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It’s school holidays – and we have lots of events!

These July school holidays we have plenty on offer around our libraries! For full details of what’s on, where and when, visit the Kids’ What’s On page.

Musical Madness! Get loud in the library during the July School Holidays
Have a go at making and playing your own instruments and creating musical magic. Learn about how music is made and how it has changed over time. Perfect for 6-12 year olds

Mrs Mo’s Monsters with Paul Beavis

Join author and illustrator Paul Beavis for these incredible library talks with interactive story reading and live drawing sessions. Watch out though – there could be monsters about… Perfect for 3-6yr olds.

Tales from the Ballet with the Royal New Zealand Ballet
Legendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer introduces Tales from the Ballet – six great stories that have inspired generations of dancers around the world. Suitable for primary school aged children, this is a chance to learn about ballet steps and positions, and to try them out, explore the art of mime and gesture, and hear some of the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, from an icon of New Zealand dance who has performed them all. These events are free and bookings are not required.

First Aid skills – have a go!
The St John in Schools programme aims to develop confident young New Zealanders who care for the health and well-being of their communities. St John Community Educator Suzi Bowen will be visiting the Wellington City Libraries over the July school holidays to provide a snapshot of the school programme to children visiting the library. Children will be able to learn about the roles of the emergency services, how to respond in an emergency and practice some first aid skills including bandaging and CPR. Find the St John stand in your local library.

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Funding Information Services become Generosity

Generosity

Founded 25 years ago, non profit Funding Information Service (FIS) holds the most extensive collection of funding data for individuals and community groups in New Zealand. In April 2015, Funding Information Service officially became Generosity New Zealand, in line with technological advances and contemporary needs. givME (formerly Fundview) for individual funding and givUS (formerly Breakout) for group funding are available from our Funding & Community databases page.

Another welcome change is that both databases are now available for use remotely as well as in our libraries: all you need is your library card.

So, whether you are looking for funding for your community group or a scholarship for your new professional development, make sure to check what is available through these comprehensive and powerful databases.

GiveMegivME is a valuable tool widely recommended by career advisors that offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals for those seeking to pursue:

  • Education, research and fellowships
  • Arts, cultural and sporting activities
  • Career change, professional or personal development
  • Start givME

GivUsgivUS offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. Find assistance for nearly everything, including:

  • Operational costs
  • Building redevelopment
  • Project based resources
  • Start givUS

Law for Lunch is back at Wellington City Libraries in August and September

Law for Lunch

Law for Lunch is back in August and September!

Come along to a series of free lunchtime talks by legal experts on popular topics throughout August and into September, in a joint initiative with Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.

The talks will be happening every Wednesday, from 12:30-1:30pm, at a number of our Libraries and Community Centers, from Wednesday 5 August to Wednesday 2 September (see below for a complete programme).

Come along to hear professional legal advice and tips on a range of legal issues — from your rights as a tenant, to how to protect yourself from online scams. Other topics include: the latest changes to New Zealand law on child abduction, ways to stop bullying at work and home, advice on how to deal with unsafe relationships, and much more.

We’ll be providing light refreshments — so come along to hear highly regarded speakers in their field and have a bite of lunch as well.

All welcome and no need to RSVP, but registering your interest in attending — either on Facebook or on our Library Event Calendar — would be very helpful to assist us organising refreshments.

All information is presented in a way that’s easy to understand — no matter what your level of knowledge on the topics.

Here’s a complete programme:

Wednesday, 5 August – Central Library
Online schemers, scams and shams – How to protect yourself
Presented by Neil Melhuish from Netsafe

Wednesday, 12 August – Central Library
The law behind child abduction – How the headlines happen
Presented by Jennifer Wademan from Simpson Grierson Law

Wednesday, 19 August – Central Library
Renting? It’s more than just a flat – Make sure your landlord respects your rights
Presented by Dr Sarah Bierre and MBIE

Wednesday, 26 August – Newtown Library
Unsafe relationships – Know the signs to look out for your friends and whanau.
Presented by Stephanie Edmonds, communications advisor for the ‘It’s Not OK‘ campaign, and Julia Whaipooti, Community Law

Wednesday, 2 September – Newlands Community Centre
When horseplay becomes forced play – Stop bullying happening at work
Presented by David Traylor and Kate Scarlet, Community Law

Need more information about this lunchtime talk series? You can email us or phone 499 4444.

Seasonal foods – New Cooking picks in July

This month’s selection of cookbooks feature seasonal foods with emphasis on local produce and growing your own food. Other books include ‘how to’ books like Dudefood, The First Foods Book and Cooking for Geeks.

Syndetics book coverDudeFood. Volume # 1 / [by Daniel Churchill].
“Are you a guy who has wanted to cook but doesn’t know where to start? The Dude Food book is here to educate, motivate and inspire men of all ages. With its colloquial dude language and easy to read recipes, dudes no longer have an excuse to avoid the kitchen bench. Dude Food incorporates the many scenarios guys find themselves in each day – what to have around the gym, how to impress a girl, what to feed your mates. This book will turn a standard TV dinner guy into an appealing kitchen master.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe First Foods Book : 130 yummy recipes from weaning to the big table.
“Covering every step of the weaning journey, from six months to a year, The First Foods Book includes more than 130 recipes – from single-veg purees to exciting combinations and full meals. Every one has been rigorously tested to ensure it meets with Ella’s Kitchen nutritional standards. There is also lots of practical advice to give every parent confidence at this key stage of their baby’s development…making weaning easy and stress-free – introducing solids becomes as much of an adventure for parents as it is for the little one whose taste exploration has only just begun.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCooking for Geeks : Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food / Jeff Potter.
“More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and piques your curiosity about food. Presents recipes ranging in difficulty with the science and technology-minded cook in mind, providing the science behind cooking, the physiology of taste, and the techniques of molecular gastronomy.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverKew on a Plate with Raymond Blanc : recipes, horticulture and heritage / text by Sheila Keating.
“The best dish on Raymond’s menu, according to Raymond, is the ‘one that’s in season’. In this unique collaboration, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Raymond Blanc OBE have come together to explore the provenance of our heritage fruit and vegetables and grow them once again in Kew’s historic gardens.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe One-Pot Gourmet Gardener : delicious container recipes to grow together and cook together / Cinead McTernan ; photography by Jason Ingram.
“How clever would it be to grow all the ingredients for an entire tasty dish in one garden pot? Well now you can, with The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener , which takes 25 contemporary and classic recipes and shows how to grow their ingredients in one chic container. Grow each recipe in one pot and serve them in another! The container recipes are arranged by eating event from picnics to snacks to main courses and puddings, with drinks and dressings to accompany.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrom Earth to Plate : cooking with root vegetables / Denise McGuigan.
From Earth to Plate guides you through the simple process of utilising fresh, amazing and exotic natural produce whether from your own garden, the local supermarket or fresh produce markets into some of the most amazing, wholesome, pleasurable and definitely scrumptious healthy dishes. You’ll relish the fabulous illustrations throughout featuring the wide array of how the humble vegetable can and will incorporate (or become the main fare) with some of the most enjoyable meals you’ll ever have the pleasure savouring. So whether you’re an experienced or a novice cook looking for a simple salad or side dish, a vibrant main course, or creamy mashed potatoes, you are certain to find it in this essential cookbook.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaggie Beer’s Winter Harvest : recipes / Maggie Beer ; with photography by Mark Chew.
Maggie’s Winter Harvest brings together all of Maggie Beer’s signature recipes from her winter chapter of Maggie’s Harvest, including detailed descriptions of seasonal ingredients and inspiring accounts of memorable meals with family and friends….This book from one of Australia’s best-loved cooks is essential for anyone with an appreciation of the pleasures of sourcing, cooking and sharing seasonal food.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSummer Berries & Autumn Fruits : 120 sensational sweet & savoury recipes / Annie Rigg ; photography by Tara Fisher.
“In this inspiring collection of seasonal recipes, Annie Rigg offers 120 original, exciting and tempting ways to enjoy the orchard’s bounty.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNut Butters : 30 nut butter recipes and creative ways to use them / Mary Loudermilk.
“Sure, they’re great on toast, but there’s no limit to what nut butters can do! Not only will this book give you the basics for several easy-to-make varieties, but it also introduces fresh and unusual flavor combinations–like chocolate bourbon hazelnut, bacon pistachio, and spicy macadamia. Each butter comes with delicious recipes, from chicken and shrimp to cookies, pancakes, and truffles. Nut Butters will spark your imagination and inspire you to create your own variations!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Table in the Orchard : my delicious life / Michelle Crawford.
“I dreamed of a rambling old farmhouse where I could grow my own food, learn how to bake cakes and make jam. I wanted to wear gumboots. Every day.” Organizing cocktail parties at the Sydney Opera House sounds perfectly glamorous, and for a while it was for Michelle Crawford. But once she became a mother, the yearning to find her own little slice of heaven in the country could no longer be ignored….A Table in the Orchard is breathtaking proof of how seductive a taste of slow living in one of the most beautiful valleys in Tasmania might be. Like Michelle, you might be tempted to make your own crumpets or run away to the Apple Isle.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGet the Glow : 100 delicious and easy recipes that will nourish you from the inside out / Madeleine Shaw.
“In GET THE GLOW nutritional health coach to the stars Madeleine Shaw shows you that eating well can easily become a way of life, resulting in the hottest, healthiest and happiest you… Madeleine’s philosophy is simple: ditch the junk and eat foods that heal your gut so you can shine from head to toe and really get the glow.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat Local for Less : the ultimate guide to opting out of our broken industrial food system / Julie Castillo.
“Featuring down-to-earth advice on finding, buying, growing, and preparing great food from local sources, this important resource shows readers how to bring what’s on their plates in line with what’s in their hearts. For anyone concerned about animal welfare, economic fair play, family cohesion, community wellbeing, or the impact of human activity on the environment, the book is a compendium of practical know-how, showcasing another whole food system that has been quietly producing delicious foods in ways that don’t wreck any ecosystems but actually improve some of them.” (Syndetics summary)

New Music for July – Recent Picks CDs

New music from June….

Cover imageThe race for space.
“Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months’ extensive touring & festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting are pleased to confirm the release of their eagerly anticipated second album, The Race For Space. Recorded at The Pool Studios and Abbey Road in London and, once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record will tell the story of the American & Soviet space race from 1957 1972 via the duo’s eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history. The Race For Space follows Inform Educate Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album which reached #21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for ‘Best Independent Album’ at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian’s Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music’s Top 10 albums of 2013…” (Adapted from product description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageTo pimp a butterfly.
“Following the success of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in 2012, the rapper Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) is about carrying the weight of that clarity: What happens when you speak out, spiritually and politically, and people actually start to listen? And what of the world you left behind?…” (Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Coevr imageCarrie & Lowell.
“Carrie & Lowell is an album named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather and a return to Stevens’ folk roots. Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageWilder mind.
“Wilder Mind is the third studio album from Mumford & Sons and is the successor to the 2012 album Babel, which earned the band a BRIT Award in the ‘Best British Group’ category (their 2nd BRIT) and Grammy award for best ‘Best Album’. Babel was the fastest selling album in both the UK and US in its first week of release in 2012 and saw the band headline Glastonbury festival. Wilder Mind is released through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records. Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demo’d at Aaron Dresner’s (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote Studios in London, where they recorded Sigh No More, for further writing and demo sessions. The album’s early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band’s approach not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too. There is a minimalist yet panoramic feel to the new album, the band describe it as “a development, not a departure.”…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageMulti-love.
“On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together. Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights. “It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” he says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageHow big, how blue, how beautiful.
“The result is How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, a collection of songs, written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, the third album by Florence + the Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better. Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums, Florence tells us, and he s done Björk s Homogenic, which is a huge record for me. And I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds. And, you know, he s good with big sounds. And I like big sounds. And he s good with trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record, she adds of a group of musicians who were arranged by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp. And with Markus, Florence continues, clarifying, I wanted to make something that was big but that had a gentleness to it. That had a warmth, that was rooted. I think that s why we went back more to the live instruments. Something that was band-led almost…” (Adapted from Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Gamesfest – It’s just become even better!

Every Wednesday it’s Gamefest at the Central Library. From 5.30pm, on the ground floor, we provide a generous selection of board games that anyone can use.

If you have been coming along, you will be pleased to learn that we’ve just purchased a LOT more games for you to play with. Here are our new additions, all so brand new they’re still sealed!

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We already offer chess, Scrabble, Settlers, and many other favourites. With these winter nights, what could be more fun that some friendly competitive rivalry with your friends? All welcome!

 

Starting Soon – Ni Hao Chinese Stories & Rhymes

StoriesandRhymes Launch Poster MEDIUMNi Hao Children’s Community Stories & Rhymes provides a time for parents and children to play and learn Mandarin as a Second/Foreign Language together through stories, fun rhymes and action songs. It’s also a great opportunity to hear and use Mandarin in a welcoming and social environment.

Starting from Thursday 9 July 2015, these free sessions are held weekly at the Wellington Central Library children’s area (near the big window by the waterfall), Thursdays, 10 to 10:30am. 

Stories & Rhymes! sessions are led by teachers from the Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust, and designed for Mandarin for Speakers of Other Languages (MSOL) families who are wanting to learn the language as a second/foreign language.  Fluent Mandarin speakers would also enjoy these sessions! These Stories & Rhymes! sessions are a great introduction to the Mandarin language and a very small taster of our fun class programmes.

Parents and children are most welcome to hang around and mingle in the library’s children’s area after the session has finished.

See you at Stories & Rhymes!

(bookings not required)

Wellington Regional Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition

On Thursday 2 July after many weeks and months of practicing, Wellington Secondary Schools will have their opportunity on stage to be selected to represent the region at the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition to be held at the Pettigrew Arena in Hawke’s Bay next July.

The regional event is being held at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua and Te Reo Irirangi Māori o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika are broadcasting the entire competition. Click here and scroll down to the Upoko o te Ika link to listen to the competition on line.

Kapa Haka
Unidentified Maori women in traditional kapa haka performance dress, including puipui and poi, location unknown. Whites Aviation Ltd :Photographs. Ref: WA-25309-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22633364

Our Māori Resource pages have some great resources if you are interested in waiata Māori and I have also included some titles on waiata and other Kapa Haka related topics.

Click here for a digital copy of Sir George Gray’s Waiata Māori collection Ko Nga Waiata Maori he mea kohikohi mai, i tera kaumatua i tera kuia, no ona haerenga, e mahi ki nga pito katoa a Aotea-roa. Because of the rarity of the Wellington City Libraries’ original copy, a digitisation process has allowed us to present the book in an electronic format. Note that the spelling and grammar used by the publisher has been retained in this online version. Some of the spellings used were written phonetically or are based on incorrect interpretations of a spoken word.

Click here to search our Waiata Database which is an index of waiata from sources held by Wellington City Libraries, including Sir Apirana Ngata’s Ngāa Mōteatea. This database is a work in progress, and in time we will also include the library’s collection of CD or DVD recordings of waiata.

Syndetics book coverNgā mōteatea : he maramara rere nō ngā waka maha / he mea kohikohi nā Sir Apirana Ngata = The songs : scattered pieces from many canoe areas / collected by Sir Apirana Ngata.

Syndetics book coverKia Rōnaki = The Māori performing arts / edited by Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta, Tania Ka’ai & John Moorfield.
In the last thirty years there has been an explosion of interest in the Maori performing arts but until now there has been no general book written in English or Maori about the Maori performing arts by Maori authors and exponents of the various genres. This new work, brings together the expertise of a range of performance artists and academics, consolidating their knowledge into a comprehensive single volume that will be of relevance to all those interested in the Maori performing arts.

Syndetics book coverNgā tatangi a te whare karioi = That special place where uniquely Māori sounds are created / Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, Tauranga Moana, Mātaatua.
“Nga Tatangi a Te Whare Karioi captures the diverse realities of iwi represented by kapa haka groups performing at Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2009. Festival chairman Selwyn Parata describes the book featuring selected groups and their performance compositions – as a ‘must-have’ for aspiring composers and those dedicated to te reo Maori and the Maori performing arts. This is a limited edition publication.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWaiata : Maori songs in history : an anthology / introduced and translated by Margaret Orbell. “In this new anthology Orbell places waiata of the nineteenth century in their social and political setting, conveying the poet’s responses to their people’s trauma.” (abridged back cover)

Syndetics book coverThe Maori action song : waiata a ringa, waiata kori, no whea tenei ahua hou? / Jennifer Shennan. “This book is a discussion of Maori action songs, the dance form which, from modest beginnings in the early decades of the twentieth century, has developed into what is effectively the national dance of New Zealand. Through many hundreds of compositions, the action song has become an important medium of communication for many Maori people. A number of the earliest action songs are remembered and performed as classics up to 60 years later. They include simple love ditties and notably the songs of proud farewell and the joyous sad welcomes to soldiers returning from both World Wars. Recent developments have taken the action song away from the simplicity of its earliest form with borrowed European melodies, to more sophisticated compositions including dramatic effects with interpolated haka rhythms. New gestures are devised to express a widening range of themes and ideas, and these are worked into the style which has become conventionalised. It is this process-the instinctive moulding of innovated movement into the aesthetically acceptable dance style-which makes absorbing study.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNgoingoi Pēwhairangi : an extraordinary life / Tania Ka’ai.
“This is a significant biography. Ngoingoi Pewhairangi was a loved and respected Maori leader who was born on the cusp of te ao kohatu (the old Maori world) and the beginning of some significant changes in contemporary Maori society, and who utilised knowledge from both worlds throughout her entire life. From Te Whanau-a-Ruataupare hapu at Tokomaru Bay, Ngoi dedicated her adult life to supporting these people and influencing their lives to ensure a better future for Maori society. She was passionate about people and the advancement of Maori society and demonstrated this through her involvement in a variety of initiatives from Maori education, Maori language, Maori performing and traditional arts, Maori politics and within her own whanau. Accompanied by a CD of music composed by Ngoingoi, this book is a celebration of Ngoi’s life through the testimonies of many people who knew her using their own words. The bilingual text allows people to come to know what a truly remarkable mother she was to so many people in Aotearoa/New Zealand.” (Syndetics summary)

Yoga, walking, body image and a balanced life – July Health Picks

Could this month’s multiple titles on eating disorders, addictions and depression be an indicator of our modern struggles as human being? Can mediation, yoga and walking be part of a holistic, gentle and sustainable solution? Delve into our new health collection and find out what you think.

Syndetics book coverModern yoga
“Modern Yoga is a complete program of personal transformation. The book shows a path through the traditions of yoga, meditation, personal development and physical yoga practice. It is the work of one of Australia’s leading yogis, Duncan Peak, founder of Power Living Yoga Australia.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe depths : the evolutionary origins of the depression epidemic
“Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight? In this humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire.  The Depths offers a bold new account of why depression endures–and makes a strong case for de-stigmatizing this increasingly common condition, offering hope in the form of his own and other patients’ recovery, and points the way towards new paths for treatment.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIf you work it, it works! : the science behind 12 step recovery
“Since the publication of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, the Twelve Steps have been central to staying sober for millions of people around the world. Countless recovery and treatment organizations have adopted the Steps as their program for abstaining from addictive behaviors. But recently a growing chorus of critics has questioned the science behind this model. In this book, Nowinski calls upon the latest research, as well as his own seminal Project MATCH study, to show why systematically working a Twelve Step program yields predictable and successful outcomes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe time in between : a memoir of hunger and hope
“When Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life. She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn’t know why, she wrote: ‘I want to be thin.’Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia nervosa, was hospitalised, and finally swung the other way towards bulimia nervosa. She left school, rejoined school; went in and out of therapy; ebbed in and out of life. From the bleak reality of a body breaking down to the electric mental highs of starvation, hers has been a life held in thrall by food. Told with remarkable insight, dark humour and acute intelligence, The Time in Between is a profound, important window into the workings of an unquiet mind.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBody of truth : how science, history, and culture drive our obsession with weight and what we can do about it
“Over the last 25 years, our longing for thinness has morphed into a relentless cultural obsession with weight and body image. Even the most confident people have to find a way through a daily gauntlet of voices and images talking, admonishing, warning us about what size we should be, how much we should weigh, what we should eat and what we shouldn’t. Obsessing about weight has become a ritual and a refrain, punctuating our every relationship, including the ones with ourselves. Harriet Brown has explored the conundrums of weight and body image for more than a decade, as a science journalist, as a woman who has struggled with weight, as a mother, wife, and professor. In this book, she describes how biology, psychology, metabolism, media, and culture come together to shape our ongoing obsession with our bodies, and what we can learn from them to help us shift the way we think.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFat planet : the obesity trap and how we can escape it
“Our planet is in the grip of an obesity pandemic. More than a billion people worldwide are overweight and over 600 million are obese. We live in an obesogenic environment in which it is much easier to get fat than to stay fit. How has this come to be? Who is to blame? What can we do? In Fat Planet , Dr David Lewis and Dr Margaret Leitch examine the social and psychological causes of the obesity pandemic in order to answer these questions. They use ground-breaking research to highlight the behaviour of corporations that relentlessly promote foods high in sugar, fat and salt, and show that these ‘junk’ foods have shockingly similar neurological effects to hard drugs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Blue Zones solution : eating and living like the world’s healthiest people
“Dan Buettner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones, lays out a proven plan to maximize your health based on the practices of the world’s healthiest people. For the first time, Buettner reveals how to transform your health using smart eating and lifestyle habits gleaned from new research on the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities he’s identified as “Blue Zones”—those places with the world’s longest-lived, and thus healthiest, people. Filled with moving personal stories, delicious recipes, checklists, and useful tips that will transform any home into a miniature blue zone, The Blue Zones Solution is the ultimate blueprint for a healthy, happy life.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverDoctors dissected
“This is a ‘story’ book about medicine, body, mind, doctors and caprices of human nature written by an experienced doctor (Martin Scurr), who has seen every untidy vagary of disease, and a psychotherapist (Jane Haynes), who has listened to personal narratives that rival the visceral emotions of King Lear. Doctors – who at their most profound are mercurial messengers between life and death, and who at a more comedic level must suffer our jiggling body parts – are also vulnerable men and women struggling to make sense of their existence. They are the only people other than our lovers to whom as adults we grant voluntary access to our naked bodies. The degree of such intimacy is emphasised by the concern of all medical ethics which promises that we will not be taken advantage of should we fall ill and become infantilised.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverWalking the weight off for dummies
“Walking is the number one form of exercise in America, and studies show that it is highly effective in achieving multiple health goals from losing weight and decreasing body fat to improving overall health and mental well being. Best of all, walking is very inexpensive and can be done anywhere. With this complete and easy-to-use guide, you′ll find that creating and sticking to a walking program to lose weight and feel great has never been easier. If you′ve always wanted to incorporate walking into your routine to boost your health and effectively lose weight, Walking the Weight Off For Dummies will show you how.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIs Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything? : how the famous sell us elixirs of health, beauty & happiness
“An exploration of the effect our celebrity-dominated culture has on our ideas of living the good life Our perceptions of beauty, health, success, and happiness are framed by a popular culture that is increasingly disconnected from reality. Research tells us that our health decisions and goals are influenced by both celebrity culture and celebrity endorsements, that our children’s ambitions are now overwhelmingly governed by the fantasy of fame, and that our ideals of beauty and success are mediated through a celebrity-dominated worldview. Health law and policy researcher Timothy.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe good story : exchanges on truth, fiction and psychotherapy
“A fascinating dialogue on the human inclination to make up stories between a Nobel Prize-winning writer and a psychotherapist. Arabella Kurtz and J. M. Coetzee consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a concern with stories. Working alone, the writer is in sole charge of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in telling the story of their life. The authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group: the school classroom, the gang, the settler nation where the brutal deeds of the ancestors have to be accommodated into a national story. Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and on psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein, they offer illuminating insights into the stories we tell of our lives.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMadness in civilization : a cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the madhouse to modern medicine
“Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane. From the Bible to Sigmund Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humors to modern pharmacology, the book explores the manifestations and meanings of madness, its challenges and consequences, and our varied responses to it. Written by one of the world’s preeminent historians of psychiatry, Madness in Civilization is a panoramic history of the human encounter with unreason.” (Syndetics)

Zine Making Workshops for the Winter Zinefest

Zine Workshop sliderFor budding zinesters, we are very excited to announce a collaborative project to coincide with the Winter Zine Market that will be held on Saturday 18 July at the Thistle Hall (top of Cuba street)

Wellington City Libraries and well known local artist Kerry Ann Lee will be running a series of two Zine-Making workshops on Friday 17 July:
The afternoon session will take place at the Central Library (ground floor YA area) from 2.30-5pm, followed by an evening session at the Thistle Hall from 6.30-9pm.

Come and get inspiration from visual artist and zinemaker Kerry Ann Lee (who recently ran workshops at Te Papa  and Pataka Art + Museum), to create your own zine (check out our Zine blog here) from the myriad resources available at the library.

At the end of the first session, grab a bite in Cuba street and get some further inspiration from the city around you, as you make your way to the evening session at the Thistle Hall.

If you can’t join us for the afternoon session no problem, just turn up at the Thistle Hall for the 6.30pm start.

This is a FREE event. Although there is no need to book, it would be useful to tell us if you are intending to come on our Facebook Zine Workshops event page.

Library material and stationary will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your favourite supplies of pens, scissors & glue sticks!

Make this mid-July weekend a truly creative experience! Suitable for teens & adults.


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