Friday, 31 October 2008

Happy Halloween

By the time I get home from work tonight, the trick or treaters will have probably passed through my neighbourhood (or maybe it's just the steepness of my driveway that puts them off). But if you are looking for something a little (or lot) scary for yourself, why not check out the Rodney Libraries DVD collection.

First off, I have to say "I don't do horror!" I am your typical hide behind a cushion type when it comes to horror movies and can remember cowering behind the couch when the original of "The Fly" screened on our old black and white TV back when I was a lot younger (anyone else who can relate to this when the scene of the mini-man stuck in the spider's web screaming "Help me" in a squeeky voice please raise your hand). So there is little point in me giving personal reviews of the horror movies in our DVD collection.

I heard someone say that good horror movies were a genre that has gone out of fashion, but I am sure this will bring roars of protest from some quarters. So whether you are a fan of the supernatural, the slasher, or the simple scary thriller, click on this Rodney Libraries link to find our list of DVD's which might fit the bill. Or look for the skull and crossbones sticker on the spine of our fiction books for a horror read.

Trick or treat everyone

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Tech alert: Multiple requests from cart problem fixed

There was a problem with placing multiple requests from a cart of saved items on the online catalogue. This has now been fixed, and is working normally again.

To place multiple requests
1. Search for item.
2. Add the item to the cart by clicking blue button "Add to cart" .
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as necessary.
4. Click blue button "View cart"
5. Click blue button "Multiple requests"
6. Enter barcode and pin.
7. Choose "Pickup location" from drop down menu. Click blue button "Request All" or select titles and click blue button "Request Selected".

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Orewa Library - Special Storytime

Next Thursday, Orewa Library is having a special "Dudes and Divas" storytime.

0-5 year olds and their caregivers are invited to dress up in their best outfits and come along for stories and songs. Juice and bikkies provided.

Thursday 6 November 2008, 11am.

Clifford the Big Red Dog visits the western libraries

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting Kumeu and Helensville Libraries in November!

Kumeu Library Monday 10 November 10:30am

Helensville Library and Service Centre Monday 17 November 10:30 am
Everyone welcome.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Celebrate Labour Day

Although many New Zealanders simply look forward to a day off, Labour Day actually commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day, something we were among the first in the world to achieve back in 1840. The day was first celebrated in 1890 and although the trade union movement had a patchy and rocky road that year, the celebrations were a huge success. Labour Day was made a statutory holiday for the first time in 1900 and since 1910 has been held on the fourth Monday of October.

To discover more of the history of Labour Day (and other New Zealand public holidays) check out the NZ History Website

Have a good day everyone

Friday, 24 October 2008

The first long weekend of Summer

Yippee!! It's Labour Weekend - the first long weekend of summer. People are hitting the roads to go and air out their summer baches (or mansions for those that have something slightly less humble). The weather forecast is (of course) for rain so be careful out there on the roads and pack lots of good reading. If you do want to get out and about in Rodney this weekend there is plenty to see and do.

ART JAM Sat 25- to Mon 27 October. Orewa Estuary Arts Centre, Hibiscus Coast Highway
From 10am daily a ‘hands on’ opportunity for the public to participate in the arts organized by staff, tutors, students and graduates of the Hungry Creek Art & Craft School.

Ascension Vineyard, Matakana has two events on thsi weekend
SHONA LAING with special guest Monique Rhodes - Saturday 25 October at
THE GREAT MATAKANA COMEDY DEBATE Sunday 26 October at 4pm. Join Gary McCormick, Michelle A'Court, Tim Shadbolt and Ginette McDonald for the great politically incorrect debate.
Reserved seating + food for both events. For tickets phone 09 422 9601 Ext 2

The famous Matakana School Gala - Saturday 25 October, closely followed by the equally famous Leigh Pre-School Gala on Sunday. Rodney District Council requests that people travelling to (or through) Matakana have patience and advise that they do have a traffic management plan to help this year on Saturday.

National Street Rod Association 'Nationals'. Thurs 23rd to Tues 28th Oct at the Helensville Showgrounds. Events will include an open-to-the-public 'show and shine' on Saturday 25th with approx 150 hot rods on display.

Further west at Kumeu the Mystical Fayre visits the Kumeu Community Hall, Kumeu, Sat 25 Oct - Sun 26 Oct. Clairvoyance, tarot, tree reading, crystals, healing Reiki, massage, and natural Health products. "Heartfood Cafe" operating all weekend, raffles and more. All welcome. On Saturday evening a special event Mediums and Messages will be held. Everyone that books gets a message. Refreshments provided. Numbers are limited. Door prize. For more details
Contact Jean to book (09) 423 8216 or email yzwo-manweb@vodafone.co.nz

Whatever you do, take care out there on the roads. Have a good weekend

Rodney Libraries Annual Writing Competition Opens

It's that time of year again when the annual Rodney Libraries writing competition Rodney Writes gets underway. The competition is now open to people all over New Zealand with $1000s of prize money on offer.“This year's theme is Going Global,” explains Rodney Writes coordinator Christine Chambers.

“We are calling all budding writers to get their thinking caps on and tell us what Going Global means to them. Competition entries can be factual or fiction and basically with the world at your feet your story could be about anything global."Ms Chambers says entries might come from young people about to embark on their big OE or from more mature writers who’d like to reflect on the life changing experience their OE had on them.

“Alternatively your story could be about global technology or ecology - the world really is your oyster.”There are three main categories for entries. The Premier Award (for professional writers), the Novice Award, and the Young Writers Award (for writers under 18 years of age). There is a word limit of 2,500 words for each story, which applies to all the categories.Prizes are up for grabs for the winner and runner up in each category. With the Premier Award attracting $1,000 for first prize and $500 for runner up. The Novice Award offering $500 for first prize and $200 for runner up, and the Young Writers Award attracting a $500 first prize and $200 runner up.Entries for the competition are now open with the closing date being March 6, 2009. An awards evening will be held on April 22, 2009 at the Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre.

For more information about the terms and conditions of the competition and/or an entry form go to the Rodney District Council website
here.

For more information:
Contact: Christine Chambers, Rodney Writes Co-ordinator
Phone: 0800 426 5169
Email: rodney.libraries@rodney.govt.nz

Halloween Storytime at Mahurangi East Library

Mahurangi East Library is having a Halloween Storytime on Friday 31 October 5:30pm. Join us for spooky stories and rhymes!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

The 'E' Word

Election! Politics! There - I have said it. If you hadn't noticed, there is an election coming in two weeks. Advance polling booths opened this week around the District, the media (and letterboxes) around the country are full of it. And that's just our election. Which is sometimes top of the news, but is often pushed off with the United States Presidential election a few days before our general election.

So if you haven't made up your mind yet, want to know more about our political system or identites in general for research and school projects, or just can't get enough of politics in general, here is a handy list of links and tips on where to go.

The Rodney Libraries Catalogue
A subject search Politics and Government New Zealand will reveal a number of resources from biographies, histories, commentaries and cartoons. These cover options for children through to adults.
If you want to look for Politics internationally, search Politics and Government and select from the wide variety of options covering both fiction and non-fiction.
If you are looking for resources specifically for children, select the "Kids Catalogue" o
By using the catalogue and your Library card you can also access our e-resources a list of databases which we subscribe to for you, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Centre and several media archive sites.

Helpful Links
Here are a few websites which you may also find helpful and informative
http://www.elections.org.nz/ The Government Election website with enrolment information, how to vote and results when they come in. This site also has good child-friendly information and quizes on our system.
http://www.decision08.co.nz/ Headlines, profiles, electorates and plenty of other information here including links to blogs.
http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/Default.htm The official NZ Parliament website
http://www.elections.org.nz/democracy/history/ The history of the vote from the Goverment election website
http://www.elections.org.nz/maori/parties/registered-political-parties.html The list of our current registered political parties and links through to their websites to check out policies
http://www.natlib.govt.nz/services/get-advice/school-libraries/elections-2008-resources The National Library of New Zealand has compiled this list of links to other resources which may be useful. It includes blog links, history, the democratic system and the current election.

The American Presidential Election
Vote 2008 The site of the American Public Broadcasting service giving an overview of the 2008 election
USA Government website giving information on their democratic system
Barack Obama website
John McCain website

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The First Line Answers....

If you are still wondering what books the first lines were from that I quoted yesterday (and hadn't got so frustrated that you googled for the answers), here they are:


1. Moby Dick

2. Pride and Prejudice

3. A Christmas Carol


Enjoy the sunshine out there in Rodney (and wherever else it is shining).

'Advance Voting' places - not open on election day

Two of the libraries in Rodney are acting as 'advance voting' places. 'Advance voting' is available for people who find it difficult to get to a polling place on election day.

Advance polls open October 22 - November 7. For information on other 'advance voting' places around Rodney see the Elections website.

Orewa Library - 12 Moana Avenue, Orewa
NB: These polling booths won't be available on election day.

Wed 22 Oct - Fri 24 Oct 10.00am - 4.00pm
Late night: Fri 24 Oct 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Sat 25 Oct 10.00am - 2.00pm
Tue 28 Oct - Fri 31 Oct 10.00am - 4.00pm
Late night: Fri 31 Oct 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Sat 1 Nov 10.00am - 2.00pm
Mon 3 Nov - Fri 7 Nov 10.00am - 4.00pm



Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre - 713 Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa
NB: Open Election Day Saturday 8 November, 9.00am - 7.00pm

Wed 22 Oct - Fri 24 Oct 10.00am - 4.00pm
Late night: Thu 23 Oct 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Sat 25 Oct 10.00am - 2.00pm
Tue 28 Oct - Fri 31 Oct 10.00am - 4.00pm
Late night: Thu 30 Oct 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Sat 1 Nov 10.00am - 2.00pm
Mon 3 Nov - Fri 7 Nov 10.00am - 4.00pm
Late night: Thu 6 Nov 4.00pm - 8.00pm

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The Great (and not so great) first line

We like to celebrate fantastic writing in the library. And there have been some truly fantastic first lines and openings to novels through literary history.

For instance, can you guess the novel from these first lines?

1. Call me Ishmael.

2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

3. Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.

(If you want to match your skill against some other famous opening gambits, try this trivia link)

But just as interesting (and sometimes exceptionally humorous) have been some not so great ones, which are celebrated every year by the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. This contest, in which contestants have to write the worst possible opening sentence to a non-existent novel, is now in it's 26th year. The award was named after prolific author Edward George Bulwer-Lytton who in 1830 wrote the novel "Paul Clifford" with the infamous first line "It was a dark and stormy night".

To give you some idea, the 2008 winner reads "Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped "Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J."" (Garrison Spik, Washington, D.C. )

There are several genre categories. For instance in Fantasy Fiction the winner was "Toads of glory, slugs of joy," sang Groin the dwarf as he trotted jovially down the path before a great dragon ate him because the author knew that this story was a train wreck after he typed the first few words." (Alex Hall, Greeley, CO)

And the mental images of the Adventure fiction winner is an interesting one. "Leopold looked up at the arrow piercing the skin of the dirigible with a sort of wondrous dismay -- the wheezy shriek was just the sort of sound he always imagined a baby moose being beaten with a pair of accordions might make." (Shannon Wedge, New Hampshire)

Check out the full list of winners and a little of the history of this contest here on the Bulwer-Lytton 2008 contest page.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Aravind Adiga becomes the fourth debut novelist to win the Man Booker prize for fiction

Last Tuesday, Aravind Adiga was named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008 for his novel "The White Tiger"

The thirty-three year old novelist was presented the prize at an awards ceremony at Guildhall, London. Adiga becomes the fourth debut novelist, and the second Indian debut novelist, to win the award in the forty year history of the prize. The three other debut novelists to have won the prize are Keri Hulme in 1985, DBC Pierre in 2003 and Arundhati Roy in 1997.

Adiga, who has wanted to be a novelist since he was a boy, was born in Madras and now lives in Mumbai. He becomes the fifth Indian author to win the prize, joining VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai. He studied at Columbia and Oxford Universities and is a former correspondent for Time magazine in India. Adiga's articles have also appeared in publications such as the Financial Times, Independent and Sunday Times

Michael Portillo, Chair of the 2008 judges, made the announcement. Peter Clarke, Chief Executive of Man Group plc, presented Aravind Adiga with a cheque for £50,000.
Michael Portillo commented: "The judges found the decision difficult because the shortlist contained such strong candidates. In the end, The White Tiger prevailed because the judges felt that it shocked and entertained in equal measure. The novel undertakes the extraordinarily difficult task of gaining and holding the reader's sympathy for a thoroughgoing villain. The book gains from dealing with pressing social issues and significant global developments with astonishing humour."
Portillo went on to explain that the novel had won overall because of 'its originality'. He said that The White Tiger presented 'a different aspect of India' and was a novel with 'enormous literary merit'.


Aravind Adiga's winning novel "The White Tiger" is decribed as a ‘compelling, angry and darkly humorous' novel about a man's journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success. It was described by one reviewer as an ‘unadorned portrait' of India seen ‘from the bottom of the heap'.

Synopsis: Born in a village in heartland India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coals and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape - of breaking away from the banks of Mother Ganga, into whose depths have seeped the remains of a hundred generations.

Friday, 17 October 2008

A wet weekend???

Looks like its going to be another one of those wet weekends. Bit of a shame as I was thinking of heading out to the Kaipara Flats Primary School Agricultural and Gala Day which is on tomorrow. As well as the kids showing off their hard work, art and animal skills there are heaps of activities from wood chopping to pony rides, plus their fundraising auction as well. I hope the weather breaks enough for the day to be a huge success tomorrow.

But if it is a wet one, it could be a weekend inside with the books, movies and music. I am still working through my fantasy phase and watched the Hugo Award winning "Stardust" last night. Based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman this is billed as Lord of the Rings meets Romeo and Juliet. I am not sure if I agree with that description but I loved this fairy tale with witches (Michelle Pfieffer), warring princes trying to become king, and look out for a fantastic out of character performance from Robert de Niro.

Loads of new DVD's and books are hitting the shelves at the moment. Some of the books that have caught my eye have been in the non-fiction shelves. Non-fiction is nothing like it used to be - boring and dry. A whole bunch of interesting and vibrant non-fiction books are on the shelves.

Waiter Rant: behind the scenes of eating out (A. Waiter) looks like a must read. "Most restaurant customers are nice people, but a few are socially maladjusted psychopaths who relish giving their waiters a hard time"

With a by-line "The colourful story of a city" Gordon McLauchlan's The Life and Times of Auckland is a "lively people's history, packed with colourful stories about the place and its people (which) tells how it got to be where everybody seems to want to live"

Suzanne Paul (But wait, there's more) and Denise L'estrange-Corbett (All that Glitters) are two autobiographies which are in high demand. But there's nothing to stop you putting in a request so that you are on the list.

Remember all our libraries are open on Saturday mornings, so pay us a visit and ask if you are looking for something special.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

The Detective Librarians

I think I may have said this before. Being a Librarian is sometimes a bit like being a detective. Sometimes people come in with queries that require a little more than locating a book and pulling it off the shelves.

A child asked me this week whether or not I knew every book in the library. The answer is of course "No". However librarians do know how to find the books you want, hopefully on our shelves, but if not further afield. The same applies to information. We don't know everything but we are trained to be able to find the answers to your questions.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we need outside help. Yesterday was one of those times, so I thought I would also throw this question out to cyberspace to see if anyone can help me and my customer.

We are trying to find out about infantry camps in the Warkworth area prior to troops embarking for World War One, and in particular the Gallipoli campaign. This is NOT a misprint. We are not talking about the Americans who camped around Warkworth during WWII. This would have been in 1914 and he was part of the 15th Regiment (later renamed the North Auckland Regiment). Camping in Warkworth is specifically mentioned in his war diaries.

So if anyone out there knows anything, please let me know. I admit I am a bit like a dog with a bone on this one and determined to find some answers.

Ka kite ano

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Tech alert with the catalogue - placing multiple requests

There's a problem with placing multiple requests from a cart of saved items. You can still place requests for individual titles.
We apologise for any inconvenience and are working to restore this service as soon as possible.

'tis the season to be creative! $500 to be won.

Paint or draw an image that reflects Xmas time in Rodney.
Send a colour copy of your image with your name, address and phone number to:

Xmas Card Competition
Arts Advisor, Rodney District Council, Private Bag 500,
Orewa 0931

Colour copies no larger than A4. Originals will not be returned. The winning entry will be used on the front of Rodney District Council's Xmas card. The winning artist will received $500.

Closing date 31 October 2008.

For further information contact the Arts Advisor on 0800 426 5169.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Local author Jane Bissell visits Rodney Libraries

Local author Jane Bissell is speaking at Rodney Libraries over the next fortnight.

Thursday October 16, 6pm at Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre

Friday, October 17, 6pm at Orewa Library

Tuesday October 21, 10:30am at Kumeu Library

Jane is a professional Hibiscus Coast writer and author of two books and numerous articles. An inspirational, humorous and vibrant speaker, she will talk about the lessons she has learned from her breast cancer journey and the importance of celebrating life and living each day to the full.

All events free, please contact the library for more information.

A Literary Adventure event.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Snippets from the book world

French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, a globetrotting novelist hailed as a child of all continents, has won the Nobel prize for literature. The Swedish Academy, which decides the winner of the coveted US$1.4 million prize, praised the 68-year-old's adventurous novels, essays and children's books. Read the full story here

What’s running out the door amongst New Zealand Booksellers? Check out the list on the NZ Booksellers website to 4th October

"It's not often Tessa Duder is lost for words, but the author, editor and playwright admits to being "gobsmacked" when she got word she was being awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato." The full story is on the University of Waikato News page.

Friday, 10 October 2008

The Doctor, the Librarian and the Teacher

Dr Stephen Barker, Lorraine Orman and Maria Gill entertained an audience of children and adults at Warkworth Library yesterday afternoon. They all talked about their books, where they get their ideas from and gave hints about what is coming up next for them.

It was interesting to hear that they all work differently. Stephen fits his writing around his day job as one of our local GP's and has ideas for the sequel to "The Secret of Spirits Bay" plus several other books. He said that he created a lot of the story for Spirits Bay in his head when he used to run along Omaha Beach. Lorraine is now a full time resident at Omaha and writes two or three times a week, plus travels and does interviews with people to get ideas of things to include in her stories. She is currently working on a young adult novel set on the West Coast of the South Island. Maria writes non-fiction and does some writing every day, trying to work to a schedule. She has several books in the pipeline, including ones on Rangitoto and sea conservation.

Thanks to these three authors for giving their time to come in.

What's on in the library on Friday?

It's the last day of the holidays and your last chance to go into Mahurangi East and Orewa Libraries to earn your Literacy License. We hope that you've enjoyed the activities these holidays. We'll see you next time for the Summer Reading Programme. Word is it's a SUPER theme....

Think Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Friday 10th October is "Pink Ribbon" Day which is the main fundraiser for this organisation.

NZ Breast Cancer Facts
Each year approximately 2,400 New Zealand women and approximately 20 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. For every person who is diagnosed, other people are affected including husbands, wives, partners, children, family, and friends. Over a year, this adds up to thousands of people affected.

Early detection is the best way to ensure that you and your loved ones survive breast cancer. With a family history, I have been getting the squash test for a few years now. Women between 45 and 69 years of age are entitled to (and encouraged to take) free breast checks through the National screening programme (for further details and to register check out Breastscreen Aotearoa website)

We have a varied collection of resources at the Rodney Libraries for those wanting to know more about breast health. A subject search in our catalogue will reveal many different options and types of books. Whether you are looking specifically at the health aspects or looking for biographies from NZ survivors or just the subject in general, you should be able to find something at the library.

And remember to Think Pink on Friday

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Authors visit Warkworth Library Today

The Doctor, The Librarian and the Teacher - three local children's authors will be visiting Warkworth Library this afternoon to talk to children (and anyone else interested) about their latest books, what started them in writing, and to give a few tips.

Former librarian, Lorraine Orman spends as much time as she can at her beach house at Omaha. The Whangateau region and the Amercian Soldiers who came here during WWII were the inspiration for one of her earlier books for children "A Long Way from Home". Her latest book was from the same My Story series "Land of Promise" about a young boy and his family who left England and travelled to help found early Wellington.

Maria Gill is a Matakana resident and sometimes teacher who has written several non-fiction books for children including "Birds Eye View" and "Operation Nest Egg". Her latest book, just released, is "Dogs on the Job".

Stephen Barker (one of our Warkworth GP's) is the newest addition to local author ranks (although he now resides on the Shore). His first book "The Secret of Spirits Bay" is the story of a young English boy Tom and his father, recently arrived in New Zealand and trying to settle in. It has received great reviews.

Come along to Warkworth War Memorial Library this afternoon at 3pm. We have arranged for some of their books to also be on sale so you can get a personal autograph and hints on how you can become a published author too.

Event at Whangaparaoa Library tonight

Tonight at 7pm Pauline Grogan will be at Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre to talk about her books and her new play.

Pauline is the author of 'Beyond the Veil' and 'A view from within'. Her one-woman play '500 letters' is being performed at Centrestage theatre 10-12 October. Come and listen to this extraordinary woman and her extraordinary story.

Free entry, book at the library

A Literary Adventures event

What's on in the libraries on Thursday?

There are a couple of special events on today. Warkworth Library has three visiting authors talking about their books. Kumeu Library has a night time pyjama party.

Kumeu Library
7.00 pm Night time Pyjama party storytime

Mahurangi East Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Orewa Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual at 11 am Thursdays

Warkworth Library
3.00 pm Come and meet your local authors – a doctor, a librarian and a teacher. Hear Steve Barker, Lorraine Orman & Maria Gill talk about their latest books and pick up a few hints.

Wellsford Library
Come in at anytime to earn your Advanced Literacy Licence and then take part in a Treasure Hunt.

Whangaparaoa Library
Rhymetime for babies will run as usual at 10.30 am

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Author talk from Jane Bissell

Author Jane Bissell visits Rodney Libraries next week to talk about her books.




Thursday October 16, 6pm at Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre
Friday, October 17, 6pm at Orewa Library
Tuesday October 21, 10:30am at Kumeu Library






Jane discusses her two books - 'Welcome to the Amazon Club' and 'The Pink Party'. The first describes her first year with breast cancer and her second book continues this journey and brings in the stories of two other women who have experienced breast cancer. Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2001 – breast cancer awareness month – so the irony of that was not lost on her! Never thinking she would be the ‘one in eight New Zealand women’ who would experience breast cancer at some point in life, Jane embarked on a journey that not only dramatically redirected her own life but also brought positive change and reward.


Jane is a professional Hibiscus Coast writer and author of two books and numerous articles. An inspirational, humorous and vibrant speaker, Jane talks about the lessons she has learned from her breast cancer journey and the importance of celebrating life and living each day to the full.


For further information about Jane, please visit her website http://www.janebissell.co.nz/

All events free, please contact the library for more information.

A Literary Adventure event.

What's on in the library on Wednesday?

So you think you know how to use the library? Warkworth and Whangaparaoa Libraries give you the chance to prove it today and to earn your Advanced Literacy Licence at the same time.

Mahurangi East Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Orewa Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Warkworth Library
10.30 am Time for your Advanced Literacy Licence and a Treasure Hunt

Wellsford Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual Wednesdays 10.30 am

Whangaparaoa Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual at 10.30
2.00 pm Earn your Advanced Literacy Licence - suggested ages 8 years plus

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Breaking Rodney News...

The battle for Penlink took a huge leap forward this morning with the Government announcement that they would support it and that it would be "toll-free" to users.

"Penlink has been given the green light by the Government, who will fund the major share of the project and deliver it to Rodney as a toll-free road in a funding partnership with Rodney District Council." reads the beginning of the news release. For more on this story, head to the new Rodney District Council website

Meanwhile, if you were still thinking of whether or not to buy a ticket to "Dinner in the Tunnel" - Bad News. Tickets sold out within 24 hours of the website going live which is fantastic for the organisers and the charities that the dinner is supporting, but disappointing for the rest of us (and no, I didn't get my act together quickly enough either). Still if you keep an eye on their website www.tunnelcharitydinner.co.nz there is a small chance of cancellations.

And if you are in Wellsford tomorrow, look out for the Antique Riders who are raising money for St Johns. They are referred to as "enthusiastic mature athletes" and will be greeted by Mayor Penny Webster with a lunch at the Wellsford Ambulance station between noon and 1pm. Full details are once again on the Rodney District Council website. Bookmark it to keep up to date with Council and District news.
The Antique Riders, a group of enthusiastic mature athletes raising funds for St John, will be cycling through Wellsford on Wednesday October 8

What's on in the libraries on Tuesday?

Helensville Library
10:30 am Spy School Graduation – Shhhh! Top secret!

Mahurangi East Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Orewa Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence
Rhymetime for babies will run as usual at 11 am Tuesday

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

Monday, 6 October 2008

Event by Pauline Grogan at Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre

It's not just about the kids this week. Pauline Grogan will be at Whangaparaoa Library and Service Centre this Thursday from 7pm to talk about her books and her new play.

Pauline is the author of 'Beyond the Veil' and 'A view from within'. Her one-woman play '500 letters' is being performed at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa, 10-12 October. Come and listen to this extraordinary woman and her extraordinary story.


For more information, see her website
http://www.paulinegrogan.co.nz/

Free entry, book at the library

A Literary Adventures event

What's on in the libraries on Monday?

It's the first day of the final week of the holidays. There's been a lot of activity in the libraries over the first week.

Here's what's on today...

Helensville Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual 10.30 am

Kumeu Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual 10.30 am

Mahurangi East Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Orewa Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

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

Friday, 3 October 2008

Kowhai Festival

The 39th Annual Kowhai Festival kicks off tomorrow with Warkworth's Big Day Out. Hopefully the weather plays ball and the sun shines. There is heaps to do, dancing, bands, crafts and stalls, a dog show and other entertainment.

To check out the full programme go to the Festival website http://www.kowhaifestival.co.nz/Programme.htm

Have a great weekend all.

One for all our clever crafties

The first Saturday of October (that's tomorrow) is World Card Making Day. And we know that there are heaps of people out there in Rodney that are into this craft (and it's close relative scrapbooking), because these are really popular books in our craft section. What's more, by thinking about it all now, you have heaps of time to put that personal touch to your Christmas greetings. And to help the children do the same as there are some really simple ideas or kits you can buy to get you started (if even I think I might manage it I am sure the kids can).

To find the books in your local library go the Rodney Libraries catalogue and do a subject search for Greeting Cards. As you can see there are plenty of books to choose from. And don't forget our craft magazines which also have ideas and templates for you to use. There are also books with projects specifically for the children so you can refine your search to the Kids Catalogue to find these.

If doing it yourself doesn't take your fancy, visit one of the local craft markets or shops to see the products of others.

What's on in the library on Friday?

There's a special late night storytime on at Orewa Library todnight. Wear a tail and join them for a fun evening.

Mahurangi East Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Orewa Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence
6:30 pm Special “Tails” storytime. Wear a tail and join us for a fun evening.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

What's on in the library on Thursday?

There's lots of choice to do do your Learners or Advanced Literacy Licences today. Whangaparaoa Library has a night-time storytime with a special guest tonight.

Helensville Library
10:30 am Spy Class 101 (for ages 5-7). Bookings essential.

Kumeu Library
10:30 am Earn your Advanced Literacy Licence. Then join in a treasure hunt with clues.

Mahurangi East Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Orewa Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual at 11 am

Wellsford Library
Come in anytime today to earn your Learners Literacy Licence then take part in a Treasure Hunt.

Whangaparaoa Library
Rhymetime for babies will run as usual at 10.30 am
2.00 pm Earn your Learners Literacy Licence - suggested ages 5 – 8 years
6.30 pm Special “Tails” storytime. Wear a tail and join us for a fun evening with special guest Judy Lawn who will read her new book "Sebastian’s Tail".

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Author talk with Graeme Woodfield at Orewa Library today

Graeme Woodfield will be at Orewa Library at 2:30pm to talk about his new book "No ordinary man: the remarkable life of Arthur Porritt".


A Literary Adventure event.

What's on in the libraries on Wednesday?

It's the first of October. A bit of trivia for you - in regular years, January starts on the same day of the week as October. This year is a leap year so it doesn't apply.

What's on today?

Mahurangi East Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Orewa Library
Come in anytime and have a go at our Scavenger Hunt to earn your literacy licence

Warkworth Library
10.30 am Earn your Beginners Literacy Licence and then use your skills in a Treasure Hunt

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

Whangaparaoa Library
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual at 10.30 Wednesdays