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.

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Where The Wild Things Are DVD

July 2, 2010 at 8:51 am | Posted in Children's, DVD, Reviews | Leave a comment

I grew up with the book this movie is based on, in fact I still have it sitting on a bookshelf at home, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Would it be a true representation of the book, or would it take some liberties – as movies sometimes do (to keep us interested?)  And would the murmuring I had heard be true – was Max really being portrayed as a hyperactive, annoying, badly behaved child?

But tried to put any pre-conceived ideas out the window, and I’m glad I did – I really enjoyed the 97 minutes I spent watching it!

Max was definitely a naughty kid – and this was perhaps a bit over-emphasised – but I couldn’t help but look at him and see a normal, imaginative boy underneath the costume.

However on the whole the movie was as close to the book version as it could get and the parts that did change (particularly the fact that Max runs away, instead of simply being shut in his room and imagining the world away) were very well adapted.

I loved the fact that you could find little similarities between the real world and the imaginary lands – the big balls of sticks, the model city and more and more each time I looked.  Even some of the sayings echoed each other, particularly the line “You’re out of control!” which is said by Max’s Mum to him, Max to Carol and KW to Carol.

The soundtrack to the movie was a high point for me, it really tied the whole thing together and gave context to the scenes.

I loved the fact that it was actually quite believable – even though it wasn’t realistic – and I could lose myself in it.

The only bit I found utterly irritating was Max’s teacher, near the start of the movie, who told the children the world would end!  And I must admit to having tears in my eyes near the end, but I won’t say much more – don’t want to spoil things for anyone!

This is admittedly an adults view on a children’s movie, but I think it would be enjoyed by young and old alike (although maybe not too young.)

Make sure you check out the Special Features too – I wouldn’t normally comment on them, but these ones are quite enjoyable to watch.

Enjoy!

Check and see if it’s available at the moment here.  See if we have any other items relating to this title available at the moment here.

Reviewed by Joy

Starry Matariki Stories

June 1, 2010 at 8:53 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Children's, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Matariki, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Port Chalmers, Storytime, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

Start the Matariki celebrations early with a starry tale or two.

Join professional storyteller Kaitrin McMullan and friends as she spins some magical tales bound to delight children of all ages.

  • Saturday 5 June 10.30am, Waikouaiti Library
  • Saturday 5 June 1.00pm, Port Chalmers Library
  • Sunday 6 June 2.00pm, Children’s Storypit, City Library
  • Wednesday 9 June 10.30am, Blueskin Bay Library
  • Thursday 10 June 11.00am, Mosgiel Library
  • FREE

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 09 – May 2010

May 10, 2010 at 9:30 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Children's, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Heritage, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Reviews, Suggestions, 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.

Memory Lane – Children’s Library Centenary

March 15, 2010 at 9:58 am | Posted in Children's, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Recent Updates, Website | Leave a comment

Part of the Children’s Library Centenary celebrations was our popular ‘Memory Lane’

Visitors to Memory Lane shared with us their favourite memories of the Library.

There were four questions:

1. What is your first memory ever?
2. What is your favourite children’s book / story and why?
3. What is your best memory of the Library?
4. What would you like to see in your Library of the future?

Head over to our YouTube channel for more.

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 Library Birthday Party – Celebrating 100 Years Young!

February 26, 2010 at 9:16 am | Posted in Children's, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

Dunedin City Library is throwing a HUGE 100th Birthday Party for the Children’s Library on Saturday 13 March, and everyone is invited!

Fun activities and a host of talented children’s authors, illustrators and performers have been sourced from Dunedin and Otago to bring a very special programme that the whole family can enjoy for free!

Otago authors, Kyle Mewburn (Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!) and Elizabeth Pulford (Can’t Catch Me) will perform story readings and talk about their best loved work; while local illustrator Robyn Belton (Herbert the Brave Sea Dog) will demonstrate how she brings her unforgettable characters to life.

Meanwhile, magician, Jonathan Usher will ‘wow’ young and old alike. Musicians, Kat Ana Fiddle will have everyone dancing and actor, Danny Still will give children a hilarious taste of bygone school life as the ‘Hairy Scary Headmaster’.

Memories can be stored in our Memory Bank and relived on YouTube, old fashioned photographs will be snapped and Geronimo will be on hand for free hugs.

The celebrations will continue through Sunday at the Otago Settlers Museum, where children can climb into the ships bunks of the Across the Ocean Waves exhibit and listen to a special story session; while the Dunedin Public Art Gallery will host a fantastic illuminated lettering workshop for children in association with their stunning Beloved exhibition.

For more info check out the library website!

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.

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
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