Barking Mad Booksale – 19th-21st February 2010

December 21, 2009 at 9:11 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Book Sale, Bookbus, Books, Business, Children's, City Library, DVD, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Friends of the Library, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Talking Books, Waikouaiti, Website, Young Adult | Leave a comment

Bring a bag and fetch some bargains.

Choose from thousands of adult and children’s books at 50c, magazines 20c and a choice of CDs, DVDs and speciality books as priced – something for everyone guaranteed.

  • Friday 19 February 4.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 February 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • City Library Carpark

Children’s Choice – December 2009 Issue

December 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Books, Children's, City Library, Fiction, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Reviews, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, 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.

Summer Reading Programme 2009-2010

November 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website, Young Adult | Leave a comment

We hope you have a great time over the summer holidays and are excited about striving to meet your reading challenge which begins on Friday 11 December 2009.

Remember – books are a great way to discover new stuff and use your imagination.

Export yourself to a new world through books and make your way to another dimension!

More details can be found on our library website.

Red leather diary: reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal by Lily Koppel

October 19, 2009 at 9:06 am | Posted in Biography, Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

New York Times journalist Lily Koppel discovers a dumpster full of old suitcases outside her apartment block.  One of the treasures she uncovers is an old ‘red leather diary’.

The leather of the diary turns to dust in her hands as she opens the book. Inside she notices a name.

Florence Wolfson was fourteen when she began keeping her diary.  For five years from 1929 to 1934 she didn’t miss an entry.

As the daughter of a successful medical practitioner she lived a life of wealth and privilege.  She spent her evenings at the theater, weekends at the art galleries and museums and went horse riding in Central Park in the mornings before school.  At nineteen she traveled solo around Europe.  For her the Great Depression didn’t exist.

We are introduced a remarkable and talented young writer who vividly brings the glamorous New York of the early twentieth century to life.

Lily Koppel was fascinated by what might have happened to the girl in the diary and successfully tracks down Florence Wolfson (now 90) and reunites her with the diary.

This book is a result of this wonderful reunion, it’s an absolute delight and you won’t be able to put it down.

Library Mix – October 13 2009

October 15, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, City Library, DVD, Events, Fiction, Library Radio Show, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Reviews, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website | Leave a comment

Here’s the latest episode of our radio show now available online.

You can download past episodes of the show from our library website.

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Children’s Choice – October 2009 Issue

October 15, 2009 at 10:16 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Books, Children's, City Library, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

image - childrens choice oct 2009 cover

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.

Author Talk – Vanda Symon @ Dunedin Public Libraries

October 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand, NZ Book Month, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Author Talk – Vanda Symon @ Dunedin Public Libraries

Originally uploaded by Dunedin Public Libraries

Passionate Prose & Pavolva

Part of New Zealand Book Month – Vanda Symon shared her experiences as a local author with a passion for writing.

Head to our YouTube channel to catch video coverage of this event.

Thursday 8 October, 10.30am
1st Floor, City Library
Free

Hilary Mantel wins The 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with Wolf Hall

October 7, 2009 at 9:03 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

image - book cover - hilary mantel - wolf hallHilary Mantel is tonight (Tuesday 6 October) named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for Wolf Hall, published by Fourth Estate.

Wolf Hall has been the bookies’ favourite since the longlist was announced in July, with William Hill taking over 90% of all Man Booker Prize bets on her book.

Wolf Hall was picked from a shortlist of heavy hitting literary authors including Sarah Waters, A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee – who would have been the first person to win the prize three times. Hilary Mantel was herself a judge for the prize in 1990 when A.S. Byatt’s Possession won.

Wolf Hall is set in the 1520s and tells the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to prominence in the Tudor court. Hilary Mantel has been praised by critics for writing ‘a rich, absorbingly readable historical novel; she has made a significant shift in the way any of her readers interested in English history will henceforward think about Thomas Cromwell.’ (The Spectator)

This is the first time the publisher Fourth Estate has had a Man Booker Prize winner. They have previously published three shortlisted books – Nicola Barker’s Darkmans (2007) and Carol Shields’ novels Unless (2002) and The Stone Diaries (1993).

Hilary Mantel spent five years writing Wolf Hall and she is currently working on a sequel.

James Naughtie, Chair of the judges, made the announcement, which was broadcast by the BBC from the awards dinner at London’s Guildhall. Peter Clarke, Chief Executive of Man Group plc, presented Hilary Mantel with a cheque for £50,000.

James Naughtie, comments ‘Hilary Mantel has given us a thoroughly modern novel set in the 16th century. Wolf Hall has a vast narrative sweep that gleams on every page with luminous and mesmerising detail.

‘It probes the mysteries of power by examining and describing the meticulous dealings in Henry VIII’s court, revealing in thrilling prose how politics and history is made by men and women.

‘In the words of Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell, whose story this is, “the fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes.” ‘

Over and above her prize of £50,000, Hilary Mantel can expect a huge increase in sales and recognition worldwide. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book. This year, shortlisted authors will also receive a year’s membership to The Groucho Club in London.

The judging panel for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was: broadcaster and author James Naughtie (Chair); Lucasta Miller, biographer and critic; Michael Prodger, Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph; Professor John Mullan, academic and author and Sue Perkins, comedian and broadcaster.

Sales related to the Man Booker Prize have been exceptionally strong this year. More than double the number of copies of books have been sold between longlist and shortlist announcement, and from shortlist announcement to winner announcement, compared to last year.

Source: Press Release – Colman Getty

Book Chat – Phil Corfield @ Blueskin Bay Library

October 7, 2009 at 8:43 am | Posted in Author Visit, Blueskin Bay, Books, Events, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand, NZ Book Month, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Book Chat – Phil Corfield @ Blueskin Bay Library

Originally uploaded by Dunedin Public Libraries

Local musician and author, Phil Corfield came armed with his guitar to talk about his book, Hitchhiking in New Zealand – A Journey through the Heartland.

Guests enjoyed a fresh cup of coffee and swapped book recommendations while he sang.

Tuesday 6 October, 10.30am

Blueskin Bay Nurseries Cafe

Free

Global Day of Action on Climate Change: 24 October 2009

October 6, 2009 at 9:06 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Books, City Library, e-resource, Library_News, Mosgiel, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

Join me at www.350.org

Global Day of Action on Climate Change: 24 October 2009

Scientists have identified 350 parts per million as the crucial safe upper level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

World environment ministers and officials are meeting in Copenhagen in December, to negotiate a new global climate treaty.

The current treaty on the table doesn’t plan to cut emissions to the 350 level. To highlight the importance of cutting emissions further, the Global Day of Action on Climate Change is hoping to concentrate world opinion through the internet on 24th October 2009.

There are events planned for this day all over the world, to draw attention to climate change, urge people to take personal action to reduce their own carbon footprint, show the solidarity of like-minded people, and hopefully cause meaningful political change.

To find out more check out these websites:

Dunedin Public Libraries have many books on climate change and sustainability.

For a catalogue search try the following subject headings:

  • climatic changes
  • global warming
  • global environmental change
  • greenhouse effect
  • greenhouse gas mitigation
  • energy conservation
  • sustainable living
  • sustainable development
  • energy conservation

Recommended reading list:

  • Bill McKibben – The end of nature
  • David Suzuki – Good news for a change: hope for a troubled planet
  • George Monbiot – Heat: how to stop the planet from burning
  • Barbara Kingsolver – Animal, vegetable, miracle: our year of seasonal eating.
  • Alex Steffen – Worldchanging: a user’s guide for the 21st century.
  • Ross Gelbspan – Boiling point: how politicians, big oil and coal, journalists, and activists have fueled the climate crisis – and what we can do about it.
  • Vandana Shiva – Stolen harvest: the hijacking of the global food supply.
  • Fred Pearce – When the rivers run dry: what happens when our water runs out?
  • Gareth Morgan(NZ) – Poles apart: beyond the shouting, who’s right about climate change?
  • Thomas Friedman – Hot, flat and crowded: why the world needs a green revolution, and how we can renew our global future.
  • Mark Bowen – Censoring science: inside the political attack on Dr. James Hansen and the truth of global warming.
  • Gwynne Dyer – Climate wars
  • Tim Flannery – The weather makers: the history and future impact of climate change.
  • Rachel Carson – Silent Spring

DVDs

  • An inconvenient truth – Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming and presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis.
  • The Corporation. – A documentary by Director Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan.
  • Based on the book: The Corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power by Joel Bakan. – Examines the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing dominance in the world. Features illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others.

Websites:

Dunedin Public Libraries Databases:

Use keyword searches such as: climate change, environmental issues

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