28 February 2020

12 hacks to beat bullying


Discover 12 simple steps to combat bullying and improve your emotional wellbeing.

This short but essential book will quickly and clearly advise children on how to deal with bullies, including cyberbullies, being left out, frenemies and peer pressure. Know how to stay safe online, recognise when you need to ask for help and learn how to improve your self-esteem and believe in yourself again.

The 12 Hacks series helps readers to improve their mental health not just now, but for the rest of their lives. These simple steps might seem obvious to some, but it is important for us to raise awareness of these relatively simple steps that everyone can take to improve overall health and well-being.

Children need only dip into just one page of this book to pick up useful life skills - read the whole book and children will have the know how needed to look after themselves better and build awareness and resilience for the challenges that are yet to come.

27 February 2020

The middle fing#r pr*ject


After a string of dead-end jobs and a death in the family, Ash Ambirge was down to her last $26 and sleeping in a Kmart parking lot when she faced the truth: No one was coming to her rescue. It was up to her to appoint herself. That night led to what eventually became a six-figure freelance career as a sought-after marketing and copywriting consultant, all while sipping coffee from her front porch in Costa Rica.

She then launched The Middle Finger Project, a blog and online course hub, which has provided tens of thousands of young "women who disobey" with the tools and mindset to give everyone else's expectations the finger and get on your own path to happiness, wealth, independence, and adventure.

In her first book, Ash draws on her unconventional personal story to offer a fun, bracing, and occasionally potty-mouthed manifesto for the transformative power of radical self-reliance. Employing the signature wit and wordsmithing she's used to build an avid following, she offers paradigm-shifting advice along the lines of:

* The best feeling in the world is knowing who you are and what you're capable of doing.
* Life circumstances are not life sentences. If a Scranton girl who grew up in a trailer park can make it, so can you.
* What you believe about yourself will either murder your chances or save your life. So why not believe something good?
* You don't need a high-ranking job title to be authorized to contribute. You just need to contribute .
* Be your own authority. Authority only works as long as you trust that someone smarter than you is making the rules.
* The way you become a force is by being the most radically real version of yourself that you can be.
* You only have 12 fucks a day to give, so use them wisely.

26 February 2020

Pretty as a picture

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary--and legendarily demanding--director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

Some girl dies.


It's not much to go on, but the specifics don't concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She'll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best- turning pictures into stories.

But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it's supposed to be--or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie's central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished

24 February 2020

One event. Six lives. A World changed.


1816. In Switzerland, Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration. Confined inside by the unseasonable weather, thousands of famine refugees stream past her door. In Vermont, preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve.

In Britain, the ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. In the Fens, farm labourer Sarah Hobbs has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter , returned from the Napoleonic wars, finds his family home demolished and a fence gone up in its place. He flees to London, where he falls in with a group of revolutionaries who speak of a better life, whatever the cost.

As desperation sets in, Britain becomes racked with riots - rebellion is in the air.

21 February 2020

Can they turn back the tide before its too late? (Childrens fiction)


A startling cinematic fantasy adventure for fans of Mortal Engines.

Kara and Joe spend their days navigating the perilous waterways of a sunken city, scratching out a living in the ruins. But when they come into possession of a mysterious map, they find themselves in a world of trouble.

Suddenly everyone's after them: gangsters, cops and ruthless Mariner pirates in their hi-tech submarines.

The two children must find a way to fight back before Floodworld's walls come tumbling down.

20 February 2020

The wild lands (YA fiction)

Natural disasters and a breakdown of civilization have cut off Alaska from the world and destroyed its landscape. Now, as food runs out and the few who remain turn on each other, Travis and his younger sister, Jess, must cross hundreds of miles in search of civilization. 

The wild lands around them are filled with ravenous animals, desperate survivors pushed to the edge, and people who've learned to shoot first and ask questions never. Travis and Jess will make a few friends and a lot of enemies on their terrifying journey across the ruins of today's world - and they'll have to fight for what they believe in as they see how far people will go to survive.

19 February 2020

How to argue with a racist

Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it.

But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics.

Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be.

18 February 2020

Is it too late to tell the truth?


Lainey has lost everything. Luckily one little fib (OK, quite a big fib) helps nail her dream job. Soon she's living in a stunning house by the sea, fending off obsessed fans for a retired if far-from-retiring actor and organising his charming but chaotic family.

It's definitely worth the challenge of keeping her secret. At least Lainey isn't looking for love. It's time for a break from all that. And yet Seth, the actor's grandson, really is rather attractive. There's growing chemistry and a definite connection between them. But how would he react if he knew she hadn't been honest with him?

Lainey's not the only one with a secret, though. Seth has one of his own. And everything's about to start unravelling.

17 February 2020

The Lantern Men

Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway. She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police's resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal.

Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried - but only if Ruth will do the digging. Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths.

Is Ivor March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan, and why is she so crucial to it? And are the killings really over?

14 February 2020

The boys in the Waka Ama!


A story celebrating the traditional Polynesian sport of outrigger canoe racing, from the creators of the bestselling The Girls in the Kapa Haka.

These are the crew of the waka, which race
side-by-side at a heart-thumping, breath-taking pace.
Their whanau have gathered along the shore -
"Kia tere! Kia tere! Kia tere - give more!"
The waka glides faster, the boys dig in deep.
There will be no rest till this race is complete
as they race in the waka ama.

With a lovely singing text and vibrant illustrations, this timely story celebrates all aspects of this incredibly popular and fast-growing sport that is so special to Aotearoa.

13 February 2020

They are driving home from the search party when they see her.

The trees are coarse and tall in the winter light, standing like men. 


Lauren and her father Niall live alone in the Highlands, in a small village surrounded by pine forest. When a woman stumbles out and onto the road one Halloween night, Niall drives her back to their house in his pickup. In the morning, she's gone. 

In a community where daughters rebel, men quietly rage, and drinking is a means of forgetting, mysteries like these are not out of the ordinary. The trapper found hanging with the dead animals for two weeks. Locked doors and stone circles. The disappearance of Lauren's mother a decade earlier. 

 Lauren looks for answers in her tarot cards, hoping she might one day be able to read her father's turbulent mind.

12 February 2020

Meal prep!

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=196591Cook 1 dish, make 4 meals. 

Our chaotic lives can make it a challenge to eat healthily. Meal prepping is the answer. 

It's fast, creative & convenient. 

Take the same ingredients and make 4 very different meals. 

It's that easy.

11 February 2020

The doll

She surrendered the freedom and authority of a mother, in short, turned herself into a doll, to give me all possible liberty as a human being, in a world where freedom was so rare and hard to find, like crusts of rationed bread, which she broke off from her own small portion and secretly gave to me. 

At the centre of young Ismail's world is the enigmatic figure of the Doll naive and unchanging, she appears lost in her husband's great stone house and is constantly at odds with her wise and thin-lipped mother-in-law. 

As her son grows, his writing career flourishes, he uses words she doesn't understand, publishes radical poetry and falls in love outside of marriage. Ismail seems to be renouncing everything his mother embodies of old-world Gjirokastra.  

Most of all, the Doll fears that one day her intellectual, free-thinking son will exchange her for a better mother. In this singular, autobiographical novel, dedicated to the memory of his mother, writer Ismail Kadare circles back to his childhood in Communist era Albania and to his first aspirations to write a novel. The Doll is a delicate and disarming tale of home and creative longing, of personal and political freedom, told in haunting, lyrical prose.

10 February 2020

Our regular programmes resume!

Waverley LibraryPlus:
Storytime – Every Monday - 10.30am
Bookclub – First Monday each month - 2pm
Hobby Group – Second Monday each month - 2pm
Quiz – Fourth Monday each month - 2pm
Community Morning Tea – Every Wednesday - 10.30am
Sensory hour - Every Wednesday - 1.30pm (quiet hour)

Patea LibraryPlus:
Board Games: Every Monday - 10.30am
Crafty Morning Tea: Every Wednesday - 10.30am
Wa Pepi: Every Monday - 11.30am (Under 2)
Quiz: Second Tuesday each month- 10.30am
Radical Readers: Last Tuesday each month - 3.30pm (7-12 years)

Manaia LibraryPlus:
Crosswords: Last Friday of each month - 10am
Tuesday Club: Every Tuesday (during term time) - 3.30pm
Adult Book Club: First Monday of each month - 10am

Hawera LibraryPlus:

Multi Mondays: Every Monday - 3.30pm (during term time)
Activities include:S.T.E.M - Book-club - Art & Crafts - Games day. Contact the library for specific dates for each activity. For ages 5+
Story time: Every Monday & Thursday – 10.30am (during term time)
Pre-Pay internet sign-ups (JUMP) Wednesdays 1.45pm
Bookings required.
Peggy Purl: Fortnightly Thursdays – 10am
Casual Cuppa: Every Friday – 10am
Home Schoolers: Fortnightly Fridays – 10.30am

Opunake LibraryPlus:
Adult book club: Fourth Tuesday every month - 11am
The Yarn Circle: Every Wednesday - 10am

Eltham LibraryPlus:
Crafty Volunteers: Tuesdays - 10.00 am
Casual Cuppa Sessions: Wednesdays - 10.30 am
Story time: Fridays 10.00 am (during term time only)
Happening Thursdays - Thursdays 3.30pm (during term time only)
Adult Saturday Book Club: - Saturdays monthly (dates advised) 

Kaponga LibraryPlus:

Creative Thursdays - every Thursday 3.00pm (during term time only)

06 February 2020

Books. Wine. Secrets. You'll find them all at ...

Burnt out after ten years at the chalkface, Lucy's taken a sabbatical from her job as a history teacher to focus on some research. She moves to a tiny Cotswolds cottage that comes with a reduced rent in exchange for keeping a daily eye on Bunty, an extremely feisty ninety-something. 

She arrives at the cottage with boxes, bags and her faithful West Highland terrier Hamish, but Bunty claims to know nothing about the agreement - it's been arranged by Margaret, her interfering daughter-in-law. 

Lucy's only goal is to relax and focus on doing some research on the women of nearby Bletchley Park. But the villagers of Little Maudley have other ideas, and she finds herself caught up in the campaign to turn the dilapidated telephone box at the heart of the village into a volunteer-run library. 

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=196618In the process, she makes friends with treehouse designer Sam, and finds herself falling for the charms of village life. Bunty slowly warms to Lucy, and confesses that the telephone box has special memories for her - it?s the place where she used to exchange secret messages with a Canadian airman stationed near by during the war. But that's not the only secret Bunty has been keeping for all these years . . .

Meanwhile Lucy's new friend Sam is trying to get to the bottom of the sudden change in his teenage daughter Freya. He's hoping that Lucy might help him uncover what's going on and why she is keeping secrets of her own.As Lucy and Sam uncover Bunty's story and the sleepy village's part in the war, their friendship grows and grows . . .

05 February 2020

New biographies coming soon!

The story of a federal minister's remarkable reunion with his birth parents. Robert Tickner had always known he was adopted, but had rarely felt much curiosity about his origins. Born in 1951, he had a happy childhood - raised by his loving adoptive parents, Bert and Gwen Tickner, in the small seaside town of Forster, New South Wales.

He grew up to be a cheerful and confident young man with a fierce sense of social justice, and the desire and stamina to make political change. Serving in the Hawke and Keating governments, he held the portfolio of Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Among other achievements while in government, he was responsible for initiating the reconciliation process with Indigenous Australians, and he was instrumental in instigating the national inquiry into the stolen generations. 

During his time on the front bench, Robert's son was born, and it was his deep sense of connection to this child that moved him at last to turn his attention to the question of his own birth. Although he had some sense of the potentially life-changing course that lay ahead of him, he could not have anticipated learning of the exceptional nature of the woman who had brought him into the world, the deep scars that his forced adoption had left on her, and the astonishing series of coincidences that had already linked their lives. And this was only the first half of a story that was to lead to a reunion with his birth father and siblings. This deeply moving memoir is a testament to the significance of all forms of family in shaping us - and to the potential for love to heal great harm.

After twenty years spent searching for her biological parents, fifty-two-year-old Susan Hull unexpectedly meets the great love of her life, a gold miner named Wayne Francis. He is a gentle giant of a man, who promises Susan the world. 

Two years later, they throw in their jobs, marry and sell everything they own, embarking on an incredible adventure, to start a new life in the romantic city of Granada. There they learn Spanish (badly) and enjoy too much tapas. In love, and enthralled by the splendour of a European springtime, they treasure every single moment together. Until a shocking series of events alters everything. 

Riveting, heartfelt and at times astonishingly honest, Susan Francis's The Love That Remains explores unconditional love and the lies we tell to safeguard our happiness.

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=197517&query_desc=kw%2Cwrdl%3A%20Flesh%20woundsRichard Glover's favourite dinner party game is called 'Who's Got the Weirdest Parents?'. It's a game he always thinks he'll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard's English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. 

There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. 

As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past - but beware of what you might find there. Truth can leave wounds - even if they are only flesh wounds. 

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=198139&query_desc=kw%2Cwrdl%3A%20Wild%20gameOn a hot August night on Cape Cod, when Adrienne was 14, her mother Malabar woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come - Ben Souther just kissed me.

Adrienne instantly became her mother's confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention; from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband's closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne's life in profound ways, driving her into a doomed marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression.

Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life - and her mother - on her own terms. This is a book about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them.

 It's about the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It's about mothers and daughters and the nature of family. And ultimately, it's a story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us; that moving forward is possible.

03 February 2020

The Coroner

Summoned from her promising surgical career first to her estranged father's bedside, and then his post as medical examiner when his small town needs urgent help with a suspicious death, Emily Hartford discovers home is where the bodies are in this pitch perfect mystery debut.


Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she's called home to Freeport, MI, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack and Emily is needed urgently to help with his recovery.

Not sure what to expect, Emily races home, blowing the only stoplight at the center of town and getting pulled over by her former high school love, now Sheriff, Nick Larson. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a Senator's teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town.

Reluctantly agreeing to help her father and Nick, Emily gets down to work, only to discover that the girl was murdered. The autopsy reminds her of her many hours in the morgue with her father when she was a young teen--a time which inspired her love of medicine. Before she knows it, she's pulled deeper into the case and closer to her father and to Nick--much to the dismay of her big city fiance. When a threat is made to Emily herself, she must race to catch the killer before he strikes again in The Coroner , expertly written and sharply plotted, perfect for fans of Patricia Cornwell and Julia Spencer Fleming.

31 January 2020

Live by the law or die by the sword

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=197820Humans, orcs, mages, elves, and dwarves all jostle for success and survival in the cramped quarters of Yenara, while understaffed Watch Wardens struggle to keep its citizens in line. 

 Enter Rem: new to Yenara and hungover in the city dungeons with no money for bail. When offered a position with the Watch to compensate for his crimes, Rem jumps at the chance. His new partner is less eager. Torval, a dwarf who's handy with a maul and known for hitting first and asking questions later, is highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem. 

But when Torval's former partner goes missing, the two must consort with the usual suspects -- drug dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, and humans being typical humans -- to uncover the truth and catch a murderer loose in their fair city

30 January 2020

For seventeen-year-old Adele Vanderarde, the dead aren't really dead.

For seventeen-year-old Adele Vanderarde, the dead aren't really dead. She can see them and even talk to them.

When Adele realizes her ex-friend Tori is really a murder victim, she takes it upon herself to help Tori find her killer--before the killer finds Adele--or before Adele is charged with the murder.

Master mystery writer April Henry weaves another edge-of-your-seat murder mystery--this time with a chilling paranormal twist

29 January 2020

Savage Messiah

A fascinating biography and in-depth look at the work of bestselling writer and psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson, by award-winning author Jim Proser.

Who is psychologist, professor, bestselling author, and YouTube personality Dr. Peterson? What does he believe in? Who are his followers? And why is he so controversial? These are among the many questions raised in this compelling, exhaustively researched account of his life-from Peterson's early days as a religious-school student in small-town Canada to his tenure at Harvard to his headline-making persona of the present day.

In Savage Messiah, we meet an adolescent Peterson who, scoffing at the "fairy tales" being taught in his confirmation class, asks his minister how it's possible to believe the Bible in light of modern scientific theory.

Unsatisfied with the answer he's been given, Peterson goes on to challenge other authority figures who stood in his way as he dared to define the world in his own terms. This won Peterson many enemies and more admirers than he could have dreamed of, particularly during the digital era, when his nontraditional views could be widely shared and critically discussed.

Still, a fall from grace was never far behind. Peterson had always preached the importance of free speech, which he believed was essential to finding life-saving personal meaning in our frequently nihilistic world. But when he dismissed Canadian parliament Bill C-16, one that compelled the use of newly-invented pronouns to address new gender identities, Peterson found himself facing a whole new world. Students targeted him as a gender bigot. Conservatives called him their hero. Soon Peterson was fixed firmly at the center of the culture wars-and there was no turning back.