Category: Announcements

Meet Libby – the new eBook and eAudio app for OverDrive

We’re excited to present a new app addition to our OverDrive service called Libby, that should make eBook and eAudio use quicker, more enjoyable and less complicated. Libby has been designed to make first time mobile use of our OverDrive collection simple, with added features over the OverDrive app that would be of benefit to existing customers.

To get our new Libby app, click on this link for access in Android, iOS and Windows stores.

Some of the benefits of using Libby are:

  • Simple getting started options and downloads process
  • Refined search and browsing options, with new ways to personalise default searches
  • You just need to sign in with your library card, and can use multiple library cards at the same time
  • A unified book shelf that displays all your titles from multiple cards on the same digital shelf
  • Impressive new design and image options

Libby will not be replacing the OverDrive app but if you are a user of our existing OverDrive app, please feel free to continue using it. Libby does not currently support Recommend to Library or multilingual interfaces, but these features will continue to be accessible through the OverDrive app. Kindle format is not currently supported outside of US libraries.

For more information on Libby please go to the Libby Help page or contact us through our Technical support form.

Big Library Read with OverDrive eBooks now on – ‘The Other Einstein’

Every 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 around, we’ll be reading the  ‘The Other Einstein’ from author Marie Benedict.

‘The Other Einstein’ by Marie Benedict offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife who was a brilliant physicist in her own right. Whilst, her contribution to the  theory of relativity is hotly debated, ‘The Other Einstein’ offers readers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.

Join the Big Library Read and start reading ‘The Other Einstein,’ today!

The Big Library Read runs from June 12th to June 26th

New online resources available now!

The library has purchased two new online tools for you to use through our website – Bloomsbury Drama Online and BWB Text Collection.  Both can be found on our Mygateway page (the home of our online resources) and can be accessed either at home or in the library.

Firstly, Drama Online is a one stop shop for anyone with an interest in drama.   This award winning database features over 1,200 classic and contemporary play texts, including the complete works of Shakespeare. Background to the plays are provided through critical scholarly works, theory and practical “how to” guides. There is also streaming video of live performances from Shakespeare’s Globe and professional audio recordings from L.A. Theatre Works. You can search for and sort plays and monologues using cast size, gender, roles, genre, period, author, setting and theme filters.

Feedback from the talented thespians on staff is that it should have real appeal to students, drama teachers and those involved in community theatre.  Dive straight in and have a play (haha) or check out this overview below.

The second online tool is from Bridget Williams, the BWB Text Collection.  Bridget Williams Books is a well-known local publisher of New Zealand print books and recently they have also developed an ebook platform. We previously purchased the BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection and have now added the Texts Collection to our offerings.

The BWB Texts Collection brings together a diverse group of short ebooks on the big issues facing New Zealand by some of the country’s best writers and commentators. Topics covered include: the housing crisis, climate change, child poverty, inequality, the 1981 Springbox tour and public health.

One of the big positives for us all is that they are so easy to use – titles are meant to be read in the web browser, and this can be any web browser on any device.  There’s no downloading involved, just click on the title and read!   And the number of users are unlimited.

Need Audio equipment for a gig, or want to record music at home?

Libraries are no longer just places to get books. Need a PA system for a party, a speaking engagement, or a wedding? Playing a live or studio gig? Need to do some recording in the field, or hook up some gear to your laptop and make a new album at home? The new Library Music Equipment collection has what you need. We love Wellington music at Wellington City Libraries and we are here to help you make it.

We have five new Music Kits for people to borrow as part of our new Equipment Lending Service:


AudioBox KIT:
• 1x Rode NT1-A Microphone
• 1x SM6 Shock mount & pop filter
• 1x Dust Cover
• 1x Rode 6m XLR cable
• 1x Presonus Audiobox iTwo
• 1x USB cable
$30 for 4 days/Overdue charge: $10 per day
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Playstation trial at the library

Exciting news for fans of gaming! We are trialing some Playstation gaming at these libraries – Karori, Johnsonville, Cummings Park, Miramar and Kilbirnie. Some of the reasons we chose to try this at Wellington City Libraries include:

  • Play of all types is critical to the learning and development of children.
  • In moderation, gaming has been associated with higher intelligence, doing well at school and getting on well with peers.
  • Gaming encourages problem solving, strategic thinking, and creativity. As a shared experience, it encourages collaboration, community building and communication.
  • There is scientific evidence that gaming can physically increase parts of the brain related to memory, spatial navigation, and fine motor function.
  • It can also improve eyesight for the visually impaired, and improve a person’s sense of wellbeing.
  • We believe games can attract non-readers into the library and enable us to expose them to a reading culture and promote related library services.
  • Cost is a barrier to aspects of digital media literacy for some. Libraries can remove this barrier and foster community inclusiveness.
  • Most games involve elaborate storytelling and tie-in with other items held at the library. Read the book, watch the movie, listen to the CD and play the game!
  • Gaming adds a strand to existing library creative learning resources such as board games, puzzles, Lego and library makerspaces.
  • The NZ Physical Activity Guidelines (Ministry of Health) suggest up to 2hrs per day of recreational screen time is acceptable (in addition to school screen time) for children.
  • Other New Zealand libraries have been successfully running Playstation gaming sessions for over 10 years.

Parents are welcome to play with their children. Parental permission and supervision is required for children. Noise control is managed by the use of headsets.

We are offering it for a few hours per week only – not all the time, so please check with your nearest participating library as to which games they have available and when games can be played.

Naxos Music Library outage

Unfortunately, due to reasons beyond our control, access to Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz is currently unavailable.

We expect to have access restored very soon, and apologise to all our customers for this outage. In the meantime, Alexander Music Online is another music database we provide access to, that is still up and running.

Access to Naxos Video Library is unaffected.

Again, we are very sorry for this outage — and we hope to have the situation resolved soon. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Treaty talks at Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui in April/May

Wellington Treaty Network has joined with Wellington City Libraries in 2017 to host three events in April and May to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti in Wellington Harbour, 1840.

We thank Robyn Kahukiwa for her kind permission to use her image created for the Haeata Collective exhibition at the City Gallery, 1990

We thank Robyn Kahukiwa for her kind permission to use her  image created for the Haeata Collective exhibition at the City Gallery, 1990.

The programme will be:

Rangtiratanga in reverse : the Government’s review of Te Ture Whenua Māori by Liz Mellish and Morrie Love

Friday 28 April, 12.30-1.15pm
Children’s and Young Adults’ area, Ground Floor, Central Library

Liz Mellish is chair of Palmerston North  Māori Reserve Trust, and Morrie Love is chair of the Wellington Tenths Trust.

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill [update], is in its final step, due to become an act at the end of this month. We are pleased to host Liz Mellish, Federation of Māori Authorities representative on an advisory committee for the establishment of  the Māori Land Service,  and Morrie Love, who will attempt to guide us through the complex issues surrounding the  Te Ture Whenua Bill/Act.

Changing the narrative, the story of Māori law and Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlement, with Carwyn Jones

Friday 5 May,  12.30-1.15pm
Children’s and Young Adults’ area, Ground Floor, Central Library

Carwyn Jones, of Ngāti Kahungunu and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki iwi,  is a senior law lecturer at Victoria University. His area of expertise is Te Tiriti O Waitangi, Māori Customary Law and Māori Land Use. We look forward to an opportunity to learn of the latest developments  on the claims and settlement processes.

Here is a link to Carwyn’s book, published recently in 2016:

Vic Uni Book CoverNew treaty, new tradition : reconciling New Zealand and Māori law / Carwyn Jones.
“While Indigenous peoples face the challenges of self-determination in a postcolonial world, New Treaty, New Tradition provides a timely look at how the resolution of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims continues to shape the culture of all who are involved – Maori and government alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Te Tiriti in schools and the community  :  new resources to support engagement with the Treaty ; a talk by Tamsin Hanly and Jen Margaret

Friday 12 May, 12.30-1.15pm
Children’s and Young Adults’ area, Ground Floor, Central Library

Jen Margaret is an author and a very respected and committed presenter of Treaty workshops, and workshops for organisational change.

Here is a link to her book Working as Allies: supporters of indigenous justice reflect on the Library Catalogue.

Tamsin Hanly will shortly launch her latest publication in the field of New Zealand education, and her colourful website includes: A Critical guide to Māori and Pākehā histories of Aotearoa New Zealand

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Enter our Pinterest photo competition!

Where do you read in Wellington?

From 31 March to 26 April share photos of you reading in a recognisable place in Wellington for a chance to win an Instax camera (1st place) or a $50 Typo gift voucher (2nd place).

Use the hashtag #WCLreads on your Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter and the best photos will be pinned on our Pinterest board.

 

Terms & conditions apply:

  • This competition is open to all Wellington City Libraries members age 14 and up.
  • You may enter as many times as you like.
  • Entries will be accepted from 31st March 2017 until 26th April 2017.
  • Only entries received on or between these dates will be considered.
  • Entries must clearly show both a book (or portion of a cover, or inside pages) and a recognisable location in Wellington to be eligible.
  • Winners will be selected and notified by 3rd May 2017.
  • Wellington City Libraries will make reasonable attempts to contact the winner. Another winner will be drawn if contact cannot be made.
  • Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winning prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or similar, or another prize.
  • Entry gives permission to Wellington City Libraries to display submissions in the libraries or on library webpages and social media. No payment will be made in any such case.
  • Your contact information will be kept confidential by Wellington City Council and not disclosed or sold to any other party.

New additions to our Zinio eMagazines

Every year we renew our Zinio subscriptions.  And every year we take this as an opportunity to look at the magazines you’re reading, what’s popular and what’s not. It’s that time of year now!  As a result, we’ve made some changes to the titles you’ll find in Zinio.

Luckily for us there were heaps of new magazines to choose from this year.  Some of the new magazines you’ll now find in Zinio are:
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly | The Listener | Architectural Digest | Elle UK | Vogue UK | BBC Music | Mojo | New Philosopher | North & South | Attitude | Spoke | Wheels | Your house and garden.

There are a few titles we decided to switch to a different version in Zinio – for example we’ll now be getting the US edition of New Scientist and the NZ version of Australian Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Day. Also, there will be more copies of our most popular magazine The Economist!

There are also some magazines we’ve discontinued and you’ll no longer find in Zinio – some we chose to stop due to low usage and some have been removed by the publishers, which is beyond our control.  Fortunately a handful of ceased magazines can now be found in PressReader (our other online eMagazine resource): you’ll find CuisineNZ House and Garden, NZ Life and LeisureNZ Gardener and Forbes there now, all you need are your library card details to read them.

Alternatively, take a look about in Zinio as there are plenty of titles to choose from and hopefully something for everyone.

If you haven’t used Zinio before now would be a great time to start.  Zinio allows you to read the latest magazines (some sooner than we get the actual magazine!) as it appears in print, for free of charge, either in the browser on your PC or downloaded to a tablet or mobile device.  All you need is a library card!  You can find Zinio in our eLibrary or through Mygateway.info, where you’ll also find instructions for getting started and some useful FAQs.  Or pop in to your local library for a demo or to ask staff for assistance.

 

Magazines are free to borrow in March


All magazines except Bestsellers will be free to borrow in March. This includes adults and children’s magazines from both Central and the branch libraries.

This only applies to the standard issue fee, and not to other related fees such as out-of-towner, reserves or overdues.

So come on in and try some extra titles from our extensive range in cooking, sport, social comment, current affairs, DIY/home, arts and crafts, fashion, hobbies, and entertainment.


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