‘Go Slow France’ by Alastair Sawday

September 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Go Slow France by Alastair Sawday is a visual feast.

This travel guide celebrates the Slow philosophy of embracing all that is local, natural, traditional, sensory and gratifying.

It provides a selection of special places to stay and includes tips for walking and bike riding in France and exploring the national and regional parks.

The guide is broken up into regions and provides detailed information on special places to stay in each region. Each entry is comprehensively described and illustrated with tantalizing colour photographs of not just the properties but also the owners, their families and their pets.

Each entry provides a vignette of the owners and their interpretation of the Slow movement.

Whether you are about to embark upon a trip to France or are just after an ‘armchair experience’ this book will be a welcome addition to your travel reading.

Reviewed by Robyn

Kevin Mc Clouds’ Grand Tour of Europe

September 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Kevin McClouds’ Grand tour of Europe is a wonderful romp following in the footsteps of the wealth young English men of the 17th through to the 19th century ‘on grand tour’.

The author is interested in uncovering the tour experience’s of Britain’s foremost architects of the age – Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren and the Scottish Adam family and the mark they left on the architectural face of Britain.

He visits Paris, Genoa, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Athens looking at the works of Michelangelo and Palladio among others.

Visits of the opera and a chance to make Parmesan cheese take place in Parma while along the way he also explores the brothels, bathhouses and drinking dens frequented by the ‘grand tourist’.

Among the ancient Greek ruins of Athens the author experiments with a camera obscure and explores the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

He completes his journey by traveling  back to London via the Italian Alps perched atop a not so comfortable sedan chair.

Reviewed by Robyn

AUTHOR TALK: Ray Avery

August 16, 2010 at 9:18 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Free Event, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Abused as a child. Homeless as a teenage. Meet the New Zealander of the Year 2010!

Meet A Rebel with a Cause, refusing to be beaten by life, and helping to save others world-wide with Kiwi ingenuity from his garage!

TICKETED ENTRY
Bookings: 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz

Friday 20 August 2.00pm, Mosgiel Library
Friday 20 August, 5.30pm, 4th Floor, City Library
FREE

Cash and credit book sales available

Children’s Choice – August 2010

July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Books, Children's, e-resource, Library Publications, Library_News, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Children’s Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the children’s area.

Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.

NB Issue 10 – July / August 2010

July 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, City Library, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, School Holidays, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Dunedin Public Libraries publication NB is now available at any branch of the DPL network and also online as a downloadable .pdf document.

Robert Long Returns to City Library for Repeat Performance

June 10, 2010 at 8:55 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Events, New Zealand, Non-Fiction | Leave a comment

Robert Long Returns to City Library for Repeat Performance

The overwhelming success of Robert Long’s Author Talk at the City Library last week has prompted a surprise return for the man, who lives in relative isolation with his wife and two teenage children, two days walk from Haast.

Almost 300 people turned up in the City Library last Thursday to listen to Robert’s story, despite there only being 150 seats available, and his book A Life on Gorge River rapidly sold out. For those fortunate enough to grab a space, the evening proffered an enthralling insight into a lifestyle that few will ever experience or fully comprehend.

Now, for those that missed out, Robert and his family have agreed to come back to Dunedin City Library on Monday 21 June after engagements in Wanaka and Te Anau, before finally returning to their home on Gorge River. Marketing Coordinator, Lynette Hartgill explains:

Over the weekend we have offered ticketed seats to those who were on our RSVP list for Thursday. It was hard to turn away so many eager people, so it made sense to ask if he could come back. We are thrilled that he has agreed!’

Tickets are now available to the public. Book your seat by contacting: (03) 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz. Tickets can be collected from the Ground Floor Information Desk in the City Library.

Copies of A Life On Gorge River: New Zealand’s Remotest Family will be available to purchase. Cash or credit only.

Children’s Choice – June 2010

May 25, 2010 at 9:05 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, City Library, DVD, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Children’s Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the children’s area.

Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.

NB Issue 08: March 2010

March 2, 2010 at 9:47 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Reviews, Suggestions, Teenspace, Waikouaiti, Website, Young Adult | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Dunedin Public Libraries publication NB is now available at any branch of the DPL network and also online as a downloadable .pdf document.

Children’s Choice – February 2010 Issue

February 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Port Chalmers, Reviews, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Children’s Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the children’s area.

Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.

Celebrating Robbie Burns’ Birthday – Jan 25th 2010

December 21, 2009 at 9:57 am | Posted in Books, City Library, Events, Free Event, Heritage, Library_News, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

Join us in January 2010 as we celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday and the Robert Burns Fellowship

Listen to Michael Harlow as he talks about his year as the 2009 Burns Fellow.

Hear poetry created during Michael’s tenure and readings from the pen of our much-loved Scottish bard.

Hosted by Professor Liam McIlvanney.

  • Monday 25 January 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Ground Floor, City Library
  • Free
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