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NB: March - April 2017

This issue, our first of 2017, we enjoy the delights of our City of Literature on foot, with literary walks and poems on steps. We herald the return of our really big book sale - back in the basement car park of City Library for three days of bargains. We relish the delights of Burns-inspired poetry with our poetry competition winners. And we look at some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on at the Library, along with our usual plethora of book reviews, new releases, holidays abroad, desertion on desert islands, and wonderful local poetry. Plus there are bustles galore for iD Fashion Week!


80 Years of Indexing the News

80 years of indexing the news  

by Cheryl Hamblyn, Senior Library Assistant Heritage

In 2016 the staff of the Heritage Collections marked 80 years of a unique resource – our newspaper index.

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by Linda Geddes

Scattered Seeds ñ He Purapura Marara

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What's On March-April

What's On...

by Kay Mercer

Festivals, workshops, stories, tours, talks, competitions, music and a great big book sale at Dunedin Public Libraries over the summer and autumn.

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Lose an Hour, Gain a Bargain!

Lose an hour, gain a bargain!

by Jill Bowie

The clock is ticking as we count down to our giant Friday to Sunday carpark book sale.

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Plant-Based Living Initiative

Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices

by Anna deMello

 A public talk in April by Plant-based Living Initiative will examine healthy eating and impacts both on the body and world climate.

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Images of the Past

A Costumer's Guide to Sewing Historically Inspired Garments

by Kura Carpenter

Celebrating iD Fashion Week in March, Images of the Past costuming group will present a Victorian/Edwardian-era fashion show at City Library.

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Stepping into Poetry

by Ruth Arnison

Ruth Arnison's passion for poetry in public places is hard to resist.

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August Sunday 

by Jasmine O M Taylor

A poem by Jasmine O M Taylor

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Robert Burns Poetry Competition 2016/17

by Dunedin Public Libraries

Our 2016/17 competition saw a record number of entries judged by Otago University Robert Burns Fellow, Victor Rodger. 

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by Maureen Brook, Senior Library Assistant Information Services

This year Dunedin’s iconic iD Fashion Week takes place from March 16 to 26.

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Dark Horse by Honey Brown

Fiction Review: Dark Horse 

by Collection Services Team

by Honey Brown [Published 2013 by Michael Joseph]  

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Dunedin Writers' Workshop

Dunedin Writers’ Workshop

by Kura Carpenter

The Dunedin Writers’ Workshop welcomes all writers, hobbyist or professional.

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John le Carre

John Le Carré  

by Colleen Marshall, Senior Library Assistant Information Services

At the grand old age of 85, author John Le Carré is enjoying a resurgence of popularity as several of his novels have been recently adapted for film and television. 

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The Sea and the Snow by Philip Temple

Philip Temple's The Sea and the Snow

by Lodestar books

Fifty years ago a bunch of blokes sailed 10,000 miles across the 'Roaring Forties' and 'Screaming Fifties' to climb a 9000-foot volcano. This is their extraordinary story.

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Gay Buckingham's The Grand Electrification of the South

Gay Buckingham's The Grand Electrification of the South 

by Chris Carrell

[published by Mary Egan Publishers]

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A Way Home

A Way Home

by Jillian Sullivan, author

 by Jillian Sullivan. [Published by Potton and Burton, September 2016] 

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What’s New McNab

by Malcolm Deans

The latest in the New Zealand collection.

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A Moving Collection

A Moving Collection  

by Susan Sinclair, Collection Specialist

Susan Sinclair, Collection Specialist for Dunedin Public Libraries, with a behind-the-scenes look at collection management.

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Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk 

by Beverly Martens

A new venture is proving popular with booklovers – Literary Walking Tours around the University of Otago campus. 

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Desert Island Books

Desert Island Books  

by Jill Bowie, Collection Services

At the end of 2016 two of our long-serving staff members retired.

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Non-fiction Book Review: Simple - Effortless Food, Big Flavours

Non-Fiction Book Review - Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavours

by Collection Specialist Team

by Diana Henry [Published 2013 by Mitchell Beazley]

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Non-fiction Highlights

Non-fiction highlights

by Shirley Jones & Colleen Marshall, Information Services

A selection of new arrivals to our shelves. 

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Travelling by the Book: Searching for Van Gogh

Travelling by the Book: In Search of Van Gogh  

by Shirley Jones, Senior Library Assistant, Information Services

My love of Van Gogh paintings started with an exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery years ago.

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kids' picks

Kids’ Picks  

by Wendy Chapman

A selection of recommended reads for children.

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The Petersen Family Collection of Teen & Pre-teen Books by N.A.M. Welch

The Petersen Family Series by N.A.M. Welch

by Neil Welch, author

N.A.M. Welch, who also writes as Neil Welch, has written a series of adventure stories for young teens and sub-teens, featuring the Petersen family. 

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Teen Space - What's New

What’s New TeenSpace  

by Rachel Kean

A selection of recommended new titles for young adults.

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