Over a tortured six-month period you will fly to the DR, to Mexico (for the funeral of a friend), to New Zealand. You will walk the beach where they filmed The Piano, something she’s always wanted to do, and now, in penitent desperation, you give it to her. She is immensely sad on that beach and she walks up and down the shining sand, alone, bare feet in the freezing water, and when you try to hug her she says, Don’t. She stares at the rocks, jutting out of the water, the wind taking her hair straight back. On the ride back to the hotel, up through these wild steeps, you pick up a pair of hitchhikers, a couple so mixed it’s ridiculous, and so giddy with love that you almost throw them out the car. She says nothing. Later, in the hotel, she will cry.
The Cheater’s guide to love (p. 175 and 176 in This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz)
Think of writing = a palimpsest, a parchment where earlier layers of writing of whatever nature were scraped off and replaced by whatever scribes of the time thought more important. Again and again…
For me, layers equal a stratigraphy of time – and, especially, of the layering of memories.
How have we been making use of social media? Are libraries doing it right? It’s one of the hot topics in the library and information landscape. The combination of articles, conference subjects, and an email chat with Tosca Waerea, Social Media Co-ordinator at Auckland Libraries, has made me think about turning that around. Why don’t we, as librarians, start talking more about what we actually do?
I am going to discuss how we at Christchurch City Libraries use social media – what we think is important, what we do, and why we do it. Hopefully it opens up a dialogue amongst Kiwi librarians. Wouldn’t it be grand if our information community were more forthcoming about sharing information on making the best use of social media?
Read the rest of the post on Christchurch City Libraries Bibliofile.
Storytime at the Library
Storytime at the children’s section of the Canterbury Public Library still has lots of appeal with city youngsters during the school holidays. Here Margaret McPherson (Children’s Librarian) reads to a group. Appeared in the Christchurch Star Home edition 13 May 1968 page 3.
My great-great aunt Myra Cohen “Barber, dental assistant, entertainer, milliner”.
Miss Myra Cohen with a hand loom at the Blind Institute. Reference Number: EP/1959/1432-F Display Dates: 28 Apr 1959
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.