Library Mix – September 22nd 2009

September 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, City Library, e-resource, Library Radio Show, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

Here’s the latest episode of our radio show now available online.

You can download past episodes of the show from our library website.

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Sir Howard Morrison – 1935-2009

September 25, 2009 at 10:18 am | Posted in Library_News, Music, New Zealand | Leave a comment

image - book coverYesterdays death of New Zealand entertainment icon Sir Howard Morrison was a shock to many.

Sir Howard was a widely known and much respected performer who provided countless hours of musical pleasure to many generations of kiwis.

His foray into the world of adverting was (at the time) trail blazing – who could forget his enduring series of advertisements (with Ray Wolf) for Bic pens and lighters.

As plans begin to take shape for his funeral New Zealanders from all walks of life will pause and reflect over the coming days on how this man touched so many of their lives with his musical talents.

Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls

August 17, 2009 at 9:51 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Documentary, DVD Film, Music, New Zealand, Reviews | Leave a comment

I remember going to my first Topp Twins concert at the James Theatre in Wellington back in 1992. I was reluctantly dragged along by my friends, thinking at the time ‘what the heck do I want to go and see this show for’.  At the end of the show I walked out suffering with a sore face from laughing so much – from then on I was hooked.

The Topp Twins are cultural icons in New Zealand entertainment. For the last few decades they have entertained us with street busking, television shows, books, live shows and now to top it all off – Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls, a fantastic entertainment documentary that will leave you laughing in the aisles. They have bought us real life characters: The Bowling Ladies, Prue and Dilly Ramsbottom, Ken and Ken, and last but not lest Camp Mother and Camp Leader.

The documentary shows 25 years of New Zealand history. It showcases great footage of protest movements (Maori land occupations, homosexual reform bill and the nuclear-free New Zealand campaign), cultural change, and interviews with well known musicians, comedians and even Helen Clark.  It also shows their personal side with home movies and Jools brush with breast cancer.

It has all been put together with great footage of their shows including clips from their television show: Don’t Adjust Your Twinset 1996-2000. It is a real laugh to also look back at the fashions and trends of times gone by.

They have also always been open about their sexuality and this is also bought into their comedy acts and songs. They have shown that these sorts of things don’t matter and that they can still act and entertain the crowds to much applause and laughter.

This movie broke opening day records for a New Zealand movie, and I think it highlights what it feels like to be a true Kiwi.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, just as well as their live shows. I am sure that there are plenty of our library patrons that would also love to watch this fantastic movie of the Topp Twins and New Zealand history.

Reviewed by Shona

SONGS FOR SATURDAY Sing-along fun with Wonky Donkey, The Sandfly Song and more!

August 17, 2009 at 9:42 am | Posted in Children's, City Library, Free Event, Library_News, Music, New Zealand, Suggestions | Leave a comment

The talented Craig Smith writes songs especially for children and his albums are recognised for their brilliance.

‘Wonky Donkey’ is the APRA NZ Children’s Song of the Year 2008, and is currently being turned into a children’s book, with other songs now receiving similar attention.

Join us on the weekend as Craig hosts a special performance in the Dunedin City Library that will delight children of any age, but are written with children 3 – 10 years in mind.

CD’s for sale: $23.95. (Includes $5 donation to charity)

  • Saturday 29 August, 2.00pm
  • City Library, Storypit
  • Free

Library Mix – August 11th 2009

August 14, 2009 at 10:34 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, City Library, e-resource, Library Radio Show, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website | Leave a comment

Here’s the latest episode of our radio show now available online.

You can download past episodes of the show from our library website.

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Library Waiata Group @ Dunedin Public Libraries

July 28, 2009 at 11:28 am | Posted in City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Maori Language, Music | Leave a comment

Library Waiata Group @ Dunedin Public Libraries

Did you know that Librarians can sing?

The Dunedin City Council have their own Waiata Group who performed a selection of songs to herald in the start of Maori Language Week.

Civic Plaza, 12.30pm
Monday 27th July 2009

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.

Library Mix – July 7th 2009

July 8, 2009 at 9:26 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, City Library, e-resource, Library Radio Show, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website | Leave a comment

It seems like only yesterday but a week has gone by so here’s the latest episode of our radio show now available online.

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Library Mix – June 30th 2009

July 2, 2009 at 10:51 am | Posted in e-resource, Library Publications, Library Radio Show, Library_News, Music, New Zealand, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

The latest episode of our radio show is now available online.

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Celebrity Deaths – Farrah Fawcett & Michael Jackson

June 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Books, DVD, Music, Suggestions | 1 Comment

image - michael jacksonOver the past 24 hours two well know celebrities who both came to the height of their fame in the 1980’s have died.

Farrah Fawcett the “Charlie’s Angels” star passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer – she was 62.

Michael Jackson died Friday 26th June (NZST Time) aged 50 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles and was pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center later that day.

Our library collection contains a mix of audio visual and written material that spans both performers.

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