Friday, 29 May 2009
As part of the celebrations for the Bridge's 50th anniversary, two books have been produced. The first Auckland Harbour Bridge: 50 years of a city icon (Renee Lang) traces the history of the bridge from an idea, through the planning and construction stages, and through other events such as the clip ons, the Auckland Marathon and the toll booths. The book uses words and pictures to relay details and is suitable for both adult and children.
The second book is a reissue of the children's picture book Guardian of the Bridge (Diana Harris) which relays the tale of a Taniwha who sleeps in the Waitemata Harbour.
I am old enough to remember the toll booths but not what life was like before the Bridge. There are whole generations who have knowledge of neither. Both these books will make interesting talking points for families.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
The 2009 shortlist is:
The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi, published by Longacre Press
Ladies, a Plate by Alexa Johnston, published by Penguin Books NZ
Nga Tama Toa: The Price of Citizenship by Monty Soutar, published by David Bateman
Rita Angus: An Artist's Life by Jill Trevelyan, published by Te Papa Press
The winner will be announced in Auckland on 26 July.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Rodney Libraries are running a competition for students in Years 4 to 13 encouraging them to submit a podcast of an original poem during June. The Montana Poetry Day Poetry Aloud competition is in celebration of Montana Poetry day - this year on July 24 2009.
The competition runs from 1 - 30 June. One talented poet will win an MP3 player.
The podcast poetry competition was first run by Rodney Libraries last year. Helensville poet Daniel Howe, the judge of last year’s competition says, “Poetry shouldn't stay on the page - it needs to be shared and read aloud."
To enter children just need to write their poem and record it. It should then be emailed to email@example.com as an attachment.
Entries must include the following information:
- name of poet
- contact details
- the school and year they attend
- their library card number (if they have one)
Rodney Libraries now have free computers with internet access and a range of multimedia features which children can use to record their poems at the library. Library staff can also provide advice about how to do this.
Entries to the podcast competition will be posted online at the competition website at http://mpdpoetryaloud.blogspot.com.
For more information about Montana Poetry Day visit: http://www.booksellers.co.nz/mpd_main.htm
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
1. Kiss by Jacqueline Wilson
2. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer
3. Eclipse / Stephenie Meyer.
4. New moon / by Stephenie Meyer.
5. Breaking dawn / Stephenie Meyer.
6. All I want is everything / Cecily Von Ziegesar.
7. The dangerous days of Daniel X / James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.
8. Mad dogs / Robert Muchamore.
9. The sleepwalker / Robert Muchamore.
10. The fall / Robert Muchamore.
11. Maximum security / Robert Muchamore.
12. Snakehead / Anthony Horowitz.
13. Man vs beast / Robert Muchamore.
14. The killing / Robert Muchamore.
15. The general / by Robert Muchamore.
16. Before I die / Jenny Downham.
17. Class A / Robert Muchamore.
18. Dark Sun / Robert Muchamore.
19. The recruit / Robert Muchamore.
20. Story of a girl : a novel / by Sara Zarr.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Rodney District Council is holding an Anti-Graffiti Song Writing Competition. To enter you just need to write a song with an anti graffiti message. For more information about this competition check out the Rodney Youth Bebo site at www.bebo.com/RodneyYouth.
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Successful entrants will qualify to go into a draw to win an iPOD and other prizes. The reading requirements will be based loosely on the school curriculum. This means that reading for the challenge can be used to satisfy curriculum requirements. The Challenge will be launched during Youth Week (23 - 31 May 2009) and will run throughout Term 2 and 3.
Entry forms can be obtained from Rodney Libraries. The form must be completed and signed by a parent, teacher or a librarian each time a book has been read. Once five books have been completed and signed off, the student should drop their entry form into the library. Students must read five books by the end of Term 3 to be eligible to enter the prize draw. Prize winners will be notified at the beginning of Term 4.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Phil's last book was the biography of Peter Leitch - "What a ride, mate! : the life and times of the Mad Butcher"
"Peter Leitch, aka the mad Butcher, is a legend in his own lifetime, a larger than life character who left school at 15 and went on to build a nationwide chain of successful butcher shops and a reputation as a foul mouthed league supporter with a heart of gold."
Ph. 426 8249 to book.
Sure to be entertaining!
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Coincidentally author Neil Gaiman loves to read aloud and he posted this link to a New York Times editorial - Some Thoughts on the Lost Art of Reading Aloud. Verlyn Klinkenborg writes "To read with your lungs and diaphragm, with your tongue and lips, is very different than reading with your eyes alone. The words are not mere words. They are the breath and mind, perhaps even the soul, of the person who is reading. " This is a very romantic view of reading incorporating both the reader and the read-to.
In my experience reading aloud forces me to slow down and concentrate on the phrases. Sometimes I'll read out loud a particular paragraph or sentence just to see how it feels. Does anyone else do this and does it matter that there isn't anyone to hear me?
Monday, 18 May 2009
Friday, 15 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
The Jane Gifford, a 101 year-old sailing scow, has been meticulously and magically restored. She is one of the few remaining seaworthy scows in New Zealand waters. Built in Whangateau in the early 1900s she spent most of her working life moving building materials from Thames up to Mahurangi. Part of her story is told in "Logan Campbell's Auckland : tales from the early years" by R. C. J. Stone.
Lovingly restored, her future purpose will be "... as a passenger-carrying sailing vessel for tourism, youth training, weddings, special events, a flag ship for future Mahurangi Regattas, trips down the Mahurangi River and on the Hauraki Gulf. " The Jane Gifford Society has a nice website with information about her story and the restoration project.
There will be music, entertainment, wine and food, children’s activities, a Warkworth Business Association Nautical Market Day and lots more. It will be quite a sight and an enduring gift for Rodney. This is an incredible project - congratulations to all the people who've supported it.
Saturday 16 May 2009 from 10.45 a.m at the Warkworth Town Wharf
For more information contact Dave Parker, 0-9 452 5006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
- Chris Adams, World War 1 Sanctuary
- Rosy Parlane, World War 2 Hall of Memories
From Thursday, 7 May at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
Only $10 to hire headphones or to download all tracks from Amplifier NZ Music
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Together with a host of celebrities the Argentian Horned Frog fronts this new campaign to stop deforestation in the Amazon area. You can view the film clip and find out more about the campaign at the website http://www.rainforestsos.org/.
To find out about the Amazon Rainforest you can also head along to your local Rodney Library. By doing a subject search for Rain Forests you can find all the different subject headings for this topic and by clicking on any of them you can find the books, which library has them and if they are on the shelf at the moment. Then it is just a simple click to request it (using your library card) or you can head striaght in to pick it up. There are books for both adults and children. Deforestation and Forest Conservation are two other subject headings which will provide you with some information.
Fragile Earth is one book on our shelves that covers both forest conservation and the much broader subject of both nature and human impact on our limited resources. It is a very well produced book and well worth a look.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Debra Adelaide is another one of the authors appearing at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival that I have a ticket for but haven't read. Apparently she has written several books although "The household guide to dying" is the only title of hers that Rodney Libraries holds. If the others are anything like this I will be seeking them out (maybe taking advantage of the reciprocal lending arrangement Rodney has with North Shore and Waitakere Libraries...)
The book is written by Delia. She is a mum, a wife, the author of several 'how-to' books celebrating the 'household arts'... and she is dying. The story charts her coming to terms with her past and planning the future for her children. She writes lists planning her daughters' far-off weddings. She writes her column. She plans a raid on the neighbours garden. She encourages her husband to think about a new partner after she is dead. (That doesn't go so well.)
A wonderful story about a difficult topic. Warm, funny, ultimately uplifting.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
NZ Fiction – Adults
1 Isle of Tears, Deborah Challinor
2 The Bone Tiki, David Hair
3 Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
4 The 10pm Question, Kate De Goldi
5 Limestone, Fiona Farrell
NZ Non-fiction – Adults
1 Walking in Light, Kelvin Cruickshank
2 Fernleaf Cairo: New Zealanders at Maadi Camp, Alex Hedley & Megan Hutching
3 100 Ways to Use Slow Cookers and Crockpots, Alison Holst & Simon Holst
4 Edmonds Cookery Centenary Edition
5 Sins of the Father: The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult, Fleur Beale
International Fiction – Adults (excluding NZ)
1 Gone Tomorrow, Lee Child
2 Assegai, Wilbur Smith
3 Handle with Care, Jodi Picoult
4 The Best of Times, Penny Vincenzi
5 Long Lost, Harlan Coben
International Non-fiction – Adults (excluding NZ)
1 Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything, Elizabeth Gilbert
2 A Lion Called Christian, Anthony Bourke & John Rendall
3 Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox
4 Jamie's Ministry of Food, Jamie Oliver
5 Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama
Children and Teens – International (excluding NZ)
Once again the name Stephenie Meyer with her "Twilight" series dominates this list.
Children and Teens – New Zealand
1 Awesome Aotearoa: A Kids' History of New Zealand, Margaret Mahy
2 Willie Apiata, VC: The Reluctant Hero, Paul Little & John Lockyer
3 Wearing the Poppy, A. J. Toledo
4 Perky the Pukeko, Michelle Osment
5 Old Drumble: The Smartest Drover's Dog There Ever Was, Jack Lasenby
Monday, 4 May 2009
The CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2009 (fiction)
Frank Cottrell Boyce – Cosmic
Kevin Brooks – Black Rabbit Summer
Eoin Colfer – Airman
Siobhan Dowd – Bog Child
Keith Gray – Ostrich Boys
Patrick Ness – The Knife of Never Letting Go
Kate Thompson – Creature of the Night
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist 2009 (picturebook)
Angela Barrett (text by Paul Gallico) – The Snow Goose
Marc Craste (text by Helen Ward) – Varmints
Thomas Docherty – Little Boat
Bob Graham – How to Heal a Broken Wing
Oliver Jeffers – The Way Back Home
Dave McKean (text by David Almond) – The Savage
Catherine Rayner – Harris Finds His Feet
Chris Wormell – Molly and the Night Monster
Check out these titles and choose your favourite at your local library.