#MatarikiMash – Matariki wordplay for Mondays!

Matariki Mash

On Mondays for four weeks from 26 June, we wish to test your imagination and your skill with language! Inspired by the New Zealand Book Council’s #ramereshorts weekly Twitter competitions, we’ll be running a special word challenge on Twitter for the 4 weeks of Matariki, every Monday and Wednesday.

We’ll post up two te reo Māori kupu those mornings, as well as one English word. All you need to do is bring your word play skills and include all three words in a tweet-length short story, together with the #MatarikiMash hashtag! See

Many thanks go to the New Zealand Book Council, for letting us borrow their idea:

New Zealand Book Council

Win movie tickets to Trumbo

TRUMBO is a gripping, spirited drama that sheds light on one of the darkest chapters in Hollywood history. It stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, trumbo film posterJohn Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg and New Zealand actor Dean O’Gorman.  The movie opened in cinemas December 26, and Trigger Marketing and Wellington City Libraries are giving you the chance to WIN one of 5 double passes to the film!

To win free tickets please tell us the name of one of the mygateway.info library databases that contains information about Dalton Trumbo. You can enter the competition on Twitter by messaging us @wcl_library with #trumbomovie, emailing us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz or on Facebook by messaging us @wellingtoncitylibraries. The competition ends on Tuesday 5 January and the winners will be drawn shortly after.

FILM SYNOPSIS
In 1947, the successful career of Trumbo comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political ideologies. Risking everything, Trumbo refuses to renounce his beliefs, and pays the price for his commitment to freedom. The studios refuse to hire him, the US government sentence him to a year in prison, and the conflict soon entangles everyone in Hollywood – from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren), to actors John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, and director Otto Preminger. With an irrepressible creative talent, Trumbo would find his way back onto the big screen, writing several scripts under pseudonyms during his exile, including Roman Holiday and The Brave One, both of which won Academy Awards under aliases. Wellington City Libraries has several other films authored by Trumbo.

In Cinemas January 30th.
RATED: M Offensive language and adult themes.

Rules for entry

  1. This competition is open to all Wellington City Libraries’ adult members.
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  3. Entries close on Tuesday 5 January 2015. Only entries received on or before this date will be considered.
  4. Wellington City Libraries will make reasonable attempts to contact the winner. Another winner will be drawn if contact cannot be made.
  5. Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Libraries’ staff are not permitted to enter this competition.

WIN a copy of J by Howard Jacobson!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWe have TWO copies of the new Man-Booker-longlisted novel J by Howard Jacobson to give away! To be in to win, just answer the following question correctly:

In what year did Howard Jacobson win the Man Booker prize for his novel The Finkler Question?

To enter, email your answer along with your library card number to enquiries@wcl.govt.nz . Please also include your preferred library branch to pick up your prize from, if you should win!

You must be a Wellington City Libraries member to enter the competition. Winners will be drawn at 5pm on September 19th, 2014.

In the meantime, you can check out Howard Jacobson’s back catalogue in the WCL collection here.

J: Set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn’t ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren’t sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they’ve been pushed into each other’s arms. But who would have pushed them, and why? Hanging over the lives of all the characters in this novel is a momentous catastrophe – a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened. J is a novel to be talked about in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World, thought provoking and life changing. (Syndetics summary)

Thank you to Random House for supplying us with these books!

Māwhai Tuhituhi – online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei ētahi taonga te wini.

Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 21-25 o Hūrae.

Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 25 o Hūrae.

Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura) Tau 1-8, me te Tau 9-13

Ko ngā taonga ia rā he pēke whare pukapuka, he kāri koha, he haki pukapuka hoki.

Ko ngā taonga mā ngā toa tuhituhi kotahi paparorohiko mō ia reanga, ā, he haki e $250 hei hoko pukapuka mō ngā kura o ngā toa tuhituhi.

Ko te kura hoki he tokomaha rawa ana kaituhi ka wini hoki i te haki pukapuka e $250!

Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

 

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win some cool prizes.

Well-known author, Paora Tibble, has written the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 21-25 July.

A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected, daily, from each age group, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 25 July.

Age Groups are: (School) Year 1-8, and Year 9-13

Daily prizes include library bags, concession cards and book vouchers.

The prizes for overall winners include a tablet for each age group winner, plus $250 of book vouchers for the winners’ schools.

The school with the most contributors will also win $250 of book vouchers!

For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

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Want to win an e-reader? Ever thought of writing a romance novel?

Romance novel competition

Now’s your chance to get started! To celebrate our new Mills & Boon collections, Wellington City Libraries is running a great new competition.

We’re looking for the best paragraph for a Mills and Boon romance which describes the first time the guy meets the girl (or the girl meets the guy).

The prize will be a basket of goodies including an e-reader  – the lucky winner will be able to download romances from our eLibrary, and pursue that wonderful pleasure of reading a steamy romance without anyone else knowing!

There are a few conditions for entering the competition:

  1. Paragraphs should be no more than 120 words
  2. Contestants must be over the age of 18 years
  3. Contestants must be current members of Wellington City Libraries
  4. Only one entry from each library card holder will be accepted
  5. Contestants accept that their entries may be posted online by Wellington City Libraries
  6. Wellington City Libraries and their families are not permitted to enter
  7. Prize-winners give their permission to Wellington City Libraries to display photos and/or publish names of winners
  8. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

So get out that laptop, or sharpen your pencil, and get writing!

When you’ve polished off your romance novel paragraph, just complete this entry form.  Alternatively, you can drop your entry off at any library branch, or post it to Wellington City Libraries,  P.O Box 1992, Wellington 614o (attention: Libraries Admin Team).

We’re accepting entries until 5pm on 27 June 2011.

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