Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Books for volunteers

Since it's time to celebrate our community volunteers I thought I'd do a keyword search on 'volunteer**' in the catalogue to see what I could find. The Keyword search searchs the entire record for the word or words you've typed in. It looks through the title, author, subject, and summary entries. The double * on the end stand in for any extensions to the word e.g. -ing, -s, -ed, etc.

234 titles returned I can't list them all so here are a few of the highlights

Volunteer : a traveller's guide to making a difference around the world / [authors, Charlotte Hindle ... [et al.]].
"A volunteering handbook that offers insights, advice and practical information on making a difference with your travels. It is arranged by type of experience (such as organised, structured and self-funding, and do-it-yourself). This book covers both formal, long- and short-term placements with volunteer organisations."

Chicken soup for the volunteer's soul : stories to celebrate the spirit of courage, caring and community / Jack Canfield ... [et al.].
An inspirational collection celebrates the spirit of volunteering.

The wild green yonder : ten seasons volunteering on New Zealand's organic farms / Philippa Jamieson.
"Itching for a change, city girl Philippa Jamieson quits her cosy job in Dunedin to travel around New Zealand on the WWOOF scheme (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, also known as Willing Workers on Organic Farms). Over the course of two-and-a-half years she volunteers at 40 locations - market gardens, livestock farms, communes - many of which truly lie in the wild and hairy yonder. Along the way Philippa meets a bevy of diverse characters: the irrepressible farm host who's built his own coffin - with a limerick for an epitaph; Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons; and many more, not forgetting Thelma the goat. Some of our unsung heroes can be found in these pages: forward-thinking Kiwis who are quietly working away at producing healthy food without toxins, saving heirloom crop varieties, practising self-sufficiency and improving the soil for the next generation. Informative, entertaining and affectionate, The Wild Green Yonder offers inspiration to anyone with a yen for life's positive alternatives, as well as a unique view on where organic farming is at in New Zealand today."

Tiritiri Matangi : a model of conservation / Anne Rimmer.
"Tiritiri Matangi Island is a conservation success story of international significance. Thousands of trees, planted by volunteers, and the release of rare and endangered birds have produced today's world-famous open sanctuary near Auckland, New Zealand, which attracts over 33,000 visitors per year. This book describes the island's history, its Maori occupation, the farming period, wartime activites, the historic lighthouse as well as the subsequent conservation project."

Books for Coasters : the early years of the libraries of Silverdale, Orewa and Whangaparaoa, 1935 to 1989 / by Anthony G. Flude.
"Published ... in recognition of the work of Hibiscus Coast library volunteers."

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