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Beauty on a Budget – Workshop for Teenage Girls

Want some tips on hairstyling, make-up and accessories?  Then come along to a special Spring workshop to be held at Wadestown Library.

Learn special tips and tricks from our Wellington beauty experts.
Date: Thursday 15th October 2009
Time: 6pm-7.30pm
Place: Wadestown Community Space (inside Wadestown Library).
Cost:  $5.00 each (includes a mini facial, hair styling tips and accessories demonstrations).

Beauty products also available to purchase. Healthy snacks will be served. Limited places available so register now!

Enquiries to Community Coordinator, Louise Davies – ph 499-1825 or email Louise.davies@ wcc.govt.nz

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Tessa is a 16 year old girl dying from Cancer.  Doctors have told her she only has a few months left to live.  Determined to make the most of her short life, Tess embarks on a journey of personal discovery, completing a list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies.  Despite its sad theme, this novel is enlightening and surprisingly funny.  I really warmed to the characters and enjoyed following Tessa’s adventures with her friends.  I’d recommend Before I Die to anyone looking for something light and life-affirming to read.

If you enjoyed this, try Dear Zoe by Philip Beard.

My Sister’s Keeper

Jodi Picoult fans will be excited to learn that My Sister’s Keeper is going to be made into a film.  Casting so far includes Cameron Diaz and Abagail Breslin.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this book, My Sister’s Keeper is a novel about a teenage girl, Anna, who was conceived by her parents as a bone marrow match for her older sister Kate, who has leukaemia.  Anna loves her sister but strongly believes that she should have the right to decide how her own body is used; so she files a lawsuit against her parents for medical emancipation.  This is a really compelling read and I loved it so much, I hope the movie doesn’t disappoint!

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.


For those of you who enjoy chick lit, beach reads and bestsellers, Trashionista is an awesome website that “gets to grips with the wonderful world of female fiction.”  It’s one of my favourite blogs because of its lovely layout and thorough content – as well as book reviews the site offers movie news, and interviews with popular female authors.  For girls who are passionate about reading (or writing) female fiction, Trashionista is an essential blog to check out.

Queen of Babble in the Big City

Popular YA author Meg Cabot is well known for her bestselling Princess Diaries series but you may not be aware that she also writes adult fiction too.  Queen of Babble in the Big City is the second installment in Cabot’s Queen of Babble series, an adult fiction trilogy.  It’s a light-hearted novel written in chick-lit style with likeable characters, and plenty of humour and romance.

The story centres on Lizzie Nichols, a sweet and naive young woman who moves to New York City with dreams of opening her own bridal boutique – and tying the knot with her commitment-phobic boyfriend Luke.  But things don’t always go according to plan for Lizzie, and her “notoriously big mouth begins to get her into trouble at work and at home almost at once.”

This was my first Meg Cabot novel, but it wont be my last.  I enjoyed it so much I’ll definately be reading Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, the final book in the series.

For more information visit Meg Cabot’s website (and be sure to check out her blog, it’s great!)

Some Girls Do…

If you have ever been a teenage girl or you are one now, then this is the essential book for you!  Some Girls Do: My Life as a Teenager is a funny and revealing collection of short stories contributed by some of Australia’s favourite female writers.  The authors (including Belinda Alexandra, Jessica Adams, Kathy Lette, and many more) share with the reader intimate details about their own teen years, recounting all the excitement, drama and insecurities associated with adolescence.  I loved this book because it offered an honest and optimistic portrayal of what it’s really like to be a teenage girl.  “The 51 writers in this book have known angst, despair and not being part of the cool group, yet all have lived to tell the tale.”

Compiled as a fund-raiser for disadvantaged teenage girls, all royalties from Some Girls Do… go towards SISTER2sister – an Australian mentoring programme for young women.


“Real girls make the best role models for real girls” – that’s the philosophy behind the bestselling and award-winning Girlosophy series of books.  Through her travels around the world, author and photographer Anthea Paul has met many young women.  She shares their inspirational stories in the Girlosophy books, and offers practical advice for young women around the world.  The latest Girlosophy installment, The Girlo Travel Survival Kit is essential reading for young women considering overseas travel.  For more information check out the Girlosophy website.