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+

Election Day Voting

Saturday 23 September is election day – and if you’re coming to Central Library to pick up your weekend reading, listening or viewing you can vote at the same time!
The polling booth in the Mezzanine Room closes at 7pm – Central Library closes at 5pm. If you’re not coming to Central today, there are many other polling booths around Wellington, visit the Electoral Commission website for details.

Image from elections.org.nz

Ballot box

Cast your vote at the library from 11th-22nd September

The New Zealand General Election is happening on Saturday 23 September – but you don’t need to wait until then to cast your vote. If you want to vote before election day, for any reason, you can. And if you haven’t enrolled yet, you can do that right up until Friday 22 September, and cast your vote at the same time.

From Monday 11 September, the following libraries have advance voting booths:

  • Central Library (Mezzanine Room)
  • Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library
  • Newtown Library
  • Miramar Library
  • Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library
  • Wadestown Library

These Wellington City Council-run community centres have advance voting:

  • Newlands Community Centre
  • Tawa Community Centre

Please visit the elections.org.nz website to check the hours that advanced voting operates, or to find out more information about this year’s general election.

Image from elections.org.nz

Ballot box

Law for Lunch: Enduring Powers of Attorney

Wondering if you need an Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPOA’)?
Want to know what it does?

Come along at noon this Wednesday to a talk at the Johnsonville library to hear Julie and Graeme Withers of Withers Law and Sheila Reed from Age Concern discussing why having an ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’ is important, how to get one, and various ways to avoid any pitfalls.

All welcome, refreshments will be offered.

Law for Lunch: Money matters

National Poetry Day Celebrations this Friday

Syndetics book coverWellington City Libraries are pleased to be hosting Makaro Press poets celebrating National Poetry Day, this Friday 25th August at 1.00pm on the Ground floor of the Central Library.

Join us for this exciting event where 12 Wellington authors and poets will read from their work. Poets include: • Mary Cresswell • Lindsay Pope • Janis Freegard • Tim Jones • Harvey Molloy • Maggie Rainey-Smith • Keith Westwater • Pete Carter • Peter Stuart • Robyn Cooper • Helen Rickerby • Julie Hanify • Peter Rawnsley • Robin Peace • John Howell.

National Poetry Day is also being celebrated at Cummings Park Library, Ngaio with these two events:
Write and see: write poems responding to photos taken in our community, and see what others have written. Monday 14 – Monday 28 August.

Hear and read: on Friday 25th August, 7.30-9.30pm, come and hear poems by writers with connections to Ngaio and Crofton Downs, with Kerry Popplewell, Kate Spencer, John Howell, Janis Freegard, Carmen Downes and more. There will be an open mic and light refreshments.

More information on this annual event can be found at poetryday.co.nz