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SubText08 is over

SubText08 ended last Friday at the ‘Many Questions’ non-pub pub quiz. A dozen participants turned up to answer questions while riding a sugar high. The winning team, The Fresh Princesses of Brooklyn, narrowly won the quiz and received book vouchers and the SubText08 Champ trophy (hand-crafted from polystyrene). Jessica won last week’s draw of a $40 book voucher, and Melissa won the main prize, an iPod. Congratulations to all of you!

Thanks to everyone who participated. We still have a few prizes left to give away and will be sending those out shortly. If you have the time we’d greatly appreciate it if you could fill in this survey.

Keep reading this blog to learn about future happenings planned for youth!

SubText08 Survey

SubText08 wraps up this Friday. We have a little survey for participants – if you send it in we will give you an extra chance to win the final prize, but if you’d rather remain anonymous that’s fine.

You can also leave any comments about the programme on this website.


Week Six Theme: DVDs

subtext logoHello out there. You’ll be pleased to know that the theme for the final week of SubText 08 is DVDs. Nice and easy.

So, this means you get not one but two entries into the weekly draw (and the final draw for the iPod) if you send us a review of a DVD you’ve watched recently from the library’s collection. This week is your last chance to enter (before 12pm Friday 29 August), so don’t forget!

We will also have the weekly SubText quiz* ready for you to do on Monday (doing that (and getting it 100% right) will also give you a chance to win), so brush up on your movie general knowledge.


* Next month we’ll publish all the answers, so trivial mysteries will be revealed in due course.

Subtext News

The fourth SubText08 draw was done by the delightful Andrea, and the winner was … Jess! Who also won last week, so double congratulations to you.

Newtown’s Teen Idol 2 went off really well on Friday night – the crowd was small to begin with but grew into quite a crowd fairly quickly. Prizes were dished out and pizza (the official food of SubText08) devoured. The most popular song of the night was So Sick by ‘occasional rapper’, Ne-Yo.

Interesting facts:
1. Ne-Yo’s real name is Shaffer Smith
2. Newtown was named by an earlier hotelier who hoped a new town would grow up around his hotel.
3. Here is an old postcard depicting the Newtown Library.

Subtext News

The third weekly Subtext08 draw was done by Stu, who wears a wig, a hard hat and a matching polyester vest. The winner of a $40 book voucher was Jessica – congratulations!

Don’t forget the next Subtext event is next week. Until then, do try the Classics quiz.

Reviews of the Week 4 & 5

Waiting for the Weekend : Vol 2
Various artists

Contains many cruisy songs that are great (as the cover suggests) for the weekend. Relaxing songs you can just shill out to as it contains a range of recent famous singers, usually played on the radio. Suprisingly I found, they were mainly male artists which was a shame because as a female, it’s nice to hear some female artists too. Didn’t know that many songs when I looked at the playlist at the back but it was ok.

~ Jessica (17)

Pegasus in Space, by Anne McCaffrey

This story was a really good read and I am giving it 5 stars. This story revolves arround Peter, a Kinetic who is also a Paraplegic. At the beginning of the book he moved his body with Kinesis and by the end he could walk normally thank to a Micro-Talent Amariayah. I recommend anyone to read this book.

~ Zach (15)

Review of the Week 3

This isn’t a review of a CD but it’s topical nonetheless!

Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

This is an amazing author, she knows exactly what people want from a book and she gives it, and more! Her books are about romance. And not the kind of puppy love that you get in high school and can’t even remember the name of when you’re older. This is the kind of love that exists until the end of time, that renders both parties useless and unable to survive without the other. Everyone who I have talked to has read this book and absolutely loved it, because it’s not just about vampires that only fantasy lovers read. This is a book everyone loves because although it’s about the supernatural it’s so completely human that it makes you want to cry. This is a truly amazing end to a mystical, magical spell-binding series about true love that conquers everything.

~ Alex (15)

Review of the Week 1

It’s that time again… we got some interesting reviews again this week (keep sending them in). Here’s one that grabbed our attention:

Machina: the machines of God
The Smashing Pumpkins

Machina is a rock album with soul. The lyrics to all the songs are deep and meaningful, and the band experiments with a range of different instruments to support Billy Corgan’s signature (almost whiny) voice.

Without damaging the album’s flow, The Pumpkins explore various music genres. ‘The Everlasting Gaze’ has a relatively fast pace, and a hard edge to it, whereas ‘I of the Mourning’ (one of my favourite tracks) is slower and softer. Billy Corgan’s vocals range from heartless to heartbroken … he has complete control over the amount of emotion he expresses in his voice.

Overall, Machina is a brilliant album, but it just doesn’t compare to Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (another of The Smashing Pumpkins’ albums). Still, I would DEFINITELY recommend it.

~ Mereana, 13

Week four theme: Classics

Next week’s theme for reviews is classics. This is a broad category, covering literature that has withstood the test of time. (We have a page for the classics here, in fact.) Many of you may have read a classic novel (or play) for school, so you should have something to review!

And here’s the classic-themed quiz! Do it and receive an extra chance to win – get it all right and you get another chance to win.

And it’s not too late to register – do so if you want your quiz to count!
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Subtext news

The second weekly SubText draw was done by the lovely Andree and Prince Caspian, who is unfortunately a little too small to see in the picture. The winner of the $40 book voucher was D. J. – congrats, matey!

Here are some photos from the Subtext games night at Karori on Friday. Braving the awful weather and missing the final episode of America’s Next Top Model (I can’t believe Heather didn’t win), Subtexters enjoyed Wii, Guitar Hero, and eating pizza. Two of you won a prize which should turn up in the mail today.

The next event, Teen Idol, will be at Newtown library on the 15th of August.

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