Cosplay and Comics at Papanui Library

Love reading and drawing your own comics? Do you want help with your drawing, assistance with your technique and tips on comics, publishing etc and a free comic? All of this for no charge? Right then get yourself signed up for our free comic drawing workshop at Papanui Library with Spencer Hall, artist/cartoonist. The workshop is for ages 12-18, registered attendees only and a limit of 30. We won’t let you go hungry either, there will be pizzas from Hell.

comic book day posterThere was a waiting list of disappointed young cartoonists last year so don’t delay, break out the light sabers, shake out those capes, slap on the face paint and come dressed as your favourite comic book/Manga character and be in for a prize.

International Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday 7 May this year but our event, which will include free comics courtesy of Comics Compulsion, will be on Saturday 21 May.

The selection of free comics this year ranges from Dark Horse to Archie to Strawberry Shortcake to Titan’s Assassins Creed to Love and Rockets. Something for all tastes.

To see what you might be missing check out last year’s pictures.

Meanwhile back at the library our comic book collection grows apace. We have comic books about Men who dress as Bats, Women as Cats, Green Men, muscly men, and animals that talk, Bart Simpson and Adventures, Mysteries, Funnies, Scareys, the lot. I was delighted to see Scrooge McDuck, nephew Donald and the Beagle Boys make a comeback in hard cover. Made me quite nostalgic for my young reading self.

눈 온 8월이 포근한 이유

올 겨울 눈을 만나셨나요?  어쩜 그렇게 몰래 함박눈으로 잠깐 내리고, 또 아침에 살짝 내리다 가버리던지요….., 그래도 산 머리에 쌓인 하얀 눈 옷은 한껏 겨울 산임을 과시하네요. 아무리 추운 겨울이라도 눈이 오는 날이 포근해지는 이유는 왜 일까요 저만 그런가요?

8월에 소개할 책들입니다.

Korean books
Korean books. Flickr, August-2015-IMG.jpg

초록 가죽 소파 표류기 -출판사 문학동네의 ‘ 대학소설상’ 3회 수상작으로 명지대학교 문예창작과에 재학 중인 정지향(23)작가의 작품입니다. 사랑과 우정, 가족 간의 갈등, 사회로의 진입 실패, 재능에 대한 회의 등 오늘 날 젊은이들의 고민을 다양한 에피소드로 그려낸 성장 소설입니다.

전경린의 네 번째 소설집 “천사는 여기 머문다” 는 저자가 11년 만에 펴낸 소설집으로  짧지 않은 시간 동안 써온 9편의 단편이 수록 되어 있습니다.  작가와의 첫 만남이든, 이미 전경린을 좋아하는 분이든 다시 한번 작가의 매력을 경험 할 수 있는 기회가 될 것 같아 소개합니다. – “천사는 여기 머문다. 그 곳은 선 악을 넘어 우리 생의 내부에서 비상하는 생명을 은유한다. 살아 있음의 절정에서 당신의 얼굴에 천사가 떠 오른다.”-작가의 말 중에서

비가 오거나 심하게 추운 날 생각나는 라면 한 그릇과 잘 어울리는 그것(?)  이번에 소개할 책은 웹툰작가 오묘의 “아는 사람 이야기” 1편과  2편 입니다. 그냥 만화라기에 좀 더 진지한 이야기. 내 친구의 친구 경험담 처럼 한 다리 건너의 흔하디 흔한 이야기. 그다지 특별할 것 없는 일상의 이야기가 가슴에 와 닿는 건 마치 보통 우리들에게도 있었던 일들인 양 친근함, 그 이유겠죠.

Papanui도서관이 지진에 의한 건물 수리로8월 12일 부터 10월 12일 까지 문을 닫습니다. 예약하신 책들은 Fendalton 도서관에서 찾으실 수 있습니다. 반납하실 책들도 가까운 도서관에 반납하세요

Papanui Library is closing for two months

Papanui Library is closing at 6pm Tuesday 11 August 2015. It will be closed for two months for earthquake repairs, with a scheduled reopening date of  Monday 12 October. We are sorry that this will inconvenience those of you who use this busy library by Northlands Mall.

2007 Papanui library pic for web

Here’s some of the things you might need to know:

  • Papanui Customer Service Desk, located in the same building at the corner of Restell Street and Langdons Road, will remain open throughout the library’s closure and keep its usual hours, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. It will operate temporarily from the rear of the building.
  • Repairs include strengthening work, removing and replacing the ceiling grid and lighting, replacing insulation and ceiling panels, as well as window, wall panel and entrance foyer repairs.
  • Customers won’t be able to return items to Papanui Library throughout the closure, but items from Papanui Library can be returned to any library in the Christchurch City Libraries network. The nearest large library is Fendalton Library on the corner of Clyde Road and Jeffreys Road.
  • Reserved items will be made available at Fendalton Library unless otherwise requested.
  • Papanui Library’s toilets and wifi will be unavailable throughout the entire period of the closure.

For more information, read the following, or contact us:

Displaced reader hits the North West

I didn’t have to travel very far at all to get to Papanui Library – the “best little library in the North West”. No nice little road trips and ice creams for me (not that I’m bitter or anything). I used to inhabit the Central Library, but 2011 took me to South, Linwood and now the Fingertip Library, which is located just behind Papanui Library. It’s a very convenient location with all kinds of shopping just outside the door and a great big car park right beside the library.

I’m impressed by the very up-to-the-minute décor featuring eggshell blue/red combinations and a photographic mural of a high rise city at night. Spots, stripes and patterns are mixed together in the soft furnishings to create a sophisticated and satisfying background. In the returns area hangs a rather lovely sculpture donated by some Invercargill artists. Not that I can see much of all this – it’s obscured by all the people.

Children enjoy Andy Wright's storytelling

I’m used to busy libraries, but Papanui is really buzzing. The children’s corner is crammed with entranced littlies chanting “he walked and he walked and he walked and he walked” as they join in with the story performed (and I mean performed) by professional storyteller Andy Wright.

The new smart issue stations are surrounded by people getting their books out, or being guided through the process by a bevy of librarians. Down in the children’s area, the kids are absorbed in the same process using Archie The Penguin. The shelves are full of people browsing and all the tables and computers are in use.

Closed libraries apart, I can understand why this is library people like to visit. It has nice Bestseller and magazine collections, substantial amounts of  fiction and non-fiction to choose from and yes – good sources of coffee and even lunch places and bars in the vicinity. You could combine your trip with a chance to cross some of those purchases off your to-do list, or have a browse around the shops.

The Swimming Pool Library*

book coverI aqua jog. Or at least I did, until the earthquake destroyed QE11. Imagine then, my joy at discovering that The Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre has opened right across the road from Papanui Library. (Graham Condon was a Christchurch City councillor and paralympian who was tragically killed in 2007)

Aqua jogging is alive and well at the Condon Centre and it is not only for the more mature. I have seen pregnant ladies subside into the water with little Mona Lisa smiles of relief on their faces and the scarily fit, with bodies beautiful, aqua jog with weights attached to wrists and ankles. But I prefer the dignified style of an elderly Japanese man who, head held high, did his laps with an i-pod strapped carefully to the top of his head.

Of course there is so much more than aqua exercise available at this marvellous new leisure centre: like lane swimming, a spa pool, kiddies paddling pools and gyms. Have a peek at some photos – it’s a gem of a facility and where else in Christchurch can you get a mall, a library and a recreation centre all in one block of land?

But the really big question is: will Papanui Library become known as The Swimming Pool Library? Or will the Condon Centre be The Library Swimming Pool? Give us a visit and you can decide.

*I’m never one to let a literary reference go by – The swimming pool library is the title  of a novel by well known British writer Alan Hollinghurst.