Thursday, September 24, 2015

Code Red game coding workshops

Places are still available for 15-18 year-olds and teachers or adults working with students to develop computer coding skills!

Come along to Timaru Library and learn about online game coding and strategy for free 
during the school holidays. 

We’re running workshops to provide a technology starter using online games.  

Check out the registration details and workshop dates and enrol now!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Warlock's Child competitions

To celebrate the first three books of The Warlock’s Child being released, Ford Street
Publishing is running a competition for readers fifteen years and younger.

ARTWORK: The best colour illustration of a dragon from any of the first three books in the series -The Burning Sea, Dragonfall Mountain and The Iron Claw - all coming to your library soon

STORY: The best story of 500 words or less featuring any two characters from the first three books in the series -The Burning SeaDragonfall Mountain and The Iron Claw.

PRIZES (in both categories):
First Prize: A leatherbound dragon notebook (just the thing to carry on quests), an autographed set of
all six books of The Warlock’s Child, and publication of the winning artwork and story in ‘OzKidsinPrint’. This entry will include the art and story in the magazine’s own story and art competitions.
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Second Prize: A Celtic dragon backpack
Third Prize: A dragon t-shirt

DEADLINE: Entries must be submitted (that is postmarked or emailed) by the 28th of July, 2015.
Submissions may be electronic or postal, but submissions arriving after 1st August 2015 cannot be
Postal: Ford Street Publishing
162 Hoddle Street
Victoria 3067

RESULTS: Winners will be announced at Ford Street Publishing on 10th of August, 2015.

RULES and further information at Ford Street Publishing

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Best NZ teens' book announced!

Last year's best NZ books for teens have been announced!  The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards were presented this month.  Winner of the  2015 Young Adult Fiction Award is Night Vision by Ella West.

Viola was born with a genetic condition that makes sunlight deadly. She is used to seeing hidden things through her night-vision goggles, but one night she sees something that could get her into a whole lot of trouble. A heart-thumping thriller that will leave you breathless.Read more from the publisher Allen & Unwin. The Young Adult Fiction Award finalists were: 

•              I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale
•              The Red Suitcase by Jill Harris
•              Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager
•              Recon Team Angel: Vengeance by Brian Falkner 

All these are great reads!  Check them out from Timaru, Temuka or Geraldine Libraries, or to read Night Vision or Recon Team Angel: Vengeance as eBooks go to our eplatform. 


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Be in to Win a Tablet!!!

Be in to win a tablet each month!!!  Enter the draw simply by downloading the Wheelers ePlatform app and borrowing an ebook. First you need to be a Timaru District Libraries member with up-to-date membership, then go to your appstore - Apple, Google Play or Amazon, and download the free Wheelers ePlatform app. Choose Timaru District Libraries from the list then log in and select your books. Contact your library at Timaru, Temuka or Geraldine if you need some help. Good luck!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Read these guest reviews!

Georgina Moginie and Kirby Brown from Geraldine High School are our very cool Guest Reviewers and they have won copies of I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale, and Singing home the whale by Mandy Hager! You too can win! Email your brief review to the library to go in the monthly draw to win a cool prize!

The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne
reviewed by Georgina Moginie

This book is based around a boy called Barnaby Brocket who is born to an extraordinarily ‘ordinary’ family! In a home environment obsessed with normality. The story is told from the point of view of Barnaby, and is set in a variety of places such as Sydney, North America, Canada and even in Space!

Barnaby struggles to meet the standards his family set, as he floats. Yes, Barnaby defies the most basic law; the law of gravity!  Pressure to conform is part of life, but this family takes the idea of ‘normal’ to the next level. Boyne exaggerates normal issues to make them larger than life which gives them a humorous edge. The book, although funny on the surface and full of good laughs, has some deeper meanings and good quotes such as ‘Just because your version of normal isn’t the same as someone else’s version doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you.’

Barnaby’s ‘talent’ lands him in a lot of trouble and introduces the  reader to a variety of colorful people and gets him into a lot of ridiculous situations such as bumping into a  Brazilian lesbian, coffee farming couple in a hot air balloon! Boyne uses a sense of super realism to engage the reader, such as a strict teacher that treats her school as the worst kind of prison, or Barnaby’s own super normal family. Barnaby is a clever, resourceful boy who realises how unique and special he is on this incredible journey.

This book stresses the importance of individuality and acceptance no matter how different or normal you are, and it teaches us to treasure the people in our lives that treat us well.

This book will appeal to a variety of ages: I could imagine my forty-eight year old Dad reading this with my nine year old sister, or my sixty-eight year old Grandad enjoying this book. I, (aged 13), laughed out loud during maths thanks to Barnaby. If you love the ridiculous with a bit of deep and meaningful, you won’t be able to put it down.

Girl vs The World: Waiting For It by Chrissie Keighery
reviewed by Kirby Brown

Waiting For It is based around the life, school troubles and home troubles of a 13 year old girl named Hazel. Being a 14 year old girl this really relates to me. I really enjoyed this book as it is entirely realistic. I think that we all get a bit tired of those stories about those perfect girls with their perfect hair and perfect lives. This story makes us realise that not everything in life is perfect and, yes, it is normal to fight with your parents and to be nervous around your friends.

The story is told from Hazel’s point of view and is set in several places, including a neighbourhood, Hazel’s parents houses and school.

Waiting For It covers most problems a young teenage girl would come across at school and at home such as, bullying, parent troubles, divorce, boy - girl relationships and puberty. This book is one in a series of books that focus on young girls, their challenges and milestones on the road through teenagehood.

The boys made a hot list of the top forty girls in their year. Hazel was number seventeen, much to her surprise. For the girls who were lower down the list, and the ones not even on the list, it was a form of bullying showing just how rude and immature boys can be.

Waiting for it is filled with many different characters including:

Hazel’s mum - She is always hanging out with her new boyfriend, or so it seems to Hazel. “The Feral” - This is the nickname that Hazel and her big sister Romy have for their mothers new dreadlocked boyfriend.

Olympia - Hazel’s flaky friend. One minute she is supporting Hazel, the next acting completely snobbish.

Alice - She was the most popular girl in primary school, but at high school she didn't even place in the top twenty on the hot list

I believe the author managed to capture the true essence of a young teenagers life by showing the reader the awkward, and confusing parts about growing up.

This book is aimed at young teenage girls and I do not believe that it would appeal to a boy at all.
I really enjoyed the book and would give it a very positive ⅘ stars. A definite confidence booster for young girls.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

If I stay released today

If I stay has just released in NZ cinemas. Reviewers loved this book by Gayle Forman – “gripping, heartbreaking, emotional cruncher, superb writing” ... If you loved Before I die by Jenny Downham, or The fault in our stars by John Green, this is for you. Check it out from Timaru,  Temuka or Geraldine Libraries, grab some tissues and read it – then the sequel Where she went. In the meantime take a look at the free sample pages at Random House. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stress-free Study

It’s that time again – exams, deadlines, study and stress.  If you need some help but don’t know where to start, take a look at some of these sites or check the databases on our website.

Revise Online is a New Zealand page that gives you their Top 10 exam tips.

StudyIt is the site for NCEA students, with forums and posts about NCEA maths, science and English, plus this page on Study and Exam Advice.

 Study Guide Zone  is a resource directory with lots of useful study stuff – like hints on essay writing, learning types, study skills and classroom learning help.

 Don’t forget to check out the libraries’ Study Guide collections.  Held at Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine Libraries, these have the latest Study Guides for NCEA subjects at most levels.

 Stress – a little bit of stress is a good thing… yeah right! Check this BBC stress page to find out about stress symptoms and how to manage them. Again take a look in your local library – we have lots of books to help you with learn to cope with stress, and thousands more great titles to escape into!