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Celebrate the bard’s birthday


Well it’s Shakespeare’s big day on Saturday 23 April and here at Central Library we have gone in to full Shakespeare mode. There is no less than three displays, and of course a number of books, DVDs and eLibrary audiobooks and eBooks you can borrow.

There’s also Shakespeare school holiday events throughout the next week, and Pop-up Shakespeare on Saturday, with actors roaming around the library acting out scenes from some of the plays, and there is still one more Shakespeare themed film night left this month. There are more events yet to come so keep a watch on this space www.wcl.govt.nz/shakespearelives.

Meanwhile check out the following displays at Central Library;

Who knew the books in the 1600's were this big? Just kidding, it's not actual size (more like a giant's copy).
Who knew the books in the 1600’s were this big? Just kidding, it’s not actual size (more like a giant’s copy).


The witches from that Scottish play are brewing up trouble in the Children's area.
The witches from that Scottish play are brewing up trouble in the Children’s area.


The first floor has a model of the Globe theatre and a section of The Long View.
The first floor has a model of the Globe theatre and a section of The Long View.


A model of the Globe theatre stage, did you know that New Zealand made the hangings for the reconstructed Globe theatre that opened in 1997?
A model of the Globe theatre stage, did you know that New Zealand made the hangings for the reconstructed Globe theatre that opened in 1997?


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And here is a selection of all the books and DVDs you can borrow.

Listen to the Ruth Gotlieb oral history

Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill and John Stears You can now listen to interviews with Ruth Gotlieb on our website, detailing her fascinating life; growing up in Ireland and emigrating to Australia then New Zealand. The oral histories include an in-depth discussion of her 27 year career serving as a councillor and board member, with the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington Harbour Board and the Capital & Coast District Health Board.

Ruth Gotlieb’s honours include having the library in Kilbirnie renamed Ruth Gotlieb Library, being awarded a Queen’s Service Order in 1995, and named Wellingtonian of the year in 2010. Ruth has contributed many hours volunteering with numerous organisations and as Justice of the Peace, and continues to do so to this day.

Check out the oral histories here – Ruth Gotlieb oral history page.

(Pictured: Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill (Manager, Community Networks) and John Stears (Libraries & Community Spaces Manager) at the page launch)


Shakespeare for the school holidays!

Silly sonnets, ridiculous rhymes and preposterous plays… Celebrate Shakespeare!apr16-shakespeare-300

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Throughout this year we will be celebrating Shakespeare, starting with the April School Holidays. Bring the kids along to the library holiday events and they can have a go at our Shakespearean Insult Generator. We’re sure you will get a laugh out of it.

Apart from your kids swearing and insulting each other like Shakespeare, we’ll also be looking at all the strange words Shakespeare invented, and they can have a go at writing with ink and quills (so they shouldn’t wear their best clothes).

These free school holiday activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds. Bookings are not required – just turn up.

Karori: Tuesday 19th April, 11am

Miramar: Wednesday 20th April, 2pm

Johnsonville: Thursday 21st April, 2pm

Central: Wednesday 27th April, 11am

Cummings Park: Thursday 28th April, 11am

Kilbirnie: Friday 29th April, 2pm

RFID project update

self-checkNow that the tagging of our library collection has been completed, work will begin on preparing our branches for the installation of our new RFID system. This equipment will enable faster self-service, and reduce time spent on repetitive manual tasks freeing more staff to assist with your queries.

This will take place over March and April and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during the work.

Existing barcode scanners will be replaced with RFID-enabled scanner pads and all-new self-issue machines with eft-POS units and DVD unlockers will be installed. Some traditional issues and returns desks will be removed and replaced with returns slots and smaller freestanding “pods”.

While this project is underway replacing your library card will be free.

Our friendly library staff will still be available to help you with your transactions and information needs.

Short historical films available on our website!

Check out our new Heritage Films page for a selection of films from Wellington City Archives we have digitised.

The films were made to document council activities and at the time were only shown to a small audience. These short videos are an insight into some of Wellington’s history and include scenes from the opening of Khandallah Library in 1953, the Queen’s visit in 1954, the “Festival Of Wellington” in 1959 and a five minute film from 1947 about Wellington’s milk supply.

Alongside the videos on the Heritage films page you’ll find information on the Festival Of Wellington, publicity materials and photos.  We’ve also added the films to our WCL YouTube channel – check it out for storytimes and other videos we have created. We’d love your feedback!

Free coding workshops in February!

Learn to CodeHere’s your chance to make the next Flappy Bird by learning game strategy, coding and heaps more at these FREE workshops run by Gamefroot!

Use open source coding to create simple online games, learn the basics of coding, game design and strategic thinking and how to add games into the international marketplace. Teachers and interested adults can also learn how to run these workshops so they can deliver more of them locally.

Monday 22 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Ages 10-14
Tuesday 23 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Ages 10-14
Thursday 25 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Ages 15-18
Friday 26 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Community show-off event on Friday 26 February from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Workshops are held in the Mezzanine Meeting Room at the Central Library. To find out more and register go to the Public Libraries of NZ website.


Christmas & New Year holiday hours for 2015

Summer snowmanWe will be closed for a few days break over Christmas & the New Year so here are our opening hours across all our branches for the 2015/2016 holiday season (from 24 December-4 January). Click on the table for a larger view or follow this link. Please note we will be closed for four days from 25-28 December and also 1-4 January. Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Tuesday 5 January.


ComicsPlus mobile access now available! **This service has now ceased**

—-01/03/2019 UPDATE: **This service has now ceased**—-

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440Have you tried our new eLibrary service ComicsPlus yet? It has a vast collection of diverse comics and graphic novels for all ages which can be read on a computer. And now we have mobile access! Read comics and graphic novels on your smartphone or tablet by accessing ComicsPlus through the WCL mini app on your device.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end!

Follow the steps below for how to get started on ComicsPlus on a mobile device. (Alternatively, you can find help for desktop or laptop access here.)

  1. Select the ‘ComicsPlus’ link and once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’.
  2. Select Wellington City Libraries from the drop-down list and then register with your email and password.
  3. To sign-in enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!

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Wooooh… Scary stories for Halloween

Ten bone-chilling movies, television shows and books to get you in the Halloween mood. Take a walk on the scary side and then go soundly to sleep knowing that none of these stories could ever come true… Right?


28 days later28 days later.
“A powerful blood-transmitted virus is unleashed – those infected are locked into a permanent state of murderous rage. After 28 days the country is overwhelmed and survivors must attempt to salvage a future; however, the virus is not the only thing that threatens them.” (Container)

Evil deadThe Evil dead.
“Five college students holidaying in a remote cabin are possessed by an ancient ‘Book of the Dead’, or Necronomicon. One by one they become evil zombies.” (Container)

“In a world that has become overrun with zombies, two men must figure out how to survive. Wimpy Columbus is afraid of his own shadow, while Tallahassee is the biggest, baddest, gun-toting zombie-slayer who ever lived. When they meet two sisters, Wichita and Little Rock, the four strike out for an amusement park that is said to be zombie-free. This mismatched group will have to rely on each other to survive, which could be worse than surrendering to the zombies.” (Container)

Cabin in the woodsThe cabin in the woods.
“A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. With their efforts continually thwarted by an all-powerful ‘eye in the sky,’ do they have any chance of escape?” (Adapted from Container)

American horror storyAmerican horror story. The complete first season.
“The Harmons’ fresh start in a new home deviously twists to reveal discoveries of love, sex and murderous revenge.” (Container)

“Take a journey into the unique and mysterious world of the supernatural with 13 short dramas. Mataku is the internationally award-winning collection of contemporary tales of the unexpected in which ordinary characters encounter mysterious phenomena from Māori mythology.” (Container)


Syndetics book coverThe strain / Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
“A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe best horror of the year. Volume seven / edited by Ellen Datlow.
“A sin-eater plies the tools of her dangerous trade; a jealous husband takes his rival on a hunting trip; a student torments one of his teachers; a cheap grafter is selling artifacts form hell; something is haunting the departure lounge of an airport . . . The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in short fiction horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Nathan Ballingrud, Genevieve Valentine, and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWorld War Z : an oral history of the Zombie War / Max Brooks.
“The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMark Z. Danielewski’s House of leaves / by Zampano ; with introduction and notes by Johnny Truant.
“A young family moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)