Read, review & win in our Summer Reading Challenge

summer-reading-booklet-coverIt’s that easy. From 1st December – 31st January, kids can pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from your local library (or print it here) and see how many they can read. If they write a Kids’ Club review for every book read from the list, they will be published on the Kids Blog.

Writing more reviews earns prizes, which can be collected from the local library: the first prize is earned after writing 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from then on (a librarian will contact your child when the prize is ready to be collected). But the winning doesn’t stop there… there is also the Challenge’s main prize draw, which will be drawn in early February. The prize will include lots of goodies like books, CDs, vouchers, chocolate, library bags, toys and games, posters, stickers, and much more! To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, and the activities at each library, see the Kids Blog.

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Central Library update

2016-central2ndfloordeskThe Central Library’s Second Floor will remain closed to customers for at least the next week. The public areas such as the Travel, History and Local Heritage sections are in excellent condition, but many bays in the magazines storage room at the northern end were damaged.  These have now been cleared and the stack magazines put into storage. That stack space will be used to accommodate some teams of Council staff from the Council’s Civic Administration Building which is being assessed further.  As soon as noisy interior works are completed for this temporary change, this quiet reading zone will open again to customers.

In the meantime, current newspapers are available from the First floor, and library staff there are very happy to retrieve books or library items normally located on the Second floor public areas.  Staff are also available to show library members how to access travel, history or NZ eBooks from our Overdrive and Borrowbox collections  or use PressReader (hundreds of current international newspapers) via www.wcl.govt.nz/pressreader.

Holiday hours 2016/2017

Summer snowmanA warm seasons greetings to all our library borrowers and visitors with best wishes for a happy holiday season. Here are the opening hours across all our libraries from Saturday 24 December 2016 to Wednesday 4 January 2017. Click on the table for a larger view or follow this link. Please note all our libraries will be closed the statutory public holidays from 25-27 December and also 1-3 January. Brooklyn, Khandallah and Wadestown libraries will also be closed 24 and 31 December. Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Wednesday 4 January. 1617holidayhours-small Of course our eLibrary isn’t going on holiday: we have eBooks, eMagazines & eAudio to keep you entertained, along with daily newspapers & eMagazines in PressReader. Happy holidays everyone!

Twelve storytimes of Christmas

Come one, come all! Jump on your sleigh and slide down to your local library to get into the festive spirit at one of our special family Christmas Storytimes. These free events are lots of fun with games and activities, carols and festive stories. We would love to see you in your best Christmas costume, or cozy pyjamas.

Island Bay Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Wellington Central Library: 14 Dec, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: 19 Dec, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 22 Dec, 6.30pm

Deck the halls! We look forward to seeing you there. (No need to book; just turn up)

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Bumper book sale starts Tuesday 29 November

Booksalesep16aThousands of avid readers love the Central Library book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this bumper book sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection. The major highlight of this sale is that unlike the previous non-fiction sale, this sale has a wide variety of fiction (and non-fiction) books, DVDs and CDs for sale.  As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found.

The book sale this time will be located in the Central Library Mezzanine Room. It opens 9.30am on Tuesday 29 November, ending 4pm on Sunday 4 December.

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Extra Special Booksale starts Tuesday

Booksalesep16aThousands of avid readers love the Central Library book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this “extra special” non-fiction book sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals to add to their personal collections or just to rummage and find a reference gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection. The major highlight of this sale is the concentration on a great range of non-fiction. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains in this extra special sale – prices are $2 per book, including songbooks – though some of the latter are individually priced.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 27 September at 9.30am, Central Library.

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Winter booksale starts Tuesday 14 June!

booksale2014aEvery year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for our book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.

Highlights of this sale: a great range of non-fiction, supported by a good range of adult fiction plus magazines on every topic imaginable. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – including DVDs and CDs later in the sale period – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines,while adult fiction, young adult/teens books and most other items are between $1 and $6.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 14 June at 9.30am, Central Library.

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Library branch updates make borrowing easier

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Work continues on the installation of our new system for issuing library materials. We are now over half-way through putting the new RFID equipment into the branch libraries, and the changeover will continue throughout May.

Our stylish new self-loan stations offer a range of languages available at the touch of a fingertip, including te reo Māori.  Quite a few children (and one or two adults) have been impressed by the addition of a Pirate language option, which encourages users to “Swipe yer library card matey”.  We reckon these new machines are incredibly user-friendly.  They’re designed to help make your library visit an easy, pleasant experience.  And as always, our friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you get the most out of your library visit.

Pictured: children at Miramar Library

Upcoming changes in our libraries

When you next visit the library, you might notice changes in how you issue books and other materials.  We are currently implementing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system across our network of 11 branch libraries and at the Central Library.  This replaces our current system based on barcodes and laser scanners.  RFID tags (which store individual item numbers) have been placed in all library materials.  These can be ‘read’ by scanners on staff desks and on our new self-service stations, just as our current barcodes can be read.

Why is the library making these changes?
Our current equipment is old, and needed replacing anyway.  We’ve chosen a more user-friendly system that is already used at Christchurch, Dunedin, Upper Hutt and many other public libraries across New Zealand and Australia. Our new self-service stations enable faster issuing of books and other materials by allowing you to issue multiple items at once. They are easier to use than our old machines, and they have integrated DVD unlockers and EFTPOS units.

Why all the building changes?
We are removing the large desks at some libraries, and replacing them with smaller helpdesks.  These will be less of a barrier than the current desks, and will still enable library staff to work to meet your information needs. We are also making room for new self-service machines, and will be encouraging customers to use these for issuing library materials.

When will the new system be in place?
We are switching over to this technology, branch by branch, between mid-April and mid-May.

How will I know how it works?
We will make sure there are staff available to show you how to use the new self-service kiosks.

What if I can’t use these machines?  What if I make a mistake?
We will be there to help you.  If you need to make any payments, you will be able to pay at the self-service kiosk by card or at the desk (with our staff) by cash or card. If you have lost your library card, don’t worry : we will be happy to give you a free replacement card on presentation of some ID.

Will any staff be made redundant during this change?
We are not cutting staff numbers.  We know that Wellington libraries are valued for our knowledgeable and helpful staff.  This project will reduce the time spent on repetitive manual tasks, so we are more available to help customers, run programmes and services, and reach out to groups and individuals in the Wellington community.

American Sniper is the new #BigLibraryRead

biglibreadEvery three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club! This time the Big Read is the book American Sniper (available as an eBook and eAudio) and the bookgroup runs from now until Thursday 31 March.

About the book:

American Sniper is the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and was the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

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