Chinese Language Week Events at Wellington City Libraries!

Come along to the popular Chinese culture and language events during New Zealand Chinese Language Week! Experience Chinese culture with our programme of free events, including brilliant dance and music performances, hosted by Central Library and Newtown Library.

You can also get a free tangram game from any of our libraries.
2018年 新西兰中文周,请点击阅读

Tai Chi Demonstration, Newtown Library: 11:00-11:30am, 29 September

Celebrate Chinese Language Week, in the whānau (family) area at Newtown Library, by practicing peaceful movement with us.

Dance and opera performance, Central Library: 11:00am-12:00 pm, 29 September

Enjoy a snapshot of Chinese culture and history through artistically presented dance, music, songs, martial arts, and calligraphy performances. A wonderful show all will enjoy! Brought to you by the New Zealand Chinese Culture & Art Association.

Chinese language lesson, Central Library 1:00-2:00 pm, 29 September

Take this perfect opportunity to learn Chinese from an experienced teacher from the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand. You will learn basic communication words and essential greetings and phrases. Plus, you will access the librarian’s recommended books and resources for you to continue your language journey after the class.

Manawa Ora Childrens Choir, Newtown Library: 2:00-3:00 pm, 29 September

Come along and sing songs from all over the world with the Manawa Ora children’s choir! This is an interactive performance for all ages.

Dance and music performance, Central Library: 2:00-3:00 pm, 29 September,by Wellington Chinese Language School

Enjoy the creative dance and music performance combining traditional with contemporary dance and music. Brought to you by the Wellington Chinese Language School.

Chinese Story Times for Children
Come along to the Central Library for a storytime in Mandarin!

Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Central Library: 10:30-11:00 am, Thursday 27 September.

Read Chinese magazines online with Wellington City Libraries DragonSource database 

Read thousands of Chinese magazines on your laptop or phone! Phoenix Weekly, Readers, San Lian life magazine, and many more are available to access with your library card.

Read Chinese newspapers and books online
Discover Chinese cooking, classic and contemporary literature, and latest news, online via PressReader , the New York Times (Chinese language version), and  Chinese eBooks via Overdrive. All for free with your library card!

Chinese Language Week Events at Wellington City Libraries, in Chinese

欢迎您来惠灵顿市图书馆新西兰中文周参加中文活动,体验中国文化,欣赏中国舞蹈音乐表演,学习中国语言。所有活动均免费参加。

更有免费七巧板游戏领取哦!在中文周9月23-9月29日期间,可以向任何一个惠灵顿图书馆和社区中心的前台领取。 New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2018

舞蹈,武术,书法等表演。市中心图书馆底层。 9月29早上11:00-12:00 ,由新西兰中国文化中心和华夏文化艺术协会带来的精彩表演。

新西兰当地的艺术家将中国的文化和历史,透过传统音乐,舞蹈,京剧艺术形式优雅展现。欢迎您欣赏由由华夏文化艺术协会带来的精彩难忘的表演!

中文课,市中心图书馆中层汉语角。 9月29日中午 1:00-2:00点

欢迎参加由新西兰中国文化中心的老师讲授的免费中文入门课程。您能学到基本的字句,并能够帮助您使用中文的日常用语和基本对话。您还能得到图书管理员推荐的书本及资料以满足您的学习中文需要。

音乐舞蹈音乐表演, 市中心图书馆底层。 9月 29日下午2:00-3:00 , 由惠灵顿中文学校带来精彩的乐团与舞蹈表演。


请由惠灵顿中文学校带来的充满活力的结合传统与现代的舞蹈和音乐表演 。

中文儿童讲故事时间

市中心图书馆: 9月27日星期四,上午 10:30-11:00点, 中文儿童讲故事时间

阅读中国流行杂志,用龙源杂志在线 DragonSource

欢迎使用龙源杂志。您可使用电脑或手机,随时随地的在线阅读最受欢迎的中文杂志了!例如,凤凰周刊,读者,三联生活周刊, 等等!

在线阅读中文报纸及杂志
欢迎使用图书馆卡免费阅读最新的中国的中文报纸和杂志: PressReader and New York Times . 您还可下载或在线阅读中文电子书:Overdrive.

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Experience an underwater reef with VR – fully booked

Want to experience a coral reef with no diving gear required? Visit our Central Library and try out a full Virtual Reality experience for free

Explore a coral reef

Wednesday 21 Feb
12:30-2:00pm (Fully booked)

4:00-6:00pm (Fully booked)

Thursday 22 Feb
12:30-2:00pm (Fully booked)

4:00-6:00pm (Fully booked)

Friday 23 Feb
12:30-4:00pm (Fully booked)

All sessions will take place on the ground floor at Central Library, 65 Victoria Street.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz to find out more.

This opportunity is happening to celebrate 2018 as the International Year of the Reef. We have two more IYOR 2018 events happening this month. They are:

 

Deep Water Coral Reefs of New Zealand Talk

Dr Ashley Rowden / NIWA

Coral on a coral reef

Friday 23 Feb
5:30-6:30pm
Ground floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street

Dr Ashley Rowden is a Principal Scientist in Marine Ecology at NIWA.

Dr Rowden’s talk will be about deep water coral reefs in New Zealand, which are different from shallow water reefs — with emphasis on the themes of the 2018 International Year of the Reef (threats, management, conservation and sustainable use) in a New Zealand context. He will share examples from research undertaken at NIWA.

 

A Special Virtual Reality Reef Demonstration

Taehyun Rhee /Associate Professor at Victoria University

Saturday 24 Feb
12:30-4:00pm (Fully booked)
Ground floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street

Taehyun Rhee is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University, as well as Deputy Director of Victoria’s Computational Media Innovation Centre (CMIC), and a founder of Mixed Reality startup DreamFlux. He is a founder and director of the Victoria Computer Graphics (VCG) Lab and the founding member of Victoria’s Computer Graphics Programme, established in collaboration with Weta Digital.

DreamFlux technology provides immersive VR experiences by realistically compositing digital content into 360° video. This process is achieved in real-time, allowing for interactive content. The seamless blending of digital content into the real world in an interactive setting allows for powerful applications in education, training, entertainment and more. Dreamflux technology mitigates potential visual discomfort in VR headsets by rendering at a high frame rate (90 FPS, stereo).

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Read “An illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi” on Waitangi Day

If you are interested in learning more about the Treaty of Waitangi then don’t miss this eBook: An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi by Claudia Orange. You can read this eBook on our Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection, by entering your library card details.

Syndetics book coverAn illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi / Claudia Orange.
“This book builds on Claudia Orange’s award-winning Treaty of Waitangi, using a wonderful range of photographs, maps and paintings to bring the Treaty’s history to life. Depictions of key players and moments sit alongside a clear and informative text that helps explain the history of this key document. Two peoples meeting, agreements made and broken, claims and protests: all are a part of the story of the Treaty from before its signing to the present day. Never before have the Treaty’s varied stories been made so accessible the general reader” (Syndetics Summary).

This is just one of the many excellent eBooks about the Treaty available through the Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection.

Enjoy Chinese Language Week at the library

Learn more about Chinese culture and language at Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces during New Zealand Chinese Language Week! Experience Chinese culture with our programme of free events, including brilliant dance and music performances.
2017年 新西兰中文周,请点击阅读

Chinese language lesson, Central Library 12:00-1:00 pm, 16 October
Here’s your perfect opportunity to learn Chinese from an indigenous speaker at the Central Library. You will learn basic communication words and essential greetings and phrases. Plus, you will receive the librarian’s recommended books and resources for you to continue your language journey after the class.

Central library tour in Mandarin, Central Library: 12:00-1:00 pm, 19 October
Situated in the heart of the city, Wellington Central Library is also a hub of knowledge and local information. Join our library tour in Mandarin (bookings are essential) and discover the wide range of services in Chinese — including books, magazines and DVDs — and see what’s available online through our library website (eBooks and newspapers in Chinese!). Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese) to book.

Read Chinese magazines online with Wellington City Libraries DragonSource database
Central Library: 1:00-2:00 pm, 19 October

Come to the Central Library and see a demo of how to access some of the most popular Chinese magazines on big screen, laptop or your own digital device! Phoenix Weekly, Readers, San Lian life magazine, and many more are available to access with your library card.

Dance, martial arts, calligraphy and music instrument performance, Central Library: 11:00am-12:00 pm, 21 October, by China Culture Centre of New Zealand and New Zealand Chinese Culture & Art Association

Enjoy a snapshot of Chinese culture and history through artistically presented dance, music, songs, martial arts, and calligraphy performances. A wonderful show all will enjoy!

Dance and music performance, Central Library: 4:00-4:30 pm, 21 October,by Wellington Chinese Language School

1. Shepard’s song, band performance 2. Dance: The three characters. 3. Contemporary dance, Runnin’ (Lose it all). 4. Chrysanthemum stage, band performance 5. Shearer’s dance 6. Chrysanthemum’s Story dance

Chinese Story Times for Children
Come along to storytime in Mandarin! (Times below)
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Central Library: 10:30-11:00 am, 19 October,
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Karori Library: 11:15-11:45 am, 19 October, by Cicada Creative Space and the library
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Johnsonville Library: 10:30-11:00 am, 20 October,

Free Chinese character colouring pages will be available at all libraries and community centres during New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

Read Chinese newspapers and books online
Don’t forget you can celebrate from home and test your Chinese language skills by reading the latest Chinese language newspapers  online via PressReader and New York Times (Chinese language version). If you’d rather enjoy a novel, you can download or read Chinese eBooks via Overdrive. All for free with your library card!

Chinese Language Week 2017, in Chinese

欢迎您来惠灵顿市图书馆新西兰中文周参加中文活动,体验中国文化,欣赏中国舞蹈音乐表演,学习中国语言。所有活动免费参加。
New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2017

中文课,市中心图书馆中午 12:00-1:00 , 1016

欢迎参加免费的中文入门课程。您能学到基本的字句,并能够帮助您使用中文的日常用语和基本对话。您还能得到图书管理员推荐的书本及资料以供您课后学习。

市中心图书馆中文导览, 市中心图书馆 :中午 12:00-1:00 点,10月19 市中心图书馆位于惠灵顿的中心,也是惠灵顿本地的知识信息中心。欢迎参加中文的导览,图书管理员将带您发现惠灵顿图书馆的中文书籍,杂志,DVD,也会带您参观图书馆最新和传统的科技。请务必预定。请致电801-4068(英) or 801-4083 (中).

阅读中国流行杂志,学习使用龙源杂志在线 DragonSource

市中心图书馆, 下午 1:00-2:00 1019 欢迎来市中心图书馆学习使用龙源杂志。届时大屏幕和电脑都会为您备好,您也可带来自己的手机。从此您就能随时阅读最受欢迎的中文杂志了!例如,凤凰周刊,读者,三联生活周刊, 等等!

舞蹈,武术,书法等表演。市中心图书馆: 早上11:00-12:00 10 21 , 由新西兰中国文化中心, 和华夏文化艺术协会联合协办。

新西兰当地的艺术家将中国的文化和历史,透过传统音乐,舞蹈,武术和书法艺术形式优雅展现。欢迎您欣赏由由新西兰中国文化中心,和华夏文化艺术协会联合举办的精彩难忘的表演!

儿童音乐舞蹈表演, 市中心图书馆: 下午 4:00-4:30 ,10 21,由惠灵顿中文学校带来精彩表演。
1. 小放牛(惠灵顿中文学校乐队) 2. 儿童舞:三字经  (惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈一队)3. 现代舞 – Runnin’ (Lose It All)(惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈二队) 4. 菊花台(惠灵顿中文学校乐队) 5. 舞蹈: 剪羊毛(惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈一队)6. 舞蹈: 冰菊物语 (惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈二队)。

中文儿童讲故事时间 中文儿童讲故事时间,市中心图书馆: 上午 10:30-11:00,10月19日 中文儿童讲故事时间, Karori卡罗里图书馆: 早 11:15-11:45 , 10月19 日, 由知了工作室与图书馆联办 中文儿童讲故事时间, Johnsonville 约翰斯维尔图书馆 : 早10:30-11:00 , 10月20 日

免费领取中文字填色。在新西兰中文周期间,请向任何一个惠灵顿图书馆和社区中心的前台领取。

在线阅读中文报纸及杂志
欢迎使用图书馆卡免费阅读最新的中国的中文报纸和杂志: PressReader and New York Times . 您还可下载或在线阅读中文电子书:Overdrive.

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Read “My Katherine Mansfield Project” on BWB Online

If you are interested in reading Katherine Mansfield’s books then don’t miss this eBook: Kirsty Gunn’s Thorndon Wellington and Home: My Katherine Mansfield Project. Read this eBook on Bridget Williams Books Text Collection, by entering your library card details.

Syndetics book coverThorndon : Wellington and home : my Katherine Mansfield project / Kirsty Gunn.
“For London-based writer Kirsty Gunn, returning to the city of her birth to spend a winter in a tiny colonial cottage in Thorndon is an exciting opportunity to walk the very streets and hills that Katherine Mansfield left behind on her departure from New Zealand, but later longed to revisit. For Mansfield, Gunn writes, home was an instant ‘go-to’ zone for invention and narrative and characterisation and setting. For Gunn, home is now two places – Here and there the same place after all.” (Syndetics summary)

Read more eBooks on New Zealand popular topics including the housing crisis, 1981 Springbok tour, and the Christchurch earthquake through Bridget Williams Books Text Collection.

 

 

Ideas and Society eNewsletters for July

Enjoy poetry and plays from New Zealand, religion and stories of women believers, American secret agent 110, and science of medicine and the mind. Also meet Libby, the new app for Overdrive’s eBooks and eAudio books.

Library News

Literature

Poetry and plays are the focus of this month’s picks, including the much anticipated Poetry 17, the New Zealand poetry yearbook. A newly-published notebook of a road trip undertaken in the American South by Joan Didion and a novel study of the powerful attraction of Sylvia Plath complement the list.

Syndetics book cover A girl walks into a book : what the Brontës taught me about life, love, and women’s work / Miranda K. Pennington.
“How many times have you heard readers argue about which is better, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights? The works of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne continue to provoke passionate fandom over a century after their deaths. Brontë enthusiasts, as well as those of us who never made it further than those oft-cited classics, will devour Miranda Pennington’s delightful literary memoir.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Poetry New Zealand yearbook. 2017 / edited by Jack Ross.
“Continually in print since 1951, when it was established by leading poet Louis Johnson, this annual collection of new poetry, reviews and essays is the ideal way to catch up with the latest poetry from established and emerging New Zealand poets. Issue #51 features 128 new poems by writers including featured poet Elizabeth Morton, Riemke Ensing, Mohamed Hassan, Michele Leggott, Kiri Piahana-Wong and Elizabeth Smither.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Falstaff : give me life / Harold Bloom.
“From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time comes “a timely reminder of the power and possibility of words [and] the last love letter to the shaping spirit of Bloom’s imagination” (front page, The New York Times Book Review ) and an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Falstaff–Shakespeare’s greatest enduring and complex comedic characters.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Molly Keane : a life / Sally Phipps.
“Molly Keane (1904 – 96) was an Irish novelist and playwright (born in County Kildare) most famous for Good Behaviour which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Hailed as the Irish Nancy Mitford in her day; as well as writing books she was the leading playwright of the ’30s, her work directed by John Gielgud. Between 1928 and 1956, she wrote eleven novels, and some of her earlier plays, under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Maya Angelou : adventurous spirit / Linda Wagner-Martin.
“A comprehensive biographical and critical reading of the works of American poet and memoirist Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Linda Wagner-Martin covers all six of Angelou’s autobiographies, as well as her essay and poetry collections, while also exploring Angelou’s life as an African American in the United States, her career as stage and film performer, her thoughtful participation in the Civil Rights actions of the 1960s, and her travels abroad in Egypt, Africa, and Europe.” (Syndetics summary)

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Popular Non-Fiction

This time we have some books about politics, some books on economics, the anthropocene, and a cold war spy story for your reading pleasure!

Syndetics book cover What we do now : standing up for your values in Trump’s America / edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians.
“This collection of essays by progressive leaders suggest actual strategies on how to move forward in resistance to a Trump administration.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover “Curbing catastrophe : natural hazards and risk reduction in the modern world / Timothy H. Dixon.
“What does Japan’s 2011 nuclear accident have in common with the 2005 flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina? This thought-provoking book presents a compelling account of recent and historical disasters, both natural and human-caused, drawing out common themes and providing a holistic understanding of hazards, disasters and mitigation. The book shows how billions of dollars and countless lives could be saved by adopting longer-term thinking for infrastructure planning and building, and argues that better communication is vital in reducing global risks and preventing future catastrophes.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Well, you did ask : why the UK voted to leave the EU / Michael Ashcroft & Kevin Culwick.
“The UK’s vote to leave the European Union shocked the world – not to mention many people in Britain. What it revealed about our country is at least as significant for the future of politics as Brexit itself. Drawing on more than two years of intensive research by Lord Ashcroft Polls, Well, You Did Ask explains how voters came to make the most momentous political decision of our time – how they saw the choice before them, what they made of the campaign, its personalities, claims and counterclaims – and why they ultimately chose to take the UK out of the EU. To think clearly about what the referendum result means, we first need to understand how it came about. The answers are in this book.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The man with the poison gun : a Cold War spy story / Serhii Plokhy.
“In 1961, a KGB agent defected to West Germany. The 30-year-old man in police custody had papers in the name of an East German, Josef Lehmann, but claimed his real name was Bogdan Stashinsky, a citizen of the Soviet Union. On the orders of his KGB bosses, he had traveled on numerous occasions to Munich, where he singlehandedly tracked down and killed two enemies of the communist regime. He used a new, specially designed secret weapon–a spray pistol delivering liquid poison that, if fired into the victim’s face, killed without leaving any trace. In 1962, after spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case in Cold War history.” (Adapted from publisher’s description)
Syndetics book cover Programmed inequality : how Britain discarded women technologists and lost its edge in computing / Marie Hicks.
“In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing. By 1974, the British computer industry was all but extinct. What happened in the intervening thirty years holds lessons for all post-industrial superpowers. In Programmed Inequality, Marie Hicks explores the story of labor feminization and gendered technocracy that undercut British efforts to computerize. That failure sprang from the government’s systematic neglect of its largest trained technical workforce simply because they were women. Hicks explains why, even today, possessing technical skill is not enough to ensure that women will rise to the top in science and technology fields.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Religion & Beliefs

A strong feminine focus is featured in this month’s selections, but from widely different viewpoints. Read about Dominican sisters in NZ, the life of Buddhist nun Freda Bedi, or the latest title by best-selling author Ann Voskamp.

Syndetics book cover The revolutionary life of Freda Bedi : British feminist, Indian nationalist, Buddhist nun, by Vicki MacKenzie, foreword by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
Freda Bedi (1911-1977) was an English woman who become both a revolutionary in the fight for Indian independence and then a Buddhist icon. She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun and broke the rules of gender, race, and religion–in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged, and counted among her friends, and teachers Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and many others. (Drawn from publisher’s summary)
Syndetics book cover The broken way : a daring path into the abundant life, by Ann Voskamp.
Best-selling author Ann Voskamp contemplates her own brokenness and asks: Is it really possible to live abundantly? Can we be whole? “This one’s for the busted ones who are ready to bust free, the ones ready to break molds, break chains, break measuring sticks, and break all this bad brokenness with an unlikely good brokenness. You could be one of the Beloved who is broken — and still lets yourself be loved.” (publisher’s summary)
Syndetics book cover Grace, not perfection : embracing simplicity, celebrating joy, by Emily Ley.
“When Ley realized she could not do it all, at least not well – she began to simplify her life and prioritize her goals. Instead of holding herself to a picture-perfect standard, the author extended grace to herself and was able to give mental and physical space to those ambitions which mattered most. In a friend-to-friend tone, she advises investing in oneself, surrendering control, and cultivating contentment and gratitude. Simple exercises and response blanks follow each chapter. VERDICT A powerful antidote to society’s pressure to have all and be all to everyone.” (Library Journal, courtesy of Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Women who knew Jesus, by Bonnie Ring.
Women were seen as low status citizens whose testimony couldn’t be trusted in court. The author paints a picture of Jesus interacting with women – becoming friends, and healing or teaching them. This mixes anecdotes, biblical commentary and short meditations to help readers engage with the stories.

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History

This month’s selections contain a few updated histories, including Andrew Marr’s A History of Modern Britain now covering the Brexit vote and aftermath, and a new version of Jeff Evans’ Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand. Old and new conflicts also go under the microscope, with World War II revisited from several perspectives, while Michael Zacchea’s The Ragged Edge looks at the rebuilding of Iraq’s armed forces and the insurgency that would later develop into ISIS.

Syndetics book cover The history of the future : American essays / Edward McPherson.
“In The History of the Future, McPherson reexamines American places and the space between history, experience, and myth. Private streets, racism, and the St. Louis World’s Fair; fracking for oil and digging for dinosaurs in North Dakota boomtowns-Americana slides into apocalypse in these essays, revealing us to ourselves.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Notes from the blockade, and, A story of pity and cruelty / Lydia Ginzburg
“From her experience as a survivor of the 900-day siege of Leningrad, Lidiya Ginzburg has created a remarkable hero in whom she distils the experience of life under siege. Though she depicts the harrowing conditions, the reader takes away an impression of the dignity, vitality, and intellectual resilience of the thinking mind as it makes sense of extreme experience. This classic work of documentary fiction will be the first introduction of a major 20th-century Russian writer to many English-language readers.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Agent 110 / Scott Miller.
“In November 1942, American spymaster Allen Dulles slipped into Switzerland. His mission: to report on the inner workings of the Third Reich. Code-named Agent 110 by the OSS, he discovered a network of Germans conspiring to overthrow Hitler. Aided by his mistress, an American journalist, Dulles built a network of secret agents and became convinced that Moscow aimed to dominate postwar Europe. He desperately sought Washington’s support in Operation Valkyrie, and worked with a ruthless Nazi SS general to secure the surrender of all German forces in Italy. Dulles himself would eventually lead the CIA during the Cold War, driven by his wartime distrust of the Soviets.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Polynesian navigation and the discovery of New Zealand / Jeff Evans ; foreword by Francis Cowan.
Polynesian navigation and the discovery of New Zealand offers a straightforward account of how and why Polynesian seafarers made their journey south to New Zealand shores. The first part discusses the origins of the voyages, legends of the homeland and the explorer Kupe, traditional Polynesian navigation techniques, and the preservation of seafaring knowledge by Māori. The second part presents a gripping account of the canoe Hawaiki-nui retracing the route from Tahiti to New Zealand in 1985 using traditional voyaging methods.” (Library catalogue)
Syndetics book cover And the monkey learned nothing : dispatches from a life in transit / Tom Lutz.
“Without an itinerary and without a goal, Tom Lutz is on a mission to visit every country on earth, describing personal encounters in rarely visited spots and anecdotes from way off the beaten path. With an eye out for both the sublime and the ridiculous, Lutz falls, regularly, into the instant intimacy of the road with random strangers.” (Syndetics summary)

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Science

This month, explore areas of medical science that are often overlooked, such as sense of taste and the science of flavour, and research into compulsive behaviour. Take a look at the groundbreaking research of a Nobel Prize Winner, and at the history of antibiotics and how it changed humanity’s relationship with nature. Books on menopause, anxiety and postpartum depression are also showcased this month, so make sure you have a browse!

Syndetics book cover Wild coast : a celebration of the places where land meets sea / Marianne Taylor.
“This book is a celebration of the wildlife and landscapes of Britain’s coastline. Sheer limestone crags resound with the voices of thousands of bickering seabirds; endless acres of estuarine mud are packed with squirming invertebrates that sustain thousands of wading birds. In between are the dazzling chalk outcrops of the south coast with glorious floral communities on the clifftop meadows, shingle beaches where terns and plovers hide their eggs among the stones, and dune systems bound together with marram grass and supporting a unique and fragile ecosystem. Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and authoritative text, this book is a celebration of the wilder aspects of the UK’s coasts.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Voices in the ocean : a journey into the wild and haunting world of dolphins / Susan Casey.
“While swimming off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and it inspired her to embark on a two-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. Casey ends her narrative on the island of Crete, where millennia-old frescoes and artwork document the great Minoan civilization, a culture which lived in harmony with dolphins, and whose example shows the way to a more enlightened coexistence with the natural world.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Miracle cure : the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine / William Rosen.
“As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness worked; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less than a generation with the discovery and development of a new category of medicine known as antibiotics. William Rosen captures this scientific revolution with all its false starts, lucky surprises, and eccentric characters. Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, this is a must-read science narrative combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity’s relationship with nature in history!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover On edge : a journey through anxiety / Andrea Petersen.
“A wry, sympathetic, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety, coupled with deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, and began a journey that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail. Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments. Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover Can’t just stop : an investigation of compulsions / Sharon Begley
“Do you check your smartphone continuously for messages? Or perhaps do the weekly shop with military precision? Maybe you always ensure the cutlery is perfectly lined up on the table? Compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life. Sharon Begley’s meticulously researched book is the first of its kind to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behaviour; using fascinating case studies to understand their deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion.” (Adapted Amazon Review)
Syndetics book cover If our bodies could talk : a guide to operating and maintaining a human body / James Hamblin, M.D
“In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” Now Hamblin explores the stories behind health questions that never seem to go away such as: Can I “boost” my immune system? Does caffeine make me live longer? Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer? How much sleep do I actually need? In considering these questions, he draws from his own medical training and from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

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Mind and Body eNewsletter for July

Have you met Libby? Libby is the new reading app for Overdrive’s eBooks and eAudio books. Also check out this month’s recent picks for fancy and healthy recipes, religion books with a feminine focus, self-help books for reducing stress, and the science behind taste!

Library News

Cooking

Making and enjoying healthy meals doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming, boring or expensive. Make life easy with this collection of healthy recipes cookbooks.

Syndetics book cover Good to Glow : feel good food / Tali Shine, Steph Adams.
“This book is your guide to the world’s hippest and most delicious, healthy and organic cafes! It features unique and exclusive recipes and signature dishes from destination spots handpicked by the author, Tali Shine. You will find mouth-watering recipes for juices and smoothies, brunches, dinners, as well as sweets and treats. Good to Glow is your go-to travel and health guide that will get you on the road to a glowing lifestyle. With numerous useful health advice and tips from the real experts and a glossary for global locations in one separate chapter.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Superfoods Super Fast / by Michael van Straten & Barbara Griggs.
“This book is for anyone who wants fuel their body with superfoods and needs to do it super fast! It’s packed with 100 amazingly nutritious recipes to make in 210 minutes or less… Julie Montatagu’s vegetarian recipes are fast, simple and specially designed for busy people who love to eat deliciously healthy food.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Oh She Glows Every Day : quick and simply satisfying plant-based recipes / Angela Liddon.
“Angela Liddon’s eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook, featuring more than one hundred quick-and-easy whole-foods, plant-based recipes to keep you glowing every day of the year.” (Book jacket)
Syndetics book cover Healing Bone Broth Recipes : incredibly flavorful dishes that nourish your body the old-fashioned way / Sharon Brown, with Reb Brown.
“Transform your health with simple Paleo and gluten-free recipes utilizing the concentrated nutrients of bone broth, a buzzword ingredient for healthy food celebrated by Paleo dieters. Healing Bone Broth Recipes teaches readers how to incorporate bone broth into their diets with 100 family-friendly and delicious Paleo and gluten-free recipes….the simple recipes in Healing Bone Broth Recipes are sure to bring everyone together over a delicious, healthy meal.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

A strong feminine focus is featured in this month’s selections, but from widely different viewpoints. Read about Dominican sisters in NZ, the life of Buddhist nun Freda Bedi, or the latest title by best-selling author Ann Voskamp.

Syndetics book cover Windows on a women’s world : the Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand, by Susannah Grant.
10 Dominican sisters arrived in Dunedin in 1871, and for the first 100 years here the sisters were teaching nuns, living in large enclosed convents cut off from the outside world. But when the Second Vatican Council ushered in a period of radical change, they moved into small homes in local neighbourhoods, with new roles in education, social justice, pastoral care and spirituality. Grant completed a large number of oral histories with the sisters, and describes this transformation. (based on publisher’s summary)
Syndetics book cover The religion of tomorrow : a vision for the future of the great traditions : more inclusive, more comprehensive, more complete, by Ken Wilber.
To be relevant to contemporary society, spiritual traditions need to take account of recent scientific discoveries about the mind, brain and emotions. Using Buddhism as an example, Wilber discusses his comprehensive Integral Approach — and shows how we can apply this to our own spiritual practice. “This is a call for wholeness, inclusiveness, and unity in the religions of tomorrow.” (Drawn from publisher’s summary)
Syndetics book cover Love hurts : Buddhist advice for the heartbroken, by Lodro Rinzler.
Lodro Rinzler has good news for those suffering heartbreak: the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha have much to say about emotional pain. “In this short and compact first-aid kit for a broken heart, he walks you through the cause and cure of suffering, with much practical advice for self-care as you work to survive a breakup.” (publisher)
Syndetics book cover Women who knew Jesus, by Bonnie Ring.
Women were seen as low status citizens whose testimony couldn’t be trusted in court. The author paints a picture of Jesus interacting with women – becoming friends, and healing or teaching them. This mixes anecdotes, biblical commentary and short meditations to help readers engage with the stories.

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Health

This month, explore areas of medical science that are often overlooked, such as sense of taste and the science of flavour, and research into compulsive behaviour. Take a look at the groundbreaking research of a Nobel Prize Winner, and at the history of antibiotics and how it changed humanity’s relationship with nature. Books on menopause, anxiety and postpartum depression are also showcased this month, so make sure you have a browse!

Syndetics book cover Flavor : the science of our most neglected sense / Bob Holmes.
“Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from that of red snapper? How the taste of a Fuji apple differs from a Spartan? For most of us, this is a difficult task: flavor remains a vague concept that we don’t know enough about to describe, or appreciate fully. Journey into the surprising science of the sense of flavor with veteran New Scientist correspondent Bob Holmes as he outlines narrative principles in neurobiology and modern food production to reveal the broad range of factors that can affect one’s appreciation of what we consume.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover The telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer / Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD ; Elissa Epel, PhD.
“The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn who discovered telomerase and telomeres’ role in the aging process and health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel, who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life. The Telomere Effect explains this groundbreaking research and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover Sod sitting, get moving! : getting active in your 60s, 70s and beyond / Diana Moran and Muir Gray.
Sod Sitting, Get Moving! is the must-have guide to keeping fit and healthy in your sixties, seventies and beyond. As we get older too many of us spend our time sitting and not exercising. This is a call to arms, a bonfire of the slippers! With easy exercise ideas created by Green Goddess and health and fitness expert Diana Moran, with text from Sir Muir Gray, author of the bestselling Sod Seventy!, this is the perfect present for yourself, or for anybody turning sixty, seventy or eighty!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover Things that helped : essays / Jessica Friedmann.
“In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confronting, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts Jessica’s return into the world: a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured, and sometimes broke.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

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Personal Development

This month, take a look at different ways of thinking and managing your life, explore the importance of habits and find simple exercises for building new routines. Find ways to manage stress and anxiety with a focus on positive thinking, kindness, generosity and fun! Then perhaps consider this advice for self-improvement from an entirely different angle, rejecting the urge for self improvement by urging self acceptance.

Syndetics book cover 365 ways to live generously : simple habits for a life that’s good for you and for others / Sharon Lipinski.
365 Ways to Live Generously features lessons each day that focus on one of the seven generosity habits: Physical health, Mindfulness, Relationships, Connecting with yourself, Gratitude, Simplicity and Philanthropy. Each habit appears once a week, giving you a year to practice and make them all a part of your daily life. Learn why the habits are important, discover tips based on the latest research about making positive change, and explore simple exercises for building new routines.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Stand firm : resisting the self-improvement craze / Svend Brinkman ; translated by Tam McTurk.
“How can we resist today’s obsession with introspection and self-improvement?In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and “stand firm”. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner-self but in coming to terms with yourself. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this insightful anti-self-help guide offers a sobering and realistic alternative to life-coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say yes!” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover Notes from the sick room / Steve Finbow.
“Incapacity provides time for contemplation and creativity yet pain and discomfort detract from inspiration. Serious illness confronts the individual with the reality of death, the complacency of being is jolted by the shock of non-being. Notes from the Sick Room is an investigation into the connections between physical illness and creativity, concentrating on physical illness – cancer, HIV, tuberculosis and disabilities caused by accidents. ” (adapted from Amazon)
Syndetics book cover Life after loss : a practical guide to renewing your life after experiencing major loss / Bob Deits.
“One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention” (Dr. Earl Grollman), Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a significant life change. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Deits provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. (adapted from Amazon)

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Winter Health Events in July – Food and Sports

Hear an inspiring talk by Kenny McFadden (Steven Adams’ coach) on how he changed a young man’s life with basketball; listen to Anne Else talking about memories of New Zealand cooking and baking based on her world-renowned book: The colour of food: a memoir of life, love & dinner,  and get energized by having a go at Pilates with Anne from Thrive Pilates.
All events are free to attend, located on the warm Central Library ground floor.

Wednesday 12 July, 5:30-6:30pm, Anne Else Talk: The Colour of Food, A Memoir of Life, Love and Dinner
Monday 17 July, 12-1 pm, Anna (Thrive Pilates): Pilates Lesson
Saturday 29 July, 2-3pm, Kenny McFadden Talk: Steven Adams and Basketball

Author talk by Anne Else: The Colour of Food, a memoir of life, love & dinner

Syndetics book coverWellington author Anne Else will be sharing her inspirations of food based on her internationally renowned book: The colour of food : a memoir of life, love & dinner / Anne Else.
“She has the writer’s instinct for a good story and the editor’s keen eye for accuracy and brevity… This is a disarmingly intimate life account that fast forwards and winds back as she savors and suffers a life of friendship, motherhood, love, loss and mealtimes.”- Susette Goldsmith, Listener [sourced from Amazon.com]

Anne Else is a New Zealand writer, editor, blogger, and the author or co-author of five books on women and social history. In 2004 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature. The Colour of Food is her first book about her own story.

5:30-6:30pm, Wednesday 12 July,
Wellington Central Library Ground Floor.

Anna from Thrive Pilates: Pilates Lesson

Syndetics book coverHave a go with Pilates at Wellington Central Library. Anne from Thrive Pilates will teach you how to do Pilates, so wear your comfy clothes and start exercising on the floor.
Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. Thrive Pilates has given pilates a modern twist and is a fun way for you to achieve core control, alignment, precision, axial elongation, breathing, concentration and movement integration.

12-1 pm, Monday 17 July,
Wellington Central Library Ground Floor.

Kenny McFadden talk: Basketball

Syndetics book coverKenny McFadden was awarded Sports Legend of Wellington in 2014 and was introduced to the Hall of Fame. He is the coach who had changed Steven Adams from a troubled youth to an NBA star in the OKC Thunder team. Kenny McFadden was a “player-coach” of the Wellington Saints he took the team to 7 straight finals appearances winning 5 NBL titles from 1982 to 1988. Kenny founded Hoop Club, the largest basketball club in New Zealand. Kenny was the head coach for the Junior Tall Blacks, taking them to the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2009 in Auckland.  Kenny is also the president of the Wellington Basketball Association. Join Kenny McFadden for his inspiring talk about how he had changed a young person’s life through basketball.

2-3pm, Saturday 29 July,
Wellington Central Library Ground Floor.

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