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Win a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Would you like a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth? How about a copy that you can wipe clean even after you spill a drink on it, because it comes wrapped in the classic library protective plastic? Of course you do. Go to the Teen Blog Facebook page, be one of the first three YA cardholders to answer a very easy question and you can (w)insurgent. Cool? Cool.

Lending changes

books to loan and renewYou guys! From Sunday July 1 you might notice some differences when you issue, renew or return items at Wellington City Libraries.

The issue period for books is changing to three weeks – and you will soon be able to renew (for free!!) each item once for another three weeks, if no one else has placed a reserve.

If you’re renewing a YA or Children’s DVD you’ll just need to pay another 80c rental fee to keep it for another week, very handy for some of those longer box sets!

You will have two more days after items become due, before we start charging overdue fees.

Renewing items is easy – you can either renew them online by checking your library card at wcl.govt.nz/card or ask a staff member at your local library.

If you have any questions about these changes and how they’ll affect the items you take out of the library most regularly, please email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz or ask at your local library.

Hunger Games Quiz – Entries Close Today!

Quick, you guys! You only have until 5:30pm today to enter the Hunger Games quiz on our Facebook page! Someone will win the $100 iTunes voucher today – if you click some buttons and type in your name and library card number it could easily, easily be you.

Follow this link, then follow the instructions on the page to be in with a chance to win.

While you’re on our Facebook page, don’t forget to “like” it, there’ll be more quizzes coming soon and this is the best way to hear about them.

Enter Quiz, Win iTunes Voucher

Have you entered the Hunger Games quiz over on our Facebook page yet? There are ten multi-choice questions to answer, get them correct and you’ll be entered into the draw to win a $100 iTunes voucher. You can enter as many times as you like to shoot for 100% (only one correct entry per person though) and all YA cardholders are eligible. Entries close at 5:30pm on Monday June 18, so there is still plenty of time left.

The quiz can be found along the top of the page, just underneath the cover photo. Here is a picture that shows you exactly where:


Here is a sample question to try:

Good luck, you guys!

Big Announcement! Hunger Games Quiz!

We’re very excited to bring you a Hunger Games quiz via our Facebook page and even more excited to give away a $100 iTunes voucher for the winner!


Correctly answer the questions carefully compiled by the Teen Blog Quiz Committee, supply your name, YA library card number and email address and you go into the draw. Tell your friends to enter too. Tell them to like the page as well, ok?

You’ve got until 5:30 pm on Monday June 18 to submit your answers. The draw will take place on Tuesday June 19 and we’ll let you know as soon as we can after that who the winner is!

Good luck!

Coming soon to our Facebook Page

High up in Teen Blog Towers we’re working on something very exciting for all our readers, and it won’t be long before we can unveil it …

coming soon

Head over to our Facebook page and “like” it to be the first to see what we’ve got in store for you in the next week or so. I can’t reveal any details at the moment, but hopefully there are enough clues in the above .gif to whet your appetite.

In the meantime, care to guess what it could be?

MCA: A memoriam in video

I’d like to take a quick break from all the New Zealand Music Month posting to refect on the sad news this week that rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away aged just 47.

In a career spanning almost 30 years The Beastie Boys had one of the most distinctive, energetic and creative voices in popular music. They released 8 studio albums, all of which are available on our catalogue, along with several compilations and EPs. A good starting point is the excellent, two disc best of The sounds of science (complete with exhaustive and hilarious liner notes) and last year’s Hot sauce committee. part two.

Although the albums are all great, the best (in my opinion) document of their work are the music videos, often directed by MCA under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. So what better way to celebrate Yauch’s life than a video retrospective …

Shadrach (1989)

So What Cha Want (1992)

Intergalactic (1998)

Don’t play no game that I can’t win (2011)

Great artist, huge loss.

New Zealand Music We Like: Jack

Happy New Zealand Music Month, you guys! All this month there’ll be posts on the New Zealand music that we like. Comment with some of your favourites if you want to!

There are a couple of Mint Chicks albums in the YA area (Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! and Screens) and then some more in the adult area that you will have to pay $1 for, but it’s ok because they’re really good too (if I had to recommend just one it would be the EP Anti-Tiger). If you are unfamiliar with what the Mint Chicks sound like, then this will give you a good idea:

Energetic and punky.

Sadly they’ve moved on to other projects, but happily one of them is the excellent Unknown Mortal Orchestra (also in the adult colection, but so good)

Some people were at the premiere of ‘The Hunger Games’ and then tweeted out what they thought

Are you getting excited about the prospect of seeing The Hunger Games on the silver screen? We are. It premiered in Los Angeles last night, and now that everyone in the world is on Twitter and we all tweet about everything we do and see, it’s easy to find out what the people that were lucky enough to be there thought of it. The Huffington Post handily collected some tweets in a slideshow, here. By all (of these) accounts, Suzanne Collins will be very pleased with the adaptation.

Oh, and if you need to read the book first to compare them, do so here.

Grammy winning CDs

The 54th annual Grammy awards were held last night in Los Angeles, amongst the 78 winners (78! There used to be more, last year it was 109) were a few that can be found on the YA CD shelves. Read on…

21 by Adele won six awards or something crazy like that, Album of the year is the most noteworthy. Confusingly, Rolling In The Deep won Record of the year and Song of the year, I couldn’t tell you the difference between those categories.

Wasting Light by The Foo Fighters was another big winner, with four. They won awards in both the “Rock” and the “Hard rock/Metal” categories, so they are to be commended for being “genre-spanning”.

Watch The Throne by Kanye West & Jay-Z features the song Otis which won an award for “Best rap performance”. Since it features an Otis Redding sample I suppose that kind of means he wins too. Well done, Otis!

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West won the other three rap categories. Well done to Kanye by keeping busy enough to release two albums this year, thus doubling his chances of winning Grammys. Shrewd move, Kanye, shrewd move indeed.

Own The Night by Lady Antebellum won Best country album. In our catalogue it is under “Pop”, but that is probably just because we do not have a “Country” category in the YA section.

Even though Taylor Swift’s Speak Now came out in 2010, the song Mean came out as a single in 2011, therefore it was eligible to win Best country song and Best solo country performance. Which it did. Grammy voters love Taylor Swift.

Did any of your favourites win?

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