Power to the People of our fair city.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Loud in Libraries

The Get it Loud in Libraries scheme

"Last year 290 million visits were made to Britain's 3,500 libraries. Where once it was simply to take out a book, now it is to read the newspapers, browse the internet, borrow CDs - or listen to live music. Get It Loud is a great example of the way libraries are diversifying, says Culture Minister David Lammy. 'We know that teenage boys are one of the hardest groups to get into libraries, and with libraries like this one drawing them in, it's exciting.'

What's next? Parsons wants to start a library-based festival in the North-West, 'a sort of mini-Glastonbury/Live 8 thing'. 'We need to think big to make people sit up and take notice,' says Parsons. 'Libraries as a rule are far too humble, yet we've got resources which can change people's lives.'"

Christchurch City Libraries will be making music in the libraries this May for New Zealand Music Month ...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Higher power of lucky

A new upset has hit the world of childrens literature. On the first page of “The Higher Power of Lucky,” by Susan Patron, this year’s winner of the John Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature, appears the word “scrotum”. The uproar is outlined in a New York Times article With One Word, Children’s Book Sets Off Uproar. And so the book must be banned in case it corrupts the land of the free.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Find John Newbery Medal - Winners in your library.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Guilty pleasures

The Whitbread Book Awards have undergone a revamp, and under a new sponsorship deal they will be the Costa Book Awards. They will be announced on 10 January 2007.

The Costa Book Awards just undertook a survey in the UK to find out which authors were considered "guilty pleasures".

Stephen King was revealed as the UK's favourite literary guilty pleasure author. It turns out that 85% of us have favourite authors that we enjoy reading but wouldn't necessarily own up to in public.

The top five authors most secretly enjoyed are:

1. Stephen King
2. J.K. Rowling
3. John Grisham/Dan Brown
4. Danielle Steele/Catherine Cookson
5. Terry Pratchett

If you have a literary guilty pleasure that you want to conceal, you can download one of four specially designed book jackets and ensure no-one can judge you by your book jacket.

This provoked me into thinking of other trashy but enjoyable reads:
Sergeanne Golon - The Angelique series featuring a golden haired minx and her adventures in the time of Louis XIV in France. The beautiful and courageous Angelique de Sance de Monteloup, the daughter of an impoverished nobleman, and the gallant, intelligent and charming Joffrey Comte de Peyrac discover and share a love that few people ever experience. However they have only a brief time to enjoy their happiness together before they are cruelly torn apart by forces beyond their control. See this Literature map of Sergeanne Golon.

The Library still has the Angelique books in Store.

Can you think of other authors of pleasurable potboilers?
How about Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins, Shirley Conran ...?

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Personalize Your Penguin

Penguin Classics, celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, have launched a new feature - My Penguin - a series of six Classics published with naked front covers, including Emma, Meditations, The Waves, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Magic Tales and Crime and Punishment. You can purchase a copy and have it personalised with your own illustration.
Some of the results are displayed on an online gallery.

what to know


A list of some other libraries blogging

what do they do well - bad
who has guidelines?

CU - see email

What voices do we want to have
real names/personas
relationship with fitch/e lists website/editions

Do we need topics/groups/categories/threads

Should we now invite others to contribute/feedback/comment

How many posts would we need to do per day/week to keep cool/ok

being in the blog space/rssability

on our domain - or away in some other ownership

use covers like WCL - click to amazon

offer tools

Friday, December 15, 2006

bests of musics

Dub dot dash has a list of best 2006 New Zealand releases from a hand picked list of contributers - including our very own fraserhead. Our lists will be coming soon

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Tyrannicide Brief

Geoffrey Robertson, an Australian who is an internationally renowned human rights lawyer (and incidentally married to novelist Kathy Lette) has written a fascinating book about John Cooke, the Puritan lawyer from a humble background who prepared the case against Charles I. He paid terribly for this - the account of his trial and death after the Restoration of Charles II is horrific reading - but he established tyranny as a crime and conducted the first trial of a Head of State for waging war on his own people - a forerunner of the prosecutions of Pinochet, Milosevic and Saddam Hussein. He originated the right to silence, the 'cab rank' rule of advocacy and the duty to act free-of-charge for the poor.

Called The Tyrannicide Brief the book is scholarly but full of fascinating detail about the troubled times of the English Civil War.

Monday, December 11, 2006

How to do?

Just came across this new Web2.0 attraction today - the idea behind it is that "Everyone in the world is an expert on something" so this is a site where people can contribute instructions on how to do things. There is some control though - you have to sign in and create a bio that explains why you are an expert in the areas that you want to write in and you have to be approved by the editors. Then each how-to also goes through and editorial process.

Thus far is very US-centric, well what isn't? It will be interesting to see what happens when two people make How-tos for different parts of the world which are both correct - maybe they'll label them with geographical information?

There's a bit there now - have a poke around.