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NB: June 2020

In this special issue for June 2020, we get back to the books. The libraries are open, and we've got recommendations and reviews to whet your appetite from both print and digital collections. There's news about the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature Possibilities Project and we hear stories from lockdown. We say hello to some authors, a publisher and a man who makes sculptures from the moon, and we bid a fond farewell to three long-serving library stalwarts who reached retirement in level 2.
Plus, there's more baking - you have been warned.


Steven Whiffen - Lunar Sector

A Piece of the Moon

by Amanda Whiffen

Being home in lockdown level 3 was the perfect opportunity for Waikouaiti Library's Amanda Whiffen to interview her artist husband.

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Liz Breslin

City of Literature Possibilities Project, Possibilities are endless……

by Debbie Lancaster-Gordon

UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is the international organisation committed to creating cultural links across the world.

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were'd all the good people go

Where'd all the good people go?

by Kay Mercer, Linda Geddes, Lorraine Johnston, Anne Buck

While we were keeping safe at home, three members of Library staff reached a quiet milestone.

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Books adapted to TV

Based on an Untrue Story: Novel Television Adaptations on Demand

by Susan Sinclair

TVNZ is currently streaming some great adaptations of much-loved books.

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Author-Illustrator Rachel McCoubrey

Author Talks: Rachel McCoubrey

by Gina Rocco

From a sea lion that fancied a dip in the saltwater pool, to a dog’s remarkable survival story, Dunedin has its share of tall-but-true tales involving animals.

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Stamp of Approval

Research, Reviews, and RDA – My Recent Responsibilities

by Rebecca Keenan

Not normally part of my day-to-day library work, I became very familiar with research, reviews, and RDA during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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The Light Between Oceans

Fiction Review: The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

by Glenda Rogers

There are very few books I have found compelling enough to read twice, but The Light Between Oceans, Stedman’s first novel, is one of them.

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Voices from Lockdown

Voices from Lockdown

by Shirley Jones

Now that the Level Four pandemic response - Lockdown - is behind us, and maybe will never be experienced again, I asked some of my friends and family members what it was like for them personally.

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Reading out of order

My Reading is Out of Order

by By Dianne @ South Dunedin Library

I have to admit, I'm guilty of this at the moment but sometimes it just has to be the way it is.

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Twister by Jane Woodham

Fiction Review: Twister by Jane Woodham

by Debbie Lancaster-Gordon

A fine addition to the City of Literature collection.

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A Word in Your Ear: Lesley Smith

by Eryn Makinson

Eryn Makinson interviews the Lesley Smith, publisher of Tara McLeod: A Typographic Journey

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American Dirt by Jeannine Cummings

Book Review

by Beverly Cheshire

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

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None for you! Chocolate Cookie Recipe - The Star 7th May 2020 p11

Baker's Delights

by Dianne Mears, South Dunedin Library

South Dunedin Librarian Dianne Mears has been going stir crazy in lockdown.

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e-books e-audio

New Non Fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks

by Information Services Team

Our selectors have been busy during lockdown adding lots more online titles for you to enjoy at home.

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Non-Fiction Reviews

by Kyra Gillies

Kyra Gillies explores some fascinating titles from our non-fiction collection

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Dianne's collection of crochet blankets, make during lockdown 2020

Crochet, who me?

by Dianne @ South Dunedin Library

It all started with my Christmas Stocking, I was really excited to see some knitting needles, wool and a crochet hook.

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Emma's War - Deborah Scroggins

Large Print Autobiography

by Cate Morrison, Guest Reviewer

Guest reviewer Cate Morrison reviews Emma’s War by Deborah Scroggins

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The Power Greens Cookbook

Book Review: The Power Greens Cookbook

by Jo Howard

140 delicious superfood recipes by Dana Jacobi

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Elena de Roo - supplied

Check Out an Author: Elena de Roo

by Jackie McMillan

Elena de Roo is a children’s writer and poet usually based in Auckland, but here in Dunedin for the first half of 2020.

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Audiobooks on the go

Young Adult Book Reviews

by Lynn Vare, Youth Services Supervisor

Digi or not digi? A librarian compares.

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View of Dunedin City during Lockdown

Bursting Bubbles with Books

by Jackie McMillan

Two special Zoom sessions of Continued Sense of Wonder were held on Wednesday, 29th April 2020. Fifteen adults met to discuss books written for children and young adults that they found consoling, or which they could immerse themselves in, and help distract them, during lockdown.

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Historical Picture Books and Children's Fiction

Travelling in Time: Adventures in History and Portals to the Past

by Jackie McMillan

Some marvellous reads to help us escape to other times.

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