Thursday, June 01, 2017

Auckland Librariues - What's on in June

What's On  June 2017 


Matariki:  Saturday 10 June - Sunday 2 July
Join Auckland Libraries in celebrating the Maori New Year. Events for the whole family are being held all around the region. Find out what's happening at your local library.



Samoan Language Week
Sunday 28 May - Saturday 3 June


Sock Monkey Sloth Workshop 
Saturday 17 June




Author talks
 Thursday 8 June // Te Atatu Library
 Te Atatu Library is hosting local journalist and author Steve Braunias to talk about his latest book 'The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road', based on his year dining out. All welcome, with refreshments provided by Te Atatu Peninsula food outlets.


Book clubs
Te Reo Maori Reading Group
very Monday // Central City Library
 Come along to the karapu panui te reo group and have a discussion with other adults who are learning the language. It's a great place to practice your reading comprehension while exploring the library's te reo collection together.


Chinese events
Last Saturday of the month // Northcote Library
Share what you’re reading with other Chiwi tweens, discover new books and hear book recommendations. 


Classes & workshops
Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday 3 June // Highland Park Library 
Want to learn more about the discipline of writing? Want to turn those story ideas into reality? Take the next step and come along.


Community events
Arabic Playgroup
Tuesday 6 June, Tuesday 20 June // Glenfield Library
Bring your child along on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and socialise with other Arab-speaking parents. Ramadan (25 May- 24 June) is an excellent occasion to investigate the Arab language collections at Botany and Glenfield libraries.  


First Wednesday of the month // Wellsford Library
 Once a month, straight after storytime we break out the glitter, glue and tinfoil for a bit of hands-on crafty fun! Come for the stories and stay for the craft!


Friday 2 June - Thursday 15 June // Takapuna Library
This exhibition of gripping socio-political images features Christopher Morris, Linda Bournane Engelberth and Danny Wilcox Frazier. Subjects include Brexit, pro-Trump election rallies and rural decline in the US.


Family history
Maori Maps with Peter Dowling
Wednesday 28 June // Central City Library
The Maori Maps online tribal marae project is a portal to the country's 750 marae and serves as a starting point for visitors and descendants. This promises to be a fascinating talk for both Maori looking for tribal connections and interested non-Maori.


First World War
 Saturday 10 June // Glenfield Library
 Tying in with Glenfield Library's live stream of the commemoration on 7 June, author and historian Matt  Elliott will present an assortment of eye-witness accounts, poems, paintings and photos.
 An unmissable insight into the Battle for Messines Ridge.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Also on in June, though not at the library, instead in a pub on the red-light area of K Rd, is Auckland's annual Bloomsday show, Friday June 16, at the Thirsty Dog in Karangahape Rd, one night only.

It starts at 7.30pm and runs for three hours.

This year’s show has Lucy Lawless returning as Gerty MacDowell, Jennifer Ward-Lealand reading from Molly Bloom’s notorious monologue, Michael Hurst as a British squaddie (and singing Finnegan’s Wake) and Lord of the Rings' Bruce Hopkins as a transvestite dominatrix.

Others in the show are Linn Lorkin and the Jews Brothers Band, the QED Barbershop Quartet, mezzo-soprano Yuko Takahashi, Hershal Herscher, Farrell Cleary, Brian Keegan, Jean McAllister and Unite Union organiser Joe Carolan as the apoplectic patriot The Citizen.

Bloomsday is the recreation of that single day in 1904 in which Irish writer James Joyce set his 20th century comic masterpiece, Ulysses.

On that that long, lingering, legendary date, Leopold Bloom, wandering Jew and melancholic hero of Joyce’s book, set about a droll odyssey round Dublin.

In Dublin-Paris-Rome-Trieste, in London-New York-Beijing-Sydney, there’ll be readings and chamber music remembering the fictional event.

In Auckland, a bawdy Bloomsday vaudeville has been celebrated every year on June 16 to packed houses at the Thirsty Dog Tavern, Karangahape Rd.

This year’s show will feature Irish ballads, Jewish klezmer, Catholic hymns, Leon Redbone, Guiseppe Verdi, Tinpan Alley, Brecht/Weill, Leon Redone, and Edith Piaf.

And The Supremes.

And boisterous dramatizations from Ulysses.

When it first appeared in 1922, Joyce’s 900-page whopper had a bit of a mixed reception.

In his home town the Dublin Sunday Express boldly pronounced: “The obscenity of Rabelais is innocent compared with the leprous and scabrous horrors of Joyce’s book… All the secret sewers of vice are canalised in its flood of unimaginable thoughts, images and pornographic words.”

See every unimaginable thought, image and pornographic word brought to life on K Rd!

Thirsty Dog, Friday night June 16, 7.30pm