The Lucky Drop zine machine comes to Johnsonville

The Lucky Drop zine machine is now at Johnsonville Library! The Lucky Drop is a vending machine which sells zines made by local Wellington zine-makers. The zines are priced between $1 – $3, and are sold in A6 and A7 sizes.  The Lucky Drop is run by the local zine organisation Wellington Zinefest. If you are interested in having your zines stocked in the machine, please contact them on their site:
https://www.wellingtonzinefest.com/submissions

The Lucky Drop will be doing a tour of Wellington City Library’s branches and community centres, so look out for it around the city later this year. Each time it changes location the Lucky Drop gets a new design. Currently it features the talents of zine maker aappapappa. Visit the Lucky Drop at Johnsonville Library today!

New Zines!

The most recent Zinefest to be held in Wellington was in October 2020, and once again it was a big one. It was held over two days, this time at the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, with different stallholders on both days. Most of our lending zine collection is bought at the Wellington Zinefests.

So where can you borrow our zines from? You can find them at three of our branches: Arapaki Manners Library, Newtown Library, and He Matapihi Molesworth Library at the National Library. Our zines are free to borrow for three weeks, and can be renewed for another three weeks.

Here are some selected zine highlights from the October 2020 Wellington Zinefest. These will be available for borrowing, so look out for them on our shelves.

Unsurprisingly, zines about quarantine and lockdown were a big theme this year: Miles Davitt created Quarantine Comix about the experience of being in quarantine in both Australia and New Zealand; Aotearoa: A Herd of 5 Million is exactly what its subtitle suggests: “a pictorial investigation into the collective consciousness of 21st century New Zealand (the farming colony)”; Humans in Lockdown is a satirical take on various personalities, and how they experienced lockdown, by Daniel Vernon; while Hamish Wilson’s An Airport Journal of remastered sketches has a section on Covid-19; lastly Els. continues her ongoing series Fancy Ladies Being Salty with a special lockdown edition as it applies to nineteenth century illustrations of fashion.

Another strong theme was zines about Wellington, and about birds in Wellington and New Zealand: Charlotte Page has written a small, short, black and white zine about being Gothic in Wellington, called Wellington Gothic; while David Coyle has written a collection of poems, a couple of which are devoted to Wellington, in Cuba Street and Other Poems. Catrina S. and James H. have collaborated on a tongue-in-cheek bird guide in their A Guide to Wellington Birds; while immigrant couple Zach Mandeville and Angelica Blevins have bravely created A Non-Native Guide to Native Birds.

Other themes include illustrated explorations of topics, such as death and sinning, by Davin Richardson in A Fright-ful Book About Death, and The Seven Deadly Sins respectively; and by Chantal Mcilraith in The Seven Deadly Stages of Procrastination. There were several delightful wordless, or nearly wordless, comics such as Moon Bandits, by Myrjam Van de Vijver, about an astronaut who finds that the moon is not as empty as she was expecting; and two about cats: Probable Claws by Chantal Mcilraith, about a very brave cat, and El Sueño del Gato by Abigail Sucsy, about what a cat gets up to at night while its person sleeps. There were also a couple of colouring-in books: Finding Karl by Eshant Gandhi, and Pigment of Your Imagination by Bhavya Ahuja.

Finally, we have a fanzine by Els. devoted to Carly Rae Jepson; Issue 4 of Overcommunicate, a “Magazine for LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary folk, gender diverse people, and friends”; Issue 73 of Incredibly Hot Sex With Hideous People by Bryce Galloway; a new instalment of Sock Review, this time reviewing the different options for supporting a broken ankle; and The Princess Bride told entirely in film stills and emojis by Willow Scarlett.

Songbooks at Te Awe

Calling all musicians and aficionados of musical theatre! Did you know that we have a collection of Songbooks at our newest Central City branch, Te Awe Library on Brandon Street?

Before Central closed, it was home to a large collection of Songbooks and music Scores. These are all now available to reserve from our warehouse. But if you would like to browse some Songbooks in person, you can find them upstairs at Te Awe, nestled amongst the CD collection, and next to the music magazines. There is a great selection of songs held there including, rock, pop, standards, musicals, folk, and movie songs, with instructions for piano, vocal and guitar.

You can find our Te Awe branch just off Lambton Quay at 29 Brandon Street, or you can enter from Panama Street. In addition to the Songbooks and CDs upstairs, you will find young adult books, non-fiction and Māori books, DVDs and Blu-ray. On the ground floor there are magazines, a children’s area, adult fiction, large print, audiobooks, bestsellers, and a café! So take a look today!

Catalogue search for World Languages

The easiest way to search for literature in our World Languages collection on our catalogue is to follow these steps:

  1. Enter the name of the language into the search box. For example “Hindi” https://catalogue.wcl.govt.nz/?section=search&term=hindi
  2. Then down the very bottom of the lefthand menu, click on “Language”.
  3. Then click on “Hindi”.
  4. From there you can narrow your search down further using the lefthand menu. Clicking on “Subject” will allow you to choose between Children’s and Adult literature.
  5. Once you have found a book you would like to reserve, click on the orange “Place Reserve” button and enter your account details.

New locally made zine

The Archive is Alive: Exploring Aotearoa NZ’s Queer History is the latest zine added to our lending zine collection. Launched on Friday 2nd October 2020, it is a Wellington made zine based on the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ), and reflects on the importance of local queer history. The zine contributors explored the LAGANZ archives as a group, and photocopied posters, leaflets, and photos of queer history and culture in Aotearoa. It was made as a collaboration between LAGANZ and Wellington Zinefest, with support from the Alexander Turnbull Library and Wellington City Council Creative Communities. 

For more info and related content check out our database Archives of Sexuality & Gender, it spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century and is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality and gender. Highlights include New Zealand periodicals Pink Triangle and Out! New Zealand’s Alternative Lifestyle Magazine.

Remembering Game of Thrones

Are you missing Game of Thrones? It has already been over a year since the series finale aired. Here are some books about, and inspired by, Game of Thrones, to fill the void.

Game of thrones : a guide to Westeros and beyond : the complete series / McNutt, Myles
Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond, The Complete Series is a visual exploration of the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones(R). In two parts, the book follows the story of the South, where kings and queens battle for the Iron Throne, and of the North, where the White Walkers and their army of the dead gather. Covering all eight seasons of the show, this definitive guide is a must-have companion for every Game of Thrones fan.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

The art of Game of thrones / Riley, Deborah
“Filled with gorgeous illustrations and artwork from HBO’s hit series, The Art of Game of Thrones is the definitive Game of Thrones art collection. The official collection of behind the scenes concept art and production design from HBO’s landmark TV show Game of Thrones. Learn how BAFTA and Emmy award-winning production designer Deborah Riley and her team brought to life the iconic locations of Westeros and beyond.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Game of thrones : the storyboards / Simpson, Will
“In this exceptional art collection, Game of Thrones storyboard artist William Simpson shares the brilliant work that is an integral part of assembling each episode of the award-winning series.

This gorgeous book features a unique behind-the-scenes look into pivotal moments and early conceptual art from Game of Thrones. Curated from Simpson’s extensive archive, this revealing collection represents the exemplary artistic development involved in one of the most visually dynamic shows on television.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Game of thrones : the costumes / Clapton, Michele
“Discover the secrets behind creating the costumes for HBO’s Game of Thrones in this definitive guide. The official guide to the complete costumes of HBO’s landmark television series Game of Thrones. Discover how BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton dressed the heroes and villains of Westeros and beyond, including Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Iron, fire and ice : the real history that inspired Game of thrones / West, Ed
“Discover the bloody battles and backstabbing royals that inspired George RR Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series and the HBO smash-hit Game of Thrones. Have you read everything George R.R. Martin has every written? Do you know what in Game of Thrones is based in real history? Join Ed West, as he explores all of Martin’s influences, from religion to war to powerful women. Discover the real history behind the phenomenon and see for yourself that truth is stranger than fiction.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverGame of thrones versus history : written in blood / edited by Brian A. Pavlac.
“Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood is a collection of thought-provoking essays by medieval historians who explore how the enormously popular HBO series and fantasy literature of George R. R. Martin are both informed by and differ significantly from real historical figures, events, beliefs, and practices of the medieval world. From a variety of perspectives, the authors delve into Martin’s plots, characterizations, and settings, offering insights into whether his creations are historical possibilities or pure flights of fantasy.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverYou win or you die : the ancient world of Game of Thrones / Ayelet Haimson Lushkov.
“In this essential sequel to Carolyne Larrington’s Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov explores the echoes, from the Summer Islands to Storm’s End, of a rich antique history. She discusses, for example, the convergence of ancient Rome and the reach, scope, and might of the Valyrian Freehold. She shows how the wanderings of Tyrion Lannister replay the journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas. She suggests that the War of the Five Kings resembles the War of the Four Emperors (68-69 AD). She also demonstrates just how the Wall and the Wildlings advancing on it connect with Hadrian’s bulwark against fierce tribes of Picts. This book reveals the remarkable extent to which the entire Game of Thrones universe is animated by its ancient past.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverWinter is coming : the medieval world of Game of Thrones / Carolyne Larrington.
“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. As Carolyne Larrington reveals in this essential companion to George R R Martin’s fantasy novels and the HBO mega-hit series based on them the show is the epitome of water-cooler TV. It is the subject of intense debate in national newspapers and by bloggers and cultural commentators contesting the series’ startling portrayals of power, sex and gender. Yet no book has divulged how George R R Martin constructed his remarkable universe out of the Middle Ages. Discussing novels and TV series alike, Larrington explores among other topics: sigils, giants, dragons and direwolves in medieval texts; ravens, old gods and the Weirwood in Norse myth; and a gothic, exotic orient in the eastern continent, Essos. From the White Walkers to the Red Woman, from Casterley Rock to the Shivering Sea, this is an indispensable guide to the twenty-first century’s most important fantasy creation.” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverThe science of Game of thrones. / Helen Keen.
“A myth-busting, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and fun-filled expedition through the world of Game of Thrones. Do dragons actually exist? Is it possible to crush a person’s head with your bare hands? What really happened when royal families interbreed? How does wildfire win wars? Can you really kill someone with molten gold?
Award-winning comedian and popular-science writer Helen Keen uncovers the astounding science behind the world’s most popular television show. Join Helen as she sifts the fact from fantasy, discovers the truth beneath the togas, and reveals a world more fantastical than Daenerys Targaryen’s wildest dreams. So pour yourself a bowl of brown, climb on your beast of burden, and prepare yourself for an amazing adventure. It’s time to see the Seven Kingdoms as you have never seen them before.” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverThe world of ice & fire : the untold history of Westeros and the Game of Thrones / George R.R. Martin, Elio García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson.
“If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork–the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time–warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org–perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

We want your zines!

Are you a zinemaker? Or perhaps you got creative during lockdown and made a quaranzine? Here at Wellington City Libraries we have lending zine collections at three of our branches: Newtown, Arapaki on Manners, and He Matapihi Molesworth Library. We are happy to take donations of zines for these collections, especially if you made a quaranzine during lockdown. A combination of “quarantine” and “zine”, quaranzines are creative expressions of people’s thoughts and feelings experienced during lockdown.

If you do want to donate a zine, then please drop your donation into any of our branch libraries. It will then get sent to be processed with our zine stickers and added into our catalogue, before joining the zine collection at one of our three libraries.

Libby available in Chinese : 中文版的Libby

It is now possible to use OverDrive’s award-winning app, Libby, in Simplified and in Traditional Chinese. If you already use Simplified or Traditional Chinese with your device, Libby will automatically browse, search and display account information in that language now. By changing the default language on your device within the settings, you can then view Libby in your newly chosen language.
现在可以用简体或者繁体中文来使用Overdrive获奖的 app Libby了。 如果您的设备本来就使用简体或者繁体中文的话,Libby会自动使用该语言进行浏览, 搜索或者显示您的账户信息。通过在设置里修改默认语言, 您就可以在Libby上使用所选择的语言。

We also have an eBook collection in Chinese on the OverDrive platform. To access the collection in your browser, go to our Overdrive website (this is a slightly different, alternate option for accessing the Overdrive platform — an alternative to the Libby website). Under the menu across the top left click on ‘Collections’, and then on ‘Chinese’ under ‘Special’. You should end up here Chinese Collection on Overdrive . The same collection is available on the Libby app. To find it on Libby, click on ‘Library’, and then click on ‘Explore’ — it is listed under ‘Guide: Chinese’.
在 Overdrive 平台上,我们也有中文电子书。您可以使用浏览器在 https://wcl.overdrive.com 获取, 在菜单的左上方点击Collections 然后在“Special”下面点击“Chinese” ,您会看到https://wcl.overdrive.com/library/chinese 这个页面。Libby 上也有同样的书集。 途径是:点击“Library”, 然后点击“Explore”, 然后在“Guide: Chinese” 里面就能找到。

You can also read the OverDrive site in Simplified Chinese. Across the very top right of the page there is an arrow next to ‘English’. Click this to change the browsing language to Simplified Chinese.
您也可以在 Overdrive页面里用简体中文阅读。 在页面的最右上方,有一个箭头就在“English” 旁边, 点击该箭头把浏览语言改成简体中文即可。

World Languages arrive at Arapaki Library

After Zines and Learning English, World Languages is the third new collection to be added to our CBD branch, Arapaki Manners Library on 12 Manners Street. You can now borrow books from Arapaki for adults in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Arapaki is our fourth branch to have an adult book collection in Chinese, but the only one to currently hold French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

You can also borrow books for adults in Chinese from our branches in Johnsonville, Karori and Newtown. Newtown Library also has books in Punjabi, Samoan, and other Pacific Island languages, such as Cook Is., Fijian, Niuean, Tokelauan, Tongan, and Tuvaluan. In addition to Chinese, Johnsonville Library also has an adult Hindi book collection. One of our other larger branches, Kilbirnie, has adult books in Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Sinhalese, and Tamil.

If you are after other languages in our World Languages collection, such as Catalan, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, and Vietnamese, they will be available to reserve soon from our warehouse in Johnsonville!

Learning English collection comes to Arapaki Manners Library

Two sets of whaite shelves facing each other, displaying books about learning English.

Books for learning English are now available to borrow from our CBD branch, Arapaki on Manners Street. The collection supports the learning needs of people of all ages who are learning to read and write, and people who are learning English as a secondary language. The collection provides materials which can be used in addition to English courses and as an aid to self-study.

The types of books available include: graded readers, dictionaries, grammar and vocabulary courses, business English material, academic English material and books on the New Zealand lifestyle for new immigrants. We also have supplementary material for English Language courses, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and OET (Occupational English Test).

Our collection is divided into three levels, indicated by a coloured dot on the book’s cover or spine. Level One books are for beginners and they have a yellow dot. Level Two books are for intermediate learners and they have a blue dot. Level Three books are for advanced learners who are at the exam level, and they have a purple dot.

As well as Arapaki, many of our other branches also hold Learning English collections. You can find the collections at: Johnsonville, Karori, Kilbirnie, Miramar, Newtown, and Tawa branches. We also have a free online database for library members called Road to IELTS. It is is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, with general and academic modules.

Zines come to Arapaki Manners Library

Our CBD branch, Arapaki Manners Library on 12 Manners Street, now has a zine collection! Zines are self-published and independently produced print publications. Zine (pronounced “zeen”) comes from the words “magazine” and “fanzine”. Zines come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be handwritten, or computer-printed, and are made by people of all ages. Zines come bound in different ways: some have bindings like books and even ISBN numbers, whereas others will be stitched or stapled together.

The zines are free to borrow, and are issued for three weeks, just like books! Most of the zines in Arapaki’s collection are brand new, and were acquired at the Wellington Zinefest held in November of last year. Nearly all the zines are written by local New Zealand authors and produced in New Zealand.

Our zines are loosely categorised into 6 topics identified by coloured dots on the covers: Comics are orange; Literature, such as poems and stories are green; Personal zines, about the author and their life, are blue; Art zines featuring drawings, photography, etc, are yellow; DIY zines about how to make or do things are black; and lastly, zines about politics, history, and everything else are white.

We also have zine collections at our Newtown and He Matapihi Molesworth branches. So check them all out and get borrowing today!

All About Anytime

Anytime Library

 

The Anytime Library is New Zealand’s first book vending machine. It is located in the foyer of the Easterfield building at Victoria University’s Kelburn campus. It faces onto Kelburn Parade and you can access the Anytime Library anytime that the foyer doors to Easterfield are open.

The machine holds over 300 books of mainly adult fiction, with some young adult, and non-fiction books as well. To use the Anytime Library you need to have a library card with Wellington City Libraries. Just touch the screen to begin, scan the barcode on the back of your card, and then select Browse to choose a book. Once you have finished your selection, the machine will dispense your books from 1 of the 4 doors in its side.

You can also return books to the Anytime Library. To do this you need to scan your library card, and choose the Return option. The machine will then pop open a slot for you and let you return the book! However, the machine can only accept books that belong to Wellington City Libraries. You also cannot return a book that is too large for the book slot.

Be sure to visit the Anytime at anytime!

Finding World Languages

The Central Library was the main home of Wellington City Library’s adult World Languages Collection. So where can you find our collections of books in other languages for adult readers now that Central is closed? Below are a list of languages and the branches they can be found at. Enjoy!

Arabic

Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch

Chinese

Lao Zhong yi / Gao, Mantang Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Karori and Newtown branches, as well as our newly opened branch, Johnsonville Library at Waitohi.

We also have eBooks and eAudiobooks in Chinese available to borrow from anywhere through the Overdrive service. You can read them online through our website, or on your device through the Libby app. All you need to login is your library card number, and your 4 digit PIN.

Chinese eBooks & eAudiobooks

Gujarati

Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch.

Hindi

Amma. / Shinghal, RajjanBoth fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch. Our newly opened branch, Johnsonville Library at Waitohi, has a collection in Hindi as well. Johnsonville also has the magazine, Grishobha, which is free to borrow for one week. Karori, Miramar, and Newtown branches also have this magazine.

Panjabi

Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Newtown branch.

Samoan

Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Newtown branch.

Sinhalese

Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch.

Tamil

Both fiction and non-fiction is available at our Kilbirnie branch.

New Zines!

The last Zinefest in November was the biggest one to be held in Wellington so far. In addition to opening night festivities, the marketplace ran over two days at Te Auaha, with different stallholders on both days.

Zinefests in Wellington are normally held twice a year, and Wellington City Libraries always attends if possible. Most of our lending zine collection is bought at the marketplace. So where can you find zines now that the Central Library is closed? Our new zines are being added to Newtown Library’s collection. A collection has been based there for a while now, and Newtown is now the main source of lending zines for Wellington Library borrowers. So pop-in to Newtown to browse and borrow!

Here are some selected highlights from the November Wellington Zinefest, which will be available on Newtown Library’s shelves:

“Overcommunicate” is self-described as a “magazine for LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary folk, and friends.” Written by a variety of contributors, it is a collection of art, writing, and poetry. We have Issues 1 and 2 available to borrow.

The Crispin series. This is a set of four little zines about Crispin, a yellow, smiley-faced blob who goes on a series of adventures including: “Crispin goes fishing”, “Crispin has a series of close shaves”, “Crispin in Monday’s child”, and the “Beginners guide to drawing Crispin.” Each one is hand-coloured by the artist.

Three new zines by Willow Scarlett. Artist, writer, and learner of Latin, Scarlett has created three beautifully produced zines that combine art and writing. Their first, “Gutter Flowers volume 1” is an A5 sized, stitch-bound, black-matte covered zine with raised gold lettering. Inside are full-colour illustrations with more raised, textured lettering. The other two are A6 in size: “blood stained stairs”, and “death and beautiful illusions.” Both are short horror stories printed on thick red paper, and stitched together with gold thread.

Our final new zine was not bought at the zinefest, but was sent to us as a donation from Newtown School. It is called “Kids Write: A journal publishing awesome authors and artists.” We have Issue 1, which was produced in Term 3 of 2019. It features illustrations and writing from children aged 5 – 11.

Teach yourself with our new language learning kits

Image from Syndetics

Are you wanting to learn another language? Then take a look at our collection of Living Language learning kits. The Living Language series has learning kits in 3 levels: Essential, Complete, and Platinum. Kits are $3 for to borrow for 4 weeks.

Syndetics book coverArabic [kit].
“Arabic, Essential Edition is a unique multimedia introduction to Modern Standard Arabic. At the core of Arabic, Essential Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 2 Books: 10 lessons, additional review exercises and dialogues, a grammar summary, and a complete guide to Arabic Script.
* 3 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverRussian. Intermediate [kit] / [written by Constantine Muravnik].
“Russian, Complete Edition is a unique multimedia course that takes you from a beginner to an advanced level in one convenient package.
At the core of Russian, Complete Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, and a grammar summary.
* 9 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverSpanish.
“Complete Spanish is a unique multimedia program that takes you beginner to advanced level in one convenient package.
* 3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, an extensive glossary, and a grammar summary–plus a bonus notebook
* 9 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverJapanese.
“At the core of Platinum Japanese is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our four-point method teaches you the whole language so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 4 BOOKS: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, study tips, and an extensive glossary–plus a guide to reading and writing Japanese, including explanations of hiragana, katakana, and kanji symbols.
* 9 AUDIO CDS: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen with the books or use for review on the go. ” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

New Foreign Language books

New titles in French and German now available – just in time for summer!

Rhapsodie française : roman / Antoine Laurain.
“Antoine Laurain’s new novel combines his trademark charm with a satirical take on modern France. Middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier has received a life-changing letter–thirty-three years too late. Lost in the Paris postal system for decades, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Back then The Holograms had believed in their cutting-edge sound. However, the music industry remained indifferent, and eventually the band split up, each going their own way. Alain is overcome by nostalgia, and is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything and everyone has changed…where will his quest take him?” (Translated from the Syndetics summary)

“Le nouveau roman d’Antoine Laurain combine son charme de marque avec un regard satirique sur la France moderne. Le docteur d’âge moyen Alain Massoulier a reçu une lettre qui change la vie – trente-trois ans trop tard. Perdue dans le système postal parisien depuis des décennies, la lettre de Polydor, datée de 1983, propose un contrat d’enregistrement à The Holograms, dans lequel Alain jouait de la guitare. À l’époque, les Holograms avaient cru en leur son de pointe. Cependant, l’industrie de la musique est restée indifférente, et finalement le groupe s’est séparé, chacun allant de son côté. Alain est envahi par la nostalgie et est tenté de traquer les membres du groupe. Mais dans un monde où tout et tout le monde a changé … où sa quête le mènera-t-il?” (Syndetics summary)

2084 : la fin du monde / Boualem Sansal.
“It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan–named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah–citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities of every deviant act, thought, or idea. The kingdom is blessed and its citizens are happy, filled with a sense of purpose and piety. Those who are not–the heretics–are put to death by stoning or beheading in city squares. But Ati has met people who think differently; in ghettos and caves, hidden from the authorities, exist the last living heretics and free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he will have to defend his thoughts with his life.” (Summary from Syndetics and Amazon)

“Nous sommes en l’année 2084. Dans le royaume d’Abistan – nommé d’après le prophète Abi, messager terrestre du dieu Yolah – les citoyens se soumettent à un seul dieu, démontrant leur dévouement en s’agenouillant dans la prière neuf fois par jour. La pensée autonome a été bannie, le souvenir est interdit et un système de surveillance omniprésent informe instantanément les autorités de tout acte, pensée ou idée déviant. Le royaume est béni et ses citoyens sont heureux, remplis d’un sens du but et de la piété. Ceux qui ne le sont pas – les hérétiques – sont mis à mort par lapidation ou décapitation sur les places de la ville. Mais Ati a rencontré des gens qui pensent différemment; dans les ghettos et les grottes, cachés aux autorités, existent les derniers hérétiques et libres-penseurs d’Abistan. Sous leur influence, Ati commence à douter. Il commence à penser. Maintenant, il devra défendre ses pensées avec sa vie.” (Translated from the Syndetics and Amazon summary)

Maman a tort / Michel Bussi.
“Nothing is more ephemeral than the memory of a child …When Malone, at the age of three and a half, claims that her mother is not her real mother, even if it seems impossible, Vasile, a school psychologist, believes it. He is the only one. He must act quickly. Discover the hidden truth. Find help. That of the commander Marianne Augresse for example. For, already, Malone’s memories are disappearing. They only hang on a thread. The countdown has begun. Who is really Malone?”(Translated from the Amazon summary)

“Rien n’est plus éphémère que la mémoire d’un enfant…Quand Malone, du haut de ses trois ans et demi, affirme que sa maman n’est pas sa vraie maman, même si cela semble impossible, Vasile, psychologue scolaire, le croit. Il est le seul. Il doit agir vite. Découvrir la vérité cachée. Trouver de l’aide. Celle de la commandante Marianne Augresse par exemple. Car, déjà, les souvenirs de Malone s’effacent. Ils ne tiennent plus qu’à un fil. Le compte à rebours a commencé. Qui est vraiment Malone?”(Amazon summary)

La vie est facile, ne t’inquiète pas : roman / Agnès Martin-Lugand.
“Depuis son retour d’Irlande, Diane a tourné la page sur son histoire tumultueuse avec Edward, bien décidée à reconstruire sa vie à Paris. Avec l’aide de son ami Félix, elle s’est lancée à corps perdu dans la reprise en main de son café littéraire. C’est là, aux Gens…, son havre de paix, qu’elle rencontre Olivier. Il est gentil, attentionné et surtout il comprend son refus d’être mère à nouveau. Car Diane sait qu’elle ne se remettra jamais de la perte de sa fille. Pourtant, un événement inattendu va venir tout bouleverser : les certitudes de Diane quant à ses choix, pour lesquels elle a tant bataillé, vont s’effondrer les unes après les autres. Aura-t-elle le courage d’accepter un autre chemin?” (Amazon summary)

“Since returning from Ireland, Diane has turned the page on her tumultuous history with Edward, determined to rebuild his life in Paris. With the help of her friend Félix, she launched herself into the recovery of her literary café. It is here, at Gens …, her haven of peace, that she meets Olivier. He is kind, attentive and above all he understands her refusal to be a mother again. Because Diane knows she will never recover from the loss of her daughter. However, an unexpected event will come to disrupt everything: Diane’s certainties about her choices, for which she has fought so much, will collapse one after the other. Will she have the courage to accept another path?” (Translated from the Amazon summary)

 

Zero : sie wissen, was du tust : Roman / Marc Elsberg.
“A boy is shot. His death leads the journalist Cynthia Bonsant to the acclaimed Internet platform Freemee. While investigating in more detail, she becomes the hunted…” (Translated from the Syndetics summary)
“Ein Junge wird erschossen. Sein Tod führt die Journalistin Cynthia Bonsant zur renommierten Internetplattform Freemee. Während sie genauer untersucht, wird sie zur gejagten…” (Syndetics summary)

Die Geschichte der Bienen : Roman / Maja Lunde ; aus dem Norwegischen von Ursel Allenstein.
“England in 1852: The biologist and seed dealer William can not leave his bed for weeks. As a researcher he sees himself as failing, his mentor Rahm has turned away, and the business is broke. But then he comes up with an idea that could change everything – the idea for a completely new hive. Ohio, USA in 2007: Beekeeper George works hard for his dream. The farm is supposed to grow bigger, to take over his son Tom someday. Tom dreams of journalism. Until one day the unbelievable happens: The bees disappear.

China, in the year 2098: The worker Tao pollinates by hand trees, because bees are no longer there. More than anything she wants a better life for her son Wei-Wen. But when he has a mysterious accident, suddenly everything is at stake: the life of her child and the future of humanity.

How everything is connected with everything: Maja Lunde is rousing and poignant about loss and hope, about the coexistence of generations and the invisible bond between the history of humans and the history of bees. It poses some of the most pressing issues of our time: how do we deal with nature and its creatures? What future do we leave for our children? What are we ready to fight for?” (Translated from the Amazon summary)

“England im Jahr 1852: Der Biologe und Samenhändler William kann seit Wochen das Bett nicht verlassen. Als Forscher sieht er sich gescheitert, sein Mentor Rahm hat sich abgewendet, und das Geschäft liegt brach. Doch dann kommt er auf eine Idee, die alles verändern könnte – die Idee für einen völlig neuartigen Bienenstock.

Ohio, USA im Jahr 2007: Der Imker George arbeitet hart für seinen Traum. Der Hof soll größer werden, sein Sohn Tom eines Tages übernehmen. Tom aber träumt vom Journalismus. Bis eines Tages das Unglaubliche geschieht: Die Bienen verschwinden.

China, im Jahr 2098: Die Arbeiterin Tao bestäubt von Hand Bäume, denn Bienen gibt es längst nicht mehr. Mehr als alles andere wünscht sie sich ein besseres Leben für ihren Sohn Wei-Wen. Als der jedoch einen mysteriösen Unfall hat, steht plötzlich alles auf dem Spiel: das Leben ihres Kindes und die Zukunft der Menschheit.

Wie alles mit allem zusammenhängt: Mitreißend und ergreifend erzählt Maja Lunde von Verlust und Hoffnung, vom Miteinander der Generationen und dem unsichtbaren Band zwischen der Geschichte der Menschen und der Geschichte der Bienen. Sie stellt einige der drängendsten Fragen unserer Zeit: Wie gehen wir um mit der Natur und ihren Geschöpfen? Welche Zukunft hinterlassen wir unseren Kindern? Wofür sind wir bereit zu kämpfen?”(Amazon summary)

Star Trek books & DVDs

If you are enjoying the brand new series Star Trek: Discovery on Netflix, then you might want to check out our collection of Star Trek books and DVDs. If you’d like to get out and about, there’s also Summer Star Trek being performed in Aro Park tonight and tomorrow – fun for the whole family!

Syndetics book coverStar Trek beyond : the makeup artistry of Joel Harlow / Joe Nazzaro.
“With the release of Star Trek Beyond in 2016, viewers were given a spectacular visual treat as a whole host of new aliens made their appearance for the first time in the rebooted franchise. At the heart of the process of bringing these breathtaking intergalactic species to life was Academy Award-winning make-up artist Joel Harlow. Together with his team of amazingly talented creatives, Harlow set to work on creating aliens from over 50 different races for the film and documented the entire creative process for each one in exhaustive detail, from preliminary sketches to final make-up application.” (Syndetics summary)

Image from Amazon.co.ukStar Trek. Beyond / Paramount Pictures and Skydance present ; a Bad Robot/Sneaky Shark/Perfect Storm Entertainment production ; a Justin Lin film.
“Dispatched on a rescue mission to the farthest reaches of space, the USS Enterprise is ambushed by Krall, a ruthless enemy sworn against the Federation. Crash-landing on an uncharted hostile world, Captain Kirk, Spock, and the crew are separated with no means of escape. Only Jaylah, a rebellious alien warrior, can help them reunite and find a way off the planet in a race against time to stop Krall’s deadly army from triggering all-out galactic war.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSet phasers to stun : 50 years of Star Trek / Marcus Berkmann.
“Forty-seven years after NBC killed it off, Star Trek celebrates its half-century in a state of rude health. Boldly going where several other people have been before, Marcus Berkmann tells the story of this sturdy science fiction vehicle from its first five-year mission (rudely curtailed to three), through the dark years of the 1970s, the triumphant film series and The Next Generation, to the current ‘reboot’ films, with a younger cast taking on the characters of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and co.” (Syndetics summary)

Image from Amazon.co.ukStar Trek. Into darkness / Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Bad Robot production ; a J.J. Abrams film.
“When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find that an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving the world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe fifty-year mission : the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Star Trek : the first 25 years / Edward Gross & Mark A. Altman.
“This is the unauthorized, uncensored and unbelievable true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon. The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films. The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Make no mistake, this isn’t just a book for Star Trek fans. Here is a volume for all fans of pop culture and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of a television touchstone.” (Syndetics summary)

Image from Amazon.co.ukStar Trek [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment present a Bad Robot production ; a film by J.J. Abrams.
“On the day of James Kirk’s birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien vessel. He was searching for Ambassador Spock, who is a child on Vulcan, disdained by his neighbors for his half-human nature. Twenty years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. He is inspired by Capt. Christopher Pike to fulfill his potential in Starfleet, even though he annoys his instructors. Suddenly, there is an emergency on Vulcan when the Romulan Nero comes from the future to take revenge on the Federation. The newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Uhura, Sulu, Chekov and even Kirk himself thanks to Leonard McCoy’s medical trickery. Together, this crew will travel to the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStar Trek costumes : five decades of fashion from the final frontier / Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann ; introduction by Robert Blackman.
“This deluxe book showcases the unique costumes of the Star Trek saga, taking in fifty years of iconic and hugely influential designs. Drawing on the entire franchise, including all twelve films and six TV series, Star Trek: Costumes explores the creation of some of the most memorable garb in the galaxy, telling the complete story of how Star Trek’s outlandishly chic wardrobe has been expanded in increasingly thrilling ways throughout the years. From the classic Starfleet uniforms and daringly provocative outfits of The Original Series to flowing Vulcan robes, flamboyant Ferengi fashions, and formidable Klingon wedding attire, Star Trek: Costumes explores how these designs have played a key role in transporting fans to distant worlds and alien cultures over the last five decades.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Image from Amazon.co.ukStar Trek : stardate collection.
“The Stardate collection includes all ten of the original Star Trek motion pictures: Star Trek: the motion picture (132 min.) (1979) / — Star Trek: the wrath of Kahn (113 min.) (1982) / — Star Trek: the search for Spock (105 min.) (1984) / — Star Trek: the voyage home (119 min.) (1986) / — Star Trek: the final frontier (106 min.) (1989) / — Star Trek: the undiscovered country (110 min.) (1991) — Star Trek: generations (110 min.) (1994) / — Star Trek: first contact (111 min.) (1996) / — Star Trek: insurrection (103 min.) (1998) / — Star Trek: nemesis (116 min.) (2002)” (Amended from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStar Trek cross-stitch / by John Lohman.
“Live Long and Cross-Stitch! Ever wondered what Spock would look like on a baby’s onesie? Well, now you can see, in this fun collection of thirty cross-stitch projects made with love by Star Trek fans. If you’re looking for ideas for putting your favorite character on a tote bag or pillow–or perhaps hanging a lovely framed “Qo’noS Sweet Qo’noS” in the entryway to let everyone know that a Klingon-speaker lives here–then look no farther. Whether you’re a lifelong Trekkie or just a Starfleet cadet, you can show your Star Trek pride by decorating your home, your clothes, and your children with cross-stitched Star Trek quotes and iconic images.” (Syndetics summary)

Fun grammar guides for English

Former editor, Caroline Taggart, has written a series of books on punctuation, grammar, and spelling, that all contain her trademark humorous approach to the subject. Take a look at some of these books at the library.

Syndetics book coverThe Accidental Apostrophe: Colour and Discover [paperback]
“In Roman times, blocks of text were commonly written just as blocks without even wordspacingnevermindpunctuation to help the reader to interpret them. Bestselling author Caroline Taggart brings her usual gently humorous approach to punctuation, pointing out what really matters and what doesn’t; why using six exclamation marks where one will do is perfectly OK in a text but will lose you marks at school; why hang glider pilots in training really need a hyphen; and how throwing in the odd semicolon will impress your friends. Sometimes opinionated but never dogmatic, she is an ideal guide to the (perceived) minefield that is punctuation.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKicking the bucket at the drop of a hat : the meaning and origins of popular expressions / Caroline Taggart.
“A fascinating collection of the many unusual and vibrant phrases that adorn our language, looking at their origins and meanings. Don’t be down in the dumps if you can’t cut the mustard when asked the definition of certain phrases – this down-to-earth guide is just the ticket. From advertising to the Ancient Greeks, from the military to meteorology, Kicking the Bucket at the Drop of a Hat takes us on a wonderful journey through our language’s history. With more phrases than you can shake a stick at, this collection will bring home the bacon for any Tom, Dick or Harry with a love of language.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMisadventures in the English language / Caroline Taggart.
“This book looks at some of the controversial aspects of English usage–grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation–and tries to assess what matters and what doesn’t. Looking at why it pays to be precise in punctuation–the hackneyed examples of “Let’s eat Grandma” and “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” show how a comma can make all the difference–why tautologies are simply annoying; and how corporate speak can actually mean nothing at all; this book covers the aspects of the English language that could leave you with cause for concern. By turns an explanation of the rules, a rant against gobbledygook and other modern horrors, this book will aid you in avoiding embarrassing cliches and jargon, and help you put your words in the right places.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCollins little book of grammar secrets / Caroline Taggart.
“Let’s admit it, we all struggle with Grammar. There, they’re or their? Who’s or whose? Me or I? Fewer or less? Worry no more, Caroline is here to take the grind out of grammar in easy bite-sized chunks. With insights into hyphens and the dreaded apostrophe, comparatives and superlatives and whether England is singular or plural, she offers clear but light-hearted advice on getting things right when it matters – and relaxing just a little when it doesn’t.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover500 words you should know / Caroline Taggart.
“Ever wanted to ameliorate your atavistic lexicon, engage in a little intellectual badinage or been discombobulated by tricky diction? 500 Words You Should Know has you covered. This book will inspire the reader to use uncommon words in their correct context, utilize the English language to its full potential, and test themselves on the words they think they already know. This veracious cornucopia of knowledge will have you confabulating with the literary cognoscenti in no time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAs right as rain : the meaning and origins of popular expressions / Caroline Taggart.
“Would you be down in the dumps if, when asked the definition of certain phrases, it was all Greek to you? Let’s not beat about the bush: the English language is littered with linguistic quirks, which, out of context, seem completely peculiar. If you can’t quite cut the mustard, this book will explain how on earth ‘off the cuff’ came to express improvisation, why a ‘gut feeling’ is more intuitive than a brainwave, and who the heck is ‘happy’ Larry. These expressions and countless more become a piece of cake once you’ve read As Right as Rain.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy grammar and I (or should that be ‘me’?) : old-school ways to sharpen your English / Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wines
My Grammar and I offers amusing examples of awful grammar, while steering you in the direction of grammatical greatness. Taking you on a tour of the English language through the minefield of rules and conditions that can catch you out, from dangling modifiers to split infinitives, it highlights the common pitfalls that every English language user faces on a day to day basis. Refreshing everything you should have learnt at school and more, My Grammar and I is informative yet entertaining.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

New books in Spanish

If you enjoy reading novels in languages other than English, then Wellington City Libraries has some great new additions in Spanish for you.

Syndetics book coverRetrato en sepia / Isabel Allende.
“En el Chile del siglo XIX, Aurora del Valle sufre un trauma brutal que borra de su mente los primeros cinco años de su vida. Criada por su ambiciosa abuela, Paulina del Valle, crece en un ambiente privilegiado, libre de las limitaciones que circunscriben las vidas de las mujeres en aquella época, pero atormentada por horribles pesadillas. Cuando debe afrontar la traición del hombre al que ama y la soledad, Aurora decide explorar el misterio de su pasado.”

“Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that shapes her character and erases from her mind all recollection of the first five years of her life. Raised by her ambitious grandmother, the regal and commanding Paulina del Valle, she grows up in a privileged environment, free of the limitations that circumscribe the lives of women at that time, but tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she decides to explore the mystery of her past.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa niña alemana : una novela / Armando Lucas Correa.
“Una novela inolvidable ambientada en el Berlín de la primavera de 1939, la Cuba pre- y postrevolucionaria y el Nueva York después del 11 de septiembre. Antes de que todo se desmoronara, Hannah Rosenthal y sus padres tenían una vida encantadora. Su familia, una de las más distinguidas en los altos círculos sociales berlineses, era admirada por amigos y vecinos. Ahora en 1939, Berlín se ha teñido de los colores blanco, rojo y negro de una bandera que no reconocen como suya. Hannah se refugia con su mejor amigo, Leo Martin, en los callejones y parques de una ciudad que ya no los quiere. Los dos niños hacen un pacto: pase lo que pase, se prometen un futuro juntos. Un rayo de esperanza les llega a los Rosenthal y los Martin: el Saint Louis, un enorme y lujoso trasatlántico partirá de Hamburgo a Cuba con más de novecientos refugiados judíos.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“An unforgettable novel set in Berlin in the spring of 1939, pre- and post-revolutionary Cuba and New York after September 11. Before everything collapsed, Hannah Rosenthal and her parents had a lovely life. Her family, one of the most distinguished in Berlin’s upper social circles, was admired by friends and neighbors. Now in 1939, Berlin has dyed the white, red and black colors of a flag they do not recognize as theirs. Hannah takes refuge with her best friend, Leo Martin, in the alleys and parks of a city that no longer loves them. The two children make a pact: no matter what happens, they promise a future together. A ray of hope comes to the Rosenthal and the Martin: St. Louis, a huge and luxurious ocean liner, will depart from Hamburg to Cuba with more than nine hundred Jewish refugees.” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmuleto / Roberto Bolaño.
“Todo cambia para ella el 18 de septiembre de 1968, cuando el ejército toma posesión del campus de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y ella queda encerrada en los baños de la facultad de filosofía y letras. A lo largo de trece días de encierro y aislamiento forzados, ante sus ojos transitan la poetisa Lilian Serpas, amante del Che Guevara; los poetas españoles León Felipe y Pedro Garfias; el malogrado alter ego de Bolaño Arturo Belano. ” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“Everything changes for her on September 18, 1968, when the army takes possession of the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and she is locked in the bathrooms of the faculty of philosophy and letters. During thirteen days of forced confinement and isolation, before her eyes pass the poet Lilian Serpas, lover of Che Guevara; the Spanish poets Leon Felipe and Pedro Garfias; the ill-fated alter ego of Bolaño Arturo Belano.” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverTres novelas exóticas / Rodrigo Rey Rosa.
Un viaje al corazón de la naturaleza humana a través de tres obras maestras cortas. Las novelas escritas por los guatemaltecos son, por definición, exóticas: las novelas guatemaltecas situadas en las selvas de Petén, en el norte de África o en el sur de la India no tienen el encanto de la extrañeza, sino estrictamente hablando, , “declara el autor en la introducción a este memorable volumen.” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary).

“A journey to the heart of human nature through three short masterpieces. “Novels written by Guatemalans are, by definition, exotic. Guatemalan novels set in the jungles of Petén, in North Africa, or in the south of India might not have the charm of strangeness, but strictly speaking, they should be called ‘exotic’,” declares the author in the introduction to this memorable volume.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUna promesa en el fin del mundo / Sarah Lark ; illustraciones de Tina Dreher ; traducción de Susana Andrés.
Traducción de: Eine Hoffnung am Ende der Welt. En el caos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, los adolescentes polacos Helena y Luzyna Grabowski son enviados a un campo de refugiados en Persia, donde los días venideros sólo mantienen la oscuridad. Cuando escuchan que los huérfanos están siendo seleccionados para ser trasladados a Nueva Zelanda, Helena está llena de esperanza, pero los funcionarios dicen que sólo tienen un lugar para su hermana menor. En la mañana que va a ser transportada, Luzyna no se une al grupo elegido, y Helena toma su lugar. A pesar de que la gente de Nueva Zelanda la abraza, los traumas que Helena ha sufrido amenazan su paz y la ciegan ante la devoción de James, un encantador y heroico joven piloto aliado. ¿Puede salir de la larga sombra de su pasado para encontrar un futuro hecho entero – una nueva comunidad, una nueva familia, un nuevo amor?” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary)

“Translation of: Eine Hoffnung am Ende der Welt. In the chaos of World War II, Polish teenagers Helena and Luzyna Grabowski are shipped to a refugee camp in Persia, where the days ahead hold only darkness. When they hear that orphans are being selected for relocation to New Zealand, Helena is filled with hope, but the officials say they have a place only for her younger sister. On the morning she is to be transported, Luzyna fails to join the chosen group, and Helena takes her place. Though the people in New Zealand embrace her, the traumas Helena has suffered threaten her peace and blind her to the devotion of James, a charming, heroic young Allied pilot. Can she step out of the long shadow of her past to find a future made whole– a new community, a new family, a new love?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLogia : el enigma de la cuarta carabela / Francisco Ortega.
“Sin saberlo, tres famosos escritores de bestseller trabajan en el mismo libro. Cuando dos de ellos mueren en extra circunstancias, el tercero -Elias Miele, novelista chileno radicado en Estados Unidos- se obsesiona con desentrañar las intrigas que giran en torno a esta misteriosa novela: La Cuarta Carabela.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“Unknowingly, three famous bestseller writers work on the same book. When two of them die in extra circumstances, the third-Elias Miele, a Chilean novelist based in the United States, is obsessed with the intrigues that revolve around this mysterious novel: La Fourth Caravel” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverCicatriz / Juan Gómez-Jurado.
“Anteriormente titulado El Mago. Simon debería sentirse afortunado. Ha desarrollado un algoritmo que le podría dar millones de dólares de una empresa multinacional de tecnología, pero él es corto de habilidades sociales y siempre solitario. Simon toma el salto en un sitio de citas en línea, donde sorprendentemente lanza un cortejo de larga distancia caliente con Irina. Pero pronto se vuelve evidente que la cicatriz en la mejilla de Irina sólo sugiere cicatrices emocionales mucho más profundas y el peligro muy palpable que ella y Simon ahora están juntos.” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary)

“Formerly titled El Mago. Simon should feel like a lucky guy. He’s developed an algorithm that could net him millions from a multinational tech firm, but he’s short on social skills and always lonely. Simon takes the leap into an online dating site, where he surprisingly easily launches a heated long-distance courtship with Irina. But soon it becomes obvious the scar on Irina’s cheek only hints at much deeper emotional scars and the very palpable peril she and Simon are now in together.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBienvenidos a Clayton Lake / Mario Escobar.
“Un grupo de amigos deciden tomarse unas cortas vacaciones al norte del estado de Maine, en las inmediaciones de Clayton Lake. La región es una de las más deshabitadas de los Estados Unidos, pero el grupo necesita relajarse y reencontrarse después de varios años sin mantener el contacto. ¿Lograrán enfrentarse a sus temores más ocultos? ¿Su amistad será capaz de superar todos los obstáculos?” (Abridged from the Amazon summary)

“A group of friends decide to take a short vacation north of the state of Maine, in the vicinity of Clayton Lake. The region is one of the most uninhabited in the United States, but the group needs to relax and re-encounter after several years without maintaining contact. Will they be able to face their most hidden fears? Will your friendship be able to overcome all obstacles?” (Translated from the abridged Amazon summary)

Quick language learning for travel – New Languages books

Are you travelling somewhere? Do you need to learn a few useful phrases in a short amount of time? Wellington City Libraries has a great selection of phrasebooks by the very popular travel publisher Lonely Planet. These short, accessible phrasebooks provide you with quick, useful phrases to use when travelling. Phrasebooks are available for countries where more than one language is spoken, such as China and India, and include many of the languages spoken in each. There are even phrasebooks for the same language, but which is used in different countries, such as Latin American Spanish, Mexican Spanish, and Spanish for Spain! Phrasebooks are free to borrow and can be issued for three weeks.

Syndetics book coverHindi, Urdu & Bengali phrasebook & dictionary / product editor, Jenna Myers.
Lonely Planet’s Hindi, Urdu & Bengali Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get more from your multi-country trip with easy-to-find phrases for Hindi, Urdu & Bengali. Ask for directions in dynamic Delhi, book a river trip through Bangladeshi countryside, or haggle like a local at street bazaars; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Coverage Includes: Hindi, Urdu & Bengali.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKorean phrasebook & dictionary.
Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Korean phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order kim chi like a local, get in-the-know recommendations of the best sights and things to do and buy souvenirs with ease; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary
Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get to know your sushi from your sake, enjoy an elaborate tea ceremony with its centuries’-old conventions, and find your way elaborate transit maps; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChina phrasebook & dictionary / editors, Francesca Coles [and three others].
Lonely Planet China Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get more from your multi-country trip with easy-to-find phrases for Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi’an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Coverage Includes: Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi’an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEurope phrasebook & dictionary / editors, Branislava Vladisavljevic, Tracy Whitmey.
Lonely Planet Europe Phrasebook & Language guide is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with relevant travel phrases and vocabulary. Get more from your trip with easy-to-find phrases for Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. With language tools in hand, get to the heart of wherever you go! Coverage Includes: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpanish phrasebook & dictionary.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Spanish phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Enjoy the thrilling conversation with a local over sangria, ask about a tucked-away a tablao flamenco or eat your way through a tapas menu; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Italian phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order an espresso like a local, ask shop keepers about the latest fashions and bargain for fresh produce at the market; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)