MyLibrary and New Booklists

Person writing in notebook by laptopAs part of our ongoing programme to upgrade our online services, please note that MyLibrary will no longer be available after 31 October 2018.

We have decided to make this step because we now have other ways of providing new book lists, and the MyLibrary service which served us faithfully for many years was becoming dated and difficult to support.

You may like to consider bookmarking our What’s new at the library? webpage. Many of the booklists and subject picks are updated monthly and the quicksearches are dynamic. This means that every time a new item is added within that category, it will appear in the search results. If you had added some additional links to your MyLibrary page, we suggest you copy and paste them into another document (e.g. Word) so this information won’t be lost.

If you would like a more personalised list of catalogue searches or books (or DVDs etc), please note that our new catalogue has this option also. Please ask staff if you would like help to set this up.

New Picture Books: April 2011

Here are some new picturebooks for preschoolers, featuring beasts, dragons, bears, frogs, rabbits, and the very now discussion of print versus digital media.

Poppy Wash, by Kerry Brown and Michelle Pike
“Poppy has the best job in the world, every day she washes all kinds of dragons at her Dragon wash. Poppy loves her job, but most of all she loves the dragons themselves. All that’s missing is a dragon she can call her own.” (Syndetics summary)

Ribbit Rabbit, by Candace Ryan
“The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text is a pretty music, the kind of song you’d sing in the dark to lift your spirits. Equally joyful and engaging – and that’s a tall order – is Lowery’s artwork. It has a childlike, elemental tone, with neat planes of color, but it is wonderfully, touchingly emotive. Best of all, Frog and Bunny have the radiant good cheer of a sock monkey, a mingling of the ridiculous with the sublime for a spellbinding effect.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Big Bear Little Brother, by Carl Norac
Translated from the French. “On the ice, the wind is blowing gently and Big Bear has paused for a moment on his journey. Suddenly the stillness is broken with a cry as a child tumbles down an icy cliff… Carl Norac’s delicately woven tale is accompanied by beautiful, evocative illustrations from Kristin Oftedal.” (

George and Ghost, by Catriona Hoy and Cassia Thomas
“A cute and touching story about a friendship with vibrant and colourful illustrations. Perfect for any age.” (Staff member)

The Lonely Beast, by Chris Judge
“Have you heard of the Beasts? No, not many people have. That’s because they are very rare. This is the tale of one such Beast, whose determination to overcome his loneliness leads him to undertake a daring and dangerous quest to find others like him…” (

Hamilton’s Handstand, by Dave Hackett
“Holly and her amazing handstanding dog, Hamilton, are due to appear at the big talent show at Holly’s school. Holly has told everybody about it. But can Hamilton really do handstands?” (Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie)

It’s a Book, by Lane Smith
“Two readers compare a print to digital media, and learn books are still valuable.” (Syndetics summary)

Unpoppable, by Tim Hopgood
“From the author of A Dog Called Rod comes Unpoppable! The story takes the reader on an extraordinary journey atop an unpoppable, unstoppable balloon as it goes beyond the stars and brings back a surprise for its owner – because as you know, what goes up must come down – this time with a big bang!” (Staff member – on order, but you can reserve it now)

Look! A Book!, by Bob Staake
“Go on a crazy seek-and-find adventure in this new picture book from award-winning artist Bob Staake… From underwater worlds, to haunted houses and tree-top towns, there are endless details for readers to search for and discover. This inventive picture book format will have kids hooked from the very first die-cut page all the way through to the end where a gate-fold finale challenges them to go back for yet another look and even more surprises!” (

The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour, by Moira Wairama
“Retelling of the legend of how Wellington Harbour was created. In ancient times in Aotearoa, there was a beautiful lake in which there dwelt two monstrous taniwha. Their names were Whataitai and Ngake. Whataitai and Ngake are two taniwha living in a beautiful lake, however when Ngake gets bored and decides to break free into the ocean his actions have far reaching consequences and help shape the landscape of our capital city.” (Syndetics summary)

Interrupting chicken, by David Ezra Stein
“Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.” (Syndetics summary)

What’s new at the library?

MyLibrary is a free service which allows you to set up your own portal page to bring together lists of new books, CDs and DVDs in our libraries, plus links to databases and other useful websites in the subject areas you are interested in.

Our librarians compile monthly lists of new items across the different subject areas in the library’s collection, e.g. Religion & Beliefs, New Zealand material, Picture Books, DVDs, new fiction books (organised by genre), Cooking, Home & Garden, and many more. You can customise your own personal portal to include any of these lists, add your own favourite website links, and more.

For many subjects, these monthly lists are available going back a number of years.

DVD coverThis month our DVD recent picks are full of sumptuous stories and award-winning performances. The screen version of Ian McEwan’s Atonement (the novel was short-listed for the Booker Prize) doesn’t disappoint. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in Director Joe Wright’s treatment of the much lauded novel. The end product is described as “one of the defining films of the epic romantic drama”. Also featured this month: winner of the World Audience Award at Sundance, Once; The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster – “a provocative drama about the nature of justice”; Venus, a film in which Peter O’Toole plays Maurice, a frail but defiantly horny London actor in his sunset – “a marvelous portrait of mortality … [that] hits just the right notes of clumsiness, grace, and regret”. Plus much more. Have a look – DVD Recent Picks, May 2008.