Friday, 30 July 2010

Top 5 on Friday - Poetry

Today is National Poetry Day, so it seems appropriate that I delve into the non-fiction shelves to talk to you about my favourite poetry. I have to admit straight away that I am not normally a poetry reader, but like most things, I know what I like (which changes dependnig on my mood). So here are a few things that pique my interest (in no particular order). If you want to check out Rodney Libraries poetry selection, you can find it on our non-fiction shelves under Call # 821. And don't forget our Poetry day events at Wellsford and Mahurangi East Libraries today.
  1. There is a poignancy about war poetry that has appealed to me ever since I studied the World War One poets such as Wilfred Owen. Which is why I have chosen The Happy Warrior - An Anthology of Australian and New Zealand Military Poetry. Many of these read more like ballads and if you consider songs to be a form of poetry that is probably why these appeal to me. From the Boer War and POW's to Dreams of Home and Prayers you can choose a poem for both laughter and tears.

  2. The Word Witch - The Magical Verse of Margaret Mahy has something for the whole family. A fantastic collection from a famous New Zealander.

  3. Dear to Me - 100 New Zealanders write about their favourite poems. Sometimes it is easier to appreciate poetry if you know why it appeals to other people. It certainly gave me a new insight into poems I had never considered before.

  4. Get Some by Sonya Yelich. This thin volume of poetry tells the story of a tour of duty of an American soldier in Iraq. Described as "by turns chilling, funny, deeply sad and thought-provoking" it is also extremely readable. While stories told in verse are not really my thing, this contemporary offering is an exception.

  5. Finally another recent addition to our shelves. B is for Bad Poetry by Pamela August Russell. Short, pithy and irreverant they will make you smile, if not burst into laughter. Here's one that I can relate to, which probably means that the poet has achieved her purpose.

Sandy Dennis Briefly
by Pamela August Russell

I wake up
to my cats
judging me.
They stare
as if to say,
"Is that what
you had in mind
for your life?
If it is, you may
want to consider
sleeping pills or
a tall bridge
because in our view,
you're pathetic."


they're hungry.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Maori Language Week at the Library

Nau mai. Haere mai. Tena koutou katoa. Welcome to the Rodney Libraries.

We have been practising our Te Reo this week at the library, including snippets into our storytime sessions and highlighting one of the three official Kiwi languages with displays and the odd word.

The theme for this year's Maori Language week is Te Mahi Kai - The Language of Food which means that it is easy for everyone to include a word or two into their vocabulary this week.

The Maori Language Commission says "The key message for the language this year is encouraging use in communities. For this reason we have deliberately chosen an activity based theme to promote and widen spoken language in communities.
It is universally acknowledged that food as a culture and all the customs around it creates its own sense of community. It’s an appropriate means for disseminating a message about language therefore, and certainly from a Māori point of view, our own food culture, more particularly food gathering and preparation is a very central part of our identity.
We encourage a very liberal interpretation of the theme for this year because “te mahi kai” means not just partaking in a meal, but includes all the activity undertaken to create that meal, traditional as well as contemporary.
This can include hunting, diving, fishing, foraging, as well as shopping, through to food preparation in the kitchen. The language contained within just these activities alone is extensive, and provides a rich base for people and organisations to develop what we hope will be original and innovative Māori language initiatives and projects across the community. "

So here's a challenge for you. If even my 70 year old father can tell his grand daughter to "Come and get some kai", then there's no reason why you can't include a few of the following words into your day.

Food - Kai
Bread - Paraoa
Butter - Pata
Meat - Miti
Cheese - Tihi
Tomato - Tomato
Sandwich - Hanawhiti
Toast - Tohi
Egg - Heki
Breakfast - Parakuihi
Lunch - Tina
Dinner - Hapa
Cake - Keke
Children - Tamariki

Ka kite ano

Starfish Magic Performance

I'v had glowing reports in from Whangaparaoa Library who hosted the first Starfish Magic "Pied Popstar" performance last Friday night.

100 children (and their parents) took part in the performance workshop with dancing, singing, cool costumes, live music and lots of fun.

This week it is the turn of the Orewa Library. Children from 3 to 10 years old and their families are welcome to come along at 3.45 for this free event.

Other libraries will be visited as follows:
Mahurangi East library – Friday 6 August
Wellsford Community Centre (1 Matheson Road, Wellsford) – Friday 13 August
Kumeu library - Friday 20 August

All workshops commence at 3.45pm and run for one hour. The sessions are free and you don’t need to register in advance to attend these.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Biodiversity lecture series at Auckland Central Library

United Nations has designated 2010 as the Year of Biodiversity and Auckland Central City Library has organised a series of four free lectures to generate awareness of this diverse and interesting topic.

The first is on this Wednesday.

The silent and invisible whanau of the forest and waterways
Discover New Zealand's hidden native freshwater fish. Dene André, Chairman Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society (South Auckland Branch) presents an illustrated talk on the conservation of our endangered native fish. Dene has extensive knowledge and experience with native fish and their habitats. He champions the battle to save them and their environment, and has published numerous reports and papers on stream ecology and fish conservation.
Wednesday 28 July 2010, 12.00pm - 1.00pm, Central City Library, Whare Wānanga, level 2
Bookings essential, phone 377 0209 to reserve a place

* Wednesday 25 August. Our collective taonga: urban forest plan.

Craig Bishop, Senior Ecologist at Auckland City Council presents the Council’s urban forest plan.

* Wednesday 8 September. Grapes, Guava, Ngutu Kaka and Land Crabs.
David Havell, Biodiversity Technical Support Officer with DOC will be talking about threatened species and ecosystems.

* Wednesday 22 September. Te Wao Nui.
Peter Fraser, Conservation Officer at Auckland Zoo will be talking about Te Wao Nui, the exciting new ecological areas to be developed at the Zoo.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Pleasures of Poetry

Mahurangi East Library are celebrating National Poetry Day on Friday 30th July 2010 with a Pleasures of Poetry event in the Betty Paxton Room of the Mahurangi East Community Centre, Hamatana Road, Snells Beach.

This will be the second annual poetry reading at Snells Beach for Poetry Day. Members of the local poetry group will be reading their favourite poems. This will be followed by three local poets who will be reading some of their own work.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The event runs from 2.00 to 4.00 pm on Friday and afternoon tea will be provided. Entry is free so why not come along and share in the pleasure of poetry.
Meanwhile, the Wellsford Library is also joining in with Poetry Day on Friday evening. There will be Poetry Readings at the Wellsford Library from 5.15pm to 6.30 pm. Local poets will recite their works. Other attendees are encouraged to read their favourite poems, or you can just come along and listen. Entry is free and the event is open to all to attend with free drinks and food being provided.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Cyndi O'Meara - Orewa Library Author Talk

CYNDI O’MEARA— International Presenter and Best Selling Author
Orewa Library,12 Moana Avenue, Orewa
Reserve your seat at front desk or phone 09 4268249

Cyndi is a passionate, determined and knowledgeable speaker on health issues and uses her education and experience to help others improve their quality of life so they too can enjoy greater health and longer lives. Concerned by the state of our health system and the lack of educated consumers, Cyndi explores relevant and confronting issues such as cancer, diseases, diets, drugs and medication and asks people to make a choice about what they are willing to consume.
By educating people on how to read food labels, why diets don’t work, and how drugs can affect your total well-being and vitality, Cyndi confronts her audiences with new truths and empowers them to make long lasting changes with simple and achievable steps on how to create healthier habits.Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Nutrition from Deakin University in Victoria and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Cyndi also undertook postgraduate studies from RMIT Victoria in human anatomy, pathology, physiology and diplomas in diagnosis and management of health issues. A highly successful and award-winning businesswomen, Cyndi was named Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year in 2003. In every aspect of her life, she looks outside conventional thinking to find new ways of balancing her time with family, business and good health to create a wonderful, balanced lifestyle and you check her out at her website

At this seminar you will learn how to make the best food choices for you and your family, forever! Cyndi will show you how food manufacturers and advertisers are tricking you into believing you are eating well, whilst feeding their own pockets. And she will teach you why it is important to reclaim your power and treat your body to lip-smacking, nutritious, energising meals again. Food shopping, cooking and eating will never be the same!
Photo from Cyndi's Changing Habits Facebook page.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Top NZ Book Designs

New Zealand’s best book designers were celebrated at this year’s PANZ Book Design Awards last night.

The supreme winner was The Life and Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell. The Designer was Cameron Gibb and the Publicsher PQ Blackwell/Hachette (NZ).

For details of all winners and judges commentary check out the Publisher's Association of New Zealand Website

Top 5 on Friday

Anne's Top 5 Horsey reads for children.
  1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. The only book that Anna ever wrote and the quintessential horsey book for children and adults. It is also one of the first books I ever read that told the story from the point of view of the animal.

  2. The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. The story of a boy and his friendship with a wild horse. I loved this series so much growing up that I hunted it down in second hand shops as an adult to relive the passion. The Black Stallion series has also been made into movies which are available at Rodney.

  3. Last week Nicky Pellegrino interviewed Amy Brown about her new Kiwi horsey story - the first in a series. Amy cites the Ruby Ferguson "Jill" series that I grew up with as one of her inspirations so on that basis I include her book which comes out shortly - Jade and the Stray.

  4. Stacy Gregg (Pony Club Secrets) and Trudy Nicholson (White Cloud Station) both write Kiwi horse books that our readers can relate to.

  5. My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara. Like the Black Stallion, this is one of the few titles that tells the story of a boy and his horse. There aren't as many titles like this (most have girls as their main characters) and this is also another one that has become a movie.
Honourable mentions must go to Phar Lap and National Velvet as well as Bow down Shadrach.

It's cold and wet and muddy outside, so if you need your horse fix once you have checked the covers, waters and feeds, get your horsey fix in print from your local library.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Librarians on Holiday

What do librarians do when they go on holiday?

No - this isn't one of those jokes like how many librarians does it take to change a lightbulb? This is about two of our reference librarians having a bit of leave.

Lisa was over in our western island during the school holidays (otherwise known as Australia) and admitted to visiting a couple of libraries (including the National Library of Australia in Caneberra) plus a couple of Art Galleries and Museums.

Meanwhile Anne from Kumeu was even further afield, up in the northern hemisphere taking a holiday that was postponed because of the eruption of a certain Icelandic volcano. Anne reported that to a large extent her and her companions avoided libraries, unless it was to access the internet. Anne reports "I must say the internet access was a godsend and generally very good even in tiny little libraries in the middle of nowhere. It was interesting to note the different session management systems... I think ours is as good and straightforward for staff and customers as any we saw in the UK." Anne commented that there was only one place that they didn't have a good experience (grumpy staff and a charge to use the internet). One library closed for an hour at lunch time, not so much because of limited staff, but just because they thought it was a nice, old-fashioned sort of thing to do.

Anne continues "The only novelty we saw in the way of libraries was The Chained Library in Wimbourne Minster, in Dorset. 'The library was founded in 1686 and is the second largest chained library in the country and also one of the first public libraries' . A chained library is one where books are attached to the shelf or bookcase by a chain. This is long enough for the books to be taken down and read, but they cannot be removed from the library. This was normal practice from the Middle Ages to approximately the 18th Century as books were so valuable (i.e. before the printing press).

To finish (and in case you were wondering) there are a couple of different answers to the light bulb question:

(a) Two - one to change the light bulb and the other one to ssshhhhh her.
(b) I don't know, but I could look it up for you.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Loss of an Identity

Rodney Libraries would like to pay tribute to a character and a gentleman. Sir Gordon Mason, OBE, JP and one of the District's longest serving leaders passed away this morning after a long illness.

Gordon Charles Mason was elected to the then Rodney County Council in 1960. He was deputy chairman from 1963 to 1973 and chairman from 1973 to 1989. In 1989 he was elected as the new Rodney District’s first mayor after local government reorganisation and served in this capacity until his retirement from local politics in 1992. He was a Life Member of the Local Government Association and was recognised as being instrumental in merging the New Zealand Counties Association and the Municipal Association to form that Association in 1988.

This entertaining interview from the pages of the Mahurangi Matters gives more of an insight into the character of the man, whom I knew (as did so many others) as Hookie Mason. He was always ready with a smile and up for a chat.

Sir Gordon is survived by Lady Tui and three children.

The Man in the Moon

The Man in the Moon took on a new meaning on 20 July 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down in the lunar landing vehicle Eagle. Two new sayings entered our vocabulary. "The Eagle has landed" and "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" are synonymous with the adventurous spirit of the human race.

One Small Step is just one of the books at Rodney Libraries about the moon landing. It is a children's non-fiction title. One Giant Leap (appropriately enough) is the adult version of the story.

You can find a range of books and DVD's at your local library by completing a subject search Space Flight to the Moon

The moon isn't just about space flight and exploration though. It affects the tides and the weather back here on earth. In The lunar code Ken Ring explains his lunar cycle-based science of weather prediction. It also features in folklore, mythology, astrology and medicine. The Book of the Moon covers all aspects. Of course, it also inspires as can be seen by our authors, poets, musicians and artists (The Moon - Robert Louis Stevenson, New Moon - Stephenie Meyer, The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd).
The last word today belongs to the kids picturebooks. One Giant Leap was released last year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the landing. And the next great space frontier is celebrated You are the First Kid on Mars

Monday, 19 July 2010

Starfish Magic – Children’s Performance Workshops

The holidays may be over but the fun just doesn't stop for children!

This July and August Rodney Libraries and Starfish Magic are pleased to present “The Pied Popstar” - a series of performance workshops for children at local libraries.

The shows feature dancing, singing, cool costumes and live music and promise to be lots of fun for children aged 3 - 10 and their families.

Starfish Magic will be visiting the following Rodney Libraries:

Whangaparaoa library – Friday 23 July
Orewa Library – Friday 30 July
Mahurangi East library – Friday 6 August
Wellsford Community Centre (1 Matheson Road, Wellsford) – Friday 13 August
Kumeu library - Friday 20 August

All workshops commence at 3.45pm and run for one hour. The sessions are free and you don’t need to register in advance to attend these.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Top 5 on Friday

Lesley's Top 5 for Fireside Activities for Adults and Kids.

It's cold outside so the best place to be is inside in front of a roaring fire. Lesley from Wellsford is putting together a display featuring fireside activities for adults and kiddies eg knitting and general hand crafts, (playing) card games, maybe even making a start on those early christmas decorations. Listed below are some of the items she recommends.

Knit it together- by Susyn Jackson 746.432 KNI
Cute and cuddly cross stitch - by Gillian Souter 746.443 SOU

Christmas past & christmas presents - by Catherine Austin 745.594 AUS

Fun with flax - by Mick Pendergrast 746.41 PEN
Knitted bears - by Val Pierce 746.432 PIE

For some crafty reading in front of the fire, Lesley recommends the "Elm Creek Quilts" series by Jennifer Chiaverini. These are very popular throughout the district.

Thanks Lesley for the first up Top 5.

Great Outdoors Friday 16 July

Our final school holiday programme activity is on today at Whangaparaoa Library at 10.30am - "Sitting under a camp fire…!" (It's hot.)

Thanks to everyone who came along and joined in the fun. There were kites and tents and footprints and peanut butter bird feeders!

(Look out for our programme next school holidays - the theme is Medieval Madness.)

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Great Outdoors Thursday 15 July

School holiday programme activities on today:

Kumeu Library at 10.30 am Great outdoor stories and fun

Mahurangi East Library at 10.30am Great outdoor stories and fun

Warkworth Library at 10.30am Sitting around the campfire

Wellsford Library at 10.30am Camping at the Beach

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

When we noticed an author dedicated her book "With love and appreciation for libraries large and small", it was a given that at least one of us would have to read and review it.

Nancy Pickard's latest offering The Scent of Rain and Ligntning is the story of a Kansas family with secrets. Twenty two years ago, when Jody was just three, her father was murdered and her mother vanished. Her extended family closed it's protective arms around her and still do so in the present. But when the local trouble-maker convicted of the crime is released for a retrial, old rivalries and unspoken questions start to make their presence felt. Was everything as it seemed and did they convict the right man?

Strong characters against a wild rural backdrop with a fantastic flavour for the small town community, this story has a great pace and does keep you guessing to the end.

Sing A Longs

What ever happened to the good old-fashioned sing-song? Is it still around or has it gone out of fashion?

The thought occurred to me today as I was very courageously searching for songs which I MIGHT use for my school holiday programme on Thursday. After all, what's a good campfire session without a couple of songs.

My singing voice is nothing to write home about, which is why I depend heavily on the professionals to assist me when I do my Storytime and Wriggle and Rhyme sessions. But there was once a day when I could strum a guitar and belt out a tune on those truly memorable party nights. Some of my favourite memories include a couple of guitars and/or a piano with a cacophany of off-key voices adding their own flavour to Kiwi favourites such as Ten Guitars or the old Folk tunes such as Tom Dooley and This Land is your Land.

At the Rodney Library we have plenty of help you if you are planning a Sing A Long.

Children's Songs It goes without saying that we have the nursery rhymes, the traditional songs, songs from around the world and some new ones as well to keep the whole family entertained.

Song Books - Love Songs and Film Scores. Bob Dylan and Elvis.

Waiata - Maori performances and songbooks, plus the history of the Waiata and tradition of Maori music.

A fantastic range of Folk Music from around the world on CD.

Songs for the Guitar and Songs for the Piano and we even have Ukelele and Recorder books for the budding musicians.

And as a special mention for Bastille Day - what about Music from France.

Great Outdoors Wednesday 14 July

School holiday programme activities on today:

Helensville Library at 10.30am Can you see what I see?
Whangaparaoa Library at 2.30 pm Great outdoor stories and fun

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Great Outdoors Tuesday 13 July

School holiday programme activities on today in Orewa Library at 2.30pm. Bring your primary-school aged children along for great outdoor stories and fun.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Great Outdoor school holiday programme 12-16 July

The second week of the school holidays has dawned crisp and clear. Here's what's on in the libraries for primary-school aged children this week.

Helensville Library
Mon 12 July 10.30am Foliage Friends time!
Wed 14 July 10.30am Can you see what I see?
Fri 16 July 10.30am Sitting under a camp fire…!

Kumeu Library
Thu 15 July 10.30 am Great outdoor stories and fun

Mahurangi East Library
Thu 15 July 10.30am Great outdoor stories and fun

Orewa Library
Tue 13 July 2.30pm Great outdoor stories and fun

Warkworth Library
Thu 15 July 10.30am Sitting around the campfire

Wellsford Library
Thu 15 July 10.30am Camping at the Beach

Whangaparaoa Library
Wed 14 July 2.30 pm Great outdoor stories and fun

NB. Pre-school storytimes may still be on at libraries - check with your librarian.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Not just a dolphin

It might not be Moko, but it probably is. And in the greater scheme of things, he is just a dolphin. But what are we really saying about society if we cannot take the time to mourn the death of any living being. So today's post is about Moko and the other dolphins who fascinate us.

Moko is the latest dolphin to capture the hearts of Kiwis. He has his own Wikipedia entry, his own Facebook page and Twitter account. This is the link to his page from his home in Whakatane. He is male Bottlenose Dolphin who highlighted both the joys of marine animals and the fact that they are still wild animals that need to be treated with respect.

Pelorus Jack was one of the first dolphins to interact with Kiwis. He was a Risso's dolphin from the 1880's and who accompanied ships that travelled between Nelson and Wellington. He was the first dolphin to be protected by law. The Te Ara website has a wonderful story and footage on him as well as other information about dolphins around New Zealand.

In the 1950's Opo the Bottlenose dolphin visited the Hokianga and inspired folklore and song. Once again the Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand website has an Opo page and this link to Flux Media will enable you to play a documentary about her.

To look up dolphins in the Rodney Libraries, you have plenty of choices as you can see from all the subject headings in our catalogue.

Here is a NZ Herald newslink from today for Moko. News of his death has been published as far afield as the UK. Personally I hope his death was from natural causes. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Great Outdoors Thursday 8 July

School holiday programme activities on today:
Mahurangi East Library 10.30am Come and discover the outdoors in your library
Warkworth Library 10.30am What animal is that? Tracking and Watching
Wellsford Library 10.30am Bird Watching in the Bush

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Millenium Trilogy

I had a couple of days off last week and have used it to good effect. I finally got my hands on Book 3 of Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy "The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest" to complete the cliff-hanger from the end of Book 2.

I was not disappointed. The twists and turns of the story continued, although in many ways this was much more psychological drama than action fiction. All the main players were there Blomkvist, Salander and Berger. They are joined by new characters and intrigue as the story lead's up to Lisbeth's trial. I'm not going to say much more, because I run the risk of giving away the story to those of you out there who have not yet discovered this fantastic series.

The end of this book came on page 599 and although it left me satisfied, there was also the strange feeling of unanswered questions and that there should have been more. I am particularly interested in how Lisbeth's sister fits into the picture. So I did some digging.

When Steig Larsson decided to start writing this series, he plotted out 10 books. When he passed away he had the unfinished manuscript for Book 4 on his laptop. Unfortunately a battle has erupted between his life partner and his family and this is affecting the possible completion and publication of any further adventures for Lisbeth and Mikhail in the near future.

On another note, the movie of the second book is being released in theatres later this month. If you would like to get a sneak preview the Village Bookshop at Matakana is hosting a charity event on Sunday 18th July of The Girl who Played with Fire to support Adults in Motion. If you are interested contact the Bookshop on 09 4230315.

Great Outdoors Wednesday 7 July

School holiday programme activities on today

Helensville Library 10.30am Let’s go fly a (mini) kite!
Whangaparaoa Library 2.30 pm Great outdoor stories and fun

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

And the winners are...

Mayor Penny's Reading Challenge for 2010 is over and on Friday we surprised several children around the district with their prizes for taking part in one of the best ever years. We had 800 entries (over 100 more than our previous best) from 590 children. 38 different schools were represented plus there was a good entry from our local Home-schoolers. Well done everyone.

The bike this year went to 5 year old Madison Eldridge from Orewa North Primary School. Second place went to Gitanjali Bhatt from Silverdale and third place to Abbey Barnes-Wright from Tomarata.

This year we also recognised the School who had the most entries based on their school roll. Leigh Primary School pipped Tomarata Primary School by just 1% (both schools had over 40% representation). Tauhoa Primary School were third, with Parakai and Orewa North close behind.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to the winners and well done to everyone who took part (Certificates will go out to all participants early in the third term).

And finally THANK YOU to our loyal sponsors and supporters who have been with us since the challenge started seven years ago. Free Ride'n' in Huapai, the Whangaparaoa and Orewa Lions Clubs and the Rotary Club of Warkworth. We couldn't do this without you.

Great Outdoors Tuesday 6 July

Great outdoors stories and fun on today at Kumeu Library 10.30 am and Orewa Library 2.30pm.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Great Outdoors school holiday programme

The July school holidays start today. It's pretty wet outside so bring your school age children down to the library to listen to stories about the "Great Outdoors" in comfort.

This week...

Helensville Library
Monday 5 July 10.30am Ribbit, Ribbit who is here to visit?
Wednesday 7 July 10.30am Let’s go fly a (mini) kite!

Kumeu Library
Tuesday 6 July 10.30 am Great outdoor stories and fun

Mahurangi East Library
Thursday 8 July 10.30am Come and discover the outdoors in your library

Orewa Library
Tuesday 6 July 2.30pm Great outdoor stories and fun

Warkworth Library
Thursday 8 July 10.30am What animal is that? Tracking and Watching

Wellsford Library
Thursday 8 July 10.30am Bird Watching in the Bush

Whangaparaoa Library
Wednesday 7 July 2.30 pm Great outdoor stories and fun

NB. Pre-school storytimes may still be on at libraries - check with your librarian.

Friday, 2 July 2010

National Poetry Day Poetry Aloud

The competition has now closed and all of the entries are up on the website. Thanks to the schools and students who submitted entries. The judge will have a difficult time picking a favourite from all the poems. (There's also a little bit of karaoke!)

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Library catalogue on your mobile - AirPAC

'AirPAC' was designed for use on your mobile phone. It's a stripped down, picture free version of the catalogue, perfect for slow load speeds or when you don't want to be connected for very long. (This also makes it great for dial-up.) You can do all the things that you'd do on the regular catalogue - search, reserve, check what you have out, renew items etc.

Here is the web address.