Hear Kiwi Author Emma Stevens talk about the inspiration behind her best-selling biographies.

When: Monday 19th February, 5:30pm
Where: Library Meeting room. Refreshments provided.

Come along to the Library for an engaging, free talk from writer Emma Stevens. Emma has written three memoirs, Walking on Ice, Nesting on the Nushagak and Dancing on the Tundra, about her ‘girl’s own adventure’: her life-changing decision to marry an Alaskan high school principal and leave her beloved New Zealand for a world of snow and ice, caribou and bears, and the Yup’ik Eskimo people.

Walking on Ice by Emma Stevens Book Cover
Nesting on the Nushagak bye Emma Stevens book cover
Dancing on the Tundra by Emma Stevens book cover

During her six-year journey in remote bush Alaska, Emma faced unexpected and at times life-threatening situations. Her stories are guaranteed to engross her listeners, transporting them deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness and the people who live there.

Emma will have her books for sale for $25 each or $60 for the complete trilogy. She can accept cash, cheques and eftpos.

Tangent teens tell us the books they think every teen should read.

I think teenagers should read it because it’s a very gripping, detailed book. It has some romance and action. It’s a good story for those who like history, war, and a little death.
EllaWalker
Ella
Age: 14
Every teenager should read this because it has a very important theme behind it. It also can make people think and perceive the world in a different way.
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Brooklyn
Age: 14
24 Teens. 12 Districts. 3 books. 1 winner.
HannahOlsen
Hannah
Age: 14
I recommend this book for teenagers as it gives you information about Norse gods in a fun way.
SophieBailey
Sophie
Age: 14
It’s GREAT!! Focuses on teamwork. Is very engaging.
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Heather
Age: 14
14 kids, stranded in a shop with everything they could possibly want. Sounds pretty good, until they find out that when they go outside they will either turn into serial killer, paranoid freaks, get covered in boils, or are simply unable to reproduce. How will they find their family and survive?
EmaaPlomp
Emma
Age: 12
Do you like action and plot twists? If yes you would love to read The Recruit. It is about a boy called James. My personal favourite part is when the basic training kids go one a holiday because they have finished basic training. WARNING: don’t read to people under the age of 12 years there are some very gross scenes.
XantheSmith
Xanthe
Age: 13
Do you like action and plot twists? If yes you would love to read The Recruit. It is about a boy called James. My personal favourite part is when the basic training kids go one a holiday because they have finished basic training. WARNING: don’t read to people under the age of 12 years there are some very gross scenes.
EmmaKnowler
Emma
Age: 14

The best of 2017. Our Staff Pick’s for the year.

Our staff picks collection has been around for three years now, and encompassed over 350 items. These are books, games and DVDs we have loved, and decided must be highlighted to you all.

We talked to our staff about all the recommendations they had given this year, to create this list, of their best read/watch for 2017.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Set in a Viking like world, where the strength of a man is based on how well he can fight. Prince Yarvi is a weakling in the eye of his father. Born with one crippled arm, he cannot fight. Left for dead after his fathers death, the prince must use the one weapon he has, his mind, to overcome his enemies and take back what is rightfully his. Full of great characters, action and plot twists.

Place a hold on Half a King

Rated by:

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Chris Broad
Collections Assistant

Utopia (UK TV Series)

Twisted. Too real. And really quite freaky. A fantastic conspiracy thriller.

Place a hold on Utopia

Rated by:

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Cris Crighton
Preschool Librarian

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Women discover they now have the power to inflict pain, or even death, just through a touch. Suddenly, the power balance shifts in the world – and women become objects of fear for many men. How do the women respond to their new-found position? A prize-winning page-turning thriller that is also thoroughly thought-provoking.

Place a hold on The Power

Rated by:

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Angela Bain
H&C Team Leader

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

In a world where humans exist at the sufferance of the Others, Meg is a human on the run who takes refuge within the domain of the Others. What ensues is a story full of intrigue, drama and comedy which combine to create a binge-worthy book.

Place a hold on Written in Red

Rated by:

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Megan Findlater
Children's Librarian

Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge by Booton Herndon

He faced insults and threats because he would not carry arms in war. His faith saved lives and he became a hero.

Place hold on Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge

Rated by:

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Linda Te Au
H&C Manager

Tiny Tabletop Gardens by Emma Hardy

Great ideas and projects for limited space. Loved all the different containers used, makes you start thinking of other things you can put plants in. Very easy to follow instructions and which plants are best to use in a small space.

Place a hold on Tiny Tabletop Gardens

Rated by:

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Debra Robinson
Accounts

'48 by James Herbert

An action book set in a world where Nazis have won the war by unleashing a gruesome disease as biological warfare. What more can you ask for?

Place a hold on '48

Rated by:

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Bonnie Mager
D&C Manager

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

In 1986, twenty year old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, abandoned his car, and walked into the woods.For nearly three decades this man lived a solitary existence with virtually no human contact, his family assuming he was dead. Author Michael Finkel, set out to find the truth, the motivation behind Christopher Knight’s self-imposed exile – why he disappeared and what he learned in the process.

Place a hold on The Strange in the Woods

Rated by:

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Jill Harpur
Non-fiction Collection Specialist
Do you love our Staff picks collection? Be sure to check out the display within the library, or search the online collection of Staff Picks.