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  • Happenings, Library Serf

    John Boyne Wellington Visit

    23.08.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on John Boyne Wellington Visit

    The author of the bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is going to be in Wellington for an event on the 3rd of September!

    You can book at the New Zealand Book Council website (tickets $10.00).

  • Happenings, Library Serf

    National Poetry Day

    19.07.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on National Poetry Day

    Next Friday, the 27th of July, is reasonably momentous. Not only is it the first day of the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the opening of the London Olympics (Saturday morning New Zealand time), it is also National Poetry Day. Carry a poem in your pocket on National Poetry Day!

    More details (and pocketable poems) are at the Booksellers website. Or you could just use ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ by William Carlos Williams.

  • Happenings, Library Serf

    YA in the Central Library Booksale

    22.05.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on YA in the Central Library Booksale

    The library booksale is on now! There are some interesting bits and pieces to be found in the sale, like I spotted:

    Lots of Tamora Pierce, several Gossip Girls, John Marsden (various Tomorrow When the War Began), Princess Diaries, some Travelling Pants, and even a stray Eldest (by Christopher Paolini).

    In other words: come to the Central Library and have a look at the booksale! All YA books are $1.00 each, and you might find something really excellent.

    Why is there a booksale? It’s a question of space: we get new stuff on a daily basis, and have finite-sized buildings. So twice a year we sell library items that we’ve got too many copies of, or have been sitting on the shelf for a while, or have been replaced with shiny new titles. It’s the circle of library life.

  • Happenings, Library Serf

    Where’s the Power?

    15.05.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Where’s the Power?

    This Friday the 18th of May is Pink Shirt Day.

    What is Pink Shirt Day? “Pink Shirt Day is a national campaign aimed to raise awareness about the power to prevent bullying. Pink Shirt Day aims to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting the development of positive social relationships. An annual event celebrated throughout New Zealand and the world, Pink Shirt Day aims to create a New Zealand where all people feel safe, valued and respected.” (website)

    This is fantastic. So, like Pink Shirt Day on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, visit the website, and have a good Pink Shirt Day!

  • Events, Library Serf, News

    Christopher Paolini in Wellington in June

    23.04.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Christopher Paolini in Wellington in June

    The writer of the enormously popular Inheritance books is going to be in town on Thursday June the 28th!

    Tickets for the event will cost $5.00 (bargain!) and will be sold through the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, but you can register your interest now if you’re keen: just email them – you can find their contact details and more information on their website right here.

    Also, if you haven’t yet read Inheritance (the final book in the series) and you’ve been waiting for the reserve queue at the library to calm down, now’s your chance!

    Mr Paolini is also tweeting about his book touring adventures, and other interesting stuff.

  • Adrienne, Events, NZ Music Month, Pencil it in your diaries, zombies

    Zombies Vs. Gleeks

    03.05.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Zombies Vs. Gleeks


    You, your mates and zombies, Glee, prizes, gloating rights, free food, brains! Wait, what…?

    Okay, there might not be brains, but eveything else will be there. Pull a team of Glee and Zombie experts together and get ready for the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Trivia Night.

    Open for teams of  13 to 18 year olds (min 2 – max 4), the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Teen Trivia Night will be at the Wellington Central Library on 27th May at 6.30pm. Registrations open soon and places will be limited so get your team ready to go and start planning your costumes.

  • Competition, Happenings, Library Serf

    Cassandra Clare in Kilbirnie

    02.05.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Cassandra Clare in Kilbirnie

    Cassandra Clare, author of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, will be visiting New Zealand next week, including a whirlwind stop for a booksigning at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Tuesday the 10th of May. If you’re interested in attending, email the Children’s Bookshop: more information, including times and email address, is here.

    On the subject, Booksellers NZ is giving you the chance to win a copy of City of Fallen Angels. You just need to enter before 5pm on Wednesday the 4th (you’ve got two days!).

  • Art, Happenings, Library Serf

    See Some European Masters for Free

    26.01.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on See Some European Masters for Free

    On Thursday the 3rd of February you can see the European Masters exhibition at Te Papa for free: all you need to do is confirm you’re a Wellington resident (your Wellington City Libraries library card will do for this), oh and also be prepared for a queue (especially if you’re going after school)!

    See paintings by Picasso, Munch, Renoir and many more: for more information on the exhibition visit the Te Papa site here.

  • Library, Library Serf

    Teen only night! At! Karori!

    04.10.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Teen only night! At! Karori!


  • Happenings, Internet, Jack, Not Library Related

    Scratch Day

    18.05.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Scratch Day

    “Scratch” is a young people’s animation and programming tool developed by MIT’s Media Lab in the USA. It has a half-million followers worldwide, mostly teens. Sort of like facebook, but more animation-y (therefore better?), it has a strong community of users who collaborate on designs and hang out at things like “Scratch Day” .

    Incidentally, and the reason for this post, there is a Wellington “Scratch Day” happening on Saturday 22nd May in the CBD. There is a facebook event page you can RSVP to here. If you are a seasoned veteran of the scratching, or even just a curious n00b, go along and join in on the animation fun.

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