May is New Zealand Music Month – yay! This year’s ‘Level Up’ theme is about bringing into focus tomorrow’s stars, showcasing up-and-coming talent and success stories, and celebrating what emerging success means for the New Zealand artists
What’s happening at the Library:
A live-streamed performance from local artists on May 26th. Check back here and we’ll post a link to it.
A display of music photography, called From The Pit (https://fromthepit.co.nz/). You can see this on the big screen on the Central Library’s Sound & Vision area throughout May.
A quiz so you can test your NZ Music knowledge. You’ll find it at the bottom of this post.
Even more exciting: we want YOU to help us write a song! Submit a line and we’ll use it to write a song at the end of the month. You can submit a line by: writing it on the song lyric sheet in Sound & Vision at the Central Library; or email your line to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “Library song”); or comment on this blog post below.
As usual, you can borrow local music on CD and vinyl for free! Visit the Sound & Vision area of the Central Library.
To find out more about what’s happening around the country, have a look at the New Zealand Music Commission website (https://nzmusic.org.nz/).
This recommendation is from a library staff member.
I finished reading The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn over Anzac weekend. An amazing story based on the true story of Mila Pavlichenko, who was a history student in the Ukraine when the second world war broke out and then became one of the best snipers in the Russian Army. I always know if I have found a good book if I end up googling for more information which is exactly what I did for Mila Pavlichenko. Kate Quinn did an excellent job telling her story.
It was kind of weird reading this book knowing what is happening in Ukraine at the moment. I personally do not know much history in regards to Ukraine, but from reading this book it seems like there has been a long complicated history, one I will definitely be looking into further. The history of the country isn’t the main part of the story but I just found it interesting because of what is happening at the moment.
This book is currently on our New Book display but we have a few copies of it, and even a copy in large print. I got my copy as an eBook through Libby.
Thanks to the Awapuni Library for this review on The Dinosaur that Pooped a Rainbow by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter.
Danny sees a rainbow, Dino sees it too! So many pretty colours, They can name them all, can you?
When Danny and his friend Dino see a beautiful rainbow in the sky, they name each of the colours they can see. When they finish they realise that there is one important colour missing. Only Dino the Dinosaur can help correct it!!
A great book about colours for young children with lovely illustrations and part of The Dinosaur That Pooped series.
Each year around Anzac Day we display our special Anzac quilt. This quilt was made from hours of work from Council staff and the Palmerston North community in 2015.
The poppies came about from a request from the Waiouru Army Museum to create a display commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. Due to the amazing response they got there was a surplus so all of poppies made by Palmerston North residents were retained by the Central Library in order to make the amazing quilt.
Amongst the red poppies there is also a white poppy to commemorate the fallen Asian soldiers and a purple one for the animals who died during the war. The Turkish flag is also included as they are kindly watching over the graves of our fallen soldiers.
This April, the Library has a great range of activities for all. Here’s a summary of what we have coming up:
April School Holiday Grab and Go activity packs
In a hurry and need something to entertain the kids? Our Grab and Go activity packs are perfect, and a new pack is available each week! Find out more.
21 April – Taking the Ridge
Part of our Writers and Readers programme, Taking the Ridge welcomes author Jeffrey McNeill to talk about his book Taking the Ridge: Anzacs & Germans at the Battle of Messines 1917.
The talk is on 21 April at 6pm on the Ground Floor of Central Library, and RSVPs are requested. Find out more.
27 April – Global War, Global Catastrophe – Neutrals, Belligerents and the Transformation of the First World War
The First World War had a massive impact on Aotearoa New Zealand, but we were far from alone. In this lecture, Professor Maartje Abbenhuis explains how fundamental the First World War was for communities around the world, whether they actually fought in the war or not.
This talk is hosted at the Globe Theatre at 5.45pm. RSVPs are necessary. Find out more.
It’s like Summer Reading, but cosier and open to all!
Read, earn badges and go into the draw to win prizes for feeding your inner bookworm. Find out more.
Last week about 60 members of the Brazilian community in PN and members of the wider community enthralled us all with a parade around Te Marae o Hine /The Square with their puppets, music and dancing.
Carnaval is the most popular event in Brazil and everyone is welcome to celebrate it. It is used in our community as a chance to help keep the Brazilian culture and language alive, and especially as a chance for the children to keep a connection to their culture.