Tuesday, 31 July 2007

2007 Montana New Zealand Book Award Winners

Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry and Readers Choice Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones.

Montana Medal for Non-fiction and Illustrative Eagle's Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand, by Audrey Eagle.

Biography Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music, by Philip Norman.

History Vaka Moana: Voyages of the Ancestors, edited by K.R. Howe.

Reference and anthology and NZSA E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-fiction Furniture of the NZ Colonial Era: An Illustrated History 1830-1900, by William Cottrell.

Lifestyle and contemporary culture Stitch: Contemporary NZ Textile Artists, by Ann Packer.

Environment Ghosts of Gondwana: The History of Life in New Zealand, by George Gibbs.

NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction The Sound of Butterflies, by Rachael King.

NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry Secret Heart, by Airini Beautrais.

Monday, 30 July 2007

Winner of the Great New Zealand Digi-Poem Competition

The winners of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards are announced later today so in the meantime...

Congratulations to Charlie Ward of Wellington who has won the inaugural Great New Zealand Digi-Poem Competition with his audio-visual version of Paekakariki poet Apirana Taylor's poem 'Hinemoa's Daughter'.

You can read more about it here and find the poem here.

Friday, 27 July 2007

Montana Poetry Day

Tena Koutou

Hi everyone. Friday 27th July is Montana Poetry Day and to celebrate Rodney Libraries have been promoting Poetry Walls in each of our libraries. Some fantastic original poetry has been placed on the walls, as well as some old favourites. Today you will even see poetry excerpts on the pavements outside our libraries. Our aim is to get poetry outside the library into an everyday environment to "inspire and engage communities." The poetry walls are staying up for another week so there is still time to get your poetry up for the world to see.

By the way, I'm kowhai reader, the new kid on the blog. I'm a book worm from way back and an enthusiastic member of the Rodney Libraries team, I'm here to help keep you up to date with the great things that are happening around the district in your local library. If there is anything you want to know please just post and let us know. In the meantime, we'll keep you posted on all the things that you can find in the library or that are going on in things information and literary in the community.

Ka kite ano

Top Montana Poetry Prize Presented Posthumously

Janet Frame has won the poetry category of the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for her collection, The Goose Bath three years after her death. A previous recipient of awards for both fiction and non fiction, the win confirms her place as one of our greatest and most adaptable writers.

The announcement made today marks Montana Poetry Day. With more than 45 events happening around the country, it is a major celebration of the nation’s poets and their writing.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards judges’ convenor, Dr Paul Millar says Frame’s edge is as we should expect, her use of inventive, imaginative and memorable language. ‘She steps lightly and precisely across the surface of the swamp of words…She is also highly original.’

Spokesperson for the Janet Frame Charitable Trust and Janet Frame’s niece, Pamela Gordon, says poetry was always her aunt’s first love. ‘This win marks a long overdue recognition for Janet Frame as a poet. She didn't seek accolades for her work, but she would have been very pleased that The Goose Bath poems have found favour.’

Janet Frame is New Zealand’s most distinguished writer: CBE, member, Order of New Zealand, nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Honorary Doctorate in Literature, University’s of Otago and Waikato. She was a Burns Scholar and a Sargeson Fellow. Janet Frame also won the New Zealand Scholarship in Letters and the Hubert Church Award for Prose. Born in Dunedin in 1924, Janet Frame died in January 2004.

The Goose Bath, published by Random House New Zealand, will be judged alongside the winner of the Fiction category for the ultimate prize, the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry (formerly called the Deutz prize). The winner will be announced at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards ceremony and gala dinner in Auckland at Sky City on Monday 30 July.

The principal sponsors of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards are Montana and Creative New Zealand. The awards are managed by Booksellers New Zealand and supported by Book Publishers Association of New Zealand, the New Zealand Society of Authors and Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Māori resources online

Let's have a look at some Māori language resources online.

Māori.org.nz
"We try and cover all aspects of our culture, through either our own pages, or through our huge links section that links to many Maori sites."

Te Puni Kōkiri
"Te Puni Kōkiri’s work focuses on providing high quality policy advice to Government and other agencies. Recently it has also begun providing services to assist Māori achieve their development aims. "

Putumōhio
Rodney Libraries catalogue in Māori.

Te Taura Whiri i te reo Maori - Māori Language Commission
"The Māori Language Commission was set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary means of communication."

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Harry Potter quiz - the answers...

Book 1. What does Professor McGongal turn into and how do we identify her?
A tabby cat with square markings around the eyes.

Book 2. Where is Harry when he first hears the voices?
In Professor Lockhart’s Office.

Book 3. What are Remus Lupin, James Potter, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew’s nicknames? Now name the magical object they created.
Mooney, Prongs, Padfoot and Wormtail. The Marauder’s Map.

Book 4. Name the spell and give the incatation Harry uses in task one,
Summoning Charm – Accio

Book 5. Name Hadgrid’s half brother.
Grawp

Book 6 . The Hogwarts House Founders each have at least one powerful magical object associated with them in book 6. Name them.
Gryffindor – Ruby encrusted sword & sorting hat
Hufflepuff – Golden Goblet
Slytherin - Golden locket & ring

Ravenclaw - not named

Book 7. What date and time will Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows be released in New Zealand?
11.01am on 21st July 2007

Maori poetry

You can find Maori poetry in various places in the information sections of your library.

Poets

So far on the walls we have poems from

Pam Ayers

Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Roger McGough (one of my favourites too)

Alfred Noyes


...and some originals from customers. That's great - keep them coming.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Poetry on the wall

The Poetry walls are up at all Rodney Libraries. If you have a poem in mind but can't quite remember the words, the poetry section at each library is at 821 in the information section.

My favourite poem? 'The Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll.

What's your favourite poem?

Monday, 23 July 2007

Home bound delivery survey - thank you for participating

Thank you to everyone who returned home bound delivery survey forms. There are some very useful and thoughtful comments on them. We will be able to plan our services accordingly.

If you have filled out a form don't worry if you have missed the deadline. Feedback is always welcome - just drop it off at your local library.

Maori Language Week - Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Kiaora. Maori has been an official language of New Zealand since 1987 although Maori Language week has been celebrated since 1975. (It's almost as old as me.) For more information have a look at these pages from New Zealand History online.

You will find Maori language resources in the 499's in the information sections of your library. There are other items too, like picture books and jigsaws - check with your local librarians.

Friday, 20 July 2007

Harry Potter entries must be in today

If you are going to enter the Harry Potter competition remember to get your entry form in before the close of business today. Entries handed in overnight will not be eligible.

Maori Language Week 23-29 July 2007

Kōrero Māori next week during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. "Aotearoa - New Zealand has been celebrating Māori Language Week for over 30 years, and in July 2007 all Kiwis are again invited to join in. This year’s theme is ‘Tourism' or ‘Tāpoi’ in Māori – and there is a double focus: getting ‘On the Road with te Reo' and using ‘Kia ora’ every day." Find out more on the website here.

The libraries will have displays and posters with phrases on them. They also have a limited number of Anthem cards to give away - these have the first verse of the New Zealand National Anthem in Maori and English and the words to the haka on them. (Very useful if you're off to the rugby later in the year.)



Kia kaha ake - Give it a go!

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Celebrating Montana Poetry Day

To celebrate Montana Poetry Day on Friday 27 July we want you to add your favourite poem to the Poetry Wall in the libraries over the next fornight. It could be a nursery rhyme, a haiku, a limerick (keep it clean please!) or even a poem you have written yourself. The Poetry Walls will be up from Monday 23 July to Saturday 4 August.


On Montana Poetry day itself library staff will pick their favourites and write them on the pavement outside the library. Could it be yours? Only if you add your poem to the wall!

If you can't get into the library feel free to add your poem to the comments.

For more event details around the North click here.

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

IMDB - Internet Movie database

IMDB bills itself as "Earth's biggest movie database". It's definitely worth a look if you are interested in movies, actors, television shows, gossip or anything to do with cinema and video. There are user reviews, forums, articles, and profiles.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Telecom 39th Auckland International Film Festival

Oh dear. In all the excitement of the weather last week I seem to have forgotten about the International Film Festival, on in Auckland from July 13-29. There's something for everyone in this year's line up. Documentaries, comedies, short films, animation, horror - you name it, they have it. I've been to four so far - which ones will you be going to?

Question seven, book seven - Harry Potter competition

This is the final question for our Harry Potter competition. Get your answers into your local library before it closes on Friday 20 July to be in to win a copy of the last book in the series.

"What date and time will “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” be released in New Zealand?"

Monday, 16 July 2007

J.K. Rowling's website

J.K. Rowling has a fun website. There's news, a diary, rumours, biography and port keys that take you to other pages.

The last question in the Harry Potter competition will be posted tomorrow.

Friday, 13 July 2007

What's on at the libraries today?

It's the last Friday of the school holidays - and it's Friday the thirteenth...

Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Svetlana will be along again to teach you how to play chess. Have a go at other games and activities. From 2pm.

Warkworth Library
Black Friday Teens 5-6:30pm


The event at Orewa Library has been cancelled for tonight.

Have a great last holiday weeekend!

Thursday, 12 July 2007

What's on at the libraries today?

Helensville Library and Service Centre
School holiday storytime and activity at 10:30am

Warkworth Library
SKIP (strategies with kids) presenter at 10:30am

Wellsford Library
Knitting for fun in the morning

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

What's on at the library today?

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Warkworth Library
School holiday storytime and games at 10:30

Orewa Library
Storytime for 6 years+ from 2pm

Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Join us in the children’s area for BINGO! Lots of fun and prizes for the winners!! From 2pm

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 11 am

Teen Xpo from 6:30pm. With demonstrations from... “Underground Skate” Emphasis on snowboarding for the winter months ahead, for guys and girls. “Unique Design” hairdresser demonstration for guys and girls. A Beautician demonstrating skin care for guys and girls. “Feed Me Right” author Tamarin Pigneguy taking a practical session on making quick, easy and pizzas for the starving teenager, for guys and girls.

Mahurangi East Library
Juggling demonstration and stories at 10:30am
Teen afternoon - show your card or sign up for one and get a Coke and Chupa chup. There's lots of teen material on display in the front of the library and they have OPAC training sessions.

Kumeu Library
School holiday Storytime and activity at 10.30 am

Orewa Library
Rhymetime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 11 am

What's on at the library today?

Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 11 am


Teen Xpo from 6:30pm. With demonstrations from...
“Underground Skate” Emphasis on snowboarding for the winter months ahead, for guys and girls.
“Unique Design” hairdresser demonstration for guys and girls.
A Beautician demonstrating skin care for guys and girls.
“Feed Me Right” author Tamarin Pigneguy taking a practical session on making quick, easy and pizzas for the starving teenager, for guys and girls.
Mahurangi East Library
Juggling demonstration and stories at 10:30am


Teen afternoon - show your card or sign up for one and get a Coke and Chupa chup. There's lots of teen material on display in the front of the library and they have OPAC training sessions.

Kumeu Library
School holiday Storytime and activity at 10.30 am


Orewa Library
Rhymetime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 11 am


Monday, 9 July 2007

Question six, book six - Harry Potter competition

Here's the sixth question of the Harry Potter competition. Only one more to go!

"The Hogwarts House Founders listed each have a least one powerful magical object associated with them in book 6. What are they?"

The answer can be found in book six "Harry Potter and the half-blood prince"

What's on in the library today?

Helensville Library and Service Centre
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 10.30 am


Kumeu Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 10.30 am


Orewa Library
Storytime for 6 years+ at 2pm


Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Learn how to knit or cross-stitch, play board games and cards from 2pm




ALSO tomorrow at Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre

Teen Xpo from 6:30pm with demonstrations from “Underground Skate”, “Unique Design”, a beautician and “Feed Me Right” author Tamarin Pigneguy.

Friday, 6 July 2007

What's on in the library today?

Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Learn how to play chess with Svetlana and have a go at other games and activities from 2pm




Warkworth Library
Teen Evening 5 – 6.30pm

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Book sale at Mahurangi East Library

Rodney Libraries and the Friends of Mahurangi East Library are having a book sale at
Mahurangi East Community Centre on Saturday 7th July between 10.00am - 2.00pm.


Get in to find some great bargins!

What's on at the library today?

Kumeu Library
“The sun did not shine…” storytime at 10.30 am


Warkworth Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 10.30 am.


Wellsford Library
Get crafty with origami at 10:30am.


Orewa Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 11am


Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Rhymetime for toddlers will run as usual today at 11 am

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

What's on at the library today?

Warkworth Library
School holiday storytime and activity at 10.30am


Wellsford Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 10.30 am


Orewa Library
Storytime for 6 years+ at 2pm


Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 11am
Join us in the children’s area for BINGO! Lots of fun and prizes for the winners!! From 2pm

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

What's on at the library today?

Helensville Library
“The sun did not shine…” storytime on at 10.30 am


Mahurangi East Library
School holiday storytime and activity at 10.30am for children


Teen afternoon from 2pm(TBC). Pop in and have a chat to a librarian about books. movies, the web - whatever you want!

Monday, 2 July 2007

What's on at the libraries today?

It's an action packed couple of school-holiday weeks at Rodney Libraries. The full programmes are available for teens and children on previous posts.

Helensville Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 10.30 am


Kumeu Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual today at 10.30 am


Orewa Library
Storytime for 6 years + at 2pm


Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Learn how to knit or cross-stitch, play board games and cards from 2pm


Warkworth Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual at 10.30am

Question five, book five - Harry Potter competition

Here's the fifth question of the Harry Potter competition. We're almost to the end now - only two more questions to go.


"What is the name of Hagrid’s half brother?"


The answer can be found in book five "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."


The movie version will be out this Thursday. The official movie site is here . When will you be going to see the movie?
UPDATE 4/07/07 the movie won't be out in New Zealand until Wednesday 11 July. One more week to wait!