Summer adventures: New travel books

Places we Swim book cover

Road trips, wine trails, waterfalls and more make up this list of the latest travel books. From books on New Zealand and what you can do in our backyard to going across the oceans to the most exotic destination, there is no shortage of ideas to inspire your next adventure. 2019 plans perhaps?

Wild journeys : New Zealand’s famous & infamous, historic & off-the-beaten-path journeys, tracks, routes & passages / Ansley, Bruce
“Discover a world of wild, mysterious and audacious journeys. In Wild Journeys, Bruce Ansley retraces the path of the doomed surveyor John Whitcombe across the Southern Alps, follows the raiding party of the northern chief Te Puoho along the West Coast, sails around New Zealand’s northern and southern capes; walks through the Valley under the Two Thumb Range to the mythical Mesopotamia; drives from Waiheke to Wanaka (in a hurry), sets off on a hunt for the South Island’s Grey Ghost, looks deep into the heart of volcanic New Zealand and tracks our most unlikely hero, the prison escaper George Wilder.” (Catalogue)

Destinations
“For the first time, Gourmet Traveller has compiled a collection of its most dazzling travel photography. Visit some of the world’s most beautiful & exotic places through the lenses of the world’s finest photographers. The book traverses the globe making stops along the banks of the Yangzi River, on the streets of Cuba and at the grand turquoise minarets of Uzbekistan. Immerse yourself in the architecture, the food and the culture of the places you’ve been to and the ones you long to visit. A visual feast on every page.” (Catalogue)

The bucket list wild : 1000 adventures big and small : animals, birds, fish, nature / Stathers, Kath
“The Bucket List: Wild is a collection of 1,000 incredIble encounters with the natural world, to be experienced across every continent, from whale watching in the Pacific to snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and feeding pandas in China to riding with wild horses in France. Alongside the beautiful photographs there is helpful information on how you can support conservation efforts, and advice on how to behave around wild animals. The most complete life list yet to the world’s best places to see wildlife-both on and off the beaten path.” (Catalogue)

Wine trails, Australia & New Zealand : plan 40 perfect weekends in wine country / Campbell, Bob
“Following the success of Wine Trails, we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in Australia and New Zealand wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including the Clare Valley, Margaret River, Hawkes Bay, Tamar Valley and Marlborough, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path.” (Catalogue)

Wine trails, USA & Canada / Hausman, Ashley
“Following the success of Wine Trails, we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in North American wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including Sonoma, Walla Walla, Finger Lakes, Texas Hill Country and Okanagan, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path.” (Catalogue)

Let’s get lost : great New Zealand road trips / McCloy, Nicola
Let’s Get Lost is a guide to the real New Zealand that few of us get a chance to explore. In its pages, you’ll pass through the sausage capital of New Zealand, take a dip in a secret lake, visit a village entirely populated by guinea pigs, share a yarn with many a local good bugger – and so much more.” (Catalogue)

A geek in Indonesia : discover the land of Komodo dragons, Balinese healers and dangdut music / Hannigan, Tim
“For anyone wanting to get beyond tired travel guide cliches, A   Geek in Indonesia is a hip, irreverent and streetwise introduction to Southeast Asia’s biggest country. Packed with lively articles on everything from office and cafe culture to food, dating rituals and TV soap operas, this Indonesian travel guide is a delightful read for backpackers, first-time visitors, newly-arrived expats, long-time Indonesiaphiles–and anyone else seeking fresh insight into a culture and a country that is now an emerging economic powerhouse and one of the world’s most captivating travel destinations” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Places we swim : exploring Australia’s best beaches, pools, waterfalls, lakes, hot springs and gorges / Seitchik-Reardon, Dillon
“From lap pools to ocean pools, rockpools to hot springs, Places We Swim covers the breadth of Australia, bringing you the 60 best places to swim, dive, jump, paddle and float around the country. You’ll discover just what makes each swimming spot unique, learn the best time to go, gain some useful local knowledge and find out the best things to see and do in the area. With destinations ranging from the neighbourhood pool to remote outback waterfalls, this book is a celebration of not just these magnificent swimming spots, but of the diverse landscapes and communities that make up Australia.” (Catalogue)

People of the Pacific: Recent Pasifika books

Miss Ulysses from Pukapuka

This collection of recent books has a little bit of everything for the keen reader; a diary, a sports star, a witch doctor and more. From Captain Cook’s voyages across the Pacific Ocean, to the 1970s dawn raids in New Zealand, this booklist is not one to miss if you’re wanting to brush up on a little bit of Pasifika history.

Syndetics book coverMiss Ulysses from Puka-Puka : the autobiography of a South Sea trader’s daughter / by Florence (Johnny) Frisbie ; edited and translated by her father, Robert Dean Frisbie.
Miss Ulysses from Puka-Puka (2nd ed) by Florence (Johnny) Frisbie is the first book written by a Polynesian woman. It tells the amazing story of a young girl growing up on a remote island in the Cook Islands group. Written when Johnny was between the ages of 12 and 14, and published in 1948 when she was 15, Johnny likens her travels through South Pacific islands to those of Ulysses in the Odyssey. Her grandmother’s extended family, the trading station operated by her father, the local witch doctor, a native missionary, her father’s mistress after the death of her mother, and her first boyfriend are among the characters she describes with unflinching honesty. Out of print for more than sixty years, Johnny has added two new chapters to this classic and compelling book and illustrated it with family photos and three maps.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Pacific : in the wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill / Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios.
“Captain James Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768 – 250 years ago. These vast waters, one third of the earth’s surface, were uncharted – but not unknown. A rich diversity of people and cultures navigated, traded, lived and fought here for thousands of years. Before Cook, the Pacific was disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. In the wake of Cook, everything changed. Voyaging on a wide variety on vessels, from container ships to fishing trawlers and sailing boats, Sam crosses the length and breadth of the largest ocean in the world to experience for himself a contemporary journey in Cook’s footsteps, engaging the past and present in both modern and ancient cultural practice and peoples. Fascinating, engaging, fresh and vital – this is history – but not as you know it.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDawn Raid / Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith.
“Like many 13-year-old girls, Sofias main worries are how to get some groovy go-go boots, and how not to die of embarrassment giving a speech at school! But when her older brother Lenny starts talking about marches and protests and overstayers, and how Pacific Islanders are being bullied by the police for their passports and papers, a shadow is cast over Sofias sunny teenage days. Through her heartfelt diary entries, we witness the terror of being dawn-raided and gain an insight into the courageous and tireless work of the Polynesian Panthers in the 1970s as they encourage immigrant families across New Zealand to stand up for their rights.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTatau : a history of Sāmoan tattooing / Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot.
“The Sāmoan Islands are virtually unique in that tattooing has been continuously practised with indigenous techniques: the design of the full male tattoo, the pe’a, has evolved in subtle ways since the nineteenth century, but remains as elaborate, meaningful and powerful as it ever was. This richly illustrated cultural history is the first publication to examine 3000 years of Sāmoan tatau. Through a chronology vivid with people, encounters and events, it describes how Sāmoan tattooing has been shaped by local and external forces over many centuries. It argues that Sāmoan tatau has a long history of relevance both within and beyond Sāmoa, and a more complicated history than is currently presented in the literature.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy life, my fight / Steven Adams, with Madeleine Chapman.
“For the first time, Steven Adams shares the story behind his meteoric rise from the streets of Rotorua to his emerging stardom in the NBA.
Adams overcame the odds to become a top prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. From there he went on to secure a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder – making him New Zealand’s highest-paid sportsperson ever – and forge a reputation for his intense, physical style of basketball. In this intimate account of his life story so far, the seven-foot centre reflects on his humble upbringing, the impact of his father’s death when he was just 13, the multiple challenges and setbacks he has faced, early career-defining moments, and what basketball means to him.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPathway of the birds : the voyaging achievements of Maori and their Polynesian ancestors / Andrew Crowe.
“This book tells of one of the most expansive and rapid phases of human migration in prehistory, a period during which Polynesians reached and settled nearly every archipelago scattered across some 28 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, an area now known as East Polynesia. Through an engaging narrative and over 400 maps, diagrams, photographs, and illustrations, Crowe conveys some of the skills, innovation, resourcefulness, and courage of the people that drove this extraordinary feat of maritime expansion. In this masterful work, Andrew Crowe integrates a diversity of research and viewpoints in a format that is both accessible to the lay reader and required reading for any serious scholar of this fascinating region.” (Syndetics summary)

All About Healing: New Health Books

Complete Wellness book cover

From natural remedies to a memoir on one woman’s journey of chronic illness and the myth of full recovery, there is a range of new health books for your reading pleasure. Check out the list below to see what has recently been added to our collection!

The art of herbs for health : treatments, tonics and natural home remedies / Sullivan, Rebecca
“This beautifully photographed book contains a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to improve their health with herbs. Herbal medicine has been used for centuries and this book is full of Rebecca Sullivan’s brilliant tips and advice – from soaking your feet in cool black tea to fix smelly feet to making ginger-infused ice cubes to combat nausea. With a detailed herb glossary and plenty of information about essential oils, this is an essential volume for every would-be modern apothecary.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Heal the body, heal the mind : a somatic approach to moving beyond trauma / Babbel, Susanne
“Traumatic events can leave mental and physical scars–but these scars don’t have to define us. Heal the Body, Heal the Mind takes trauma survivors on a supportive and healing journey toward well-being. So, if you’re ready to move beyond the trauma that’s been holding you back in your relationships, at work, and in your spiritual practice, this guide will show you how.” (Catalogue)

The omega principle : seafood and the quest for a long life and a healthier planet / Greenberg, Paul
“By the bestselling author of Four Fish and American Catch, an eye-opening investigation of the history, science, and business behind omega-3 fatty acids, the ‘miracle compound’ whose story is intertwined with human health and the future of our planet. Rigorously reported and winningly told, The Omega Principle is a powerful argument for a more deliberate and forward-thinking relationship to the food we eat and the oceans that sustain us” (Catalogue)

Unwell : what makes a disease a disease? / McRae, Mike
“Nostalgia used to be a killer nervous condition. Emotional women were once treated with a good orgasm, left-handed folk were beaten to be turned ‘right’, and rotten teeth pulled to cure the mentally unwell. Just who made these diseases ‘diseases’ anyway? And what makes us think we understand any better today?Unwell is a fascinating and insightful exploration of the ever-changing nature of illness.” (Catalogue)

Am I ugly? / Elman, Michelle
“A memoir about a woman’s journey to body positivity. In today’s world of supplements, celebrity diets and social media, it’s very easy to be hard on ourselves about the way we look. Am I Ugly? is this inspiring woman’s compelling and deeply personal memoir that describes her childhood experiences of life-threatening health problems, long stays in hospital and fifteen complex surgeries that left her scarred, both mentally and physically.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The beauty guide : your body, biochemistry and beliefs / Weaver, Libby
“In a world where so many women feel deflated by what they see in the mirror, tempted into the realm of; enhancements; or drawn to anything that will help mask their flaws; The Beauty Guide shines a spotlight on what it means to be beautiful and acts as a guide to help the reader feel and look their best—at any age. Learn how to stop worrying about what others think of you, improve your relationship with your body and explore ways to inspire a new generation of girls with an innate belief in their inner beauty.” (Catalogue)

To Siri with love : a mother, her autistic son, and the kindness of machines / Newman, Judith
“A full-length version of the viral “New York Times” op-ed column of the same name shares stories about the author’s life with her autistic son, whose therapeutic use of Apple’s electronic personal assistant became an unusual example of the power of technology.” (Catalogue)

Sick : a memoir / Khakpour, Porochista
“For as long as author Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn’t know why. Several drug addictions, some major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. A story of survival, pain, and transformation, Sick candidly examines the colossal impact of illness on Khakpur’s life by not just highlighting the failures of a broken medical system but by also boldly challenging our concept of illness narratives.” (Catalogue)

Complete wellness / Curtis, Susan
“Enjoy long-lasting holistic health and prepare natural health remedies for common ailments with essential oils, herbal remedies, and pure foods. Complete Wellness delivers a head-to-toe guide to healing for every part of your body. Targeted instructions allow you to tap into the restorative powers of herbs and plants and their therapeutic essential oils and use tried-and-true, centuries-old herbal remedies to treat a host of common ailments.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Hashimoto’s healing diet : anti-inflammatory strategies for losing weight, boosting your thyroid, and getting your energy back / Ryan, Marc
“If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, it can be hard to know where to start with your diet. There are so many different cookbooks and recommendations, and few provide different options for different situations. That’s where The Hashimoto’s Healing Diet comes in! In this book, Marc Ryan helps you deal with the changes that are frequently involved with Hashimoto’s disease. He shows you how to use dietary inventions strategically so that you can adapt your plan in different circumstances.  Finally, Marc offers an action plan for readers to continue on their journey towards total wellness.” (Catalogue)

Dance your socks off in the school holidays!

Looking forward to the holidays? So are we! There are heaps of great activities planned for you. Here’s the low down…

Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Workshops

Inspired by The Nutcracker these 45 minute sessions give children, aged 5-8 years, a chance to dance!  Places are limited so register early for these popular workshops at the RNZB website

Tawa Community Centre: 2nd October 10 – 10.45am

Newlands Community Centre: 2nd October 2 – 2.45pm

Wellington Central Library: 3 October 10 – 10.45am (This Workshop Is Full)

Island Bay Community Centre: 4 October 10 – 10.45am

 

Diorama Workshop and Competition

Be in to win a family pass to the RNZB’s The Nutcracker Season! Work together with your friends & family and recreate your favourite scene from The Nutcracker in a shoebox diorama. Bring your own shoebox and use our craft supplies. These workshops are open to families with children of all ages. Bookings are required for these workshops, please contact the host library to register.

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 2nd October 10.30 – 11.30am

Wadestown Library: 2nd October 11am – 12pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 2nd October 2.30 – 3.30pm

Karori Library: 3rd October 2.30 – 3.30pm

Wellington Central Library: 10th October 11am – 12pm (Bookings not required)

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 10th October 2 – 3pm (Bookings not required)

Brooklyn Library: 11th October 11am – 12pm

Khandallah Library: 11th October 11am – 12pm

Johnsonville Library: 11th October 2 – 3pm (Bookings not required)

 

Family Movies

Bring a blanket and pillow, and relax at our fun family movies. A different G rated movie from the library collection will be showing each time, and are suitable for the whole family.  Ideal for children aged 4+ years accompanied by their caregivers. Bookings required for the evening movies at Johnsonville, Newtown, and Karori Libraries.

Wellington Central Library: 1st – 12th October, at 2pm in the children’s section (no movie showing on 7th October)

Johnsonville Library: 5th October 5.30 – 7pm (Reserve your place by contacting the event library)

Newtown Library: 5th October 6 – 7.30pm (Reserve your place by contacting the event library)

Karori Library: 11th October 6 – 7.30pm (Reserve your place by contacting the event library)

 

Let’s Go lego

At Let’s Go Lego, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use our Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become your very own Lego Legend. Bookings not required. Suitable for children aged 5+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Wadestown Library: 2nd October 11am – 12pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 4th October 3.30 – 4.30pm

Khandallah Library: 5th October 3.30 – 4.30pm

Karori Library: 6th October 2 – 3pm

Tawa Community Centre: 8th October 10am – 12pm

Miramar Library: 10th October 10.30 – 11.30am

Tawa Library: 11th October 3.30 – 4.30pm

Island Bay Community Centre: 12th October 10.30 – 11.30am

Johnsonville Library: 12th October 3.30 – 4.30pm

Newtown Library: 13th October 10.30 – 11.30am

 

Storytelling and Puppet Making

Come and listen to the story of The Nutcracker and be transported into the enchanting world of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King. Followed by a fantastical puppet making workshop where you will create your own magical puppets to tell a story! Suitable for children aged 4+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Newlands Community Centre: 9th October 2 – 3.30pm

 

Gamesfest

Bring your own, or use the board games supplied, and challenge yourself and your friends to victory. Aim for a Scrabble high score, show your hand or perhaps perfect your poker face in your favourite card game! Suitable for children aged 6+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Central Library: 3rd and 10th October 5.30 – 8pm

 

Stories @ Six

Come along for a fun family story evening run by the community for the community. Bring the family and enter into a magical time of stories and fantasy. Stories @ Six is ideal for families with children aged 4+ years.

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 4th October 6 – 6.30pm

 

Beyblade Tournament

Let the battle of the Beyblades begin! Bring your own Beyblades or use the library ones, and challenge your friends to a battle. Who will emerge victorious? Suitable for children aged 6+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Newtown Library: 4th October 3 – 4pm

Lego Stop-Motion Movie Workshop

Work as a team and learn how to create a stop motion film using ‘Stop Motion Studio’ and LEGO. BYOD tablet, or borrow one of the library ones (limited supply available). Reserve your place by contacting Tawa Library as numbers are limited. Suitable for children aged 7+ years accompanied by their caregivers.

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 5th October 10.30 – 11.30am (Bookings required, please contact the library)

 

All events are free. Parents/caregivers are expected to accompany and supervise children at all activities. Contact the host library for more information about each event.

 

Nutritional news: Recent Health books

The Wellness Rebel book cover

This month we recommend you check out these recent additions to our non-fiction health collection. From medical myths, natural remedies to healthy food guides, you will definitely find your next read in this list below. Happy reading and happy guts!

Hype : a doctor’s guide to medical myths, exaggerated claims and bad advice – how to tell what’s real and what’s not / Shapiro, Nina L.
“There is a lot of misinformation thrown around these days, especially online. Headlines tell us to do this, not that–all in the name of living longer, better, thinner, younger. In Hype, Dr. Nina Shapiro distinguishes between the falsehoods and the evidence-backed truth. This book is as much for single individuals in the prime of their lives as it is for parents with young children and the elderly.” (Catalogue)

Food pharmacy : a guide to gut bacteria, anti-inflammatory foods, and eating for health : a prescription diet you will never overdose on / Aurell, Lina Nertby
Food Pharmacy tells the complete story of friendly bacteria, intestinal flora, anti-inflammatory superfoods like turmeric, the difference between good and bad fats, and how we can reduce inflammation and heal chronic diseases by regulating our immune system with the right natural foods. Marrying scientific research with seventeen supplementary recipes, practical advice, and a quirky voice, Food Pharmacy extols the kitchen’s anti-inflammatory heroes–like avocado, cloves, kale, cinnamon, and green bananas–and shows you how to live your healthiest life equipped with the right knowledge and food.” (Catalogue)

Herbal remedies handbook : more than 140 plant profiles : remedies for over 50 common conditions / Chevallier, Andrew
“Dr. Andrew Chevallier brings his knowledge and practical expertise in herbal medicine to ordinary people looking for safe, effective treatments for common ailments. Enhancing health and well-being. Herbal Remedies Handbook gives as much weight to the steps needed for individuals to correctly diagnose and treat themselves as to the 66 key remedies described, and their therapeutic uses. For ease of reference, the self-help section is arranged by ailments grouped according to the part of the person to be treated.” (Catalogue)

The wellness rebel / Plantbased Pixie
“The complete guide to sorting nutrition fact from fiction using evidence-based science and delicious recipes. The Wellness Rebel explores the basics of nutrition in an accessible and entertaining way, with Pixie sharing her tips, tricks and tastiest recipes – including her much-loved Pixie Plates – for a truly healthy diet, with no detoxes, no elimination diets, no restrictions – and absolutely no BS.” (Catalogue)

Brain food : how to eat smart and sharpen your mind / Mosconi, Lisa
“We are what we eat’ is an age-old adage. But while we often talk about diets affecting our fitness, we don’t talk about how what we eat and drink affects the health of the hungriest organ in the body – our brain. Innovative and timely, and with accompanying recipes and guides to show each of us how we can most effectively change our diets, Brain Food demonstrates how being smart about our diet can make us smarter overall.” (Catalogue)

What am I supposed to eat? : making sense of food confusion / Weaver, Libby
“For so many people today, food is complicated. They’re told to make `healthy’ choices yet this could include anything from an apple to a packet of sugar-free biscuits. They have lost touch with how much to eat, how often and how their food choices are impacting on their health – and then there are those all-consuming moments when they feel like no amount of food could satisfy their hungry hearts. This book is a fork in the road when it comes to better understanding your food, your body, your appetite and what you are supposed to eat.” (Catalogue)