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James Patterson

28 November

James Patterson will preview his next novel in Facebook Messenger

James Patterson, the best-selling author, is letting readers interact with the characters from his upcoming novel The Chef by speaking to them...

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23 November

The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Take a look at the 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library best illustrated children's book winners... Read

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Damsel by Elana Arnold

16 November

Would you survive a fairy tale adventure?

A dark, twisted, unforgettable new fairy tale… Read more about Damsel here.

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StanLee obit BPHTRW

15 November

RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee, longtime writer and publisher of Marvel Comics, died on Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 95....

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12 November

Game of Thrones - a short story???

Whe George R. R. Martin began Games of Thrones he actually envisioned it as a short story - read the...

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Joy Cowley

08 November

Read Joy Cowley's Book Council lecture The Power of Story

The NZ Book Council were honoured to host their annual lecture at Te Marae, Te Papa in early October. The Power...

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26 October

Book-lover turns her library into art

Book-lover, Elizabeth Sagan, turns her library into art and her creations are absolutely amazing. Check out her art works...

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Anna Burns

17 October

2018 Man Booker prize winner

Anna Burns wins Man Booker prize for 'incredibly original' book Milkman. Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to...

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02 October

125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand

2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.  On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was...

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Movie reel

26 September

Movies based on books - take the quiz!

Test your knowledge to see which of these movies came from books. Click here to take the quiz.

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Books to inspire

20 September

Books to help inspire your inner changemaker

Want to change the world, or change yourself? Author, Beth Comstock, offers some titles for inspiration and discusses why she loves...

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12 September

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries

Two great champions of reading for pleasure, Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell, remind us that it really is an important...

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10 September

Te Wiki o te Māori

This year Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is on from 10 to 16 Mahuru (September). The theme...

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31 August

13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together

"It's not only the library books that have been important in my life, but the place itself has carried meaning...

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23 August

Six things you should do when reading with your kids

"There is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them and loving them as children. Imaginary adventures set in faraway...

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20 August

Short Story Competition

*William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition * Taumarunui Writes’ Group is running the William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition this...

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Steven Adams my life

13 August

Extract from Steven Adams: My Life

My Life, My Fight is the previously untold story of Steven Adams' incredible rise to NBA stardom, and a must-read...

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09 August

How does your local library make your life better?

A recent article by Arianna Rebolini for BuzzFeed highlights just some of the ways libraries help enhance people's lives. Read...

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Book sunbeam

08 August

(Il)literate New Zealand?

Last week, an anonymous English teacher expressed her deep concern about literacy in New Zealand on an education website. Click...

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03 August

Top adult items for July

There are some great titles on Julys top 100 list. The top two this time round were: 1. The house of...

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31 July

Happy birthday Harry Potter

Happy 38th birthday Harry Potter! Harry Potter is still a firm favourite here at the library and we have all seven...

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29 July

Striking photos of readers around the world

“Readers are seldom lonely or bored, because reading is a refuge and an enlightenment,” writes Paul Theroux in the foreword...

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26 July


ReadNZ is a sector-wide initiative, and has included input from New Zealand libraries, booksellers, Creative New Zealand, publishers, literary festivals...

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20 July

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

"I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children.. We need our children to get...

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Cat quiz

17 July

Which Literary Cat Are You?

If you love books, cats, and books about cats, have we got a quiz for you! Are you more Crookshanks...

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Greer Andrew Sean Less

11 July

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction 2018

Less by Andrew Sean Greer is a scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human...

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Great indoors 2019

06 July

Reading Programme

The Great Indoors Winter Reading... Read and log six books during the months of July and August, and drop your entry...

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