Monday, August 31, 2015

About us - Rachel

From Whitireia staff file
Hello everyone,

I am Rachel, one of the Whitireia Library staff bloggers.

I have been working here at Whitireia as a Reference Librarian, specialising in Serials, for about two and a half years.
Before that I worked in various roles at our SMART Library neighbour, Porirua City Libraries.

I can help you with: finding journal articles in the library, and in online databases; APA referencing; searching for and evaluating resources for your study; as well as general library enquries. 

You can ask for me at the library desk, make an appointment via our email address, or see if i'm available on webchat.

Friday, August 28, 2015

National Poetry Day - Friday 28 August 2015

It's now officially National Poetry Day! 

How are you going to celebrate?

Would you like to read four NZ poems that fit in your pocket? Download and print here

Adrienne Jansen, one of Whitireia's Creative Writing tutors, is part of an event in Lower Hutt tonight called Poems of Place.Other events were listed on Monday's post.

The last poem of this series is by another award winning Creative Writing tutor, Hinemoana Baker.

You can find more of Whitireia's poetry published in our online journal, 4th Floor. 

Enjoy :-)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday's Poem

Today's poem is also from Whitireia staff member Trish Harris:
By Trish Harris

Look with me
through the window
to the kowhai.
Its wayward branches
    dusty dots for leaves
    twigs full
    buds growing in secret

    working the sun
    into a new shape.

Look with me at the small
frame of the stamp

holding kowhai, manuka, rata
titoki, native flowering
for 1960s children
to collect.
   A flash of colour between
    album leaves.

Look with me
at today’s garden
away from the collector’s gaze.
the lack of leaves
is only that.

Leaves.  Seeds. Flowers.

A tree will listen to the earth
before it faces the sun.
Like a separate universe
it will keep growing.

See with me
the signs of conversion.
   springing soon
   through the frame.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday's Poem

From National Poetry Day blog

Today's poem is from Whitireia staff member Trish Harris:


By Trish Harris 

At the counter we form
a communion queue
bodies ready to receive their Sunday blessing.
The woman in front
has long, straight legs, and long dark hair.
A Silver Fern, probably.
A collection of children jostle for position
and she hugs them all—
a big farewell for a small absence.
Time-out for her and the mall for them.

In the pool everything changes—
noise pitches up and down
like liquid leaping off bodies.

Swimmers find their lanes: fast, slow, medium.
Where is erratic I wonder?
I aqua-plod, going the wrong direction
in a friendly kind of way.
Do I see the man coming?
His wide hands ploughing through water
both of us determined to stay close
to the edge.
We swerve, miss.
Sun glares off the surface.
The pool attendants watch.

In the changing room, everyone has
has lost their buoyancy
except a child who says to her mother:
Because I came out of you, didn’t I?
We cover our shapes before
she starts on us.

Back past the counter
the Silver Fern has gone
and the man with wide hands, now dressed
walks past without looking.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday's Poem

From National Poetry Day blog
Donna Banicevich Gera, another Whitireia Creative Writing tutor, would like to share her poem:
By Donna Banicevich Gera ©2013

He told me it was his job
handing out soap, so
each Sunday he’d stand out front of the homestead
in the most desolate of places

where workers received a cake a week, feet shuffling,
eyelids down
while he walked the line, reaching up, placing a single ivory bar
in each open palm.

I wondered how that
affected a child, when
societies shifted, and people changed, when a
small boy became a man

remembering, a dry blink of vast plains with
golden grasses,
familiar faces, frozen in dark, parched

when he’d followed the forgotten rules, born
hanging in his past,
bleak, scorched,
smouldering thoughts.

Years later, when searching for his place
in the world
visions returned , rife with another life
another time

in a moment where - another way of looking
at a piece of soap was

Monday, August 24, 2015

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is coming up on Friday 28th August 2015 

There are events being held around the country to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Some local ones are at 
Te PapaVic BooksUpper Hutt Library, and Paraparaumu Library

Check out our New Zealand poetry collection from our catalogue, or SMART libraries.

Did you know Whitireia teaches Creative WritingWhitireia also publishes The 4th Floor Literary Journal, a selection of work written each year by students and tutors on the creative writing programme at Whitireia New Zealand.

Do you have a favourite poem?

Here's a link to one called 'Here we give thanks' by Mary-Jane Duffy, one of our Creative Writing tutors.

Friday, August 14, 2015

And the winners are . . .

From Booksellers NZ
The winners of the 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced! 

A special congratulations to Whitireia's very own creative writing tutor, Mandy Hager

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Young Adult Book Award
Singing Home the Whale

by  Mandy Hager

Penguin Random House

Picture Book Award
Jim’s Letters

by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper

Penguin Random House
Junior Fiction Award
Monkey Boy

by Donovan Bixley

Scholastic New Zealand
Non-fiction Award
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill

by Debbie McCauley

Mauao Publishing
Best First Book
Māori Art for Kids

by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke

Craig Potton Publishing
Maori Language Award
Ngā Ki

by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan

Translated by Kawata Teepa

Huia Publishers

(translation of Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)
From Booksellers NZ

Have you read any of them? Click on the links above to search our catalogue.

Which is your favourite?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Pirates in the library?

From Talk like a Pirate Day
Ahoy, me Hearties, ……translation…. Hello my friends…..

pirates piracy sad tpb itznick pirate illegal downloads
Copyright © [2015] [Wallpapersfactory].

There is no need to be a pirate, lost at sea, drowning in a sea of information overload. Come to the library, where Librarians will train you in the art of raiding the library for resource treasure.

Would you like someone copying your work and getting the credit for it?
Copyright rules exist to recognise the work that the author and publisher put into the item, as explained in this short video:

Don't be an illegal pirate, you CAN photocopy part of that wonderful book!
There are different rules for print and online material, sask a librarian for help with filling your own legal treasure chest.

Monday, August 03, 2015

2015 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults

The winners of the 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults will be announced on the 13th August 2015.

The finalists for Picture book of the year are:
by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
Walker Books Australia
I Am Not a Worm
by Scott Tulloch
Scholastic New Zealand
Jim’s Letters
by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Penguin Random House
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Huia Publishers
Little Red Riding Hood . . . Not Quite
by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
Images via Booksellers NZ

Have you read any of these books?

Whitireia has many of these, others can be found at SMART libraries, and other NZ libraries.

Image from Whitireia Library Catalogue

Rachel's favourite NZ children's books is 'The witch in the cherry tree' by Margaret Mahy.

Which is yours?