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The Great Summer Read: Weekly prize draw

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Congratulations to all the winners from the final three weeks of The Great Summer Read! 
Week 7Everyone who completed a Great Summer Read challenge, and checked it in on the website between 12 January and 18 January was entered into the draw.  
The sponsored prizes went to:Jennifer from Waiuku 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).Eden-Alexi from Onehunga Library, winner of the New Zealand Maritime Museum family pass to sail on the Ted Ashby heritage scow.Allison from Whangaparaoa Library, winner of the family pass to visit MOTAT.Rolanda from Sir Edmund Hilary Papakura 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:Eila from Glenfield LibrarySabine from Devonport LibrarySusan from Sir Edmund Hilary Papakura LibraryRosalind from Orewa LibraryAtefeh f…

Keen reader siblings dazzle in The Great Summer Read

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Shout out to Joshlyn and Wisdom Iyekekpolo, sister and brother and voracious readers both, for completing a whopping 165 challenges between them for Auckland Libraries’ Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati which finished last week!

Over the two months of the programme, Joshlyn, who turns 13 in March, read 111 books as part of the 124 challenges she logged, winning a family pass for the New Zealand Maritime Museum’s Auckland Heritage Boat Sailing, while her 11-year-old brother Wisdom read 34 books while completing 41 challenges, winning a family pass to Auckland Zoo.

From a book-loving family, Joshlyn and Wisdom were already keen readers when they came to New Zealand from Nigeria a year and a half ago with their mother and father, a PhD student at the University of Auckland. “Everyone in the family reads, Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa,” Joshlyn told us. She and Wisdom were both reading by age three – books in English, the language of most books available in Nigeria, though the family spe…

The Great Summer Read: AGWN's wild card challenge

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Last month we shared our list of suggested wild card challenges. But if you are still stuck for ideas, why not use the Auckland Government Women's Network's (AGWN) challenge as your wild card?

'Read the story of an inspirational woman.'

AGWN supports women from all government agencies in the Auckland region to achieve their potential by connecting and sharing information and resources. Auckland Central City Library hosted an AGWN event during Wāhine Take Action, as part of last year’s celebrations for the 125th anniversary of Suffrage day.

In her 2019 New Year newsletter, chairperson of AGWN Joanne Hacking urged members to make the most of summer's slower pace by picking up a book to find inspiration for the year ahead and to join the Great Summer Read. You're a champion, Joanne!  

Here is what Joanne shared with her members:
Many of the most successful people in the world credit their success to readingTelling the stories of women can help shift the underrepresenta…

The Great Summer Read: Weekly prize draw

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Congratulations to the lucky winners of the latest The Great Summer Read prize draw!

Everyone who completed a Great Summer Read challenge, and checked it in on the website between 5 January and 11 January was entered into the draw.  
This week our sponsored prizes went to:Toni from Pt Chevalier 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).Tim from Onehunga Library, winner of the New Zealand Maritime Museum family pass to sail on the Ted Ashby heritage scow.Danny from Warkworth Library, winner of the family pass to visit MOTAT.Harrison from Avondale 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:Claire from Takapuna LibraryAveril from Takapuna LibraryBrenda from Pt Chevalier LibraryNatalie from New Lynn LibraryKaren from Epsom LibraryDonna from Pukekohe Lib…

The Great Summer Read: Weekly prize draw

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Congratulations to the lucky winners of the latest The Great Summer Read prize draws!

Everyone who completed a Great Summer Read challenge, and checked it in on the website between 22 December and 28 December was entered into the Week 4 prize draw.
Our sponsored prizes for Week 4 went to:Su from Glenfield 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).Caitlin from Botany Library, winner of the New Zealand Maritime Museum family pass to sail on the Ted Ashby heritage scow.Mirhan from Highland Park Library, winner of the family pass to visit MOTAT.Alison from Te Atatu Peninsula 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:Bianca from Avondale LibraryElvi from Central City LibraryCarol from Titirangi LibraryJannis from Albany Village LibraryLinda from Devonpo…

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 15 December and 21 December was entered into the draw.

This week our sponsored prizes went to:
Kim from Onehunga 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).Thurston from Northcote Library, winner of the New Zealand Maritime Museum family pass to sail on the Ted Ashby heritage scow.Harshitha from Botany Library, winner of the family pass to visit MOTAT.Vivianne from Panmure 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: Jocelyn from Blockhouse Bay LibraryRosemary from Manurewa LibrarySophie from Parnell LibraryJessica from Glenfield LibraryPamela from Waiheke LibraryRemember…

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…

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.

The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati wildcard challenge

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It's the last challenge on the 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 famous player of a sport you …

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 right here 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 auckl…

The book that had been on my 'To be read' list forever

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I couldn't help noticing how many people taking part in the Great Summer Read seem to get through their To Be Read lists at such a fast clip compared to me.

I'm talking about you, person whose book which had been on her list "forever" was The girl on the train, not even two years old! Why I've had Vanity Fair on my list for 15 years! And wasn't it nice to see that someone logged Vanity Fair for this challenge? I wonder how long their "forever" had been!

How long had my choice, The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett, an English author who celebrates his 150th this year, been on my TBR list? I'm not actually sure, but when I encountered it last year in the basement of the Central City Library, a quaint little volume marked on the inside back cover with a pre-smiley-face-era smiley face (no circle! a nose!) by an early, contented reader whom posterity can only know as "L", I didn't waste the opportunity.

Reader, I took it out. And t…

Reread a childhood favourite

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Of all the challenges, this is the one that most has me wondering what the top choice will end up being.

Roald Dahl is the most popular choice for now, with The Twits, The Witches, The BFG and Matilda, in that order.

(If the thought just occurred to you that Hey, I could watch The BFG for Challenge number 8, "Watch a movie based on a book", may I say that yes, you could, but it does have a bit of a wait list as all new releases do. But do you know of the two other Roald Dahl adaptations which are firmly up there among the movies no child -- and few adults -- should miss: the hilarious Matilda, directed by and starring Danny DeVito, and the whimsical stop-motion James and the Giant Peach, with the wonderful Pete Postlethwaite and, please quote me, "See Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley as Aunts Spiker and Sponge and die".)

Enid Blyton is in next place, a generation older but having such a long career and being so prolific that it hardly matters, and let's not f…

Reading out loud

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In the pre-broadcast entertainment era, reading out loud was an amusement as habitual as going for a coach ride - for the social strata who had leisure time and literacy skills of course. In even older times, pre-medieval, there are records of people commenting with surprise on seeing someone read silently, it was so unusual. Kafka used to read his stories aloud and laugh until the tears ran.

Try reading a short story to someone your own age, or older, including much older. A friend, your auntie, your cat (yes, someone gloriously reported having done this)!

Think ghost stories around the fire and try something chilling. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a time-honoured read-aloud, with its deceptively normal opening, gradual building of apprehension, culminating in a terrible reveal. Plus, plenty to talk about afterwards, as everyone wants to know what it means. Shirley Jackson claimed she herself didn't know.


Or get yourself a collection of the haunting horror stories of Daphne D…