Wednesday, 31 March 2010
26 March 2010 officially marks LIANZA's Centenary
In January 1910 the Dunedin City Council resolved to convene a conference of the representatives from Public Libraries of New Zealand for the purpose of discussing matters affecting the general conduct and management of libraries.
On 26th March 1910 the first library conference in New Zealand was held where 15 delegates from 7 libraries attended and formed the Libraries Association of New Zealand, now known as LIANZA.
This year marks 100 years of the Association and is a chance to celebrate many of LIANZA's achievements including the introduction of formalised training for librarians and actively lobbying government for the development of library services in New Zealand, setting up of a National Library and providing books in schools.Throughout this year there will be many opportunities for the profession to participate and share in national and regional centennial activities and celebrations culminating in the LIANZA Conference in Dunedin, the same city that hosted the first library conference and the Jubilee Conference in February 1960.
LIANZA is seeking photographs from past and present members of the Association featuring LIANZA representatives, buildings, conferences, events and gatherings. We are especially interested in group shots and photos showing the changes to the profession over the years.
We would love to see your photos and, where possible, use them in the Centenary publication, on the Centenary blog and for slideshow presentations at the LIANZA Conference and other centenary celebrations.
Please dig out any photos you might have and send them in to the LIANZA office. You may wish to scan your images and email them as high resolution jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would prefer to send in original copies, please ensure you provide your full return details so we can return the images to you once we have finished.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
So I am nothing on a family from the Wainuiomata Library who have borrowed 2044 books in the last year. Granted there are 12 of them in the family, but even so that is a huge amount of reading and benefit that you are gaining from your local library.
Here is the full article from the Manawatu Standard.
Does your family enjoy books? How do you compare to a family of bookworms who have borrowed a staggering 2044 library books in the past year?
Mum Sue Braggins, 49, says her family of 12 now consider Wainuiomata Library "a second home". They average six books a day.
Mrs Braggins is not surprised, saying the whole family are voracious readers.
Her love of reading came from her parents, she says, and it was something she wanted to pass on to her 11 children.
"I was brought up on books from the time I was little. I can't remember not having a book to read. The school system was also very book-orientated back then."
Monday, 29 March 2010
9am-1pm Warkworth, Kumeu and Helensville Libraries
9.30am-12.30pm Mahurangi East Library
9.30am-1pm Wellsford Library
9.30am-4pm Orewa and Whangaparaoa Libraries
Daylight Saving ends on Sunday 4 April 2010. Clocks go back one hour - 3.00am becomes 2.00am.
School holidays also start this weekend. Our school holiday programme is themed "Pirates ahoy!" and starts on Tuesday 6 April (after the Easter break) with pirate stories and activities at Orewa Library.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Each set of joined-up thinking is called a 'round'. Each round can be connected to the other rounds...
As the cover quote by John Mitchinson says "The book that nails that odd, slightly unnerving feeling that everything really is connected". An excellent read for the bus or plane as it can be put down and picked up without losing the thread.
"What is the link between the Sex Pistols and crude oil; between Isaac Newton, Pink Floyd and a suicidal dwarf on the set of "The Wizard of Oz"? What is Scooby-Doo's real name, and why should you make a point of avoiding armadillos? This book presents answers to these questions. It reflects the feeling that everything really is connected." -- book blurb
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Earth Hour is organized by WWF. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries, it’s one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
'Script and Scribe' will be visiting the following locations:
Warkworth library, Friday 26th March, 11am
Whangaparaoa library Friday 26th March, 2:30pm
Kumeu library, Tuesday 30th March, 2:30pm
Heather Mackay of Mackay Books will be available at the event to discuss manuscript submissions to be read or assessed.
This is a free event, however advance booking through the relevant library is required.
A Literary Adventures event.
Monday, 22 March 2010
There will be spyglasses, sea shanties, treasure hunts, parrots and ticking clocks around the District. The swash buckling Children's Librarians may be in disguise as they welcome you on board to tell tall tales and run their popular activity sessions. Here is the programme for the holidays.
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual 10.30 am Mondays
Wed 7 April 10.30am Ahoy me hearties! I need a Spyglass!
Mon 12 April 10.30am Avast Matey! I need a Parrot!
Wed 14 April 10.30am X marks the spot!
Fri 16 April 10.30am Raise the jolly roger! I need a Pirate Hat!
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual 10.30 am Mondays
Thu 8 April 10:30 am Swash buckling pirate stories and activities
Tue 13 April 10:30 am Swash buckling pirate stories and activities
Mahurangi East Library
NOTE: No Storytime on Tue 6 April
Tues 13 April 10:30 am Pirate Storytime for preschoolers
Wed 14 April 10:30 am Come on Board for Pirate Stories and activities
Storytime and Rhymetime for preschoolers will run as usual
Rhymetime 11 am Tuesdays :: Storytime 11 am Thursdays
Tue 6 April 2.30pm Shiver me timbers! Pirate stories and activities
Thu 8 April 2.30pm Shiver me timbers! Pirate stories and activities
Tue 13 April 2.30pm Shiver me timbers! Pirate stories and activities
Thu 15 April 2.30pm Shiver me timbers! Pirate stories and activities
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual Monday at 10.30 am
Thu 8 April 10.30am ‘X’ marks the spot for Pirates. Bring your best Pirate Jokes.
Thu 15 April 10.30am “Ahoy my hearties” Dress in your best pirate gear!
More stories and activities.
Storytime for preschoolers will run as usual Wednesdays 10.30 am
Thu 8 April 10.30am Ahoy me hearties! I need a pirate hat
Thu 15 April 10.30am Raise the Jolly Roger! X marks the spot!
Storytime and rhymetime for preschoolers will run as usual
Storytime 10.30 am Tuesdays and Wednesdays :: Rhymetime 10.30 am Thursdays
Wednesday 7 April 2.00 pm Come onboard for Pirate stories and fun
Wednesday 14 April 2.00 pm Pirates are back! More high-seas fun at the Library
Thursday, 18 March 2010
For all those new (and experienced) coaches out there in Rodney, your library can be a good first stop to get some fresh ideas for running practices, teaching skills and putting your teams together. Here are a selection:
Netball: Guidebooks, coaching tips for the adults and coaches in the adult non-fiction, plus simpler introduction books for the first time players in our childrens non-fiction section. From experience, my favourites are Netball - Steps to Success by Wilma Shakespear and The Netball Handbook - Winning Essentials by Jane Woodlands (current coach of the Adelaide Thunderbirds)
Soccer or Football: I imagine with the All White's heading off to the World Cup this year and the success of the Phoenix, that there is going to be a huge demand for our football resources. It's a good thing we have plenty of them. Drills, skills, fitness and coaching techniques in a variety of formats for both children and adults.
Hockey: It's not the same game that I turned my nose up to at college. Playing on turf instead of muddy fields makes it a much faster (and dare I say, more skilled) game. Not quite as many titles to be found on this sport in the library, but still enough to get you started.
Rugby: Our national game rugby football or rugby union and the aspiring national game rugby league can all be found under this link. There are four pages of subject headings and resources for you to choose from.
If there is a sport we haven't mentioned and that you would like to find out about, just head into the library and ask one of the friendly librarians.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Gaiman is an accomplished speaker who seems as if he enjoys being interviewed in front of hundreds of people. He carefully considers each question then comes up with an answer that is usually personal and funny. The interview was bookended by him reading some of his work. Poems at the beginning and an excerpt from American Gods at the end. (He said he would edit out some of the strong words and invited us to "put them back in".)
I found it interesting to discover that he likes to write to order. He noted that he was the kind of writer who could put off finishing something. If a publisher said 'Here's a bunch of money, write what you like, give it to me whenever' then they would be waiting for the rest of their life. "All art needs boundaries. Art needs walls; boundaries to chafe at." He says that it "focuses his head in a certain way."
He's interested in the ideas that we take from fiction. He used the example of the C.S. Lewis books which he loves. 'People will tell you that it's about Christianity. I didn't get that when I was a child. If it is about Christianity then C.S. Lewis is doing a terrible job. He put everything he loved into the books. I got my love of Greek myth from the books." His favourite myths are the Norse myths. Within that he likes the story about when Loki gets drunk and starts insulting the other gods. "They are grumpy and so incredibly human".
He considers that he's lucky to 'hang-out with writers from different genres. People seem to be good at one genre.' He says that he's a storyteller who is 'interested in what makes something more powerful' in a particular medium whether it be books, comics, screen or stage. There's a 'huge difference between them all.'
He had some advice for aspiring writers. "Write. Finish. Publish. Don't wait to publish before you start writing again." Repeat.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
Mahurangi Rugby Club are starting their season off with a bang this weekend with an Open Day tomorrow Saturday 13th March. The highlight of the day is not, as some probably think, The Battle of the Dome with both Mahurangi Senior Firsts and Premier teams playing Wellsford in the afternoon. It is the coup managed by McMahon Builders who are bringing the Bledisloe Cup to Warkworth for the day.
The Bledisloe Cup is named after Lord Bledisloe, a former Governor General of New Zealand. He donated the cup in 1931 to be played for by New Zealand and Australia. The trophy was designed in New Zealand by Nelson Isaac, and crafted by Walker and Hall in London. It has the distinction of being the largest trophy in world rugby.
You can find out more about the Governor General and the match history of the Bledisloe Cup matches by looking at the books on this Rodney Libraries link. If you want to see the Cup up close and have your photo taken with it, head along to the Mahurangi Rugby Club between 12noon and 5pm. The day starts with Junior registration at 10am and continues right through to the evening when you can watch the Crusaders play the Highlanders on the big screen at 7.30pm. There is entertainment all day as well.
Players are still being sought in all grades (from 5 years to 55+ says Sam). That probably means that coaches are required too. You can get help with that at Rodney Libraries as well by looking at the resources we have on this catalogue link. First stops would be the coaching and training books, but there is a wide range to keep you entertained.
Check out your local sports club if you are interested in playing any winter sports, or helping to manage or coach. They will welcome you with open arms.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
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Are there any other local School Library blogs or websites out there that would like a mention? Send us an email and we will see what we can do.
Try this book for a real-life account from a British soldier.
Eight lives down : the story of a counter-terrorist bomb-disposal operator's tour in Iraq by Chris Hunter.
Chris Hunter has the most dangerous job in the world in the most dangerous place in the world - he's responsible for bomb disposal in the British sector of Iraq, pitted against some of the most ruthless and technically advanced terrorists in the world. It is a 24/7 job - his team defuse over forty-five bombs in the first two months alone. And the people they're up against don't play by the Geneva Convention. For them, there are no rules, only results. Bombs, rockets, grenades, ambushes, booby traps - death by any means necessary.
Book trailer on YouTube
The movie also won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and, Best Sound Editing.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
I would like to introduce you to one of our latest E-resources (electronic resources) which are databases we subscribe to for you and which are available through our Rodney Libraries website. All you need to access them is your library card and a PIN number.
This particular database is called Popular Magazines. Here you will find thousands of magazine, newsletter, newswires and handbooks. There is something for everyone, from Harper's Bazaar to Popular Mechanics , the Oprah magazine to Family Handyman.
There is a range of industry and professional publications as well. Although predominantly sourced in America, there are titles from around the globe.
Of course if you are the sort the still prefers to turn the page, you can still take advantage of Rodney Libraries, with the seven libraries holding a range of titles. You can check our range on our website here.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Beattie's Book Blog - We've said it before, but you are hardpressed to go past Graham Beatties' blog for news both national and international to do with books and the publishing industry.
Christchurch City Libraries - They set the standard really high for Library blogs in New Zealand. Live blogging from literary events around New Zealand are a highlight so check out what is happening at the New Zealand Post Readers and Writer's Week in Wellington this month.
Bookiemonster - A new favourite who was highlighted in the Sunday papers recently by author Nicky Pellegrino (also talking about the new style of book bloggers). Bookiemonster is also an online seller.
Good Books NZ - Another online seller, but this one has a point of difference. All profits go to Oxfam.
Manukau Libraries - Our colleagues down in Manukau have put together some great reviews and news on their new-look website.
NZ Books - This periodical is dedicated to reviewing New Zealand publications.
NZ Book Council - The home of New Zealand publishing news
Trade Me Book Forum - It's amazing what gems you pick up on this interactive forum, from where the big second hand book sales are to what to read next to the regular book quiz.
Have fun on the World Wide Web and have a great day.
Monday, 8 March 2010
The theme came to me because yesterday was my designated "sleep-in" day. I had been looking forward to it all week. It has been a crazy three weeks filled with netball meetings, netball trials, umpiring, work (can't forget that) and more netball trainings. So I had planned rolling over at the usual wake up time, and then curling back up into a ball to waste part of a perfectly good day catching up on my beauty sleep (another brilliant opportunity for a one-liner from the jokers).
Of course, my inability to say "No" with any sort of conviction put paid to my plans (which will be the theme of a forthcoming blog entry) and instead I spent the day in the bright and sunny hotspot of Whangarei ... running around a netball court (what else?).
But getting back to sleep and libraries, have you ever seriously considered us a resource if you are having trouble sleeping. Plenty of parents have as they struggle with restless babies (while considering the inappropriateness of the term "sleep like a baby"). Here are some ideas for you.
Picture books to encourage children to bed: There is a large range to select from Dr Seuss to Martin Waddell. Try The Baby who wouldn't go to bed by Helen Cooper. A subject search under Bedtime reveals a further selection for you and your child.
Sleep and Infants (aka how to get my baby to sleep) is one of our very popular sections and there are plenty to choose from, although the most often recommended one by Plunket is The complete sleep guide for contented babies and toddlers by Gina Ford.
Children aren't the only ones who have trouble sleeping. Whether you have the odd night which drives you to despair, or are a chronic insomniac, check out books under the subject heading of sleep disorders which offer a range of solutions so that you can work out the best one for you.
A time honoured method of getting to sleep is the Lullaby. Rodney Libraries has a range of books and audio to lull you and your family to sleep with the sound of music.
And of course, once you are asleep there are the Dreams. From picture books to adult fiction, dictionaries to interpretation, there is something for everyone.
And if you just want something to read on those nights you can't sleep, we will almost certainly have something for you at Rodney Libraries as well.
Sleep well everyone.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Cowshed Christmas by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Random House New Zealand)
Old Hu-Hu by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Rachel Driscoll (Scholastic New Zealand) in conjunction with the Te reo edition: Hū-Hū Koroheke, translated by Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira (Scholastic New Zealand)
Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig Goes to Dad's Cafe by Diana Neild, illustrated by Philip Webb (Scholastic New Zealand)
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley (Scholastic New Zealand)
The Word Witch by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by David Elliot and edited by Tessa Duder (HarperCollins Publishers)
Ben & Mark: Boys of the High Country by Christine Fernyhough, and John Bougen
(Random House New Zealand)
Dear Alison, edited by Simon Pollard (Penguin NZ)
E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt (Random House New Zealand)
Rangitoto by Maria Gill, illustrated by Heather Arnold (Puffin Books)
Cry of the Taniwha by Des Hunt (HarperCollins Publishers)
Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)
The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe (Longacre Press)
My Story: The Mine's Afire! By Susan Battye and Thelma Eakin (Scholastic New Zealand)
Sting by Raymond Huber (Walker Books)
Banquo's Son by T.K. Roxborogh (Penguin NZ)
The Beginner's Guide to Living by Lia Hills (Text Publishing)
Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hager (Random House New Zealand)
Brainjack by Brian Falkner (Walker Books)
End of the Alphabet by Fleur Beale (Random House New Zealand)
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
The challenge was originally intended to be held on Sunday 28 February but was not held because a tsunami warning was in effect for Rodney beaches.
The cycle challenge will now follow a new route from previous years, beginning at 10am at Centreway Road reserve and travel along the Millennium walkway and cycleway to reach Western Reserve.
Saturday 6 March is also National children's day and this is being marked across the country with a range of special events during March. As part of the celebrations the Mayor will lead people on their cycles to the Children's Day activities at Western Reserve which will be celebrated at Coast Day Out.
Coast Day Out is being organised by Rodney Women's Refuge, the Rodney District Council and Te Rito Rodney Family Violence Prevention.
This free event runs from 10am - 2pm and will feature games such as sack races, sports, a bouncy castle and bouncy bungee, skate display, food, and many other attractions. The day will also present ideas from local young people about how their area could be made safer to the community, which will then be workshopped by a range of organisations after the day.
Mayoral Challenge Registration
Registration for the ride is free. You can register on the day from 9am (the challenge starts at 10 am). Download a registration form here and bring it to the registration tent on the day.
There will be free goody bags and spot prizes for the first 1,000 people who register and vouchers awarded to the Rodney schools with the highest levels of participation.
Participants who registered for the challenge when it was to be held on Sunday 28 February will not be required to register again to participate in the event. You will need to bring your registration form to get your goody bag.
A helmet and shoes are required to participate.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
I really enjoy showing off the library to schools. This was the first of regular visits from the Year 3's and today we talked about:
- how to get a library card and does it cost anything?
- what you can use your library card for?
- what sort of things we have in the library?
- if it costs anything to take books out of the library?
- how long can you have a book out of the library?
- what things should they not do in the library?
- what things books don't like having done to them?
- how to check books out?
I also learnt a lot as I always ask them what they want to read and what their favourite types of books are. There were plenty of fiction (chapter books) mentioned with animals, horses, Geronimo Stilton, Captain Underpants, fairies, Maori, Roald Dahl and Star Wars all being very popular. Quite a few read in the non-fiction (information or true books) section with sports, animals, dinosaurs, bulldozers and famous people being popular. Regular readers of this blog will know that I also wasn't so concerned that quite a few times comics were mentioned.
I still have some work to do convincing some of the children that being smart is cool. I think deep down they actually know that it is, they are just too cool to admit it. I will see when they come back next term.
Monday, 1 March 2010
Gluten and Dairy Free Diet
A return visit from popular Joan Buchanan to the Orewa Library. Mark Wednesday 17 March @ 12.30pm on your calendar. Look out for all the goodies she brings in for tasting.
Script and Scribe
A mini festival showcasing new New Zealand authors from Mackay Books. Heather Mackay will be attending and is always on the lookout for new manuscripts to read or assess. This is a free service designed to get first time authors in print. Books by some of the new authors will be available to buy. The events are free and you should contact each of the libraries to book in.
Friday 26 March 11am @ Warkworth Library - phone 094259803
Friday 26 March 2.30pm @ Whangaparaoa Library - phone 094273710
Tuesday 30 March 2.30pm @ Kumeu Library - phone 094127995