New Zealand Sign Language Week 2016

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2016 takes place next week – from 9 May.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Storytimes in New Zealand Sign Language

Come along and celebrate NZSL week with a storytime with a difference! Stories, rhymes and songs will be spoken and signed.

NZSL WeekStorytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Monday, May 9, 2016 (10 to 10:30AM)
Upper Riccarton Library

Storytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (10:30 to 11AM)
Shirley Library

Storytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (10:15 to 10:45AM)
Hornby Library

Storytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Thursday, May 12, 2016 (11: to 11:30AM)
Te Hāpua Halswell Centre

Library resources

Other resources

Ministry of Education New Zealand in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, have produced a number of children’s Ready to Read eBooks that use NZSL. They can be purchased from iTunes (for Apple devices) or GooglePlay (for Android devices). Titles include:

  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Diary by Lynley Dodd
  • The King’s Birthday, by Dot Meharry
  • Talking to Nanny by Jo Carson-Barry

The New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children is a useful website for parents.

More about NZSL Week

NZSL Week helps promote the language and aims to raise awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community. It also provides the Deaf Community a chance to put their hands up and be heard, and to stand proud as Deaf as well as promoting their language and culture. Deaf Aotearoa organises this celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

A new eGem: Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture, 1790-1920

CV3N7JrXIAAqTuzAnyone who is familiar with the works and times of Sherlock Holmes or Charles Dickens will recognize the culture and characters within our latest eResource archive, Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture, 1790-1920.

The industrial revolution had seen people rush to cities to chase a better standard of living that never eventuated. More often than not, workers were forced to live in squalid conditions with little reward for long and dangerous working conditions. Not surprisingly, crime soared. Throughout the 19th century major trials were followed avidly in the courtroom, in the newspapers, and at public hangings. True crime literature captured the attention of all classes, with murder ballads and penny dreadfuls sold in the streets. The development of the police force, particularly detectives and forensic techniques, were also subjects of interest. At the same time the judicial and penal systems were being reformed which led to such practices as transportation to the colonies.

This digital archive covers all of these developments and more with a broad examination of crime and culture in the 19th and early 20th century. It reflects the causes and effects of the rise in crime, the development of the police and the public’s fascination with sensational accounts of crime. It also contains a searchable collection of materials from prisoner photographs to trial transcripts and police records. It even has police gazettes from Queensland, Australia. These gazettes contain fascinating content including information on convicts and criminals who absconded from prison, reports on criminal activities such as murder, and reports on missing friends and relatives. So if you are interested in this time period, the development of the judicial system we can recognise today, or maybe just looking for dodgy relatives then there is plenty to learn and enjoy from this archival gem.