Saturday, 21 July 2007

Blueskin Bay Library column

It's that time when, just when you think Winter will last forever,
there they are again, more signs of Spring! Are you ready yet to
venture out of doors? If you are, come down to the library where
there is always a lot going on. Some examples are: a workshop in
making Christmas angels, the Writers in Winter series, computer
classes, the library goes again to Warrington, displays from our
artist of the month, and more.

Making Christmas Angels with Vicky Patten-Burrow

One of our well known local artists, Vicky has generously offered to
take a tutorial/workshop helping you to make your own beaded angel.
We have some of these angels on display in the library, if you're
looking for inspiration. The library is collecting names of
interested people, and noting the night each person would prefer the
class to be. Registration is essential, and there will be just a
small charge to cover the cost of materials. Everyone is welcome, so
make sure your name is down.

Library at Warrington

We are enjoying the response we are getting from Warrington people
when we put the library on to wheels. In August, expect to see us
near you at Warrington school on the 1st, 15th and 29th. We are there
primarily for the school from 2pm till 3pm, although other library
members are also welcome at that time, and we stay there till 3.30 for
anyone else who needs to return or borrow books, CD's, DVD's, or to
register as a new library member. Warrington people, be sure you try
us out.

Children's Book Club

The thriving Warrington Children's Book Club will meet at the school
at 3pm on the 21st August. Everyone is welcome to come and tell us
about the books you've been reading, hear about the books everyone
else has loved lately, and enjoy the activities that Helen arranges.
It's fun. Come and join us.

Writers in Winter Programme

There is a great programme planned for the whole library network, but
two in particular might be of interest to Blueskin Bay people:

Acclaimed crime fiction writer, Vanda Symon, will be visiting us at
Blueskin Bay library at 7pm on Thursday, August 23. If you haven't
read 'Overkill' yet, we thoroughly recommend it. Come and hear Vanda;
she is a warm, lively, entertaining speaker.

The poetry night at 7pm, Tuesday 28 August has a local touch. One of
the poets included in 'Upfront – 10 Poets Celebrate Janet Frame's
Birthday', will be Carolyn McCurdie from Blueskin Bay library.
Everyone is welcome to the 4th floor of the City Library. And it's

What's Inside your Computer?

Please see last month's Blueskin News for full details of the course
content. Tentatively we are planning this for the first week in
September as an evening session starting with soup and bread from 6.00
with the session (including question and answer segment to 9.30pm.
Please phone the Library on 482 2444 if you are interested in
attending. Places will be limited to 12 so be in early to ensure that
you have a place. The Library cannot offer this programme without firm
expressions of interest. There is no charge but a gold coin donation
per family will be appreciated.

Heinke Traditional story telling

Friday at 4pm. 3, 17 and 21 August at the library. This is always
popular with children from the youngest to the not-so-young. You too
will love it.

Artists of the Month

Double the riches – this month we have two artists exhibiting some of
their work in the library! On the wall behind the desk, we have
cards, pockets and patches by the incomparable Liz Abbott. And
beneath these, beautiful and delicate, are beaded Christmas angels by
Vicky Patten-Burrow. We have so many talented and generous people in
our community. Come and see their work.

The Staff Bookshelf

Carolyn recommends:
• 'The Mariner's Star' by Candida Clark. This is the powerful, poetic
tale of a woman's recovery from the loss of her man at sea.
• 'Minimum of Two' by Tim Winton. Short stories set in the author's
home of Western Australia. Beautiful, compassionate.
• 'The Machine Gunners' by Robert Westall. This story for young
adults is excitement and humour on every page. In England at war, the
young characters find a machine gun and plan to use it against the
enemy. Boys (and others) would love this.

Staff News

Welcome back, Kate! Kate returns this month from maternity leave. We
have missed her. Come in and say hello, and get the latest news about

by Loise Booth

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