Showing posts from September, 2018

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 episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud 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:

Our mobile library and access services are changing!

For some time, we've been working on how to expand our regional mobile library and access services to be able to reach more Aucklanders, more often.

We're pleased to announce that our expansion plans have now been approved by Auckland Council's Environment and Community Committee and we will be rolling out the following changes in the coming months.
Increasing our current team of staff members and creating new roles. These include a reo speaking Māori Mobile librarian, rural library coordinator and librarian to support volunteers, and a homebound access coordinator to provide access to customers unable to leave homeOperating three large buses and two, more agile, vansOperating seven days a week and expanding outside of traditional hours (previously mobile libraries only operated on weekdays during normal business hours) - read on for details of the updated stops and new schedules (effective from 15 October)Visiting more local and regional events throughout Tāmaki MakaurauG…

Books and Beyond: Banned books week

Banned Books Week is now in its 36th year, still championing and defending the freedom to read.

The spotlight's on banned, sequestered and burned books through history (including two from Aotearoa), as Karen and Louisa celebrate the freedom to read, and conclude that books always outlast their bans!

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

Karen and Louisa presented the American Library Association's list of the top ten most challenged books in 2017.Nine banned books which feature on the Auckland Libraries poster for Banned Books Week: Candide by VoltaireThe divine comedy by DanteUlysses by James JoyceGhosts by Henrik IbsenGargantua and Pantagruel, 1553 by Francois RabelaisLife and Fate by Vasily GrossmanLolita, 1955 by Vladimir NabokovAll Quiet on the Western Front, 1928 by Erich Maria RemarqueOther books discussed:Into the River by Ted DaweThe beginner's guide to living by Lia HillsSafe Marriage by the New Z…

Books and Beyond: Suffrage Day's 125th anniversary

To celebrate Suffrage Day on 19 September, Renée Orr from Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections talks about a selection of historical material illustrating wāhine taking action in Aotearoa, from the suffrage petitions of the 1890s to the feminist magazine Broadsheet from the 1980s.

Listen to this Books and Beyond episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud and read on for links to the items and people discussed in the show.
Suffrage 125 and the petitionSuffrage 125 and celebrationsSuffrage petition on New Zealand HistorySuffrage petition, sheet 394 (copy on display in the Wāhine Take Action exhibition) Amey Daldy's letter to Sir George Grey Amey Daldy. Letter to Sir George Grey, 20 September 1893. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, GLNZ D1.1. Amey Daldy's biography on Te AraAmey Daldy's letter to Sir George Grey Ellen Melville's election poster Ellen Melville's biography on Te Ara Auckland Women’s Health Centre poster From the Auckland Women's Centre archi…

Books and Beyond: Comic book September

Karen talks with Jeremy 'Mr J' Bishop from Arkham City Comics about his parallel journeys as a librarian and comics fanboy, and how the comics genre succeeded in ensconcing itself as an indisputably brilliant reading choice.

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

Jeremy's favourite comics from childhood:Asterix and ObelixBusterGarfieldThe Adventures of TintinWhizzer and Chips
Marvel and DC comics:BatmanSupermanWonderwomanX-MenFantastic FourPhantomJudge DreadSpiderman Seminal graphic novels (comics packaged as complete stories):The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (1988)Preacher by Garth Ennis (1996)Watchmen by Alan Moore (1986-87)Maus by Art Spiegelman (1987)Palestine by Joe Sacco (1993)Karen's favourite graphic novels:Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt (1975 in Italy, 2012 in English translation)Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (2006)Other:Auckland Libraries' graphic novels collection 

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Books and Beyond: New Zealand Theatre Month

September marks the start of the first ever New Zealand Theatre Month! Karen talks with playwright Roger Hall, the driving force behind this new nationwide celebration of the amazing New Zealand theatre scene.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud and read on for all the plays mentioned in the show. 

Visit the NZ Theatre Month website for more information.
Bruce Mason’s classic play, performed every Christmas on Takapuna Beach, and to inaugurate New Zealand Theatre Month:The end of the golden weather Three of Roger Hall's plays:Middle Age Spread.Glide Time.Four flat whites in Italy.Also mentioned:Author talk: A life in theatre: Alison Quigan in conversation with Roger Hall
Friday 21 September, 6pm - 7.30pm. Read more about the event here.Mercury Theatre manuscript collection:View the Mercury Theatre manuscript collection. A Sunday afternoon rehearsal of 'Earth and Sky', showing the interior of the Mercury Theatre, 1970. This production was written and com…

Reading between the wines ventures north

Auckland Libraries' Reading Between the Wines brings together bars, books and bookworms from all across Tāmaki Makaurau. 

On the first Thursday of each month, awesome librarians will meet you at a different venue around Auckland, with over 40 books for you to browse through. 

Community Librarian Laura Caygill recently spoke to Jesse Mulligan on Radio New Zealand about the history of Reading Between the Wines, the upcoming session this Thursday 6 September, and our exciting plans to branch out onto the North Shore in October.

You can listen to the RNZ segment here.

This Thursday 6 September, Reading Between the Wines will take place at The Conservatory on the Viaduct. Don't worry if you're not a member of the libraries, you can join up on the night! Enjoy a glass of wine or two and meet like-minded people, whilst searching for your next favourite read. 

Keep up to date with the latest Reading Between the Wines news by following their Facebook page

You can also check out where t…