Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Upcoming Library Event...Tuesday 28th August

Upcoming Library Event...Tuesday 28th August

Join Trans-Tasman publisher Dr David Reiter as he launches new works by:

Karen Zelas

The poems in Night's Glass Table are tight and emotionally powerful, and deal with themes such as death, grief and love.

Zelas chooses her words with care, and her poems are always eloquent and evocative. She demonstrates a sound use of conventions, and her writing is well-crafted and technically excellent.

Night's Glass Table won the 2012 IP Picks Best First Book Award.

Sugu Pillay

Sugu Pillay’s thought provoking work shifts effortlessly between New Zealand – with a seamless integration of Maori themes – and Asian locales, especially India, but is also informed by classical thinkers and artists. A challenging read, with its allusiveness, but one with rewards for those open to its startling juxtapositions and time warps.

The title is from Flaubert’s comment: “Human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat our tunes for bears to dance to when all the time we long to move the stars to pity”.

Previously titled In Medias Res, the collection was Highly Commended in the 2012 IP Picks Best Poetry Awards and is a collection of mostly published poems from 1995 to 2012.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Coming Soon....


Timaru District Libraries’ new computer system is launching on 20 September 2012.

There will be limited library services at Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine Libraries from 5pm on Monday 17 September and for two full days: Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 September. There will be no lending, renewals, reserves or catalogue available on these days.

Other library services including returns, browsing of collections, in-library reading, newspapers, free Internet and Wifi access will be available.

eBooks may be borrowed and returned as usual via the library website.

Press Display will continue to be accessible from the website.

The Geraldine Service Centre and Temuka Service and Information Centre will provide customer service as usual.

Full library services will resume on Thursday 20 September.

New features will include one-step searching of physical library collections and electronic databases making it easier to access the contents of all of the libraries’ collections and resources.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Honouring Margaret Mahy (1936 - 2012)

Honouring Margaret Mahy (1936 - 2012)


Timaru District Libraries will be taking part in a Nationwide Margaret Mahy Storytime in the Timaru Library Children’s Area on Saturday 11th August at 10.30am. Owen Marshall and others will read some of Margaret’s best-loved stories. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012)

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012)

Gore Vidal, the American writer, controversialist and politician manqué, who has died aged 86, was celebrated both for his caustic wit and his mandarin's poise. His public career spanned seven decades and included 25 novels, numerous collections of essays on literature and politics, a volume of short stories, five Broadway plays, dozens of television plays and film scripts, and even three mystery novels written under the pseudonym Edgar Box.

Maeve Binchy (28 May 1940 – 30 July 2012)

Maeve Binchy (28 May 1940 – 30 July 2012)

It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Maeve Binchy on 30 July, in Dublin.

Maeve was a weaver of magic whose stories touched the hearts of millions. She died far too soon; she had many more stories to tell.

She will be sorely missed by her family, her friends, her publishers and her readers throughout the world.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Author Tour - Jenny Pattrick 'Skylark'

Meet best-selling author Jenny Pattrick and hear all about her delightful new historical novel, Skylark.

Jenny Pattrick's hugely successful and beloved Denniston Rose series captured the hearts of generations of Kiwis. Fans are sure to fall for Jenny's enchanting new leading lady, 'the astonishing Lily L'Alouette, singer, actress, acrobat, artiste par excellence'

Thursday 16th August at 6.30pm

Timaru District Library

Books available for purchase and signing at event

Free entry