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1. Lunch Time Talk

From the Montana Book Awards.

The short stories in ‘Luminous’, a second collection by Alice Tawhai, have a startling honesty and maturity. Her characters, living on the edges, have flesh and blood and bones and snot and tears but, equally, insight and imagination and hope. Tawhai’s imagery is incredibly visual and often surprising.

2. Community Reads

Jill Trevelyan talks about her book Rita Angu s : an artist's life (Includes slide show) Wednesday 13 August 7pm, Sound & Visio n Zone Bus Trip to Te Papa, Saturday 23 August Tour the Rita Angus exhibition with Jill Treve lyan (free entry) Bus charge $35 Concession rate $25 Registration & payment at the Issues Desk , Central Library


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MUST READS Luminous by Alice Tawhai

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4. Writers Read Serie

Now you can borrow ready-to-go MP3 audiobooks from your library. Pre-loaded digital audio books are lightweight, compact and very easy to use. Simply plug in the earphones and press play.


For more information contact: Genny Vella, phone 351 4100 X 8519, email or check our website

“to inspire people to explore the pathways to the world - Te Ara Whanui o Te Ao”

Jill's pick

A Long Girl Ago by Johanna Aitchison I’ve been inspired reading this new collection of poems – fresh and exciting – familiar and then not. According Palmerston North to Lumiere Reader, the book’s first City Library and third sections are “kiwi breadPO Box 1948 and-butter, sandwiching a heart 4 The Square Palmerston North of “Japanese poems in English”, Phone: (06) 351 4100 inspired by three years spent living in a remote Renewals: (06) 351 4101 Japanese fishing village”. Yep, well worth a look. Fax: (06) 351 4102 Email: Philippa’s pick Monday 10am – 6pm Tuesday 10am – 6pm Wednesday 10am – 8pm Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 8pm Saturday 10am – 4pm Sunday 1pm – 4pm » Please contact our Branches for individual opening hours.

Look this way: New Zealand writers on New Zealand artists / edited by Sally Blundell.

An art book with a difference, ‘Look this way’ invites seventeen prominent New Zealand Ashhurst Community Library writers to discuss a Cnr Cambridge & Bamfield Streets local artist of their Phone & Fax: (06) 326 8646 choice. I find this book Awapuni Branch Library particularly appealing College Street Shopping Centre because each Phone & Fax: (06) 356 7634 chapter stands alone as a distinctly Highbury Branch Library personal tribute to an individual artist’s Monrad Park, Highbury Avenue work and can be read and savoured Phone: (06) 357 2108 as such. A case in point is Jenny Roslyn Branch Library Bornholdt’s wonderfully evocative 8 Kipling Street poem ‘Crossrose and Orb’ which Phone: (06) 357 9287 was inspired by the work of Mary Mobile Library McFarlane. For those of us who are Please see separate leaflet for timetable challenged by the unfamiliar, the Website writers craft makes the art more accessible. A small book with a big heart. Barbara’s pick



Community Reads 80th Birthday Celebration Library Week Digital Audio Books What’s On What’s New

the official newsletter of the Palmerston North City Library – AUG/SEPT 2008 : Issue No. 63


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digital audio books

community reads: a City Library “Read in order to live”. (Gustave Flaubert)

Community Reads brings together members of a community and one or more books at the same time. Ideally, a ‘community reads’ or ‘big read’ leads to mass community participation – read one or more of the four selected titles; attend the writer visits; engage your fellow citizens in discussion on the writers, their books and the issues raised in reading the particular title - for further ideas, please refer to the Community Reads website at The four titles are listed below:

VENUE: Central Library – TIME: 7pm The Blue by Mary McCallum Wednesday 16 July




community reads:

WEBSITE Here is a quick highlight of what can be found/ done on the website: Information on the books (book cover, blurb, reviews, links to other titles by the same author, etc.) and how to access them (borrow a library copy or buy your own)

Rita Angus: an artist’s life by Jill Trevelyan Wednesday 13 August

Information on the authors (photo, biography, related websites)

The Kindness of Strangers: kitchen memoirs by Shonagh Koea Wednesday 3 September

A gallery of photos of events and activities throughout Community Reads

two little boys by Duncan Sarkies Friday 17 October

Crosswords - one way of having fun, interacting with the books and being in to win. One crossword per Community Reads book. Crosswords can be left at any desk or at a branch.



Up-to-date information on all of the Community Reads events Be in to win - brief information about how you can be in to win a prize.

Mailing list - a special Community Reads mailing list including instructions on how to subscribe Poll - vote for your favourite Community Read book Register - complete a brief online form with your name, phone number and the books you have read. You will then be in to win spot prizes. Talk about it - Once you have registered on the website you will be able to participate in online discussions about the books, the authors, NZ writing, Community Reads, and more.

Join the ultimate book group - bringing together local readers and four well-known NZ writers. Join for free at the Central Library, one of the branch libraries, or on-line at For more info - tel. 351 4100 or

Here are a dozen inspiring ways to maximise your enjoyment and learning throughout the ‘Community Reads’ period (16th July to 31st October):

Any questions or feedback please feel free to forward to Margaret or Genny. The website is a work in progress and will continue to develop over the next few months. Please sign up for the mailing list and receive the latest updates and participate in online discussions. Sign up here -

• Read one or more of the titles; • Explore the history of whaling, both in New Zealand and internationally and the current issues surrounding whaling; • Learn about Rita Angus, a pioneer of modern New Zealand painting, and the world of NZ painting generally; • Join the Rita Angus trip to see the exhibition at the Te Papa, guided by Jill Trevelyan, the author of Rita Angus; • Risk exploring the kindness of strangers for four months; • Contribute your thoughts to the ‘Community Reads’ website; • Turn the TV off and read – feel the difference! • Read something you would not usually read; • Win a prize for participating in the ‘Community Reads’ event; • Practise the art of conversation throughout the three-month period; • Read and buy Kiwi books! and

and as Flaubert says

Library Week is a week-long celebration of libraries throughout New Zealand. Library Week has been going for over 35 years and is a chance to learn more about the many services libraries offer and to celebrate the important role they play in your community. This year the Library Week theme is 'What's Your Story?' and you can tell us your stories via the activities and competitions for all ages on the LIANZA website

• Explore black humour with Duncan Sarkies.

Above all: enjoy yourself, learn something, banish

Library Week 2008

the winter blues


We have a wonderful programme of events planned for the Central and Branch Libraries including the launch of Stand-Up Poetry - monthly open mic poetry evenings, New Zealand's biggest Storytime, and more. Get your full programme from the Central or branch libraries or online.

We are celebrating something rather special in September this year – the 80th birthday of this wonderful building – the C.M. Ross Building! The City Library is planning to celebrate this important milestone with an exciting programme of activities including the unveiling of a commissioned quilt, a booklet about C.M. Ross and the building, a series of talks, tea served in the old tearooms – which is now the New Zealand and Pacific Islands Zone and more. The programme will be available in late August. We are looking for your memories of the building when it was a department store. Do you remember Roscos – perhaps you worked there, shopped there regularly, or dined in the tearooms? And what of when it was owned by Milne and Choyce, the DIC and Arthur Barnetts? The building served as a department store for over 60 years. In 1996, newly renovated, it was opened as the City Library, a place that still retains some of the features of the original store as built in 1928. We are producing a booklet on the C.M. Ross building and subsequent businesses, your reminiscences will help create a picture of this bygone era. If you have some interesting stories or memories to share, we would love to hear them, preferably in writing. Please contact Lesley Courtney, City Archivist at City Library, PO Box 1948, Palmerston North, phone 06 351 4100 or email

Pathways April - May 2008  

Pathways is a bimonthly publication bringing you news from throughout Palmerston North City Library.

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