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Need help finding your next book?  - 22 Apr 2015

We have recently added two new resources to our website that are specifically designed to help you. Use these resources at a library or enter your library card and password/PIN to use from home.

 Who Else Writes Like...? is an easy to use database designed to help you find new authors to read. If you have ever thought "I've read all the books by this author, who else writes like that?", this resource if for you!  More info...who-else-logo
 Who Next...? is an interactive online tool designed to help parents, teachers and librarians to encourage children and young people to read more widely by suggesting authors they might enjoy. More info...
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ANZAC Day library hours  - 21 Apr 2015

This ANZAC weekend all Selwyn Library branches will be closed on Saturday, 25 April 2015 and Monday, 27 April 2015.

Please note our eCollections will be available to download during this period. 


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Mango Languages available now at Selwyn Libraries!  - 10 Apr 2015

Salut! Hola! Ahoj! Ciao!

Fancy learning a new language? We have just added the Mango Languages database to our growing number of fantastic eResources.

Mango is an online language learning system that can help you learn the most popular languages in the world. With over 60 languages available to learn, there is sure to be something there to tempt you. Lessons cover vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture and, with free downloadable apps available, you can learn anywhere, anytime. So why not get started today! Bonne chance, buona fortuna, buena suerte!

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Design the next Selwyn Libraries card!  - 13 Apr 2015

Calling all creative community members! Enter Selwyn Libraries ‘Design Your Library Card’ competition and help design the next generation of library cards!

Residents, school children, members of Selwyn arts groups and those who work in Selwyn District are invited to draw, paint, photograph or digitally design the next set of Selwyn library cards and key tags.

The theme for all designs is ‘Why I love my Library.’

Entries will be judged based on creativity, design, printability and the message communicated.

The categories are: Children (5-12 years), Teen (13-17 years) and Adult (18+).

The winner from each category will take home a new Android tablet. There will also be random prizes drawn including coffee vouchers, Selwyn Aquatic Centre passes, and movie passes.

The competition begins on Tuesday 14 April and is open until 5:00pm on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. (NB Digital submissions must be emailed by midnight).

Three finalists from each category will be decided and these entries will be displayed in the libraries and on the Selwyn Library Facebook page.

The public will then be able to vote for their favourite entry by "liking" it on the Selwyn Library Facebook page, or at their closest Selwyn library.

Entry forms are downloadable here. Hard copies are available at Selwyn libraries.

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Text messages sent in error  - 30 Mar 2015


Selwyn Libraries would like to apologise for an error last week that resulted in erroneous text messages being sent out to our customers who had signed up for hold notices by SMS. The text messages were sent by the Kōtui Library Management System that we share with over 20 other NZ libraries. During the process of joining Ōpōtiki Library to this national consortia an error was made to the text messaging component . The texts  that some Selwyn Libraries customers may have received  appeared to be sent from Ōpōtiki Library, this was not the case.  However, because the system is both automated and private Kōtui was unable to send individual apologies.

Please be reassured that your privacy has not been compromised; the SMS was sent centrally, and not from Ōpōtiki Library. more/comment


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