City Library: Floor Talk with Tim Heath

November 13, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News | Leave a comment

The City Library, opened in 1981, is both loved and loathed for its uncompromising, distinctive style.

Tim Heath, one of the building’s architects, introduces and explains its design and details.

  • Sunday 23 November 2.00pm
  • Starts Ground Floor
  • City Library
  • Free
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Yotsume Toji: the art of Japanese bookbinding

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

Create a beautiful blank book in a traditional style for your own use or for a gift.

Tutor Larry Matthews is a skilled craft binder who specialises in Japanese-style bindings.

The course is suitable for children aged 8 and above and for adults. Places are limited, so be sure to book early.

RSVP to 474 3690 or email library@dcc.govt.nz

  • Saturday 22 November 3.00pm
  • 4th Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

How to Read Art – especially for adults

November 13, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Centenary, Events, Library_News | Leave a comment

Read, look, think. Truly, sometimes a work of art just gives you nothing.

Then, says the art writer Justin Paton, you can just walk away. But it is advisable to study the object or image hard, just in case you have missed the one thing that makes it understandable to you.

Come on one of our How to Read Art tours with John Neumegen and you could learn some new ways to read art. Phone 474 3249 for bookings.

  • Saturday 22 November 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Free

How to Read Art – especially for children

November 13, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Books, Centenary, Children's, Events | Leave a comment

Gregory O’Brien writes great art books for young people.

He says that when you are looking at paintings and other art you should take your time and even look at things you find a bit strange, because you might find out something new and you might even start to like what you find.

Come on one of our How to Read Art tours with Lynda Cullen and you could learn some new ways of reading art. (Children under 7 years need parental supervision). Phone 474 3249 for bookings.

  • Saturday 22 November 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • 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

Love through the pages awards

November 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Book Awards, Books, Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News | Leave a comment

There’s a romantic side to all of us, and our romantic writing competition has attracted local writers.

Judge Rosalie Sneyd, who has published novels under the names Rose Graham and Rosie Graham, is a member of the South Island Writers’ Association and the Romantic Writers’ Associations of Australia and New Zealand.

She has won and been shortlisted for prizes, and has judged competitions for short stories and novels. Join us for the prizegiving.

  • Thursday 20 November 7.30pm
  • 1st Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

My writing: how it began 5

November 13, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Books, Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News | Leave a comment

Don’t miss hearing USA born Martha Morseth, widely published writer and author of prize-winning fiction and poetry along with Ella West, winner of the 2006 Louis Johnson/Creative New Zealand Bursary for New Writers and finalist of the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.

These two Dunedin authors will discuss their writing careers: how they began to write, where they get their ideas, how they got into print.

  • Wednesday 19 November 7.30pm
  • 1st 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

Carnegie Library: Floor Talk with Michael Findlay

November 13, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Centenary, Events, Free Event, Library_News | Leave a comment

Opened in 1908, the Carnegie Library is a distinguished representative of the style of its time. Join Michael Findlay, of Otago University’s Design Studies Department, for a tour of its significant architectural features.

  • Sunday 16 November 2.00pm
  • Carnegie Building
  • Free

An Independent Mind

November 13, 2008 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Centenary, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News | Leave a comment

To mark Courage Day, which honours imprisoned and persecuted writers, the NZ Society of Authors, which incorporates the NZ Centre of PEN International and Writers in Prison, presents a free screening of a controversial new documentary.

An Independent Mind features eight free speech heroes and villains from around the world asserting their rights to express themselves.

Their stories focus not just on the developing world but also on Western democracies in an attempt to encourage people to reflect on the importance of freedom of expression with all its attendant complexities, challenges and limits.

  • Saturday 15 November 7.00pm
  • 4th Floor
  • City Library
  • Free
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