What’s My Body Telling Me: New Health Books in the Collection

We have another bumper month of new health books in the collection.  No matter what subject interests you, we’ve got a new health book that can help.  At every stage of life, from pregnancy and birth, through to puberty, into adulthood and for seniors, as well as books covering mental and physical health, there’s something for everyone.  Have a look at these we’ve selected to share…

What’s my body telling me? : your body isn’t the problem. It’s the solution / Todd, Anthea
“In What’s My Body Telling Me? Women’s health expert Dr. Anthea Todd combines her expertise across energetic, functional, and medical fields to give you what you’ve been craving. A simple guide to know how to listen to your body and what to do next – no matter how big or small the symptom. The simple steps to take when your blood tests say there is nothing wrong with you. How to use your body as a guide to never get sucked into a health fad again. Your body has never been the problem, it’s the solution.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

10-minute strength training exercises for seniors : exercises and routines to build muscle, balance, and stamina / Deboo, Ed
” Staying strong and flexible becomes even more important as we age. This guide to exercise for seniors makes it easy to stay in motion with short and simple exercises you can do anytime and anywhere. With clear illustrations alongside step-by-step instructions from licensed physical therapist Ed Deboo, you’ll learn how to build muscle mass, improve bone density, and feel great in only 10 minutes per day. Live longer and stronger with 10-Minute Strength Training Exercises for Seniors.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

4 weeks to better sleep : a life-changing plan for deep sleep, improved brain function and feeling great / Mosley, Michael
“A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy brain and body. So why do so many of us struggle to sleep well? In 4 Weeks to Better Sleep, Dr Michael Mosley explains what happens when we sleep, what triggers common sleep problems and why standard advice rarely works. With new techniques and a revised 4-week sleep programme to help you sleep faster and better.” (Catalogue)

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Forever strong: New health books in the collection

Whether you’re wanting to build your body strength, understand autism, build resilience in the face of a changing climate or get a good night’s sleep, we’ve got plenty of new health books in the collection to walk you through your health journey.  Try some of these we’ve selected below:

Forever strong : a new, science-based strategy for aging well / Lyon, Gabrielle
“After years of watching patients cycle through her practice, Dr Gabrielle Lyon noticed a pattern. While her patients struggled with a wide range of conditions, they all suffered from the same core problem: they had too little muscle rather than too much fat. When we think about muscle, we tend to think about strength or aesthetics, but in reality, muscle accounts for so much more than that. As the body’s largest endocrine organ, muscle actually determines everything about the trajectory of health and aging.  Now, Dr Lyon offers an easy-to-follow food, fitness, and self-care program anchored in evidence and pioneering research that teaches you how to optimize muscle-no matter your age or health background.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The neuroscience of yoga and meditation / Fair, Brittany
“An accessible introduction to how yoga and meditation affect the brain. Each chapter will guide the reader through the latest yoga and meditation research and break down complex topics into easily digestible points. The book also explores the current limitations in studying these practices and offers tools for interpreting scientific literature.” (Catalogue)


Unique : what autism can teach us about difference, connection and belonging / Rodgers, Jodi
“Beloved star of ABC TV’s award-winning Love on the Spectrum and disability rights advocate Jodi Rodgers shares stories from her three-decade career working with the autistic community and calls for a more inclusive and accepting society where we are more empathetic and curious about all the relationships in our lives. With dozens of moving stories, Jodi’s book will give readers a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the neurodiverse community around them. Above all, it will inspire a profound sense of belonging, revealing that we’re much more similar than we think and that all of our differences are worth celebrating.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The wisdom of plagues : lessons from 25 years of covering pandemics / McNeil, Donald G.
“Many science reporters understand the basics of diseases-how a virus works, for example, or what goes into making a vaccine. But very few understand the psychology of how small outbreaks turn into pandemics: How everyone from hunters to farmers to guano-diggers gets exposed to animal diseases. How diseases spread through networks of similar people and by “mass-gathering” events. Why people refuse to believe they’re at risk, or why they reject protective measures like quarantine or vaccines. THE WISDOM OF PLAGUES is ultimately about what we can do to improve global health and be better prepared for the next pandemic, which is coming.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

10-minute strength training exercises for seniors : exercises and routines to build muscle, balance, and stamina / Deboo, Ed
“Staying strong and flexible becomes even more important as we age. This guide to exercise for seniors makes it easy to stay in motion with short and simple exercises you can do anytime and anywhere. No equipment required–Get strong at home with bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, and push-ups, along with moves that can be done with items you have on hand like soup cans and gallon jugs. No matter your age or current fitness level, these exercises can be modified to work for you! Live longer and stronger with 10-Minute Strength Training Exercises for Seniors.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Surviving extreme weather : the complete climate change preparedness manual / Hawke, Mykel
“The world has changed, and impacts of global warming means weather events like extreme heat, wildfires, hurricanes, and droughts are now being felt by all of us. In Surviving Extreme Weather, Mykel Hawke, a renowned survivalist and bestselling author of Hawke’s Special Forces Survival Handbook and Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual, and British meteorologist Jim N. R. Dale, share their expert knowledge and personal experiences while offering valuable insights into the science behind our new weather and how to apply situational awareness, preparedness, and psychology to survive.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

On call / Meredith, Ineke
“It’s all in a mad day’s work: the good, the bad and the crazy. From a man who swallowed fishhooks to a patients playing pranks, emergency operations in the wee hours, constantly being mistaken for a nurse, and holding hands through silent goodbyes, this is a book about the strange, messy, intense world of surgery. When Ineke’s parents in Samoa fall ill, she is torn between her roles as a surgeon, a daughter, and a single working mother. Are the sacrifices of a life in scrubs worth it? Laugh-out-loud and sobering in equal turns, On Call is a memoir from inside the operating room and everything it takes to survive.” (Catalogue)

Sleepless : discovering the power of the night self / Abbs, Annabel
“Sleepless combines science, historical research, and personal experience to explore the complicated relationship women have with darkness. Her night journeys range from quiet country fields to brightly lit city streets to the darkest reaches of the Arctic Circle. And from women of the past — Lee Krasner, Virginia Woolf, Louise Bourgeois, and dozens more — who opened their minds on sleepless nights, to contemporary women who found a form of healing in darkness. Cut loose from the anxiety of insomnia, numerous women discovered strength, imagination, and inner knowledge at night. Many also learned to-finally-sleep.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

When things stick : untangling your body from old patterns / Choi, Sue J.
“This book is for people who have tried multiple mind-body paths already and still feel frustrated that they can’t see the changes they seek. “Through instructional videos, stories, and contextual information, you’ll learn how to use a multi-sensory approach to posture and walking as a path to self-regulation.” (Catalogue)


For more new books in the collection, go to: https://wcl.govt.nz/whatsnew/

Cyber Security for Seniors: Free Webinar Session

Are you a Senior, or do you have a Senior in your life, who is looking to build their confidence online?

CERT NZ’s Staying Safe Online for Seniors webinar is designed to empower seniors, as well as friends and whānau, with the know-how to safely navigate the digital world.

Karori Library, Kilbirnie Library and Newlands Community Center will be hosting this free webinar about cyber security for seniors at 10:30am- 12pm, on Tuesday 20 February.

By attending this free webinar, you can expect you to come away understanding online safety, learn how to spot common threats and scams targeting Seniors, and gain practical tips for surfing the internet safely. Whether you are a Senior yourself, or want to help a Senior in your life navigate the online world, this webinar is for you. If you’d prefer to stream the webinar yourself at home on Zoom you can register here.

For more info visit the Own Your Online website or Facebook page.

CertNZ Own Your Online Webinar. Speaker: Sam Leggett (Senior Analyst, Threat and Incident Response). Hosted by: Haydn Green (Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor)

Karori Library’s Creative Writing Classes

Playwright, author and teacher, Michelanne Forster
Playwright, author and teacher, Michelanne Forster

We have an exciting opportunity for adults interested in improving their creative writing skills. Karori Library will be hosting a limited series of free masterclasses with experienced author and tutor Michelanne Forster.

Michelanne Forster is a playwright, author and teacher. Her plays have been performed by theatre companies throughout New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Michelanne has been awarded The Buckland Prize for Literature, The Ursula Bethell/ Canterbury University Writer in Residence, The Michael King/ University of Auckland Writing Fellowship and the 2015 Adam Foundation/Playmarket “Best Play by a Woman”.

Join us for the final session ‘Writing Your Memoir’ with Michelanne Forster!

Some quick notes on registration:

  • Classes are limited to 8 participants, registrations are essential.
  • Registrations open 3 weeks prior to each event (these dates are noted below)
  • To register: contact Karori Library staff via email lib.karori@wcc.govt.nz
  • If the class you hope to attend is full, please put your name on the waiting list and library staff will contact you if a space opens up. Please do not register if you cannot attend all sessions — it is important to attend all sessions to get the full benefit of the course

Writing Your Memoir

4 sessions
Wednesdays, July 19 – August 9
Registrations open: June 23

These sessions will help you craft your memoir, define your audience, and get you comfortable with using your writer’s voice to create a connection with your reader.

Browse Michelanne’s books:

Check out Michelanne’s books in our collection below…

Daughters of heaven / Forster, Michelanne
“On June 22, 1954 in a secluded part of Victoria Park in Christchurch, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker battered Pauline’s mother to death. The infamous murder, also depicted in the Peter Jackson movie Heavenly Creatures, arose from the passionate friendship of the two girls.” (Catalogue)



Downfall : three New Zealand history plays / Forster, Michelanne
“Downfall offers an opportunity to look at the history of New Zealand through a dramatic lens. Te Keni explores the fraught relationship between Māori and Pākehā in the early colonial period. Larnach reveals the dynamics of the prominent family who established Larnach Castle in Dunedin. My Heart is Bathed in Blood examines the tragic implications of a relationship between two young medical students. Each play is introduced with an essay that provides historical context and performance history. Downfall is ideal for students and teachers of drama and for those with an interest in New Zealand’s rich heritage”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

Twenty New Zealand playwrights / Forster, Michelanne
“A book of interviews with twenty New Zealand playwrights about their processes and techniques. The book includes biographical information and script excerpts for each playwright. The interviews were conducted by Michelanne Forster and Vivienne Plumb, and filmed by line producer Grae Burton.” (Catalogue)


Don’t mention Casablanca / Forster, Michelanne
“Everybody knows the film Casablanca though only a few remember the director: Michael Curtiz. His granddaughter, Michelanne Forster, an award-winning New Zealand playwright, tackles the story of her grandmother Thilde Foerster’s bittersweet relationship with this Hungarian Don Juan, who was one of Warner Brothers’ most prolific and versatile directors.” (Catalogue)


When it’s over : when a relationship ends : New Zealanders talk about their experiences of separation and divorce / Forster, Michelanne
“Real stories from the lives of ordinary men and women.” (Catalogue)