Community and Languages Newsletter for June

Winter is an ideal time for cooking and crafting, and inspiration for both activities is in abundance here at Wellington City Libraries, we’ve selected some of our favourite new items in this newsletter. Also this month; our foreign Language section continues to grow with new French and Chinese books being the amongst the arrivals.

Library News

New Zealand

As the international portion of the rugby season approaches, it’s a good time to brush up some of the history of the sport – Eden Park and Sir Fred Allen make good subjects.

Syndetics book coverFrom crank handles to hydraulics : a history of cranes in New Zealand / by John Carter.
“Cranes of various shapes and sizes have helped shape our nation dating back from around 1840 and today rank as the most familiar item of equipment involved on construction and other sites throughout the country. This book is the first ever produced in New Zealand detailing how cranes and other lifting devices have evolved over the decades. It is an easy read for people of all ages and includes how cranes assisted in the colonisation of New Zealand via the ports and railways and mentions of some of the country’s historical events which necessitated the use of cranes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFred the needle : the untold story of Sir Fred Allen / by Alan Sayers and Les Watkins.
“Hugely anticipated biography of a New Zealand icon. Few New Zealand rugby personalities can truly be labelled legends. Sir Fred Allen, though, is one of those rare exceptions. Along with the great Colin Meads, Allen is an icon of the game, universally loved and a true New Zealand hero. For years, the man who famously captained and then coached the All Blacks unbeaten through 37 matches in a golden era from 1966-68, has resisted the urgings of writers and publishers to tell his story. That is until now.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEden Park : a history / written by John McCrystal and Lindsay Knight ; [foreword by Wilson Whineray].
“An illustrated history of the iconic park. Over the last century, Eden Park has been through many changes and in 2011, as it hosts another World Cup, the park carries within it the spirit of many past champion players, epic contests and enthusiastic crowds.” (Library Catalogue)

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Some new DVDs to hit the shelves here at Wellington City Libraries this month include the new Martin Scorsese family movie ‘Hugo’; Steven Spielberg’s and Peter Jackson’s full-length film version of the Tintin comics; and an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel ‘Norwegian Wood’.

Cover imageHugo.
In resourceful orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield, an Oliver Twist-like charmer), Martin Scorsese finds the perfect vessel for his silver-screen passion: this is a movie about movies (fittingly, the 3-D effects are spectacular). After his clockmaker father (Jude Law) perishes in a museum fire, Hugo goes to live with his Uncle Claude (Ray Winstone), a drunkard who maintains the clocks at a Paris train station. When Claude disappears, Hugo carries on his work and fends for himself by stealing food from area merchants. In his free time, he attempts to repair an automaton his father rescued from the museum, while trying to evade the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), a World War I veteran with no sympathy for lawbreakers. When Georges (Ben Kingsley), a toymaker, catches Hugo stealing parts for his mechanical man, he recruits him as an assistant to repay his debt. If Georges is guarded, his open-hearted ward, Isabelle (Chloë Moretz), introduces Hugo to a kindly bookseller (Christopher Lee), who directs them to a motion-picture museum… helping unlock the secret of the automaton…” – (adapted from description)

Cover imageNorwegian wood.
“Published in 1987 and since translated into 33 languages, Norwegian Wood is a story of loss and heartbreak in a time of global instability. Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel is brought to the screen by Tran Anh Hung (Golden Lion winner for Cyclo and Academy Award nominee for The Scent of Green Papaya) and features Japanese rising star Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City) and Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) alongside newcomer Kiko Mizuhara. Tokyo, the late 1960s… Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe’s personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere. That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not – outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident – marches into his life and Watanabe must choose between his past and his future.” – (adapted from description)

Cover imageThe adventures of Tintin.
“The Adventures of Tintin follows the exciting exploits of a young reporter, his dog, a sea captain with a drinking problem, and a couple of bumbling Interpol detectives as they travel from Europe to the Sahara and Morocco in pursuit of a pickpocket, model-ship collectors, and long-lost treasure. Steven Spielberg’s and Peter Jackson’s long-awaited full-length film, based on the original “Tintin” comics by Hergé, combines the stories “The Secret of the Unicorn,” “Red Rackham’s Treasure,” and “The Crab with the Golden Claws” into a generally fast-paced adventure that feels just a tad too long. The individual stories and the characters Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, and Thompson and Thomson are all quite faithfully represented…Snowy is delightfully funny to watch, though he is a bit fluffier than in the original comics, and the real animation standouts are the secondary characters like Thompson and Thomson and Captain Haddock, who somehow seem absolutely perfect. Devoted fans will revel in the abundance of small details that reference the comics and suggest a true love for “Tintin” on the filmmakers’ parts, but even viewers who don’t know a thing about the comics will thoroughly enjoy this exciting adventure.” – (adapted from description)

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More than 50 French fiction books have been added to our collection recently and we have expanded our range of Chinese books in cooking, history, social aspects and culture, as well as biographies, including a wonderful and inspirational biography of King George VI, based on the award winning film The King’s Speech. Great new books to enjoy!


Syndetics book coverJe l’aimais / Anna Gavalda.
“This book is the story of a jilted wife and her stepfather. Both have very interesting and human stories. Gavalda intertwines the two stories so that you feel the passions and sorrows of each character. The story is so good it will capture your imagination.” – (adapted from Book cover summary)

Syndetics book coverLa vie devant soi / Romain Gary (Emile Ajar).
“This is a beautiful story of a little boy, nicknamed Momo, and Madame Rosa, a former prostitute who became, by necessity, his adoptive mother. They live on the sixth floor of a building, without a lift and Madame Rosa has difficulties climbing up those stairs and prefers to remain at home in her “Jewish hole”.
Momo, with the help of his friends around the Belleville area, will do everything to keep Madame Rosa alive, even though, he feels increasingly helpless witnessing her slow and pitiful downfall. This story told by a child in his own words, is a cocktail of humanity and solidarity between different ethnic groups.” – (adapted from Book cover summary)


30 fen zhong gao ding feng sheng wan can / Gao Jie zhu bian.
“A book with more practical recipes and ideas for preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner. Also, the book offers the opportunity to find products that suit your needs and cooking interests.” – (adapted from Book cover summary)

Guo wang de yan jiang = The king’s speech / (Ying) Make Luoge (Mark Logue), Bide Kangladi (Peter Conradi) zhu ; Sha Lunti, Wu Guojin yi.
“This book is about ‘The King’s Speech’ a film that tells the true story of how Britain’s King George VI overcame a debilitating stutter to inspire his nation during World War II and his relationship with his speech therapist.” – (adapted from Book cover summary)

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You might notice that there is a distinct emphasis on New Zealand cook books in this selection. All the recipes in these books look tempting enough that you’d want to try them again and again.

Syndetics book coverGrace & Flavour : Old New Zealand Recipes for Modern Cooks / Barbara Keen ; recipe photographs by Simon Young.
“A beautiful retro look cookbook, Grace and Flavour is a collection of classic recipes from an assortment of New Zealand cookbooks published between 1883 and 1940. Each recipe is presented in its original form, followed by a modern version which is easily accessible to today s cooks….The recipes are complemented with images of the dishes and styled with nostalgic table and kitchenware.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNadia’s Kitchen : Fresh, Tasty Recipes from Masterchef NZ Winner / Nadia Lim.
“Organised by seasons, this is a must-have collection of recipes that will become favourite staples in every household. Covering breakfasts, lunches, nibbles, starters, main meals and desserts there’s inspiration for everyone; and Nadia’s half Kiwi/half Malaysian heritage means that her food style is modern Kiwi with Asian and Mediterranean influences.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJax Cooks : Great Food for Family and Friends / Jax Hamilton ; photographs, David Baird.
“This cookbook, Jax’s first, is a real treat and a much-awaited debut. Jax Cooks is a fabulous collection of 90 recipes woven around Jax’s life and experiences; her story told in food. These recipes will appeal to those who already love her style and to those who want to try real, tasty, easy-to-prepare food. Jax’d up, of course!” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Take a look at this glorious range of fresh ideas and decorating schemes featured in this selection of craft books. Choose from modern and traditional quilt projects to timeless knitting patterns and draw inspiration from a do-it-yourself guide how to enrich the character of your home with individual panache. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverStar struck quilts : dazzling diamonds & traditional blocks : 13 skill-building projects / Barbara H. Cline.
“This book includes complete instructions for 9 wall hangings, which can then be transformed into 27 bed-sized quilts. Barbara shares many valuable life lessons and shows you how to achieve the fine workmanship found in the quilts made in her Mennonite community.” – (adapted from Publisher’s summary)

Syndetics book coverBarn quilts and the American Quilt Trail movement / Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.
“When German immigrants arrived in America, they brought with them a passion for brightly colored geometric patterns that they stitched into quilts that kept them toasty on frigid winter nights. They also decorated their otherwise plain barns with hex signs serving as talismans or as purely exuberant decoration. A decade ago, an enterprising Ohioan combined these traditions and mounted outsize quilt patterns in bright colors on old barns. Others quickly followed suit, and now many Midwestern and Eastern states have quilt trails that tourists pursue in outdoor museums of folk art. Parron and Groves have documented these trails with full-color photographs that show how imaginative many artists have become, incorporating butterflies, horses, flags, and other natural and man-made designs within the more abstract geometries of traditional barn quilts. The text profiles many of the artists whose work dazzlingly enlivens America’s farm country.” – (adapted from Booklist summary)

Syndetics book coverFeminine knits : 22 timeless designs / Lene Holme Samsøe ; [translation, Carol Huebscher Rhoades].
“Fall in love with knitting all over again with this intriguing pattern collection that blends captivating designs with flattering, feminine silhouettes. Knitters will be eager to start and delighted to finish each project that includes skirts, jackets, tank tops, pullovers, and accessories. An excellent showcase of texture, lace, and unusual pattern construction, each project is inspired by current and vintage fashion and the mathematical aspect of design. Featuring projects for every season, skill level, time commitment, and occasion, each collection is full of elegant finishing and the kind of impeccable detail that makes transforms each piece into a classic. This manual, packed to the brim with timeless yet fashionable patterns, also features beautiful photographs that highlight the detail and feminine silhouettes of each finished piece.” – (adapted from Publisher’s summary)

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