Friday, 31 July 2009

2009 Man Booker Longlist

If you are looking at a literary weekend, why not check out some of the titles on the Man Booker 2009 longlist which has just been announced. Reading is sooooo subjective, but it is always interesting what the literati and the author's peers think deserves accolades.

The Children's Book (A S Byatt)
Summertime (J M Coetzee)
The Quickening Maze (Adam Foulds)
How to paint a dead man (Sarah Hall)
The Wilderness (Samantha Harvey)
Me Cheeta (James Lever)
Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
The Glass Room (Simon Mawer)
Not Untrue & Not Unkind (Ed O'Loughlin)
Heliopolis (James Scudamore)
Brooklyn (Colin Toibin)
Love and Summer (William Trevor)
The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)

Geremy's te reo for the weekend

Hei apopo te ra whakamutunga o te Wiki o te Reo Maori. Engari e hoa ma kaua pa pouri, ahakoa aianei ka mutu tenei wiki whakahirahira hei whakatarewa i te reo ki tona tiketike, e kore e mutu te hoe i to tatou waka reo.

Today signals the last day of Maori Language Week. But don’t be sad folks, even though the Maori Language buzz will end, the waka never stops being paddled.

Here is today's lesson:

E aha ana koe a nga ra whakataa nei?
What are you doing for the weekend?

Kei te whakataa ana au.
I am going to rest.

Kei te panui Pukapuka ana au.
I am going to read a book.

E haere ana au ki te karakia.
I am going to church.

E haera ana au ki te paati.
I am going to a party.

E haere ana au ki te paparakaauta.
I am going to the pub.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Te Akoranga Maori mo te ra nei - today’s Te Reo Lesson

Rau rangatira ma, tena koutou katoa.

Here's the second blog from Geremy Hema, RDC's Poutakawaenga (Iwi Liaison). In Maori culture it is always important to let people know who you are and what you do.

Ko Te Akoranga Tuarua
The second lesson

Anei te patai
Here is the question

No hea koe?
Where are you from?

Anei te whakautu
Here is the answer

No (Place name, e.g. Orewa) ahau
I am from Orewa

He aha to mahi?
What do you do for work?

E mahi ana au mo te (Organisation e.g. Kaunihera-a-rohe o Ra Whiti Te Uru)
I work for Rodney District Council.

Noho ora mai

May you be well

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Children's Maori Language Books

Tom had a little taniwha,
called Kakariki Green,
the strangest little creature
that you have ever seen.
A body like a lizard,
a head just like a dog,
skin scaly as a crocodile,
the colour of a frog.

(excerpt from Kakariki and the Kai by Julia Sloane, illustrated by Kelvin Hawley. Book cover from Syndetics)

Kia ora koutou. I thought I would tell you about some of our children's picture books which contain some Te Reo, that you could take out to celebrate Maori Language week which your family. The above excerpt comes from a series of picture books published by Scholastic about a mischievous little taniwha. Even my Ngati Pakeha tongue can make it around most of the simple Te Reo. I am talking about things like "e noho" (sit down), "kai" (food) and "puku" (stomach). These books are a great introduction to Te Reo, with easy rhyming text and humorous stories that children will relate to. You can locate them under S on our picture book shelves or in our Rodney Libraries catalogue under the author's name Julia Sloane.

We have a wide range of books at Rodney Libraries which include an element of Te Reo. These include Maori myths and legend from picture book and easy reader format right through to the advanced reader (and adults). The latter are mainly found on our non-fiction shelves under Call Number 398.2 although there are some picture book versions on our children's shelves as well. There are several different sets of the Waiatarua Myths series which are simple entry level picture books and easy readers. Tane, Tangaroa and Maui are all there as well as many others.

There are plenty of other picture books which range from New Zealand's history right through to life today which contain Te Reo. Waka Wairua - The Spirit Waka (Yvonne Morrison) is based on the true story of a Maori guide on Lake Tarawera in the days leading up to the eruption. Melanie Drewery has written many books with some Te Reo, including a series centring on everyone's favourite grandmother Nanny Mihi. These are available (as are several similar titles) in both English and Te Reo.

Matatuhi (Robyn Kahukiwa) tells the story of Mata, a young Maori girl who has been adopted into a Pakeha family. Issues like this and how the Maori deal with death such as Haere: Farewell Jack Farewell (Tim Tipene) are also covered in our collection.

Many of your Rodney Libraries will have these books on display this week to celebrate Maori Language Wekk. Or just ask one of the librarians to find something for you if you can't see it.

Ka kite ano.

More information about the Montana Book Awards

The Montana Book Awards website has published the full list of winners. You can also read the Judges report. (441kb PDF)

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Montana Book awards winners

The 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards winners are as follows:

Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry winner and Fiction category winner: Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins (Bloomsbury).

Poetry category winner: The Rocky Shore by Jenny Bornholdt (Victoria University Press).

Montana Medal for Non-Fiction winner and Biography category winner: Rita Angus: An Artist's Life by Jill Trevelyan (Te Papa Press).

Environment category winner: A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century edited by Ian J Graham (Geological Society of New Zealand).

History category winner: Buying the Land, Selling the Land by Richard Boast (Victoria University Press).

Reference and Anthology category winner: Collected Poems 1951-2006 by CK Stead (Auckland University Press).

Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture category winner: Ladies, A Plate: Traditional Home Baking by Alexa Johnston (Penguin Group New Zealand).

Illustrative category winner: Len Castle: Making the Molecules Dance by Len Castle (Lopdell House Gallery).

Maori Language Award: He Pataka Kupu te kai a te rangatira compiled by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo (Penguin Group New Zealand)

Monday, 27 July 2009

Montana Poetry Day Poetry Aloud results

Rodney Libraries ‘Montana Poetry Day Poetry Aloud’ competition winners have been announced for 2009. This year Lily James of Whangaparaoa was the overall winner with runners up Kristian McCracken (Wellsford) and Letitia Clunie (Helensville).

This competition was a Rodney Libraries initiative as part of Montana Poetry Day. Montana poetry day has been going a while but this is only the second year that Rodney Libraries have run such a competition. The idea behind the competition is that poetry shouldn't stay on the page - it needs to be shared and read aloud. Podcasting poetry gives children and teens the opportunity to share their creativity with others around Rodney District and New Zealand.

“Rodney Libraries were very pleased to see the number of entrants increase this year” says Rachel Fisher, Montana Poetry Day Poetry Aloud co-ordinator. “It was a pleasure to see children bringing their poetry to life in this way.”

Daniel Howe (Who was the judge and himself a published poet) was pleased with the quality of the poems. He said that winner Lily James was “a wonderful young poet,” who would go far.

Tomarata School has been very involved with Montana Poetry Day Poetry Aloud since its inception. In the two years that the competition has been running, Tomarata School has had a finalist in the top three.

This year Montana Poetry Day Poetry Aloud received corporate sponsorship from web design and computer store Liquidsilver. They provided hosting and services free of charge. Rodney Libraries would like to thank them for their contribution.

To listen to this years entries, please go to:

Maori Language Week - <3tia te reo

Tena koutou! This week is Maori Language Week. It has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975. Maori became an official language of New Zealand in 1987.

RDC's Poutakawaenga (Iwi Liaison), Geremy Hema, has kindly given permission for us to reproduce his internal blog posts on the library blog this week. He's challenging us all to participate in Te wiki o te reo Maori and says "Have fun and feel free to a have laugh while trying to pronounce the words!"

Below is the first lesson.

Ko Te Akoranga Tuatahi
First Lesson

Tena Koe
Greetings to you ( one person)

Kei te pehea koe?
How are you? (one person)

Kei te pai
I am good

Me koe hoki?
And yourself ?

Kei te pai hoki
I am also well

Kia mahara tatou, kia koa tatou i roto i enei mahi.
Remember folks, make it fun!!!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Breaking News - Montana Poetry Winner 2009

The winner of the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Poetry prize has just been anounced. Jenny Bornholdt has won for her collection The Rocky Shore; a book that judges say has achieved something significantly new in poetic practice in this country, disobeying traditional rules in her ninth collection containing six largely autobiographical poems.

For full details of the Judge's announcement click on this link from

To reserve your copy of The Rocky Shore click on the title here to take you to our catalogue or ask at your local Rodney Library.

It works both ways

As librarians, a huge part of job is providing what in the profession is called "reader's advisory". That is people coming into the library looking to us for inspiration and suggestions as to what they can read. The reading experience is often so personal and subjective, that this exercise can be very hit and miss. Most librarians have also probably experienced the panic of a completely blank space in their minds when someone asks "Can you suggest a good read?" which is sometimes my natural reaction to the question. Why can I think of a hundred books and titles in the comfort of my own workstation, but not manage to recall one with the expectant face in front of me?

A bonus of the job is that reader's advisory actually works both ways. Often one of our customers will come in and tell us that a book was a particularly good read, which puts us onto another good title for ourselves. That's if they haven't already recommended it to a dozen friends who have all put holds on it.

This happened lately when a Warkworth patron recommended No Time for Goodbye (Linwood Barclay) to Lisa. A copy of the book (we have several at Rodney) is now on to the third or fourth member of staff and so far we have all enjoyed it. The story follows the tale of Cynthia, who as a teenager, woke up one morning with a nasty hangover, dreading the confrontation with her parents. What she actually found was an empty house with no sign of her parents or her brother. Twenty five years later, the mystery of what happened is no closer to being solved and haunts Cynthia. It's one simple idea that the author pulls apart and puts back together again in a page-turning way, much the same as Jodi Picoult does, although another reviewer and fellow author likened his writing to Harlan Coben. This title is also available in large print and audio book.

The latest Linwood Barclay novel has just hit the shelves of the Rodney Library. Too Close to Home has a cover byline "What's more frightening than your neighbours being murdered? Finding the killers went to the wrong house...". It certainly sounds intriguing. I am already a couple of chapters in so will keep you posted.
Linwood Barclay is a Canadian who previously was a newspaper humour columnist. You can check out his career on his own website . He is currently touring New Zealand promoting his books including his next book "Fear the Worst". He will be at the Takapuna Library next Monday, July 27 between 12 noon and 1.00 pm. Admission is $2 but you will need to RSVP to Helen by phone at (09) 486 8469 or by email at to make sure there is space for you.

Happy Montana Poetry Day!

Poetry reading sessions on in the libraries today - all welcome

12.00pm Whangaparaoa Library

2.00pm Mahurangi East Library

5.15pm Wellsford Library

Poetry Day is part of the Montana Book Awards which is generously supported by Montana Wines.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Cilla McQueen appointed NZ Poet Laureate

Bluff poet, Cilla McQueen, has been appointed New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2009 – 2011 at a ceremony in the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa.
Commenting on the award, Cilla McQueen said ‘it’s really nice to hear that people have been reading my poetry. The flipside of the isolation of Bluff is that I don’t have much direct connection with other writers. I’m happy to think that my poetry has a place in the everyday world”.
“It also means that that for two years I’ll have an income I can be sure of because for the last 30 years I’ve stubbornly gone on being a poet living on the edge. I’m also greatly looking forward to working with National Library on the programme for the Laureateship.” she said.

The Minister responsible for the National Library, the Hon Nathan Guy, made the announcement. The National Library administers the award.
‘ We’re delighted to have a poet of Cilla McQueen’s stature and ability as a performer of poetry as Poet Laureate,’ said John Mohi, Director Māori, Pacific and International, National Library, and member of the New Zealand Poet Laureate Advisory Group.
‘As well as producing a collection of poetry, the Poet Laureate’s role is to raise national awareness of the value of reading and writing poetry. We look forward to working with Cilla to shape a vibrant programme of activities, while balancing her need for time to write,’ Mr Mohi said.
The Poet Laureate receives a minimum of $70,000 over two years. The balance of the fund goes to a two-year programme of Poet Laureate activities to promote poetry.
Cilla McQueen is the second person to receive the National Library New Zealand Poet Laureate award, taking over from the 2007 appointee, Aucklander Michele Leggott. The National Library award replaced the Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate award, which celebrated five Poet Laureates.

Cilla McQueen's poetry in the Rodney Libraries collection
More information about the award

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Don't Try This at Home

How often have you heard the phrase "Don't Try this at Home"? Everytime WWF wrestling or some Fear Factor show comes on TV perhaps? Showing my age (and some of my past interests) I remember my brother and I taking absolutely no notice as we practiced wrestling moves on a Sunday afternoon while watching King Curtis and Samoan Joe in "On the Mat" - "Yes" I am that old and "No" you shouldn't do the same. And while we realised that if we jumped off the roof of the house, we probably wouldn't fly like Superman, we did do a very good re-enactment of all the western shows playing cowboys and indians with our ever patient horses (usually "Alias Smith and Jones" but occassionally "Bonanza").

So with that sort of background, you can see why a book coming across my desk called "Do Try this at Home" (Jon Milton and the Punk Science Team) would be of interest to me. When I took it to show the kids at Snells Beach Primary School this morning, they were equally as keen. With the cover promising "Explosions possible, mess likely and fun guaranteed!" why wouldn't they be.

Dan, Jon and Brad cover six different categories of science experiments. Flight and Space (try the Fizz Bang Rockets), Energy, Electricity & Magnetism (can water bend?), Forces, Light & Sound and lastly Chemistry (including the five star mess rated Fizz Fountain). Most of the experiments can be carried out with materials found around home, they all have a difficulty and mess rating, plus identify whether or not an adult should be present.

I think it would be a reasonably safe bet to expect some of these experiments to surface when the Mad Scientist visits the Rodney Libraries during the September school holidays.

Montana Poetry Day Aloud at Rodney Libraries

Poetry will come alive at Rodney libraries as part of Montana Poetry Day on Friday 24 July.
Montana Poetry Day has been celebrated since 1998 and is a chance to bring poetry to the people at events all across New Zealand. Poetry Day is part of the Montana Book Awards which is generously supported by Montana Wines.
Locally, Rodney libraries are delighted to once again mark Poetry Day with a series of special events.
Wellsford and Mahurangi East libraries will be celebrating the day with live poetry readings. The Wellsford session will be held from 5.15pm on 24 July and the Mahurangi East library will hold the readings on the same day at 2pm. Both sessions will be followed by refreshments and members of the public are welcome to come along and listen.
Whangaparaoa library is also holding a session between 12 and 2pm on Friday 24 July for people to share their favourite poetry with others or read out an original poem. Anyone can take part in the session.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

12 most popular adult information titles of the past year

Judging by library check-outs people around Auckland seem to be most interested in the following subjects -
- Food and cooking
- Appearance (or Trinny and Susannah!)
- Other people's lives

To qualify for this list, titles had to be checked out more than 20 times each between July 1 2008 and June 30 2009.

1. The life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
2. Jo Seagar cooks by Jo Seagar
3. Jamie's dinners by Jamie Oliver
4. Feast : food that celebrates life by Nigella Lawson
5. What you wear can change your life by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine
6. Trinny & Susannah : the survival guide : a woman's secret weapon for getting through the year by Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine
7. Food in a minute favourites : celebrating 10 years by Allyson Gofton.
8. Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen
9. NOSH : delicious & responsible eating by by Julie Leeper
10. What your clothes say about you : how to look different, act different and feel different by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine
11. The white masai by Corinne Hofmann
12. Jamie's Italy by Jamie Oliver

Monday, 20 July 2009

RIP Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt, the Irish author best known for his Pulitzer prize-winning book Angela's Ashes, has died. The 78-year-old passed away today, the New York Times reported.

For this breaking news story click on this link at

To revisit Frank's books at Rodney Libraries do an author search or just click here.


The Man in the Moon

I'm sorry, but I can't remember where I was on the day man first set foot on the moon. I was five years old so I would have been at school, but I couldn't honestly tell you (unlike many of my contemporaries) if little Tauhoa School had a television on for the big event or not. Even if it did, I was probably outside climbing a tree or jumping through the flax bushes (back in my day we were allowed to climb trees, but jumping through the flax bushes was frowned on).

It's only been on reaching something resembling adulthood that I have come to understand what an achievement putting a man on the moon actually was. There have been some excellent films and documentaries on the subject (some of which we have here at Rodney) and of course books for everyone from children through to adults.

A general subject search in our catalogue for Moon brings up a variety of subject headings to narrow things down for you. Under the subject heading Moon Exploration, you will find a new book Moonshot: The inside story of Mankind's greatest adventure (Dan Parry). Described as "an engaging account of a mission that could easily have gone terribly wrong, but instead turned into an American triumph" the book looks at the historical background and leadup to the space race, as well as the personalities involved.

To introduce the subject to children, Rodney Libraries carries both non-fiction (Journey to the Moon by Wendy and David Clemson) and picture books (The Sea of Tranquility by Mark Haddon).

The DVD documentary In the Shadow of the Moon can be rented from Rodney Libraries for just $2.00. This presents over two hours including background on the Apollo missions and interviews with the astronauts. There are also a range of web links you can gain access to using your library card through Rodney Libraries e-resources. I would suggest Encyclopaedia Brittanica as a good place to start.

I haven't forgotton that a signigicant percentage of the world's population think the whole moon landing was a complete hoax. Wikipedia has the history of the Apollo consipracy theories in all their different forms and there are links there to other sites with more information. Personally I find it difficult to believe that a secret as large as this must have been could be kept for 40 years. But then I can't say I have never been wrong.

I probably should leave the last word to NASA. If you never have before, then the NASA website is a great place to visit as is the NASA Kids Club. Don't forget NASA TV if you get a chance.

Author Frank McCourt dies

When I was just starting my library career an Irish/American author published a memoir which the library could not buy enough copies of. It was called "Angela's Ashes." The author, Frank McCourt, wrote about growing up in poverty in the slums in Limerick, Ireland. It caused a sensation all around the world and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.
McCourt died on Sunday. He had been very ill with meningitis and was undergoing treatment for cancer.
His other titles are the sequel to Angela's Ashes "Tis" and "Teacher man" for adults; "Angela and the baby Jesus" for children.

Telegraph Obituary

Friday, 17 July 2009

Local writer on Short List for Book Awards

Folk who read this blog probably think we spend all our time on the world wide web picking up minute pieces of information that we think (hope) might be of interest to the reading public, particularly of Rodney but perhaps elsewhere as well. Those that are actually familiar with life in the library will know that nothing could be further from the truth as we cram this part of our job in to a small corner of our day checking out/in books, mending, helping with inquiries, running storytimes and other programmes, and generally doing all the behind the scenes stuff that keeps the library going. If anyone is interested, one day we will post "a day in the life of your local librarian" so you can all get the general idea of what it is we actually do.

However, I digress (as usual). This post is actually a congratulations to one of our local short story writers Jacqui McRae, who I noticed on reading Beatties Book Blog is one of the finalists in the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers 2009.

The Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers started in 1995 and have provided a successful platform for emerging Māori writers. Past winners and finalists include renowned authors Paula Morris, James George and Kelly Ana Morey. They are run every two years by the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers have announced the finalists for the awards. Thirty-two finalist short stories and novel extracts will be published in the collection Huia Short Stories 8, which is due out in September.

Apparently there has been a huge rise in the number of entries this year so well done Jacqui and best of luck at the Awards in September.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Shake, Rattle and Roll

After one of the biggest earthquakes in New Zealand in a number of years, it seems appropriate to revisit volcanoes and earthquakes - one of the most popular subjects for junior members of the library. It is also appropriate as over the last two weeks, local author Maria Gill has been visiting the libraries talking about her new book "Rangitoto : te toka tu moana : the rock standing in the ocean".

This is a superbly crafted book which successfully marries up several different strands. There is the story of Rangitoto from the beginning of time through until today, told in an easy read aloud style. There are also strands concentrating on the science of volcanic activity and on the flora and fauna through the evolution of the island. Heather Arnold has provided skilled illustrations to reflect all these different parts of the book.

Maria's sessions have been very popular during the school holidays. However, it has not been the books which have been the highlight. Instead it has been her erupting volcano. Here's a photo from Whangaparaoa showing the fascination that volcanoes hold.
New Zealand has a history of earthquakes and volcanic activity. To find out more about these topics, try a subject search in our Rodney Libraries catalogue. For information on New Zealand seismic activity one of the most interesting websites we have found is Geonet which monitors earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides and tsunamis around the country.

School holiday programme for Thursday

Western Libraries
Helensville Library
10.30am Meet the animals with Tony.

Northern Libraries
Warkworth Library 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Wellsford Library 10.30am Stories and craft activities

Hibiscus Coast Libraries
Orewa Library 11.00 am Storytime for preschoolers
Orewa LIbrary 2.00 pm Stories and Craft activities

Whangaparaoa Library 10.30am Rhymetime for toddlers

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Viva la France

I am a day late doing this but as yesterday was Bastille Day - France's celebration of independence - I thought it was worthy of a post. I checked with a native of those northern shores yesterday and apparently you do not wish someone "Happy Bastille Day", but you get the idea.

My personal (and brief) Bastille Day celebration address to my lunchtime Toastmasters meeting consisted of "Viva la France - Do You Hear the People Sing - Go the Men in Lycra". The first is of course self explanatory. The second is a reference to my favourite musical Les Miserables (I get chills when I hear a chorus belting out that anthem and there is still time for you to do the same as it is being performed at Centrestage, Orewa until the 18th July).

The third threw some of them and I got some very puzzled looks, until I pointed out that the Tour de France is currently winding it's way through the stunning French countryside. If you can tear yourself away from admiring the cyclists and their battle against both the mountains and each other, it is worth watching the coverage for some of the most brilliant camera work and commentary of, not just the event, but also the country of any I have seen. If you want to follow the Tour, click on this website link.

To catch up with things French at your local Rodney Library, do a subject catalogue search for France, which will give you 22 pages of subject headings to choose from. A subject heading helps us to catalogue books and other items in the library so that they are easier to find.

QUICK HINT - if you know the title of (or have found) one book on a subject that you are interested in, to find others that might also be helpful, look for the subject heading on the book's record and click on that. It will then take you to other titles that Rodney Libraries hold.

photo credit Cyril Plapied from Flickr Creative Commons photostream

School holiday programme for Wednesday

Northern Libraries
Mahurangi East Library 10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books

Wellsford Library
10.30am Storytime for preschoolers

Hibiscus Coast Libraries
Orewa Library 2.00 pm Stories and Craft activities
Whangaparaoa Library 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Whangaparaoa Library 10am-4pm Hibiscus Coast Porcelain Painters invite you to come and paint a mug. Adults and children welcome. Small charge of $4.00
Whangaparaoa Library 1.30pm Come and see a SOSSI (Shakespear Open Sanctuary) Display and hear a Park Ranger talk

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

School holiday programme for Tuesday

Western Libraries
Helensville Library
10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrio
r books
Kumeu Library
3.00 pm Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books

Northern Libraries
Mahurangi East Library 10.30am Wacky Wildlife stories and craft activities

Warkworth Library 10.30am Stories and craft activities

Hibiscus Coast Libraries
Orewa Library 11.00 am Rhymetime for toddlers
Whangaparaoa Library 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers

Monday, 13 July 2009

What's on in the library this week?

Western Libraries
Helensville Library
Monday 13th July 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Tuesday 14th July 10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books
Thursday 16th July 10.30am Meet the animals with Tony.

Kumeu Library
Monday 13th July 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Tuesday 14th July 3.00 pm Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books

Northern Libraries
Mahurangi East Library
Tuesday 14th July 10.30am Wacky Wildlife stories and craft activities
Wednesday 15th July 10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books

Warkworth Library
Monday 13th July 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Tuesday 14th July 10.30am Stories and craft activities
Thursday 16th July 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers

Wellsford Library

Wednesday 15th July 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Thursday 16th July 10.30am Stories and craft activities

Hibiscus Coast Libraries
Orewa Library
Tuesday 14th July 11.00 am Rhymetime for toddlers
Wednesday 15th July 2.00 pm Stories and Craft activities
Thursday 16th July 11.00 am Storytime for preschoolers
Thursday 16th July 2.00 pm Stories and Craft activities

Whangaparaoa Library
Come and add to our two-line "ditty" about "Wacky Wildlife"
Tuesday 14th July 10.30am
Storytime for preschoolers
Wednesday 15th July 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Wednesday 15th July 10am-4pm Hibiscus Coast Porcelain Painters invite you to come and paint a mug. Adults and children welcome. Small charge of $4.00
Wednesday 15th July 1.30pm Come and see a SOSSI (Shakespear Open Sanctuary) Display and hear a Park Ranger talk
Thursday 16th July 10.30am Rhymetime for toddlers

Friday, 10 July 2009

What a week!

It is the week that we farewelled Michael Jackson. Regardless of what you think of the man and the media circus that so often followed him, there is no denying his musical genius and popularity around the world. A keyword search in our Library catalogue for Michael Jackson will give you your fix on his life and music. We shouldn't really let the week go by without some acknowledgement. The greatest thing I can think of to say is that finally Michael you can Rest in Peace, and sing with the angels.

School holidays started this week and the libraries have been incredibly busy, not just with our Wacky Wildlife school holiday programmes but just in general with regulars and visitors. Kumeu reported that they did the most issues in one day that they have ever done on Monday, plus there is the attraction of free internet for 30 minutes on the Aotearoa Peoples Network computers at all the Rodney Libraries.

And in the middle of all this, Orewa and Warkworth Libraries have been doing battle every morning this week on Times FM Workplace Wars. I'm not sure how I let myself get talked into some of these things. After a confident start on Monday, Sue overtook me and sprinted into the lead in the entertainment and sports rounds. I managed to claw one back on Thursday's general knowledge round and then had the nervous wait until Friday's wild card round (with many of our regular Warkworth Library customers telling me "No pressure - but...."). Luckily my late run (and the right questions) got me in front. In the words of a famous All Black captain, it was a game of two halves and all credit to the other team.

The weekend is just around the corner. Have a good one all and see you on the other side.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The Library and the Film Festival

The Auckland International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the New Zealand Premiere of Jane Campion's Bright Star, based on the romance between poet John Keates and Fanny Brawne.

Several of the films featured at the Festival are based on novels or short stories. And of course there are also those, such as Bright Star and Coco Before Chanel, based on real lives, which you can read up on at the library. So here is your quick ready reference of the Auckland Film Festival and the Rodney Library.

Bright Star by Jane Campion - Opening Night. You can find both the biography and a selection of his works in the library by doing a keyword search in our catalogue John Keats. To find out more about Jane Campion and her works, do the same for her. There is a new biography on the way so put your name down for that now.

An Education : Lynn Barber is one of the special presentations at the Festival and tells the story of a 16 year old's youth in 1960's London. This memoir is also on order and should be on the shelves soon.

If you enjoy Coco Before Chanel at the Festival, follow it up by doing some reading on this remarkable woman and her world at the library by doing a keyword search for her name.

Shooting Balibo tells the tale of the making of the movie showing on Sunday 26 July. New Zealand Gary Cunningham was one of the Balibo Five who were killed, not in crossfire in East Timor, but executed by Indonesian invaders.

Other films of novels you can find in Rodney Libraries include:
Disgrace - J M Coetzee
Wake in Fright - Kenneth Cook
The Baader-Meinhoft Complex - Stefan Aust
Coraline (in 3D) - Neil Gaiman
Cheri - Collette

If you do get along to see any of the festival films, enjoy! Most of the Rodney Libraries still have a few Festival programmes left or you can find out more on the Festival Website

What's on in the library during the school holidays on Thursday?

Helensville Library
10.30 am Fun craft sessions

Kumeu Library
10.30 am Wacky wildlife stories

Orewa Library
11 am Storytime for preschoolers
2pm Stories and Craft activities - weave a flax star

Warkworth Library
10.30am Storytime for pre-schoolers

Wellsford Library
10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books

Whangaparaoa Library
10.30 am Rhymetime for toddlers

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Mayor Penny's Reading Challenge

Getting to visit schools is one of the (many) good parts of my job at Rodney Librarians. When we are visiting schools to surprise a competition winner and present them with their prize - that's what makes the good GREAT!

So attending the Wellsford Primary School end of term assembly was a fantastic end to my week last Friday. Especially as I travelled north with a brand new bike (sponsored by FreeRide'n' at Huapai) in the back of the car for the winner. The students had been forwarned that we would be there with "a prize" for one of the entrants in the 2009 reading challenge, so there was an undercurrent of excitement. However they didn't know who and they didn't know which prize was coming their way.
We drew out the anticipation a little bit, but not as much as they do on the reality talent shows. So may I introduce to you the proud winner of Mayor Penny's Reading Challenge 2009 - Ashleigh Moka of Wellsford Primary School.
The runners up for 2009 were Ashleigh Came from Matakana Primary School and Vivienne Grimshaw from Parakai Primary School. Their certificates and prizes are on their way.
Congratulations to all the children who entered this year's challenge. Certificates are being posted out to all of you during the school holidays. Keep up the reading habit and get some practice in for next year's challenge.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Library Workplace Wars

I'm not sure how we got talked into it, but catch Susan from the Orewa Library and Anne from the Warkworth Library every morning this week on Times FM (89.9 or 97.8) around 9.20 am playing Workplace Wars.

Anne got off to an early lead on Monday, but Susan stormed back on Tuesday in the entertainment round. The score is currently 6-4 in favour of Orewa but it's early days yet. We are both a little worried about Blair's perception of libraries and librarians, but we will work on that.

Tune in this week on Brownie for Brekkie and cheer on your local library.

What's on in the libraries on Tuesday?

Helensville Library
Fun craft session! 10.30 am

Kumeu Library
Fun with visiting ARC Biosecurity Officer Greg 10.30 am

Mahurangi East Library
Wacky Wildlife Stories and craft activities 10.30am

Warkworth Library
Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books 10.30am

Orewa Library
Rhymetime for babies 11 am

Whangaparaoa Library
Storytime for pre-schoolers 10.30 am
Come and add to our two line “Ditty” about “Wacky Wildlife”

Monday, 6 July 2009

School holiday programme

Helensville Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual 10.30 am Monday
Mon July 6th to Friday 10th 10.30 am Fun daily craft sessions.
Tues 14th July 10.30 am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books
Thurs 16th July 10.30 am Meet the animals with Tony.

Kumeu Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual 10.30 am Mondays
Tues 7th July 10.30 am Fun with visiting ARC Biosecurity Officer Greg
Thurs 9th July 10.30 am Wacky wildlife Stories and fun
Tues 14th July 3.00 pm Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books

Mahurangi East Library
Tues 7th July 10.30am Wacky Wildlife Stories and craft activities
Tues 14th July 10.30am Wacky Wildlife Stories and craft activities
Wednesday 15th July 10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books

Orewa Library
Storytime and Rhymetime for preschoolers will run as usual
Rhymetime 11 am Tuesdays :: Storytime 11 am Thursdays
Wednesday 8th July 11.00am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books
Thurs 9th July 2pm Stories and Craft activities
Wed 15 July 2pm Stories and Craft activities
Thur 16 July 2pm Stories and Craft activities

Warkworth Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual Monday and Thursday at 10.30
Tuesday 7th July 10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books
Tuesday 14th July 10.30am Stories and craft activities

Wellsford Library

Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual Wednesdays 10.30 am
Thursday 9th July 10.30am Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books
Thursday 16th July 10.30am Stories and craft activities

Whangaparaoa Library
Storytime and Rhymetime for preschoolers will run as usual
Storytime 10.30 am Tuesdays and Wednesdays :: Rhymetime 10.30 am Thursdays
Wednesday 8th July 2.00 pm Stories and activities with local author Maria Gill and her latest Volcano and Eco-warrior books
Come and see a SOSSI (Shakespear Open Sanctuary) Display and hear a Park Ranger talk (day and time to be advised)
Come and add to our two line “Ditty” about “Wacky Wildlife”
Wednesday July 15 10am-4pm Hibiscus Coast Porcelain Painters invite you to come and paint a mug. Adults and children welcome. Small charge of $4.00

Friday, 3 July 2009

Funky Fairytales Friday

Warkworth Library's Birthday celebrations are drawing to a close and we have had a fantastic week. But there is still time for one more FANTASTIC event.

Stunning professional storytellers STARFISH MAGIC are here tonight at 6pm to perform their Funky Fairytales show just for us. Catch up with some of the world's favourite fairytales, with the special Starfish twist. See Snow White, set in a kingdom of cats. Zak and the Peastalk sounds like great fun and don't forget The Brush Family (The Three Bears set on a building site). There is also a condensed version of Cinderella. The programme is packed and we hope the Masonic Hall will be too. These guys are absolutely superb storytellers and their magic will be appreciated by children and adults alike (or maybe I am just a big kid at heart).

So be early and get to the Masonic Hall next to the Library in Baxter Street tonight for a 6pm kickoff.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Were you Smarter than a Librarian?

The answer to the question which has been bubbling around Warkworth this week has been answered. And YES - some of you are smarter than Librarians (there we've said it).

Congratulations to Team Pringles who won the Trivial Pursuit Challenge last night, narrowly beating Team Corpse (after a tie break and a coin toss). Coming in third were the I-site Vino's. These were the only three teams which managed to get across the line before "The Librarians" but we were joined by a couple of other teams who finished on equal marks.

Here is the full list of results:

Team Name
The Pringles - 78
Corps Services - 78
i-site vinos - 75
The Librarians - 71.5
Manawai - 71.5
Charlies Angels - 71.5
The Crazy Crew - 65
Team youthful - 64
Who gives a duck - 64
6s and 7s - 61.5
The harv-wits - 60.5
Gobbofs - 58.5

Special mention to Charlies Angels who were very artistic and Who gives a duck for forgetting to write their name on the paper - twice (obviously enjoying the evening).

We would like to thank our Quizmaster Matthew Kerr (returning briefly from Auckland Libraries for the evening), scorers Kris Wehipeihana, Joscha Ilmberger and Francis Outwin, the questionaire extraordinaire Chris Roberts and all those businesses in Warkworth who supported us by donating prizes. Hopefully I haven't missed anyone out of the following list (but if I have my apologies and let me know so I can acknowledge you separately):

Harveys Real Estate, United Real Estate, Paper Plus, Take Note, Quince, Fresh, Not just Hats, Picnix, Warworth Menswear, Warkworth Sportsworld, Lee & Hart Pharmacy, Franklins Pharmacy, Twinset & Pearls, Tahi, Coast & Country, Diannes, Four Square, Taste

If you would like to see photos of the event catch the Rodney Libraries Flickr page (hit the link on the left) later today.

I have to dash now to welcome Clifford for Storytime. Ka kite.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Happy Birthday Warkworth Library

Today is the 150th birthday of Warkworth War Memorial Library. Many happy returns (or in the words of a former Warkworth Community Librarian "All the best").

We had our official Cake Cutting Ceremony with guests Deputy Mayor John Kirikiri, Councillor June Turner, representatives from the Rodney District Council and the Rodney Libraries, some of the local schools and members of the public, including local authors and a descendant of one of our early Librarians H B Moore. Northern Libraries Manager and Warkworth Community Librarian, Gail Dallimore put the library's personal history into perspective by discussing world events that had taken place during it's life, from World Wars to Red Socks. She also related the life cycle of the library to the current Matariki celebrations. John Kirikiri acknowledged the important role of volunteers in our history and told us that he shares his birthday with us (Happy Birthday John).

Mahurangi College Kapahaka also performed for us and principal David McLeod spoke of the importance of the library and the close relationship we have the schools in the district. This is certainly also true of Warkworth Primary School who threw us their own birthday party yesterday, complete with a cake which we left for the children to enjoy after we enticed the teachers to put on a small show for us all to enjoy (that's it at the top of the page).

Tonight we are gearing up to prove that Librarians are smart in our community challenge. Results will be available tomorrow.