Monday, 30 November 2009
Registrations for both programmes open on Saturday December 5th at 10 am. Places are limited so prompt registration is essential.
Children 5 – 8 are being encouraged to ‘Dive into Books’. This will be familar to many families as it follows the same format as in previous summer reading programmes. After registering, children read as many books as they like. They check in with a librarian four times over the 6 weeks of the programme to talk about what they have been reading. Once they complete all the visits they receive an invitation to join library staff and a special guest at a Finale Celebration.
Children 9 - 13 years can participate in the ‘Library Monopoly Programme’ where they can roll the dice to determine what type of book they should read next. This is new for us and we're very excited about it.
Remember to visit your local library on Saturday December 5th from 10am to sign up.
Friday, 27 November 2009
I am here beside my brother, Terror.
I am the place of human error.
I am beauty and cloud, and I am sorrow;
I am tears which you will weep tomorrow.
I am the sky and the exhausting gale.
I am the place of ice. I am the debris trail.
I am as far as you can see.
I am the place of memory.
And I am still a hand, a fingertip, a ring.
I am what there is no forgetting.
I am the one with truly broken heart.
I watched them fall, and freeze, and break apart.
Thirty years on, the disaster on Mount Erebus in the Antarctic still has as much power as it did on the day and night that the tragedy occurred, as do the words of this Bill Manhire poem. The event has the power to move and the power to polarise. It was a story that we may have been too close to at the time, to see all the parts clearly and this has only come with time and distance, apology and forgiveness.
Here are some links that will help on the background.
Mt Erebus in Rodney Libraries catalogue
New Zealand History website
Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand website
Christchurch City Libraries resource page
The TVNZ and the TV3 Erebus sites
Erebus Voices (continued)
Yet we were loved and we are lifted.
Yet we were loved and we are warm.
We broke apart.
Yet we are here and we are whole.
Rest in Peace.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
A novel of adventure, hardship and courage as the writer builds on the story of his great-grandfather. The facts the book is based upon actually happened but have been turned into an extremely readable fictionalized account by the author.
The story moves from its origins in Sutherland, Scotland to Northern Ireland covering the years of the potato famine then on to England where James Cameron Fraser trains as a marine engineer. James then travels to New Zealand; with authentic experiences based on a diary of the voyage of the Black Swan to arrive in Dunedin. Descriptions of the fledgling town and the beginnings of the gold strikes – hardships, starvation, freezing weather - all are vividly portrayed. Action moves to Auckland and the events surrounding the battles at Mercer and Rangiriri are also sympathetically covered then all is drawn together back in Dunedin.
Well worth reading.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
To me, Libraries traditionally meant books, and that is still a huge part of the appeal. But Libraries also are the gateway to the World Wide Web and how to use it to find the right information, or as so often the case with people coming in to use our free APNK computers and wifi services, keep in touch or play games.
The following link was sent to me this morning and it clearly puts the view that the two have their place and can co-exist comfortably side by side. It is from the LA Times and titled A Luddite in the Library. See what you think.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Stuff.co.nz has a Books page under their Entertainment option. This gets updated regularly and has a real Kiwi flavour to it.
Graham Beattie (otherwise known as Bookman Beattie) has a wonderful blog on which he collects both local and international news as well as writing his own reviews. He his prolific in his postings (we are jealous of the amount of time he has to spend on it).
Heading off-shore you have pages like the Guardian (UK) and the New York Times in which to find your international news. Not all the books reviewed will, of course, reach New Zealand but it is always good to know what's out there.
There are also a huge number of authors that make use of the Internet with their own Blogs and Websites. Here is a link to a list of author blogs which are great for getting an insight into the minds of the writers. Publisher websites are another good source of information. That's people like Harper Collins, Penguin and Hachette. Likewise book shops from the large book chains to the small village bookshops are all great to have a look at.
Most of these pages have further links which you can follow, so it is very easy to while away (waste) time lost in the world of books.
Monday, 23 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
The Village Bookshop at Matakana have arranging a Charity Screening on Sunday 6 December @ 6.00pm in the Tivoli Theatre, Matakana Cinemas. The ticket price is $20 and a percentage of ticket will be donated to Warkworth Christian Food Link.
Ticket holders are also invited to the Village Bookshop, Matakana to celebrate the festive season from 4.00-6.00pm on 6 December in the leadup to the movie. There will be bubbles & refreshments, plus all who are shopping at this time will receive a discount of 10% on their purchases. You can get your tickets from the Village Bookshop or Matakana Cinemas.
Both your bloggers (rodneylibraries and kowhaireader) will be attending so see if you can spot us. I am looking forward to watching a movie of a book I haven't read yet.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Tell it all from the point of view of the beloved and loyal Enzo, who just happens to be the family dog, and you have something truly extraordinary. This is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Enzo knows that he’s not human, but he is part of the family – and more than that, the wisest part who knows when to be a companion, when to play and when to bring people together.
Detailing the skills involved in racing a speeding metal box around a wet track with the way life can often race out of control, and how everyone regained control for the poignant conclusion made this book a gentle but fascinating read. It's not one of those books about which there has been a lot of noise or publicity, but sometimes these hidden gems are the best. Recommended.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
The winner in the 5-7 years of age category was Isla Thompson of Mt Eden, Auckland, writing about Auckland based author Jennifer Beck’s The Choosing Day. Runner up was Brian Kim of Sunnynook, Auckland, writing about Rats by Christchurch based author and illustrator Gavin Bishop.
The winner in the 8-10 years of age category was Joe Perry of Napier, writing about Jennifer Beck’s The Bantam and the Soldier. Runner up was Devan Ngataaria Hammond of Papamoa writing about Maurice Gee’s Under the Mountain.
The winner in the 11-13 years of age category was Cheyenne Kumeroa of Palmerston North writing about Kingi McKinnon’s story Hohepa’s Goodbye. Runner up was Lucas Netana-Rakete of Royal Oak, Auckland, writing about "Footrot Flats: They’ve put custard with my bone! (my compliments to the chef)" by Murray Ball. The judges in this 11-13 age category particularly noted the fantastic standard of entries from Auckland’s Royal Oak Intermediate School and have recommended the school for a special commendation and prize.
ASB is delighted to have been involved with New Zealand Book Month, providing school children with the opportunity to read more Kiwi books and share their views about those books with the authors. ASB's Chief Community Partnership Officer, Linley Wood says “ASB has a long history of partnering with New Zealand schools and school children to help improve their literacy and educational outcomes. This is just one way we can encourage children in the communities in which we operate to read more and express their views about what they are reading. It is great to see so many Kiwi kids getting involved and our ASB people have loved talking to the children coming into the branches to drop off their ASB Wordbank entries.”
All six winners and runners up of the ASB Wordbank will be invited to behind the scenes visits to Auckland Zoo and the set of the television show Shortland Street, and a ride in a restored Hot Rod car.
Schools and local libraries are winners too with the best performing ASB Wordbank branches receiving an author visit and a pack of books, which they can choose to donate to a local school or library. The winning ASB branches are in Hokitika, Helensville, Warkworth, The Palms – Shirley (Christchurch) and Point Chevalier.
Director of New Zealand Book Month Michele Powles is thrilled with the outcomes from the competition. “Kids genuinely wanted to let authors know what they thought of their stories, and for authors it’s the best feedback possible. It’s fantastic to be partnering with an organisation like ASB who has such a strong profile in local schools and communities. This provided the national reach we needed to make this promotion a success.”
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
A mystery man on a bus told him to ‘Say yes more.’ Danny took these words to heart and started saying yes – to everything. He said yes to spam, yes to adverts, yes to his friends, to strangers. Yes won him ₤25,000 (although he lost it again 10 minutes later), it took him to Holland, to Australia, and got him the girl.
The book is genuine laugh-out-loud material, light hearted and off-beat. The movie is very loosely based on the book, but the things that happen to Danny are at least as ridiculous, and all the more wonderful for being true.
Other books by Danny Wallace held by Rodney Libraries: Join Me (one man accidentally starts a cult) and Friends Like These (or how far would you go to get the old gang back together).
Monday, 16 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
In some ways it has similarities to the Kiwi Yellow Ribbon movement for prevention of youth suicide, and there is a youth emphasis, but the organisation does have a much wider scope.
It was begun by a group as a way to help a friend in Spring 2006. They wrote a story which represented "things of contrast – pain and hope, addiction and sobriety, regret and the possibility of freedom. The story’s title “To Write Love on Her Arms” was also a goal, believing that a better life was possible" You can read the story here.
Although the organisation is American based, depression and suicide are not. There are thousands of people in New Zealand who have been touched by the struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury (including substance abuse) or suicide, either personally or in their circle of family and friends. As regular readers of the blog may know, my personal message to sufferers and their families is - you are not alone. And this is the message behind TWLOHA Day which is today.
So write love on your arms to show your support.
Rodney residents will be joining with millions of other people across the globe on Sunday 15 November to pay their respects to the victims of road traffic accidents.
Residents are invited to attend a special ceremony on Sunday 15th November at 7pm at the Orewa Reserve to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and commemorate those who lost their life on the roads. The ceremony will take place near the Orewa surf club.
Residents are also being encouraged to add the names of loved ones who have been killed in road traffic accidents to displays at the Whangaparaoa, Orewa, Helensville and Warkworth libraries. The names collated from the libraries will be written on cards and placed on an illuminated Norfolk Pine at the ceremony.
An international Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims has been held every day for the past sixteen years since it was initiated in 1993 by Road Peace, a UK charity for road traffic victims. Each year, an estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road traffic crashes around the world - leaving parents, siblings and children to mourn their loss. Over 3,400 men, women and children are killed every single day on the world’s roads while walking, cycling, or driving. They will never return home. An estimated 20 - 50 million people are also injured on roads every year.
The purpose of World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims is to increase awareness of the devastating impact that road deaths and injuries have on families and communities worldwide.
In 2008, there were 292 fatalities on New Zealand roads, and to date this year there have been 329, of which 15 occurred within Rodney District.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Which is how I found myself out at the local Matakana Cinema last night with a couple of friends to watch My Sister's Keeper based on the novel by the popular Jodi Picoult. It is the story of a family almost torn apart by the emotional rollercoaster of a daughter battling an acute form of cancer. A mother who doesn't know how to give up fighting for Kate. A son who has fallen through the cracks while the focus is on Kate. Another daughter who employs a lawyer so she is can no longer be used as spare parts for Kate. A father battling to do what's best for everyone. And at the centre of it all is stunning brave and sick Kate.
I cried while reading the book and I wept during the movie, even knowing what was coming. I am extraordinarily glad to report that while parts of the book have been adapted to the screen, the spirit of the book and the characters remain in the movie. It is powerful and moving, but didn't descent into schmultz (I am not sure if that is a word, but you probably get the idea). Neither of the two friends I went with had read the book, and they were equally moved. One commented that it was extremely realistic in the portrayal of a dying cancer patient and brought back a lot of memories.
This is just the start of the summer season of movies which have been based on or adapted from books, both novels and picture books, for adults and children. Here are a few more to look forward to:
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (needs no introduction and which will probably be reviewed on this blog next week when it opens)
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Christmas Carol - Disney's version of the classic Dicken's Christmas tale
Under the Mountain - the Kiwi classic by Maurice Gee adapted and updated
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - and directed by Peter Jackson
The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox - directed by Nicky Caro and starring Keisha Castle-Hughes
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - one of the hottest series of 2009
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan - for teen horror fans
With so many books being adapted to movies, it makes me wonder if a Book to Movie Club (as opposed to a straight Book Club) might be something people are interested in. Drop me a line at Warkworth Library (email@example.com) and let me know.
Have a good day. Ka kite ano
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Claudia Lux, the Director General Central and Regional Library of Berlin, was in New Zealand for the national library conference this year. She told several tales of what it was like during that time. One was about library staff in East Germany who volunteered to stay in their library on the first day. Noone came to visit them. By contrast the lines for the librayr in West Germany were very long. Some of the people were carrying books which they had taken out from the library before the borders closed (over 25 years previously). They had carefully looked after them and were now returning the books to the correct branch.
There are a few items in Rodney Libraries about the Berlin Wall which is a good place to start if you want to know more about this fascinting era of German history. Alternatively you could go along to Novemberkinder the German Film Festival New Zealand put on by the Goethe Institue. The Auckland dates are 11-18 November.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Ah, November. The weather starts to settle down. Baby birds and moustaches come out to play. Moustaches...? You may not have ever heard about Movember but surely you've seen the increase in facial hair about the place during spring? It's all for a good cause.
This year there are two causes being highlighted - prostate cancer and depression in men. Funds raised will be split equally between The Cancer Society and The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
There are rules
1. Once registered each Mo Bro must start November 1st with a clean shaven face.
2. Then, for the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache according to these rules:
• There is to be no joining the Mo to the side burns – that’s a beard. There are no beards.
• There is to be no joining of the handlebars on the chin – that’s a goatee.
• A small complimentary growth under the bottom lip, aka a tickler, is allowed.
There are donations – either to an individual or to a team.
There’s even a style guide!
It's not all beer and skittles however. There is a serious side.
"As an organisation, we have a goal to change the attitudes men hold towards their health. The moustache is the symbol by which we generate the necessary awareness and funds in order to be able to achieve this ambition. It is a simple and effective way to reach our number one objective – awareness – as during Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard promoting men’s health. "
Friday, 6 November 2009
Novice Award: 1st prize $500, runner up $200
Young Writers Award: 1st prize $500, runner up $200
Closing date: 5 March 2010
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
From the first post on her eco-rangernz blog set up for the book you can tell Maria cares about the environment. "In the book I've got loads of ideas of what you can do to help the environment. From saving water, reducing waste, caring for our wildlife, buying wise, turning your school and home into a sustainable place, to being energy conscious. But that's not all; I also look at global issues and how it affects you. The book also tells positive stories about what people your age, adults and schools are doing to make a difference - there are some very inspiring stories.This blog is a place for you to tell me and everyone else what you are doing to save the planet - I can't wait to hear your story... "
Aimed at ages 9+ there's a competition on her website. "Draw a logo or picture and write a catch phrase for 'Save the Planet'" Entries close 15 November.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
It's not only Australians who are fans of the Melbourne Cup. As this article from New Zealand History Online says "One of the reasons the Melbourne Cup has become such an ingrained part of New Zealand culture is the great success our horses have enjoyed in the race. Since its inception in 1861, 41 New Zealand-bred horses have won..." One of these horses was Phar Lap.
The book "Melbourne Cup, 1930 : how Phar Lap won Australia's greatest race" by Geoff Armstrong and Peter Thompson tells "The story of four days in November that became at the same time the most famous and infamous in Cup history. It began with a gunman, like something out of a Chicago gangster movie, apparently trying to kill Phar Lap on a quiet suburban street."
Personally I don't know much about racing or horses and have only been to two race events in my entire life...but I know about the Melbourne Cup. I'm not sure whether it's the racing or the fashion that makes the first Tuesday in November so memorable. First run in 1861 the current race is a 3.2km handicap-horse race. Theoretically the combined weight of each jockey, horse and gear is adjusted to a nominated weight although there seems to be a complicated formula depending on the age and experience of each horse (as explained in this Wikipedia article and this one from Australia's Cultural Portal.)
One of my favourite things to have a look at in recent years has been the live webcam at Flemington. Obviously it slows right down about race time but I like to check in during the day to see what else is going on.
Have you picked or been given your horse yet? Do you fancy your chances?
Monday, 2 November 2009
To celebrate the occasion, CEO Paul Evans says Voyager will be free of charge to all residents of the Auckland Region from 7-22 November.
“Voyager invites all Auckland Region residents to come along and discover the explorative spirit of New Zealand as a seafaring nation,” says Mr Evans.
Mr Evans says Voyager has been chosen as the new name because so much of our New Zealand’s creation as a nation is founded on pioneering voyages of exploration, discovery, courage and imagination.
While most people will immediately notice the new name and logo, Mr Evans says the changes also signal a new approach for the way in which Voyager presents New Zealand’s maritime heritage.
“We’ll be taking a more engaging and interactive approach to telling stories of driving ambition, daring feats and human achievement. Visitors will hear the roar and feel the salt spray as they experience history through the eyes of great New Zealand voyagers.”
Visitors only need to bring along proof of address to see Voyager’s galleries for free. Additionally, for a small charge visitors can climb aboard one of Voyager’s heritage vessels and explore the sparkling Waitemata Harbour in a fun and interactive sailing experience. The new museum shop will also stock a great new range of modern and stylish merchandise.
Please note: free entry does not include heritage vessel sailings or education groups.