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.

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.

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

Summer Reading Programme 2009-2010

November 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website, Young Adult | Leave a comment

We hope you have a great time over the summer holidays and are excited about striving to meet your reading challenge which begins on Friday 11 December 2009.

Remember – books are a great way to discover new stuff and use your imagination.

Export yourself to a new world through books and make your way to another dimension!

More details can be found on our library website.

Bayfield High School Exhibition @ City Library Teenspace

September 21, 2009 at 10:16 am | Posted in City Library, Display, Exhibition, Library_News, New Zealand, Suggestions, Teenspace, Young Adult | Leave a comment

Originally uploaded by Dunedin Public Libraries

The latest art displayed at the City Library Teenspace comes to us from year 10 students at Bayfield High School.

The artwork of Reuben Paterson was used as inspiration with each cape reflecting the cultural heritage of the artist.

Saucy Reading – The Day My Bum Went Psycho – Sept 24th 2009

September 8, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in Books, Children's, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, Saucy Reading, Suggestions, Young Adult | Leave a comment

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See some of The Day My Bum Went Psycho before it goes on stage! (Part of the Saucy Readings programme.

Be the first to follow Zack Freeman on an adventure with the Bum Hunter across the Windy Desert, through the Brown Forest and over the Sea of Bums into an explosive Bumcano.

The excitement starts here in our sneak preview of the Fortune’s latest show!

  • Thursday 24 September, 4pm
  • Ground Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

Monster Revenge by Dean Lorey

March 10, 2009 at 11:27 am | Posted in Books, Children's, Fiction, Mosgiel, Reviews, Young Adult | Leave a comment

This is the 2nd book in the Nightmare Academy series.

While I did not enjoy it as much as the first book it’s still pretty good.

In this book Charlie Theodore and Violet continue their fight against the named and the nether creatures.

Recommended for ages 7 -14 years.

Reviewed by Omri

Annual Book Sale – Coming Soon!

January 28, 2009 at 10:17 am | Posted in Book Sale, Books, Business, Children's, City Library, DVD, Events, Fiction, Library_News, Non-Fiction, Young Adult | Leave a comment

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Dunedin Public Libraries in association with the Otago Art Society announces its Annual Book Sale!

Bring a bag, bring the family!

Most books 50c, CDs/DVDs $2.00, other items too, including local art for sale.

  • Friday 20 February 4.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Saturday 21 February 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Sunday 22 February 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Library Carpark

For more library news & events have a look around our news & reviews blog

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

October 31, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in Action, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Library_News, Reviews, Young Adult | Leave a comment

“The Knife of Never letting go” by Patrick Ness is the first book of what will be a trilogy.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Millions) said of this book “One of the best first sentences I’ve ever read and a book that lives up to it!” “.  Here is the first line: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.” The dog’s first sentence in the book is: “Need a poo, Todd.”

Too much information? You may be right, for that is a theme of the book – too much “informayshun”.

In Prentisstown, New World, where Todd lives the people can hear and see everything going on in each other’s minds. This constant barrage of information is called “Noise”.  Secrets are not possible – and yet Todd, and his dog, happen upon something in the swamp which leads him to realise the whole town have been keeping vital “informayshun” from him.

There is so much I cannot tell you about this story, for the plot unfolds through Todd’s eyes and there is much we do not know till far on in the action – (and there is plenty of action!) We feel the same puzzlement he does and realisation dawns even slower for Todd than it does for the reader.

I love the dog, Manchee, in this book.  His ability to speak emphasises his loyalty to Todd and makes him more vulnerable somehow. I also love the concept of constant information attacking our mind and senses so that silence becomes impossible. Makes you wonder if Ness is making a comment on the state of our world too.

The book is aimed at young adults but makes a great read for older readers too. The next book in the trilogy is called “The Ask and the Answer” and is due to be published in May 2009.

Visit the library Catalogue to borrow The Knife of Never Letting go

Reviewed by Glenda

Magenta Orange: The trials of a teenage temptress by Echo Freer

October 30, 2008 at 10:36 am | Posted in Books, Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions, Young Adult | Leave a comment

This novel is about a typical teenage girl who’s extremely clumsy and just trying to get through life unscathed.

Magenta and Daniel had been neighbors and best friends for years, yet Daniel sensed something more. The novel has a powerful and truthful storyline that should be recognized for its realistic qualities.

Magenta goes through heartbreak, school, exams, home issues and friend issues that are described with truth and honesty on what a teenage girl’s life is. It’s an enchanting novel that I recommend to teenage girls who want something real that they can relate to.

Reviewed by A. Hale

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