Thursday, 30 September 2010

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Come to Town. Don't go to the woods on Saturday.

Come into the Warkworth Library for a Special Kowhai Festival Teddy Bears Storytime. Bring your big people with you and enjoy songs, stories, games and special Teddy treats.

It's all happening after the Dog Show and Old Time Games which are happening in the morning along at Lucy Moore Park. Head along to the Library on Baxter Street for a 12.30pm start with Anne, Charlie (our monkey mascot) and our giant Teddy Bear who is visiting for the occasion.

Teddies, and special toys of all shapes and sizes, for young and old, are all invited to kick the Kowhai Festival off in style.

The story behind the story

The last thing you would expect when you are putting donated books onto our For Sale trolley, is that it will take you on a journey. Especially when it is a hardcover Mills & Boon from 1953 (which originally sold for the grand sum of 9/6. But here is what happened yesterday afternoon.

It is a rather tattered and battered little book called The Heart Must Choose by Mary Burchell and it does look suspiciously as if it may have been a library at some time in it's life. It's pages are brown and a little bit brittle, with stains and marks showing a well-read history. The blurb starts "Not many of us can manage to live the life of a debutante in the Coronation Year. But the next best thing is to follow the fortunes of Flora Elvain, who, by a piece of unexpected good luck, did have the opportunity to do just that."

It was intriguing enough that I searched the World Wide Web (all right - I Googled) the book title and author. And here's what I discovered.

Mary Burchell was a pseudenoym for a woman named Ida Cook who, together with her sister Mary Louise Cook, rescued Jews from the Nazi regime in the 1930's and smuggled in jewellery to help them satisfy the British immigration financial requirements. Ida began writing in the 1930's primarily to raise funds to help them with their rescues. The sisters used their passion for opera as an excuse for their frequent trips to Germany. Earlier this year both Ida and her sister were honoured posthumously as British Heroes of the Holocaust by the British Governnment (Ida passed away in December 1986).

Ida continued her writing, eventually producing over 100 romance titles. She also dabbled in Westerns (under another pseudonym James Keene). In addition, she used her knowledge and passion of Opera as a setting for the Warrender series of 13 books.

Ida produced an autobiography in 1950, We Followed Our Stars, which has subsequently been republished as Safe Passage and which is available in some of our neighbouring Auckland Libraries. It will be on my "To Be Read" list after 1st November when we merge into the "Super Library".

Sometimes the stories behind the story are even more intriguing than what you find between the pages. This was certainly one of those occasions.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Read Medieval

With our theme for the school holidays being Medieval Madness, I thought I should get my act together and recommend a couple of books, so you can get into the swing of things.

So you want to be a Knight? Then How to be a medieval knight (Fiona MacDonald, illustrator Mark Bergin) is for you. For ages 7 - 11, it is "packed with facts" about all the things you need to know including training, jousting, battles and seiges. For a slightly more comic and off-putting take on being a knight, Fiona MacDonald has also written Avoid being a medieval knight!

If you weren't a knight or a princess, then life in the Middle Ages might not have been so much fun. Everyday Life in Medieval Europe can shed some light on life where you didn't have to wash much (but you did smell), there wasn't a huge variety of food (and it didn't keep very long) and medicine was not very advanced (so don't get sick).

Castles were magnificent works of architecture and the library has plenty of books to take you inside the building of them, and what life was like inside.

For stories set in the Middle Ages, try Castle Diary: the the journal of Tobias Burgess, page (Richard Platt) or Dragon : hound of honor (Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton). Or you could read about the Real Life Princesses such as Elizabeth I, Eleanor of Aquitane or Kristina the Girl King in The Royal Diaries series.

And of course there were plenty of Dragons

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

ON TODAY Thanks,Beatrice: a talk by Alexander Turnbull Library specialist staff

In 1978, Beatrice Cabot, the widow of Charles Cabot, donated a large collection of posters and programmes, photographs, itineraries and scrapbooks from her husband’s estate to the Alexander Turnbull Library.

From protest posters to propaganda pamphlets, birthday cards to butter wrappers and menus to theatre programmes, the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Ephemera collection provides particular and often unexpected insights into our lives in New Zealand.

Come along to hear about how ephemera can be used by researchers, with particular emphasis on the potential of the Cabot Collection.

12.15pm, Whare Wananga, Level 2, Central City Library, Auckland.
6pm, 8 Stanley Street, Parnell, National Library Centre.

Hail Joy Cowley!

One of my favourite children's authors is releasing her memoir next week. And if you want to be at the launch, check out the details from the Penguin media release

"In the world of New Zealand children's books, the name Joy Cowley engenders enormous respect and affection. She has published dozens and dozens of children's trade books of all kinds, such as the Mrs Wishy Washy series, the award-winning Shadrach trilogy and Hunter. And she has written literally hundreds of readers for the international educational book market. She is constantly in demand as a guest performer and speaker all over the world, but particularly in the US. Joy has also written a tantalisingly small number of very fine adult novels, beginning with Nest in a Falling Tree in the 1970s and including Classic Music and Holy Days, both published by Penguin in the early 1990s. Joy also has an additional dimension. She is an intensely thoughtful and spiritual person, who writes and practises what she preaches and owns a lodge/retreat centre at Fish Bay in the Marlborough Sounds created by Joy and her husband Terry.

Navigation is a relaxed, beautifully written memoir, not in any sense a formal autobiography. It contains wonderful sections on Joy's life growing up in a small Manawatu town (her first job on leaving school was as a pharmacy assistant in Foxton), her family life and her exploration of the joys of writing. It touches down constantly at Fish Bay in the Sounds, where Joy writes passionately about the landscape, the seasons and the natural world around her."

Navigation will be launched on Thursday, 7th October at The Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Road, Auckland . Refreshments will be served from 6.00 pm and Joy will be speaking from 6.30 pm. Entry $5 at the door. Contact The Women's Bookshop for more information Phone 09 376 4399. books@womensbookshop.co.nz. http://www.womensbookshop.co.nz/

Monday, 27 September 2010

What's on in the library this week 27 September - 2 October?

Our school holiday programme for school-age children starts today. Libraries are preparing to be invaded by Knights of old, fiery dragons, and damsels fair as the theme is "Medieval Madness".

Monday
Helensville Library 10.30 am Craft: Castles

Tuesday
Kumeu Library 10.30 am Medieval dragons in the library

Wednesday
Helensville Library 10.30 am Craft: Shields
Orewa Library 2.30 Medieval mayhem! Craft activity and stories
Whangaparaoa Library 2 pm Medieval fun at the library

Thursday
Mahurangi East Library 10.30am Medieval stories, fun and activities
Warkworth Library 10.30 am Mischief and mayhem in Medieval times. Tools for the times
Wellsford Library 10.30 am Medieval dragons in the Library

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Top 5 for Friday - Weather Words

The weather this week is making all of us feel a little stir-crazy. Apparently there is also an equinox and a full-moon so if you feel the urge to howl at the moon over the weekend, you will know why. Certainly the wind has made a fair impact to many.

Which is where the inspiration came from for today's Top 5 blog. Why not write about the weather? Has anyone else thought to wax winningly or winsomely about rain, clouds, hail or (dare I say it) wind? The short answer is "of course they have".

Ken Ring is the first person to spring to mind, probably because of his comments on the predictability (or otherwise) of earthquakes in relation to the moon and weather patterns. Some farmers swear by his forecasts and Rodney Libraries carry a number of his titles.

El Nino : the weather phenomenon that changed the world by Ross Couper-Johnston. We've all heard of El Nino, but how many of us really understand what it means. From bush fires to floods, this book helps to explain just what the impact of El Nino might be.

The Perfect Storm is the DVD based on a book of the same name by Sebastian Junger. Both recreate the last days of the six men who disappeared from their boat, 'Andrea Gail', during the so-called 'Halloween' gale off the coast of Gloucester, USA. in 1991.

Nothing but Blue Skies is just a dream for most of New Zealand at the moment, but in this case is actually the title of a book by a comic novel by Tom Holt. There are very many reasons why British summers are either non-existent or, alternatively, held on a Thursday. Many of these reasons are either scientific, dull, or both - but all of them are wrong. The real reason is, of course, irritable Chinese Water Dragons; of which estate agent Karen is one.

Weather is also a metaphor used in many novels as a mirror for the emotions and actions of the principal characters. I remember this from my school days (yes - I do still remember some of what my teachers taught me). One that springs instantly to mind is the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The storms rage during climactic scenes while during the romance, the weather is calm and settled. You can see and read this for yourself as we have this classic in both book and DVD formats.

It was extremely strange but pleasant to step outside this morning and find the wind had dropped to a mere robust breeze. Hopefully it will remain that way for the weekend. Have a good one all.


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Women without Men

Our Library Assistant, Pascale was so moved by Women without men by Shahrnush Parsipur that she was telling everyone in the library about it earlier this month. So, of course, I asked her to write a review of it for the Blog.

A gripping novella, ie a short novel, Women without men is not what the title infers until two-thirds of the book is read. Five Iranian women, from different backgrounds and with different life experiences, meet on the way to a life without men, ‘a garden in Karaj’. Until then, they face lust and contempt, rape and murder, violent relationships to men altogether. They suffer from self-denial, frustration and self-oppression, the result of a society built up on the suppression of female desire, symbolised in the worship of virginity. A life without men is not going to be heaven anyway!

The stories have something of the fairy tale about them, surreal events happen, nature plays its part, and Parsipur’s writing makes them light and easy to read, even though some tales are horrid. It is a creative though easy literature to introduce oneself to the Iranian society.

Shahrnush Parsipur went into exile in the United States in 1994, five years after Women Without Men (Zanan bedun mardan) was published, and banned, in Iran.

The good news for Pascale (and others who enjoy the book) is that it has been made into a movie and those who attended the Auckland Film Festival this year might remember it. Hopefully there will be a DVD available soon.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The right to vote

Voting papers are filling letter boxes around the country as the Local Government elections get underway (although in some areas it probably feels as if they have been going for far too long).

It's hard for some of us to imagine not having the right to vote. However the reality is that not so long ago in New Zealand this was the case for some sectors of the community. And in many parts of the world, people still do not have the right to have a say in who governs their country. Or, if they do, they are terrorised into not exercising that vote.

Democracy, the system of government New Zealand runs by, has been around, purportedly since the time of the Greeks. The Life and Death of Democracy by John Keane is just one of the books on the history of democracy around the world. For a Kiwi view try Class, Gender and the Vote. Of course, democracy isn't the only system of government so check out our catalogue here to find information on others.

Don't forget we have the electoral rolls for all of New Zealand in each of the Rodney Libraries if you need to check anything.

For the upcoming elections, I have found it extremely difficult to find information on where the candidates stand on different issues, all in an easily accessible place. Of course there are Facebook pages and websites for a lot of the main candidates, but it is hard to draw it all together to make any sense out of it. The best that I have come up with is www.elections2010.co.nz which is not the most user friendly but does have more information on it than most.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Carolyn's Top 5 for Friday

Carolyn is the Rodney Librarian who is Team Leader at our Orewa Library. Here is her Top 5 favourites for this Friday (in no particular order)

The Book Thief. Markus Zusak. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbours. Recipient of the Michael Printz honor award for excellence in young adult literature

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Mary Ann Schaffer. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’d never met, a native of Guernsey. He'd come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island - boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

The Friday Night Knitting Club. Kate Jacobs. Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club was started by some of Georgia's regulars, who gather once a week to work on their latest projects and to chat — and occasionally clash — over their stories of love, life, and everything in between. Georgia has her hands full, juggling the demands of running the store and raising her spunky teen daughter, Dakota, by herself. Thank goodness for Anita, her mentor and dear friend, and the rest of the members of the knitting club-who are just as varied as the skeins of yarn in the shop's bins. There's Petra, a prelaw student turned handbag designer; Darwin, a somewhat aloof feminist grad student; and Lucie, a petite, quiet woman who's harboring some secrets of her own. However, unexpected changes soon throw these women's lives into disarray, and the shop's comfortable world gets shaken up like a snow globe. James, Georgia's ex, decides that he wants to play a larger role in Dakota's life — and possibly Georgia's as well. Kat, a former friend from high school, returns to New York as a rich Park Avenue wife and uneasily renews her old bond with Georgia. Meanwhile, Anita must confront her growing (and reciprocated) feelings for Marty, the kind neighborhood deli owner. And when the unthinkable happens, they realize what they've created: not just a knitting club, but a sisterhood.

Lineage of Grace. Francine Rivers. This is a compilation of six novels previously published separately (and which are also available at Rodney Libraries). Unveiled, Unashamed, Unshaken, Unspoken, Unafraid and The genealogy of Jesus Christ tell the fictionalized accounts of the lives of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. A six part Bible study is included with each woman's story.

Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Needing little introduction but... When Elizabeth Bennet first meets Mr Darcy she finds him to be most arrogant. He, in turn, is determined not to be impressed by Elizabeth's beauty and wit. As events unfold their paths cross with more and more frequency, and their disdain for each other grows. Can they ever overcome their prejudices and realise that first impressions are not always reliable.

All of the above descriptions were taken from our catalogues, so you can see there is a fair bit of detail there if you want to select your books this way.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Mini-digitastic! The new way to read in Rodney


It's called the Playaway and it is appearing now at all Rodney Libraries.

The Playaway is "the simplest way to listen to an audio book on the go". The small MP3-type unit comes with the title already loaded and a battery to make it play. "Plug in your earphones and enjoy. No cassettes or CD's. No downloads. Thre's nothing left to do but listen."

You can bookmark your favourite sections, adjust the speed of the narrators voice and it even remembers where you stopped. The Playaway works with most headphones, speakers and car adaptors, but we have a supply of headphones for sale at the Library for $2 if you don't have a set of your own.

We have been trialling Playaway's through our Orewa Library and they have proved exceedingly popular. Since they arrived here at Warkworth on Monday, they have been rocketing out the door. We have some fantastic titles and authors:
  • The classics such as Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy
  • Biographies
  • Thrillers and mysteries with authors such as Ruth Rendell and John Grisham
  • History from swashbuckling Alexander Kent to the romance of Charlotte Bingham
  • Science fiction including Dr Who and Ray Bradbury
  • The most popular authors of today such as Jodi Picoult, Steig Larsson and Harlen Coben
  • Children's and young adult titles including The Host (Stephenie Meyer), Jacqueline Wilson and Eion Colfer.

To find out what titles we have and try them for yourself, head down to your local Library and look for the Playaway either on a special display or shelved with our audio book collection. Or to reserve yourself a copy, check out the list on our Library catalogue here.

So in summary - the Playaway is

  • pre-loaded
  • digitable
  • portable
  • simple
  • and best of all, FREE!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Book Sale

The Lions Club of Whangaparaoa in conjunction with Rodney Libraries will be holding a book sale September 22-25 at the Plaza. There are lots of boxes of books that must be sold. Grab a bargain and support a good cause. All proceeds to local community projects and Rodney Libraries.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Kiwi Corkers

There's a great set of picture books for New Zealand children which are all feature a retelling of a classic fairy tale - but with a Kiwi flavour and twist. It started a couple of years ago with Wacko Kakapo (Yvonne Morrison, illustrations Donovan Bixley) which is a revamp of the Chicken Little story which characters such as Peewee Kiwi and Gotta Gloat Stoat off to tell Tane Mahuta that the sky is falling.

Since then there have been additions to the Kiwi Corkers series and as we head towards the festive season (I shudder as I type the words, but it is true) there are even more due to hit the library shelves and book shop stands. And they really are corkers.

I got my hands on a copy of Trev and the Kauri Tree (Chris Gurney, illustrations David Gunson) at the recent Storylines Festival and got both the creators to sign it for my neice (whose Dad just happens to be a Trev). It was the highlight of her Sunday last weekend as the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk was spiced up with talk of Taniwha, Trade-me and chainsaws. It even brought a smile to my brother's face (he was still in mourning for the Warriors on Friday night and the Taniwha of Northland on Saturday afternoon).

Unfortunately this title has been ordered but hasn't arrived at the library yet, but you can still ask a friendly librarian to request it for you. In the meantime there are still some books in the series that are on our shelves. To find them just do a keyword search in our catalogue for Kiwi Corkers

Monday, 13 September 2010

Medieval Madness - School holiday programme 27 September - 7 October

During September, Rodney Libraries will be invaded by Knights of old, fiery dragons, and damsels fair as Medieval Madness takes hold of school aged children.
From Monday 27 September until Thursday 7 October, Rodney libraries will be hosting a series of story, activity and craft sessions as part of the ‘Medieval Madness’ school holiday programme. Children will be invited to dress up in costume and join in the fun.

Helensville Library
Mon 27 Sept 10.30 am Craft: Castles
Wed 29 Sept 10.30 am Craft: Shields
Mon 4 Oct 10.30 am Craft: Crowns
Wed 6 Oct 10.30 am Craft: Knights

Kumeu Library
Tue 28 Sept 10.30 am Medieval dragons in the library
Thurs 7 Oct 10.30 am Medieval mayhem! Craft activity and stories

Mahurangi East Library
Thurs 30 Sep 10.30am Medieval stories, fun and activities
Thurs 7 Oct 10.30am More Medieval stories, fun and activities

Orewa Library
Wed 29 Sep 2.30 Medieval mayhem! Craft activity and stories
Wed 6 Oct 2.30 More Medieval fun!

Warkworth Library
Thurs 30 Sept 10.30 am Mischief and mayhem in Medieval times. Tools for the times
Thurs 7 Oct 10.30 am Knights, princesses and dragons. Dress up Day for more Medieval fun and stories at the Library.

Wellsford Library
Thurs 30 Sept 10.30 am Medieval dragons in the Library
Thurs 7 Oct 10.30 am Medieval dragons in the Library

Whangaparaoa Library
Wed 29 Sept 2 pm Medieval fun at the library
Wed 6 Oct 2 pm More medieval stories and fun
Thurs 7 Oct 6.30 pm Medieval dress-up Storytime at the castle

Friday, 10 September 2010

Teresa's Top 5 for Friday

Teresa is one of our Rodney Librarians and she has supplied today's Top 5. This is her top 5 non-fiction.

All rivers run to the sea by Elie Weisel Delving into the Holocaust and life in the concentration camp, this biography is by a popular Jewish author .

Mark of the Lion by Kenneth L Sandford Another biography, this time on the life of Charles Upham V.C.

A house in Fez by Suzanna Clarke "When Suzanna Clarke and her husband bought a dilapidated riad, or traditional courtyard house, in the ancient Medina of Fez, their friends thought they were mad." Find out if buying a house in Morocco really is madness in this book.

Never suck a dead man's hand by Dana Kollman It's a curious title for the curious world of female forensic scientists where you need to be smart, sassy and have a strong stomach.

Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon Would you give up your careers to ride buses in Pennsylvania for a year with your sister? That's what Rachel did. Read about it here.

I personally haven't read any of these books, but there are a couple here that may go on my TBR list. Teresa said this morning "It was so hard to keep it to five, I kept thinking oh should have added that one. I just love books where people, just being themselves, do extraordinary things." Excellent sentiment Teresa.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Man Booker short list announced

The 2010 Man Booker Short List was announced earlier this week. The 13 books on the long list have been narrowed down to these six:

Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)
Emma Donoghue Room (Picador - Pan Macmillan)
Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Atlantic Books - Grove Atlantic)
Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)
Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Review - Headline Publishing Group)
Tom McCarthy C (Jonathan Cape - Random House)

Full details are available on the Man Booker Prize website.
Photo credit Man Booker Prize website

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Hello to Leigh Primary School

The final Rodney Libraries Roadshow for the year heads out to Leigh Primary School this morning to say hello to one of our favourite small schools. They are also some of our most ardent fans (which is why we like them), having recently picked up the prize for the highest school participation in the 2010 Mayor Penny's Reading Challenge.

Anne and Nicki will be talking about what the Library can do for you, as well as having some fun reading books, storytelling and getting the students to help us act out some stories. We'll also be talking about some of the latest books and the upcoming school holiday events.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Canterbury Earthquake

I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like for the people of Christchurch and surrounding areas at the moment. Not only because of the initial 7.1 magnitude quake on Saturday morning, but now having to deal with the clean-up and rebuild amongst the continuous after shocks and with severely limited services. Our thoughts are with you all and we sympathise with your losses both personal and in terms of the heritage that you have lost.

In library terms, all libraries in the area remain closed. Libraries generally have disaster management plans and these will now be put into action as management and staff try to restore some sense of normality to their service and city. I haven't seen any direct library photos from any of the Christchurch libraries yet to find out what sort of devastation has greeted them when they unlock their doors, or if any of the libraries have suffered any substantial damage. But it probably looks at least a little like this image from the 2007 Gisborne Earthquake. And here is a link to some of the scenes at Canterbury University

Most of us think in terms of a major disaster happening while we are at home and we are all encouraged to have our emergency kits ready. But how many of us know if we have an Emergency Kit at work if the disaster happens while we are there. Maybe it is a good time to check.

Here are a few links that may be of interest.

Civil Defence - Be Prepared Links to information on how to Get Thru whether you are at home, work or school.

Canterbury Earthquake A new site with all the most up to date information

Moata's Blog Idle One person's experience of the earthquake

Relief Funds Details of the different relief funds which have been set up if you would like to help the region through.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Biodiversity lecture series at Auckland Central Library #3

United Nations has designated 2010 as the Year of Biodiversity and Auckland Central City Library has organised a series of four free lectures to generate awareness of this diverse and interesting topic. The third is on Wednesday 8 September.

Grapes, Guava, Ngutu Kaka and Land Crabs.
David Havell, Biodiversity Technical Support Officer at DOC will be talking about threatened species and ecosystems.

The Department of Conservation manages several biodiversity programmes in remote areas. Islands such as Hauturu in the Hauraki Gulf, Raoul Island - midway between Tonga and the North Island - and Moturemu Island in the Kaipara are important sites for threatened plants and animals. Predatory mammals and mammalian herbivores have been removed from many of these islands and recovery is underway, yet island biodiversity faces several threats including some from favourite plants such as grapes, passion fruit and guava.

Wednesday 8 September 2010
12.00pm - 1.00pm, Central City Library, Whare Wānanga, level 2
Bookings essential, phone 377 0209 to reserve a place

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Wriggle and Rhyme at Rodney Libraries

"Wriggle & Rhyme: Active Movement" for early learning is an initiative which allows parents, babies and toddlers to learn and participate in active movement experiences which can contribute to early literacy development. It has evolved from a 2008 Auckland and SPARC (Sport and Recreation NZ) initiative. In Rodney is it run as a partnership between Sport North Harbour, SPARC and Rodney Libraries.

Free ‘Wriggle and Rhyme’ music and movement sessions for very young children are on during school term time at Rodney Libraries.

Sessions are 30 minutes long and prior booking is not required to attend these.
- Helensville Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
- Mahurangi East Thursday 9:30 a.m.
- Warkworth Thursday 10:30 a.m.
- Whangaparaoa Friday 10:00 a.m.
- Kumeu Friday 10:30 a.m.
- Orewa Friday 11:30 a.m.

The weekly sessions are targeted at babies – 2 years olds, but older pre school children are also welcome to attend.