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Auckland Libraries and Spark Foundation get families connected

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Auckland Libraries, together with Spark Foundation, are helping to provide stress-free internet access to households without a broadband connection.

Auckland Libraries has recently become a local partner for Spark Jump, a programme that provides families with kids under 18 and no current internet connection with access to modems and a subsidised prepaid wireless internet connection.

"We already provide access to free WiFi and public computers within our libraries, but studies have found that kids who don't have broadband access at home are at risk of falling behind at school.

"Helping to bridge the digital divide is incredibly important to Auckland Libraries, which is why we jumped at the chance to get involved with this programme" says Digital Solutions Lead, Philip Miles.

Central City, Glen Eden, Helensville, Rānui, Māngere Town Centre, New Lynn, Onehunga, Ōtāhuhu, Papakura, Takapuna, Te Manawa, Te Matariki Clendon, Glen Innes, Waitākere Central, Ōtara and Panmure…

Books and Beyond: National poetry day

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This week on Books and Beyond, Karen and Louisa share recordings of some of their favourite poets in performance, including many NZ Poet Laureates, with a cameo from Janet Frame and a driving finale from current NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Listen to this Books and Beyond episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud and read on for the books mentioned in the show.


Special thanks to Auckland University Press for their fantastic Poets in Performance series of book-and-CD sets.
Classic New Zealand Poets in performance:A song about the moon: Classic New Zealand Poets in performance – CD 1, track 38, read by Bill Manhire. The Mountains of Ta'u: Classic New Zealand Poets in performance – CD 2, track 40, read by Albert Wendt.The Goose Bath: The Icicles: Classic New Zealand Poets in performance – CD 1, track 38, read by Janet Frame.Seeing you asked: Classic New Zealand Poets in performance – CD 2, track 33, read by Vincent O'Sullivan. Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performan…

Matariki Take 3 winners

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Congratulations to the five lucky winners of our annual Matariki Take 3 promotion, who have each won a $50 JBHifi gift voucher.

Paige from Te Matariki Clendon LibraryAlana from Māngere Bridge LibraryChristine from Papatoetoe War Memorial LibraryJacqui from Glenfield LibraryNazife from Rānui Library
Thank you to all who took part in the promotion, aimed at encouraging Aucklanders to explore the variety of items available to borrow from our Māori collections.

Books and Beyond: The things you'll learn!

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Inspired by the upcoming Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga (3 - 9 September), Karen and Louisa talk about the variety of things you can learn from library books, from languages to creative writing, or even Salvador Dali's secret technique for lucid dreaming!

Listen to this Books and Beyond episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud and read on for the books mentioned in the show.




'The Quick Reads' series, including Humble pie by Gordon Ramsay and Kung fu trip by Benjamin Zephaniah Travel, food and ghostwriting Lonely Planet's guide to travel writing: expert advice from the world's leading travel publisher by Don GeorgeGet started in food writing by Kerstin Rodgers'Teach yourself visually' seriesGhost writing: how to write for others by Lynne Hackles Poetry and memoirs
The ode less travelled: unlocking the poet within by Stephen FryThe Liars' Club: a memoir by Mary KarrLit: a memoir (eAudiobook) by Mary Karr Craft
Knitted golf head covers by Susie …

Books and Beyond: Family matters

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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

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

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud 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: