s essential work.
We use the daffodil as our symbol as it is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents the hope there is for all those affected by cancer.
National Bank of New Zealand is the proud principal sponsor of the event, and the hard work of its employees helps focus the nation's attention on our cause every year.
Cancer affects 1 in 3 New Zealanders. With your help, we have the hope of reducing its incidence and impact.

From the website

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

NZ Book Month events

'It never rains but it pours' as they say. After a great Library Week the Libraries have a week breather before NZ Book Month starts in September. The idea behind the month is to get more of us reading New Zealand books. Although this is only the third year for NZ Book Month it's already firmly ensconsed in the library calendar.

The website has a list of events on in Auckland. A couple in particular caught my eye...

A Word in his Ear
Friday 5th September – Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber 5.30pm–7.00pm Tickets: $10 (includes free beer on presentation of ID) Tickets through the edge or 09 357 3355
In celebration of Father’s Day, and to promote reading as an activity to be shared between dads and sons, four celebrity sporting and literary heavyweights discuss the stories and words that have spurred them on to sporting, literary and life’s adventures. Peter Leitch, freewheeling ordinary bloke talks with Phil Gifford, national icon and award winning broadcaster, William Pike, survivor of the recent explosion on Mt Ruapehu, and with Otago Rugby CEO, Ron Palenski, who will provide the rules of the game to the conversation. Books may be purchased and the authors will be autographing.
“A Word in his Ear” is proudly supported by The Edge and all of NZ Book Month partners.

Ladies Litera-Tea
Sunday 28 September - St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby 1pm – 5.15pm Tickets: $45 (includes afternoon tea.) from The Women's Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Road Auckland. Ph: (09) 376 4399.
Carole Beu and The Women’s Bookshop invite you to indulge in delicious food for the mind and body. Wear your best frock and make room for lamingtons!
The Women’s Bookshop is serving up Fiona Kidman, Emily Perkins, Tessa Duder, Joanna Drayton, Serie Barton, Rae McGregor & Valda Paddison, Bronwyn Tate and Sue Orr. A double helping of “foodie” women with “foodie” books: Helen Leach and Alexa Johnson. All dished up with lamingtons, melting moment, neenish tarts and cup cakes….
Book early. This event sells out.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

A Big Welcome Home

tomorrow morning to all our Olympians. Haven't they all been absolutely fantastic. Just by making to the biggest sporting stage in the world, they have achieved far more than most of us can comprehend. Some of them sound as if they feel they let us down because they didn't achieve their own high standards. I say NO - you most certainly did not. You are all a success, achievers and winners.
And a special welcome home to our Rodney Olympians
Jo Aleh (Laser Mistral)
Barbara Kendall (Board Sailor)
Mark Herring, Corney Swanepoel and Melissa Ingram (Swimming)
Ian Hogg and Shaun Van Rooyen (OlyWhites football team)
Kristy Hall (Football Ferns)
James Dolphin (Sprinter)
Erin Taylor (Kayaker)
David Kosoof and Blair Hopping (Black Sticks hockey team)
For their time, effort, sacrifices and dreams, we thank them all. Pat yourself on the back for the journey you have just been on and continue to dream big.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, or, The Murder at Road Hill House

The suspicions of Mr. Whicher, or, The murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale, winner of the BBC FOUR Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008.

"The re-creation of a crime that reverberated far beyond the lanes and fields of the English village where the body of three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy, his throat viciously cut. The suspicion that fell upon the grieving family and their servants horrified the public; the thought of what might go on behind the closed doors of respectable middle-class homes - scheming governesses, rebellious children, insanity, jealousy, loneliness, and loathing - aroused both fear and excitement across the country. Scotland Yard sent its best man - Detective-Inspector Jonathan Whicher - to investigate the murder at Road Hill. Whicher embodied the idea Victorian detective, a figure who could turn brutal crimes into intellectual puzzles and find order in chaos. But this case tested his powers. Although he was soon sure he had solved the mystery, he failed to find the evidence he needed, and by the time he returned to London he was the object of national scorn. At a time when issues of surveillance and state intrusion were of growing public concern, many found his methods an assault on privacy, a crime of a different kind. When the truth about the murder began to emerge five years later, Whicher had retired from the force. Yet his legacy lives on in fiction. His investigation at Road Hill marked the beginning of our fascination with murder mysteries, and he was an inspiration for the tough, quirky, all-knowing and all-seeing investigator, from the cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone to Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade."

Monday, 25 August 2008

NZ Book Month - enter the Lunch Pack competition

From our friends over at the NZ Book Month website...

Enter the Lunch Pack competition until the 15th September 2008.
We want to hear from you - by audio file, YouTube or a written entry - what you think of one of our Top 25 Books specially chosen by Storylines. You can either send in a review of a book, or interview a visiting writer during September, the month-long celebration of NZ Books and Writers.
There are loads of prizes to be won, including books, book tokens, ice creams from Tip Top for your whole class and other great surprises! We look forward to hearing - and seeing - you!

David Hill, one of New Zealand's most celebrated and prolific [writes a lot!] authors has blogged [shared his thoughts] for us about what it means to be a writer. There may be some useful pointers in his articles that could help you with an interview for the Lunch Pack Competition.
We recently interviewed
Nick and Conrad Turzynski, father and son team, who have just published a book called How to Eat a Huhu Grub. It's a fantastic book showing you how to make stuff - sometimes dangerous, but mostly useful - and something that any kiwi kid who likes doing stuff should have in their bookshelf.
We have a couple of copies of How to Eat a Huhu Grub - they really did! - to give away. Just check Competitions on for the question and email it to us to be in the draw. Good luck!

Friday, 22 August 2008

Librarians Rule!!

..on Librarians Day - which is today!!! Happy Librarians Day to any fellow Library workers reading this blog today as the Kiwis wind up their Library Week.

To celebrate Librarians Day, not only can you take books out of the Library FREE today, but we are also giving away FREE pens and bookmarks (this offer excludes rental items).

Come in and say hi to your Librarian today. If you have a question, we can help. No problem too big or too small.

There are lots of stereotypes of Librarians, but one thing most Librarians have (or at least the ones I work with) is a sense of humour. Here is a quick collection of Librarian humour off the top of our heads...

Librarian Dress up - what every librarian should (or shouldn't) wear to work
Unshelved - One of the best library humour sites
IFLA Net Humour - Tagline - If we can't laugh at ourselves, who can?
YouTube - and search under library humour to get results like these

Have a good weekend everyone.

What's On in Rodney

Well, apart from the predictions of another large storm heading our way that is. Head out again today on what has become a regular Friday chore and make sure everything is secure and watertight. Here are some things happening.

Kaipara Coast Plant Centre Workshop
Kaipara Coast Highway, just north of Kaukapakapa on Saturday 23rd August 10.00am. A free workshop on looking after fruit trees including growing your own fruit, which trees to use, pruning and other maintenance. So for all those people who have taken out all our books on pruning of fruit trees, this is for you. To book phone Kaipara Coast Plant Centre on 09 4205655, or go to their website

North Harbour vs Waikato - NPC Rugby
North Harbour Stadium, Sunday 24 August with kickoff at 2.35pm. Go early and watch the North Harbour Secondary schools final. Six of the best dressed Harbour supporters will get the La-Z-Boy sideline seats. We've had a couple of close ones so get along to support the boys against the Mooloo country. Tickets from or 08004TICKET.

Lifeway College Open Day
20 Goodall Road, Snells Beach Saturday 23 August at 1.30pm. Come along and go on a tour of the campus including the increasingly famous Huhu Studios and attend an animation workshop. Learn about their counselling and ministry with interactive workshops or simply listen to the speakers and have a coffee in their wonderful new cafe.

It's a reasonably quiet weekend in Rodney this weekend before lots happening the last weekend in August (Leisure centre open day, Rally New Zealand to name a couple).

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Another Olympic Gold

Yippee! Another Gold medal for New Zealand at the Olympics yesterday in the Board sailing for Tom Ashley. Congratulations. Keep it going Kiwi's. Plenty more opportunity for us to get a medal with the BMX racers and the kayakers still competing and looking good.

We are getting heaps of kids in this week doing projects on the Olympics and individual athletes. It is difficult to find books on a lot of these athletes as they are so recent to the sporting world their achievements haven't been recognised in print yet. If you are struggling to find information on any member of the New Zealand team, rather than just searching through heaps of results from a Google search trying to find a biography, try these two sites. I have found them the best resource for New Zealand information.

The NZ Olympic website or and click on Games and Athletes and then the link for the New Zealand team to Beijing for profiles of the individual athletes, including their past achievements at Olympic games.
The TVNZ Olympic link also has profiles of the New Zealand team plus all the up to date news, articles and photos.

Remember, we do have available in the Library a list of suggested resources and websites about the Olympics and China, so if you are still stuck, come in and see us.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

NZ's biggest storytime - 10:30am

Join us at story time today for "Piggity-wiggity jiggity jig" by Diana Neild.

"When Piggity-wiggity complains to his Dad about the length of his name his Dad explains with so many brothers and sisters in his family they wanted to give him an extra special name."

10:30am at these libraries:
Helensville Library and Service Centre
Kumeu Library
Wellsford Library (with a special guest!)
Whangaparoa Library and Service Centre

We're also sending people out to Orewa North Primary School and Warkworth Kindergarten.

Bleary eyed Librarian

If you see a bleary eyed librarian around Rodney today, it might just be me. As I was awake in the middle of the night anyway, I got up and watched Nick Willis run into the Bronze Medal in the 1500m event at the Olympics. Absolutely fantastic result after Bevan Docherty's Bronze in the triathlon yesterday. Red Beach resident Erin Taylor got her first taste of Olympic competition in the K1 500 heats and is through to the semifinals. Fantastic stuff for this young woman who saw Ben Fouhy at the Athens Olympics and thought - "I'd like to do that".

There is an article on Erin on the TVNZ website . Mahurangi East Library have been supporting Erin as one of our Rodney athletes and devised a fantastic display courtesy of a kayak belonging to one of the librarians.

Only a few days to go but still some great medal opportunities for the Kiwis in the canoeing, BMX and sailing. Go strong everyone.

LIANZA Children's Book awards - judged by Librarians

Christchurch based author and illustrator Gavin Bishop has received The Russell Clark Award for his intriguing hardcover picture book Rats (Random House), awarded at the LIANZA Children's Book Awards ceremony at the National Library, Wellington. The Russell Clark Award was established in 1975 and celebrates a distinguished contribution to illustrated children's books. Gavin Bishop has been a regular recipient of LIANZA nominations and awards and was the winner of the New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2008 for Snake and Lizard along with Joy Cowley. The judges described Rats as "a brilliant story, from a master illustrator that will be around for a long time."
Wellington writer and teacher Mandy Hager was awarded New Zealand's longest running book prize, The Esther Glen Award. The Award was established in 1944 and is given to the author who is considered to have made the most distinguished contribution to literature for children. The prize was presented to Hager for her young adult fiction book, Smashed (Random House) and is defined by judges as "a stand-out story about seeking the truth, with characters that are believable, strong and still in our minds long after we close the covers."
Graphic Designer Heather Arnold claimed the Elsie Locke Award for her first book Draw New Zealand Birds. A step by step guide. (Raupo). The judges described Arnold's book as "a timeless professionally written book..." The Elsie Locke Award was established in 1986 and celebrates a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.
The Te Kura Pounamu was presented to Kai Ora! 2 - Tikanga a Iwi series (Hana Ltd) by Kararaina Uatuku, Hana Pomare, Charisma Rangipunga, Hana O'Regan and Che Wilson. The Te Kura Pounamu celebrates a work in te reo Māori that promotes excellence in library resources in Māori and makes a distinguished contribution to literature for children and young people. The judges said this fantastically photographed series was "unique with nothing else available on the topics in Maori or English."
Judging Panel Convenor Bob Docherty congratulated New Zealand authors, "there is real quality writing and such a variety of genre and style".
The LIANZA Children's Book Awards ceremony is sponsored by Wheelers Books. The awards celebrate the unique contribution made to cultural heritage and national identity by New Zealand authors and illustrators. Each award consists of a medal or taonga and $1,000 prize money.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

What's Your Story?

The Theme for Library Week this year is "Whats Your Story" so we thought we would ask a few people a couple of questions to get their story.

It's interesting to hear the answers. A couple of the librarians identified the most important book as their first really adult book or their favourite experience as being able to choose from the adult shelves for the first time.

Clint Brown from Times FM in Rodney said the book that he really wanted to read next is a title "How the All Blacks won the World Cup in 2011!!" I am sure there are quite a number of people that would be keen to read that one. I also loved the answer he gave to what book would he read his children. "Kapai the Kiwi books... they learn story telling with a bit of maori, poetry and great things to do by just being a kiwi and great places to go in New Zealand, so we go out and do what Kapai does." What a fantastic idea.

People find the hardest question to answer is actually the shortest - The best book I have ever read. Personally I had about three in my answer and then realised last night that I hadn't even mentioned one I absolutely adored that I read about ten years ago called Flanagan's Run (Tom McNab). I don't think we have that particular title in the Rodney Libraries but we did have others from that author last time I looked. And quite topically, Tom was once on the International Olympic Committee and his books reflect his background in athletics.

People come into the library for all sorts of different reasons. So why not drop us a line and tell us your answers to all (or any) of these questions.

The best book I have ever read?
The book(s) that I am reading now?
The book I want to read next?
The book I would read to my children (or grandchildren)?
Favourite library memory, experience or pastime?

Ka kite ano

Monday, 18 August 2008

Super Sport Weekend

Wasn't it fantastic!!! Even if you are not a sport lover, you have to be impressed by the achievements of our Olympians over the weekend. Valerie with Gold - you are a star! Caroline and Georgina, another Gold - smile and we smile with you! Mahe - the most heroic Bronze you will ever see, still smiling after being ill all week! Hayden's Silver - what you get for never saying never! Nathan and George - moved onto the podium with a Bronze after missing out with a 4th at Athens! And it wasn't just the medals. The velodrome was the scene of some fantastic times, near misses and the opportunity for more medals to come, while Nick Willis moved into the 1500m final and in all the hype of Michael Phelp's eight gold medals, we almost lost track of our 4 x 100m medley team in the last event of the pool coming in a stunning fifth in the final.

Today sees our sailors back in action trying to make up for all the lost time (including Jo Aleh who is in with a fantastic medal chance and Barbara Kendall still thereabouts), while Rodney sprinter James Dolphin competes in the heats of the 200m. The womens triathlon is this afternoon as well as the kayakers kicking off their programme and the cyclists going for more medals.
Photo source - TVNZ website

Help us celebrate Library Week

Library Week, 18-24 August is a week long celebration of libraries and librarianship in New Zealand taking place in libraries all across the country.

Library Week has been going for over 35 years and is a chance to learn more about the many services libraries offer and to celebrate the important role they play in our community.

This year the Library Week theme is 'What's Your Story? Nou te korero?' and you can tell us your stories via the activities and competitions for all ages on the national Library Week website.

Speaking of stories, the title for National Storytime this year is "Piggity-wiggity jiggity jig" by Diana Neild. It's the story of a little pig who complains to his Dad about the length of his name. Some of the libraries will be reading it at their regular Wednesday storytime. Helensville Library and Service Centre and Kumeu Library are having a special storytime. It's on at 10:30am on Wednesday.

At Kumeu Library on Friday at 10:30am Maggie Tarver is visiting to speak about her experience as a successful film writer, actor and director. Maggie is the current Chief Executive Officer of The New Zealand Society of Authors. This promises to be an exciting and interesting presentation.

So come into the library and celebrate how libraries contribute to our life stories with us.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Go the Kiwis

Wow - it is going to be a fantastic weekend of sport. The fact that the All Blacks have a test against South Africa has almost (but not quite) been lost in the Olympics coverage.

It was a great night over night. The 4 x 100m medley swim team (including Rodney swimmer Corney Swanepoel) stunned their more favoured competitors by gaining a place in the final. Of course five of our rowing teams have finals tonight. The cyclists did well, both Hayden Roulston and Alison Shanks qualifying for the final rounds. Nick Willis went comfortably through his 1500m heat while Rebecca Smith got a very creditable 9th in the 10,000m. The Black Sticks men have got their campaign back on track with an 4-2 win over Belgium. And despite having storms one day, and no wind the next, our sailors are steadily coming through the fields to threaten for medals. Our two Rodney sailors are doing well with Barbara Kendall up to 6th overall and Jo Aleh doing superbly at her first Olympics now up to 4th overall.

Muriwai resident Jo has got right behind Rodney Libraries campaign to support the Rodney athletes, supplying some of her sailing gear to the Kumeu Library for their Olympics display. Check out her profile on the NZ Olympics website and drop into one of our seven libraries with your message of support so that we can forward it on to her.

So plenty of action to keep us occupied this weekend, including Valerie Vili's first appearance. Good luck to all our athletes and to the All Blacks for the weekend.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Olympic update for the weekend

Not too many Kiwis in action yesterday (especially as the rowing and yachting were cancelled due to the weather conditions). However in the pool Rodney swimmer Corney Swanepoel had an excellent heat in the 100m butterfly and has made it through to the semi-final of that event.

An excited Swanepoel said afterwards: "It felt great. It was only in the last few metres that I began tying up. "To set a New Zealand record and a personal best - and a big personal best at that - I couldn't ask for more than that in a heat swim." (source TVNZ Olympics website).

Born in South Africa, Corney is attending his second Olympic Games for NZ. He was 12th in the 100m butterfly at Athens, broke the New Zealand record over 100m butterfly at the Olympic trials and holds the 50m butterfly record. He was a semi-finalist over 100m butterfly at the World Championships last year. Check out more about Corney here.

Fellow swimmer and Rodney resident Melissa Ingram also made it through her heats in the 200m backstroke yesterday and will line up in the semi finals. "I'm rapt," she said later. "It's another PB and a New Zealand record. It's come from a lot of hard work in training, which is beginning to pay off. Check out Melissa's profile here at the TVNZ website or on the official NZ Olympics website.

Track and field kicks off today. And theres lots of action in and on the water with rowing, sailing and swimming. I will try to drop by with an update over the weekend.
Keep those messages of support rolling in. I emailed off to the Black Sticks yesterday and we have had a few messages for the swimmers as well. I know Kumeu Library are busy sending messages through to Jo Aleh who hails from their neck of the woods. But we want more! Stay safe and dry over the weekend.

Book news snippets

Lots of little bits and pieces this week.

Once again, if you are a radio listener as well as a book lover there are a lot of reviews that you might like to tune in to. One of the most popular will probably be Tuesday morning on Radio New Zealand when The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer will be discussed. Several librarians have their names down to read this as it has had some good write ups. Get full information on what station and when you need to have the radio on at the Booksellers NZ website or at Radio New Zealand.

Science Fiction fans will be interested in the 2008 Hugo Awards winners which were announced last week. Best Novel was awarded to The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon. The list of winners can be found in full at As well as perennial favourite Dr Who, a dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust was one of the winners - another book that is sitting on my "To be read" list. Rodney Libraries has the book, the graphic novel and the DVD of this so check them out.

Local Warkworth GP Stephen Barker has just released his first children's fiction novel, The Secret of Spirits Bay. Our copy hasn't arrived yet but as soon as I get my hands on it I will let you know what it's like. Ask at your Library if you want to put a request in for it.

I madly dashed from the netball courts to Borders in Westfield Albany on Saturday afternoon (driving to the legal speed limit of course) to pick up a copy of Monty Betham's biography Baring my Soul and get it autographed by the man himself (for my brother's birthday). He was gracious and smiling at the start of his national publicity tour and if my brother doesn't let the book go, there are plenty of copies in the library for me to request one and read.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

So close and yet so far

That would probably be the catch phrase for New Zealand's day at the Olympics yesterday. Moss Burmester leading the world (including the freakish Michael Phelps) in the 200m butterfly yesterday but just running out of puff on the run home to finish 4th. A couple of our rowers bowing out being just shaved into 4th place in their semi-finals, while other crews got our heart beats working overtime by just managing 3rd places to go through to Saturday's finals.

And 7 seconds isn't a very long time, but was the difference between winning and losing early this morning for the Black Sticks (including Rodney-ites Blair Hopping and Dave Kosoof). I didn't stay awake to watch the game live this morning, but saw the highlights this morning and the guys just looked so stunned and gutted. However they now have to pick themselves back up to tackle Belgium tomorrow. I'm confident we can still get through.

Happy birthday to Blair for yesterday. He would have had a bit of a headache after copping a stick from the first game which gave him stitches across the back of his head (I knew there was a reason I played netball and avoided hockey). Blair has been to two Commonwealth Games and was in the Black Sticks team at the Athens Olympics.

His profile on the NZ Olympics website reads "One of the world’s best defenders and highly regarded by his international opponents, Blair is the backbone of the Black Sticks defence. Making his debut for the Black Sticks in 2000, he went on to play a major role in the silver medal effort in Manchester as a left half and in recent years has become one of the very best full backs ever to play for New Zealand. A player with amazing ability, he is able to shut down some of the best attacking teams in world hockey and has great composure on the ball when getting his team out of some sticky situations. His tendency to pop up in the right place is easily his best asset and he will be one of the Black Sticks major weapons in Beijing. "
Rodney Athletes in action today include Jo Aleh and Barbara Kendall out on the sailing course, while Corney Swanepoel hits the water in the pool in the 100m butterfly heats (with Moss Burmester) tonight.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Sad News in the Book world

You may be forgiven for thinking that we are just about the Olympics at the moment, but we are keeping an eye on other news.

So it's with regret that we report a couple of authors who have passed away recently.

A Russian news agency as reported that Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who won the Nobel prize for literature has died at the age of 89. Solzhenitsyn was exiled from the Soviet Union and graphically portrayed life in Soviet labour camps in his work. Unconfirmed information said he died after a stroke.

Closer to home Harper Collins Publishers (NZ) advised yesterday with great sadness that Dianne Haworth died peacefully on Monday, 11 August, after a brief illness. Dianne was a noted biographer and also an animal rights campaigner who was a founding editor of the Animals Voice magazine.

Spotlight on David Kosoof

Event: Hockey

"Born and bred on the North Shore, Dave is now a regular selection in the Black Sticks attacking line-up. At 29 he is now a highly experienced member of the team, having played 123 tests. He offers speed and flair when attacking and is strong on the ball when taking on defenders. He played in all three of North Harbour’s NHL victories, scoring hat-tricks in the 2000 and 2004 final and being named the MVP of the 2007 NHL. He is possibly one of New Zealand most influential NHL players and easily one of North Harbour greatest products. This will be Dave’s 2nd Olympic campaign after getting a late call-up to the 2004 Athens team when Ryan Archibald had to withdraw through injury."

Athlete profile information from the official website of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Athlete photo from 'Kosoof's Olympic diary' on the TVNZ website.

When he's not playing hockey, Dave will be entertaining us by blogging on the official website.

Have a look at the competition schedule to find out when he's playing.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Email from Beijing

When it's another wet one in Aotearoa, it doesn't take much to make your day. So when Dave Kosoof took the time to send us an email to say thanks for the support, it certainly brought a smile to our faces.

"Thanks heaps for your support, its been great to hear from everyone back home. We got off to a fantastic start which im sure you all know. Beat the Koreans 3-1. Have Spain next, which will be a real tough test!!! Hope to do us Kiwi's proud. And bring home the Gold!! Thanks . Dave Kosoof"

The Black Sticks are busy focused athletes, just after a win in their first pool match. So thanks for taking the time Dave - Give them a taste of Kiwi!

Ni Hao

Its a very soggy Rodney North again this morning, but without the humidity that the athletes in Beijing (and equestrians in Hong Kong) are battling.

Congratulations to the Black Sticks for a wonderful first up win against Korea 3-1. While Hayden Shaw stood out with his hat-trick for the Kiwis, so did Rodney-ite Blair Hopping who copped a stick from one of the Koreans and has ended up with a number of stitches.

"I got the guy's stick on his follow through. It got me across the back of the head and split me open. There's a few stitches in there, I don't know quite how many at this stage. The doctor didn't have time to tell me, he just whacked them in there and told me to get back out there.
... Hopping returned for the second half swathed, Bert Sutcliffe-style, in bandages but would have woken this morning feeling like he'd swallowed a half dozen of the local Tsingtao beers. (NZ Herald).

The Rodney athletes in action today include Barbara Kendall who will be aiming to move up from her 8th place over all in the Board Sailing after her start yesterday, Jo Aleh kicks off her campaign with her first Mistral race and Kristy Hill will be in action for the Football Ferns. For the full list of Kiwi athletes in action today go the the TVNZ website for times. One of the most exciting prospects will be Moss Burmester in his semi final.

And if all the sports action is too much for you, pop into your local library and find a good book to read. There are heaps of new titles on the shelves at the moment so come in and check them out.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Olympic Report - Monday

Ni Hao. Commonsense got the better of me on Friday night (and the thought of an early rise for netball on Saturday) so I didn't stay up to watch the Opening Ceremony although I did catch some of the highlights on the internet. I loved the lighting of the flame (but did wonder if the gymnast had any eyebrows left at the end).

Things seem to be going well in the heat of Beijing, although the rainstorm yesterday for the women's road race made things interesting. The rowers seem to be quietly on form and the equestrians were steady in the dressage (but after dashing along to a TV at lunchtime to watch Toddy, I'v just found out Andrew Nicholson is out with a fall at the second to last fence).

Today the Tall Ferns were in action, but they went down to Spain in their pool match. I am trying to find out if Nadine Stanton qualified for the finals in the trap shooting and weightlifter Mark Spooner is due on their arvo as well. The windsurfers, Finns and 470's are all on the water today, as are our single skullers in their quarter finals tonight. And the Black Sticks men open their campaign with a game against Korea.

Which reminds me - the Black Sticks have apparently got two Rodney-ites in their team. As well as David Kosoof, Blair Hopping hails from Kumeu way. Every time I check my emails at the moment there is another Rodney athlete at the Games coming out of the woodwork. All the more reason to cheer on our hockey team tonight. Go hard guys.

Congratulations to the winners of the Poetry Podcast Competition

I'm pleased to announce the winners of our first ever Poetry Podcast Competition. In this competition children in Years 4-13 submitted a poem in an audio attachment. You can listen to all the entries on the official competition website Rodney Libraries Poetry Podcast Competition 2008.

Thank you to our judge Daniel Howe, a local poet from Helensville. His website, where you can find some of his poetry, is called Point of View.

And the winners are....

Over-all winner ...
Jamie Rugby

Younger group winner ...
Sarsha. Walk to School.

Older group winner ...
Brooke... Gold.

Congratulations! Jamie wins an MP3 player. Sarsha and Brooke both receive USB memory sticks.

Special mentions also to...

William. Motorbike

My Poppa. Jamie Wilson
Taryn - Sandy Relaxation
Trent. My motorbike.

This competition was run as one of the Libraries' activities for Montana Poetry day. Poetry shouldn’t stay on the page – it needs to be shared and read aloud. As Daniel says "Oral poetry is very natural and I encourage it. " So do we. Thank you to all those who shared their poems with us.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Books on the radio

Books and authors that will be discussed on the radio over the weekend include:

The Arts on Sunday on Radio New Zealand National. Interviews and discussions about the following New Zealand books will feature from 2pm – 2.30pm on Sunday 10 August 2008.
Etiquette for a Dinner Party – Sue Orr
The End of Atlantic City – David Beach

We have no information on whether or not a book discussion will occur on Saturday morning with Kim Hill on the National Programme.

If you want more information on a book you have heard about on the radio, try the Radio New Zealand website here

The Eighth of the Eighth 2008

Yes the big day for the opening of the Beijing Olympics has arrived. And it's STOP THE PRESSES time here at the Rodney Libraries Blog as several more athletes with Rodney connections have come to light. We knew there were more out there and here they are:

Shaun Van Rooyen from Stanmore Bay is another member of the soccer Oly-Whites team.
Kristy Hill has family in Helensville and plays for the Football Ferns, the NZ women's soccer team.
Mark Herring from Kumeu is swimming for NZ at his first Olympics. His specialty is the freestyle sprint events.
Claiming world champion BMXer Sarah Walker may be a little bit of a push as she comes from Albany - but the more the merrier we say. After all parts of Albany are in Rodney.

So three of our Rodney athletes have already been in action. And thats before the Opening Ceremony. A big thumbs up to our footballers with some gritty performances in their first round matches. The footballers are in action again over the weekend, as is swimmer Mark Herring. Here is the schedule:

Saturday 9th August
The Football Ferns play Norway at 11.45 pm
Sunday 10th August
Oly-whites play Brazil in their second pool round at 9pm

It's a bit hard to work out but the 4x100m freestyle relay event featuring the NZ team appears to be swimming their heats on Sunday the 10th at 1.11 am (but then they could mean the wee small hours of Monday morning our time). The finals are on Monday afternoon at 3.23 pm.

Messages are coming in for the team and some libraries have already been busy posting these off to the team and individual athletes for you. More news next week including athlete profiles and pictures of displays in the various libraries around the district.

Go hard team!! And have a good weekend everyone.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Oly-Whites in Action Tonight

The Olympic Games haven't even been officially opened yet, but the first of our Rodney athletes (sports) will be in action tonight when New Zealand take on host nation China in their first soccer (or as they say internationally, football) match of the Olympics.

The New Zealand men are in Group C at the Games along with China, Brazil and Belgium. Up against soccer names such as these, you may think they have their work cut out. But as one commentator pointed out, with the inclusion of leader Ryan Nelsen (FA Cup final experience with Blackburn Rovers), they may give the hosts China a run for second spot behind group favourites Brazil. Apparently however, Brazil have an awful Olympic record, this being the one international tournament they have never won, so with a little luck this group may be more open than many believe.

The NZ team (from the Soccer New Zealand website) includes Rodney footballer Ian Hogg. So we wish them all the luck in overcoming the host country and getting the Kiwi's off to a fantastic start. The Football Ferns almost did it last night so lets see if the Oly-Whites can go one better.

Tune into your Olympic station TVOne tonight at 11.45pm to catch the action.

Tonight - author event with Wendyl Nissen at Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre

Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre is hosting best-selling author and columnist Wendyl Nissen tonight at 7pm.

She will talk about her autobiography ‘Bitch & Famous’, read from her new novel and discuss her upcoming escorted tour through Russia.

The event is free and is being staged in conjunction with Manly United Travel.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by May-Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows.

I have been reading wonderful reviews about this new book to hit the library shelves.

"A glorious, gorgeous, completely irresistible novel, Guernsey will win hearts everywhere.An affecting, emotional epistolary novel recalling the charm and warmth of 84 Charing Cross Road and the gentle wit of Alexander McCall Smith, Guernsey tells the story of a small group of neighbours on the island of Guernsey off the coast of England, a pig farmer, an elegant lady, a potion maker, a rag and bone man, a footman posing as a lord who survive the Nazi occupation in the second world war by gathering over humble potato peel pie to talk of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and the great novels. With the war over, Juliet, an eager writer from London, uncovers just how dramatic the lives of these islanders really were during the war, and through them, discovers the drama in her own life.Guernsey is a real gem of a novel. It's that rare thing: a small story, simply told, that contains within it enormous depth and heart. Completely accessible and immediately captivating, the characters are nothing short of enchanting. Gloriously honest, moving, sweet and funny, a sheer delight from beginning to end, this is truly a book to fall in love with. " From The Women's Bookshop website.

Bookman Beattie raves about it on his blog.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Man Booker Award 2008 Longlist announced

The judges for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction have announced the longlist for this year's prize. The long list of 13 books was chosen from 112 entries. The titles are:

Aravind Adiga - The White Tiger
Gaynor Arnold - Girl in a Blue Dress
Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture
John Berger - From A to X
Michelle de Kretser - The Lost Dog
Amitav Ghosh - Sea of Poppies
Linda Grant - The Clothes on Their Backs
Mohammed Hanif - A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Philip Hensher - The Northern Clemency
Joseph O'Neill - Netherland
Salman Rushdie - The Enchantress of Florence
Tom Rob Smith - Child 44
Steve Toltz - A Fraction of the Whole

Chair of judges, Michael Portillo, commented:"With a notable degree of consensus, the five Man Booker judges decided on their longlist of 13 books. The judges are pleased with the geographical balance of the longlist with writers from Pakistan, India, Australia,Ireland and UK. We also are happy with the interesting mix of books, five first novels and two novels by former winners. The list covers an extraordinary variety of writing. Still two qualities emerge this year: largescale narrative and the striking use of humour."
The judging panel for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is: Michael Portillo (Chair), former MP andCabinet Minister, Alex Clark, editor of Granta; Louise Doughty, novelist; James Heneage, founder of Ottakar's bookshops and Hardeep Singh Kohli, TV and radio broadcaster.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Reminder - change of opening hours at Rodney's Western Libraries

New opening hours at Kumeu and Helensville Libraries start today.

Kumeu Library week day opening moved to 9am; late night on Thursday until 8pm.

Kumeu Library
Monday - Wednesday 9am– 5pm
Thursday 9am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm

Helensville Library late night Friday extended to 8pm; Saturday open hours extended to 1pm.

Helensville Library
Monday - Thursday 9.30am – 5pm
Friday 9.30am – 8.00pm
Saturday 9am– 1pm
(Opening hours for the Helensville Service Centre will stay the same - Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. Closed each day between 12:30 - 1:00pm.)

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Radio and TV Books this week

Speaking Volumes is the 10:30am book review slot on Radio New Zealand National’s Nine to Noon show.
Monday 4 Aug - Bone by Bone by Tony Johnston
Tuesday 5 Aug - Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
Wednesday 6 Aug - As If Running on Air: The Journal of Jack Lovelock. Edited by David Colquhoun
Thursday 7 Aug - A Guide to Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson

A Selection of titles by Shel Silverstein, including A Light In The Attic, Falling Up, Where The Sidewalk Ends, The Missing Piece and The Missing Piece Meets The Big O.

NINE TO NOON 10.45am Monday 4 – Friday 5 August
The Mesmerist by Barbara Ewing; Eps 11–15 (of 15)

AFTERNOONS 2.30pm Monday 4 – Friday 5 August
Lovelock – James McNeish; Eps 16–20 (of 20)

ALL NIGHT PROGRAMME 3.15am Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August
Alex – Tessa Duder; Eps 1–4 (of 10)

BOOKS ON TV ONE's Good Morning show
Tales from Outer Suburbia – Shaun Tan
Etiquette for a Dinner Party – Sue Orr
Chasing Darkness – Robert Crais

Friday, 1 August 2008

Books on the Radio

Catch these titles on the Radio New Zealand National over the weekend.

Hard Cases – Bryan Bruce
Every Day’s a Good Day – William Pike
Tall Tales (Some True): Memoirs of an Unlikely Writer – Greg McGee

Duck, Death and the Tulip – Wolf Erlbruch
The Pencil – Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman
Not a Box – Antoinette Portis

THE ARTS ON SUNDAY 2pm - 2.30pm hosted by Lynn Freeman
Ringmaster – Vanda Symon
The Life and Death of Laura Friday and of Pavarotti, her parrot – David Murphy

What's On this weekend

It's looking like it is going to be another one of those weekends where I check my supply of candles and batteries. I have netball all weekend so the dryer will be doing overtime on Saturday night so I have dry stuff to wear on Sunday (hopefully the power will stay on this week).

A lot of sports have semifinals and finals coming up. I know Wellsford Rugby Club are hoping for a big crowd at Centennial Park tomorrow for their semifinal against Horohoro. The U15's have a semi there in the morning, followed by the reserves and then the seniors so get out your gumboots and raincoats and go along to support them.

A couple of things postponed last weekend are on this weekend, including the Puhoi Markets which are on Sunday from 9am. The Food Show is on all weekend at the ASB Showgrounds at Greenlane. If I didn't have sports commitments, that's where I would be heading.

If you see any sun this weekend, head outside and get your Vitamin D fix. Catch you on the other side. Stay safe.