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Month: July 2009 Page 1 of 4

Into Zines?

The Central Library has got an impressive collection of Zines on the first floor for your browsing and borrowing pleasure. If you want to keep up with the play on what’s hot in the Zine world, what’s new to the collection, plus read some insightful interviews with Zine writers/publishers (thanks to Carmel) then visit the library news blog (tag: zines).

If you’re a creative, self-publishing type then you might be interested in the library week graphic novel competition (our post is here, more info is on the library week website here).

Have a good weekend!


ps: what’s a zine? Well, have a look here.

Selector : Magazine

We’re still doing the Selector : Magazine dealie, which means you get to have some say in the magazines the YA area has for borrowing. In fact, you can vote on it and you may win something. It’s like democracy with bribes! There’s about a week left.

Under The Mountain Trailer

Did you know Maurice Gee’s Under The Mountain is now a soon to be released movie? I didn’t until I found the trailer, but it looks like it could be quite good. Check out the book and 1982 TV series at the library before you head off to the theatre.


The Guardian website has ‘Eric’ one of Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia here. I like this one the best, I think (it has a great punchline). You can also see their interview with him where he talks about imagination, detail, book award stickers and how he came to be where he is.

Search for Shaun Tan on the library rārangi here.

Ka ki te.

Urban Survival Seminar Tomorrow!

Have you heard of the Fridge Test? Usually undertaken in the middle of winter, it’s when you open your fridge door and stick your head in, then take your head out and close the fridge door, ascertaining whether it’s warmer inside the fridge or out.

The joys of flatting and houses and homes: be at the Central Library tomorrow (Tuesday 28th of July) at 7pm for When Good Flats Go Bad, a talk show featuring horror stories from a panel of flatters, and invaluable tips from legal eagle Felicity McNeill of the Wellington Community Law Centre. You just might come away equipped to be the best flatmate anyone could ask for (including your family).

Even More Metal

Metalheads rejoice! A whopping two-thirds of the new CDs this week feature loud guitars and shouty vocals. Beatles fans and Tiki Taane fans can also rejoice, but not quite as much.

masterofpuppetsMaster of Puppetsis considered by many as Metallica’s masterpiece and one of the, if not the greatest metal album of all time. Your parents may not consider it a masterpiece if you play it loud enough, and really, isn’t that the point?

andjusticeforallMetallica’s next album …And Justice For All, realeased in 1988 (so too old to have a YA card anymore) saw them break-through on MTV with the video for One. My first memory of Metallica was seeing One on Beavis and Butthead, which means I’m far too old to have a YA card anymore.

metallicaMetallica, or the Black Album as it is is commonly referred to due to the black cover, was the one that made Metallica into proper mainstream stars. It includes quite a few big hits like Enter Sandman and slow-dance favourite (at least if you go to bogan schools) Nothing Else Matters.

blizzardofozzBefore he was a tragic figure on a reality show Ozzy Osbourne cranked out a few top-notch metal albums, the fantastically titled Blizzard Of Ozz being the first of his solo efforts. A cornerstone of 80’s metal.

Diary Of A Madman came next for Ozzy Osbourne in 1981.  Building on his previous success, this classic album turned Ozzy into a star. Biting the heads off bats and other craziness would follow…

highwaytohellAC/DC are another classic metal band who operated in the 80s. Highway To  Hell was their best record to date and also their most well recieved to date. Includes the classic single Highway To Hell.

A couple of Beatles compilations have turned up, 1962-1966 and 1967-1970, also known as the Red and Blue albums respectively. These are pretty much the definitive Beatles compilations to seek out if you don’t feel like picking up the million or so albums they made.

Flux / Tiki by Tiki Taane has turned up. It’s a remix job for the Past, present, future album and includes a song called David Lange You Da Bomb!, which confused me initially until I realised that David Lange probably was our most rockin’ PM.

Even More Metal

New Books

Daniel X : Watch The Skies, by James Patterson (251 pages) – Further adventures of teenage alien hunter, Daniel X. This time the alien menace threatens humanity via television.

First line: ‘It was a pretty regular early-summer night at 72 Little Lane.

Girls Against Girls, by Bonnie Burton (128 pages) – This non-fiction book looks at the reasons why girls are sometimes mean to one another, what to do if one is being bullied, and why it is better to treat others with respect.

Girl Meets Cake, by Susie Day (215 pages) – Heidi has invented a boyfriend (she had to – it was an emergency). Now, because he’s so perfect, Heidi’s friends are messaging him all kinds of secrets.

First lines: ‘“Poop on a fork, Heidi. What part of ‘I don’t want to see your face in here Saturday’ did you not follow?” Betsy yells before I’m even halfway through the door of the Little Leaf cafe.

The Road of the Dead, by Kevin Brooks (292 pages) – Brother Ruben and Cole learn that their sister has been found, murdered, many miles from home. Determined to find out what happened, the brothers retrace her steps.

First line: ‘When the Dead Man got Rachel I was sitting in the back of a wrecked Mercedes wondering if the rain was going to stop.

Nicholas Dane, by Melvin Burgess (408 pages) – Fourteen-year-old Nick is sent to a boys’ home after his mother’s death, and things get much, much worse. Much worse.

First line: ‘Nick Dane lifted his head and stared blearily at the doorway.

Devil’s Kiss, by Sarwat Chadda (278 pages) – Billi SanGreal’s father belongs to The Order, who protect the world from the Unholy. She’s about to go through her Ordeal, which is he chance to join the Order. Look, an official website!

First line: ‘Killing him should be easy; he’s only six.

The Witching Hour, by Elizabeth Laird (417 pages) – 17th century Scotland; a bad time to be accused of witchcraft. Maggie’s grandmother is accused and so Maggie must flee to her uncle’s holdings, where he’s defying the English King. Historic thrills!

First line: ‘I was the first one to see the whale lying dead on the san at Scalpsie Bay.

Here’s some books that are the latest in continuing series:

Carpe Corpus : Book Six of The Morganville Vampires, by Rachel Caine (243 pages)
The Diamond Secret : Once Upon a Time, by Suzanne Weyn (209 pages)
Burned : A Year in Girl Hell 3, by Meredith Costain (139 pages)
Death by Denim : Death By 3, by Linda Gerber (211 pages)
My (Dating Disasters) Diary by Kelly Ann, by Liz Rettig (355 pages)

In brief:

Get Your Paws Off!, by Rachel Wright (145 pages)


We have a new anime series available in the YA area. (Quite timely, as we’ve just separated the anime out from the other animated DVDs.) Mushi-Shi is about Mushi, supernatural creatures that aren’t noticed by most people, and Ginko, a Mushi master, who is researching them and helping out people who suffer from a case of Mushi infestation. The series has won loads of awards. There are five DVDs containing the first 20 episodes; the last disc isn’t quite here yet.

Here’s the official website, here’s one in English, and here’s a link to the library catalogue so you can check availability and reserve them.

Three Library Week Competitions

NZ’s Library Week (the 10th to the 16th of August) is nearly upon us, and there are some competitions that you can take part in now. The first is a graphic novel competition;

Artists have a week to illustrate and upload their own 4 frames to follow on from the story posted to the website so far.  A winner will be chosen at the end of each week and their frames will be made the next permanent line of the story. There are 2 age categories (13 – 18 yrs and 19 yrs +) for this competition meaning there will be 2 versions of the story.

and the second is a video competition;

We’re asking amateur film makers of all ages to make a short film in the style of a movie trailer telling us why you love your library or just promoting libraries in general. Videos could incorporate music, comedy, dance or interviews but should be no more than 3 minutes long.

There’s also a writing competition for year 6, 7, and 8 students.

More Time to Cook and Win

Now you’ve got a bit more time to create a prize-winning recipe: the deadline for the Urban Survival Series recipe competition has been extended to 5pm on the 7th of August. This way you can incorporate some tips from the ‘Food Glorious Food’ seminar (be at the central library this Thursday the 23rd) to make your creation even more fabulous.

What recipe competition? Visit this link to find out more and to enter.

What Urban Survival Series? Find out all you need to know on the USS page, or pick up a flyer at a library near you.

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