One final list of book highlights from 2012, this one from The Horn Book (including books for kids also), which is a well-regarded book reviewing magazine (and a hornbook is also a “primer for study” according to Wikipedia).
There have been some excellent Best of 2012 suggestions, but none of them have come near Kirkus Reviews for comprehensiveness – reading through this list will take you through summer and well into the rugby season. There’s some excellent stuff here.
Sea Hearts, a.k.a. The Brides of Rollrock Island, Margo Lanagan
“On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings – and to catch their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment. Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.” (goodreads.com)
If you’re looking for something to do this summer, why not read a book? We have here a list of suggestions, plus our book lists, and some recommendations from library staff. Here are also some highlights of 2012.
You can also vote for your favourite popular book of 2012 on our poll.
As it’s Friday, a diversion is required. First, the trailer for the City of Bones movie (due out in August next year). We were a bit slow out of the starting gates, but here it is in all its splendid glory:
Clary? Simon? Jace? Hopefully you think they are fitting. The official site for the movie is here.
Peter Jackson’s posted an interesting clip about the inner workings of the Hobbit movie making:
If you want to read the book before December 13th, reserve a copy here.
It’s been a good year for reading, but we want to know what was your favourite of the most wanted new books of 2012*? Vote on our poll!
* For new books published this year: we acknowledge the awesomeness of The Hunger Games phenomenon, which would just need a poll with one option maybe?
Reached by Ally Condie (conclusion to the best-selling Matched trilogy) has arrived!
As you can see, we have many copies. This is necessary, because there’s currently 37 people patiently waiting. But not for long! Reserve it now, if you haven’t already.
Got a puzzling law question? Lawspot is a Wellington-based website that aims to provide answers to people’s legal queries. So you can find out about the legalities of downloading MP3s from YouTube for example.
While Lawspot isn’t a substitute for personalised, one-to-one legal advice, it’s a great way of finding out general information. If you’re interested in the law in general you can also browse through answers to see what legal concerns people have.
We – Wellington City Libraries – also have a range of useful online law databases, courtesy of mygateway.info.
If you’re interested in studying law (and staying in Wellington while doing so), the Victoria University Law Faculty has all the info, obvs. - including a video that features impressive Wellington buildings and scenery (and two tiny clips of people in lectures).
It’s exam time again, but never fear! Come to the library to study. Also, here’s some useful stuff:
Past Exam Papers. You can download these off the NZQA website here (you can print exam papers out at the library – printing costs 20c for an A4 black and white page).
The 2012 Exam Timetable. Here’s a link to the timetable (PDF).
NCEA Study Guides. You can borrow these from the library (for one week). If someone’s got the one you want, there are reference copies at the central library. Just bring your library card to the children’s enquiries desk.
Forum for students. Ask advice and talk to teachers and other students at studyit.
Revision tools for NCEA Science. At No Brain Too Small.
Exam tips from the good people at NZQA here.
Online Databases. The library’s got a wealth of information available through MyGateway. The Study and Homework page has got a collection of all-round useful websites and databases, but also have a look at Science, History, or Books & Reading, for example.
Exam Info Alerts. Find out the latest information from NZQA via Twitter.
Studystop Pages. Useful links and hints are here.
WCL Teens at Facebook. While you’re on a study break, like us on Facebook to waste some time.
The teen blog wishes you all the best for your exams!