Friday, 30 April 2010
Pigs at Rodney
Celebrate Piggity Wiggity Jiggity Jig Goes to Dad’s Café with pig stories, and crafts.
Wednesday 12 May 3.30pm at Helensville and Mahurangi East Libraries
Thursday 13 May 3.30 pm at Kumeu and Warkworth Libraries
Thursday 13 May 6.30 pm at Whangaparaoa Library
On Tuesday 11 May, Gavin Bishop, author and illustrator extraordinaire will be visiting Kumeu Library at 1.30 pm. There is limited space but members of the public are welcome. Check with the library.
Secret Snippets Competition
Collect your entry form from your local library and try to guess the title of the NZ Post Book finalist from the snippet on the entry form. There are two competitions, one for children's picture books and the other for teenagers. We have some fantastic prizes for Rodney entrants including an MP3 player.
For more information one what is happening elsewhere in North Shore, check this flyer.
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Voyager CEO Paul Evans says free entry offers form a key part of delivering value back to the ratepayers of the Auckland region. Mr Evans says he hopes that people can take the time to develop an understanding of the huge role the sea has played in the creation of the Auckland region by visiting the Museum.
Provided they come with proof of address (such as a rates or utility bill with the persons name and address), Voyager will waive the galleries admission charge for Auckland region residents until 31 May. Charges still apply for Voyager Live heritage vessel experiences and education and pre-booked groups, and the free admission is not valid in conjunction with any other.
Visit the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum website for more information about the offer and what's on at the Museum.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
I read books set in summer during winter to warm up.
If I read a book including cheese or champagne or bread my consumption of those things goes up.
If I read a book about baking I’m suddenly very popular with my workmates.
If I read a book about endurance athletes I feel fitter and as if similar success is within my ability. (That lasts about as long as the first five minutes of a run.)
While I feel as if I should be reading more books on financial success and tidiness I’m grateful I don’t read a lot of graphic murder thrillers.
What about you?
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Susan Battye and Thelma Eakin
The My Story New Zealand series heads to the West Coast mining community . Tommy could be a typical boy from your school. He spends his time catching eels, swimming in the River without his mother knowing, playing cricket with his friends, playing in the local band and looking forward to the day when he leaves school and gets a job. The only difference is this is 1896, times are tough and one of only jobs available is going down into the coal mine, something Tommy is not sure he wants to do. It’s hard work, low paid and extremely dangerous.
One day there is a huge boom and smoke starts billowing from the entrance to the mine. How many lives will be lost and how will it affect Tommy and his family? When he finishes school will he still have to go down the mines to work?
This is a great addition to the My Story series which explore events in New Zealand’s history through the eyes of children like you.
Cry of the Taniwha
Des Hunt is back to his absolute best with his latest book. What starts out as a long boring holiday with his grandmother in Rotorua soon becomes much more interesting for Matt with Juzza the strange kid from next door who wants to join one of the local gangs, not to mention that awful smell.
To keep busy Matt spends some time in the forest over the fence with his home made metal detector. But instead of the treasure he wants to find, he uncovers a skull buried under the roots of a tree. When the rest of the skeleton is unearthed, they find the hands locked into old fashioned police handcuffs.
How did he get there? What is his story? And might there still be a treasure? The gangs seem to think so and they want Matt to help them find it…. Or else!
An action-packed page turner which blends history and contemporary adventure, with Maori mythology and the science of one of the most volcanic areas of New Zealand. This book is one of my “must-reads” of the 2010.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Josef Trethowen is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Auckland. After being in a few bands and having toured with Excel Performing Arts as a guitar player he is now concentrating on gaining musical maturity and expanding on his depth and range of song writing abilities.
Josef's songs are inspired from his interpretations of life around him. Be it personal, emotional, moral, political or religious his songs aim to react upon the listener. His warm, catchy, heart felt music is inspired by many different easy listening sounds including acoustic rock/pop, country, classical, new age, and is accompanied by powerful vocals and deep lyrics.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Thursday, 22 April 2010
2nd Tuesday of the month 2.30 to 4pm run by Rosemary Ashton
4th Thursday of the month @ 7pm run by Tina Collins and Anne Pearson
The Library does not run a bookclub but they do have two Bookclubs that meet in the library each month
1st Tuesday of each month 9.30 - 11.30 am in the Manuka Room. (Contact Denise 09-4244565)
1st Wednesday of each month 9.30 - 11 am in the Pohutukawa Room (Contact Pamela 09 4248249)
Meets once a month on a Friday. Run by Jocelyn Koks
Helensville, Orewa and Warkworth don't have Book Clubs run by the Libraries but there are plenty in the community.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
The Roadshow is a library programme where we go out to primary schools in the area and promote books and the library. We tell you about all the exciting things that we have happening in the library, what you find there and how to get a library card. There is some storytelling, some great new picture and story books and a special production. Best of all (for the schools) it's FREE.
We have been running the Roadshow for a number of years and other libraries around New Zealand have picked up on our ideas. If you would like to know more about having us visit your school contact the Roadshow Coordinator Tina Collins 09 4273962 .
The Silverdale and Districts RSA extends a cordial invitation to all kindred clubs, associations and public, i.e. Silverdale and Manly Fire Brigade,Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Women’s Division, Girl Guides, Brownies, Scouts, Sea Scouts and Cubs, Youth and Service organisations and local schools and colleges, to join them in their Anzac Day parade and church service.
A special invitation is extended to dependents of deceased veterans to march wearing the medals of their late family members.The parade and march past the Cenotaph is scheduled to commence at 11.00am at our Vipond Road property. The church service is to be held inside if the weather is inclement. Representatives of organisations wishing to take part in the parade, as well as persons wishing to lay wreaths, should contact the Secretary/Manager on telephone 09 424 9026. The Parade Commander will be Sqn. Ldr. G White, Retd. Food and refreshments will be provided for the veterans and their caregivers, Silverdale RSA members, parade participants and children.
NOTE: The RSA Clubrooms will remain closed from 10.15am until after the parade and church service are finished.
Silverdale War Memorial Park
Wreath-laying Service: 12.15pm
Remembrance Reserve, Orewa
Remembrance Service: 12.40pm
Upper Waiwera Cenotaph Service
This service will again be held at Upper Waiwera at 2.30pm. The Silverdale and Districts Returned Services Association extends awarm welcome to anyone wishing to attend. Poppy Collection day is Friday, 23 April 2010; please support us on this day.
A cordial invitation is extended to all residents to attend a Citizens’Commemorative Service to be held in the War Memorial Hall, Commercial Road, Helensville at 11.00am on Sunday, 25 April 2010.The parade will assemble at 10.45am outside the former Rodney District Council office on the corner of Commercial Road and Rata Street. Wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial Hall prior to the service.
Dawn Parade at 6.00am at the Cenotaph in Parakai Domain followed by a short service at the Servicemans’ Cemetary in Helensville.
A memorial parade will take place at the Riverhead War Memorial Park gates at 9.00am Sunday, 25 April 2010. Any person or group wishing to lay a wreath is welcome to do so.
Waimauku RSA will hold a service at the Memorial Hall, Waimauku at 11.00am, Sunday, 25 April 2010. A march back to the RSA will be at 11.30am for a wreath laying ceremony. Any person or group wishing to lay a wreath is welcome to do so.
Members of local organisations and residents of the Warkworth area are invited to attend the Memorial Services on Anzac Day,Sunday, 25 April 2010.
Dawn Parade:A service will take place at 6.00am at the War Memorial Church Hill, Warkworth. Any person or organisation wishing to lay a wreath is invited to do so.
A Civic Service and Parade:At 10.30am the Parade officials will meet the Officer in Charge of parade at Anglican Church.
Church Hill, Warkworth: At 10.35am Parade fall in – Anglican Church. At 10.40am Parade will march to War Memorial, Church Hill. At 10.45am Service at War Memorial. In the event of inclement weather, these events will be held in the arkworth Fire Station.
The ratepayers and residents of Wellsford and Districts are invited to attend the Anzac Day parade on Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 5.45am at the Wellsford Memorial Domain gates. Any person or group wishing to lay a wreath is welcome to do so.
The ratepayers and residents of Leigh and Districts are invited toattend the Anzac Day Ceremony at the Leigh Cemetery on Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 11.00am.
Kawau Island Yacht Club 12pm
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
The other main character Julia lives in England. She is coping with the death of a close friend and struggling to come to terms with the fact that she too is getting older.
The bad behaviour of the title happened in the sixties. This is when Zoe and Julia met and during the course of the story we go back to this time to see how the decisions made by these two women at the time have shaped their lives.
I have enjoyed all Liz Bryski’s books as I find her characters very believable and the issues they are dealing with interesting and entertaining.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Rodney Mayor Penny Webster is leading ‘Mayor Penny's Reading Challenge’ which encourages children to ‘read for half an hour a day during the month of May.’
Last year 32 Rodney schools took up the challenge to participate, and the event is expected to be popular once again this year.
Mayor Webster is a strong supporter of the challenge, and says that as winter approaches and the nights get darker, reading in bed is a great way to keep warm.
This May she will be visiting Rodney schools to promote the challenge, the benefits of reading and to share stories with school pupils.
It’s simple to take part in the challenge and children can enter through their school or at a Rodney Library. Entry is open to children in Years 1 – 8. Children just need to read for half and hour a day during May and have their reading verified by a parent, caregiver or teacher. Reading can be done at home, at school or anywhere else. Sharing stories can be a fun family activity involving parents, grandparents and children.
Children who visit one of the seven Rodney Libraries and take books out twice during May also get an extra entry into the prize draw.
All children who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and will go into a prize draw to win a bike or other prizes.
The reading challenge is supported by the following sponsors: Free Ride’n - Huapai, Lions Clubs of Orewa, Whangaparaoa Rotary and Warkworth Rotary.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Drama - Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
History - Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press)
Biography - The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Alfred A. Knopf)
Poetry - Versed by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)
General Nonfiction - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)
The Boy Next Door Irene Sabatini, Sceptre
After The Fire, A Still Small Voice Evie Wyld, Jonathan Cape
Insight by Pauline Stainer from Suffolk
Ischaemia by CK Stead from Auckland, New Zealand
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
The reason the subject came up is, of course, because the man himself is touring the country at present. Lisa and Julie were disappointed that other commitments clashed with the opportunity to attend his discussion with Graham Beattie and a North Shore audience on Sunday night. But media commitments have been numerous and you can catch video and audio clips of him on Radio New Zealand, Newstalk ZB, TV3 and TVNZ (to name a few).
Graham called Child "intelligent, articulate, amusing, generous and humble" after his Sunday event. To find out more about the author and his books, check out his website http://www.leechild.com/.
The latest book which the tour is publicising is 61 Hours which is the 14th Jack Reacher instalment. The summary on our catalogue reads "Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm. There's a small town twenty miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock. There's a strange stone building five miles further on, all alone on the prairie. There's a ruthless man who controls everything from the warmth of Mexico. Jack Reacher hitched a ride in the back of the bus. A life without baggage has many advantages. And crucial disadvantages too, when it means facing the arctic cold without a coat. But he's equipped for the rest of his task. He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn't like people who put it to wrongs."
From the discussion in the workroom on Friday, these are definitely books that I will have to read. Anything that can provide animated discussion about which was the best one, which one I should read first, and who should be Jack in a movie is well worth a look. The first novel in the series is Killing Floor, but I am told it is not imperative to read the books in order.
There is still time to catch up with Lee Child in our part of the world today as he will be in Queen Street, Auckland from 12.00-12.30pm at Borders and from 1.00-1.30pm at Whitcoulls Corner (if he doesn't get recognised and mobbed walking down the street).
Photo of Lee Child heading off for a helicopter ride over Auckland from Lee Child Tour blog
Monday, 12 April 2010
Thursday 2.30 pm Shiver me timbers! Pirate stories and activities
Tuesday 10.30 am Storytime for pre-schoolers
Wednesday 10.30 am Storytime for pre-schoolers
Wednesday 2.00 pm Pirates are back! More high-seas fun at the Library
Friday, 9 April 2010
Each year this award produces an enormous response - proof of its enduring popularity. Book lovers can vote only once, in any form. Every voting card or online vote that is received puts the voter's nominated school in the draw to win $1,000 of Booksellers Tokens.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Now a documentary has been made and is being shown, initially in Wellington at the World Cinema Showcase. Anne Perry: Interiors is about her life in the village in Scotland and unlike other documentaries in the past, was made with her input and cooperation.
Read more about the documentary and about Anne/Juliet in this article http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/3544438/Killer-revisted-50-years-after-murder.
To find out more about Juliet, Pauline and other notorious New Zealanders, have a look at this catalogue link for Rodney Libraries.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
So I couldn't resist a news item from the UK Sunday Times over the weekend. "Keith Richards, the grizzled veteran of rock’n’roll excess, has confessed to a secret longing: to be a librarian."
All is revealed in the full article which you can find on this link.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Wednesday 10.30am Ahoy me hearties! I need a Spyglass!
Thursday 10:30 am Swashbuckling pirate stories and activities
Mahurangi East Library
Please note: no Storytime today
Tuesday 11 am Rhymetime
Tuesday 2.30pm Shiver me timbers! Pirate stories and activities
Thursday 11 am Storytime Thursdays
Thursday 2.30pm Shiver me timbers! Pirate stories and activities
Thursday 10.30am ‘X’ marks the spot for Pirates. Bring your best Pirate jokes.
Wednesday 10.30 am Storytime
Thursday 10.30am Ahoy me hearties! I need a pirate hat
Tuesday 10.30 am Storytime for preschoolers
Wednesday 10.30am Storytime for preschoolers
Wednesday 2.00 pm Come onboard for Pirate stories and fun
Thursday 10.30am Rhymetime for babies
Thursday, 1 April 2010
To find out more about all the variety of ways people treat Easter, have a look at a subject search for Easter on our catalogue. Most of the Easter picture books and Easter cooking books are already out but you may still be able to find something on Saturday when all the Rodney Libraries will be open their usual hours (click on your local library on the map to find out what they are).
To investigate the religious nature of Easter, you may like to check out our holdings by doing a subject search for Christianity. There is everything here from history, geography of the bible, the relevance of the Church today and first bible stories. Diverse opinions and animated debate can be found on our shelves for those that want to explore religion in more detail. Religion can be found on our non-fiction shelves in the 200's.
Have an awesome Easter. Drive safe on the roads. Don't forget to put your clocks back over the weekend as Daylight saving ends. And if you are looking for something to do over the school holidays, don't forget about Rodney Libraries holiday programme.