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New DVDs in October

Some movies showcased in this year’s international film festival have already arrived at the library. They are A Most Violent Year, Inherent Vice and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. From last year’s festival, two fantastic documentaries (Dior and I, The Salt of the Earth) and the acclaimed Russian film Leviathan are also available now. Finally, check out the new series of popular TV programmes such as Orphan Black and The Walking Dead.

cover imageMad Max. Fury road / Village Roadshow Pictures presents in association with Warner Bros. Pictures ; a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production ; a George Miller film.
“A return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, he believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord with his gangs pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageOrphan black. Series three / created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.
“Two-time Critics Choice Award-winner Tatiana Maslany returns in the pulse-racing third season of Orphan Black. After the shocking discovery of Project Castor, Sarah and her sister clones are left to battle the top-secret military project producing these lethal male clones. At the same time, Sarah tries to track down her missing twin Helena and an ailing Cosima searches for the key to the synthetic sequences that may keep them all alive. But how far are they willing to go to protect each other and their families, and who can they really trust? Orphan Black is back with more adrenaline-charged action, intrigue and suspense than ever before!” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageDior and I / a film by Frédéric Tcheng.
“A thrilling behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’s highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as Christian Dior’s new Artistic Director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage is nothing short of magical.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe walking dead. The complete fifth season / AMC presents ; [developed by Frank Darabont].
“Season 5 of The Walking Dead picks up shortly after Season 4 left off, and we follow the people of Terminus as they attempt to find a cure in Washington, D.C. As they begin to lose comrades, the fate of the group becomes unclear. Even more so when they gain new locales and, with them, new conflicts.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageLeviathan / a film by Andrey Zvyagintsev.
“Kolya lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son Roma. The town’s corrupt mayor is determined to take away his business, his house, and his land.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imagePitch perfect. 2 / Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Entertainment present ; a Gold Circle Entertainment/Brownstone production.
“The Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world. It’s been three years since the Bellas brought their signature vocals, style and attitude to become the first all-female group to win a national title. But when they get banned after a scandal that threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that this time they’ve lost their harmony for good. The Bellas must fight for their right to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageTestament of youth.
“1914. Vera – youthful, free-minded and irrepressible, is determined to sit exams for Oxford, against her conservative parents’ wishes. She is encouraged and inspired by her brother and friends, particularly the brilliant Roland Leighton. Her hopes for Oxford with Roland turn to dust as war is declared and all the young men enlist. Vera gives up her dreams of writing to become a nurse, and as those closest to her perish on the frontlines, she experiences the futility of war… a powerful story of love, war, loss and remembrance.” (Container)

cover imageGeorge Gently. Series 7 / created for television by Peter Flannery.
“Inspector George Gently in these feature-length mysteries set in the North East of England during the social upheaval of the 1960s. These episodes follow Gently and his partner as they solve four grisly murders.” (Syndetics summary)

film21159A most violent year.
“The tale of an immigrant and his family trying to live the American Dream and expand their business amidst rampant violence, urban decay, and corrupt city officials during one of the most dangerous years in the city’s history.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe salt of the earth : a journey with Sebastião Salgado / a film by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
“For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageBetter call Saul. Season one
“From the creators of Breaking Bad comes the critically acclaimed prequel to one of TV’s most successful shows, a dramedy of cinematic quality full of complex, witty dark humor. Set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer, he is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and more immediately hustling to make ends meet.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageA girl walks home alone at night / a film by Ana Lily Amirpour.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, a stunningly crafted black-and-white world riddled with random events and flawed people that takes its visual cues from Sin City (2005) and the early films of Jim Jarmusch. Sheila Vand stars as The Girl, a sassy loner who roams the streets on a skateboard she stole from a kid. The unsuspecting object of her affections is Arash, a handsome James Dean-type who is dealing with his own family issues. In the off-kilter world they inhabit, a touching and unconventional relationship develops.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageAvengers. Age of Ultron / Marvel Studios presents a Joss Whedon film.
“When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth₂s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageThe falling / a film by Carol Morley.
“Lydia and Abbie are best friends experiencing a sexual awakening at an English girls’ school. Following a tragedy, a mysterious fainting epidemic threatens the stability of all involved.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageInherent vice / Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; IAC Films & Ghoulardi Film Company.
“Private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.” (Syndetics summary)

Reform and reflections – New Beliefs books

The month features several contrasting books on Islam, together with a thoughtful biography of Judas Iscariot, a discussion on karma, and metaphors for God.

Syndetics book coverIslam and Nazi Germany’s war, by David Motadel.
German troops on the ground in North Africa, the Balkans, and the Eastern front engaged with diverse Muslim populations. This is the first comprehensive account of Berlin’s attempts to build an alliance with the Islamic world. David Motadel explains how German officials tried to promote the Third Reich as a patron of Islam, and explores Germany’s policies and propaganda in the Muslim war zones. This details the profound impact of the Second World War on Muslims around the world. (drawn from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe dark night of the shed : men, the mid-life crisis, spirituality & sheds, by Nick Page.
Whether it’s splashing out on a sports car, having an affair, moving to the country, getting divorced, or joining a church, there is a time where a man looks up and asks whether this is really where he wants to be. Whatever choices he’s made, maybe that’s not enough any more. Nick Page has been there, and he decided to build a shed. Not to answer any big questions but to create space to think, properly think. “Join him on a journey of discovery, into what the midlife crisis really is, and whether there’s a better way to go at it than frittering away time and money trying to pretend you’re really younger than you are.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJudas : the troubling history of the renegade apostle, by Peter Stanford.
Beginning with the Biblical gospels, Peter explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to unravel how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal. But is this most vilified of Bible characters a traitor, a victim, or a scapegoat? Was his role essential in the divine drama of salvation? Whatever you decide, this is a balanced and compelling read about one of Christianity’s most troubled characters.

Syndetics book coverOne Islam, many Muslim worlds : spirituality, identity, and resistance across Islamic lands, by Raymond William Baker.
Islam has emerging as a strong transnational force. What implications does this have for the West? Baker argues that this renewed vigour does not stem from official religious institutions, nor violent, marginal groups. His analysis of the Islamic world leads him to look to centrists to bring new life to Islam, and build a cohesive Islamic identity that belongs in the modern world.

Syndetics book coverHeretic : why Islam needs a reformation now, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
The author argues that a religious Reformation within Islam is needed to end the terrorism, in-fighting, and mistreatment of women and minorities throughout the Muslim world. Are these extreme acts just that, or driven by thinking integral to Islam? The majority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are very peaceable but there is only one Islam. Ayaan Hirsi Ali proposes five key amendments to Islamic doctrine for all Muslims.

Syndetics book coverDisquiet time : rants and reflections on the Good Book by the skeptical, the faithful, and a few scoundrels, edited by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani.
“An engaging and hilarious collection that encourages readers to tackle those strange, awkward, worrying, yet endlessly compelling passages of the Bible. The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. … Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye? … written by and for Bible-loving Christians, agnostics, skeptics, none-of-the-aboves, and people who aren’t afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKarma : what it is, what it isn’t, why it matters, by Traleg Kyabgon.
“By now, we’ve all heard someone say, “It must have been his karma” or “She had bad karma.” But what is karma, really? Does karmic theory say that we are helpless victims of our past? Is all karma bad, or can there be good karma too? Is reincarnation the same as the Buddhist theory of rebirth? Traleg Kyabgon answers these questions and more by elucidating the Buddha’s teachings on karma and rebirth. He distinguishes the Buddhist view of karma and rebirth from related notions of karma and reincarnation found in the Hindu tradition, explains why the notion of karma is indispensable to the theory and practice of Buddhism, and demonstrates how karmic theory provides a foundation for morality that doesn’t require belief in God.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFinding the forgotten God : credible faith for a secular age, by Ron Hay.
“A brilliant explanation of the Christian faith which deals in a fresh way with the questions people often ask. This work among other things provides in depth information regarding the recent advances made by science, advances that lead toward where the mystics have sat for thousands of years. It is in short, an original and valuable resource book and one that will stand the test of time.” (Syndetics summary) Winner of 2015 Mind Body Spirit Literary Award.

Syndetics book coverThe Vatican prophecies : investigating supernatural signs, apparitions, and miracles in the modern age, by John Thavis.
This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the Vatican investigates claims of miraculous events, balancing tensions between traditional beliefs and contemporary thought. Some prophecies or miracles lead to headlines that often test the Catholic Church’s concepts of faith and reason. Are these absurd or evidence of a private relationship with God? Within the Vatican there is a complex evaluation system to judge the authenticity of supernatural claims. Suitable for both Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Syndetics book coverWearing God : clothing, laughter, fire, and other overlooked ways of meeting God, by Lauren F. Winner.
Are your pictures of God as an old man? How is God described in the Scriptures? These questions led the author on a search through the images and metaphors used there. Yes, there are the familiar images: creator, judge, father, but also lesser-known pictures of clothing, laughter, or food. Reflecting on these can deepen our spiritual lives was each reveals God to be much closer and more personal than we previously imagine.

News Ad Lib Radio: What’s happening in the upcoming school holidays

“News Ad Lib”, hosted by our own library staff, airs monthly on Access Radio 783 AM. The most recent show played on Saturday 26th September, and is available for streaming below.

This month Ada tells us all about the upcoming events for the school holidays, such as our “Click, Make, Build and Create” activities happening all around our libraries. See our What’s On page for kids for more info.

What’s new in our Learning English collection?

Lots! From beginners to IELTS, there is something for everyone! This collection is available at Johnsonville, Karori, Central, Newtown, Kilbirnie and Miramar libraries. There is also a small trial collection available at Tawa.
Here are a few examples:

Syndetics book coverSing with me! : English grammar, conversation and song. Book 1 / Carmel Davies and Sharon Duff.
Sing with me is a collection of fifteen songs and accompanying exercises for students learning English and others who enjoy learning through music. The songs are a starting point for language practice. Each song is followed by five language exercises: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading and writing, and conversation. The songs also stand alone for class enjoyment and group cohesion. They convey important cultural knowledge and describe settling into a new environment, language development and daily activities. The lyrics are poetic with simple rhymes and a pinch of humour. They are accompanied by infectious rhythms. The book includes answers and a CD recording of each song.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkills for effective writing. 1, [Student's book].
“Students are better writers when they master discrete writing skills. Skills for Effective Writing teaches these skills, such as identifying topic sentences and recognizing irrelevant information, and offers extensive practice opportunities. When students master discrete skills, all of their writing improves. This allows teachers to focus their time and feedback on the content of student work.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAfrican adventure / Julia Allen and Margaret Iggulden.
“‘You must talk to this medicine woman for me.’ ‘But why me? Why don’t you use a Kenyan?’ asked Karen. ‘Because I want it to be a secret. And you don’t know anyone here.’ Karen Dunn is on her way to Africa to help a famous doctor. The doctor needs Karen’s help to find a cure for river blindness. However, Dr McCall starts to behave strangely. Does he want to help the African people? What’s really going on? Level 3 1,000 headwords Story word count: 5,725.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReading and vocabulary focus. 1 / Jo McEntire ; series consultant Lawrence J. Zwier.
“A comprehensive, three-part vocabulary development program builds student confidence as learners encounter new or unfamiliar words in academic texts: Academic Vocabulary sections develop the language that students will encounter in academic readings. Multiword Vocabulary sections identify words that are commonly grouped together and then prompt learners to work with them in different contexts for enhanced comprehension. Topic Vocabulary is presented as a reading preview strategy to enhance learner comprehension of the text.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBob Marley / Vicky Shipton.
“Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for motivating, contemporary graded material that will instantly appeal to students. Bob Marley was one of the world’s most influential reggae artists, famous for his ground-breaking music and strong Rastafarian beliefs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to IELTS. Student’s book : Band 5.5-7+ / Bruce Rogers, Nick Kenny.
The Complete Guide to IELTS deconstructs the IELTS test and works systematically through each paper, covering all task types, text types and skills. No stone is left unturned. The material can be used in class or by students working on the own.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCollins easy learning English conversation 2 : the easiest way to improve your spoken English / [written by Elizabeth Walter and Kate Woodford]
Collins Easy Learning English Conversation: Book 2 is a unique guide to communicating in English. Building on the phrases and vocabulary learnt in Book 1, it has been specially designed for intermediate-level learners who want to communicate successfully and with confidence in everyday situations, at work, or when traveling or studying.” (Syndetics summary)

Wellington Wellbeing Week: Learn at Wellington City Libraries

The first week of October is Wellington Wellbeing Week as well as being Mental Health Awareness Week. This week is a great time to focus on “the five ways to wellbeing” – connect, give, take notice, keep learning and be active. WCL’s focus this year is “keep learning”, so we have loads of great resources and demonstrations to help you learn something new.

Research shows a link between keeping learning and improved happiness and wellbeing. Keep learning, keep well!

Learn with Lynda.comlynda-logo-150

Wellington City Libraries encourages you to keep learning with Lynda.com tutorial library. Whether you want to rediscover an old interest such as photography, music or film production; or wanting to learn something new such as social media skills, web design or 3D animation, you will find the Lynda.com video tutorials fulfilling.

To find out more, don’t miss the Lynda.com Expo on 6-10 October at 12:30-1:30pm on Central Library’s ground floor.

We’d love to see you at the Expo. But if you can’t be there, you can find out more information about Lynda.com via mygateway, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

This Wellington Wellbeing event supports Mental Health Awareness Week.

Colouring in at Central Library

Have fun with colouring in and put your mind at ease at the Central Library. You can find colouring in papers and pencils on the ground floor and on the mezzanine landing between ground and first floor.

Learn with Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. There are 71 different languages to learn, plus a range of lessons for learning English for speakers of other languages. Whether you’re planning a holiday, learning a second language for fun or have just moved to New Zealand and want to learn English, Mango is an easy and effective way to learn a new language at your own pace.

Learn more about gardening with books and magazines

The library has many resources for you to explore your interest. Learning tips for gardening has never been so easy. You can read or download eMagazines for free such as New Zealand Gardener,  Kitchen Garden, Gardening Australia and Gardens Illustrated with Zinio or see what’s new in gardening books via the gardening recent picks.

Learn with Car Manuals

The library is your one stop shop for car and small engine information. Check out our great range of car and motorcycle repair manuals, have a look at what’s hot in the car magazines, or find out how to fix that small engine with our great online database!



About the author – Biography picks for September

If you enjoy an author’s work then it is natural to want to find out more about the author. Knowing their family background, their history, opinions and thoughts about their creation can greatly enhance the reading experience. A good writer is generally entertaining whatever the subject matter, and if that subject is themselves then the result is usually a jolly good read. This month we feature the life stories of five well-known writers, which we hope will bring you enlightenment and enjoyment.

Syndetics book coverGood Chinese wife : a love affair with China gone wrong / Susan Blumberg-Kason.
“When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with Chinese culture, started graduate school in Hong Kong, she quickly fell for Cai, the Chinese man of her dreams. As they exchanged vows, Susan thought she’d stumbled into an exotic fairy tale, until she realized Cai– and his culture– were not what she thought.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHave you been good? : a memoir / Vanessa Nicolson.
“A reflective, potent memoir by the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson – about difficult parents, damaging loves and a life lived at passionate extremes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWomen I’ve undressed / Orry-Kelly.
“Found in a pillowcase, the fabulous long-lost memoirs of a legendary Hollywood designer – and a genuine Australian original. Orry-Kelly created magic on screen, from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon to Some Like It Hot. He won three Oscars for costume design. He dressed all the biggest stars, from Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe. He was an Australian. Yet few know who Orry-Kelly really was – until now.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe last love song : a biography of Joan Didion / Tracy Daugherty.
“In The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man (a New Yorker and New York Times Notable book) and Just One Catch, delves deep into the life of distinguished American author and journalist Joan Didion in this, the first printed biography published about her life. Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat first, talk later : a memoir of food, family and home / Beth Yahp.
“A dazzling memoir from a talented Malaysian writer about family and home, and a searing portrait of the country of her birth. In this riveting memoir Beth persuades her ageing parents on a road trip around their former home, Malaysia. She intends to retrace their honeymoon of 45 years before, but their journey doesn’t quite work out as she planned. Only the family mantra, ‘Eat first, talk later’ keeps them (and perhaps the country) from falling apart.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGoing up : to Cambridge and beyond – a writer’s memoir / Frederic Raphael.
Going Up is a journey from Chicago to Putney, to Charterhouse, on up to Cambridge, and beyond to Hollywood and France, recording experiences that were absorbed in his opulent novels and screenplays. Raphael is the author of over twenty novels, the most celebrated being The Glittering Prizes and its sequels. Going Up is a dazzling piece of virtuoso prose writing that is fabulously indiscreet but also deeply moving, and punctuated throughout by Raphael’s indefatigable wit and incomparable erudition.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverInterestingly enough … : the life of Tom Keneally / Stephany Evans Steggall.
“‘Tom stands among our great artists . . . a writer whose writing life parallels, exemplifies and is one of the crowning achievements of the Australian literature that came into being in our lifetime.’ –Richard Flanagan.
For five decades Tom Keneally has been one of Australia’s most loved literary figures. Celebrated as one of the world’s finest writers and known especially for the Booker Prize-winning Schindler’s Ark, he is also respected for his humanitarianism.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClarkson : the gloves are off / Gwen Russell.
“Jeremy Clarkson is a national treasure and with almost a million signatures on the Bring Back Clarkson petition, the nation has spoken: they want their Clarkson back. The fallout and controversy caused by his sacking is huge, and with Top Gear being one of the most globally viewed shows, ripples will be felt across the world. In this riveting, entertaining and fully up-to-date new biography, frank views and hilariously candid anecdotes appear alongside the life story of the nation’s favourite TV presenter.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEttie Rout : New Zealand’s safer sex pioneer / Jane Tolerton.
“Ettie Rout fought a battle for safer sex in the First World War – and won. She gave New Zealand the best sexual health system when its army adopted her prophylactic kit and made every soldier going on leave take one – while she was banned from the pages of the newspapers so New Zealanders wouldn’t find out. [She was] a woman way ahead of her time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA house in St John’s Wood : in search of my parents / Matthew Spender.
“An intimate portrait of Stephen Spender’s extraordinary life written by his son, Matthew Spender, with new insights drawn from personal recollections and unpublished archives. Stephen Spender’s life was a vivid prism on the twentieth century. Having met Auden and Isherwood at Oxford, he joined the early vocal critics of Hitler participated in the Spanish Civil War.” (Syndetics summary)

2015 Ngaio Marsh Award

Syndetics book coverThe Ngaio Marsh Award made annually for the best crime, thriller or mystery written by a New Zealand citizen or resident, began in 2010. It show cases some of the best writing in this genre, and this year’s short-list is no exception. Featuring five of the country’s best known writers, the decision of the judging panel will be difficult.
The shortlist is:
Paul Cleave for Five minutes alone
Barbara Ewing for The Petticoat men
Paddy Richardson for Swimming in the dark
Tina Shaw for The Children’s pond
Paul Thomas for Fallout
The winner will be announced on 4th October in Christchurch.

Special events in October

Children_s_events_image_SMALLAt the very beginning of October we are hosting jQuery and Python coding workshops for teens. Registrations are essential. We can’t wait!

These go hand in hand with our series of holiday activities called Click, Make, Build and Create. There will be different activities happening at each library, so check with your local branch to find out what’s on offer. Ideal for kids aged 6-12 years old.

The first week of October is Wellington Wellbeing Week – come and learn to use Lynda.com, our newest free database for library users, or take a moment to relax with our adult colouring in activities.

From the 1st of October Central library is hosting a very special photographic exhibiton, with images taken by renowned photographer Ans Westra during the 1975 Land March. Ans Westra will be joining us in conversation at 12.30pm on Tuesday 6th October at the Central library. Please join us for this very special event!

We also have our very first Kōhunga Kōrero storytime at Newtown library since it reopened! Come along on Tuesday 6th October to hear some wonderful stories in te reo!

Please remember all libraries will be closed on Monday 26th October for Labour Day.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Wellington Wellbeing Week
- Lynda.com expo – 12.30-1.30pm, Tuesday 6th October through Saturday 10th October at Central library
- Adult colouring in activities - Tuesday 6th October through Saturday 10th October at Central library on ground floor and mezzanine landing

Ongoing events
- Ans Westra photographic exhibition ‘Not one more acre’ – Central library 2nd floor – from 1st October

One-off events
- Friday 2nd October – 10.30am – “Toot: The World’s Tiniest Whale” storytime at Central library
- Tuesday 6th October – 12.30pm – ‘Not one more acre’ exhibition introduction by photographer Ans Westra at Central library
- Thursday 8th October - 6.30-7pm - Animal Tales storytime at Tawa library

Coding Workshops for Teens at Central library (bookings required)
- Thursday 1st October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a website with jQuery
- Friday 2nd October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a game with Python

Coding Workshops for teens
Click, Make, Build and Create holiday activities
- Wednesday 30th September – 1-2pm – Island Bay Community Centre
- Wednesday 30th September – 2-3pm – Johnsonville library
- Thursday 1st October – 2-3.30pm – Kilbirnie Library – Movie Making Magic
- Tuesday 6th October – 10-11am – Karori library
- Tuesday 6th October – 2-3pm – Newlands Community Centre
- Wednesday 7th October – 11am-12pm – Central library – Star Wars day!
- Thursday 8th October – 11am-12pm – Tawa Library – Blast off into space!
- Thursday 8th October 2-3.30 – Newtown library – Movie Making Magic

StoriesandRhymes Launch Poster MEDIUMRecurring events
- Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library
- Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
- Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
- Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library (bookings required, phone 801-4068)
- 1st Friday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late night storytime at Johnsonville library – this month’s theme is “Space”

Kōhunga Kōrero
- Omāroro (Newtown) – 6th October – 10.30am (1st Tuesday of each month)
- Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 12th October – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
- Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 20th October – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
- Motukairangi (Miramar) – 27th October – 2pm (4th Tuesday of each month)

New ‘Other Genres’ for September, this month featuring short stories

Short stories are the feature of this month’s new ‘Other Genres’ fiction, and this selection of collections showcases the talent and skill of each author. Included is the New Zealand writer David McDougall’s collection, titled The Abyssinian mountain lion & other stories.

Syndetics book coverA manual for cleaning women : selected stories / Lucia Berlin ; edited and with an introduction by Stephen Emerson ; foreword by Lydia Davis.
“A collection of the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYour father sends his love / Stuart Evers.
“Eleven unforgettable stories of parental love and parental mistakes. Set in the past, present and future, they are unified by their compassion, animated by the unsaid and distinguished by how beautifully they extract the luminous from the ordinary.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlack glass : short fictions / Karen Joy Fowler.
“Black Glass showcases the extraordinary talents of this prizewinning author. In fifteen gemlike tales, her wit and vision roam freely, turning accepted norms inside out and fairy tales upside down, pushing us to reconsider our unquestioned verities and proving once again that she is among our most subversive writers.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe complete stories / Clarice Lispector ; translated from the Portuguese by Katrina Dodson ; introduction by Benjamin Moser ; edited by Benjamin Moser.
“For the first time in English, are all the Clarice Lispector stories that made her a Brazilian legend: from teenagers coming into awareness of their sexual and artistic powers to humdrum housewives whose lives are shattered by unexpected epiphanies to old people who don’t know what to do with themselves.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Abyssinian Mountain LionThe Abyssinian mountain lion & other stories / David McDougall.
“David McDougall reintroduces the reader to that most excellent thing: the good yarn. Meet the neighbour with a war history who can’t help interfering with goings-on over the fence, a woman on a train who’ll go to any lengths to clear her student debt, a bunch of mates on a hunting trip who fear dire consequences after shooting a fantail, and a retired husband whose wife irons his shorts for Valentine’s Day and leaves him perplexed about how to return the favour. These are stories of humour and melancholy, love and vice.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMusic for wartime : stories / Rebecca Makkai.
“This award-winning writer’s collection bears her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart. A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, even as her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his father’s past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its remains comes to question his own faith. In an unnamed country, a composer records the folk songs of two women from a village on the brink of destruction.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThree moments of an explosion : stories / China Miéville.
“The fiction of multiple award-winning author China Miéville is powered by intelligence and imagination, using a variety of genres with equal facility, employing the fantastic not to escape from reality, but instead to interrogate it in provocative, unexpected ways. Of such concepts and unforgettable images are made the twenty-eight stories in this collection. By turns speculative, satirical, and heart-wrenching, fresh in form and language, and featuring a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face-to-face with the deep weirdness of the world, and at times the deeper weirdness of themselves.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverViral : stories / Emily Mitchell.
“A strange guidebook tells foreign visitors how to travel in a recognizable but dreamlike United States where mirrors are haunted and the Statue of Liberty wears a bowler hat; a supervisor in a department store must discipline his employees for failing to smile enough at their customers and finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the saddest of them all; a woman agrees to buy her daughter a robot pet to help her cope after a divorce, then is horrified when her little girl chooses an enormous spider for a companion. The characters in these mesmerizing stories find that the world they thought they knew has shifted and changed, become bizarre, disorienting, and, occasionally, miraculous. Told with absurdist humor and sweet sadness, is about being lost in places that are supposed to feel like home.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Paris affair / Tatiana de Rosnay ; translated from the French by Sam Taylor.
“This collection of eleven stories examines our most intimate and forbidden desires. What takes place in Paris when husbands and wives tangle with infidelity?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe All Saints’ Day lovers / Juan Gabriel Vasquez ; translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean.
“Achingly sad and beautifully crafted, The All Saints’ Day Lovers is a remarkable and intense exploration of relationships, loneliness and cruelty. The seven stories are set mainly in the starkly beautiful landscape of Belgium’s Ardennes. A Colombian writer is witness to a murder which will mark him forever. A woman sits alone in her house, waiting for her husband to return, while he lies in another woman’s bed twenty kilometers away.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Nosaj Thing – Fated.
Beirut – No no no.
Frank Turner – Positive songs for negative people.
Pink Floyd – More: Soundtrack from the film [remaster].
Pink Floyd – Atom heart mother [remaster].
Pink Floyd – The piper at the gates of dawn [remaster].

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