Tuesday, 31 August 2010
New Zealand Post Book Awards judge, Paul Diamond, described the winning work as one that will profoundly change our understanding of our shared history. ‘Encircled Lands is an exhaustive, comprehensive history of Te Rohe Pōtae o Te Urewera, the only autonomous tribal district that was recognised in law. Not only does it fulfill the author’s hopes of revealing an almost unknown history to a new audience, it also deftly illustrates why the history of the Urewera and its people continues to resonate.’
Debut novelist, Alison Wong won the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Award for Fiction for her book, As The Earth Turns Silver, ahead of established writers, Fiona Farrell and Owen Marshall.
Charmaine Pountney said Wong brings a powerful new voice and new themes to New Zealand fiction. ‘Based on meticulous research, this novel opens new windows on the development of our nation; it also opens our hearts to the anguish caused by racism, ignorance, failures in family relationship and communication, and war. The book is a delight to look at and hold, as well as deeply moving to read.'
Brian Turner, a leading biographer, essayist, poet and conservationist, was presented with the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Award for Poetry for his collection, Just This, described by judge Elizabeth Smither as a life’s work in its reach, its depth and its deceptive plainness of surface.
'Just This dares to ask the profoundest questions about place and human existence, how we live now and how we hand the world on. It is dangerous poetry because it addresses ethics but at the same time it is leavened with a sweet and sly self-awareness as it searches for “something you can have faith in, swear by”. The journey from the first poem to the last is a revelation,’ says Smither.
In a tightly fought contest that had judges reaching for superlatives, co-owner of Wellington’s famed Logan Brown restaurant, celebrity chef and passionate fisherman, Al Brown won the Illustrated Non-fiction category for his book Go Fish: Recipes and stories from the New Zealand Coast. Awards’ judge Neville Peat described Go Fish as a seafood recipe book with edge and attitude. ‘Colourful images pour from the pages and spicing up the illustrative side are busy montages demonstrating how to prepare crayfish, crab and paua, and how to fillet a flounder – no mean feat, any of this. The recipes themselves, easy to follow, employ an engaging mix of type sizes and layout techniques. For a cookbook, it’s a remarkable page-turner,’ says Peat. Go Fish also won this year’s coveted People’s Choice Award as voted by thousands of readers nationwide.
In a substantially increased prize-pool from previous years, the New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award winner received $15,000. Winners of the four Category Awards each received $10,000 and the People’s Choice Award winner $5,000.
Monday, 30 August 2010
To enable us to open up the new southbound Newmarket Viaduct, we will be closing the Southern Motorway, southbound, between Gillies Ave and Greenlane for a period of up to 36 hours. This necessary closure will take place from 5pm on Saturday September 4, meaning the motorway will remain closed, southbound, throughout Sunday September 5. When the motorway reopens in time for Monday morning, southbound traffic will travel across the first half of the new Newmarket Viaduct.
The closure will cause significant disruption throughout central Auckland, as up to 60,000 vehicles are re-routed through local roads. Therefore we advise all motorists to only travel by car if it is really necessary over this period, particularly on the Sunday.
Should you need to travel by car, please consult the detour maps. These detours will provide you with the best travel option to key destination points, however delays are inevitable. Your best bet on this Fathers day is to either switch your mode of transport, or keep it very local.
Thank you for your cooperation. This single weekend closure and opening of the new bridge will allow us to open the fourth southbound lane from the city to Greenlane by early 2011, reducing journey times and peak hour frustrations for regular commuters, and providing an improved driving experience for all."
Friday, 27 August 2010
- Lance Armstrong. Regardless of the drug debate and his cycling career, there is no doubt that Lance Armstrong fought and survived cancer and is today the inspirational figurehead of the Live Strong organisation. His books It's not about the bike, Every second counts and Live strong are all worthy and inspiring reads to start the list. There are also plenty of other biographies of those who have fought cancer.
- My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult. There is a huge amount of fiction on our shelves dealing with cancer battles, the impact of the battle on family and friends and how people cope. This is one of the most high profile and one of Jodi's best. This is the story of how a family is ripped apart by the battle to keep one child alive . It was last year made into a successful movie.
- Nicki's mum - Dot Meharry. There aren't a lot of picture books dealing with Cancer, but this New Zealand one is a great introduction for younger members of the family. There are also childrens fiction and teen fiction titles for slightly older children. You shouldn't have to say goodbye (Patricia Hermes) is a particularly good book.
- Help Me Live - 20 things people with cancer want you to know - Lori Hope. Everyone deals with cancer differently and that includes the people around the person who actually has the disease. Often this is because they just don't know what to do or say. This book is one of the many that we have in the library that can help.
- Understanding Cancer - Auckland Cancer Society. As well as the wealth of information on our shelves, especially in our non-fiction medical section, all Rodney Libraries also have this resource on our Reference shelves. As well there is a link through to the NZ Cancer Organisation.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Entry forms can be obtained from Rodney Libraries or local college libraries. The form must be completed and signed by a parent, teacher or a librarian each time a book has been read. Once five books have been completed and signed off, teens should drop their entry form into the library. Successful entrants will qualify to go into a draw to win an iPOD and other prizes. Prize winners will be notified at the beginning of Term 4. For more information pick up one of the flyers or ask a librarian.
We're getting some great questions and feedback about the challenge. If you know a teen then make sure they're in to win!
Monday, 23 August 2010
Our collective taonga: urban forest plan
Craig Bishop, Senior Ecologist at Auckland City Council, presents the 'urban forest plan', one of six action plans that will deliver 'Places for people, places for nature' and how it relates to vegetation on the Auckland isthmus. He will also discuss how the action plan for the Hauraki Gulf Islands addresses the range of open space issues in the islands and how it links with the urban forest plan.
Craig is an ecologist with 15 years experience in teaching ecology and protection, and managing of ecological sites in urban and rural settings. Currently Craig works in the Heritage Team at Auckland City Council and is responsible for administering natural heritage within the council boundaries. He is actively involved in protecting and managing significant ecological sites, providing input into restoration projects on council parkland, and the urban forest plan.
Wednesday 25 August 2010
12.00pm - 1.00pm, Central City Library, Whare Wānanga, level 2
Bookings essential, phone 377 0209 to reserve a place
Here’s some brief information about the next 2 lectures
- 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. 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.
Friday, 20 August 2010
12.30 - 2.00pm
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
- A gentleman asked to look at books on spiders. The librarian led him to the shelves and pulled out several books for him to have a look at. He reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a jar with a very large, black, hairy and alive spider in it and announced "I'm trying to identify this one." (You can find spiders on the childrens and adults non fiction shelves under call number 595.4)
- A woman came in looking for a DVD "The wardrobe". We couldn't find it. She then thought it might have been called "The cupboard". Still no luck. She thought for a while and then asked "What's it called when you are gay and you come out of something?". She went away happy with the DVD called "The closet".
- All libraries can tell tales of people who come in "I'm looking for a book - I don't know the title or the author but it has a blue cover and I got it out from here two years ago".
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
- The Carnegie Corporation
- New Zealand History website
- Rodney Libraries e-resources (we suggest the Biography Resource Centre or Encyclopedia Britannica)
It just remains to say - Thank you Mr Carnegie.
Monday, 16 August 2010
They'll be reading 'Mr Muggs The Library Cat' - a purrfect tail for children about a cat who lives in a library. Come and join the fun!
On Friday at 3.45pm Kumeu Library will be hosting Starfish Magic with their presentation of “The Pied Popstar”. The show features dancing, singing, cool costumes and live music and promise to be lots of fun for children aged 3 - 10 and their families. The session is free and you don’t need to register in advance to attend, just turn up on the day.
On Saturday as part of the Storylines Festival, workshops for children on story writing and illustrating are being held at Whangaparaoa Library.
The workshops are targeted at 8 – 16 year olds and are an opportunity for young people to develop story writing and illustrating skills. Participants will have the chance to work with noted New Zealand children's and authors and illustrators.
The Whangaparaoa Story Writers workshop will feature Omaha Beach author Lorraine Orman, winner of the 2005 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards Best First Book Award for Cross Tides, who will talk about ‘Creating Characters.’
Artist and illustrator Fraser Williamson will host a ‘Bring It To Life Will Ya!‘ workshop which will focus on illustrating children’s books for publishing. Fraser has illustrated a number of children’s books, including works by noted New Zealand author Joy Cowley.
Workshop placed are limited and need to be booked in advance at a cost of $15 per child. Bookings can be completed online at www.storylines.org.nz/Events.
Friday, 13 August 2010
- Woolvs in the Sitee. Margaret Wild. Illustrator Anne Spudvilas. You only have to look at the title of this book to realise that there is something a bit different here. The text is spelt phonetically but you read it quite easily. However in combination with the contrasting dark and light of the illustrations, it leaves you with a very weird feeling that completely suits this sinister story.
- Home and Away. John Marsden. Illustrator Matt Ottley. John Marsden writes a lot of children's fiction and is particularly well known for his series Tomorrow, when the war began. This picture book also has war as a central theme but with a slightly different approach as it follows the story of a family broken apart by war, famine, violence and prison. The illustrations are alternatively adult and childish which adds extra poignancy.
- Although a lot of picture books are classed sophisticated because of their content (such as the two above), they are not all like this. Lisa hadn't seen Where's My Cow? by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Melvyn Grant until I showed it to her at the beginning of the week, but she quickly fell for it's charm. This is a "Discworld picture book for people of all sizes". It's the story of one of the Discworld characters reading a book to his young son. However he can't help embellishing the story to make it a little less boring.
- If you asked a room full of people Why did the chicken cross the road? you would probably get a whole range of answers. This book asks 14 of the "funniest and most talented artists around" for their ideas and this book is the result. It is a simple idea, well executed.
- The list would not be completed with one of our favourite's Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross. This is a book we often read aloud to older classes and we often see the teachers chuckling away as well. A picture book which really does have a twist in the tale.
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Get involved online by telling New Zealand what surprises you about your library or entering one of the competitions.
Look out for some of the more surprising questions we've had to answer in the library on the blog next week.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
We'll also be talking to you about some competitions that are happening next week for Library week and your chance to win some fantastic prizes. We look forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Monday, 9 August 2010
Rugby New Zealand 2011 is calling on the Rugby community to be part of this once in a life time opportunity. You are able to both volunteer and attend matches (if you have tickets). They need the experience, skills and passion that you already give to the sport week in, week out.
You have to be at least 17 to be a volunteer. There are many different roles on offer for those who are passionate about our country and willing to give their time and energy to support this fantastic event. Registrations close 24 September 2010.
Friday, 6 August 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Friday 5th August: Starfish Magic present their Pied Popstar Workshop and Show at Mahurangi East Library starting at 3.45pm
Tuesday 10th August: Book Club at Mahurangi East Library from 2 - 4 pm. This book club runs on the second Tuesday of every month. Talk to Rosemary for further details.
Friday 13th August: Wellsford Library hosts their regular book club at 10am. Later on in the afternoon it is their turn to host Starfish Magic with the Pied Popstar Workshop (at the Wellsford Community Centre).
Friday 20th August: Starfish Magic head west, this time visiting the Kumeu Library.
Saturday 21st August: As part of the annual Storylines Festival, Whangaparaoa are hosting two workshops. First up from 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Lorraine Orman runs a writing workshop "Creating characters". Learn how to make your characters jump off the page. Then from 2:30pm – 4:00pm Fraser Williamson will run something for the artists - Bring It To Life Will Ya! Illustrating children's books for publishing. From a script, complete a character study, learn about layouts and put together a rough draft of book illustrations. There is a cost of $15 for each of these workshops.
As well as that all our regular storytimes, rhymetimes and Wriggle and Rhymes continue. For full details of whats on and where, check out our Library Events calendar on the Rodney District Website.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
James Logue of Tomarata School was the overall winner. Alex de Beer of Red Beach School and Regan James from Helensville were both placed second. James won an 4 Gigabyte video MP3 Player and Alex and Regan both received a 4 Gigabyte MP3 Player.
The competition was a Rodney Libraries initiative as part of the build up to National Poetry Day, which is celebrated on 30 July.
National poetry day has been marked for a number of years. Two years ago Rodney Libraries decided to embrace the new technology now available to local residents through public access computers within libraries and launch a ‘Podcast Your Poetry’ competition.
The competition was a way to bring the objective of ational poetry day, ‘Poetry shouldn't stay on the page - it needs to be shared and read aloud,’ to life within Rodney. Podcasting gives children and teens the opportunity to share their creativity with others around Rodney District and New Zealand.
The competition ran from 1 – 30 June. 75 entries were received in this year’s competition, which was open to children in years 4 to 13.
“The number of classrooms entering was great to see,” says Rachel Fisher of Helensville Library who was the National Poetry Day Poetry Aloud Co-ordinator. “Tomarata School have always been a big supporter of this competition but this year has seen other schools come on board such as Red Beach School. We are pleased to be able to offer them a competition which fits in with their school curricula.”
Pauline Mee, a Helensville poet who judged the competition commented that, “the poetry and prose was full of beautifully descriptive use of imagery and evocative story telling. It was thoroughly enjoyable to listen to everybody’s work.”
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Voting in the awards, held to coincide with Mäori Language Week, closed last night and attracted more than double the number of votes as last year.
Awards organiser University Kaihautü Mäori (Mäori Library Services Manager) Spencer Lilley says the idea for book awards to recognise and celebrate Mäori literature was a result of other major book awards failing to do so.
“It’s heartening to see the growing interest and the continuing high calibre of finalists, Mr Lilley says. “Although there were fewer categories then the six included at the inaugural awards last year it was pleasing to see that voting figures more than doubled.”
Books on Mäori topics published between June last year and May 30 were selected as finalists in four categories: art, architecture and design; biography; history; and te reo Mäori.
Massey PhD candidate and graduate Julie Paama-Pengelley is the winner of the award for Art, Architecture and Design for her book Mäori Art and Design: Weaving painting, carving and architechture, which traces the origins and evolution of art and design in historic Mäori culture.
Internationally-acclaimed fiction writer Patricia Grace took out the biography award for her book Ned and Katina, the love story between Ned Nathan, a soldier in the 28th Mäori Battalion solider, and his wife Katina, whom he met in Crete in 1941.
Two of the winning books, the history and te reo Mäori award winners, were published by Massey alumni Robyn and Brian Bargh of Huia Publishers in Wellington.
The history award was won by Contested Ground: Te Whenua i Tohea, The Taranaki Land Wars 1860-1881 edited by Kelvin Day and published to coincide with an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the wars.
The te reo Mäori award was won by People of the Land: Images and Mäori Proverbs of Aotearoa New Zealand written by Sir Hirini Moko Mead and Lady June Te Rina Mead. The book contains pepehä and imagery and is aimed at those wishing to gain an insight into Mäori wisdom and values.
Monday, 2 August 2010
A total of 138 books, 14 of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen' longlist of 13 books.
Peter Carey - Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)
Emma Donoghue - Room (Pan MacMillan - Picador)
Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal (Penguin - Fig Tree)
Damon Galgut - In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic - Atlantic Books)
Howard Jacobson - The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)
Andrea Levy - The Long Song (Headline Publishing Group - Headline Review)
Tom McCarthy - C (Random House - Jonathan Cape)
David Mitchell - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Hodder & Stoughton - Sceptre)
Lisa Moore - February (Random House - Chatto & Windus)
Paul Murray - Skippy Dies (Penguin - Hamish Hamilton)
Rose Tremain - Trespass (Random House - Chatto & Windus)
Christos Tsiolkas - The Slap (Grove Atlantic - Tuskar Rock)
Alan Warner - The Stars in the Bright Sky (Random House - Jonathan Cape)
This list will be narrowed down on 7 September and the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 will be revealed on 12 October.
For more information visit the Man Booker website