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.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Book reviews that may interest you!

YouTube - I'm addicted

I have been a YouTube addict for some time now. Personally I think it's the best thing since... the wheel. Links to YouTube can be educational, informative as well as entertaining. I see many possibilities for links to Youtube in the library. Check out my YouTube posting above.

The Voca People - Brilliant

Experience the real Eddie Izzard - Death Star Canteen

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Zoho Writer - templates

Zoho Writer is worth visit if only to view its templates. There is one for almost everything imaginable. These templates would be very useful both in work and private life. Zoho Writer is a free service, user friendly and fast to navigate through. Templates are just a minute part of what Zoho Writer has to offer. I recommend anyone check it out and you will undoubtedly find something useful. 

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wiki - Library writers ink

About a year ago I began a 'protected wiki' for young writers. The idea was that young library members, if invited by me, could share writing in order to get feedback and learn skills from reading the work of others. This didn't take off at the time but since then I ran the 'Juicy Writing' workshop during which I encouraged kids to publish their work on the wiki. So far membership and postings are growing slowly and I'm encouraging more use of this facility. If you'd like to make a wiki of your own  go to or click on the link on the left side of this page.

If you'd like to be invited to join the 'library writers ink' wiki leave your 
email address as a comment on this posting.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


I think it was very unfair that Social Networking was slotted into the middle of the Web 2.0 tutorial :) I have been totally absorbed with setting up a Facebook account to the detriment of completing the tutorial. In the initial stages I found Facebook was overwhelming with friends avalanching out of the dim dark past as well as the present. Seriously... I loved every moment of reunion with friends through Facebook. This site is extremely user friendly. I am resigned to addiction. In my opinion, social networking with Facebook gets top marks ( I can't speak for other networking sites).

Comment on the Web 2.0 Awards site

I really liked the layout of the  Web 2.o Awards site accessed by the following URL . It was great to be able to search by categories. The award winners were very clearly marked. The chart was helpful as it gave an overview. I found the site very easy to browse. You will see I have linked to three sites I found of interest. Go to this site if you'd like to Nominate a winner for 2009.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Qualifications and my love/hate relationship with 'study'.

I left school at 15 with no qualifications. Fortune endowed me with a cheerful personality, a love of hard work and many artistic skills. I won jobs that were both interesting and challenging. My ambition was simply to find the love of my life, make enough money to be 'a dedicated follower of fashion' and go dancing every weekend. This I did!

I married the love of my life, he was the bread winner while I was CEO of the family.

It was when our children left home and the love of my life damaged his back that I decided to 'retrain' and get some qualifications, which, by this time were needed to get a decent job.

Diploma in Applied Arts (Theatre)
Three years, full time doing what I loved. This was a dream come true. The course taught acting and directing techniques as well as skills in production, lighting and sound. History of the theatre along with a study of playwrights and their works comprised the academic facet of this course. I swanned through it and enjoyed every moment. This course was to change my life, as I discovered (to my amazement) that I enjoyed and achieved good results through academic study.

Bachelor of Arts (English)
Another three years full time. I discovered... more to come on this topic

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Today I'm a children's Services Librarian. Before that I created lead light windows in a loft overlooking paradise. Before that I was a very antisocial student as I studied for a BA degree and a Diploma in Library Studies (often hidden from friends and family in a derelict van beside a stream). Before that I was administrator for Northland Youth Theatre working with inspirational teens and young adults in a professional theatre environment. Before that I spent three years at Drama School. In my spare time I worked alongside my husband in an attempt to achieve self sufficiency. Before that I was a Jill of all trades working part time or contracting in anything that would bring in a bit of cash; graphic art, sales, cleaning, gardening and orchard work. Before that I joined Whangarei Theatre and founded the 'Midstagers' a  splinter group for teens. Meanwhile my friend and I created ' Pied Piper' drama and craft workshops for young children. Before that I lived in Australia with my husband and two little boys. I worked at the local school as a teacher aide teaching singing, drama and crafts. During that time I was in the Scout movement programming weekly meetings, camps and Gang Shows for children from 8 to 18. Before that I was a young bride in England, along with my husband trying to earn a quid. I worked in two famous London departmental stores, in one I was cashier/bookkeeper and in the other I was clerk of the ladies underwear department. Incidentally, during this time I met lots of celebrities and some royalty (very exciting at my young age). Also during that time I raged to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who... to name but a few. Before that I was a kid and that's another story.