eLibrary spotlight: Naxos Jazz Library


Have you checked out Naxos Jazz Library? It’s a music streaming service that showcases classic and contemporary jazz albums; as well as pop, rock, electronic, blues and more! Free with your Wellington City Libraries card, sign-in and discover a new favourite album from their selection of over 32,000 artists. With new music being added to the collection weekly, you’ll want to keep checking back for more gems.

Naxos Jazz Library also let’s you create personalised, ad free, playlists! What kind of playlist will you make? Here’s one I’ve put together, stream these tracks for an eclectic start to your week.

Tracks to start your Monday morning the right way:

AXEL FLÓVENT: You Stay by the Sea You Stay By The Sea is from the debut studio album by Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent. It’s a soft, sleepy track that perhaps won’t get you out of bed quickly, but pairs perfectly with with snoozing your alarm for an extra few minutes.

ALAYNA: Glowing Next up, we’ve got a homegrown tune for you. Rotorua-born Alayna is an exciting R&B singer making waves and burning bright with their track, Glowing. The vibes are immaculate, it’s a bop guaranteed to perfectly accompany a smooth cup of coffee. 

BANGS AND TALBOT: Sumthin’ Else! OK, time to get ready for the day. It’s a beautiful Wellington morning (hopefully), so open those curtains and great the sunny day with Bangs and Talbot’s shimmy inducing mod jazz track Sumthin’ Else!. The track’s flowing groove and toe-tapping syncopation is sure to be the perfect way to great the day.

ARK PATROL: King Now for something more upbeat. Hawaiian-born, Seattle-based producer Ark Patrol brings us this electronic jam, King, which will absolutely put some pep in your step. This tune, in my opinion, is best blasted from your car on the motorway, or through headphones while navigating the Lambton Quay lunch rush.

BRIAN AUGER: Search Party Now this should sufficiently jump-start you into the rest of your day.  Launch into Monday with jazz prog rock fusion musician Brain Augar’s track Planet Earth Calling. 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Bridget Williams Books Text Collection


What a nation or society chooses to remember and forget speaks to its contemporary priorities and sense of identity. Understanding how that process works enables us to better imagine a future with a different, or wider, set of priorities. – from BWB Books 

Bridget Williams Books has  just added the brand new publication, Fragments from a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand HistoryAn investigation into how we as a country remember – or forget – difficult events from Aotearoa’s history, this publication documents the work of a team of five researchers as they explore how we remember our histories in Aotearoa. Fragments from a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand History combines the first-hand field notes, archival and oral research to examine how we as New Zealanders engage with the history of Aotearoa.

If you’re interested in this text, you might also like the related talk below (hosted by Bridget Williams Books and City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi). In this video, Professor Joanna Kidman (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) of Victoria University of Wellington and historian Dr Vincent O’Malley examine the role of memory and forgetting in the context of nineteenth-century New Zealand conflicts.

Our Bridget Williams Books Text Collection holds a diverse group of short eBooks on the big issues facing New Zealand. Discover stories, insights and critical analyses by some of Aotearoa’s best writers and commentators. This collection is free with your Wellington City Libraries card. Access the Bridget Williams Books Text Collection here.


Below we’ve listed some other recent additions to the Bridget Williams Books Text Collection, which are also available in print at a selection of our library branches.

Kārearea / Stephens, Mamari
“Writings on life, law and culture”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

 

 

 

Kāinga : people, land, belonging / Tapsell, Paul
“Through his own experience and the stories of his tīpuna, Paul Tapsell (Te Arawa, Tainui) charts the impact of colonisation on his people. Alienation from kāinga and whenua becomes a wider story of environmental degradation and system collapse. This book is an impassioned plea to step back from the edge. It is now up to the Crown, Tapsell writes, to accept the need for radical change.”–Publisher information.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

He pou hiringa : grounding science and technology in Te Ao Māori
“‘The creation of new science requires moving beyond simply understanding one another’s perspectives. We need to find transformative spaces for knowledge exchange and progress.’ Māori have a long history of innovation based on mātauranga and tikanga, the knowledge and values passed down from ancestors. Yet Western science has routinely failed to acknowledge the contribution of Indigenous peoples and their vital worldviews.”–Publisher information.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The history of a riot / Davidson, Jared
“In 1843, the New Zealand Company settlement of Nelson was rocked by the revolt of its emigrant labourers. Over 70 gang-men and their wives collectively resisted their poor working conditions through petitions, strikes and, ultimately, violence. Yet this pivotal struggle went on to be obscured by stories of pioneering men and women ‘made good’. The History of a Riot uncovers those at the heart of the revolt for the first time. Who were they? Where were they from? And how did their experience of protest before arriving in Nelson influence their struggle? By putting violence and class conflict at the centre, this fascinating microhistory upends the familiar image of colonial New Zealand”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Mango Languages

Is learning a new language one of your goals, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’re excited at the prospect of travelling, and would like to be able to navigate other countries with more confidence? If so, you could give Mango Languages a try! Available via our eLibrary page with your Wellington Cities Libraries card, Mango Languages is an online language learning resource that makes committing to learning a new language achievable and fun!

How you take in a new language differs from person to person, so Mango Languages utilises intelligent algorithms to “learn how you learn and adapt accordingly”. As well as this, Mango Languages utilises native speaking audio resources and a conversation based learning methodology to help you jump into a new language quickly, with confidence. 

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Each language is broken down into detailed chapters; Each chapter covers how to converse in all sorts of situations and contexts, including introductions and small talk, university life, travel and food and dining. Each lesson, built around an example conversation, offers opportunities to learn by listening, reading and by recording yourself and listening back to how you sound compared to a native speaker (this can be a little scary, but is super helpful!).

Lessons are also supplemented with other learning tools, for example quizzes. The resource also provides colour mapping onto sentences to reveal relationships between languages and cultural notes that provide extra context to what you’re learning, with the goal of facilitating a deeper understanding of your chosen language.

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Mango Languages provides lesson on over 70 languages, and it’s free with your library card. Give it a go! Au revoir!

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: The New York Times


Did you know that your library card gives you free online access to The New York Times? The New York Times offers our members the opportunity to login each day with your library card details and claim a “group pass” which gives 24 hours’ access to their websites & smartphone app. 

The New York Times provides access to expertly produced and deeply researched journalism. From breaking world news to thoughtful opinion pieces, it’s a great way to stay up to date on world issues. As well as this, their website provides a collection of other exciting resources, some of which we’ve listed below. You can access The New York Times for free through our eLibrary portal here.


TimesMachine – Time-travel through The New York Times’ archive and view their past newspapers collection.

Podcasts – Listen to fascinating podcasts; The New York Times produces an array of thought-provoking shows including their current events show The Daily, the debate based The Argument and, our favourite of course, The Book Review.

Games- Are you a Wordle fan, but wish you had more daily ways to challenge your brain? Try The New York Times’ selection of games, including the mini crossword and sudoku.

Trending Highlights – Our modern media landscape can be quite overwhelming! For a quick overview of what’s happening in the zeitgeist, scroll through their handy trending page! This feature sorts through their website to bring you their most-read stories of the moment.

The Learning Network – Resources for teachers and activities for students; The Learning Network brings current events to the classroom with student opinion questions, quizzes, country of the week, word of the day and more!

Wirecutter – Independent product reviews on a wide variety of products. Are you looking to buy a new air fryer, or wanting the best mattress for people who sleep on their stomach? Wirecutter’s mission is to “save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping” with the promise that they will only suggest a product once their writers and editors “have deemed something the best through rigorous reporting and testing”.

 

 

 

eLibrary Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning

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Did you know that your library card gives you access to LinkedIn Learning? Available through our online resources, LinkedIn Learning is a video tutorial service providing access to over 12,000 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

LinkedIn Learning keeps track of your progress as you make your way through their courses, lets you save courses into customisable “collections” and provides personalised recommendations based on your previous learning history. The homepage also has a handy goal tracker, so you can set how much learning you would like to achieve per week.

To check out LinkedIn Learning for yourself, simply navigate to our online resources page here. After following the link, you just need to enter your library card number and pin. Unsure where to start? Here are some of LinkedIn Learning’s courses to get you inspired!


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If you’re job hunting in 2022:
Job Interview Nano Tips with Madeline Mann

What do you say when a job interviewer asks what kind of salary you’re looking for? Does it matter what you wear for a job interview? How should you follow up after an interview? In this series of microlearning videos, Madeline Mann covers the important questions many job interviewees ask themselves, providing quick, to-the-point answers. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Finding a New Job during the Great Reshuffle

During the “great reshuffle” of people and talent, more people are aligning their passions and purpose with what they do. Whether you are job seeking or career switching, learn how to put together an action plan to achieve your dreams as the job market heats up and new opportunities appear. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)


If you’re starting your own business:
43 Ideas for Starting a Side Business

It’s a great time to explore creating a side business that can earn you extra income. In this course, Dana Robinson, a serial entrepreneur and attorney, shares 43 ideas for making additional income. Dana offers an array of options, including being a voice artist, turning trash into treasure (and selling it for a profit), landing copyediting gigs, becoming a virtual assistant, and working in real estate management. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

20 Questions to Help You Start a Business

Starting a business can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you find customers? How do you market and scale your business? In this course, learn how by answering 20 essential questions that can help you get a clearer picture of the kind of business you want to run. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Entrepreneurship: Finding and Testing Your Business Idea

The prospect of starting your own business from scratch can feel at once exhilarating and overwhelming. Before you launch a new business, it’s critical that you validate and test your ideas to determine if they represent legitimate market needs. In this course, Dave Crenshaw helps you determine first which businesses are best suited to you as an entrepreneur, and then how to brainstorm ideas and identify which idea is a real opportunity. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)



If you want to get into coding:
HTML Essential Training

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the foundation of website and web application development. It allows you to ensure that your content is understood by both segments of your audience: the people who watch, read, or listen to your content, and the computers that display it. In this course, learn how to craft excellent HTML with the pieces that HTML itself has to offer. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

CSS Essential Training

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a stylesheet language that allows you to control the appearance of your webpages. In this hands-on course, Christina Truong demonstrates the concepts that form the foundation of CSS, explaining what you need to know to tweak existing CSS and write your own. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)


If you’re an artist looking to upskill:
Motion Graphics

Transform shapes, icons, and text into compelling motion graphics. This series demonstrates techniques you can use to take your animation skills to the next level. Join mograph artist EJ Hassenfratz as he shows you tips and tricks you can use while leveraging the powerful features in Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Illustrator 2021 Essential Training

Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator 2021 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Instructor Tony Harmer covers the essentials of Illustrator 2021, including artboards, workspaces, layers, and shapes. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Become a Portrait Photographer

Learn the essential lighting and posing techniques for portrait photographers. Whether you are shooting business portraits, sport stars, or family photographs, this path will provide you with expert insight into best practices for posing and lighting your subjects. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

 

 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Environmental Studies in Context (Gale)

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Have you checked out our eLibrary resource Environmental Studies in Context? Provided by Gale, it is a database filled with curated, educational resources about the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Their collections are made up of accurate and peer-reviewed material,  and are created by a global network of scholars and educators.

This resource contains information on 446 issues related to Environmental Studies, spanning the agriculture industry, fast fashion, climate change and more. Gale has also included an in-built note-taking function, perfect for saving key quotes and research data for later. Environmental Studies in Context is the perfect place to deep dive into a new topic of interest, and is available for free with your Wellington City Libraries card. Login and start exploring through our eLibrary here.

Photo of wind turbines For instance, have you ever heard about the concept of green technology? Gale defines green technology as “technology that conserves energy while producing few or no emissions.”. The concept encompasses many types of technology, such as solar panels and electric cars, and aims to “harness power available in nature without destroying nature in the process”.

Green technology is not just a beacon of hope in terms of living sustainably on Earth, it has also led to scientists discovering creative solutions to other world problems. For example, green technology may be able to support parts of the world where the availability and reliability of electricity is currently lacking. It has also lead to advancements in food production; in the future, farmers will hopefully be able to utilise green technology to improve their irrigation systems and reduce food waste. 

For any passionate environmentalists who would like some book recommendations, we’ve also included a booklist below. Happy researching!

Salmon: A Fish, The Earth, And The History Of A Common Fate / Kurlansky, Mark
“In his new global food history, Mark Kurlansky says if we can save the salmon, we can save the world. Centuries of our greatest assaults on nature, from overfishing to dams, from hatcheries to fish farms, from industrial pollution to the ravages of climate change, can be seen in their harrowing yet awe-inspiring life cycle.” (Catalogue)

Environment Aotearoa : a collection of essays / Cleave, Peter
“This grew out of studies and discussions on the health of localities that I had been doing on the Manawatu River and on other places around New Zealand so the series was called Environment Aotearoa… This research, this thinking on the environment has, in the main, appeared since the turn of the century. Many of the ideas involved have been around for a lot longer but there is a fair bit of new writing in this mix and it came across to me at least as fresh and refreshing.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Wild souls : freedom and flourishing in the non-human world / Marris, Emma
“From an acclaimed environmental writer, a groundbreaking and provocative new vision for our relationships with-and responsibilities toward-the planet’s wild animals […] When is it right to capture or feed wild animals for the good of their species? How do we balance the rights of introduced species with those already established within an ecosystem? (Adapted from Catalogue)

Climate Aotearoa : what’s happening & what can we do about it?
“Climate Aotearoa outlines the climate situation as it is now, and as it will be in the years to come. It describes the likely impact on the environment and on our day-to-day living situation. It suggests the changes you can make for maximum impact, what we should be asking of our government and what we should be asking of our business community. In doing so, this is a hopeful book – actions can make a difference.” — Publisher’s website.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Beloved beasts : fighting for life in an age of extinction / Nijhuis, Michelle
“A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement–told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement’s history” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The great derangement : climate change and the unthinkable / Ghosh, Amitav
“Is our imagination adequate to the realities of global warming? The novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that we need art and literature to help us imagine our future in the Anthropocene, but that they are falling short of the task. If culture cannot help us see the realities of our plight, then our era, which so congratulates itself on its self-awareness, may come to be known as the time of the Great Derangement.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Living with the anthropocene : love, loss and hope in the face of environmental crisis
“Australia — and the world — is changing. On the Great Barrier Reef corals bleach white, across the inland farmers struggle with declining rainfall, birds and insects disappear from our gardens and plastic waste chokes our shores. The 2019–20 summer saw bushfires ravage the country like never before and young and old alike are rightly anxious. Human activity is transforming the places we live in and love. In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, some of Australia’s best-known writers and thinkers — as well as ecologists, walkers, farmers, historians, ornithologists, artists and community activists — come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of Our Favourite Libby Audiobooks of 2021

It’s been another bumper year for fully produced and crisply realised audiobooks from publishers all over the world. From humorous memoirs, to full-cast productions, to expertly performed mysteries full of suspense and tension, there’s never been such interest  in the convenience and immersion provided by  a good spoken-word book!

As part of our annual revision of Libby’s best titles in 2021, we’ve provided curated lists of our librarians favourite Adult, Children’s and YA titles of the year on our Libby landing page, so maybe we could consider the digital audiobook titles below a wide-ranging Best Of the ‘Best Of’s’? Regardless, these 2021 audiobook titles all come heartily recommended!

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“Klara and the Sun is the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017. From the bestselling and Booker Prize winning author of Never Let me Go and The Remains of the Day, a stunning new novel that asks, what does it mean to love? A thrilling feat of world-building, a novel of exquisite tenderness and impeccable restraint, Klara and the Sun is a magnificent achievement, and an international literary event.”  (Libby description)

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“For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures. But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train. Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.” (Libby description)

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“When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead. Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over. But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life. When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.” (Libby description)

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“It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously. Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there. When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she’s a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal. A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre at the height of her powers. An unmissable new series.” (Libby description)

Continue reading “Some of Our Favourite Libby Audiobooks of 2021”

Summer reads from our Overdrive comic collection

Make the most of your downtime this summer and catch up on a series you’ve been putting off with our comic collections on Overdrive. We’ve got a range of long-running series for all ages and fans, as well as some recent graphic novel hits from 2021.

Just download the Overdrive app to your device of choice, find Wellington City Library in the library listings, sign in with your library card number and PIN (the last four digits of your phone number), and download a great comic like one of these!

Omnibus Editions 

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The best way to get into a long-running series is to grab an omnibus. These collections have anywhere from 20 to 50 issues apiece to keep you covered for any long rides or beach reading. For fantasy fans, we’ve got the first four Omnibuses of Mike Mignola’s beloved Hellboy, five collections of Stan Sakai’s celebrated Usagi Yojimbo saga, and an omnibus of the The Witcher comic series. If you’ve just caught up on The Boys on Amazon or rewatched Avatar The Last Airbender or Buffy over the lockdowns, why not check out the comics as well?

TV and Film 

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Speaking of film and TV, 2021 was a huge year for comic-to-film adaptations. The first season of Invincible dropped and rocked viewers with its epic battles and family melodrama; if you can’t wait until the next season, you can read the entire series in three big compendiums on Overdrive. For the Marvel fans, we’ve also got collections of Shang-Chi, the original Eternals series by Jack Kirby, and the first four volumes of the most recent Venom comic. Tales from the Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death continues the Umbrella Academy story from the hit comic and Netflix show. And if the recent Denis Villeneuve film wasn’t enough for you, you can also check out Dune: the Graphic Novel, Book 1

Finally, you can also catch up on the Marvel Star Wars books, including the first four volumes of Star Wars and all five volumes of the acclaimed Darth Vader run by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca.

Superheroes

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If you’re looking for a sizeable superhero story to tide you over this summer, why not check out Brian Michael Bendis’ Avengers, starting in Avengers: Disassembled and continuing in the first four volumes of his New Avengers run, which has Spider-Man and Wolverine join the team for the first time. For the MCU fans, we have the Young Avengers Ultimate Collection, collecting the first twelve issues of the teenage heroes inspired by the Avengers, some of whom started appearing in this years’ Disney+ shows. And for more Marvel-set teen drama, there’s The Runaways, the hit comic by Saga writer Brian K Vaughn and Ms Marvel artist Adrian Alphona, about a group of teenagers who go on the run after learning that their parents are supervillains.

We have the first six volumes of both Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on Black Panther, and the first six volumes of Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s The Immortal Hulk, both critically-acclaimed series that revitalised their respective characters and came to a close this year. On the DC side, we’ve got Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s opening issues on Batman, the ‘Court of Owls’ storyline, and Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly’s beloved All-Star Superman. And to put you in the Christmas mood, what better book than Klaus, the secret superhero origin of Santa Claus himself?

Graphic Novels 

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For mature readers, there’s a number of long-running graphic novel series on Overdrive as well. For the history nerds, there’s Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa, a four-volume series cataloguing the history of Japan during the era of Emperor Showa from 1926 to 1989. From Image Comics, we have the first nine volumes of both the pop-god urban fantasy series The Wicked + The Divine, and the space epic on love, war, and parenting Saga (which is coming back from hiatus in January, so now’s the best time to catch up!). And with Taika Waititi announced to direct the film of Jodorowsky and Moebius’ acclaimed space epic The Incal, why not check out the original comic?

We’ve also acquired a number of new graphic novels to read digitally, including cartoonist Andi Watson’s dark comedy The Book Tour, Tania Ford and Nnedi Okorafor’s sci-fi immigration parable (and winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Work) LaGuardia, Alison Bechdel’s newest comic The Secret to Superhuman Strength, and Emei Burrel’s political biography We Served the People: My Mother’s Stories.

Manga 

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Overdrive is the place to be to get your manga fix, whether to catch up on a series or check out a classic from the long history of Japanese comics. For starters, we’ve got the first six volumes of Kousuke Oono’s recent hit The Way of the Househusband, which follows a yakuza giving up the criminal life to pursue the path of quiet domesticity. Plus, the first 10 volumes of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the first 10 of Naruto, the first six of Bloom Into You, and all 27(!) currently published volumes of My Hero Academia.

When you’ve caught up on your series, why not check out a classic manga as well? We have the first 8 volumes of the original Astro Boy series by ‘god of manga’ himself Osamu Tezuka, two omnibuses of the ‘magical girl’ series, Cardcaptor Sakura, and the whole series of 90s sports manga Ping Pong in its two volume ‘Full Game’ editions.

Children’s Comics

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We have comics to keep kids of all ages and interests entertained this summer. Our Overdrive collection has 24 volumes of the long-running Pokémon Adventures manga, which goes through all the Pokemon games and generations in comic form, and every volume of both Dav Pilkey’s beloved Dog Man, and the Eisner award-winning Lumberjanes.

For lovers of magic and mythology, we have all the collections of The Magical Adventures of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, as well as George O’Conner’s hit comic of Greek mythology retellings The Olympians and the Dragon Kingdom of Wrenley series, starting with The Coldfire Curse.

And while Comicfest sadly didn’t come to pass in 2021, you can read the comics of New Zealand comic artists on Overdrive, like Johnathan King’s new mystery comic The Inkberg Enigma and Kay O’Neill’s Tea Dragon series, starting with The Tea Dragon Society.

Lockdown Distractions: Pressreader

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A world of free newspapers and magazines awaits you at your fingertips, with our online Pressreader service which gives you same day access to full-page replicas of newspapers & magazines from Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world in 60+ languages, and featuring  more than 7,000 of the world’s best publications.

This amazing free online collection of electronic magazines and newspapers spans the globe. The selection of newspapers goes from our very own Otago Daily Times to The Phnom Penh Post from the Shanghai Daily to Le Figaro .The newspaper selection is staggering and regularly updated.

The range of magazines, in both subject and languages, is equally impressive from the digital art magazine ImagineFX to The New Zealand Listener  from Beyond Gender to the French cat lovers magazine Félins pour l’autre. From magazines about animals & pets, music & cars, crafts & hobbies, boats & aircraft to magazines about cinema, television, computers and all points in-between,  there is something fascinating to read on that subject in Pressreader.

To access this fabulous free Library Lockdown Distraction all you need is a valid library card. Click here to go straight to our Pressreader resource.

Inside story, tales of people’s lives

Truth is stranger than fiction… these tales are shockingly, delightfully and intriguingly true. Access our online resources for your invitation into the lives of people well and lesser known. Accounts of the crew who survived the mutiny on the Bounty are delivered by a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian in Men Without Country. Boy on Fire is Nick Cave’s creation story and here in Aotearoa people look on their place in our community through lives framed by tragedy and courage, discussing the problematic and delightful aspects of life.

These titles are available through Libby/Overdrive and Borrowbox; download the apps to play or read on a compatible device or listen and read online. Enjoy!

cover imageBoy on Fire : The Young Nick Cave / Mark MordueRead by James O’Connell
Boy on Fire is a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of the people, time and places that went into the making of Nick Cave – from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta and the punk scene that hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and manic energy of nights at St Kilda’s Crystal Ballroom.” (BorrowBox)

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A mission to collect breadfruit from Tahiti becomes the most famous mutiny in history when the crew rise up against Captain William Bligh. Lives dominated by a punishing regime of hard work and scarce rations, and deeply divided by the hierarchy of class. It is a tale of adventure and exploration punctuated by moments of extreme violence – towards each other and the people of the South Pacific. Christian provides a comprehensive and compelling account of the whole story – from the history of trade and exploration in the South Seas to Pitcairn Island, which provided the mutineers’ salvation, and then became their grave. (Overdrive description)

cover imageHusna’s Story : My wife, the Christchurch Massacre & My Journey to Forgiveness / Farid Ahmed Read by Hazem Shammas
“The couple had been praying when a gunman burst into the mosque. He shot and killed 51 people that day and injured many others. In this audiobook Husna’s husband, Farid Ahmed, tells Husna’s story, including the day of the attack. Farid describes the selflessness and bravery with which Husna lived her life. Husna’s husband, quite remarkably, forgives the alleged killer. Farid’s philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how faith and humanity can be tools for navigating even the most horrific of tragedies.” (BorrowBox)

cover imageGotta Get Theroux This : My life and strange times in television / Louis TherouxRead by Louis Theroux
“In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he’d always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn’t . . . Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his most insightful and honest best. The audio edition contains an exclusive additional chapter.” (BorrowBox)

Overdrive cover Where We Swim, Ingrid Horrocks (ebook)
Where We Swim ranges from solitary swims in polluted rivers in Aotearoa New Zealand, to dips in pools in Arizona and the Peruvian Amazon, and in the ocean off Western Australia and the south coast of England. Part memoir, part travel and nature writing, this generous and absorbing book is about being a daughter, sister, partner, mother, and above all a human being living among other animals on this watery planet. (Overdrive description)

 

cover imageA Conversation With My Country / Alan DuffRead by Alan Duff
“A fresh, personal account of New Zealand, now, from one of our hardest-hitting writers. Returned from living in France, he views his country with fresh eyes, as it is now: homing in on the crises in parenting, our prisons, education and welfare systems and a growing culture of entitlement that entraps Pakeha and Maori alike. Never one to shy away from being a whetstone on which others can sharpen their own opinions, Alan tells it how he sees it.” (BorrowBox)

Overdrive cover
The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line
, Mari K. Eder (ebook)
The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line are the heroes of the Greatest Generation that you hardly ever hear about. These women who did extraordinary things didn’t expect thanks and shied away from medals and recognition. Despite their amazing accomplishments. Retired U.S. Army Major General Mari K. Eder wrote this book because she knew their stories needed to be told—and the sooner the better. For theirs is a legacy destined to embolden generations of women to come.  (Overdrive description)

cover imageThe Last Days of John Lennon / James PattersonRead by Matthew Wolf, K.C. Clyde
“Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is a true-crime drama about two men who changed history. One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day, and the other who ended the music with five pulls of a trigger.” (BorrowBox)

 

 

 

Lockdown Distractions: eLibrary materials

 

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For our latest Library Lockdown Distraction, we are pointing our search light at our most popular, free online lockdown distraction –  Overdrive/ Libby (Libby is Overdrive’s simplified site and app).

We have several other free electronic eBooks, eAudiobook and eMagazine services, including:

PressReader: Same day access to full-page replicas of newspapers & magazines from NZ and around the world in 60+ languages.

BorrowBox: eAudiobooks & eBooks (mainly eAudiobooks) from Australia’s leading provider — over 3500 titles

Bridget Williams Books: Over thirty years of award-winning NZ history and social issues publishing from Bridget Williams Books, in four collections.

However, Overdrive / Libby is our largest free electronic eBook, eComic, eAudiobook and eMagazine collection with over 50,000 titles available. There is a wealth of wonderful content contained within this electronic wonder; it almost goes without saying that there is enough thrills, spills, entertainment, education, and enlightenment contained within this site for years of distraction and it is constantly updated. It also has specially curated lists and easy to follow introductory videos for newbies.

The service is aimed at the very widest possible library audience from pre-schoolers to  adults, from fans of Peppa Pig to scholars of the works of Yuval Noah Harari ( and all points in-between). By design it has something for everyone, and in the widest variety of e-formats. All you need to access this vast free resource is a valid library card. Below is a selection of just eight totally unconnected titles which we hope will illustrate this fabulous service’s diversity and depth.

 

Overdrive cover Peppa Pig’s Family Computer, Peppa Pig (ebook)
“Mummy Pig is working at home on the family computer but Peppa and George want to play ‘Happy Mrs Chicken’. Can Daddy Pig come to the rescue and fix the frozen computer? Read more in this charming piggy tale.” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Overdrive cover Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari (Audiobook)
“Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?”(Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover The Infinity Gauntlet, Jim Starlin (ebook)
“Collects Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1-6. The Mad Titan Thanos has seized control of Infinity Gauntlet and with it near-omnipotent power! Who can stop this deadly new overlord? All of Marvel’s top heroes star in this epic of cosmic proportions!” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Overdrive cover National Geographic Magazine, undefined (Magazine)
“Amazing discoveries and experiences await you in every issue of National Geographic magazine. The latest news in science, exploration, and culture will open your eyes to the world’s many wonders.” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Overdrive cover The Fall of Light, Sarah Laing (ebook)
“Rudy is a successful architect, but life is not as happy as it should be. His work leaves him artistically frustrated, his wife and two young daughters have moved out of the house he designed for them, and his pushy young associate is vying for design supremacy. When a Vespa accident puts him into hospital and forces him to recuperate at home, he looks in danger of losing everything, but it is then that his repressed artistic yearnings start to make their presence felt, not just in the glass creations he begins to craft, but also in his strange, vivid dreams.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover North & South, undefined (Magazine)
“North & South is New Zealand’s premier monthly current affairs and lifestyle magazine, specialising in long-form investigative journalism, delivered by award-winning writers and photographers. North & South also showcases New Zealand ingenuity and creativity, explores the country and profiles its people. It is a touchstone of New Zealand life.” (Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover Charlie Tangaroa and the Creature from the Sea, T K Roxborogh (ebook)
“On a beach clean-up, thirteen-year-old one-legged Charlie and his half-brother, Robbie, find a ponaturi – a mermaid – washed up on a beach. An ancient grudge between the Maori gods Tane and Tangaroa has flared up because a port being built in the bay is degrading the ocean and creatures are fleeing the sea. This has reignited anger between the gods, which breaks out in storms, earthquakes and huge seas. The human world and realm of the gods are thrown into chaos.”  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (Audiobook)
“Dwarves, elves, goblins, trolls, dragons and wizards – these are the ingredients of J.R.R. Tolkien’s wonderful fantasy. The hero of the tale is Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious hobbit who is suddenly thrust into what turns out to be the biggest adventure of his life. Guided by Gandalf the wizard, Bilbo and a company of dwarves set out to destroy Smaug the Magnificent, a ferocious dragon who guards a treasure hoard. Their journey contains many dangers, and in facing them the reluctant Bilbo’s great resourcefulness and courage surprises everyone – not least himself!” (adapted from Overdrive description)

eBook Temptations

Recently added to our Overdrive collection of eBooks is a selection of well-known prize winning authors and debut novel writers. Lionel Shriver tackles the question of mortality in a carousel of possibilities facing an aging couple. First time novel from Emily Austin utilises warmth and deadpan humour, as her morbid, queer, atheist protagonist stumbles from an advertised church therapy session into unexpected ecclesiastical employment as she searches for answers on how to live with death. Our other first time author, Gustaf Skordeman, introduces a Swedish police detective Sara Nowak. This juggernaut of a thriller calls the reader to question all versions of the truth.

The question of what really matters in life comes to us from Japan 1937, in the first time english translation of How do you live? Author Genzaburo Yoshino takes a young man on a journey of discovery.  Becky Chambers’ new Monk and robot series ventures into this territory asking, “in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?”

And so close to Mary Shelley’s birthday is a rendition of the gruelling eleven days it took to produce her. Told from the perspective of Mary Wollstonecraft’s midwife, Love and Fury, details the constraints and prejudices of the late 18th century.  Explore the renown and newly discovered with your library card. Enjoy!

Overdrive cover Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead, Emily Austin (ebook)
“Meet Gilda. She cannot stop thinking about death. Desperate for relief from her anxious mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local church and finds herself abruptly hired to replace the deceased receptionist Grace. A blend of warmth, deadpan humour, and pitch-perfect observations about the human condition, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a crackling exploration of what it takes to stay afloat in a world where your expiration – and the expiration of those you love – is the only certainty”.  (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover How Do You Live?, Genzaburo Yoshino (ebook)
“Publishing in English for the very first time, Japan’s beloved coming of age classic on what really matters in life. The streets of Tokyo swarm below fifteen year-old Copper as he gazes out into the city of his childhood. Struck by the thought of the infinite people whose lives play out alongside his own, he begins to wonder, how do you live? Considering life’s biggest questions for the first time, Copper turns to his dear uncle for heart-warming wisdom. As the old man guides the boy on a journey of philosophical discovery, a timeless tale unfolds, offering a poignant reflection on what it means to be human”.  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (ebook)
It’s been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.
One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honour the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered.  But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Should We Stay or Should We Go, Lionel Shriver (ebook)
“Both healthy and vital medical professionals in their early fifties, Kay and her husband Cyril have seen too many of their elderly NHS patients in similar states of decay. Determined to die with dignity, Cyril makes a modest proposal: they should agree to commit suicide together once they’ve both turned eighty. Weaving in a host of contemporary issues – Brexit, mass migration, the coronavirus – Lionel Shriver has pulled off a rollicking page-turner in which we never have to mourn deceased characters, because they’ll be alive and kicking in the very next chapter.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Love and Fury, Samantha Silva (ebook)
“August, 1797. Midwife Parthenia Blenkinsop has delivered countless babies, but nothing prepares her for the experience that unfolds when she arrives at Mary Wollstonecraft’s door. Over the eleven harrowing days that follow, as Mrs. Blenkinsop fights for the survival of both mother and newborn. Wollstonecraft’s urgent story of loss and triumph forms the heartbreakingly brief intersection between the lives of a mother and daughter who will change the arc of history and thought”. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Yield, Tara June Winch (ebook)
“The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha. Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land.”  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Geiger, Gustaf Skördeman (ebook)
“The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’… For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means. Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple. The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Songbirds, Christy Lefteri (ebook)
“Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. By day she cares for Petra’s daughter; at night she mothers her own little girl by the light of a phone.
Nisha’s lover, Yiannis, is a poacher, hunting the tiny songbirds on their way to Africa each winter. His dreams of a new life, and of marrying Nisha, are shattered when she vanishes. No one cares about the disappearance of a domestic worker, except Petra and Yiannis. As they set out to search for her, they realise how little they know about Nisha. What they uncover will change them all.”  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Personal Librarian, Marie Benedict (ebook)
“A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.  The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy.” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Local Fascinations

While we have time to investigate and contemplate our homes, backyards and local walks, we notice things our eyes and minds may usually gloss over. Our online catalogue has some great aids for this new burst of exploration.

From things that creep to those that take flight, creatures that flash across our sight are beautiful or mundane.  The selections below begin on the subject of the housefly, ubiquitous, annoying and a doorway into the world of small winged insects. Onto a fragile beauty, the mirror image wings that delight to inspiration in encouraging our birdlife. Almost unnoticed, New Zealand reptiles and amphibians might reward some searching a little more deeply into their local environment. Transform your living space at home if it’s all getting a little too familiar, and delve into to some home projects, brewing up a new delight or renew some well-worn favourites.

There’s a bumper store of knowledge available through your online access to our eBook, downloadable Audiobook and eMagazine collection, visit our eLibrary page to discover more.

Overdrive cover Super Fly, Jonathan Balcombe (ebook)
In Super Fly, the myth-busting biologist Jonathan Balcombe shows the order Diptera in all of its diversity, illustrating the essential role that flies play in every ecosystem in the world as pollinators, waste-disposers, predators, and food source; and how flies continue to reshape our understanding of evolution. No matter your outlook on our tiny buzzing neighbors, Super Fly will change the way you look at flies forever. (adapted from Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover The Language of Butterflies, Wendy Williams (ebook)
They are smarter than we think – some species have learned to fool ants into taking care of them. What draws us to these creatures so intensely? Science journalist Wendy Williams investigates butterflies across the globe, their habitats and those dedicated to studying them. She examines the ancient partnership between butterflies and humans, and the ways we depend on them today – from a bellwether on climate change to a source of life-saving medical technology. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand, Dylan van Winkel (ebook)
Illustrated with photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand’s tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes. New Zealand’s list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This will be the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand’s unique wildlife. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Nature’s Best Hope, Douglas W. Tallamy (ebook)
Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Design a Healthy Home, Oliver Heath (ebook)
The ideas and solutions included in this book have been devised with easy implementation in mind. Optimise lighting in your home by using reflective surfaces for a brighter space, follow a ventilation checklist to replenish the air in your home and remove pollutants, or unlock the powers of a tech-free bedroom for a better night’s sleep. Introducing colour, pattern and texture to your home, adapting and creating zones, as well as bringing the outdoors in and maintaining your houseplants. (Publisher’s description)

Overdrive cover Loved Clothes Last, Orsola de Castro (ebook)
This book will equip you with a myriad of ways to mend, re-wear and breathe new life into your wardrobe to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. By teaching you to scrutinise your shopping habits and make sustainable purchases, she will inspire you to buy better, care more and reduce your carbon footprint by simply making your loved clothes last longer. Following Orsola’s practical tips to lavish care and attention on the clothes you already own will not only have a positive environmental impact, but will be personally rewarding too. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kombucha & Co, Felicity Evans (ebook)
Kombucha and other fermented drinks are great for gut health, but they’re expensive to buy and you can’t be sure of the quality. But it’s easy to make your own kombucha when you know how. From kombucha to kefir, ginger beer to honey mead, learn to confidently make your own fermented drinks and transform your health from within. Fermentation guru Felicity Evans has you covered with step-by-step instructions to make a range of 50 delicious flavours of gut-friendly probiotic drinks, including troubleshooting tips and inspiration for alcohol-free happy hour at home.  (Overdrive description)

 

 

 

Whakangungu Kaipōkai Tuarangi i Ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara

I mōhio rānei koe ko te tau 2021 e tohu ana i te 50 tau mai i te taunga o Apollo 14 ki te Marama?  Ko Apollo 14 te haerenga angitu tuatoru ki te marama, ā, i rongo hoki i te taumaha o te noho hei haerenga tuatahi i muri mai o te haerenga wairuatoa a Apollo 13 (tā Tom Hanks). Ahakoa i poua tēnei haerenga i runga i tētahi raupapatanga whakamātautau, i mōhiotia kētia mō te haerenga i tākaro hahau pōro ā-marama ngā kaipōkai tuarangi!

Rima tekau tau i muri mai i a Apollo 14, kua tata anō te tangata ki te hoki anō ki te Marama, inārā e takatū ana a NASA ki te haere ā te 2024 hei wāhanga o ngā whakaritenga o te haere ki Mars.  Ā, ahakoa kua tōmuri rawa pea ki te whakarite tūranga mōu i runga i te rerenga 2024, ehara i te mea e kore e piki te hiahia mō ngā kaipōkai tuarangi i muri nei!  Engari ehara i te mahi ngāwari te whakangungu kaipōkai tuarangi: ko te nuinga o ngā kaitono angitu e whiwhi ana i te tohu Paerua i tētahi kaupapa STEM, ā, kua tautōhito mō te whakatere torohaki.  Me tutuki hoki i a koe te whakamātautau ā-tinana.

E hiahia tonu ana koe ki te tū hei kaipōkai tuarangi?  Mēnā ae, kua tae mai koe ki te wāhi tōtika!  Mā tēnei rangitaki koe e ārahi ki ngā mea e hiahia ana kia tīmata i a koe tō mahi tuarangi–mā ngā rauemi e wātea ana mā tō mematanga ki ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara!
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AKORANGA

Ko te huarahi tuatahi hei whai pea māhau hei kaipōkai tuarangi ko te whiwhi tohu Paerua i tētahi o ngā kaupapa STEM: pūhanga, pūtaiao koiora, pūtaiao ōkiko, pūtaiao rorohiko, te pāngarau rānei.  Engari ko tēhea hei whiringa?  Kei raro nei ētahi akoranga whakatakinga ki ngā take e kitea whānuitia ana i ēnei kaupapa–i ahu katoa mai i te LinkedIn Learning a ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

PŪHANGA: Karetao Hiko me te Pūmanawa UiPath

PŪTAIAO ROROHIKO: Hanga Papatono me te JavaScript

PĀNGARAU: Ariā whakauho me te Mathematica 11

Engineering fundamentals : an introduction to engineering / Moaveni, Saeed
“Mā Engineering fundamentals e āwhina i ngā kaipānui ki te whakapakari i ngā pūkenga whakaoti rapanga me tētahi tūāpapa totoka o ngā mātāpono whakapū e hiahiatia ana kia tū hei kaipūhanga tātari, aro ki ngā taipitopito, ā, hei kaipūhanga auaha hoki.  E whakaohooho ana i ngā ākonga mai i ngā kaupapa pūhanga maha, mā tēnei tuhinga e akiaki i ngā ākonga ki te tū hei kaipūhanga me te whakarite i tētahi tūāpapa totoka o ngā mātāpono whakapū me ngā ture ōkiko.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)


WHEAKO RERE RANGI

Kua tau tō mahi STEM?  Koia koia!  Ko te huarahi ināianei kia whiria hei kaipōkai tuarangi ko te rapu wheakotanga whakatere torohaki!  E tautuhi ana a NASA kia nui atu i te 1000 hāora tō wā rererangi, nō reira kia wawe tonu te tīmata.
Ahakoa e kore e taea tētahi raihanga urungi rererangi mā ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara (ā, taihoa ake nei!), he akoranga whakangungu mō te whakatere i ngā waka raumamao e wātea ana mā te LinkedIn Learning.  Kei roto i tēnei ngā take pēnei i te mātauranga o te rere, tae noa ki te mātai i ngā tohu huarere!

URUNGI RAUMAMAO: Takatū mō te tiwhikete

No man’s land / Sullivan, Kevin
“I runga i te rerenga ririte o QF72 mai i Singapore ki Perth i te 7 o Whiringa-ā-nuku 2008, i korapa ngā rorohiko rere matua, ko te otinga ka tūpou whakararo te rerengai, te ihu i te tuatahi, ki te Moana o Īnia – e rua ngā wā.  E rere manakore ana te Airbus A330 e waha ana i te 315 pāhihi me te tiramahi, me ngā tōpana tōrara e tōkiri ana i ngā tāngata e ngā mea katoa kīhai i herea ki roto i te tuanui o te rererangi.  Nā ngā pūkenga me te mauritau o tautōhito US Navy Top Gun Kevin Sullivan, kāpene o te rerenga kōtua, i taea e ia te whakahaere anō i te rererangi.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)


HAUORA

Ana mā tō tohu Paeroa me tō wā rerenga i raro i tō tātua, e pai ana tō tirohanga mō tētahi tūranga i te puni kaipōkai!  Engari kotahi anō te mea hei whakaarotanga: te whakapakari tinana!  Tuia ki te tirohanga kounga, pēhanga toto horopū me te tāroaroa i waenga i te 157cm me te 190cm, me whakahaeretia ētahi raupapa whakamātautautanga.  Kua eke ki te wā ki te whakatikatika mā ēnei aratohu mai i a Gale Health and Wellness.

RONGOĀ TUARANGI: Whakataki Whānui me te Hāereere me te Kai Tōtika

PŪTAIAO AROTINI: “Ngā Whakamātautau me ngā Whakatīwheta o te Kura Tuarangi”

WHAKANGUNGU: Whakapapakaritanga kaipōkai e 20 mineti

MatchFit : the complete manual to get your body and brain fit for work and fit for life / May, Andrew
“Ko tēnei pukapuka whakaohooho te tōpūtanga o ngā wheako rua tekau tau a Andrew May hei kaiaka toa, hei kaiwhakapakari hoki mō ētahi o ngā kaiaka toa o te ao; te mātai i te tinana me te roro; e mahi ana i te taha o ngā tūmomo apataki maha pēnei i ngā kaiaka toa; me te wheako mataora.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)


ĒTAHI ATU

Kua tata rā koe ki te eke hei kaipōkai tuarangi: he āhuatanga iti noa hei whai.  He nui ngā wā e kauhau ana ngā kaipōkai ki ngā marae, nō reira me whai pūkenga anō mō te kauhau tūmatawhānui.  Tae atu ki te reo Rūhia?  Me ako hoki koe i tērā (māna kua tū kē koe hei kaipōkai Rūhia).  Kaua e māharahara: Kei ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara te whakautu, e taea ai e koe te oranga pai o te oranga kaipōkai–haere rā!

NGĀ REO O MANGO : Te Ako Rūhia

KAUHAU TŪMATAWHĀNUI: Aratohu ataata

Speak easy : the essential guide to speaking in public / Eyre, Maggie
“Neke atu i te 30 tau te tautōhito o Maggie Eyre hei kaiwhakangungu pāpaoho, mātanga whakawhiti kōrero, kaiwhakaata hoki.  I roto i a Speak Easy, ka kawea e ia te kaipānui i runga i te tukanga katoa o te kauhau tūmatawhānui, me ngā ūpoko e kapi ai ngā mea katoa mai i te reo o te tinana, te mana o te reo tae rā anō ki te whakahaere i te hunga whakarongo me te whakahaere hoki i te hunga pāpaoho.  He pukapuka whaitake, whaimana hoki, e hāngai ana mō ngā tāngata e whakarite ana mō tētahi whakaaturanga pakihi, tētahi kauhau rānei i muri o te hākari.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)

Astronaut Training at Wellington City Libraries

Did you know that 2021 marks 50 years since Apollo 14 touched down on the Moon? Apollo 14 was the third successful lunar journey and faced the added pressure of being the first trip after the unsuccessful Apollo 13 (the one with Tom Hanks). While the mission was based around a series of experiments, it is mostly known as the trip where astronauts played lunar golf!

50 years after Apollo 14, humanity is almost ready to return to the Moon, with NASA planning on making the trip in 2024 as part of wider preparations for visiting Mars. And while it may be too late to book yourself a place on the 2024 flight, that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be an increased demand for astronauts in the future! Astronaut training isn’t easy, though: most successful applicants have a Masters degree in a STEM field and extensive experience flying jets. You also need to pass the physical.

Still want to be an astronaut? If so, you’ve come to the right place! This blog will guide you through everything you need to get started in your space-based career–with resources available via your Wellington City Libraries membership!
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STUDY

The first path you could take to becoming an astronaut is to earn yourself a Masters degree in one of the following STEM fields: engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. But which one to choose? Below are introductory courses to topics commonly found in these fields–all sourced from Wellington City Libraries’ LinkedIn Learning.

ENGINEERING: Robotics and UiPath Software

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Programming and JavaScript

MATHEMATICS: Core concepts and Mathematica 11

Engineering fundamentals : an introduction to engineering / Moaveni, Saeed
Engineering Fundamentals helps readers develop the strong problem-solving skills and solid foundation in fundamental principles they will need to become analytical, detail-oriented, and creative engineers. Motivating students from all engineering disciplines, this text encourages students to become engineers and prepares them with a solid foundation in fundamental principles and physical laws.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


FLIGHT EXPERIENCE

Got your STEM career all sorted? Nicely done! The next step on the road to astronaut selection is to get yourself some experience flying jets! NASA specifies that you need at least 1000 hours flying time, so best get started as soon as you can.

While you can’t get a pilot license directly through Wellington City Libraries (yet!), there is a training course for remote flying available via LinkedIn Learning. This includes everything from the physics of flight to how to read the weather!

REMOTE PILOTING: Certification Prep

No man’s land / Sullivan, Kevin
“On routine flight QF72 from Singapore to Perth on 7 October 2008, the primary flight computers went rogue, causing the plane to pitch down, nose first, towards the Indian Ocean – twice. The Airbus A330 carrying 315 passengers and crew was out of control, with violent negative G forces propelling anyone and anything untethered through the cabin roof. It took the skill and discipline of veteran US Navy Top Gun Kevin Sullivan, captain of the ill-fated flight, to wrestle the plane back under control.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


HEALTH

With your Masters degree and flight time under your belt, you’re looking good for a spot at astronaut camp! But there’s just one more thing to consider: physical conditioning! As well as requiring excellent vision, reliable blood pressure and a height of between 157cm and 190cm, you’re going to need to go through a series of other tests. Time to start prepping with these guides from Gale Health and Wellness.

SPACE MEDICINE: General Introduction and Travel and Nutrition

POPULAR SCIENCE: “The Trials and Torments of Space School”

TRAINING: 20 Minute Astronaut Workout

MatchFit : the complete manual to get your body and brain fit for work and fit for life / May, Andrew
“This inspiring book is the culmination of Andrew May’s twenty years of experience as an elite athlete and fitness trainer for some of the world’s best athletes; studying the body and the brain; working with a variety of clients including elite athletes; and life experience.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


OTHER

You’re so close to becoming an astronaut: there are just a few more little things. Astronauts find themselves talking to a lot of crowds, so public speaking skills are a must. Oh, and Russian? You’re going to have to learn that too (unless you’re already a cosmonaut). Don’t worry: Wellington City Libraries has got you covered, so you can live your best astronaut life–bon voyage!

MANGO LANGUAGES: Learning Russian

PUBLIC SPEAKING: Video Guide

Speak easy : the essential guide to speaking in public / Eyre, Maggie
“Maggie Eyre has over 30 years’ experience as a media trainer, communications consultant and performer. In Speak Easy, she takes the reader through the complete public speaking process, with chapters covering everything from body language and voice control to managing your audience and handling the media. Practical and authoritative, this is the ideal book for anyone facing a business presentation or an after-dinner speech.” (Adapted from Catalogue)