Monday, 22 January 2007

Kia ora and here we are at the beginning of another year – may it hold many wonders for you! Needless to say, you'll find much that's wonderful at your local library.

Planning for February so far includes the launch of 'Blueskin Days', and the prize giving for the children's summer reading programme. You'll be advised of further great plans as they emerge.

'BLUESKIN DAYS' LAUNCH – March 4

This is a new history of the Blueskin Bay area, written by Ian Church, with Stuart and Jean Strachan. Many of you will have made contributions to the material. As well as the stories and memories of local people, the book draws on new archive material and previously published sources. It should be fascinating. Your chance to be among the first to own a copy comes on March 4, 2pm at the Waitati Hall. Eftpos facilities available. Here the book will be ceremonially presented to the world. Come and help celebrate the occasion, listen to speakers give you the background story, eat, drink and buy the book. If you can't be there, you need not miss out. You can buy a copy of the book for only $40.Order forms are available at the Blueskin Bay Library and Blueskin General Store.

Summer Reading Programme Prize-giving

We have not yet settled on a date, or the illustrious person who will present the prizes. But we do know that the children have been doing some serious reading over this un-summery summer and will be most deserving of their prizes. As soon as we know the date, we'll let you know.

Good books: Library staff recommendations

We've been doing some serious summer reading too. We recommend these:

Louise: 'Odysseus' Last Stand' by Dave Stamboulis. This is a detailed account of a seven-year cycling journey round the world.

Carolyn: 'Our Lady of the Forest' by David Guterson. A teen-aged runaway begins to have visions of the Virgin Mary. The Catholic Church representative is sceptical, and so are some locals. Others believe with the same intensity as the teenaged girl. Great characters. Great story. 'The Assassin of Gleam' by James Norcliffe. This is the first in a planned series for young adults. The city of Gleam is ruled by an evil tyrant and the people believe a maiden will save them. When a young girl is identified as the 'maiden' her life is in danger, and her brother becomes entangled in a 'brotherhood' of dark magic. Gripping. 'Curious Pursuits' by Margaret Atwood. This is a collection of her writings from the 1990's to the present day. Much is about books, reviews of books, the writing life, and I'm still reading it and can't put it down.

Helen: 'In a Strange Garden' by Lloyd Chapman. This is fascinating biography of Truby King. Beautifully written. 'The Fig Eater' by Jody Shields. 'The Wright 3' by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist. A mystery for children, this tells the story of a group of children who are trying to save a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from demolition. Caroline: 'Malcolm and Juliet' by Bernard Beckett. This is very funny. It is full of unexpected twists and has a strong New Zealand flavour.

GOODBYE CAROLINE

Our shelver, Caroline Young is leaving us! Her university life begins this year, and so she's moving on, but we hope she'll be back from time to time to help out. Caroline has given her time generously to many activities, such as running workshops, as well as taking on whatever library tasks we have thrown at her. If you go the City Library on Monday and Tuesday nights, you'll see her working there. She'll be greatly missed.

Bye from Louise, Carolyn, Helen, Mike and Caroline

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