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Our catalogue and online resources will be experiencing an outage due to maintenance and updates on:
Thursday 16 August, 4.30am - 7.30am. Online accounts, eBooks, eResources, Pay Online, and some other services will be unavailable, but our catalogue will be available.Friday 17 August, 4.30am - 5.30am. Our catalogue and online accounts will be unavailable. Other services should function as normal. Due to scheduled maintenance, our catalogue, online accounts, eBooks, eResources, Pay Online, and some other services may be unavailable.

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Books and Beyond: Family matters

It’s Family History Month! This week Karen and Louisa talk family histories and stories that last through the generations.

Listen to this week's Books and Beyond episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
This is me: a story of who we are & where we came fromby Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrated by Laura Cornell. Donald: The Book by Donald Robertson.Uncle Andy's by James Warhola.Uncle Andy's catsby James Warhola.Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father by Diana Wichtel.The Hare with Amber Eyes: the illustrated edition by Edmund de Waal.Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga by Te Rangi Hiroa (Peter H. Buck).Running in the Familyby Michael Ondaatje.The Seven Daughters of Eveby Bryan Sykes.Diaries in the Sir George Grey Special Collections:Diary of Sir George Grey (1812 - 1898).Diary kept by J.W.Fedarb, Esq., from March,1839 to May 1852.Journals and letters of Felton Mathew and his wife, 1840-1847Sarah Mathew: explorer, journa…

Books and Beyond: World's most expensive books

This week on Books and Beyond, Karen and Louisa talk about the world’s most expensive books.  

Listen to this episode on PlanetFM's website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
The top 10 most expensive books of all time:Book of Mormon: The Codex LeicesterSt. Cuthbert GospelBay Psalm BookRothschild Prayer BookGospels of Henry the LionThe Birds of AmericaThe Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey ChaucerShakespeare’s First FolioThe Gutenburg Bible
Other works about rare and unique books and their fate:The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu: and their race to save the world's most precious manuscriptsby Joshua Hammer.Lost, stolen or shredded: stories of missing works of art and literature by Rick Gekoski.The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám translation by Edward Fitzgerald.Auckland Libraries Special Collections collection of Rubáiyáts.Norman Mailer’s MoonFire deluxe edition by Taschen Publishing.
Does the price paid for a book always correspond to its value? Karen’s most valued books:Grand Dicti…

Books and Beyond: Cook Islands Language Week 2018

This week Books and Beyond celebrated Cook Islands Language week, with Louisa hosting a panel of librarians. They talked treasured books, what their culture and the Cooks Islands language means to them. 

Listen to this episode on PlanetFM's website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
Treasured books from our Pacific collection:Soldiers from the Pacific: the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War Oneby Howard Weddell.

This book includes stories about the over 500 men from the Cook Islands who bravely volunteered to serve New Zealand. Among them were the great grandfathers of Angelique Tuaputa and Mati Ngari.Patterns of the past: tattoo revival in the Cook Islandsby Therese Mangos & John Utanga, with photography by Kirsty Griffin.

Mati Ngari shared how this book helped her research into what her own traditional tātatau would look like, one that reflects her family and cultural heritage.   Treasures from the Basement:Two trea…

Books and Beyond: From page to screen

On this week's Books and Beyond, Karen and Louisa talk about the best, worst and most memorable film adaptations from books and their picks for this year's New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF).

Listen to this episode on PlanetFM's website and read on for the books and movies mentioned in the show.

Brokeback Mountainby Annie Proulx. Also available on DVDHunger by Knut Hamsun; translation and afterword by Robert Bly; with an introduction by Paul Auster. Learn more about the 1966 film adaptation on the NZIFF website.Breath by Tim Winton. Currently screening at the NZIFF and will also be released on DVD later this year.Movie adaptations authors weren't happy with after their release"My Foolish Heart" was adapted from J. D. Salinger's short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" from Nine Stories. After it was released,J.D Salinger refused to let any more of his books be adapted into films.A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. In the 1957 fi…

Te Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani Cook Islands Language Week

Turou! Oro mai! Auckland Libraries is celebrating Te Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani Cook Islands Language Week from 29 July - 4 August 2018.

The language week is a special opportunity for Cook Islanders living in New Zealand to acknowledge, celebrate and embrace Cook Islands culture, history, customs and, most importantly, language.

Auckland is the largest Pacific city in the world with just over 35,000 people who identify as being Cook Islanders living in Tāmaki Makaurau. Auckland Libraries is delighted to connect with our Cook Islands community and celebrate the pearl of the Pacific.

Kiaorana e Kia Manuia!
Discover the stories, music and dance of the Cook Islands at Storytime sessions for kids, arts and crafts workshops or visit Central City Library on Thursday 2 August to enjoy a Cook Islands cultural showcase by the University of Auckland Cook Islands Student Association (AUCISA). Resources
Check out curated booklists from our Pacific collections:  Cook Islands kids’ b…

Books and Beyond: Words and pictures

This week on Books and Beyond, Karen and Louisa look at books illustrated by artists, books about artists and books by artists, from Hundertwasser for kids to Andy Warhol’s diaries.

Listen to this week's episode on PlanetFM's website and read on for all the books mentioned in the show.
Kids books

Tu Meke Tūī, by Malcolm Clarke, illustrated by Flox. Also available in te reo MāoriHundertwasser for kids: harvesting dreams in the realm of the painter-king by Barbara StieffAnd Picasso painted Guernica by Alain Serres Adult books
The lonely city: adventures in the art of being alone by Olivia LaingThis is not writing by Julian DashfordPicasso: an intimate portrait by Olivier Widmaier PicassoStrangeland by Tracey EminMy life in a column by Tracey EminThe Andy Warhol diaries edited by Pat HackettGordon Walters: new vision curated by Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons and Julia Waite.
Gordon Walters: New vision exhibition is on at Auckland Art Gallery until 4 November 2018.
Auckland Librarie…