Dannevirke Library ran our first Maths is Fun programme this week, thanks to Wairarapa REAP, and it was a resounding success. We had 50 places available and they were snapped up quickly, and all the children seemed to really enjoy it. We hope to offer this programme at all our library branches every October school holidays in future.
A big thank you to wonderful teachers Eileen Thomson and Teresa Mason.
“Call the vet” by Anna Birch is a memoir telling the story of a British woman’s first year as a qualified veterinarian. Starting her training a bit later in life – because she didn’t really know what she wanted to do – her first professional job is with a rural mixed practice in Dorset owned by two experienced vets. Initially, she is frustrated that they restrict her to small animal duties, however, as her first cat spay takes 90 minutes (normally about 30), and she nearly kills a pet hamster when it gets sucked up the anaesthetic machine tubing, she realises that the transition from theory to practice might be harder than she thought.
Eventually, she is allowed to start making farm visits, and despite a few rocky patches and difficult cases, she is soon in her element. Even more so when she meets a handsome young Reserve Warden. But then a friend invites her to Africa for a few weeks, to assist in a feral dog rabies vaccination programme. Her new boyfriend is less than pleased at the prospect, and when she returns, he announces he’s moving to a new job 90 minutes away. Has Anna lost him? After her adventure, will she be happy working on farms again?
As someone who actually worked in vet clinics for many years, this book accurately portrayed that lifestyle and animal health cases (some quite funny, some sad). It was also a lovely romantic tale.
To make space for lovely new books, we’re getting rid of some stock. A lot of adult fiction this time, and some unwanted donated items are practically new (good for Christmas presents!)
When: 1st to 31st October 2014
Where: Dannevirke Library, 9.30am to 5.30pm weekdays; 10am-1pm Saturdays.
Prices: Everything 50c or less. Eftpos or cash. No credit cards.
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel is a story in which not a lot happens but which gives you an insight into the mind and world of a psychic. Hilary Mantel doesn’t make her chief character in this novel any kind of charlatan or trickster. Rather she draws a fascinating portrait of a woman who truly has extra sensitivity, a sixth sense and, in a believable way, is a receiver of voices from the dead. How she reacts and handles these insistent voices and how she earns a living by using her gifts with other people is what ‘beyond black’ is all about.
Hilary Mantel is an award winning English author whose most popular recent books have been historical; novels based on the life of Thomas Cromwell, who helped Henry VIII become head of the Church of England, by devious means. She has really got under the skin of the psychic in this novel and may result in you thinking again about those who lay claim to hearing from the ‘other side’ and having abilities that most of us could never lay claim to.
- Larry Gordon
You’d think that the debut novel “The Martian” by Andy Weir would be quite depressing. I mean, it’s about an astronaut who accidentally gets abandoned on a manned Mars mission, and spends the next 18 months struggling to survive in the hopes of being rescued. However, Andy Weir has written this as an astronauts “log” (think Star Trek), and it’s absolutely hilarious. One of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
Engineer/botanist Mark Watney is on his first trip to space to collect samples on Mars and fix any mechanical problems. But, when the crew is suddenly evacuated, he suffers an accident and the rest of the crew think he’s dead. In fact, everyone on Earth thinks he’s dead. Watney has to figure out how to create enough food and water to survive, and more importantly, how to get back in contact with Earth. He does quite well most of the time, but he also has some major catastrophes – and each one is life threatening, of course. Can he survive? Will he make it back to Earth?
This is quite a thrill ride, but also filled with poignant and tender moments at times. Certainly enough action to keep anyone entertained; enough humour to offset the dire circumstances; and enough scientific tidbits of information to inform. It could be considered science fiction but equally an adventure/thriller.
I enjoyed this novel immensely, as have many others that I’ve recommended it to, both men and women. For me, it was right up there with “Wool” by Hugh Howey as something a bit unusual and different. Andy Weir is an author with a sterling career ahead, I feel.
Want to learn more about what Watney may have faced? Check out new book “Mars up close”.
“Pig and Small” by Alex Latimer
Pig thinks he has Squeaky Nose Syndrome, but after some serious worry, discovers a tiny bug sitting on his nose squeaking at him. Bug wants to be friends, and so does Pig, but they can’t find anything they can do together because one is Big and one is Small. After some failed experiments, like playing chess and catch, Pig realises there are loads of things they can do together where size doesn’t matter – like going to the movies, museums, art galleries, zoos and eating out. Because best friends don’t care about physical differences as long as they get along!
A very cute picture book for children that will not drive adults crazy (hopefully) when reading it over and over and over ….. and a very good way to teach an important lesson.
Today, 19 September, is ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’. Yay. Not for pirates – after all, they were pretty awful characters (except for Cap’n Jack Sparrow of course, and maybe Smee) but simply because it’s SUCH fun to talk like a pirate!
Your guide to pirate lingo is here or you can watch an instructional video
If you’re really keen on all things piratey, you could even join the pirate party of which most countries seem to have one (who knew?!)
Feel like flying into space? Well, kids, come along to our free craft sessions and who knows what you’ll get up to!
These craft activities are for primary aged children, and an adult needs to accompany younger children please. As usual, except for Dannevirke, please let your local library know you may attend. Full details on the attached PDF flyer (link) or see the chart below.
|Dannevirke||30-Sep||Tuesday||10 – 11am|
|Dannevirke||2-Oct||Thursday||10 – 11am|
That headline made you look didn’t it! “Vagina” is actually the title of a book, in this case, by Naomi Wolf. As I have always found with Wolf’s books, one must engage one’s critical thinking and weigh up what she writes, as I find she can be quite opinionated. That proviso aside, this book was very interesting.
Of course the title “Vagina” is hard to avoid, but if it makes people pick the book up, so much the better. And for those who are put off by it – please don’t be. Whatever else Wolf might be, she is an intelligent woman and the book appears well-researched. So much so that I consider ‘Vagina’ a must-read for woman of all ages – and any man brave enough! I learnt things I never even considered, such as the network of nerves surrounding the vagina is far more extensive than I knew. But I won’t tell you everything I learnt – have a read yourself and you may also learn new things. In this day and age, where the media seems to portray a disconnect between sexuality and spirituality, this book seeks to reconnect this in some way.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Most Kiwis have heard of the Maori Battalion, and are proud of how they represented New Zealand during the First World War. 16th September was the date the Government announced the formation of a ‘Maori Contingent’ of 200 men for service with the NZEF, later expanded to 500. But how did it come about? After all, Mother England, at the time, had a policy that “native peoples” should not bear arms against European forces…
“By the end of the war, 2227 Maori and 458 Pacific Islanders had served in what became known as the Maori Pioneer Battalion. Of these, 336 died on active service and 734 were wounded.
The first Native Contingent sailed from Wellington in February 1915. Major-General Sir Alexander Godley, commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, sent the contingent to Malta for further training and garrison duties. Eventually, the Native Contingent landed at Anzac Cove on 3 July 1915. Here they joined the New Zealand Mounted Rifles. When the contingent was evacuated from the peninsula with the rest of the ANZACs in December 1915, it had only two officers and 132 men left.
In mid 1915, the Native Contingent ceased to exist and Maori troops were dispersed amongst other battalions, but in February 1916, Godley reorganised the New Zealand Expeditionary Force into the New Zealand Division and reunited Maori troops as the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion (sometimes referred to as the Maori Pioneer Battalion). The battalion was organised into four companies, each with two Maori and two Pakeha platoons, made up of the remnants of the Otago Mounted Rifles. Maori soldiers in other battalions were encouraged to transfer to the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion, but it was not compulsory.
The newly formed New Zealand Pioneer Battalion arrived in France in April 1916 and became the first unit of the New Zealand Division to move onto the Somme battlefield. They also were at the Messines offensive in 1917.
On 1 September 1917 the battalion became a fully Maori unit – the New Zealand Maori Battalion. They captured Le Quesnoy from the Germans on 4 November 1918, and were then assigned to the Rhine Garrison and began their march towards Dunkirk. The complete battalion sailed for New Zealand in March 1919 where they received a heroes welcome.”
This web feature was written by Steve Watters and Monty Soutar and you can read the full article at NZ History Online.
If you’d like to delve deeper into the subject, Tararua District Library has several books of interest available. – Natalie
The 2014 Tararua District Library Annual Trivia Quiz was on last night, and the trophy changed hands! Yep, “3 Assets & a Liability” (aka MCI & Associates) couldn’t hold on to it this year, in the face of the combined knowledge of “International Intelligence” from Dannevirke High School.
An awesome time was had by all involved, so thanks for participating. The scores were:
|Dvk||International Intelligence||80||1st overall & at Dannevirke|
|Wdv||United Union of School Teachers & Husbands||76||1st at Woodville|
|Dvk||3 Assets & A Liability||74|
|Dvk||Barraud St Brains||74|
|Wdv||St James’s Angels||71|
|Dvk||Sir and the Lads||68|
|Dvk||The Four Horsemen of the Potato Chips||67|
|Dvk||Barraud St Beans||67|
|Eke||Awesome Foursome||67||1st at Eketahuna|
|Eke||Hope Springs Eternal||64|
|Eke||Angels of Mercy||58|
|Dvk||Florence’s Naughty Angels (Fancy Dress Winners)||51|
|Dvk||The Wisdom of Claghead||47|
|Eke||Upper High Street||37|
A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors:
Scanpower, New World, Craig Potton Publishing, Wheelers, Miller Books, Tararua District Council, McDonalds (Dannevirke), The Vault Cafe, 123 Plus, Country Chef, Pukaha Mount Bruce, Mitre 10, Westpac, Just Gifts Dannevirke, Wards Pharmacy, Dannevirke Bakery, Joy Raffaelli.
What better way to deepen your relationship with someone than to read their favourite book? Favourite books can be like a personal religious text; they can help you understand someone’s motivations, prejudices and worldviews. But what if their favourite book, well, sucks.
Here’s some tips:
1 – Do not read aloud passages of the book that you find to be comically overwrought. You may think you are showing that you’re engaging with the book. All you are doing is showing that you are an insufferable snob.
2 – If the whole point of the book is to show some Big Important Lesson, do not say that you find the characters self-centred and annoying. You are missing the point. You are merely confirming your status as an insufferable snob.
3 – Question your motivation. Are you reading their favourite book to genuinely draw closer to them? Or are you reading it because you hope this offers you another chance to show your self-declared cultural superiority? If it is the latter, you don’t deserve books. Or to be in a relationship.
4 – Realise that a favourite book is like an open wound. It is something to be protected. If someone, especially a loved one, comes near it, we flinch as if it is has been exposed to a chill wind. We tell them to be careful and be gentle. Any connection with the book, no matter how slight, can cause an intense reaction.
5 – Finish the book. The only thing worse than having an opinion on a favourite book is offering only pointed indifference. By abandoning the book you are effectively saying you don’t care enough about the person to find out what has made their soul leap.
6 – Don’t tell them it sucks. Because it doesn’t. If your loved one loves it, then it is special. Your highfalutin’, snobby reflexes be damned. This is not an exercise in relativism – every opinion is not equally valid – but rather its realising that everything isn’t always about you. Their favourite book might not be yours, but at least you’re with someone who has been moved by a book. Well done, that means you’re with someone rather special. If you take nothing else from this exercise, delight in that.
Read the whole article by Edd McCracken on Book Riot here
“Maths is Fun” is a free literacy programme for primary school children that will be running at Dannevirke Library 6th to 10th October 2014.
The programme is funded by the Eastern Central Community Trust ; facilitated by Wairarapa REAP ; administered by Tararua District Library ; taught by teachers Eileen Thomson and Teresa Mason.
Places are strictly limited to 50 children in total, so if you wish to register your child, please either visit the library to complete the form, or complete and email/scan back the attached PDF form.
Maths is Fun registration – Dannevirke Library – October 2014 (click this link once, then again)
Set in the near future, young adult novel ‘Revived’ by Cat Patrick looks at the life of the subject of a government experiment. Daisy died in a tragic bus accident and has since been revived five times by a mystery drug the FDA are testing.
However, all is not as it seems and mysteries and sub-plots litter Daisy’s world as she navigates the dramas of high school, and having to move and assume a new identity. Making a new friend, meeting a boy and discovering all is not what it seems with the head of the programme makes this a well written and convincing book.
I cried at the end and enjoyed the questions this book raised. Although the end seemed rushed and I was a little disappointed more wasn’t explained about the plot twists, it is a good honest read that keeps you entertained and transfixed. Who knows what shadowy goings-on there are in an organisation that literally holds your life in their hands.
Check out the Young Adult Fiction section for more great reads.