Friday, 26 February 2010

Warkworth Facelift

Staff and customers at Warkworth War Memorial Library are enjoying their facelift (now that the disruption of the actual work has been completed). Comments range from "fantastic", "open and friendly" and "this has a nice chi".

Of course it can be a bit disconcerting for some people. Some have a slightly puzzled expression on their face as they walk through the door. The sort of "Hmmm, I think something is different here" look that I sometimes exhibit when meeting a friend who may or may not have done something different with her hair, lost tons of weight or added a couple of piercings.

The bottom line is everything is pretty much still the same, including the same friendly staff. The original front counter has disappeared to be replaced by desks and pods which are much easier to manouvre around. The Holds (or requests) shelf is now open to customers who want the option of serving themselves (or we can still help you retrieve your book) and we have two self check machines which the children take great delight in showing their parents how to use (and some of them get a stamp as well).

All returns are now done in the back room. Take a couple of steps forward from where you used to return your books and you find the slot in the wall (or follow the feet, which many children have taken great delight in doing - we are finding some in very strange places).

Come and have a look at the changes for yourself and tell us what you think.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

From 10c to $1million

A 10 cents investment in 1938 was this week turned into a US$1million return when a simple comic changed hands between two people, neither of whom wanted to be named.

"A comic" I hear you exclaim. "Who would have thought?" However today it is recognised that comics (or graphic novels as they now prefer to be called) have much more value than just cheap pulp reading for kids after school.

Graphic novels are a great springboard for the reluctant reader. Many of these children don't even realise they are reading when they pick up an Asterix or Tin-Tin. In fact, it could be argued that they are in some ways more advanced than their counterparts as they are interpreting both words and pictures to tell the story. Of course the other side of this argument is that the children reading chapter books are using their imaginations to create the pictures, but there is value in both opinions.

I experienced this for myself during the summer reading programme this year. I had a couple of reluctant readers, but noted that one of them had drawn quite brilliant characters into the margin of his folder. With some gentle inquiry I discovered an interest in comics and animation. It was only a small step (or leap) from this to getting them interested in firstly, our non-fiction books on graphic art and drawing. And secondly, into suggesting an easy story that they could animate themselves.

Graphic novels are also a way to ease children into some of the classics, with everyone from Shakespeare to Homer and further to biographies, now appearing in graphic format to interest readers.

The trend doesn't just move from the child reader up to the teenager. It works down from adult authors as well. Diana Gabaldon revealed in Auckland earlier this year that she is working on the adventures of Claire and Jamie (Crosstitch) in graphic form, while we already hold graphic novels from well known authors Jodi Picoult, Neil Gaiman and others.

Our graphic novels are held in a separate collection at Rodney Libraries and all have the "POW" sticker on their spine. There is everything from the Green Lantern and Superman comics I grew up with, through to the new Manga and on to the darker more adult graphics. The entire graphics collection can be searched on Rodney Libraries catalogue here.

We also have non-fiction books studying the history of comics and graphic art (some of the art is truly awesome as well). Try a subject search on our catalogue for Comic Book encyclopedias or Comic Books History and Criticism.

Can you guess which comic it was that broke this record. To find out if you are right, go to this link from the Stuff website.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Low Flying Cars Sculpture Symposium

The international sculpture symposium Low Flying Cars is about to kick off in Rodney. The Low Flying Cars symposium will host 14 colourful and talented artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

The symposium is open to the public on the following days:
27 and 28 February
6 and 7 March
13 and 14 March

The exhibition is open from 12pm - 7:30pm on 27 February and 10am - 6pm on the other days at the Rusty Dog Sculpture Studio, 258 Blackbridge Road, Diary Flat.

On the opening day the exhibition will be followed by a celebration of the arts, poetry, storytelling and live music, culminating in a live concert at 4.30pm - 7.30pm with Evan Silva and band. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner.

The featured artists include: Leandro Seixas (Spain), Patrick Walls (England), Joycelyn Pratt (Putararu), Joe Kemp (Rotorua), Matthew Williams (West Auckland), Christian Nicolson (Torbay), Sally Lush (Warkworth), Birgit Lulek (Devonport), Steve Reid (Auckland), Margo Symes (Albany), Dermot Kelly (Mahurangi), Terry Haines (Silverdale), John Ferguson (Dairy Flat), Frances Ferguson (Dairy Flat).

This event is being supported by Rodney District Council and funded from the Auckland Regional Services Trust Fund.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Tots to Teens

Every two months Rodney Libraries get a new supply of the magazine Tots to Teens. This is a free magazine packed full of information for parents.

For instance the February/March 2010 edition has information on Boys and Books (a subject dear to every librarian's heart), How to make your separation from your partner easier for your children, How to help kids celebrate and learn from their mistakes and a special article on Grandparenting in the 21st Century. With the demands on parents to work and earn enough money to keep the household going, we are seeing a lot more grandparents bringing toddlers and children into the library. More and more there is information out there for these fantastic people.

These are just some of the special features. There are plenty of regular columns as well including a calendar of events (where you can double check the storytimes of your local Rodney Library), sharing stories and photos, reviews of books and products, plus fabulous ideas for parties and shopping.

Pick a copy up at your local library today.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Waka could be rare example

A waka excavated from Muriwai beach last year may be a rare example say history specialists. This example is most likely a waka tiwai. Te Ara (New Zealand's online Encyclopedia) tells me that these waka were probably the most common and used for everyday transportation. They were simply made without the extra parts that larger canoes needed for stability. It's exciting that a piece of New Zealand's history has been uncovered in our district. I wonder how long it's been in the sand?

For more information about waka, check out these books from the library

The Maori canoe : an account of the various types of vessels used by the Maori of New Zealand in former times : with some description of those of the isles of the Pacific, and a brief account of the peopling of New Zealand / by Elsdon Best.
Classification and description of Maori canoes -- The construction of the waka taua, or war-canoe, from tree stump to launching -- Fishing and river canoes; canoes of Chatham Islands; ceremonial observances pertaining to canoes -- Methods of propulsion: anchors -- Canoes of the Pacific area -- The peopling of New Zealand.

Nga waka Maori = Maori canoes (and second edition)/ by Anne Nelson.
"Looks at the origins and development of Maori canoes, the different types, the spiritual significances, their central role in Maori society and how this role changed with European contact. It describes waka racing ... explains how waka were manned, paddled, sailed and navigated"--Back cover.

Waka taua : the Maori war canoe / Jeff Evans.
"Introduction to the Maori war canoe. Key areas covered by the book include the renaissance of waka taua, types and variants of the canoe, phases of building, parts of the waka, responsibilities of the crew, and paddling the craft"--Back cover.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Rodney Writes - two weeks to competition close

The Rodney Writes writing competition 2010 is open for entries. The theme is "Your Story". You can write a short story up to 2,500 words on any topic of your choice. Write to inspire, provoke, excite or entice your reader.
An entry form can be picked up from any of the Rodney Libraries or it's
available here in PDF.

There are three categories:
Premier Award: 1st prize $1000, runner up $500
Open only to entrants who have had creative writing published or broadcast for payment previously.
Novice Award: 1st prize $500, runner up $200
Open only to entrants who have not had creative writing published or broadcast for payment previously.
Young Writers Award: 1st prize $500, runner up $200
Open only to entrants under the age of 18 as at 1 January 2010.

Important dates:
Closing date: 5 March 2010
Awards evening: 5 May 2010

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Walk the Hobsonville Motorway

The NZ Transport Agency and HEB Construction invite you to a motorway charity walk on the SH18 Hobsonville Deviation and SH16 Brigham Creek Extension.
Come and see the motorway and bridges by walking the 6.3km route before it is completed. This is part of the new 9km motorway route which is under construction. You can check out progress on the new motorway and see the scope of this project first hand (including the 'fish ladder'!)

Date: Sunday 21 February 2010
Time: Cyclists only (mountain bikes) 9am - 10am; Pedestrians 10am – 3pm (Please wear sensible footwear)
Location: New motorway lanes of SH18 Hobsonville Deviation
Cost: $5 for adults, gold coin for children under 12. Cash only (no EFTPOS available)
Proceeds go to:- St Johns Ambulance and- Volunteer Fire Brigade in Hobsonville / Westgate

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Puzzlin' Kids

One of the most heavily used collections in Rodney Libraries is our children's puzzle collection.

It has long been recognised that there is a link between the solving of puzzles for the under 5 year olds, and the ease at which they later acquire their literacy and numeracy skills. The puzzle solving skills range from stimulating the children's brain and imagination through to the fine motor skills involved in picking up and placing objects in the correct place.

There is an excellent article at the Kiwi Families website about Puzzles, which includes recommendations for puzzles for different age groups.

At Rodney Libraries we have the following types of puzzles
  • Knob puzzles. Pieces with knobs or handles so they are easy for small hands to grasp
  • Jigsaws ranging from 5 to 50 pieces
  • Puzzle blocks
  • Match the picture puzzles
  • From very large to quite small puzzles (although we do aim that puzzle pieces are large enough that they cannot be easily swallowed)
  • Lots of colourful subject matter including dinosaurs, creatures, te reo, cars and trucks adn much much more.

The majority of our puzzles are wooden (for durability) and they can get a bit heavy to carry if you take out several at a time, so it is good to remember a bag. Following feedback from some of our school children, we have also purchased some 100 piece toughened cardboard puzzles as there was demand for something a little bit more difficult. We also have several floor puzzles, which Helensville in particular tell me are very popular.

If you would like to search our range of 360 different jigsaw puzzles online, go to the Rodney Libraries catalogue and do a subject search for Jigsaw Puzzles. Ask for help if you have any questions.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

The grace and artistry of the figure skaters. The speed and strength of the downhill skiers. The endurance of the biathletes. The courage of the ski-jumpers. The sheer madness of the luge and skeleton. It's all part of the Winter Olympics which are currently taking place in Vancouver, Canada.

Here is your Rodney Libraries guide to the Winter Games.

The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics 2010 Edition is in the library now. The "ultimate sourcebook" with "stats, scores and the most dramatic stories". It also includes a brief history of the Games.

The Official Games website is Vancouver 2010 which contains a wealth of background and up to the minute information.

To find out about the team of Kiwis competing at the Games the website you need is Winter Olympics New Zealand.

Any of the New Zealand News sites will be providing results, information and news. The Games are free to air on Prime TV and are on especially dedicated SKY TV channels.

To find information in the library about the specific sports, the best way to do this is a keyword search in our catalogue, e.g. snowboarding, skiing, skating, or some of the others like luge and skeleton which we catalogue under extreme sports.

And if all of that makes you want to try out a winter sport, just head along to our own Rodney skifields aka Snow Planet who are holding their own Winter Olympics carnival while the real thing is on.

Monday, 15 February 2010

RIP Dick Francis

It seems to have been one of those months. We have already lost J D Salinger and Robert B Parker. Over the weekend the news came through that popular author Dick Francis has passed away.

As popular now as he has ever been, Dick Francis combined the racing and thoroughbred worlds with the mystery novel to make a highly successful formula. He continued writing right up to his death, with more recent novels being penned in partnership with his son Felix.

The Dick Francis story is well known among his fans. He was a successful jockey whose most well known moment came late in his career when he was in sight of the line and victory on the Queen Mother's horse Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National, when the horse collapsed.

For tributes check out the website or The Guardian UK website. To find out more about this remarkable man, go to his website

Friday, 12 February 2010

Wellsford Library Recommendations

Sometimes the juices involved in finding a topic for the Blog run dry in the morning. Those are the days when my colleagues hear a plaintive call from my desk "Whose read a good book lately?". I'v also discovered some of the other Rodney Libraries have little resources I can turn to. Today it's the turn of Wellsford Library staff and volunteers who provided these recommendations during 2009.

Picture Book: My cat loves to hide in boxes by Eve Sutton, illustrated by Lynley Dodd. ‘An amusing tale – good for cat lovers. The words are wonderful for reading aloud.’

Children’s Fiction: The Extreme Adventures series by Justin D’Ath. 'The stories are action-packed. Each book has a different adventure and can be read in any order.’ For games and competitions based on these books go to the website,'

Teen Fiction: Silent to the bone by E.L. Konisburg. ‘I had to keep reading to find out what happens because it was all up to the main character to get his friend talking again or else he was destined for prison. Extremely gripping.’

Adult Fiction:
The Heirs of Montana series by Tracie Peterson. 'An historical tale following a family through their trials as they travel across America with plenty of adventures and much excitement.’

Bride for a Knight by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. ‘With the murder of his brothers, Jamie MacPherson is more determined than ever to keep his new bride safe – but someone is out to kill every MacPherson. How will he keep her safe and in his arms forever?’

Be still my vampire heart by Kerrelyn Sparks. ‘The only good vampire is a dead vampire, but will Emma be able to kill the vampire she is falling in love with?’

A guide to the birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson. 'A gentle story full of wonderful characters set in Africa about rivalry and unrequited love.’

Adult Non-fiction:
The road to Castle Hill by Christine Fernyhough. 'Fabulous photography but with insufficient detail in the text, perhaps more lightweight than I would have expected.’ ‘A gutsy lady whose story I really enjoyed.’

Over the wide and trackless sea by Meg Hutching. ‘About several women pioneers in New Zealand giving an insight into what these women endured, e.g. language barriers, huge families, isolation. A riveting read.’

The artful gardener by Gil Hanley & Rose Thoday. ‘Delicious ideas involving art, sculpture and topiary. A visual extravaganza and a wonderful sourcebook of ideas to aspire to.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Book shop recommendations

I had a fantastic chat during January with people in bookshops around the region, what is popular, what is good, what is un-put-downable (a new made up word). As a result I have a large number of books on my "To Be Read" list. Although I have many on hold, I will probably end up cancelling some as my coursework for the first semester has arrived. Here are some of them so you can all grab them instead and tell me what you think.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova is one I am currently reading and which I will be reviewing. Here is a sneak preview from the publisher. "Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease changes her life. As the inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must reevaluate her relationship with her husband, a respected scientist; her expectations of her children; and her ideas about herself and her place in the world."

Swan Thieves the new novel by Elizabeth Kostova (who wrote the Historian) has also just been received by the library. "Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. Renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey."

Burnt Shadows looks great. Kamila Shamsie bases her stories in Pakistan but this one has it's genesis in Nagasaki in 1945. "In a prison cell in the US, a man stands trembling, naked, fearfully waiting to be shipped to Guantánamo Bay. How did it come to this? he wonders... August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki. Hiroko Tanaka steps out onto her veranda, taking in the view of the terraced slopes leading up to the sky. Wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, she is twenty-one, in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. In a split second, the world turns white. In the next, it explodes with the sound of fire and the horror of realisation. In the numbing aftermath of a bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost. In search of new beginnings, she travels to Delhi two years later. There she walks into the lives of Konrad’s half-sister, Elizabeth, her husband James Burton, and their employee Sajjad Ashraf, from whom she starts to learn Urdu. As the years unravel, new homes replace those left behind and old wars are seamlessly usurped by new conflicts. But the shadows of history – personal, political – are cast over the entwined worlds of the Burtons, Ashrafs and the Tanakas as they are transported from Pakistan to New York, and in the novel’s astonishing climax, to Afghanistan in the immediate wake of 9/11. The ties that have bound them together over decades and generations are tested to the extreme, with unforeseeable consequences."

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Mayoral Cycle Challenge

The Mayoral Challenge is a national competition that is run as part of Bikewise Month - an initiative of the New Zealand Transport Agency. It consists of a short cycle course (in our case, 2km along the glorious Orewa beach front) led by our Mayor Penny Webster, and local VIPs. We hold a free carnival and prize giving afterwards with entertainment and food and beverage stalls. It's a great day out for families and for anyone who loves to hang out at our beaches! This year Waiwera Thermal Resort are offering a free pass to their pools for the day for all kids who enter the challenge!

The competition has been running for about 4 years and has become well known in the Rodney District. In 2008 we won the competition for the whole of New Zealand and last year, despite coming second to New Plymouth, we had our highest number of participants and supporters ever - we estimate 5000 people attended the event! So come along for some free fun and help us win back the title of NZ's most cycle mad city!

Registration is from 9am on the day - 28th of Feb or you can pre register by filling out
this form (PDF) and emailing or posting to Claire Flattery or Private Bag 500, Orewa.

Mayoral Cycle Challenge, Sun 28 Feb 2010
Venue: Orewa Beach, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Do you want to go to Gallipoli?

If you are a Year 13 student, then you have the opportunity to do so this Anzac Day by entering the competition being run by Veteran Affairs' New Zealand. And Rodney Libraries has plenty of resources to help a Rodney student be one of the lucky ones.

The Veterans Affairs website has details of how to be one of the 21 students who will accompany John Key to Gallipoli in April 2010. To enter students need to submit an entry on the following theme ‘Using Gallipoli as a case study, illustrate the impact of World War I on New Zealand Society’. Entries can be presentations in the form of A Short film, Web features, Artistic representations, Written format essay, diary, letters, Music or Poetry and must be submitted, by 12 March 2010.

The Subject search you need to use in Rodney Libraries Catalogue for World War I is "World War 1914 - 1918". While many of these subject headings concentrate on the troops at the front, many also give an insight to those that remained behind in New Zealand.

A Keyword search in the catalogue "New Zealand at War" produced results of life on the home front including such titles as Scars on the Heart: Two centuries of New Zealand at War which is based on the exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Of course life in the early 1900's was much different to today, as were attitudes and perceptions of the world. So this might be worthy of investigation. An excellent way of doing this is through our e-resources or the internet databases we subscribe to and which are available through your Rodney Library Card. The Local History part of our Library website also provides some excellent links which would be helpful. I would head to any of the Old Newspaper links personally.

If my memory serves me correctly (which is always a little doubtful) there was a Rodney student who was a member or one of the earlier student contingents in a similar competition. We'd love to find out that there is one (or more) who have won a place this year. Good luck.
Coat of Arms courtesy of the Veteran Affairs' New Zealand website

Monday, 8 February 2010

Back To School Road Safety Colouring Competition

Rodney District Council, Times FM and the New Zealand Police are running a back to school colouring competition for 5 to 11-year-olds promoting road safety and there are some great prizes up for grabs!

How to enter:

It's easy, just pick up an entry form for your age group at any RDC Library or download it below:

Age 5-7 entry form (PDF)

Age 8-11 entry form (PDF)

Do your best colouring in job, fill in the entry form and post it to:
Times FM

PO Box 755

Or drop them in to:

Times FM Reception

Suite 8, 292 Hibiscus Coast HighwayOrewa

Entries close 26 February 2010

Friday, 5 February 2010

Waitangi Day

Rodney Libraries will be closed this Saturday for Waitangi Day. There's been a bit of discussion in the papers over the fact that Monday-Friday workers don't get a day off (for Waitangi Day OR Anzac day this year) but I'm pretty sure our Saturday teams appreciate the extra day to spend with their families. There's also controversy over the choice of the "flag commonly referred to as the ‘tino rangatiratanga' flag" that has been chosen to fly over significant sites. But then, the media reports that Waitangi day has often been filled with debates and disagreements.

Whatever you think, there are events on around Rodney to give you something to mark this special day in New Zealand's history.

Waitangi Day Family Festival 10am to 4pm
A FREE family fun filled day. Food and variety stalls, music and entertainment, art exhibitions, family activities. At Te Herenga Waka o Orewa (Old Silverdale Primary School) 30 Foundry Rd, Silverdale. For stall enquiries/info: ph Virginia 021 182 3782 or email

Te Hana Waitangi Day Celebration
Southern Reserve, Te Hana, 9:30 am to 4pm
Organised by Te Hana Community Development Trust in partnership with Rodney District Council and other community groups we will be celebrating the last official Rodney Council Waitangi Day Celebration before the Rodney District Council becomes part of the super city.
Everyone is welcome attend, there will be live entertainment, stalls and children's activities.

Waitangi Day and Festival at Waitangi - unrivalled for family fun and stirring spectacle

The Checks + The Artisan Guns, Sawmill Cafe, Leigh. 8pm.
The Checks are playing their first ever show at the fabulous Leigh Sawmill Cafe. Fun in the sun on Waitangi Day! Joining them on the bill are hot new up and comers, Artisan Guns. Tickets available now. R18, $20.

Puhoi MTB Marathon
70k/40k Mountain Bike race Saturday Feb 6th 2010: Puhoi Village. Hibiscus Coast, Auckland, New Zealand Start: 9.30am This is a fun and challenging event open to anyone with a mountain bike. Beginners, novices, veterans and elite riders are all invited to come out and enjoy a great day of riding/racing. If you're planning to ride the Colville Connection/Karapoti or any other endurance MTB event this is the perfect pre-event training.
70km Marathon: $85 (includes after race lunch/drink and goodies)
40km Marathon: $65 (includes after race lunch/drink and goodies)
Late entries accepted on race day between 7am - 9am

MORE FM Winery Tour

Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn: Together in Concert plus Boh Runga Feat. Che Fu
Children under the ages of 12 are still given free entrance when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

NB. Saturday 6 February has now sold out. Tickets (& bus/ticket packages) are still available for the first show on Friday 5 February with gates opening at 5pm and the show commencing at 6pm

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Read Kiwi!

To celebrate Waitangi Day in 2010 (it is our National Day after all), why not pick up a Kiwi book from your Library this week.

Starting with children's books, we have some fantastic new Picture books just in by Kiwi authors. Old Hu-Hu is a lovely picture book by Kyle Mewburn celebrating life. Hu-Hu-Too is looking for Old Hu-Hu. "Old Hu-Hu flew to the moon and back. Then fell
to the ground. Dead." But Hu-Hu-Too doesn't understand, especially when
everyone tells him something different. The simple story is supported by
stunning illustrations from Rachel Driscoll. It is a perfect book with a
Kiwi flavour to share with any child, but would be especially good to help
those who have lost someone special, be it human or pet.

Joy Cowley's latest picture book tells a story that is both part of our
heritage and a fantastic story. Tarore and Her Book is the story of a 12
year old girl "who brought peace and a new way of living to the iwi of
Aotearoa". It traces the spread of Christianity though New Zealand in the
mid 1800's. Supported by reproductions of water colour paintings by Mary
Glover Bibby from the 1920's as well as several photographs. It is
certainly worth a look.

Some of the latest New Zealand adult fiction to hit our library shelves include the following titles.
Somebody Loves us all by Damien Wilkins. The publisher description reads in part "Paddy Thompson, speech therapist, newspaper columnist, is fifty and happy. His dark period is behind him: a failed marriage, a career crisis. Now he lives with Helena ('the best thing that ever happened to him'), helps kids with their speech problems, and has moved his mother into the next-door apartment. His life feels sane and settled. So what are these new signs of upset? The book, boldly and exuberantly, asks large questions about how we express ourselves, not only through speech but also through gesture, action, and silence."

Collision by Joanna Orwin investigates the clash of cultures in the late 1700's in New Zealand, this time between the French and the Maori. The attitudes each bring to the meeting of two different peoples and misunderstandings escalate and while there are friendships and loyalty, there is also revenge and bloodshed. The action is set in the Bay of Islands. This book looks well worth a read.

We have plenty of non-fiction as well. Just received is The $21 challenge we we are shown "how to feed your family for a week on just 21 dollars with money saving mums Fiona Lippey and Jackie Gower" There is even a website

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Good books from Whangaparaoa Library

Whangaparaoa Library are having a little competition. Each person is recommending a list of titles via bookmarks or tags on books. When the book is issued the item is counted.

Here are three of the recommended titles.

Water for elephants : a novel / Sara Gruen.
"Set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, orphaned and adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her."

Gods in Alabama / Joshilyn Jackson.
"When Arlene Fleet leaves town, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back toher hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found. Ten years later, God has broken His end of the deal. A young woman wants to find the golden-haired football hero who disappeared during their senior year...To make matters worse, Arlene's African American boyfriend, Burr, has given her an ultimatum - introduce him to her lily-white family or he's gone. All too soon she and Burr are on their way to confront Arlene's redneck roots, the secret she ran from, and the crime that stole her peace of mind. Yet while the truth threatens to destroy the life she has built for herself, it just may open her eyes to a love powerful enough to revise her past and alter her future."

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows.
"January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’d never met, a native of Guernsey. He'd come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island - boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever."

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Back to School

School goes back this week (which means quite a few parents are probably breathing a sign of relief). In honour of the new school year, check out these titles available at the library:

School Lunches - Get inspiration from a range of recipe books at the Rodney Libraries. Click on this catalogue link.

Help your child out at school with books like Thriving at School

The history and exploration of the principles of education in New Zealand are explored in another range of books on our shelves. I did a subject search on Education New Zealand to source them.

College students can get tips on how to study smarter with a variety of books in the teens and adult non fiction shelves under Call Number 370.15. And don't forget we now stock a range of NCEA Study Guides in our Teen Non fiction so look for those or check with the librarian.

Meanwhile I am looking forward to the latest adventures of Marley the dog. A picture book we are waiting for is Marley goes to school. I think it will be one I am using for storytimes this year.