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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future

LIFT Library

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Over six hundred books on the transition movement, alternative currencies, sustainability and community development, economics, food, health, and relevant DVDs and magazines.

  • Join the library for life for only $20 and borrow anything you are interested in.
  • Come to the library and browse the bookshelves – in the foyer of the Lyttelton Rec Centre, 25 Winchester St. Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm
  • Members are kept updated through regular newsletters.
  • Free film screenings – thought provoking, interesting and inspirational – a Saturday afternoon, a Friday evening, a Tuesday afternoon each month.

Why is it the LIFT Library?

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Because Living Economies and Project Lyttelton hope it will provide Inspiration plus Facts to enable Transition to a community and lifestyle determined and developed and supported by the people for the people!

LIFT library is a diverse collection of resources to inform and empower change covering topics from the money system to organic gardening and health.

It was started by volunteer Juliet Adams (pictured) after a conversation at a time bank hui held in Lyttelton after the earthquakes.

A passionate advocate for the planet, Juliet set up the library in her home to promote new ideas during the rebuild. The collection has grown and now is housed at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre.

Juliet is incredibly knowledgeable about the collection and welcomes the chance to chat to anyone wanting to learn more about what we can do about the global challenges we face together. Juliet also runs regular film nights for koha followed by chat time and a cup of tea.

“The films look at how we can manage our lives for the health of ourselves, our communities and the planet," Juliet said.

Email Juliet to sign up to the LIFT newsletter and get updates on film nights, new items and reviews.

The LIFT Library is located at 25 Winchester Street, Lyttelton
Open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Sat 10am-1pm.

Juliet is on the front desk Tuesday afternoons and Friday and Saturday mornings.

The LIFT Library is supported by Chantal Jousserand-Shirley, who is a Project Lyttelton Board member.

Contact Juliet: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 328 8139 or 021 899 404

Living Economies LIFT Partnership

The Living Economies Educational Trust is a nationwide organization aiming to strengthen and help sustain regional economies by promoting interest-free means of exchange: currencies complementing money in local communities. Helen Dew in Carterton, and Margaret Jefferies here in Lyttelton, are Board members, and together initiated the LIFT Library here.

Many of the books and DVDs have been supplied by Living Economies; many can be bought on-line, where you can read short reviews of them.

Visit Living Economies and their bookshop at:

http://www.livingeconomies.nz/

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LIFT Book Reviews

Juliet has written reviews of many books in the library. Here is an excerpt of the latest book review:

 

LIFT Review: Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca
By Liz Walker

Did you know that Lyttelton Timebank was the first one in New Zealand? Margaret Jefferies, of Project Lyttelton, made a visit in 2004 to Ithaca, New York, with Helen Dew of Living Economies, after attending a conference on complementary currencies, and came back and started Lyttelton Timebank in 2005. Since then, Timebanking has gradually spread all over New Zealand. So has Living Economies, the backbone of the LIFT Library.

Margaret is a real “kick-starter”, which is why she visited Ithaca, because that city has a history of initiating ideas and systems that are focussed on community, sustainability, cooperation, local production, environmental stewardship, social justice, and honest prosperity.

This book, published in 2010, covers a huge range of developments in that area of Ithaca City and Tompkins County, famous for its Cornell University, its liberal politics, its Farmers Market and so on.

As the world’s population becomes increasingly based in expanding cities, and focussed on making money, the qualities of village and small community life are easily lost, along with our connection to nature. But grassroots action valuing cooperation between people and respect for all life is growing in many countries, including New Zealand. LIFT Library has much material on this aspect.

This book is a leader in this area. I urge all LIFT members who care about improving our local world to read it (as quickly as possible, so others can too!) and choose an aspect introduced here that you can focus on yourself. In the meantime, if you go to Youtube and look for Liz Walker, Ecovillage in Ithaca, you’ll see her background, which got her into writing this book.

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LIFT's Latest Book Review

This changes everything: Capitalism vs the climate
 
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Naomi Klein interviews Greta Thunberg in New York - September 9, 2019.

 

Reviewed by Juliet Adams

 This is one of the most important books in LIFT.

It explains everything about what’s wrong with our world (well, almost!). It tells us about everything that is being done and that can be done to change the situation and save our future (well, almost!).  

If Naomi Klein had included any more topics the book would have been too heavy!  

Don’t let that put you off. It may take a lot of time to read; maybe you’ll even skip some  pages (I couldn’t!) But it will enlighten you with its detail, thoroughly backed by references, on so  many important topics, revealed in everyday language with clarifying examples.

She writes: “So my mind keeps coming back to the question: what is wrong with us? What is really preventing us  from putting out the fire that is threatening to burn down our collective house? 

“I think the answer is far more simple than many have led us to believe: we have not done the things  that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated  capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of  this crisis. We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting  catastrophe – and would benefit the vast majority – are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media  outlets.”

Not only does she explain how and why things have gone wrong with each aspect (climate  change, fossil fuels’ dominance, free market fundamentalism, big business and greenwashing,  misplaced dreams of technology, greedy exploitation of the planet and its people, to name a few) ;  she also explains for each one the actions that have been taken and are being taken to remedy  them.

She doesn’t just leave that till a chapter at the end, as many writers do.

One LIFT member has pointed out that she has not explained the rising tide of alternative money systems that could reduce the power of those controlling many of the problems.  A good  point.  Maybe that will be her next book?  This book is inspiring!

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Juliet on the front line at Climate Strike

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LIFT Librarian Juliet Adams made the front page of the Christchurch Press leading the recent Climate Strike

This is what democracy looks like.

Read the story here

Lifelong membership for $20

The $20 fee is per person/couple/family and entitles you to borrow books, DVDs and magazines for a month at a time. Members who cannot return books personally may post them back to Juliet at 34a Voelas Road, Lyttelton 8082, as the Rec Centre does not have a letterbox.”Members who lose or damage books will be asked to pay accordingly.

A full list of books, DVDs and magazines is available from Juliet by email. Members receive regular newsletters with book reviews and the latest news and reviews.

LIFT's Reviews & Summaries

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 Wanting to read one of our great books but just don't have time?

Just ask Juliet for a summary, she has several available by email including:
  • "Blessed Unrest", by Paul Hawken
  • "Fleeing Vesuvius", by FEASTA and LE
  • "No More Throwaway People", by Edgar S. Cahn
  • "Sacred Economics", by Charles Eisenstein
  • "The End of Money and the Future of Civilization", by Thomas H. Greco
  • "The Future of Money", by Bernard Lietaer
  • "We the People", by John Buck and Sharon Villines