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Month: May 2008

Green is the New Black

On 5th June 2008 Wellington will be hosting the United Nations World Environment Day in an effort “to raise awareness and promote action on national environment issues.”

Wellington City Libraries has a wonderful collection of resources for readers who are passionate about saving the environment and reducing their carbon footprint, including a selection of books which focus on the environmental and ethical aspects of clothing trade:

For more information visit these blogs: Wellington City Libraries Eco News and Green is the New Black.

“You’ll be amazed at what you can learn in an evening”

says Victoria University…

VU are referring to their Information Evening being held on the 8th of May. Prospective students, this is your chance to find out about the university’s full range of courses, degrees and student services.

VU’s Information Evening is on Thursday 8 May 2008 from 6pm at the Maclaurin Foyer (Kelburn Campus, Gate 5, Kelburn Parade, Wellington).

RSVP to 0800 VIC UNI or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.  Visit their site to find out more.

Your questions answered

Will a boomerang thrown in space return to the person who threw it?

Yes, it will.

Have yourself a whale of a time, all expenses paid…

Get yourself down to Te Papa and tohora for free!  No, tohora is not really a verb but the Maori word for whale.  Wellington City Council is paying for residents of Wellington to see  ‘Whale: Tohora’, an exciting cetacean exhibition at Te Papa.  This one day offer is only available May 8, 10.00am – 9.00pm.  You will need to prove that you live in Wellington, so dive into your wallets and make sure you have your library card handy (Of course you do! You use it all the time to access our amazing services) before heading out.

New Zealand Music

It’s New Zealand music month at the moment so I’m sure you’ll all be racing down to the library to get your hands on some Kiwi music to listen to. I’m here to help. New Zealand produces a lot more than just the Fat Freddys and the Brooke Frasers that get played to death on the radio, so here are some alternatives. I’ve also tried to keep these relatively newish.

  1. Mint Chicks – Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
    A heavily punctuated title from one of my favorites. This is pop-punk at its very best, it’s all catchy hooks and sweet danceable guitars. Also keep your eyes out for their always entertaining videos.
  2. Disasteradio – Visions
    With its keyboards and synths approach Visions sounds like your big brothers old video games having a dance party with some crazy 80s cartoon from Japan. So, awesome then.
  3. The Checks – Hunting Whales
    They do that early 70s rock thing that’s pleasingly in vogue right now. They’ve been over in the UK honing their craft and this is their little gem of a debut album. Put on some skinny jeans and rock out!
  4. Cut Off Your Hands – Blue on Blue
    A charming-sounding 80s indie pop throwback. Cut Off Your Hands are danceable post-punk revivalists from the fertile North Shore scene up in Auckland and this is a great starting point.
  5. Liam Finn – I’ll be Lightning
    He crafts wonderful pop songs, plays all the instruments, has performed on Letterman and has the kind of beard that any man should one day aspire to. Yup, he’s pretty good and so is this album. In fact one could make a case that this is the best record ever made by somebody with the last name Finn, gasp!

These can all be found in the YA section, but you don’t have to stop there. The Adults collection contains some amazing treasures and can be snapped up for the tiny fee of $1! Why not try out some of these bands; The Clean, The Veils, White Birds and Lemons, The Sneaks, The Verlaines, Toy Love and all the countless others?

New CDs! New DVDs!

Yet again, more new YA DVDs and CDs are available. Since they’re so new and so popular you may need to reserve them, which you can do online – just click on the title to go to the catalogue entry for each item.

The CDs are:

If you think that’s a lot, check out all the DVDs that have arrived: 

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