Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Auckland Libraries now has a fantastic resource for all poetry lovers that you can access with your library card.
Columbia Granger's World of Poetry contains over 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Included also is poetry in Portuguese, Polish, Yiddish, Welsh, Gaelic, and other Celtic languages, as well as poems in the ancient languages: Anglo-Saxon, Provencal and Latin. There is complete coverage of the works of several individual great poets, including the complete poems of Shelley, Blake, Burns, Keats, Marvell, Poe, Unamuno, Heine, Baudelaire, and other major poets.
In addition you will find a wealth of current poetry from some of the best poetry periodicals, such as Poetry Magazine, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest.
Plus you can find commentaries on the poems and biographies of the poet's lives. Full text copies of entire books are included in the resource including titles on Chinese and Asian literature.
If poetry closer to home is more your think, pick up the just released Chords & other poems by Kiwi balladeer Sam Hunt. This slim volume contains the melancholic irreverance I have come to expect from Sam Hunt. It suits the moods of the rainy cold winter months admirably.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
- I got in touch with Jeanie and ordered a copy for my foodie friend's birthday, which arrived promptly the next day - Thanks Jeanie.
- With the help of the book and some celebrating for said friend's birthday, it was decided that the next girls weekend away was going to be to Central Otago. Guess where we plan on having brunch (or lunch)?
Jeanie told me that she is currently working on Cookbook number 2. I can hardly wait (or should that be weight). There is also a recent article about her on the TV3 news lifestyle page (which is probably why the demand for this cookbook at the libraries has suddenly increased).
Monday, 27 June 2011
Friday, 24 June 2011
To honour the joy cricket brings, here are my top 5 cricket reads.
Hadlee spend a lot of time taking wickets, scoring runs, and collecting yarns. If you need a few laughs, then check out this collection of the best yarns. And there are some goodies here.
4. Cricket speak / Justin Brown
Confused by cricket? Then this entertaining volume will help clear things up.
3. NIPS XI / Ruth Starke
Such fun! A real insight into how pervasive cricket is in Australia – and the lives of migrant children.
2. Christmas in Rarotonga / John Wright.
Find out more about the Black Caps’ coach in this entertaining read. Reminisce about the days when New Zealand cricket nearly ruled the world. And the team wore beige. Someone in my family bought it for our dad many many years ago. It now lives at the family bach, and I happily re-read it while lazy around listening to crackly commentary on the radio. Just like the old days.
1. Penguins stopped play: eleven village cricketers take on the world / Harry Thompson.
This was such fun to read. A real celebration of cricket, and the ‘madness’ its tragics suffer. I’ve read this a couple of times, and highly recommend it. "It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe. Except - hold on a minute - that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine Colonels' wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiot Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a whole lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great idiotic enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out." (Also available in large print and on audio)
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
The reason for this discussion is the publication of the seventh annual Reader's Digest Most Trusted list. It makes interesting reading and in some respects ties into the whole concept of trust and needing to have people prove or provide evidence that they can be trusted. Because several of the most trusted people on this year's list are those that look for evidence and proof. They are the scientists and they rank as first, second and third most trusted Kiwi's in 2011.
New Zealand's most trusted man is Sir Ray Avery. You can find out more about him in his very popular biography Rebel with a Cause published in 2010. Ray Avery is an amazing person. He is the current New Zealander of the Year because of his clever work in the Third World using his scientific and business knowledge to provide cheap cataract operations, cheap and more effective incubators for babies and other creative scientific solutions. His childhood was very 'Angela's Ashes', brought up in an orphanage (his own mother had tried to sell him!), then running away and living on the streets. But Ray went on to become a scientist, a millionaire, a very successful businessman and now someone who literally does help to change the world. During the mid nineties Ray spent most of his time working in Eritrea and Nepal, setting up two world class intraocular lens laboratories. At that time the cost of an intraocular lenses was about US$300 but Ray managed to put the technology together to produce lenses for under US$10.00, making modern cataract surgery accessible to the poor throughout Africa and Asia.Today these laboratories produce over 10% of the world's supply of intraocular lenses. Today he encourages other talented people to get on board and tackle some of the really big problems confronting the poor in developing countries. From his garage in Mt Eden Auckland Ray manages a global network of experts to work on specific projects and somehow everyone finds themselves donating their time and knowledge for free and they are rewarded by making a difference" --Publisher description.
Number 2 on the list is Sir Peter Gluckman, the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister. He is the author or co-author of several books held by Auckland Libraries including Mismatch - Why our lives no longer fit our bodies. He has also recently produced, at the request of the Prime Minister, a comprehensive piece of research into youth and looking at factors affecting the high rate of suicide amongst Kiwi teenagers and possible ways to prevent this.
Making it a trifecta for the scientists is number 3 on the list, current New Zealander of the Year, Sir Paul Callaghan. He is a physicist who is also author and editor of several titles on our shelves. Amongst the most intriguing is As far as we know : conversations about science, life and the universe As Far As We Know answers some of the oldest and most perplexing questions that have been posed about science - from what existed before the Big Bang to the rise of Homo sapiens. In their discussions, Kim Hill and Paul Callaghan consider some of the most momentous concepts of our time and in the process make science understandable, and, above all, entertaining and interesting. Reading this may go some way to also answering the question as to why we are ranking scientists so highly in the trustworthy stakes.
There are a fair smattering of entertainers, sportspeople, heroes and celebrities in the list. Politicians don't fare so well this year. The full list of the Top 100 people is on the Reader's Digest website (which contains lots of other interesting information). If you want to do your own research into whether you think the list is right (or wrong) then check out the biography section at your local library or one of our digital resources.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Every year, Leadership Week highlights the value of great leadership and showcases the work done to develop New Zealand’s leadership capability.We'd like to know who your favourite New Zealand hero is.
We have a poll running on our website so go to This Poll Page and Vote now!
Monday, 20 June 2011
Which had it's silver lining. Because apart from sleeping and relaxing, I actually managed to get in quite a bit of reading. So here is a quick overview.
Angels' Blood - A Guild Hunter novel by Nalini Singh.
I cannot believe I have left it this long to pick up a Nalini Singh novel and read it. Especially as so many people have told me I would like her and she is one of our most popular authors at the moment. (And not just us as her latest is near the top of the US Best Seller lists).
Angels' Blood is the first in the Guild Hunter series. It has all the best of the current fashion in genres - vampires, angels and vampire hunters - all crammed between it's covers. It has a kick-ass heroine who is the best at what she does, beautiful angels, even more beautiful and seductive vampires, a great back story, blood, sexual tension and more than a touch of romance. The characters are all well drawn and I hope to read more of their stories in the rest of the series. The suspense hits just the right note - prolonging the wait and amping up desire to turn the page. I am definitely a fan and can now understand the accollades that have come this author's way.
The Wolf in the Wardrobe - Susan Brocker
I have read, enjoyed and reviewed Susan Brocker's children's fiction before. She is a Kiwi author who focusses a great deal of her writing on animal stories such as Restless Spirit and Saving Sam. I knew she was really a woman after my heart when she turned up to a recent National Library author talk wearing jockey silks in the colour of Phar Lap. For that alone I will continue to read everything she writes.
I find this difficult to admit, but I probably enjoyed her latest Wolf in the Wardrobe more than Susan's other titles, even those with a focus on horses. Finn is involved in a car accident riding home from his paper round. He follows the trail of blood left by the dog hit by the car, only to find that the huge injured animal is a wolf, escaped from a circus, which Finn is determined she will not be returned to. The setting, feelings and banter between the characters is very real from his separated parents, his friends at school more interested in rugby, and his grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimers and mistakes the wolf for her family pet growing up. Add in the villain (Cackles the Clown) and a race against time and you have a page turning action story which never lets up, while still managing to pass on a message about wildlife and families.
So that's how I spent my weekend, angels, vampires and wolves. Not a bad way to go.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
So instead I make do with snapping away with my digital (what an asset from the days where you had to develop photos to see what sort of mess you had made of the image) in the vague hope that one of the many clicks will look okay.
Which of course all leads me into what the library has in the way of resources for the budding, aspiring, novice or even professional photographer and for all those that like to analyse the images.
Discover the Digital Library's heritage images and photography eResources.
Auckland Art Gallery collection The Auckland Art Gallery Collection includes access to over 15,000 works of art, 9000 of which have attached images. Key information is....
Footprints Footprints contains more than 2500 historical photographs, cartoons, drawings, posters, watercolours and ephemera.....
Heritage Images Online Heritage Images Online contains over 40,000 images from our significant photograph collections: Winkelmann, Firth, Richardson, Radcliffe, Young,....
Herman Schmidt online exhibition This exhibition is an online version of selected items from the Herman Schmidt exhibition.....
Local History Online Local History Online is a combined collection of local history indexes to community newspapers, oral histories, and heritage images from the....
Manukau's Journey - a Manukau timeline Manukau's Journey is a selection of significant and representative events from the history of Howick, Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura and Franklin wards....
Matapihi Matapihi is a National Digital Forum initiative hosted by the National Library that allows you search the digital collections across....
Photographers database The photographers database is an index to photographers who have worked in New Zealand from the 1840s to the present day.....
Picture Post Historical Archive The Picture Post was an iconic British newspaper published between 1938 and 1957. It can be credited with defining the style of photojournalism that....
Point of View: Scenic New Zealand The photographs in Point of View: Scenic New Zealand show small rural towns and large cities, street scenes, gardens, buildings and beaches....
Sir George Grey website View rare books, medieval manuscripts, Shakespeare's First Folio and other highlights of the Sir George Grey Collection.....
The last Digital resource you can search is our Local History website
Or if you want to turn the pages of a real book, check out our Photography section on the non-fiction shelves (both children's and adults). The Call Number (which is the number on the spine of our non-fiction books) for photography is 770 to 779. There's plenty here from collections from Time and National Geographic to how-to's for the novices (like me). And how to play with your digital images to make them look good when you are back at home.
In the meantime, check out the Festival of Photography website to see if there is something happening near you.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
The New York Times (1851-2007)This database offers full-page images and article images from the New York Times dating back to 1851. You’ll find digital reproductions of every page from every issue, cover to cover, in downloadable PDF files. It’s perfect for students of modern US history who want to see stories and images of the events as they occurred, from one of America's most well-known newspapers.
The Encyclopedia of Popular MusicThis is a searchable online encyclopaedia covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals and world music.The encyclopaedia is also cross-searchable from the Oxford Music Online eResource.
Picture Post Historical ArchiveThe Picture Post Historical Archive comprises the complete archive of the Picture Post from its first issue in 1938 to its last in 1957, all digitised from originals in full colour. A great resource for those interested in images of daily life of pre- and post-war Britain, from the newspaper that helped define modern photo-journalism.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Friday, 10 June 2011
Matariki 2011 is about celebrating the treasures of our past. Of course, as a librarian, I believe we have many treasures in our library and some of my favourites are the ones that tells stories of our past. So in celebration of the Maori New Year, the harvest, families and the stars, remembering the past and looking forward to the future, here are five books you might like to try out during July.
- Treasures from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In this book are hundreds of collection items from the museum, from taonga prized by many Maori iwi to centuries of art from Europe and New Zealand, significant historical pieces, art and objects from the Pacific, and many of the extraordinary animals and plants that make up our natural environment. Over 300 beautiful full-colour photographs and informative, lively captions bring these fascinating objects and animals to life. From the rare to the familiar, this is a cabinet of true New Zealand treasures for all readers to enjoy. I adore Museums almost as much as I love Libraries. From the small to the large (to the extremely large which take days to investigate) I can find treasures in all of the them. Te Papa is our national museum and it is well worth a visit if you haven't been there already. To get a sneak preview of what you can find there, check out this book. You can also look at treasures from other museums around the country including closer to home with 150 Treasures of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
- Rural Delivery: Poems and images from New Zealand Farms. Whether it's from the comfort of a fireside chair, or in the solitude of the outdoors in all weathers, a surprising number of New Zealand farmers and rural workers, both men and women, spend quiet moments composing poems, ballads and songs that focus on their working lives. This is a collection of some of these poems, coupled with Stephen Robinson's dramatic images of rural life and landscapes. From the joys and exhaustion of high-country mustering to the tribulations of never-ending mud and wayward sheep and cattle, these are pictures and stories of heartland New Zealand, and celebrate our farming heritage. Having been brought up on a dairy farm and at one stage owned my own sheep and beef farm, I can relate to sooo much of this book (mud, gumboots, rain, dust, hungry shearers...). I have actually even considered buying a copy for my father, although I am not sure. He still manages to surprise me but I have never tried poetry on him before.
- The Treasure/Te Taonga by Melanie Drewery. "Come snuggle on the couch with me and I will tell you of my greatest taonga". This picture books holds a special place in my heart as I discovered it around the same time as my niece came into the lives of my family - a special gift to us as she is adopted. We added 'Te Taonga' to her name because that is what she is to us.
- Marc Ellis' Goood Fullas: A guide to Kiwi Blokes. Marc Ellis and Charlie Haddrell, a couple of Henanigan storytellers with a decent pinch of Bogan in them, who have been mates since the days they were Scarfies, have decided to bring 25 stereotypical New Zealanders to life through a humorous account of their eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, highlighting why they are such an integral part of this great nation. For a touch of humour and downright irreverance it is hard to go past Marc Ellis. Easy to pick up, put down, giggle at and you may even find some people you know in here.
- Treasure - Hayley Westenra. When it comes to New Zealanders we have multiple choices for people we treasure. From singers and actors, writers and sportspeople, adventurers and artists, the choice is huge. Hayley certainly counts as one of them. So when I discovered she had an album titled 'Treasure" it just seemed like fate that she would make it onto this list. A little light listening while you are enjoying your reading.
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Digitised, browseable and fully searchable, the first 33 years of the Auckland Star, and 44 years of the Rodney Times can now be read online on the National Library’s Papers Past website.
In 1901, the weekly Rodney and Otamatea Times, a four-page broadsheet, was printed on one of the first stone litho flat-bed press machines developed by Furnival & Co. Two casual workers shared the job of turning the large wheel by hand while the printer fed sheets of newsprint into the rollers.
The newspaper, published on Fridays, sold for three pennies a copy, and the annual subscription was eight shillings. This paper was renamed several times over the years, including a period as the Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette, and most recently as the Rodney Gazette. You can now view issues from March 1901 to December 1945 online.
“The release of the early years of the Auckland Star and Rodney Times is a great example of National Library working in cooperation with Auckland Libraries, which holds the physical copies of the paper, and Fairfax Media, which holds the copyright, to make an invaluable historical resource available to New Zealanders at the touch of a button,” said National Librarian, Bill Macnaught.
Allison Dobbie, Manager Libraries and Information, Auckland Council, is equally enthusiastic about the collaborative project. “Auckland Libraries is committed to helping New Zealanders and researchers from around the world to access our past. Working with partners in this way helps to make this possible.”
“While the experience of the originals is irreplaceable, the value of digitised copies lie in the ease of searching and accessing the wealth of stories in these treasures for people everywhere.”
To have a look for yourself go to the Papers Past website.
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
The theme is He taonga te kōrero (Stories are precious).