New RBdigital app now available

Have you tried the new RBdigital app? It is now available to download from your app store and is the new app for reading our Zinio (now-renamed RBdigital) magazine collection.  It has some great features – you’re able to search our magazine collection, checkout and download issues all in the one app.  That means there is no need to move out of the app to browse, or to reopen your app to download.  You can also add other accounts, so there can be more than one user in the app.

If you open your existing Zinio for Libraries app, you will be prompted to download the new app, or depending on your device, visit your app store from these links: iOS | Google Play. Alternatively, search for “RBdigital” in the app store, if you’re not reading this on your device. Within the next month, you’ll need to changeover to the new app, and Zinio for Libraries will stop providing access.  So download the new app and have a look round.  There is a basic, but comprehensive help feature inside the app to get you started, or click on the image below for a quick guide to getting started.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems please contact us via the technical support form.


Zinio for Libraries app changes coming soon

Zinio for Libraries is rebranding and becoming RBdigital – this means some changes ahead for us. On the 28th of June the RBdigital app will become the main app for our Zinio for Libraries magazine collection. The new RBdigital app has some great new features – now you’ll be able to search our magazine collection, check out and download issues all in the one app!  That means there will be no need to move out of the app to browse or reopen your app to download.

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You can download it from your usual app store and login with the same details as you use for Zinio for Libraries.  All of your Zinio for Libraries history will be retained, but you will have to re-download the magazines you have previously checked out and downloaded.   The Zinio for Libraries app will alert you by notification about the changes and you will be able to continue to use it for a minimum of 60 more days.  That will give you plenty of time to get set up in the new app! If you have any questions about this change, please let us know via the Technical Support form

On Tuesday June 27th there is a planned Zinio for Libraries outage to accommodate the switchover to RBdigital.  The outage will last for 14 hours, from 12pm on the 27th to 2am on Wednesday June 28th.  After that the new RBdigital should be up and running!


Drama Online & BWB Texts now available!

The library has purchased two new online tools for you to use through our website – Bloomsbury Drama Online and BWB Text Collection.  Both can be found on our Mygateway page (the home of our online resources) and can be accessed either at home or in the library.

Firstly, Drama Online is a one stop shop for anyone with an interest in drama.   This award winning database features over 1,200 classic and contemporary play texts, including the complete works of Shakespeare. Background to the plays are provided through critical scholarly works, theory and practical “how to” guides. There is also streaming video of live performances from Shakespeare’s Globe and professional audio recordings from L.A. Theatre Works. You can search for and sort plays and monologues using cast size, gender, roles, genre, period, author, setting and theme filters.

Feedback from the talented thespians on staff is that it should have real appeal to students, drama teachers and those involved in community theatre.  Dive straight in and have a play (haha) or check out this overview below.

The second online tool is from Bridget Williams, the BWB Text Collection.  Bridget Williams Books is a well-known local publisher of New Zealand print books and recently they have also developed an ebook platform. We previously purchased the BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection and have now added Texts Collection to our offerings.

The BWB Texts Collection brings together a diverse group of short ebooks on the big issues facing New Zealand by some of the country’s best writers and commentators. Topics covered include: the housing crisis, climate change, child poverty, inequality, the 1981 Springbox tour and public health.

One of the big positives for us all is that they are so easy to use – titles are meant to be read in the web browser, and this can be any web browser on any device.  There’s no downloading involved, just click on the title and read!   And the number of users are unlimited.

New additions to our Zinio eMagazines **Zinio is now RBdigital**

Every year we renew our Zinio subscriptions.  And every year we take this as an opportunity to look at the magazines you’re reading, what’s popular and what’s not. It’s that time of year now!  As a result, we’ve made some changes to the titles you’ll find in Zinio.

Luckily for us there were heaps of new magazines to choose from this year.  Some of the new magazines you’ll now find in Zinio are:
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly | The Listener | Architectural Digest | Elle UK | Vogue UK | BBC Music | Mojo | New Philosopher | North & South | Attitude | Spoke | Wheels | Your house and garden.

There are a few titles we decided to switch to a different version in Zinio – for example we’ll now be getting the US edition of New Scientist and the NZ version of Australian Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Day. Also, there will be more copies of our most popular magazine The Economist!

There are also some magazines we’ve discontinued and you’ll no longer find in Zinio – some we chose to stop due to low usage and some have been removed by the publishers, which is beyond our control.  Fortunately a handful of ceased magazines can now be found in PressReader (our other online eMagazine resource): you’ll find Cuisine, NZ House and Garden, NZ Life and Leisure, NZ Gardener and Forbes there now, all you need are your library card details to read them.

Alternatively, take a look about in Zinio as there are plenty of titles to choose from and hopefully something for everyone.

If you haven’t used Zinio before now would be a great time to start.  Zinio allows you to read the latest magazines (some sooner than we get the actual magazine!) as it appears in print, for free of charge, either in the browser on your PC or downloaded to a tablet or mobile device.  All you need is a library card!  You can find Zinio in our eLibrary or through, where you’ll also find instructions for getting started and some useful FAQs.  Or pop in to your local library for a demo or to ask staff for assistance.


Parenting Recent Picks for June

Some really interesting, new parenting books for this month’s picks, covering all ages and stages. My pick would be Calmer, easier, happier screen time – a bit of a struggle in our house so this book will be useful (especially heading into the wet winter’s days!)

Syndetics book coverSewing dress-up : 35 cute and easy costumes for kids / Emma Hardy.
“If you want to add to your dressing-up box without spending a fortune, Emma Hardy has designed 35 magical costumes that will satisfy every child. Two pull-out sheets are included with all the full-size patterns you will need, and there’s a techniques section so you can brush up on your sewing skills. Your children will love these costume makes, and when the party’s over, you can add them to your dress-up cupboard at home for many more hours of fun.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe silenced child : from labels, medications, and quick-fix solutions to listening, growth, and lifelong resilience / Claudia M. Gold.
“In The Silenced Child, Dr. Claudia Gold shows the tremendous power of listening in parent/child and doctor/patient relationships. Through vivid stories, perceptive insights, and new research, she shows the way children grow from these relationships and how being heard actually changes their brains. She helps both parents and caregivers make the time and space for listening.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first six weeks : the tried-and-tested guide that shows you how to have a happy, healthy, sleeping baby / Midwife Cath [Cathryn Curtin] ; foreword by Dr. Len Kliman.
“Experienced midwife Cathryn Curtin has delivered babies for 40 years, and now she is sharing with parents everywhere the knowledge that they need to lay the best foundations for a child’s life. From teaching babies how to sleep and eat, to advice on how parents can cope, this book will ease the worries of new parents and help them with all the key aspects of their baby’s life. Unlike many other books, this will focus on the first six weeks of a babies life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNurture the wow : finding spirituality in the frustration, boredom, tears, poop, desperation, wonder, and radical amazement of parenting / Danya Ruttenberg.
“Rooted in Judaism but incorporating a wide-range of religious and literary traditions, Nurture the Wow asks, Can ancient ideas about relationships, drudgery, pain, devotion, and purpose help make the hard parts of a parent’s job easier and the magical stuff even more so? Ruttenberg shows how parenting can be considered a spiritual practice–and how seeing it that way can lead to transformation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCalmer, easier, happier screen time : for parents of toddlers to teens : a guide to getting back in charge of technology / Noël Janis-Norton.
Do you constantly find yourself battling to stop your kids spending hours in front of a screen? Whether it’s a TV, an iPad, a PC, or a Playstation children are spending more and more time absorbed in the digital world and for most parents it’s a cause for concern. For parents of toddlers to teens, a guide to getting back in charge of technology.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe gentle parenting book : how to raise calmer, happier children from birth to seven / Sarah Ockwell-Smith.
“In The Gentle Parenting Book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith provides a trustworthy combination of what-to-expect information and gentle-parenting solutions to the most common challenges faced by parents with young children. And for those parents who have previously used a more authoritarian style of parenting, there’s plenty of advice – and reassurance – on making the transition to a gentler approach.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHolding tight, letting go : raising healthy kids in anxious times / Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D.
“When to hold on; when to let go–a constant dilemma of parenthood. This timely book examines the balance between these powerful dynamics. Includes down-to-earth descriptions of family systems and identity development and guidance on remaining an emotional anchor in children’s lives as they launch toward independence.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s Book Pick:

Syndetics book coverSuper Happy Magic Forest: Slug of Doom
“Welcome back to the Super Happy Magic Forest, a super happy, super magical place filled with picnics, dancing, and fun. That is until the super slimy SLUG OF DOOM threatens to drink a magical potion that will give him the size and strength to eat the entire forest. Five heroes – a fairy, a unicorn, a faun, a gnome, and a talking mushroom – must go on an epic quest to find the potion before the Slug of Doom can drink it, but their quest won’t be easy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for April

Here’s another fantastic and diverse selection of parenting books for this month. I’m particularly interested in Pirates and Pompoms – autumn seems to have finally arrived so it’s a good time to think about some inside crafty activities!

Syndetics book coverSewing for your girls : easy instructions for dresses, smocks and frocks / Yoshiko Tsukiori
“Yoshiko Tsukiori’s sewing books provide elegant casual designs for women and children and have made her one of the most popular names in the sew-it-yourself craze. Tsukiori provides easy-to-follow instructions (in English) and shares the basic techniques for creating all the classic elements of little girls’ clothes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNot in your genes : the real reasons children are like their parents / Oliver James.
“Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people, Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. Not in Your Genes will not only change the way you think about yourself and the people around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and your life for the better.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe busy parent’s guide to raising super healthy kids / Nicole Monteforte and Shane Byrne.
“In the busy world we live in, families are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain a healthy lifestyle, schedule time for the family to exercise, and on top of that, cook healthy and nutritional meals at home within a budget. The Busy Parent’s Guide to Raising Super Healthy Kids will explain how you can interact with your child and lead by example. Follow the easy daily exercises that can be done either in the home or garden, and use the food plans to help you structure your day and your week, and be able to provide tasty, healthy food for your kids.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPirates & pompoms : how to make children’s toys and costumes / Stella Bee & Jemma Bell.
“Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you’ll keep children entertained with make-believe pirate, forest-animal and circus worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking and sewing skills are required. Perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTalking Baby: How To Help Your Child Discover Language.
“This book starts by describing a baby’s language development alongside their physical development in the first 18 months. It also explores childrens’ very early acquisition of words, and how they use them, and it covers the exciting development when a child can put two words together and talk about more complicated things. Lastly it looks at the variety in children’s progress with language which can involve particular stages, such as saying “no” and asking lots of questions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnmumsy Mum.
“The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no “one size fits all” approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys “from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training” will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBringing Baby Home.
“Mothercraft Nurse Christine Minogue’s philosophy of time, space and getting to know your baby has empowered thousands of families to trust their parenting instincts. Bringing Baby Home brings together the detailed information from her 30 years of experience, including: clear and concise ‘cheat sheets’ on feeding and sleeping for every age, with suggestions for daily rhythms; practical advice on connecting with your baby, and nurturing relationships between siblings; simple and encouraging tips for diverse modern families, including information on adoption, surrogacy, fostering, babies with special needs, and older first-time parents.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s picture book pick:

Syndetics book coverLittle One
“Spring is here and new life is stirring. There is so much for Big Bear to teach her new cub as they step out into the forest. With Big Bear’s help, Little One grows more and more confident, until winter comes once more and it’s time to head home. With gentle text and stunning black and white illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the first steps of independence, and the strength of parental love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for February

Back to school time and hopefully that means more time for you to check out the library’s latest parenting books (whilst sitting in the sun of course!) This month has more of a focus on older children and teens, but still covering a wide range of topics.
Also don’t forget about the free coding workshops being held for kids, in the mezzanine room at the library, at the end of February. Read about them here.

Syndetics book coverNurture by nature : understand your child’s personality type–and become a better parent / Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger
“Every parent knows that children, even babies, have distinct personalities.  In Nurture by Nature you’ll learn which of 16 distinctly different types best matches your child’s personality; how this personality type affects your child in each of the three stages of development – preschool, school age, and adolescence; how other parents, whose experiences are recounted in scores of case studies, deal with a wide array of challenging situations you may encounter.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSleepy magic : a magical step-by-step night-time ritual for calm, connected and conscious children / written by Danielle Wright.
“This beautiful book is a gift to banish those sleepless nights, strengthen your relationship, while nurturing stillness and self-worth in your children. Perfect for children aged 3 to 10, Sleepy Magic is a simple step-by-step night-time sleep ritual that combines:  Meditation, Affirmations, Imagination, and An essential breathing technique.  It calms your child, creating a loving and safe place for connection.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe happy kid handbook : how to raise joyful children in a stressful world / Katie Hurley
“With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the “perfect” parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids.  Katie Hurley…shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children.  By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, this definitive guide to parenting offers parents the specific strategies they need to meet their child exactly where he or she needs to be met from a social-emotional perspective.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to be the big person your little person needs / Claire Broad.
“How to be the big person your little person needs is a guide for parents with toddlers who are seeking a calmer life with improved behaviour from their children.  It provides step by step instructions for having: · Peaceful households. · Long restful nights. · Finished meals. · Tranquil babies. · Sibling harmony. · Fantastic little listeners. · Big people time every evening. · A solid support network. · Being able to look after you, and them too. This book is different to other books about childrens behaviour because it has a strong focus on the big people too.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGirl bullying : do I look bothered? / Dr Sam.
“The world of modern day girl bullying is multi–faceted, complex and something every school, youth worker and parent wants to overcome.  Girl Bullying takes a detailed look at these complexities, together with both proactive and reactive strategies for intervening, managing and teasing out the intricacies that are present when girls bully, and fall prey to those bullies. The aim is to help adults working with girls develop a toolbox of strategies and understanding that can help to provide bespoke approaches.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGeneration Z : their voices, their lives / Chloe Combi.
“Today’s teenagers are growing up in a world of widening social inequality, political apathy and economic uncertainty. They join gangs, are obese, have underage sex, watch porn, drink and are a menace to society.  But they are also curious, kind, creative and worried about the future.  Told in their voices, Generation Z is a shocking, enlightening and funny portrait of how it feels to be young and what it takes to survive and thrive on the journey to adulthood.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpeed learning for kids : the must-have brain-training tools to succeed at school / Bill Handley.
“Proven strategies to help kids learn faster and better, from bestselling author Bill Handley.  Kids who succeed at school aren’t necessarily smarter than other kids. Often, they’re simply better at learning. Speed Learning for Kids helps you teach your child how to thrive at school by learning more in less time with less effort. The brain-training techniques in this book will enable kids to not just learn faster, but enjoy their learning, memorise as they go, and absorb as much in ten minutes as they normally would in two hours of study.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)


Syndetics book coverFinding Audrey / Sophie Kinsella.
Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.


Parenting Recent Picks for December

An eclectic assortment of books this month, covering all sorts of topics. I think you’ll certainly find something to keep you interested and occupied over the Christmas holiday break!

Syndetics book coverStitch, wear, play : 20 charming patterns for boys & girls / Mariko Nakamura.
“Hop, skip and jump your way through over 20 practical and stylish clothing designs for children ages 3-8. This year-round collection was designed with active boys and girls in mind, and includes shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and charming accessories. The cuts are classic and the fabrics are kid-friendly cotton, linen, knits, and fleece. Delicate details and impeccable finishing complete the look, making all sewing projects look like they were purchased from a trendy boutique.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAwesome cakes for kids / editor Pamela Clark.
“The Australian Women’s Weekly is world-famous for its colourful, easy-to-create, imaginative and crazy kids’ birthday cakes, with generations having fond memories of eagerly selecting their chosen cake before each year’s birthday celebration. Continuing this tradition, Awesome Cakes for Kids brings the magic to a new generation eager to festoon their parties with fondant creepy crawlies, exploratory spacemen, fire-breathing dragons and cuddly cats.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlanet parent : the world’s best ways to bring up your children / Mark Woods.
“In his unique, witty and informative style, Mark Woods sets off on an international adventure to discover if any country has found the secret to great parenting (or at least found out how to make the little ones eat their broccoli) and if we can learn a little something from each other. Planet Parent explores whether mums and dads elsewhere have better potty training techniques than us, if the twos are terrible everywhere and whether all parents feel this knackered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMama tried : dispatches from the seamy underbelly of modern parenting / Emily Flake.
“New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. With incredible honesty, Flake tackles everything from morning sickness to sleep training, shedding much needed light on the gnarly realities of breastfeeding, child proofing, mommy groups, and every unrealistic expectation in between.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Why do toddlers throw food on the floor again and again so that they can watch you pick it up? What’s the best way to help a child learn to walk? When does a child understand the word ‘no’? Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting Made Easy: The Early Years
Parenting Made Easy: The Early Years provides ideas for your bag of tricks that have worked for thousands of families to foster children’s positive self-identity. The strategies advocated promote positive nurturing relationships while equipping parents with skills to manage problem behaviour. Children, by virtue of being children, will make behavioural errors and so it is the job of parents to love and believe in them and to model and teach respectful communication. Such authoritative parenting is characterised by firm, warm, expectations with clear limit setting while encouraging independent thinking and displaying unconditional love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanging our secondary schools / Bali Haque.
“This is a powerful critique of two decades of educational reform in New Zealand, from an educator who was deeply involved. It is also a provocative call for action. Bali Haque has been both a secondary school principal required to implement reform and a senior public servant in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) tasked with pushing through changes. In a final future pathways section, the author sets out his proposals to address the problems and concerns raised throughout the book. With clearly defined topics and summaries in each chapter, this is an accessible and absorbing read.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverClick, clack, ho! ho! ho!.
“Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series. It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a…duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready. Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?” (Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for November

This month’s selections see the reprint of some classic parenting titles – Celia Lashlie’s He’ll be ok and the original Save our sleep.  My children’s pick is also a classic of sorts, a Hairy Maclary treasury with all your favourites in one book!  Along with the other great new books,  these additions are well worth checking out.

Syndetics book coverBecoming a mother : a journey of uncertainty, transformation and falling in love / Leisa Stathis.
“Throughout the first difficult year of their babies’ lives, many women secretly doubt that they will emerge as the loving, confident mothers they long to be. Here, Leisa Stathis explores this emotional journey. Through shared stories, women learn that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHe’ll be OK : growing gorgeous boys into good men / Celia Lashlie.
“The 10th anniversary edition of the iconic book that takes parents into the mysterious world of boys, with new foreword, introduction and tribute to the author. In this new edition of her honest, no-nonsense and best-selling book, Celia reveals what goes on inside the world of boys. With clarity and insight, she offers parents – especially mothers – practical and reassuring advice on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSave our sleep : a parents’ guide towards happy, sleeping babies from birth to two years / Tizzie Hall.
“The bestseller that answers that all-important question for parents – how can I get my baby to sleep? Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer who has been working with babies and their parents for over 24 years. Her customised sleep routines have helped thousands of restless babies sleep through the night.  Save Our Sleep is the must-have book for all parents who want to save their sleep.”  (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe intuitive parent : why the best thing for your child is you / Stephen Camarata.
“In The Intuitive Parent , Vanderbilt University child development specialist Dr. Stephen Camarata debunks the claims many of these ‘brain development’ programs make. Using accessible, down-to-earth language he explains how parents can intuitively support their child’s brain development by simply paying attention. Babies and children develop at their own pace; what’s more, they are hardwired to signal to caregivers when they’re ready for the next step.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSewn together : 25 fun projects to sew with kids / Jenny Doh.
“It’s always better when you sew together! The art of sewing should be shared, and these delightful child-centered projects are made for parents to do with their kids aged 6 to 12–or for tweens to try alone after they’ve learned the basics. From simple nesting dolls and a cute plush fox friend to a drawstring game board, pennants, pillows, patchwork throws, scarves, and stuffed animal sleeping bags, there’s something fun for everyone. Contributors include : Mollie Johanson, Heather Jones, Cal Patch, Mary Rasch, Aimee Ray, Cynthia Shaffer, and others.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills. There are suggested activities for each topic making this a truly practical book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe angst of adolescence : how to parent your teen (and live to laugh about it) / Sara Villanueva, PhD.
“The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It , written in a conversational, informative, humorous and relatable style, promises to deliver trustworthy resource for parents of teens who are searching for answers and guidance about how to maneuver their way through this tricky developmental period.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverHairy Maclary treasury
“Ever since Hairy Maclary first trotted out of the gate and off for a walk, he has been adored by millions of children and adults all over the world. For the very first time, Lynley Dodd’s ten classic stories starring Hairy Maclary are brought together in this treasury. It also includes a CD with each tale specially introduced by Lynley Dodd herself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Big Library Read with Overdrive ebooks now on!

Every three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’.  Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!  (There are even discussion questions if you’re interested here and here).  This time the big read will be running from Thursday October 8th until Wednesday the 21st.

The latest offerings are two young adult novels – The door in the hedge’ by Robin McKinley and In the shadows of blackbirds’ by Cat Winters.  This is the first time two different books have been offered at once and these two were chosen by library staff and the public, who were able to vote for their favourite choice.  They should be good then!

Overdrive cover The Door in the Hedge, by Robin McKinley (eBook)
Robin McKinley is a well known and award-winning young adult writer. This book is a collection of fantasy stories about faerieland featuring princes, princesses, frogs and other fairy tale characters you’ll know well.


Overdrive cover In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters (eBook)
On a completely different note is Cat Winter’s novel – a historical horror romance mash-up. It’s about a young woman in America dealing with the 1918 Spanish influenza outbreak, who has to struggle not just with a world in turmoil but also ghosts of those who have succumbed to the illness.
Both of these titles are available from Overdrive, in our elibrary.  From October 8th, the start of the big read, for the two following weeks they will be available for anyone who wants to borrow them – no waiting or reserving!


link to blog post about the big library read