19 trees for our college

ImageLast year, Paper4Trees granted 19 trees to our college for recycling 4.3 tonnes of paper 🙂

This year, our goal is to recycle enough to gain at least 25 trees. To achieve this, we MUST put all used paper in the paper recycling bins!!

Mac Team Green will remind students and staff to recycle all the used paper, via the college newsletter, the daily notices and the radio.

See MacTeamGreen’s blog for details

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Future Fiction

It is not Sci-Fi, yet it is fiction with a future focus. It is fiction that expresses what could happen with the global change our world is experiencing, in various ways and perspectives. The genre “eco-thriller” is on the rise and it is as exciting as crime, adventure or detective stories. Plus, it could turn out true!

Teenage reads

Carbon Diaries, Sacy Lloyd

2015. Britain governement implements a carbon card to ration it. You take a car? You use up some of your monthly allowance. You light up your fan? You use up more carbon points, and they disappear far quicker than you would expect. Laura is a normal urban teenager who loves music and tries to live a normal life. Everybody will adapt differently to this new situation. Then disaster strikes… Laura tells about it all in her diary, in a realistic and witty style. Award-winning series.

Empty, by Susan Weyn

In a town in the US, the coming prom is all that matters to these high school students. Being rich and popular or different… But when electricity runs out, and petrol stations close one after the other, nothing is easy anymore. And the coming cyclone transforms all life in survival mode… But solutions exists, if you can shift your mind to them…

On thin ice, by Jamie Bastedo

Set in a small Artic town nowadays and following the talented Ashley, this book opens to a rarely described culture, where reality and myths merge. Impacts of climate change are central to the plot although never sermonic. A rich, suspenseful, true-like novel. Multi-award winner.

More Adult reads

Solar, by Ian McEwan

Beard surfs the wave of fame he won with his physics Nobel price . When he “inherits” the plans for creating artificial photosynthesis power stations, he tries to save the world from climate change and save himself too…

Island of shattered dreams, by Chantal Spitz

Meet several generations of a family living on a remote atoll, their loves, their connection to their land, and their struggles when French engineers come to install a nuclear test plant on their island… This book opens to the Pacific Islanders ways of viewing the world, which is quite wide and profound, like the ocean that surrounds them. Beautiful, moving, unforgettable.

Children reads

The Lorax, by Dr Seuss, “who speaks for the trees”… and more popular than ever before…
The Paperbag prince, by Colin Thompson, about this old man who lives happily in a bus on a dump;
George saves the world by lunchtime, by Jo Readman and Ley Roberts, to discover how everyday actions can affect the world around.

And many others

  • J. R. R. Tolkien, deep connection with nature in the Middle-earth underlying his books.
  • Carl Hiassen with lots of humour (Flush, Paradise Screwed…);
  • Ursula Le Guin creating a world of literate people in a subsistence age (the Earthsea series);
  • Margaret Mahy, denouncing coastal subdivisions in Kaitangata Twitch…

Do you know of any good one that I would add to my reading list?

Audiobooks & Multimedia section

An audiobook is a reading of a book by the author or by an actor recorded on tape or CD.

MACLIC has a collection of 50 audiobooks which you can borrow, together with the book, if you wish to follow the text. Listening to an audiobook is a bit like being read aloud, it is easy and lively. It is great when you travel. If you struggle to read, audiobooks will help you greatly and will offer you the pleasure of discovering a story.

MACLIC also offers more than 20 selected or donated documentaries DVD and videos.

You will also find a few music CDs, mainly donated by Real Groove and NZ Symphonic Orchestra.

Have a look next to the library office. Ask the librarian for the CDs.

Click here for the list of all the section’s titles: https://maclic.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/audiobooks-multimedia.pdf

2009 Earth Hour on Saturday 28th March 2009 at 8:30pm.

It is an usual subject for a library blog but I cannot help advocating the Earth Hour which happens on Saturday the 28th of March, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Switch off your lights at 8.30pm for an hour and you will be part of a global event. Easy, feels good and helps the earth!

The earth hour New Zealand page is here.
Read about Earth Hour here, or watch the Youtube clip YouTube – Earth Hour 2009 Official Earth Hour 2009 video.