The 12 Storytimes of Christmas

It’s that time of year where it’s great to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas fever and find some time to spend with your family. And where better to do that than at Wellington City Libraries, listening to stories and songs for the Christmas and festive season. So bring the kids down for a wonderful evening and get lost in the magical world of stories.

Island Bay Library: 7th December, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 7th December, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 11th December, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Central Library: 16th December, 2pm

Miramar Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

CPK Ngaio Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb Kilbirnie Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

Big Book Bash: Children and Youth Literary Festival

Fancy escaping from Wellington for the day? Then bring the family, head over the hills to Carterton in the Wairarapa and join in the fun at the BIG BOOK BASH on Saturday 2nd December. The Big Book Bash has something for everyone, with fun activities, readings, storytelling, workshops, book sales and signings, performances and more. Some of highlights include zine making with Murtle Chickpea, paper bag dogs with Fifi Colston, creative writing workshop with Mandy Hagar, Rainbow Storytimes with LaQuisha St Redfern and Pamela Hancock, author talks and readings with Juliette McIver, Paul Beavis, Allan Bagnall, Ali Foster, Anne Manchester, Mary MaCallum and so much more. With over 30+ events on offer and some amazing authors and illustrators to inspire and delight you this will be a day to be remembered and the best bit, it’s all FREE!

While you’re there perusing the offerings keep an eye out for the Wellington City Libraries’ stand where we will be running a Scavenger Hunt with a bag full of books for the prize!

What: Big Book Bash

Where: Carterton Events Centre, Carterton District Library and Carterton Community Courthouse

When: Saturday 2nd December, 11am – 6pm

Come write in @ WCL for #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an international event where novelists from around the world pledge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Anyone can take part, and you can write anything you want (it doesn’t even have to be a novel).

To help support all of our budding NaNoWriMo writers across the city, Wellington Central Library will be available as a ‘Come Write In’ venue and have special places reserved just for you to come into to the library, get together, get writing and smash that word count!

To really help kick things off with a bang, on the first Saturday of November (Nov 4th),  come along to the Central Library for ‘Let’s Get Writing – NaNoWriMo 2017′!

This event will be hosted by your Wellington Municipal Liaisons in the Mezzanine Room of the Central Library (upstairs on the same level as Clark’s Cafe) between 1-4pm.

So come along to get a massive head-start on your novel, meet some fellow writers, get some free stickers, and make it to 50,000 words!

So what about the rest of November?

After that first write-a-thon, NaNoWriMo writers can convene on the 1st floor of the Central Library every Saturday & Sunday in November between 1-4pm, where the computer books area (at the north end of the floor) will be reserved especially for you!

To help you organize you’re writing schedule, we’ve put together the handy table below:

Date Time Central Library Location
Saturday 4 Nov 1-4pm Mezzanine Room
Sunday 5 Nov 1-4pm 1st Floor – Computer Books Area
Saturday 11 Nov 1-4pm 1st Floor – Computer Books Area
Sunday 12 Nov 1-4pm 1st Floor – Computer Books Area
Saturday 18 Nov 1-4pm 1st Floor – Computer Books Area
Sunday 19 Nov 1-4pm 1st Floor – Computer Books Area
Saturday 25 Nov 1-4pm 1st Floor – Computer Books Area
Sunday 26 Nov 1-4pm 1st Floor – Computer Books Area

You will need to be registered at www.nanowrimo.org and have Wellington set as your Home Region to take part in NaNoWriMo. If you have any questions about the event you can post them in the Wellington Regional forum too.

Stay tuned for a special blog post with librarians’ resource recommendations, and happy writing!

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LitCrawl: True Stories Told Live at Central library

That’s right! It’s LitCrawl time again and that means it’s time to get excited because this year is going to be on a whole different level!

With the addition of LitCrawl Extended and events running across the whole weekend, starting on Friday 10th November all the way through to Sunday the 12th, it’s time to come into the library, grab your programme and start planning your crawl.

We will be hosting True Stories Told Live as part of LitCrawl Phase 1, starting at 6pm at the Central Library on Saturday November 11th.

This years theme is ‘Quiet Revolutions’. Totally unscripted, no power points or cue cards, just storytelling in its rawest form!

Featuring Makerita Urale, Witi Ihimaera, Hēmi Kelly, Renèe, Lucy Revill, Rajorshi Chakraborti and Eamonn Marra it’s going to be an unmissable event!

To help everyone get excited and pumped for their crawl, we’ve asked our librarians to share their recommendations. Just like True Stories Told Live, we just asked for everyone’s picks, no theme, no time, no parameters just Librarian’s choices, straight from the heart!

Syndetics book coverLinda’s Pick: Tess / Kirsten McDougall.
“In the silence she could hear the oncoming hum, like a large flock approaching. She didn’t want to hear his story; she’d had enough of them. Tess is on the run when she’s picked up from the side of the road by lonely middle-aged father Lewis Rose. With reluctance, she’s drawn into his family troubles and comes to know a life she never had. Set in Masterton at the turn of the millennium, Tess is a gothic love story about the ties that bind and tear a family apart.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJamie’s Pick: Crisis four : a Nick Stone thriller / Andy McNab.
“Ex-SAS trooper Nick Stone is clever, ruthless and very effective, it is no surprise that he is hired by British Intelligence. Sarah Greenwood is beautiful, intelligent and cunning, and the only woman Stone has ever truly opened up to. But now he has been ordered to hunt her down. Hotly pursued through the American wilderness, Stone finds himself at the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse and must get to the heart of a terrifying conspiracy theory to which only Sarah holds the key.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrith’s Pick: Iceland / Dominic Hoey.
“Aspiring musician Zlata meets graffiti artist and part-time drug dealer Hamish at a party. Together, they start to get their lives on track Zlata gets her record deal and album tour, and Hamish gets an exhibition of his art in Auckland, then in Tokyo. Then one of their group of friends kills someone, and everything starts to unravel as they deal (or not) with the aftermath” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTim’s Pick: Leave before you go / Emily Perkins.
No New Zealand novel better captures the sad ambience of finding yourself a little older than you feel ready for and also you’ve just locked yourself out of your flat again. In a good way.
“A generation’s dilemma: should we find real jobs & relationships & houses, or shall we sit here, watch TV & maybe think about going out later? Leave Before You Go is a witty novel from last year’s winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReece’s Pick: The crossing / by Cormac McCarthy.
“In The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time give us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegaic power of a lost American myth.  An essential novel by any measure, this is a luminous and appalling book that touches, stops, and starts the heart and mind at once.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJess’ Pick: Daughter of the forest / Juliet Marillier.
“A tale of history and heritage, myth and magic, legend and love. Lord Colum of Sevenwaters is blessed with seven children, but it is Sorcha, the youngest and only daughter, who is destined to defend her family and protect their land. The only one who escapes the cruel influence of her father’s new wife, exiled and cast out into the forest and the terrifying world beyond, Sorcha falls into the hands of the feared enemy. Now she is torn between a life she has always known and a love that only comes once.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverZuhara’s Pick: Gone with the wind / by Margaret Mitchell.
“Often remembered for the epic film, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPaul’s Pick: The unthinkable thoughts of Jacob Green : a novel / by Joshua Braff.
“It’s 1977, housewarming, Annie Hall and bar mitzvah parties punctuate Jacob Green’s childhood and require command performances by all the Green family members. Jacob doesn’t mean to disappoint his father, but he can’t help thinking the most unthinkable (and very funny) thoughts about public-school humiliation, Hebrew-school disinclination, and in-home sex education (with the live-in nanny!). This self-assured, comic, yet piercing first novel deftly captures the struggle of an imperfect boy trying to become a suitable son.” ( Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeth’s Pick: The English patient / Michael Ondaatje.
“Set during the end of World War II, this novel explores the lives of four very disparate people who find themselves holed up together in a ruined villa north of Florence as the war retreats around them. Michael Ondaatje is the author of Running in the Family and In the Skin of a Lion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLigia’s Pick: The book of disquiet / Fernando Pessoa ; edited by Jerónimo Pizarro; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa.
“An “autobiography” or “diary” containing exquisite melancholy observations, aphorisms, and ruminations, this classic work grapples with all the eternal questions. Now, for the first time the texts are presented chronologically, in a complete English edition by master translator Margaret Jull Costa.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSela’s Pick: The bronze horseman / Paullina Simons.
“The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the family apart and expose Alexander’s dangerous secret, a secret as devastating as the war itself.” (Syndetics summary)

 

Litcrawl 2017

Seniors’ Week: what’s happening at Wellington Central Library

Celebrate Seniors’ Week with activities, entertainment and practical knowledge at Wellington Central library.

Tuesday, 17/10 – 2 – 3pm
Join us from 2 – 3pm for a presentation on Preserving Your Past
at Wellington Central library – 1st Floor.
Explore ways to look after your family treasures. From photographs and postcards to books, old letters and family records you can find ways to preserve those items that you cherish for future generations. Take care for the stuff you love with information and tips presented and discussed by Gabor Toth, the local history specialist at Wellington City Libraries.
Tea, coffee, sweets and sandwiches will be served.
Bookings essential – please phone 04 801 4074 to secure your place!

Thursday, 19/10 at 6pm
Come along to a Classic Movie Night at Wellington Central library’s ground floor.
Book a night out at the movies, complemented with popcorn and refreshments. Watch a favourite cinema classic and share great moments with your friends. All that and more during the movie night at Wellington Central Library!
Bookings essential – please phone 04 801 4074 to book a seat.

Saturday, 21/10 at 10am – 4pm
Join us from 10am – 4pm for a day of fun, fellowship and crafting at the Seniors’ knit-a-thon held at Wellington Central library on the 1st floor. You can knit for one of Crafty Volunteers charities or work on your own project. Take the opportunity to learn how to knit or crochet with instructions from our Crafty Volunteers, who will be happy to teach you. You can also contribute by making peggy square blankets to be donated to the Women’s Refuge and the Night Shelter. Lots of spare yarn, needles and patterns will be available and tea, coffee, sweets and sandwiches will be served.
Bookings essential – please phone 04 801 4074 to book a seat.

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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Mahi Moa has landed at Wellington City Libraries!

Wondering how a Moa could land in a library? Welcome to the world of augmented reality!

Wellington City Libraries and Kāpiti Libraries have partnered with local tech startup ScimitAR who have developed a fun, interactive Augmented Reality ScavengAR Hunt for kids.

It will take place in the second week of the October school holidays at libraries in Wellington and on the Kāpiti Coast.

Being able to give kids the opportunity to be part of the new technological world we live in is an important part of what we like to offer in libraries today, and the ScavengAR Hunt will also allow kids to explore our non-fiction area of the children’s collection.

Augmented Reality layers a computer generated image on top of the real world environment – in this case, a range of interactive activities which come to life around you. All you need is an Android device to join in the ScavengAR Hunt. Haven’t got one? We will provide devices that can be used so no one will miss out on the fun!

So, bring the kids/grandkids down to the libraries, look for the “Kia Ora” sign, ask a librarian for the instructions and away you go into another realm! And just in case you were wondering about Mahi the Moa…. you’ll just have to start hunting (in the nicest possible way!)

Where: Wellington City and Kāpiti Libraries

When: 9th to 14th October

Time: During library opening hours

Join us for the launch of Homeless: Poems by John Howell

It is with much pleasure that Wellington City Libraries will be hosting the launch of Homeless, poems by John Howell on Tuesday 10th October at 5pm in the Central Library, Victoria Street. John is graciously donating all profits from the sales of this publication to Te Hāpai, DCM.
The Nota Bene choir and musicians from the DCM will be performing.
Homeless has been published by Mākaro Press and can be borrowed from Wellington City Libraries, or purchased online at www.makaropress.co.nz or by email from makaropress@gmail.com.

An interview with John and more information about the event can be read via the Dominion Post online. We do hope you can join us for this exciting event.

Homeless book launch

Haven’t a clue what to do these school holidays?

The answer to that question is bring them down to the library! Mystery, Mayhem and Madness abound these school holidays with a detective adventure whodunit that has had the librarians baffled. With clues galore there is loads of fun to be had at your local library!
So grab the deerstalker (don’t forget the kids) and have a few blissful moment of quiet, while they cause the mayhem in their hunt for clues. The best news of all, it will be at a library near you!

Dates for School Holiday Detective Adventure:
Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 4 October, 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie Library): Thursday 5 October, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 5 October, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 6 October, 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 11 October, 10.30am
Central Library: Thursday 12 October, 11am
Karori Library: Thursday 12 October, 2pm
Khandallah Library: Friday 13 October, 11am

These free events are for children aged 6+