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Books and Beyond: Dawn McMillan

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This week we celebrate the success of the children’s picture book, There's a Tui in our Teapot, with its author Dawn McMillan. Dawn's earlier book, I need a new bum, featured in a video of the famous Scottish Granny reading to her grandchild, now seen by millions. The book is a favourite around the world!

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books by Dawn McMillan:There's a tui in our teapotI need a new bum!Home child: a child migrant in New ZealandWoolly WallyMister Spears and his hairy earsDoctor Grundy's undiesColour the starsSea secretsAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Books and Beyond: Catherine Robertson

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Karen chats with bestselling kiwi author, Catherine Robertson, about her new Gabriel's Bay novel What you wish for and about what Catherine wishes for her readers - interested and varied characters, topical themes and lots of laughs.
Catherine's Gabriel's Bay novels are:Gabriel's BayWhat you wish forAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Blind Date with a Book winners

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Thank you to everyone who took part in Blind date with a book this year!

Everyone who borrowed a book from our Blind Date with a Book displays and filled in an entry card had a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes from Auckland's Cordis Hotel.

This year's winners are:
Pernille from St Heliers Library, won a romantics night for two, including a stay in a stylish Deluxe room with late checkout, complimentary valet parking, unlimited movies, plus $100 hotel credits to spend on your choice of dinner, breakfast, minibar or an exquisite High Tea by Cordis. Pauline from Mahurangi East Library, won a high tea for two in the Lobby Lounge at Auckland's Cordis Hotel. Congratulations to the lucky winners and thank you to the Cordis Hotel Auckland for these great prizes!

Books and Beyond: Stars of Pasifika poetry

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Photos compiled by Penny Howard.
Happy Pasifika month! On Books and Beyond this week Louisa chats with two poets performing at the upcoming Stars of Pasifika Poetry event at Te Atatū Library.  

Ria Masae and Doug Poole share their poetry and pride in being able to express their Pacific identity writing and performing poetry.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show. 
Doug's poetry:Mauri ola: contemporary Polynesian poems in EnglishNiu voicesDoug's online journalRia's poetry:Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 political poemsOther Pasifika poetry works mentioned in the show:Everything is here by Rob HeckEntangled Islands by Serie Barford
Doug and Ria are performing at Stars of Pasifika Poetry with some of Aotearoa’s favourite Pacific poets, Thursday 7 March at Te Atatū Peninsula Library from 7pm.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the…

Website outages

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Our website will be experiencing an outage due to maintenance and updates on:
Tuesday 19 March, 11.59pm - Wednesday 20 March, 3am.Tuesday 2 April, 11.59pm - Wednesday 3 April, 3am.Tuesday 9 April, 11.59pm - Wednesday 10 April, 3am.  The library catalogue and the Auckland Libraries app will still be functional during this time.
Search the Auckland Libraries catalogue here.Search "Auckland Libraries" in the app store of your device to download the app. Our apologies for this inconvenience.

The Great Summer Read: Bonus prize draw

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Announcing the winners of The Great Summer Read  He Pānuitanga Raumati bonus prize draw!

To qualify for this prize draw, readers completed at least five different challenges.
Shona from Waitākere Central Library and Jon from Mt Roskill Library each won a voucher from Specsavers New Zealand for two pairs of glasses, including eye examination, lenses and framesMonique from Kumeū Library, Heather from Blockhouse Bay Library and Gaylene from Papatoetoe Library each won a Kobo Clara HD eReader from Noel LeemingRobert from Remuera Library, Lara from Te Atatū Peninsula Library, Jessica from Glenfield Library and Camelia also from Glenfield Library each won a Britomart Black $100 gift card Emily from Remuera Library, Jo from New Lynn Library, Steph from Botany Library and Agata, also from Botany Library, Pamela from Waiheke Library, Leigh from Kumeū Library, Ann from Grey Lynn Library, Yvonne from Birkenhead Library, and Ha-Young from St Heliers Library and Felicity, also from St Heliers Libr…

Books and Beyond: Peter Bland

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This week on Books and Beyond, Peter Bland, prize-winning poet, playwright and charismatic actor ("Came a hot Friday") talks with librarian Karen about his life and poetry, and reads works from his most recent collections.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Peter read:"The stone owl" from The happy garden"Our garden is a jungle" from The happy garden"Harbours" from A fugitive presence"Living close to the border" from Voodoo Peter's memoir: Sorry, I'm a stranger here myselfView Peter's poetry videos on Facebook.
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.