Tablets are free to borrow, for a limited time only!

Customers are able to borrow iPad minis for free for three weeks! Adult customers have been able to borrow iPad minis at the price of $5 per 3 weeks  – but for a limited time from 15 August until 31 December 2019, the iPads have become free to borrow. So you can now even more easily take the opportunity to get connected with family and friends, read the most recent eBooks and eAudio (Libby) and magazines (RBdigital), or update your computer skills with any one of the thousands of courses available (Lynda.com).

Tablets are able to be borrowed at the following libraries : Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Island Bay, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Johnsonville, Khandallah and Karori.

Please make a booking if you would like a free introduction to the library’s eResources, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup time. Alternatively, ask one of our staff at the libraries above about borrowing a tablet, and if a tablet is available you will be able to borrow it immediately.
(Please note: tablets cannot be renewed and must be returned to the issuing branch.) 

Urban adventures: experience VR this Thursday & Friday

Experience virtual reality in your lunch break–or before your bus home!

Ever wanted to fly a car through dystopian Los Angeles? Or come face-to-face with a Demogorgon on the set of Stranger Things? Maybe you’d prefer to free-climb El Capitan, or dive down into the Mariana Trench?

All these things are possible at our fantastic – and free! – virtual reality experience. Bookings are essential as space is limited.

Book your session

Details

Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May

Committee Room Two (Ground Floor, next to Citizens’ Advice Bureau)
101 Wakefield Street
(Wellington City Council building)

Each session is 20 minutes and multiple slots are available in each session.

If you have any other questions, please contact enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. And for a sneak peek at what’s available, check out our previews of some of the VR experiences below!

Selected Available Experiences

Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit
“When a rogue replicant kills two people it’s up to you, a Blade Runner, to run him down. Experience the vast cityscape of Los Angeles in the year 2049 from the skies as you pilot your spinner in a thrilling chase set in the Blade Runner universe.”

Coco: VR
Coco VR is Pixar’s stunning debut into virtual reality: an adventure into the beautiful Disney-Pixar film, Coco. You can choose either a single or multi-player experience, and follow the magical alebrije into the luminous world of Coco filled with lovable characters and beautiful settings from the film.”

National Geographic: Free Solo
“Immerse yourself in the experience of free solo climbing Yosemite’s famous El Capitan alongside Alex Honnold in this breathtaking 360 video.”

Face Your Fears
Face Your Fears will scare you, creep you out, or cause your jaw to drop in awe and amazement. Try looking around, looking up, looking behind you. You never know what’s lurking in the dark. Share the experience with your friends! It’s even more fun to watch them scream and jump!”

theBlu
theBlu is a deeply immersive VR series that allows audiences to experience the wonder and majesty of the ocean through different habitats and come face to face with some of the most awe inspiring species on the planet.”

Funding and Scholarships events in February

Funding and Scholarships talk

Come along to a free event to learn information about funding and scholarships. Stevie-Jean Gear from Generosity New Zealand will show you GivUS and GivME, online resources available via Wellington City Libraries, which provide access to 1,200 funding schemes and 4,000 scholarships.

When: Monday 18 February, 12:30-1:30 pm
Where: Wellington Central Library Ground Floor

Meet the Funding Providers

Come along to this free event and get your funding questions answered by the funding providers. The presenters are:
-Amanda Hereaka (Wellington City Council)
-Mathew Rewiti (Nikau Foundation)
-Chiara LaRotonda (Wellington Community Trust)
-Jane Scott (Department of Internal Affairs)

When: Friday 22 February, 12:30-1:30 pm
Where: Wellington Central Library Ground Floor

Free Funding Online Resources

Select the icons below to start searching funding and scholarships from Generosity New Zealand. These extensive databases, accessible for free by Wellington City Libraries’ members.


GivUS – Over 1,200 funding opportunities for organisations.

 


GivME – Over 4,000 grant opportunities for individuals.

 

Experience Dinosaurs with Virtual Reality at Central Library

Travel back in time and be amazed at the fully immersed experience in Virtual Reality!

This VR expo will give viewers a chance to have a one-on-one audience with naturalist Sir David Attenborough and experience roaming with dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. You may also have a chance to create your virtual artwork in 3D.

This event is free and will be held at the Central Library on 23, 24, 26, and 27 of November.

These virtual reality events are very popular so bookings are essential!


Please click on your desired time slot below to send us an email and book your session. For general enquiries, you can contact us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Day Time slot (15 minute session sometime in this slot)
Friday 23 November 4-6pm
Saturday 24 November 10am-4pm
Monday 26 November 12-2pm and 4-6pm
Tuesday 27 November 12-2pm and 4-6pm

Chinese Language Week Events at Wellington City Libraries!

Come along to the popular Chinese culture and language events during New Zealand Chinese Language Week! Experience Chinese culture with our programme of free events, including brilliant dance and music performances, hosted by Central Library and Newtown Library.

You can also get a free tangram game from any of our libraries.
2018年 新西兰中文周,请点击阅读

Tai Chi Demonstration, Newtown Library: 11:00-11:30am, 29 September

Celebrate Chinese Language Week, in the whānau (family) area at Newtown Library, by practicing peaceful movement with us.

Dance and opera performance, Central Library: 11:00am-12:00 pm, 29 September

Enjoy a snapshot of Chinese culture and history through artistically presented dance, music, songs, martial arts, and calligraphy performances. A wonderful show all will enjoy! Brought to you by the New Zealand Chinese Culture & Art Association.

Chinese language lesson, Central Library 1:00-2:00 pm, 29 September

Take this perfect opportunity to learn Chinese from an experienced teacher from the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand. You will learn basic communication words and essential greetings and phrases. Plus, you will access the librarian’s recommended books and resources for you to continue your language journey after the class.

Manawa Ora Childrens Choir, Newtown Library: 2:00-3:00 pm, 29 September

Come along and sing songs from all over the world with the Manawa Ora children’s choir! This is an interactive performance for all ages.

Dance and music performance, Central Library: 2:00-3:00 pm, 29 September,by Wellington Chinese Language School

Enjoy the creative dance and music performance combining traditional with contemporary dance and music. Brought to you by the Wellington Chinese Language School.

Chinese Story Times for Children
Come along to the Central Library for a storytime in Mandarin!

Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Central Library: 10:30-11:00 am, Thursday 27 September.

Read Chinese magazines online with Wellington City Libraries DragonSource database 

Read thousands of Chinese magazines on your laptop or phone! Phoenix Weekly, Readers, San Lian life magazine, and many more are available to access with your library card.

Read Chinese newspapers and books online
Discover Chinese cooking, classic and contemporary literature, and latest news, online via PressReader , the New York Times (Chinese language version), and  Chinese eBooks via Overdrive. All for free with your library card!

Chinese Language Week Events at Wellington City Libraries, in Chinese

欢迎您来惠灵顿市图书馆新西兰中文周参加中文活动,体验中国文化,欣赏中国舞蹈音乐表演,学习中国语言。所有活动均免费参加。

更有免费七巧板游戏领取哦!在中文周9月23-9月29日期间,可以向任何一个惠灵顿图书馆和社区中心的前台领取。 New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2018

舞蹈,武术,书法等表演。市中心图书馆底层。 9月29早上11:00-12:00 ,由新西兰中国文化中心和华夏文化艺术协会带来的精彩表演。

新西兰当地的艺术家将中国的文化和历史,透过传统音乐,舞蹈,京剧艺术形式优雅展现。欢迎您欣赏由由华夏文化艺术协会带来的精彩难忘的表演!

中文课,市中心图书馆中层汉语角。 9月29日中午 1:00-2:00点

欢迎参加由新西兰中国文化中心的老师讲授的免费中文入门课程。您能学到基本的字句,并能够帮助您使用中文的日常用语和基本对话。您还能得到图书管理员推荐的书本及资料以满足您的学习中文需要。

音乐舞蹈音乐表演, 市中心图书馆底层。 9月 29日下午2:00-3:00 , 由惠灵顿中文学校带来精彩的乐团与舞蹈表演。


请由惠灵顿中文学校带来的充满活力的结合传统与现代的舞蹈和音乐表演 。

中文儿童讲故事时间

市中心图书馆: 9月27日星期四,上午 10:30-11:00点, 中文儿童讲故事时间

阅读中国流行杂志,用龙源杂志在线 DragonSource

欢迎使用龙源杂志。您可使用电脑或手机,随时随地的在线阅读最受欢迎的中文杂志了!例如,凤凰周刊,读者,三联生活周刊, 等等!

在线阅读中文报纸及杂志
欢迎使用图书馆卡免费阅读最新的中国的中文报纸和杂志: PressReader and New York Times . 您还可下载或在线阅读中文电子书:Overdrive.

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Experience an underwater reef with VR – fully booked

Want to experience a coral reef with no diving gear required? Visit our Central Library and try out a full Virtual Reality experience for free

Explore a coral reef

Wednesday 21 Feb
12:30-2:00pm (Fully booked)

4:00-6:00pm (Fully booked)

Thursday 22 Feb
12:30-2:00pm (Fully booked)

4:00-6:00pm (Fully booked)

Friday 23 Feb
12:30-4:00pm (Fully booked)

All sessions will take place on the ground floor at Central Library, 65 Victoria Street.

Email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz to find out more.

This opportunity is happening to celebrate 2018 as the International Year of the Reef. We have two more IYOR 2018 events happening this month. They are:

 

Deep Water Coral Reefs of New Zealand Talk

Dr Ashley Rowden / NIWA

Coral on a coral reef

Friday 23 Feb
5:30-6:30pm
Ground floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street

Dr Ashley Rowden is a Principal Scientist in Marine Ecology at NIWA.

Dr Rowden’s talk will be about deep water coral reefs in New Zealand, which are different from shallow water reefs — with emphasis on the themes of the 2018 International Year of the Reef (threats, management, conservation and sustainable use) in a New Zealand context. He will share examples from research undertaken at NIWA.

 

A Special Virtual Reality Reef Demonstration

Taehyun Rhee /Associate Professor at Victoria University

Saturday 24 Feb
12:30-4:00pm (Fully booked)
Ground floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street

Taehyun Rhee is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University, as well as Deputy Director of Victoria’s Computational Media Innovation Centre (CMIC), and a founder of Mixed Reality startup DreamFlux. He is a founder and director of the Victoria Computer Graphics (VCG) Lab and the founding member of Victoria’s Computer Graphics Programme, established in collaboration with Weta Digital.

DreamFlux technology provides immersive VR experiences by realistically compositing digital content into 360° video. This process is achieved in real-time, allowing for interactive content. The seamless blending of digital content into the real world in an interactive setting allows for powerful applications in education, training, entertainment and more. Dreamflux technology mitigates potential visual discomfort in VR headsets by rendering at a high frame rate (90 FPS, stereo).

Coral reef

Read “An illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi” on Waitangi Day

If you are interested in learning more about the Treaty of Waitangi then don’t miss this eBook: An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi by Claudia Orange. You can read this eBook on our Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection, by entering your library card details.

Syndetics book coverAn illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi / Claudia Orange.
“This book builds on Claudia Orange’s award-winning Treaty of Waitangi, using a wonderful range of photographs, maps and paintings to bring the Treaty’s history to life. Depictions of key players and moments sit alongside a clear and informative text that helps explain the history of this key document. Two peoples meeting, agreements made and broken, claims and protests: all are a part of the story of the Treaty from before its signing to the present day. Never before have the Treaty’s varied stories been made so accessible the general reader” (Syndetics Summary).

This is just one of the many excellent eBooks about the Treaty available through the Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection.

Enjoy Chinese Language Week at the library

Learn more about Chinese culture and language at Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces during New Zealand Chinese Language Week! Experience Chinese culture with our programme of free events, including brilliant dance and music performances.
2017年 新西兰中文周,请点击阅读

Chinese language lesson, Central Library 12:00-1:00 pm, 16 October
Here’s your perfect opportunity to learn Chinese from an indigenous speaker at the Central Library. You will learn basic communication words and essential greetings and phrases. Plus, you will receive the librarian’s recommended books and resources for you to continue your language journey after the class.

Central library tour in Mandarin, Central Library: 12:00-1:00 pm, 19 October
Situated in the heart of the city, Wellington Central Library is also a hub of knowledge and local information. Join our library tour in Mandarin (bookings are essential) and discover the wide range of services in Chinese — including books, magazines and DVDs — and see what’s available online through our library website (eBooks and newspapers in Chinese!). Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese) to book.

Read Chinese magazines online with Wellington City Libraries DragonSource database
Central Library: 1:00-2:00 pm, 19 October

Come to the Central Library and see a demo of how to access some of the most popular Chinese magazines on big screen, laptop or your own digital device! Phoenix Weekly, Readers, San Lian life magazine, and many more are available to access with your library card.

Dance, martial arts, calligraphy and music instrument performance, Central Library: 11:00am-12:00 pm, 21 October, by China Culture Centre of New Zealand and New Zealand Chinese Culture & Art Association

Enjoy a snapshot of Chinese culture and history through artistically presented dance, music, songs, martial arts, and calligraphy performances. A wonderful show all will enjoy!

Dance and music performance, Central Library: 4:00-4:30 pm, 21 October,by Wellington Chinese Language School

1. Shepard’s song, band performance 2. Dance: The three characters. 3. Contemporary dance, Runnin’ (Lose it all). 4. Chrysanthemum stage, band performance 5. Shearer’s dance 6. Chrysanthemum’s Story dance

Chinese Story Times for Children
Come along to storytime in Mandarin! (Times below)
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Central Library: 10:30-11:00 am, 19 October,
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Karori Library: 11:15-11:45 am, 19 October, by Cicada Creative Space and the library
Chinese (Mandarin) story times, Johnsonville Library: 10:30-11:00 am, 20 October,

Free Chinese character colouring pages will be available at all libraries and community centres during New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

Read Chinese newspapers and books online
Don’t forget you can celebrate from home and test your Chinese language skills by reading the latest Chinese language newspapers  online via PressReader and New York Times (Chinese language version). If you’d rather enjoy a novel, you can download or read Chinese eBooks via Overdrive. All for free with your library card!

Chinese Language Week 2017, in Chinese

欢迎您来惠灵顿市图书馆新西兰中文周参加中文活动,体验中国文化,欣赏中国舞蹈音乐表演,学习中国语言。所有活动免费参加。
New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2017

中文课,市中心图书馆中午 12:00-1:00 , 1016

欢迎参加免费的中文入门课程。您能学到基本的字句,并能够帮助您使用中文的日常用语和基本对话。您还能得到图书管理员推荐的书本及资料以供您课后学习。

市中心图书馆中文导览, 市中心图书馆 :中午 12:00-1:00 点,10月19 市中心图书馆位于惠灵顿的中心,也是惠灵顿本地的知识信息中心。欢迎参加中文的导览,图书管理员将带您发现惠灵顿图书馆的中文书籍,杂志,DVD,也会带您参观图书馆最新和传统的科技。请务必预定。请致电801-4068(英) or 801-4083 (中).

阅读中国流行杂志,学习使用龙源杂志在线 DragonSource

市中心图书馆, 下午 1:00-2:00 1019 欢迎来市中心图书馆学习使用龙源杂志。届时大屏幕和电脑都会为您备好,您也可带来自己的手机。从此您就能随时阅读最受欢迎的中文杂志了!例如,凤凰周刊,读者,三联生活周刊, 等等!

舞蹈,武术,书法等表演。市中心图书馆: 早上11:00-12:00 10 21 , 由新西兰中国文化中心, 和华夏文化艺术协会联合协办。

新西兰当地的艺术家将中国的文化和历史,透过传统音乐,舞蹈,武术和书法艺术形式优雅展现。欢迎您欣赏由由新西兰中国文化中心,和华夏文化艺术协会联合举办的精彩难忘的表演!

儿童音乐舞蹈表演, 市中心图书馆: 下午 4:00-4:30 ,10 21,由惠灵顿中文学校带来精彩表演。
1. 小放牛(惠灵顿中文学校乐队) 2. 儿童舞:三字经  (惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈一队)3. 现代舞 – Runnin’ (Lose It All)(惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈二队) 4. 菊花台(惠灵顿中文学校乐队) 5. 舞蹈: 剪羊毛(惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈一队)6. 舞蹈: 冰菊物语 (惠灵顿中文学校舞蹈二队)。

中文儿童讲故事时间 中文儿童讲故事时间,市中心图书馆: 上午 10:30-11:00,10月19日 中文儿童讲故事时间, Karori卡罗里图书馆: 早 11:15-11:45 , 10月19 日, 由知了工作室与图书馆联办 中文儿童讲故事时间, Johnsonville 约翰斯维尔图书馆 : 早10:30-11:00 , 10月20 日

免费领取中文字填色。在新西兰中文周期间,请向任何一个惠灵顿图书馆和社区中心的前台领取。

在线阅读中文报纸及杂志
欢迎使用图书馆卡免费阅读最新的中国的中文报纸和杂志: PressReader and New York Times . 您还可下载或在线阅读中文电子书:Overdrive.

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