Starting Soon – Ni Hao Chinese Stories & Rhymes

StoriesandRhymes Launch Poster MEDIUMNi Hao Children’s Community Stories & Rhymes provides a time for parents and children to play and learn Mandarin as a Second/Foreign Language together through stories, fun rhymes and action songs. It’s also a great opportunity to hear and use Mandarin in a welcoming and social environment.

Starting from Thursday 9 July 2015, these free sessions are held weekly at the Wellington Central Library children’s area (near the big window by the waterfall), Thursdays, 10 to 10:30am. 

Stories & Rhymes! sessions are led by teachers from the Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust, and designed for Mandarin for Speakers of Other Languages (MSOL) families who are wanting to learn the language as a second/foreign language.  Fluent Mandarin speakers would also enjoy these sessions! These Stories & Rhymes! sessions are a great introduction to the Mandarin language and a very small taster of our fun class programmes.

Parents and children are most welcome to hang around and mingle in the library’s children’s area after the session has finished.

See you at Stories & Rhymes!

(bookings not required)

SPCA Visiting Storytimes

SPCA LogoAttention young animal lovers – the SPCA will be visiting our Preschool Storytimes over the next few weeks, and bringing along their furry friends for your preschoolers to interact with.

Along with our usual stories, songs and rhymes, the SPCA will talk to the children about ethical pet ownership, how to appraoch and greet animals, and about the SPCA. In the past these storytimes have been very popular as the children love the chance to meet and pet the animals.

Here’s the when and where:

  • Wednesday 2nd April, Newtown Library at 10.30am
  • Thursday 3rd April, Miramar Library at 10.15am
  • Monday 7th April, Karori Library at 10.30am
  • Monday 14h April, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 15th April, Johnsonville Library at 10.30am
  • Wednesday 16th April, Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library at 10.30am

Preschool storytimes are our free weekly sessions for 3-4 year olds, that feature stories, songs and rhymes. They are perfect for helping emerging literacy and getting children ready for school. Younger and older children are welcome too. Check out our Kids Events Page for details.

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(Note: Wellington City Libraries takes no responsibility for your children demanding to take the animals home, or to get a pet)

Festival of Education Saturday 29th March

This weekend is the Wellington edition of the Festival of Education, which coincides with the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. The festival is spread across the TSB Arena, Shed 6 and Frank Kitts park, Saturday 29th March from 8.30am.

The Festival is a day of courses, workshops, stalls and seminars that focus on education in all its forms, at all levels. There will be lots to do and explore, and new technology to try out. Find out about what’s happening in the future of education and schools, and listen to world-class speakers. There is family fun too with read aloud sessions, dance workshops, performances and more. Wellington City Libraries will be on the feature stage at 10am with our librarians performing one of our popular Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions, and again at 12pm with a children’s storytime -bring the kids!

Check out the programme of events for information.

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Don’t miss out!

Reminder… Reminder… Reminder…

Music producer Lee Prebble from The Surgery and his musician buddy Age Pryor from the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and The Woolshed Sessions, will be at the Wellington Central Library TOMORROW 26th May at 4.30pm

They will be talking about how you can make it as a musician. All the inside tips and tricks.

It’s FREE! Brave the weather and we’ll see you there!

5 quick questions with Samuel Flynn Scott

How much of your income is derived from record sales & how much comes from touring/live gigs?

I would say record sales probably account for about %5 or less of my total income. Live gigs maybe more like %20. Most of my income as a musician comes through licenses for film and TV.

What advice would you give young musicians just starting out?

Work on your songwriting and take that side of things very seriously. Songs are what all music is based on and without good songs a great singer or guitarist will never make any impact.

How does being on a major label differ from being on an independent? In today’s musical climate is one better than the other?

I don’t think it makes much difference anymore. But I could be wrong. Certainly majors have a lot more sway with radio and they have more money to spend on advertising but there are advantages to small labels too. You usually get better deals from small labels and you get a team of people working on your product who are very passionate about what you do. Ultimately the choice between the two comes down to who is making offers and who has the best vibe. Working relationships are paramount.

Who would you cite as your biggest musical influence/influences?

That is almost impossible to answer. For me it might be the Velvet Underground who are a great 60’s underground rock band. The Beatles are pretty hard to beat when it comes to stealing great ideas off a great band!

Do you have any future projects/new recordings in the works?

Yes we are working on a new Phoenix Foundation album at the moment.

Check out Samuel Flynn Scott and Luke Buda from the Phoenix Foundation at the Wellington Central Library on Thursday 28th May 4.30-5.30pm

What Theresa thinks about New Zealand Music

We put a few key questions to our lovely (and knowledgeable) Wellington Library staff about New Zealand Music.

The most under-rated NZ band or musician: The Rabble are a great up-and-coming NZ punk band.

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Your favourite NZ band or musician: Goodnight Nurse rank highly. their songs are catchy and their gigs are consistently fun and entertaining.

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Your favourite live NZ music act: Streetwise Scarlet are wonderful live with high energy and great interaction with the crowd. Also, Wellington-based covers band, The Business are guaranteed to get everyone dancing. 

 

Thanks Theresa!

Rapture Ruckus Rocked!

It was a cold wintery night,  but a small group of music groupies braved the cold to see Brad Dring from Rapture Ruckus talk about is career path to becoming a famous musician at the Central Library on the 8th of May.

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Don’t miss the next New Zealand Music Month session- Music Producer Lee Prebble, from The Surgery, and musician Age Pryor, from the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and The Woolshed Sessions, will be at the Central Library on Tuesday 26th May at 4.30pm.

The most underrated NZ music of all time (according to some of us anyway)

The staff at Wellington City Libraries, being into all things Kiwi, have come up with a list of the most underrated New Zealand bands or albums of all time.   Check these out, and let us know if you agree with our picks:

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Staff Picks

Soft Bomb by The Chills
Staff member: Monty

I love ‘Soft bomb’ first and foremost for two of the most personal, searing ballads ever written.’Halo Fading’ is a hymn to lost love.  This Halo fades and as the song progresses Martin Phillips lyrics and music swell and recede in piano and string response to memory and digression, love and disappointment. ‘Song for Randy Newman’ starts with ‘Can you hear sounds forming in your head?/Do they say more than you’ve ever said?’   The repeating coda is ‘Hunger, Hunger, Hunger,’ and Phillips places himself at the head table of song writers, among ‘Men like Wilson, Barrett, walker, Drake…’   The delicacy of the tune, the understated production, the building vision all attest to his inclusion – at least for this song.  They’re complete songs – perfect.