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Books and Beyond: 50th anniversary

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Karen and Louisa celebrate the 50th anniversary of Books & Beyond with a stroll through past shows, bloopers, and the ones that got away, plus a dip into the Auckland Libraries Top 100 and Great Summer Read.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.


Books mentioned in the showBody parts: essays on life-writing by Hermione LeeGalileo’s middle finger: heretics, activists, and the search for justice in science by Alice DregerWinter eyes by Harry RickettsMurray’s Handbook for Scotland (1894) The trauma cleaner: one woman’s extraordinary life in death, decay and disaster by Sarah KrasnosteinThe Pacific: in the wake of Captain Cook with Sam NeillNavigators & naturalists: French exploration of New Zealand and the Pacific (1769-1824) by Michale Lee  Authors mentioned in the showJojo MoyesLiane MoriartyNicky PellegrinoCatherine Robertson Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from th…

Books and Beyond: Peter Millett

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This week on Books and Beyond Louisa chats to Peter Millett, author of over 50 children’s picture and fiction books. Peter introduces his new book More Classic Rhymes for Kiwi Kids, and the latest in his superhero Johnny Danger DIY Spy series, which we find out is as popular in the UK than home in Aotearoa NZ. 

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.




Books by Peter Millett:The ANZAC biscuit man and other classic kiwi tales.Jean Battenby Peter and Ruth Millett. The ANZAC puppy.The kiwi go marching one by one, sung by Jay Laga'aia with lyrics by Ngaere Roberts.Johnny Danger: lie another day, as part of The Johnny Danger series.The petrifying plot of the plummeting pants, as part of The Boy Zero series.
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 FM 104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts…

Desert Island Bookcase

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Wondering what to read this summer? Need a book to escape into while you're on the road or relaxing in the park? Auckland's Tāmaki Pataka Kōrero Central City Library is here for you!

Six months ago, we asked Aucklanders to choose their all-time favourite book: the book they always recommend to friends, the book they would want with them if they were stranded on a desert island, the book they could read over and over again.

We've now curated all your suggestions into one exclusive collection: The Desert Island Bookcase. With over five hundred titles, you'll be spoilt for choice!

So, drop into the desert island on the ground floor of Central to borrow a 'treasured' favourite or browse our curated Desert Island Bookcase list on OverDrive and find some gold!

Follow our Desert Island Bookcase Instagram this summer to get some great reading recommendations and tag #desertislandbookcase to tell us what your Desert Island picks would be.

The Great Summer Read: Weekly prize draw

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Congratulations to the lucky winners of this week's The Great Summer Read prize draw!

Everyone who completed a Great Summer Read challenge and checked it in on the website between 8 December and 14 December, was entered into the draw.

This week, our sponsored prizes went to:
Patricia from Northcote Library, winner of the Specsavers NZ voucher, including an eye examination, two pairs of glasses from any Specsavers range and prescribed lenses (including polarised sunglasses)Bronwyn from Glen Eden Library, winner of the New Zealand Maritime Museum family pass to sail on the Ted Ashby heritage scowJess from Massey Library, winner of the family pass to visit MOTATChris from Remuera Library, winner of the family pass to visit Auckland Zoo. Five other winners won vouchers for a free rental from our Top Picks new release collection:
Amanda from Māngere Bridge LibraryAlex from Central City LibraryQurat-ul-Ain from New Lynn LibraryTina from Massey LibraryAlisha from Mt Roskill Library Rememb…

Books and Beyond: Deborah Shepard

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On Books and Beyond this week, Karen chats with author, oral historian and biographer, Deborah Shepard, about her new book The writing life, one of our picks for the 'Life and times' category of this year’s Auckland Libraries Top 100.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.




The writing life comprises a series of curated conversations in which twelve of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and admired writers speak candidly about their lives and their work.
They are:Joy CowleyMarilyn DuckworthTessa DuderChris ElsePatricia GraceDavid HillWiti IhimaeraFiona KidmanOwen MarshallVincent O’SullivanPhilip TempleAlbert WendtAuckland 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 FM 104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

The Great Summer Read: Weekly prize draw

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Congratulations to the lucky winners of The Great Summer Read's weekly prize draw!

Everyone who completed a Great Summer Read challenge and checked it in on the website between 1 December and 7 December, was entered into the draw.

This week, our sponsored prizes went to:
Michelle from Remuera Library, winner of the Specsavers NZ voucher, including an eye examination, two pairs of glasses from any Specsavers range and prescribed lenses (including polarised sunglasses)Micheal from Mount Roskill Library, winner of the New Zealand Maritime Museum family pass to sail on the Ted Ashby heritage scowRuobing from Blockhouse Bay Library, winner of the family pass to visit MOTATZeldon from Māngere Bridge Library, winner of the family pass to visit Auckland Zoo.Five other winners won vouchers for a free rental from our Top Picks new release collection:
Nicola from Glenfield LibrarySerene from Mount Albert LibrarySara from Remuera LibraryDavina from Massey LibraryRachel from Takapuna LibraryRememb…

Books and Beyond: The Great Summer Read 2018

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The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati is centre stage this week on Books & Beyond, as Karen and Louisa shared what they might be reading for their favourite challenges.

Listen to this week's episode on the PlanetFM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show:
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayThe remains of the day by Kazuo IshiguroThe prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel SparkLean in by Sheryl SandbergBecoming by Michelle ObamaRosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom StoppardNightwork by Jachym TopolBlack Beauty by Anna SewellPinocchio by Carlo CollodiWatership down by Richard AdamsWinter eyes by Harry RickettsBonsai: best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James NorcliffeAuckland 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 s…

Auckland Libraries Top 100 2018

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Welcome to our picks of the year’s most popular books at Auckland Libraries!

Every year expert librarians curate our Top 100 list from titles which hit our shelves in 2018 and proved especially popular with our readers.

It’s a great way to find recommendations for summer reading or ideas for holiday gift-giving. With ten categories to choose from, we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone.

You will find the Top 100 under the Top 10 book lists section on the Auckland Libraries website. 

If you’re looking for the perfect read to complete your next challenge, start browsing here.

You can register and report your Great Summer Read challenges right up until 31 January.

Over 2000 Aucklanders have taken part since the launch in 2015 and we've given away hundreds of prizes.

Visit aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/gsr to see the challenges and the full list of prizes.

Enjoy our Makerspaces

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Our libraries offer a variety of digital spaces, clubs, programmes and workshops that are both fun and educational.

Jump into technology by exploring our Makerspaces - laboratories where you can explore hangarau (technology) and have a go at robotics, 3D printing, app making, music production and much more. Get a head start on computing with your kids or use our resources to give new technologies a go!
NorthGlenfield Library's 3D printing workshop covers the basics of 3D printing using Tinkercad to build a simple object.  These objects can then be printed to take home! These workshops are aimed at school-aged children. No need to book a place, simply turn up after school on Thursdays during school term time only.
Birkenhead Library's weekly Tech time for kids on Thursdays encourages you to explore creating robots, apps, digital music and 3D printing. Plan to come along on alternating Thursdays during school term time to try something new and connect with other kids and parents …

The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati wildcard challenge

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It's the last challenge on the Great Summer Read challenge list but we're seeing people choosing it as their first! And why not? It's the chance to set your own challenge!

It could be something you've always meant to do but never quite had the courage, like writing a fan letter to your favourite author. Or something where you’d welcome a little extra incentive - like maybe winning a prize - to persevere, like reading a book in the language you studied in school.

If you haven't already got an ace up your sleeve to play, try one of these great suggestions from our librarians.

Be sure to tell us about your wildcard in the comments section below, whether it’s one of these or one of your own!
Share a favourite quote from the book you read.Take an insect/bird/animal guide with you on a wildlife hunt and see how many species you can find in your garden, neighbourhood, at the beach, etc.Judge that book by its cover! Choose a book without looking inside.Read a book about a …

The Great Summer Read is back!

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Want to heat up your reading this summer?

Sign up for The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati and dive into our fun reading challenges. And if that’s not enough of a win, we're giving away books, eReaders, tickets to Auckland's hottest shows and attractions, even designer eyewear!

Every challenge you complete gets you an automatic entry into our weekly prize draws. You check your challenges in on our website - it couldn’t be easier. You can do as few or as many challenges as you like. Completing five or more different challenges gets you into our bonus draw.

The more books you read, the more chances you have to win. But even if you only have time to read one book this summer, you could be a winner!

The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati runs for all of December and January.

You can register and report your challenges right up to 31 January. Over 2000 Aucklanders have taken part since the launch in 2015 and we've given away hundreds of prizes.

Visit aucklandlibrar…

Books and Beyond: Kirsten Warner

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Poet, writer and journalist, Kirsten Warner, talks with Karen about her debut novel The sound of breaking glass, a tour de force set in Auckland in the 1990s which invites us to contemplate how many ways of shattering or being shattered one person’s story can contain.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.



The sound of breaking glass has just made the Auckland Libraries Top 100 of 2018 in the New Voices category.

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.