Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Drunk Animals

I wasn't quite this bad... really!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Cute Animal Christmas Song

I like to remember animals at this time of year !

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Snowball (TM) - Another One Bites The Dust

one crazy bird... you need to have sound for this one

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Prayer to Laughter - John Agard

O laughter
giver of relaxed mouths

you who rule our belly with tickles
you who come when not called
you who can embarrass us at times

send us stitches in our sides
shake us till the water reaches our eyes
buckle our knees till we cannot stand

we whose faces are grim and shattered
we whose hearts are no longer hearty
O Laughter we beg you

crack us up
crack us up holiday programme idea!

Volunteers please!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ry Cooder - Vigilante Man (live)

He's a bit older here - different phase in his style of music

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Christy Moore - Johnny Don't Go To Ballincollig

For Wendy Smith

Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat (Original Promo Video)

Get Growing - Whangarei Libraries School Holiday Programme Sept/October 2009

It's that time again. One week countdown to the school holidays. The programme is finished, printed and distributed. Check out the link to find out what's on. Get Growing packs are made up containing a flower pot, soil, 2 bean seeds and instructions. These are available for pick up from Storytime Books in the strand arcade. Wendy, Leanne and I spent the afternoon creating wonderful things, samples to give the kids ideas of things to make for the Glorious Garden. Check out the photos in the Get Gardening slide show. More to come later

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Solid Potato Salad - The Ross Sisters (1944)

Wendy Smith and I, Sue, need a third person to join us in this act for the Library Roadshow as Glenn is too tall! Any offers?

Friday, August 28, 2009

First Voices - Gunhild Litwin

A major interest for me at the Wellington Forum was an initiative entitled 'First Voices'. I intend to launch this project at Whangarei Libraries.

Here's what has to be done.
1. Find all local children whose first language isn't English (through schools and library).
2. Have a one day photo shoot and display children's photos along with the name of the language they speak.
3. Find mentors for each language (preferably not a parent of the child).
4. Select a topic. For example, 'My story as a new immigrant'.
5. Organise a day. Group kids according to the language they speak. Each group is assigned an adult mentor.Kids write a rough draft of their story in their own language helped where necessary by their mentor.
6. Kids take away their story and do a NEAT copy in their own language.
7. Each child can illustrate their own story if they want.
8. Publish stories in book form.
9. Each child gets a copy.
10. Hold copies in library for other children and adults to access.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Spending my award

Some of you may be aware that I'm a manic bird-watcher. My binoculars died last week. How timely to receive the $100 award from the council. The money has now been well spent toward a new pair. I'm off now to view the exotic wildlife that abounds in Wellington Botanical Gardens. More later...

National Forum on Public Libraries and Diversity in Welling

Here I am in 'not so windy' Wellington, the weather has been sunny and warm since I arrived. The Forum was brilliant on lots of levels. The speakers Hajar Ali, Samson Sahele, Abubaka Mohammed and Shamim Homayun, who spoke about their book, 'Earthless Trees' shocked the senses with snippets of their life stories. If you want to know more buy their book and have an awesome read.

After that Gunhild Litwin, spoke of her initiative, 'First Voices'. This is a must for me to run at Whangarei. I'll give it a post of its own when I return.

The forum was packed with exciting information and I had much to contribute. My 'Bilingual Funtimes' project attracted much interest. I could probably have been a speaker on this topic. I've made lots of contacts with various people.

Look out for more posts on these topics.