Books and Beyond: Mental Health Awareness

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Karen and Louisa recommend good reads which speak to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand's five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Give, Take notice, Keep learning and Be active.

Listen to this week's episode of Books and Beyond on PlanetFM's website, and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books recommended by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand Beloved by Emma FarryVitamin N: the essential guide to a nature-rich life by Richard LouvThe nature fix: why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative by Florence WilliamsThe art of mindful birdwatching: reflections on freedom & being by C ThompsonHow to raise a wild child: the art and science of falling in love with nature by Scott D. SampsonTe Taiao Māori and the natural world by Te Ara Encyclopedia of New ZealandBlue mind: the surprising science that shows how being near, in on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what yo…

Diwali Festival of Lights 2018

शुभ दीपावली / Happy Diwali!Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated worldwide and is marked by Auckland Libraries as a key cultural festival.
During Diwali, families, friends and communities come together in happiness to celebrate new beginnings and the victory of knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair and light over darkness. 

This year, Auckland Libraries theme for Diwali is: ‘Be the light - Spread the light,’ which is aspirational in every walk of life.

Diwali is celebrated over four to five days by millions of Indians around the world, with increasing numbers of people joining in to celebrate the cultural side of the festival. 

Auckland Libraries is celebrating Diwali with beautiful and informative displays and great events.Join us from 20 October - 4 November in celebrating community, family and light!
Discover and celebrate Indian culture, music, dance and craft with Auckland Libraries.

Head to Waitākere Central Library (Henderson) from 14…

We always love your feedback

Our We Love Feedback survey is now updated and better than ever.

Our expanded survey aims to collect customer feedback covering many specific aspects of your experience at Auckland Libraries. We want to hear your feedback on staff service, library spaces, our collections, online spaces and much more.

You may receive an invitation in your email, or you can head to our website and click the We Love Feedback link at the bottom.

We always love your feedback!

Automatic eMagazine checkouts now available

Great news! From 11 October, RBdigital users will be able to automatically check out new issues of eMagazines as soon as they are available! 

This means you will always have the latest issues of your favourite magazines waiting for you in your RBdigital account!

When checking out a magazine, you will be able to select if you would like to be notified via email of the availability of future issues and have those automatically checked out and available for reading in the RBdigital app and website.

If you have already opted to be notified when future issues of your favourite magazine are available, in future you will be emailed and your magazine will automatically be checked out to you.

Find out more about accessing eMagazines on our website or click here to read more about RBdigital’s eMagazine selection.

Books and Beyond: Life stories

Whose life stories are the most requested at Auckland Libraries right now? Steven Adams and Princess Margaret! 

This week on Books and Beyond, Louisa and Karen talk about one of our most popular genres: the biography.

Listen to this week's episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
Steven Adams: my life, my fight by Steven Adams and Madeleine Chapman Body parts: essays on life-writing by Hermione LeeOrwell's nose: a pathological biography by John Sutherland Christopher Walken A to Z: the man, the movies, the legend by Robert Schnakenberg Cleopatra: a life by Stacy SchiffVincent and Theo: the Van Gogh brothers by Deborah HeiligmanDaphne du Maurier by Margaret Forster Take six girls: the lives of the Mitford sisters by Laura Thompson The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles by Nancy MitfordMa'am darling: 99 glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig BrownGraham Henry: final word by Bob Howitt Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books…

Website outages

Our website will be experiencing an outage due to maintenance and updates on:
Monday 15 October, 11.30pm - 12 midnightTuesday 16 - Wednesday 17 October, 11.59pm - 4am
The library website, catalogue, eBook and database services and the Auckland Libraries app will not be functional during this time.

Our apologies for this inconvenience.

Books and Beyond: Books for animal lovers

This week on Books and Beyond, Karen and Louisa look at books celebrating the human-animal bond.

Listen to this week's episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
Novelty cat booksOut next year! The costume-loving cat of writer Paul Koudounaris has secured herself a book deal, as reported in Viva magazineTexts from Mittens: a cat who has an unlimited data plan... and isn't afraid to use it by Angie Bailey
Animal mysteries, a subgenre of Cozy Crime:Hounding the pavement by Judi McCoyMission impawsible by Krista DavisMurder most howl by Krista DavisThe more the terrier by Linda O. JohnstonNot a creature was purring by Krista DavisThree books about beloved dogs:Finding Gobi: the true story of a little dog and an incredible journey by Dion Leonard with Craig Borlase  Flush, a biography by Virginia Woolf  Afterglow: a dog memoir by Eileen Myles   Treasure from the basement:My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell  A book about beloved otters:Ring of bright water by Ga…