New to the Library

Sanguine September


This Months Community and Auckland Events 

Family Native Planting Day at Goat Island Bay.
when - 8th September
From 9 am
For more information click here.

Wynyard Quarter 7th Birthday celebrations.
When - Saturday 4th August 7.30am - 5.30pm
Where -Wynyard Quarter, Jellicoe street, Auckland City.
Cost - Free 
For more information click here.

Ellerslie Fairy Festival and Pirate Party
When - Sunday 9th September 10.30 am
Where - Ellerslie Village, Main Highway Ellerslie (between Arthur Street & Ladies Mile), Auckland
Cost - Free
For more information click here

Jet Ski Endurance Racing
When - Saturday 8th September
Where - Hatfields Beach
Admission - Free
For more information click here.

Pirate Kids Camp
When - 30th September - 4th October
Where - Peter Snell Youth Village, 1212 Whangaparaoa Road, Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland
For more information click here.
Look who I had the privilege of meeting when he visited New Zealand.

He may even write a book about me, well about a Librarian. Watch this space.

September is famous for.....

  • September 1st 1939 - World War ll began, Hitler invaded Poland.
  • 2nd September - Fathers Day
  • 3rd September 1939 - New Zealand declares war on Germany.
  • September 8th  - International Literacy day.
  • Dates for the 2018 Māori Language Week are September 10-16 with the theme ‘Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori.’
  • September 14 is Māori Language Day, a reminder of the day 1972 when the petition for te reo Māori was suspended in the parliament.
  • September 13th 1933 - New Zealand's first woman MP elected
  • September 25th 1964 - Mary Poppins first showing.
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  • September 25th - Ms Martin The Librarian's birthday
  • September 28th 1542 - California was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodrigiguez Cabrillo upon hi arrival at San Diego Bay.
         Weird and wonderful celebrations in September
  • Fruit and Veggies month, Yoga Month (USA), Read a book day, Make your bed day, Positive thinking day and National Cheese pizza Day, Click the image below for a tasty Pizza recipe.

 New books in the Library this month.

  • I Funny: School of Laughs
  • I Funny: School of Laughs
  • I Funny: School of Laughs
  • I Funny: School of Laughs
  • I Funny: School of Laughs
  • I Funny: School of Laughs
  • I Funny: School of Laughs

Author of the Month

Rachael Craw


Click here to see some youtube reviews

I was born and raised in the beautiful garden city of Christchurch and lived there my whole life until our house was wrecked in the 2010/11 earthquakes. Now I live at the sunny top of the South Island of New Zealand with my husband, three daughters and our odd little dog.
When I was six I was pretty sure I’d grow up to be a Solid Gold Dancer, all that glittering 1980’s spandex and colossal hair. By about ten, like every girl I knew, I wanted to be an Air Hostess. It was considered awfully glamorous, back in the day. As a teen I fancied acting and studied Drama and Classical Studies at the University of Canterbury. After graduation I trained to became a high school English teacher and I loved it despite the lack of Lycra, sequins or jet setting. In the last few years I have divided my time between teaching English and Drama, mentoring and writing.

I have kept journals most of my life and written poetry, scripts and short stories for my own entertainment but it wasn’t until the birth of my third child that the unction to write a novel gripped me in a way that I couldn’t ignore. I had resisted the idea of long-form writing for many years believing I lacked time, training, patience and more importantly the determination to follow through. Oh how I under estimated the power of obsession. Once the idea for my first book arrived in my head it spread like a hungry virus through my whole body. It lead to a five year journey of hard work, developing a sense of craft, receiving mentoring, acquiring an agent and finding a publisher before I first saw my work in print. Now, I realise, while being a writer isn’t the easiest job it’s the one that seems to fit my DNA best but I also love being in the classroom and sharing the love of words with young people.

The Spark of an Idea:

One night after a rather desperate prayer for inspiration I fell asleep and had a dream. In the dream, I ran through a forest at night, faster than humanly possible, with incredible stamina and lightning reflexes. The tone of the dream became sinister when I was gripped with a terrible urgency. I knew (in the inexplicable way that you do in dreams) that, out there ahead of me, someone was lost and in grave danger. I knew I had to reach that person and protect them from something/someone else in the forest and a feral protective rage came over me. Then I woke up! I took it on faith that I’d just been given my inspiration, packed the kids off to school, sat down at my laptop and began to write the prologue.
My latest work, The Rift is a young adult fantasy novel set for release in November this year.

You can visit WBA for more information about SparkStray,  Shield and The Rift.

Genre descriptions- What do you prefer to Read?


There are so many different book genres to choose from, how do you know whats your favourite, click on the words below to read a brief description of each genre with book recommendations.









Science Fiction

Magazines found in the Library

Ones to watch on  clickview 1-120 in March
Click on the picture to watch
Check out the clickview Library here for many more movies and programmes

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