Saucy Reading: Ding Dong @ Dunedin Public Libraries

August 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Library_News | Leave a comment

Saucy Reading: Ding Dong @ Dunedin Public Libraries

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2 husbands, 2 wives, 1 maid, 1 call girl, 1 apartment in Paris…

Ding Dong is a hilarious French farce guaranteed to get you hot under the collar.

A free sneak preview from the Fortune Theatre.

Light refreshments and an opportunity to mix with the cast afterward.

Thursday 12 August 12.30pm, Ground Floor, City Library

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.

Aramoana Poem

July 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Library_News | Leave a comment

Recently we received the following email from a former Dunedin resident:

Hi there,

I’m an Australian writer who lived in Dunedin for ten years in the 1970s. I’m now based in London. I believe you have my books in your library – published by Virago.

When I lived in Dunedin I worked at the Evening Star newspaper as a journalist, and covered the story about a Swiss businessman who arrived in the city to promote the establishment of an aluminium smelter at Aramoana.

I became heavily involved in the campaign to stop the smelter, and was thrilled when the area was declared a National Park some years later.

I recently wrote a poem called Aramoana and thought you might like to read it and share it with library members.

Here’s the link to my web site where it is currently posted:

Best Wishes,

Maree Giles

Bookbus change of location – Green Island: Friday 6.00pm – 7.30pm

July 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Bookbus, Library_News | Leave a comment

The Bookbus stop on Main South Road in Green Island has moved to the opposite side of the road, from Friday July 2 2010.

The new stop is outside the Plunket and the NZ PostShop buildings, opposite its previous location. There has been no change to the timetable.

This change was made because a new pedestrian crossing is being installed close to the previous bookbus stop, making it too small to share with ORC buses.
View Larger Map & List of Stops

NB Issue 10 – July / August 2010

July 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, City Library, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, School Holidays, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website | 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.

Chance to Win a $50 Book Voucher

June 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Library_News | Leave a comment

If you’re a library member you could go in the draw to win a $50 book voucher – just answer a few simple questions on your library use at .

This survey is part of a research project that is being carried out by a Library and Information Studies student as part of her BA.

If you have any questions please email library.researcher10

Don’t delay – the survey closes at the end of July.

Increase in the library holds charge – Frequently Asked Questions

June 28, 2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in Library_News | Leave a comment

1.Why charge for holds?

  • A library’s core role is to provide customers with access to a range of items on the shelves at the library you visit. If you want priority access to a specific item over other borrowers, you are able to obtain this by placing a hold. This saves you time and effort.
  • Like all other Council departments the library must charge for services from which an individual derive a clear benefit. Placing a hold falls into this category because it gives one borrower access to a specific item ahead of other borrowers. The charge represents only a small a small percentage of the costs involved in providing the service. These include:
    • Staff time (includes searching for items, checking them in, putting them into transit, checking them at the pick up library, identifying them and putting them aside for pick up)
    • Notifying borrowers they have holds waiting to pick up either by telemessage, email or mail
    • A daily courier service to moves items on hold between our 5 libraries from Waikouaiti to Mosgiel (114 km return)

2.Why increase the charge?

  • Currently placing a hold costs Adult borrowers 50 cents per item but from July 1 2010 this will increase to $1.00.
  • Holds charges at Dunedin Public Libraries have not increased since 2001. With other metropolitan libraries now charging between $1.00 and $2.00 per hold Dunedin Public Libraries believes it has a responsibility to ratepayers to recover a greater share of the cost of providing this value added service.
  • The holds charge only applies to holds placed by adults, ensuring children and young people under the age of 18, continue to have free access to this important service.

Library Holds – A Popular Service

June 22, 2010 at 8:55 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, City Library, Library_News, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

When an item is unavailable due to being on loan, or at another of our network of Libraries, a customer can place a ‘hold’ on it.

Placing a hold is a popular service for Library customers, and from 1 July 2010 it will cost $1.00 to place an item on hold.

This is the first increase since 2001 and brings the Library into line with other New Zealand metropolitan libraries, where holds charges vary from between $1.00 and $2.00 per item.

The holds charge will apply only to adults, ensuring children and young people under the age of 18 continue to have free access to this important service.

Bernie Hawke, Library Services Manager, comments

“The reason holds are popular is because they represent such good value for money. While this is a significant increase, it is still only a small percentage of the costs involved in providing the service. I’m sure library customers will acknowledge this, along with the saving in time and effort for them when they place a hold.”

Robert Long Returns to City Library for Repeat Performance

June 10, 2010 at 8:55 am | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Events, New Zealand, Non-Fiction | Leave a comment

Robert Long Returns to City Library for Repeat Performance

The overwhelming success of Robert Long’s Author Talk at the City Library last week has prompted a surprise return for the man, who lives in relative isolation with his wife and two teenage children, two days walk from Haast.

Almost 300 people turned up in the City Library last Thursday to listen to Robert’s story, despite there only being 150 seats available, and his book A Life on Gorge River rapidly sold out. For those fortunate enough to grab a space, the evening proffered an enthralling insight into a lifestyle that few will ever experience or fully comprehend.

Now, for those that missed out, Robert and his family have agreed to come back to Dunedin City Library on Monday 21 June after engagements in Wanaka and Te Anau, before finally returning to their home on Gorge River. Marketing Coordinator, Lynette Hartgill explains:

Over the weekend we have offered ticketed seats to those who were on our RSVP list for Thursday. It was hard to turn away so many eager people, so it made sense to ask if he could come back. We are thrilled that he has agreed!’

Tickets are now available to the public. Book your seat by contacting: (03) 474 3690 or Tickets can be collected from the Ground Floor Information Desk in the City Library.

Copies of A Life On Gorge River: New Zealand’s Remotest Family will be available to purchase. Cash or credit only.

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
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