Uike Katoanga’i ‘O e Lea - Faka-Tonga: Tongan Language Week

Si’oto ‘Ofa! Mālō e lelei! Auckland Libraries are celebrating Uike Katoanga’i ‘O e Lea – Faka-Tonga: Tongan Language Week from 2 September – 8 September 2018.

Koe Ta’u ‘o e Fakakoloa ‘a Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e ‘Ofa Fonua
This year Tongan Language Week will be based on the theme of enriching Aotearoa New Zealand with our Tongan cultural values.

This week will be an amazing opportunity for Tongans of all ages living across New Zealand to celebrate, embrace and share the beauty and uniqueness of their Tongan culture, history, customs, values and language with the rest of New Zealand.

Auckland is home to thousands of Tongans and Auckland Libraries are excited to work together with our Tongan communities to celebrate and promote the beautiful culture of the friendly islands of Tonga.

Malo ‘Aupito!
Discover and celebrate Tongan culture, music, dance and crafts with Auckland Libraries events.
Head down to Ōtāhuhu Library on Wednesday 5 September from 4pm to celebrate with the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu commu…

Auckland Libraries and Spark Foundation get families connected

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

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

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!

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

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 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:

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 the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud 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 Basem…

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 StoriesA Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The Shining by Stephen King. Breakfast at Tiffany's: a …

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…

Books and Beyond: Top reads

It’s all about reading recommendations this week on Books and Beyond.

Librarians Karen and Louisa highlight the top 10 most requested books at Auckland Libraries at the moment, the most popular choices Aucklanders made when asked what book they’d take to a desert island, two very different online book lists, and what they are currently reading.

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

Karen is reading and recommends:
The Graham Kerr cookbook: The Galloping Gourmet by Graham KerrThe cost of living by Deborah LevyModern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Louisa is reading and recommends:
Don Quixote by Miguel de CervantesCall me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet OloomiMy grandfather would have shot me: a black woman discovers her family's Nazi past by Jennifer TeegeMy Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt Top 10 most requested books at Auckland Libraries right now are:
Still me by Jojo Moyes12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos by J…

Books and Beyond: Lonely Planet

This week librarian Louisa chats with Peter Dragicevich, author of dozens of Lonely Planet travel guides, including guides for London, Venice and the Veneto region, Montenegro, Croatia and New Zealand.

Listen to the show on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud and hear Peter share a few of his best travel stories and tips on travel writing. We think Peter has the dream job!

Books mentioned during the show:
If you search for Peter Dragicevich in the Auckland Libraries catalogue you’ll discover the fifty Lonely Planet travel guidebooks and eBooks he has authored or co-authored. 
You will also find some of Peter’s travel guides in our Lonely Planet Travel Club eBook list on OverDrive. All of these titles are guaranteed to be available until May 2019 for all your travelling needs.  
If you're planning a trip these are ideal to borrow and download onto your device to go with you on your travels.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest auth…

Books and Beyond: Nonsense literature

This week our librarians Karen and Louisa celebrate nonsense literature, a delightful genre and not just for children. If it sometimes flies below the radar, its gems have a special ability to stick in our memories.

Listen to this episode of Books and Beyond on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Books and authors mentioned during the show:
Jenny Uglow's biography of Edward Lear,Mr Lear: a life of art and nonsenseEdward Lear, The complete nonsense of Edward Lear, with a reading of verses from "The jumblies"John Lennon, In his own write, and, A Spaniard in the worksOgden Nash, Selected poetry of Ogden Nash, with a reading of "The turtle"Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan and Peake's progress: selected writings and drawings of Mervyn Peake edited by Maeve Gilmore, with a reading of "The trouble with geraniums"Margaret Mahy, Non-stop nonsenseGeoffrey Grigson, Unrespectable verse, with a reading of "Ballad Tragique a Double Refrain" by Max Beerbohm. Au…

OverDrive checkouts reach 5 million!

Checkouts from Auckland Libraries main digital reading platform, OverDrive, reached five million this month, making us some of the biggest digital library borrowers in the world!

The lucky five millionth checkout was Spain and Portugal's best trips by Lonely Planet.

Our library system is one of the fastest growing in the world since launching in late 2007. Auckland Libraries have made especially great strides with our digital collection and have set records within the last two years.

In 2016, we were one of 17 libraries worldwide and the only library system in the Southern Hemisphere that circulated one million digital books for the first time. We built on this success in 2017 with 30% circulation growth, remaining the only library system in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve one million checkouts annually.

We are on pace to set another record in 2018, and have already contributed greatly to the one billion checkouts achieved across the OverDrive network earlier this year!


Books and Beyond: Flash Fiction

Books and Beyond is Auckland Libraries’ new radio show! Every Sunday at 9.35pm on Planet FM104.6, we explore the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central Library basement and… beyond.

And every Monday we’ll follow up with a recap of the featured titles here on the blog. You can also listen to us on demand via the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

This week’s show featured Leanne Radojkovich, author of the short-story collection First Fox (The Emma Press, 2017) and newly-named winner of the 2018 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition. Leanne writes both short stories and short short stories, or flash fiction, an exciting form of highly compressed narratives which is being celebrated around New Zealand this Friday 22 June for National Flash Fiction Day.

Listen to this Books and Beyond episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Books and authors mentioned:Short story authors Aimee Bender, Kelly Link and Camilla GrudovaFlash fiction writer Frankie McMillan’s …

Books and Beyond: Esther Paddon

Octogenarian, traveller, adventurer and author of Exciting Eighties: a time of high expectations, Esther Paddon chats with librarian Louisa about her tales of adventure and what led her into writing.

Listen to this episode on Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Auckland Libraries' new 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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.