The society which is based in Wellington, New Zealand is associated with The National Library of New Zealand . It was formed in 1983 to support the work of the Dorothy Neal White Collection.
In 2005 it was extended to support the National Children’s and Susan Price Collections.
How to view the collections supported by Friends of DNW
Membership is by annual subscription, the details are on the membership page.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017
Documents relating to the AGM are at About Us > AGM and here
Research Seminar by Dr Mere Whaanga
Noted scholar and writer, Dr. Mere Whaanga, currently the Children’s Writer in Residence at the University of Otago, is giving a research seminar, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, on Friday 28 July 2017. Her talk is titled: “From pepeha to picture book to tribal history: telling Māori stories in multiple genres”, and it will take place at the Hocken Library Seminar room, 90 Anzac Avenue, starting at 3.30.
All are welcome!
Death of John McIntyre, bookseller: John died 10 June 2017. John is sadly missed from the world of children’s books. Read his Facebook Page either from this page or at: https://www.facebook.com/thechildrensbookshop/
We will miss Barbara – (pictured), who died of cancer on 19 May 2017. She made a huge contribution to children’s literature and the Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection. http://barbaramurison.blogspot.co.nz/
On a Happier Note, Nicola Daly, who was the FDNW research scholar in 2014 has her article online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/evj6tZuZdBVfjyRJE6gb/full
The article was published in the New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship and is titled: Pākehā-Māori: European-Native. Ethnic Labeling in the Dorothy Neal White Collection. Nicola has said she will be able to address the Friends about her visit to the Marantz Collection. This should be near August/September. More details soon.
Read about Barbara and Nicola in our newsletter. Here
Nicola Daly’s article based on work on books in the Dorothy Neal White Collection has been published electronically. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13614541.2017.1280335
See http://www.thesapling.co.nz for ideas and conversations about children’s books
In the Friend’s Display Case: National Library Wellington
Children have always what they should do, but the options available to them in today’s digital age are quite different from those of 100 years ago.
This selection of books from the Dorothy Neal White Collection explores the pastimes and activities that were considered suitable for children with time on their hands in a world with no radio, television or internet. These included doing something useful (domestic skills, making things, gardening, playing an instrument), getting out in the healthy fresh air (outdoor games, nature study, camp cooking and survival skills) and entertaining friends and family at home with such diversions as parlour games, magic tricks, puppet shows and scientific experiments.
Many of the suggested activities are, of course, still popular alternatives to poring over a digital device, but not many children nowadays will spend hours making matchbox furniture or perfecting their ventriloquism skills.
-Mary Skarott, Children’s Literature Librarian
Applying for DNW Scholarship
Through its lectures, meetings, research grant and publications the Society helps to foster interest in the general development of children’s literature.
Interested? Download the application form.
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Enquiries about membership of the Friends may be directed to the Secretary, Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
P0 Box 12-499, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.
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