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Monday, 31 May 2010
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Friday, 28 May 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Although it was just an experiment it's been a successful one. Readership has steadily increased (thanks!) We blog regularly during the week (and weekends if we have something to say.) In the beginning we were writing about all sorts of things. Now we've settled down to reviews, local events and literary happenings. There are two of us blogging - Anne and Kris. Our colleagues will occasionally guest post for us.
If there are things that you want to read about just let us know.
Here's to another 1000 posts! \o/
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
NZ Fiction for Adults
NZ Non-fiction for Adults
- Slow: Mouth-watering Recipes for the Slow Cooker and Crockpot by Allyson Gofton and Alan Gillard
- Bridging the Gap: Channelling Spirit to Heal Hearts by Kelvin Cruickshank
- Robyn Martin's Easy Budget Recipes for Crockpots and Slow Cookers by Robyn Martin
International Fiction for Adults
- House Rules by Jodi Picoult
- The girl who played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
- 61 Hours by Lee Child
International Non-Fiction for Adults
- Stainless by Shannon Lush and Trent Hayes
- Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
- Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
In Children's & Teens Fiction, the vampire theme remains strong with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series heading off challengers. In the New Zealand category NZ Post Children's book of the year The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith heads off several classic Margaret Mahy tales which have been republished as part of the birthday celebrations for Puffin Publishers.
Do I have to mention that you can road-test all of these books at your local Rodney Library before you decide if they are worthy of your personal bookshelf? Nope - didn't think so.
Have a great day everyone.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Entry forms can be obtained from Rodney Libraries or local college libraries. The form must be completed and signed by a parent, teacher or a librarian each time a book has been read. Once five books have been completed and signed off, teens should drop their entry form into the library. Successful entrants will qualify to go into a draw to win an iPOD and other prizes. Prize winners will be notified at the beginning of Term 4.
For more information pick up one of the flyers or ask a librarian.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Picture Book Category
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)
E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt (Random House New Zealand)
Junior Fiction Category
The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe (Longacre Press)
Young Adult Fiction Category
Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hager (Random House New Zealand)
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
The Top 20 mass market fiction list is dominated by all of your favourite authors. Steig Larsson appears four times (the fourth one is the movie tie-in edition as there are only three published books). Martina Cole, Jeffrey Deaver, Philippa Gregory, James Patterson, Mark Billingham, Penny Vincenzi and Lee Child are all there. There seems to be quite a heavy emphasis on the crime/thriller genre.
Stephenie Meyer and other writers in the vampire genre continue to dominate the children's Top 20. Jacqueline Wilson makes a lonely entry at #8 with her latest Little Darlings while there are a couple of movie tie-ins (Percy Jackson and Alice in Wonderland)
Cookbooks and biographies are popular in the non-fiction lists. Jamie Oliver has a new release Jamie Does which is already on our shelves. Look Back in Hunger by Jo Brand is top of the second non-fiction list in the UK and we also stock that.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
I read the Hunger Games in one day. Nobody could talk to me – I was utterly engrossed.
The premise may make it sound like a bit of a gorefest, but it is actually a well told story about human nature, and what a person will do to survive. It is a testament to the writing that although Kat does some terrible things, we sympathise with her, like her, and root for her right until the end.
The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and I am desperately hanging out for the sequel Catching Fire. Recommended for those who like the Tomorrow When the War Began series, and for the boys who don’t know where to go from Cherub.
Friday, 14 May 2010
Add together one scoop of trouble, two scoops of mystery, and one cup of murder and a dollop of romance and mix well; you now have a Coffeehouse Mystery.
Clare Cosi has returned to Manhattan to Manage the Village Blend coffeehouse. Anxious about her daughter signing up for romance on on-online dating services, Clare herself signs up and meets a man that makes her heart pound. Meanwhile her regular coffeehouse customers are turning up dead; the first one is believed to be suicide ….. or was it murder? And what of the other suspicious accidents resulting in death? Are they all forming an alarming pattern or is jealously raising its ugly head? But handsome Detective Quinn is on the case and he’s not going to let any harm come to Clare, even when all the evidence starts pointing towards her new man! Clare does not take orders from anyone even a handsome Detective and she is not about to believe the evidence he’s found, so she is on the case and won’t stop until her man’s name is cleared.
Also included in this great read are fabulous coffee recipes and coffee-making tips. A must read for all coffee or mystery lovers! There are nine books in the Coffee House mystery series and we have them all.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Is anyone around here going?
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
His illustrations have been exhibited at international shows from Japan to Czechoslovakia, and he has appeared as a teacher and guest speaker at many international forums. He has been commissioned to write and design several successful ballets for the Royal NZ Ballet Company
In 1985 Gavin wrote and designed a ballet– Terrible Tom that toured the country for 18 months.
Gavin was a high school art teacher for many years, but now works full-time as an illustrator and teacher of illustration. Gavin’s first book 'Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant' was published in 1981. In 2002, Gavin’s plaque became part of Christchurch’s Writers’ Walkway. In 2003 Gavin's short story, ‘Giant Jimmy Jones’, was launched as the world's first 3D animated children's picture book. In 2009, Storylines launched the Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration, in honour of one of New Zealand’s celebrated children’s illustrators. "
Awards that Gavin Bishop has won
Noma Concours for Children’s Picture Book Illustration 1982 runner-up.
Russell Clark Award 1982 Winner for Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant.
New Zealand Government Publishing Awards - New Zealand Picture Book of the Year Award 1983 for Mr Fox.
Noma Concours for Children's Picture Book Illustration Grand Prix 1984.
Russell Clark Award 1988 shortlist for A, Apple Pie.
Russell Clark Award 1991 shortlist for Katarina.
Arts Council Grant, International Cultural Exchange Scheme to the USA 1993.
AIM Children’s Book Awards 1994 Picture Book Winner for Hinepau.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 1997 Picture Book shortlist for Maui and the Sun.
Creative New Zealand Project Grant 1998.
Russell Clark Award 1998 shortlist for Little Rabbit and the Sea.
Spectrum Print Award for the Best Use of Illustration in a New Zealand Book 2000.
White Ravens List 2000 for The Video Shop Sparrow.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2000 Picture Book shortlist for The Video Shop Sparrow.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2000 Picture Book Winner for The House that Jack Built.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2000 Book of the Year Winner for The House that Jack Built.
Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2000.
Storylines Notable Books 2000 Picture Books list for The House that Jack Built.
Storylines Notable Books 2000 Picture Books list for The Video Shop Sparrow.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2001 Picture Book shortlist for Stay Awake, Bear!
Russell Clark Award 2001 shortlist for Stay Awake, Bear!
Storylines Notable Books 2001 Picture Books list for Stay Awake, Bear!
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2002 Picture Book shortlist for Tom Thumb.
Smash Palace Art and Science Collaboration Grant with the HIT Lab, Canterbury University 2002.
Storylines Notable Books 2002 Picture Books list for Tom Thumb.
Noma Concours jury member 2002.
Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing, Canterbury University 2003.
Waikato University Writer in Residence 2003.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 Book of the Year Winner for Weaving Earth and Sky.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2003 Non-fiction winner for Weaving Earth and Sky.
Elsie Locke Award 2003 shortlist for Weaving Earth and Sky.
Storylines Notable Books 2003 Non-fiction list for Weaving Earth and Sky.
Creative New Zealand Project Grant 2004.
Sylvia Ashton Warner Fellow, University of Auckland 2004.
Russell Clark Award 2004 shortlist for The Three Billy-goats Gruff.
Storylines Notable Books 2004 Picture Books list for The Three Billy-goats Gruff.
Represented New Zealand at the World Summit Award 2005 with ‘Giant Jimmy Jones’.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2005 Picture Book shortlist for Taming the Sun.
Russell Clark Award 2005 shortlist for Taming the Sun.
White Ravens List 2005 for Taming the Sun.
Storylines Notable Books 2005 Picture Books list for Taming the Sun.
Russell Clark Award 2006 Winner for Kiwi Moon.
Russell Clark Award 2006 shortlist for The Waka.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2006 Picture Book shortlist for The Waka.
Storylines Notable Books 2006 Picture Books list for Kiwi Moon.
Storylines Notable Books 2006 Picture Books list for The Waka.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2007 Picture Book shortlist for Riding the Waves.
Russell Clark Award 2007 shortlist for Riding the Waves.
Storylines Notable Books 2007 Picture Books list for Riding the Waves.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2008 Picture Book shortlist for Rats!
Russell Clark Award 2008 Winner for Rats!
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2008 Junior Fiction Winner for Snake and Lizard.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2008 Book of the Year Winner for Snake and Lizard.
Storylines Notable Books 2008 Picture Books list for Rats!
Storylines Notable Books 2008 Junior Fiction list for Snake and Lizard.
New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2009 Non-fiction shortlist for Piano Rock.
Elsie Locke Award 2009 shortlist for Piano Rock.
PANZ Book Design Awards 2009 Children’s Book Winner for Piano Rock.
Storylines Notable Books 2009 Non-fiction list for Piano Rock.
Phew - That's a pretty impressive list in anyone's book (pardon the pun).
I spoke briefly to Tina this morning who said the visit was a great success. Gavin was really friendly and worked well with the kids. Gavin has his own website which you can visit but stay tuned to the blog for photos of the Kumeu visit.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Books will remain upright on the shelf until you go to place another book beside them.
If it's a good book, it's out of stock. If it's an excellent book, it's out of print.
No matter how many books you have on a subject the student always thinks they're all "too big".
From The Bookmark, September 1989, p.48-49M.L. REVEYRAND, teacher-librarian, KLO Secondary School
THE PERFECT EXCUSE! or Why my book has not been returned to the library!
... cuz I left it in my truck and my truck was in an accident and got towed to the garage and I won't be able to get to the garage in Abbotsford until this weekend.
... my mother took it camping and lost it.
... I didn't take it out!
... cuz my cat peed on it and it smells too bad.
... it flew out the car window on the 401 Freeway and was devoured by an 18 wheeler!
The Chicken Joke
A chicken walks into the library. It goes up to the circulation desk and says: "book, bok, bok, boook".
The librarian hands the chicken a book. It tucks it under his wing and runs out. A while later, the chicken runs back in, throws the first book into the return bin and goes back to the librarian saying: "book, bok, bok, bok, boook". Again the librarian gives it a book, and the chicken runs out. The librarian shakes her head.
Within a few minutes, the chicken is back, returns the book and starts all over again: "boook, book, bok bok boook". The librarian gives him yet a third book, but this time as the chicken is running out the door, she follows it.
The chicken runs down the street, through the park and down to the riverbank. There, sitting on a lily pad is a big, green frog. The chicken holds up the book and shows it to the frog, saying: "Book, bok, bok, boook". The frog blinks, and croaks: "read-it, read-it, read-it".
And I can tell the last joke as part of my previous life was spent as a legal executive in a law firm, so I can appreciate the small gremlin of truth in it:
Q: What happens when you cross a librarian and a lawyer?
A: You get all the information you want, but you can't understand it.
Monday, 10 May 2010
Helmets & shoes and bright clothing must be worn and bikes must be fitted with lights as per the new Road Code for Cyclists.
You can register for the Ride of Silence 2010 here.
On Thursday 20 May, cyclists from 300 cities around the world will join together to demonstrate their concern and raise awareness about cycling fatalities through the Ride of Silence. The ride started in 2003 in Dallas, Texas, after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus on an empty road. Since that time, the ride has developed into a global event and is now held in 18 countries.
Rodney has experienced two cycling fatalities in the last seven years – and the loss of those two lives has been felt by families, friends, work colleagues, and throughout their communities.
There have also been many more serious injuries and close calls reported – and it is suspected that thousands more cycle incidents a year go unreported.
Friday, 7 May 2010
Gardening Book Plagiarism claim - With so much information out there both in print and digitally, you sometimes wonder how anyone can write anything new. Luckily there are plenty of people who can. However in the case of a new gardening book there have been claims that parts of it have been copied directly from other sources. Penguin New Zealand are taking the claims seriously and have recalled the books. Read more on the link.
Kiwi Author winner of French Literary Award - Bernard Beckett is a popular New Zealand writer. His novel Genesis, which has already won the 2007 Esther Glen Award and the young adult fiction category at the 2007 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards has now won the young adult division of the 2010 Prix Sorcières in France.
Crime & Thriller Reviews - "New Zealander readers love their crime and thriller fiction" writes Craig Sisterson in this weeks Scoop website bookreviews. Here he takes a look at some of the recent releases.
Inaugral Author Blog Awards - Neil Gaiman was one of the winners of the first ever Awards for blogs by Authors. Read what he and other winners have to say about what makes a good blog and see if you agree.
Once Bitten is the New York Times interview with Charlaine Harris, the creator of Sookie Stackhouse of True Blood fame. There's some really great insights in the interview such as this one - "Do you have any advice for young mystery writers or fantasy writers? For any writers at all, read everything you can and then put your butt in the chair and write. That’s all there is to it."
And don't forget the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival which kicks off next week. Have an awesome weekend everyone.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
MC Stu Duvall presided over the ceremony for a small but enthusiastic group of people. Mayor Penny Webster also spoke.
1st - Wes Lee
Runner-up - Fay Cameron
1st - Brenda Howsen
Runner-up- Cathy Clarke
1st - Alice Allfree
Runner-up - Tom Vasey
The winning stories will be published on the Rodney District Council website in the near future.
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
One is by local Rodney author Maria Gill who is a Matakana resident. "Rangitoto : te toka tu moana : the rock standing in the ocean" is a superbly crafted book which successfully marries up several different strands. There is the story of Rangitoto from the beginning of time through until today, told in an easy read aloud style. There are also strands concentrating on the science of volcanic activity and on the flora and fauna through the evolution of the island. Heather Arnold has provided skilled illustrations to reflect all these different parts of the book.
Similar in that it both tells a story and provides background information on the science is "E3 call home: a true story of godwit migration and misadventure" by Janet Hunt. E3 the godwit was tagged in February 2007, about a month before the flock of birds began their annual migration to Alaska. But E3 was different from the rest of the birds, including E7 who travelled with them. He struggled to keep up and instead of heading north, he ended up turning back and getting lost in Australia. Will everyone make it back to New Zealand? There's lots packed into the pages of this children's book.
Monday, 3 May 2010
The Community Grants scheme, which has been operating for a number of years, will also be available once again this year with another $164,000 available for distribution.
Applications for the funds will open on 7 June and close on 30 July 2010.
The information evenings will also provide information on the council’s Environmental Education Fund and Creative Communities Scheme.
The information evenings will be held at the following locations:
Helensville (Monday 31 May, Helensville War Memorial Hall)
Warkworth (Tuesday 1 June, New Masonic Hall, Warkworth)
Silverdale (Wednesday 2 June, St Johns Hall, Silverdale)
All sessions will commence at 6.30pm, with people asked to arrive at 6.15pm.
For more information on grants and funding, please visit the Rodney District Council website