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.

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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

Dunedin Authors Discover Dickens Hiding in City Library

August 19, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Posted in City Library, Events, Heritage, Library_News | 1 Comment

On Thursday 20 August, local authors and members of the New Zealand Society of Authors will embark on a voyage of discovery into the hidden treasures of the Dunedin Public Libraries.

The McNab New Zealand Collection and Reed Special Collections stored on the third floor of the City Library hold in excess of 100,000 literary wonders, many of which are simply ‘one of a kind’ in New Zealand.

This will be the first time that members of the New Zealand Society of Authors have delved into the collections that trace the written word as far back as far as the medieval period.

They will have the opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with the Reed Special Collections, through an overwhelming array of bibles, medieval manuscripts and a selection of first editions by Charles Dickens; some of which are in their original monthly parts.

In addition a selection of original New Zealand publications will also be on display from the McNab New Zealand Collection, which constantly evolves to reflect the literary history and culture of the New Zealand and Pacific region. Who knows, some may discover their work already preserved for future generations, under the care of Dunedin Public Libraries.

Reed Gallery Opening – Samuel Johnson, 1709-2009: Life & Afterlife

August 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Posted in City Library, Events, Free Event, Heritage, Library_News, Recent Updates, Reed Gallery, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

The latest exhibition of the Dunedin Public Libraries commemorates the birth of critic, poet, lexicographer, and larger-than-life literary personality Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).

The exhibition celebrates not only his achievements, but also his continued legacy that has lasted for centuries. Johnson, unlike a number of his contemporaries, is not just another dead writer. Three hundred years after his birth in Lichfield, England, on 18 September 1709, Johnson continues to exert a strong pull upon the mind and imagination of people such as founder of Reed Publishing and national folk icon, A. H. Reed (1875-1975).

In this clip Paul Tankard, Senior Lecturer in English – University of Otago talks about the exhibition.

Latest Reed Gallery exhibition opens – ‘Samuel Johnson, 1709–2009: Life & Afterlife’

August 7, 2009 at 9:35 am | Posted in City Library, Events, Exhibition, Heritage, Library_News, Recent Updates, Reed Gallery, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

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The latest exhibition of the Dunedin Public Libraries commemorates the birth of critic, poet, lexicographer, and larger-than-life literary personality Dr Samuel Johnson (1709–1784).

The exhibition celebrates not only his achievements, but also his continued legacy that has lasted for centuries.

Johnson, unlike a number of his contemporaries, is not just another dead writer. Three hundred years after his birth in Lichfield, England, on 18 September 1709, Johnson continues to exert a strong pull upon the mind and imagination of people such as founder of Reed Publishing and national folk icon, A. H. Reed (1875–1975).

This exhibition is part of wider Johnsonian events taking place around the world.

Curated by:

  • Anthony Tedeschi, Rare Books Librarian – Dunedin Public Libraries
  • Paul Tankard, Senior Lecturer in English – University of Otago

The Reed Gallery exhibition runs through to 1 November 2009 and is free and open to the public.

  • ‘Samuel Johnson, 1709–2009: Life & Afterlife’
  • On until 1st November 2009
  • Monday – Friday 9.30am – 8.00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm
  • Reed Gallery, Floor 3
  • Dunedin City Library
  • Free

www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz – samuel johnson, 1709–2009: life & afterlife

O for a Thousand Tongues Hymnbooks from the Colin Gibson Collection – Official Opening Videos

May 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Books, City Library, Events, Exhibition, Free Event, Heritage, Library_News, Reed Gallery, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Dunedin Public Libraries are proud to dedicate the latest Reed Gallery exhibition to Emeritus Professor Colin Gibson.

For over twenty years Professor Gibson has generously donated works relating to the field of hymnology to the Libraries. The first of his donations, which arrived in 1985, numbered sixty items.

From those double-digit, humble beginnings the collection has grown to more than 2,200 volumes and continues to increase in size and scope through purchases and further donations.

We are posting six videos on to our YouTube channel that covers most of the speeches given at the opening event.

If you have yet to visit the Reed Gallery it’s well worth making the trip to the third floor.

A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke

March 10, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Books, Heritage, Reviews | Leave a comment

9780670070fezThis bright little book (a good size to take traveling) tells the story of Suzanna’s purchase and restoration of an old riad (courtyard house) in the walled city of Fez.

She and her partner Sandy insisted on using traditional materials and designs, as well as local labour; they learned French and d-Darija (Moroccan colloquial Arabic), and made local friends.

She’s a journalist at home and writes in a lively, readable style.

The book is rich in information but it doesn’t overwhelm the story.

Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Melissa

A Man’s A Man For A’ That: Celebrating Robert Burns at 250 – Reed Gallery Exhibition

January 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Posted in City Library, Events, Exhibition, Free Event, Heritage, Reed Gallery | Leave a comment

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The latest exhibition of the Dunedin Public Libraries commemorates Scottish poet Robert Burns, born on 25 January 1759.

More than twenty Burns poems and songs form the core of the exhibition.

Especially noteworthy are two volumes of A Selection of Original Scottish Airs (1793-1794) once owned by Gilbert Burns, brother of the poet and father of the early Dunedin settler the Rev. Thomas Burns. An 1897 photograph of the Burns statue dedication in the Octagon and material relating to the Dunedin Burns Club highlight the poet’s association with the Edinburgh of the South.

  • 23 January to 19 April 2009
  • Monday – Friday 9.30am – 8.00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm
  • Reed Gallery, Floor 3
  • Dunedin City Library
  • Free

Edwardian Costumes: a Fashion Parade

November 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Heritage, Library_News | Leave a comment

Images of the Past is a Dunedin group which specialises in re-creating, and wearing, Edwardian costumes.

Want to know what fashion-conscious Dunedin people were wearing when they came to the Library in 1908? Come along and find out!

Images of the Past members will be happy to answer your questions about the design and construction of their garments.

  • Friday 21 November 7.30pm
  • 4th Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

Living Treasures: people with close associations to the Library talk about its place in their lives

November 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Heritage, Library_News | Leave a comment

Our treasures are:

  • Dunedin writer Gordon Parry, whose column Down Memory Lane is a popular feature of the Otago Daily Times.
  • Free-lance editor and writer Paul Sorrell, whose Fleur’s Place: Fresh, Naturally Good Food was recently published by Penguin.
  • Historian and broadcaster Jim Sullivan, whose Sounds Historical is broadcast on National Radio on Sunday evenings.
  • Artist, curator, mentor, and co-owner of Salisbury House Gallery, Lynn Taylor.
  • Merle van de Klundert, President of the Dunedin Public Library Association.
  • Tuesday 18 November 7.30pm
  • 1st Floor
  • City Library
  • Free
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