Stack Trek (City Library) – September 26th 2009

September 14, 2009 at 9:24 am | Posted in Books, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, Non-Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

To go where few borrowers have been before.

Visit the City Library’s basement area for an opportunity to browse the Fiction collections in the basement yourself.

Find an old favourite, or discover a completely new author! Join us.

  • Saturday September 26th, 1:00pm
  • City Library
  • Free

Saucy Reading – The Day My Bum Went Psycho – Sept 24th 2009

September 8, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in Books, Children's, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, Saucy Reading, Suggestions, Young Adult | Leave a comment

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See some of The Day My Bum Went Psycho before it goes on stage! (Part of the Saucy Readings programme.

Be the first to follow Zack Freeman on an adventure with the Bum Hunter across the Windy Desert, through the Brown Forest and over the Sea of Bums into an explosive Bumcano.

The excitement starts here in our sneak preview of the Fortune’s latest show!

  • Thursday 24 September, 4pm
  • Ground Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

NB Issue 06: September 2009

September 7, 2009 at 10:19 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, City Library, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website | Leave a comment

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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.

Dunedin Public Libraries – Why We Are Amazing – August 14th 2009

August 14, 2009 at 10:47 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library Week, Library_News, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Waikouaiti, Website | Leave a comment

image - library week 2009This week is Library Week, so we are celebrating just how amazing we are.

Below are some facts (some well known / others not so) that give you a small insight into just how much happens behind the scenes every day. There are a lot of people hard at work to make the library an amazing place to visit every day.

Here’s some bullet points from Fridays list… yes we didn’t post Thursdays to the blog – you need to visit our website for these!

  • Blueskin Bay Library is in the process of getting a new building! You can drive out there to see the proposed model on display.
  • It’s a hard world out there. If you work on the Bookbus you are issued with long johns, a polyprop top and a jacket – Bookbus Librarians work in extreme conditions.
  • The Children’s Storytime in the City Library is extremely popular, and is attended on average by 70 people each session.

Discover more amazing facts on our library website!

New Zealand’s oldest book prize awarded today

August 11, 2009 at 11:06 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, LIANZA Awards, Library_News, New Zealand | Leave a comment

New Zealand’s oldest book prize, the Esther Glen Award, was presented at the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards ceremony in Wellington last night (Monday 10 August).

The Esther Glen Award was established in 1944 and is presented to the author whose work is considered a distinguished contribution to fiction for children. The prize was presented to Wellington writer Fleur Beale for her young adult novel Juno of Taris (Random House). The judges said Beale “excels in descriptions of life as a feisty teenage girl. Juno is a remarkable character, the reader delights in her triumphs and commiserates in her disappointments.”

Dunedin based author and illustrator Robyn Belton received the Russell Clark Award for Herbert: The Brave Sea Dog (Craig Potton Publishing). The Russell Clark Award was established in 1975 and celebrates a distinguished contribution to illustrated children’s books. The judges could imagine “librarians uming and ahing about whether to place this book in the true story, non-fiction, or picture-book sections of the library. We thought the connectivity of text and illustration resonates with readers of all ages and the superb endpapers intrigue the reader. An entirely satisfactory and uplifting ending that touches all reader’s hearts.” Belton first won the Russell Clark Award in 1985 for The Duck in the Gun, written by Joy Cowley.

For the first time the Te Kura Pounamu Award has been won by a novel. Mihiroa by Peti Nohotima with illustrations by Misty (He Kupenga Hao I te Reo) caught the judge’s attention for its skill in capturing a teenage perspective. “From texting to teenage jealousy, from budding relationships to the intensity of sporting competition, one of the most captivating features is how the language is used to develop the characters and their interactions. The delightful line drawings add to the story’s attraction too.” This award was established in 1995 and celebrates works written in te reo Māori for children and young people.

Radio New Zealand host Veronika Meduna and science historian Rebecca Priestly were the recipients of the Elsie Locke Award for Atoms, Dinosaurs and DNA (Random House). The judges noted that the book had developed out of a 2006 National Library science exhibition, and delighted in the insights it gives to the lives of the sixty eight New Zealand scientists profiled. “Did you know that entomologist George Hudson did his field work in a three piece suit? Beneath his suit he wore head to toe pink woolen underwear. As librarians we knew that this book filled a gap in our collections.”

Together the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards celebrate the unique contribution New Zealand authors and illustrators make to our cultural heritage and national identity. Award recipients are selected from a shortlist of five titles and receive a medal or taonga and $1,000 prize money.

Megan Button

Communications & Publications Coordinator

LIANZA

Childrens Choice – August 2009 Issue

August 7, 2009 at 10:44 am | Posted in Books, Children's, e-resource, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

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The latest issue of Childrens 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 childrens area.

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

Pre-school Storytime @ City Library

August 7, 2009 at 10:02 am | Posted in Books, Children's, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Storytime, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Pre-school Storytime @ City Library

Originally uploaded by Dunedin Public Libraries

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of books and language.

Visit the library for half an hour of stories, both old and new.

Suitable for pre-school children and their care-givers.

Every Wednesday 10.30am, excludes school holidays.
City Library
Free

Montana New Zealand Book Award Winners 2009

July 29, 2009 at 9:02 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Library_News, Montana Book Awards | 1 Comment

Montana Medal Winners

Novel About My Wife Emily Perkins
Montana Medal For Fiction or Poetry

Novel About My Wife
Emily Perkins
Bloomsbury

Rita Angus Jill Trevelyan
Montana Medal for Non-fiction

Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life
Jill Trevelyan
Te Papa Press

Category Winners

Novel About My Wife Emily Perkins
Fiction Winner

Novel About My Wife
Emily Perkins
Bloomsbury

The 10pm Question Kate De Goldi
Fiction Runner-Up

The 10 PM Question
Kate De Goldi
Longacre Press

Acid Song Bernard Beckett
Fiction Runner-Up

Acid Song
Bernard Beckett
Longacre Press

The Rocky Shore Jenny Bornholdt
Poetry Winner

The Rocky Shore
Jenny Bornholdt
Victoria University Press

Buying the Land, Selling the Land Richard Boast
History Winner

Buying the Land, Selling the Land
Richard Boast
Victoria University Press

Rita Angus Jill Trevelyan
Biography Winner

Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life
Jill Trevelyan
Te Papa Press

A Continent on the Move Ian J Graham
Environment Winner

A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century
Ian J Graham (Chief Editor)
Geological Society of New Zealand

Ladies, A Plate Alexa Johnston
Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture Winner

Ladies, A Plate: Traditional Home Baking
Alexa Johnston
Penguin Group (NZ)

Making the Molecules Dance Len Castle
Illustrative Winner

Len Castle: Making the Molecules Dance
Len Castle
Lopdell House Gallery

Collected Poems, 1951-2006 CK Stead
Reference & Anthology Winner

Collected Poems, 1951-2006
CK Stead
Auckland University Press

Māori Language Award

He Pataka Kupu Maori Language Commission
Māori Language Award

He Pātaka Kupu: te kai a te rangatira
Māori Language Commission
Raupo

Readers’ Choice Award

The 10pm Question Kate De Goldi Readers’ Choice Award
The 10 PM Question
Kate De Goldi
Longacre Press

New Zealand Society of Authors
Best First Book Awards

The Rehearsal Eleanor Catton
NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction

The Rehearsal
Eleanor Catton
Victoria University Press

Everything Talks Sam Sampson
NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry

Everything Talks
Sam Sampson
Auckland University Press

Mates & Lovers Chris Brickell
NZSA E. H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-fiction

Mates & Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand
Chris Brickell
Godwit

2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction – longlist announcement

July 29, 2009 at 8:59 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Events | 1 Comment

The judges for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction today, Tuesday 28 July, announce the longlist for the prize, the leading literary award in the English speaking world.

A total of 132 books, 11 of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ longlist of 13 books.

The longlist includes: (Author, Title, Publisher)

Byatt, AS The Children’s Book Random House – Chatto and Windus

Coetzee, J M Summertime Random House – Harvill Secker

Foulds, Adam The Quickening Maze Random House – Jonathan Cape

Hall, Sarah How to paint a dead man Faber and Faber

Harvey, Samantha The Wilderness Random House – Jonathan Cape

Lever, James Me Cheeta HarperCollins – Fourth Estate

Mantel, Hilary Wolf Hall HarperCollins – Fourth Estate

Mawer, Simon The Glass Room Little, Brown

O’Loughlin, Ed Not Untrue & Not Unkind Penguin – Ireland

Scudamore, James Heliopolis Random House – Harvill Secker

Toibin, Colm Brooklyn Penguin – Viking

Trevor, William Love and Summer Penguin – Viking

Waters, Sarah The Little Stranger Little, Brown – Virago

The chair of judges, James Naughtie, said today:

“The five Man Booker judges have settled on thirteen novels as the longlist for this year’s prize. We believe it to be one of the strongest lists in recent memory, with two former winners, four past-shortlisted writers, three first-time novelists and a span of styles and themes that make this an outstandingly rich fictional mix.

“We considered more than 130 novels (including the work of nine former winners) and found ourselves travelling in a fertile landscape. We kept discovering new talent as well as reacquainting ourselves with familiar writers, and emerged with a feeling that we were part of an exceptional year.

“Our fiction is in the hands of original and dedicated writers with fresh and appealing voices. This is an eclectic list, taking us from the court of Henry VIII to the Hollywood jungle, with stops along the way in a nineteenth century Essex asylum, an African warzone and a futuristic Brazilian city among other places.

“These are books that readers will want to get their hands on.”

The 2009 shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 8 September at a press conference at Man Group’s London headquarters. The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009 will be revealed on Tuesday 6 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast live on the BBC Ten O’Clock News.

Chaired by broadcaster and author James Naughtie, the 2009 judges are Lucasta Miller, biographer and critic; Michael Prodger, Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph; Professor John Mullan, academic, journalist and broadcaster and Sue Perkins, comedian, journalist and broadcaster.

To celebrate the longlist announcement, the 2009 Man Booker Prize will be showcased as part of the One & Other project on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. On Tuesday 11 August at 11am, a Man Booker Prize enthusiast will give readings from all 13 longlisted titles and then give away copies of the books.

For further information about the prize please visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com

July 2009 Issue of NB now available

July 9, 2009 at 9:45 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

image - nb july 2009Read all about the latest library happenings and more.. in our shiny new 5th issue of our library publication.

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