pl website banner final2

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

LIFT Library

juliet books

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.

Free Film Nights

LIFT Library Film Evening

Last week the LIFT Library hosted the first of the August film evenings at the Portal. The focus was on matters of economics, especially the use of alternative currencies, a hot topic in Lyttelton just now. And the conversation that followed several of the items was very lively. The group included some new members who contributed much information and comment. This week the LIFT Library shall continue on these themes, and social as well as economic resilience, though details are not yet decided.

What: LIFT Library Film Evening
When: Every Wednesday 6.30pm Shared Pot Luck Dinner | 7.15pm Film Begins
Tickets: Free Event. All Welcome.
Where: The Portal, 54a Oxford Street, Lyttelton
Up the driveway behind the Lyttelton Swimming Pool, head up the stairs on the left of the building

Arranged by the LIFT Library, & Project Lyttelton
Relevant books, magazines and DVDs available. Koha welcomed

Wednesday 22 August: "The Take" is a documentary by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein about how workers in Argentina were taking over the factories abandoned by their owners and the government after the dramatic economic collapse in 2001. As you can imagine with Naomi Klein, no punches are pulled. And  it shows people having the strength of their convictions to take action that is not always welcomed by the powers above them. It's a case of swinging those powers' attitudes around. Some local folk have already seen this film and want to see it again. Me too!

LIFT's Latest Book Review

This changes everything: Capitalism vs the climate
 
klein thunberg
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!

r

 

Juliet on the front line at Climate Strike

juliet pressmarch

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

Click for more Book & DVD Reviews

 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