“I felt safe to give it a go!” Join our free te reo Māori taster sessions

“Easy pace, fun, and well explained”

“Friendly and supportive”

“Very well led and planned”

“The repetition is great, I suddenly realised I really knew the words!”

This is just some of the wonderful feedback we have received about He Timotimo, our FREE te reo Māori taster sessions for absolute beginners.

If Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week, has inspired you to improve your pronunciation and learn some phrases then He Timotimo is for you!

These classes introduce a new topic each week as a taster, ‘he timotimo’, to get you started learning te reo Māori. The sessions are fun and you are supported as you learn the basics with our specially designed programme developed by Neavin Broughton and taught in association with Te Reihine Roberts-Thompson.

The classes are informal and you do not need textbooks or other materials, you might just want to bring a notebook and pen to take some notes.

Our final six classes for 2019 start this Thursday, 12 September, at a new venue in the CBD:
Te Ataarangi Reo Hub – Te Tinana, Tadix House Level 1, 3 Blair Street, Wellington.

Classes are every Thursday for one hour and start at 5.15pm. Hot drinks and biscuits are available from 5:00pm.

Register for one or all of our final six stand alone sessions

Book online

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Each session needs to be booked separately.

If you have any questions please contact us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

Since 1975 New Zealand has celebrated Māori Language Week and each year it has become more and more of a major fixture with many events held over the week.  The week which runs from Monday 9th – Sunday 15th September provides a chance to promote positive experiences and to gain a new awareness of the Māori language, and for those that speak the language an opportunity to use it and share it with others.  The theme chosen for 2019 is again ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.  ‘Kia Kaha’ is often used and understood by many in New Zealand as meaning ‘be strong’.  So ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ means  – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.

Kōhunga Kōrero at Arapaki Manners – Māori language storytime

Come along to our new city library branch ‘Arapaki Manners’ for storytime in te reo Māori and get ready for the start of Māori Language Week.  It’s exciting to again be able to offer a children’s storytime in the CBD and there will be lots of waiata and stories.

 

 

What: Kōhunga Kōrero – Māori Language Storytime
When: Saturday 7th September 10:00 – 10:30 am
Where: Arapaki Manners Library, 12 Manners Street
Who: A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers and primary aged children

 

 

Māori Language Pre-school Storytimes and Baby Rock & Rhyme

We are also going to run some of our regular preschool storytimes and  Baby Rock & Rhyme in te reo Māori during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.  These are enjoyable no matter what level of te reo Māori you have.   The free, weekly interactive sessions are a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and spend quality ‘one-on-one’ time with your child and have fun with te reo Māori.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Māori as the presenters make it fun for everyone. Pre-school storytimes are fun and free – there’s no charge, and you don’t have to book.  

What: Kōhunga Kōrero – Māori Language Storytime
When: Monday 9th September 10:30 – 11:00 am
Where: Karori Library, 247 Karori Road
Who: A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers

What: Baby Rock n Rhyme  in te reo Māori
When: Tuesday 10th 9:30 – 10:00 am
Where: Island Bay Library, 167 The Parade
Who: for parents and carers to interact with their babies through rhymes, finger-plays, and stories

What: Preschool Storytime – in te reo Māori
When: Wednesday 10th 10:30 – 11:00 am
Where: Kilbirnie Library, 101 Kilbirnie Cres
Who:  A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers 

After Māori Language Week

Once Māori Language Week is over you can still attend Māori language storytimes.  Monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are available at Miramar, Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori libraries. Open to anyone, these free thirty-minute sessions feature stories, rhymes, and waiata in te reo Māori, and are perfect for 2-6 year olds and their caregivers

Kōhunga Kōrero: Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori. E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori mō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki.

1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Omāroro (Newtown) Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown

2nd Monday of each month at 10.30am
Te Māhanga (Karori) Library
247 Karori Road, Karori

3rd Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library
5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

4th Tuesday of each month at 2 pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates.

Chinese Language Week 2019

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 below:

1. Traditional Chinese music and dance

Experience a snapshot of Chinese culture and history through artistically presented dance, music, songs, martial arts, and calligraphy performances.  A beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary elements, and a fuse of western and eastern cultures.  A wonderful show all will enjoy!
Brought to you by the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, New Zealand Chinese Culture & Arts Association and Wellington City Libraries.

11:00am -12:00pm  Saturday 28 September

Massey University Theatrette, entrance E from Tasman Street
(The seats are limited so you are encouraged to reserve a seat to avoid disappointment. There are also limited number of free parking inside Massey University.)

2. Dance and music performance

Cleverly designed choreography that combines contemporary and traditional dance and music, while showcasing the Chinese culture and language. Enjoy the show!

Brought to you by Wellington Chinese Language School and Wellington City Libraries.

12:00-1:00pm Saturday 28 September

Massey University Theatrette, entrance E from Tasman Street
(The seats are limited so you are encouraged to reserve a seat to avoid disappointment. There are also limited number of free parking inside Massey University)

3. Dress up and take photos

After the first performance, there is a chance to dress up and take a photo while trying on the Chinese costumes. And you will also have the chance to take a photo with the performers.

Brought to you by the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, New Zealand Chinese Culture & Arts Association  and Wellington City Libraries.

1:00pm -1:30pm  Saturday 28 September

Massey University Theatrette, entrance E from Tasman Street

 

4.Moving between tongues – translating Chinese poetry into English

Yujing Liang and Chris Tse discuss translating Chinese poetry into English and how this can lead to the creation of new meanings. Both writers include English and Chinese Language in their own work and they will discuss this process.

12:10pm -1:00pm Tuesday 24 September
Te Ahuimairangi (Ground floor), National Library

5. Teaching and learning Chinese in New Zealand Schools

Three Mandarin Language Assistants (Confucius Institute) and three secondary school students who are currently studying Chinese will participate in a panel discusion. They will discuss their language learning experiences, hopes and motives.

12:10pm -1:00pm Wednesday 25 September
Te Ahuimairangi (Ground floor), National Library

6. Chinese knot tying workshop

Wai Ching Chan will lead participants so that they can learn Chinese knotting techniques. She will develop discussions with explore the knots as symbols for connection and we will be invited to consider what this means for tauiwi co-existing with multi-cultural communities.

12:10pm -1:00pm Thursday 26 September
Public programmes Room, Te Ahumairangi, National Library

 7. Read Chinese magazines on DragonSource

Read Sanlian weekly, Readers and thousands of Chinese magazines online 24/7 with DragonSource !

 

 

8. Learn to speak Chinese

Learn Chinese with Wellington City Libraries’ eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as Mango Languages . If you are keen to share your learning, participate in New Zealand Chinese Language Week’s 5 Days 5 Phrases challenge. You can find out more information by visiting the official website.

 

New Wellington library space named

The new central city library service being developed in the National Library has been given the name He Matapihi Molesworth Library.

The announcement brings Wellingtonians a step closer to enjoying the new cooperative space on the ground floor of the National Library, which is expected to open later this year. The space is being developed in partnership with Wellington City Council.

He Matapihi means ‘a window’, and the name was put forward by Mana Whenua.

National Librarian Bill Macnaught says the name is well-suited for the space. “A window has a view and a connection between spaces. The name highlights the important relationships between He Matapihi Molesworth’s Aotearoa collection, a new shared area, and the National Library’s He Tohu exhibition and collections. People need to continue to have access to the knowledge that both our libraries contain. School visits to He Tohu will be among those to benefit from the new shared space.”

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says it’s been a great opportunity to work in partnership with the National Library on the development. He says the new space will complement National Library’s collections and gives Wellingtonians access to the new library’s Aotearoa and Māori collection of over 5000 books. “He Matapihi Molesworth will be a welcome addition to Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre which opened earlier this year, and will also give library users another service at the other end of the central city area.”

The new library’s collection, which can be borrowed by members, will range over topics such as Māori and Māori local history, NZ fiction, biography, books in Te Reo, art and architecture, natural history, and general history and social comment. It also offers a children’s section, magazines, access to digital content, free WiFi, public PCs, printing and seating spaces.

Dedicated staff from Wellington City Libraries will provide the new service, answer questions and join up new members.

 

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.) 

Online movie streaming has arrived at Wellington City Libraries

Two streaming platforms — Kanopy and Beamafilm — are now available for you to watch a huge selection of indie and world movies, film festival favourites, award-winning documentaries, classic cinema and kids movies!

On our website, you can access both of these streaming platforms from our eLibrary homepage.

You’ll find some introductory information below, but if you’d like to compare the two services and find out more, we’ve created this handy comparison chart — see how both Kanopy and Beamafilm work and what features they offer. (Plus, both the Kanopy and Beamafilm websites have comprehensive help pages if you need more information.)

About Kanopy

Access Kanopy

What is Kanopy? What kind of movies does it have?

Kanopy is a streaming platform that focuses on thoughtful entertainment, including some of the world’s best cinema.  They offer over 30,000 movies, with new titles added every month.

It will also give you access to Kanopy Kids, for kids’ content, and The Great Courses collection for lectures from top scholars around the world.

Who can access it?

It’s available to Wellington City adult residents, ratepayers and workers — access it with your library membership. Not a member? Find about more about joining.

How many movies can I watch?

You’ll get 6 movie credits per month, which means you’ll be able to watch 6 movies for free, and those credits will reset at the beginning of each month.

(Every movie you start watching with Kanopy counts against your play credits, with the exception of Kanopy Kids content and The Great Courses collection.)

How do I use it?

To watch movies:

  • Visit either wcl.kanopy.com, or go through our eLibrary homepage and choose ‘Kanopy’
  • Create a Kanopy account — you’ll be prompted to select your library (Wellington City Libraries), and confirm your library card details (your PIN/password for your library card is your last name) – then away you go!

Films can be streamed from any internet connected device including computers, phones or tablets and on TV’s via Chromecast, AppleTV or HDMI.  There’s also an app for Android and IOS devices.

Beamafilm

Access Beamafilm

What is Beamafilm? What kind of films does it have?

Beamafilm is a streaming platform that has a curated collection of international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus.  They have over 500 movies to choose from and new titles are added regularly.

Who can access it?

It’s available to anyone who holds a Wellington City Libraries’ adult membership card (any adult membership card type). Just login using your library card details, then create a Beamafilm account to start watching movies.

Not a member? Find about more about joining

How many movies can I watch?

Unlimited! There are no monthly limits on how many films you can watch.

How do I access it?

Unlike Kanopy, with Beamafilm you’ll need to authenticate that you’re a Wellington City Libraries borrower every time you access the site:

  • Visit our eLibrary home page and click on Beamafilm, or visit wellingtoncitylibraries.beamafilm.com. Enter your library card details
  • Once you’ve authenticated, you’ll be able to either set up your Beamafilm account or log in to your existing Beamafilm account and start watching

Please note, using your Google or Facebook account to log in is currently not available as an option — we’re working on this.

Films can also be streamed from any internet connected device including computers, phones or tablets and on TV’s via Chromecast, AppleTV or HDMI.

Returning your Central Library items

library updateAt the end of April we alerted customers that items loaned from the Central Library had their due dates extended to 19 June. If you have items borrowed from the Central Library, please make sure you return them to any of our 12 libraries so that other library members can enjoy our collections. There are still no fees applicable if you return your items to a branch other than the library you borrowed them from.

Overdue fees will apply if items are not returned or renewed by the due date. We have been sending out courtesy reminders to customers who have items due on that date. If you don’t already receive courtesy reminders, please make sure that your contact details are up to date by emailing us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz or talking to library staff.

New co-operative space to open at National Library

A partnership between the National Library and Wellington City Council to develop library services was announced today by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.

The Minister says since Wellington’s Central Library was closed, the National Library has been working with the Council to look at creative ways to deliver complementary services.

“Both share the goal of making sure people have access to knowledge. It’s great there’s going to be a new co-operative space, where some of Wellington’s Central Library services and collection can complement National Library’s open access research collections,” says Minister Martin.

National Librarian Bill Macnaught says the new space will be adjacent to the popular He Tohu exhibition. “National Library school group visitors will be able to use the new ‘bleachers’ mini theatre area for visits to He Tohu.

Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, says Wellingtonians are missing the Central Library and this is one way this special collaboration can enhance library services to customers. “We’re really excited to work together with the National Library for the benefit of Wellingtonians and all New Zealanders. The partnership with the National Library will form a part of the Capital’s replacement library services network,” says Justin Lester.

The new co-operative space is expected to be open in September offering customers a small collection of books and magazines to browse and borrow, access to digital content, free WiFi, and public PCs. A librarian will be on hand to answer questions and join up new members.

Questions and answers for the National Library & WCC Partnership

When will the partnership space open?
It will take some time to fit out and set up the space, but we aim to have it open in September.

How long will the partnership space be open?
This depends on the Council’s eventual decision about the future of the Central Library building and the National Library’s future use plans for the site. It could be several years before we have a Central Library again.  Our initial partnership agreement is until the end of 2021, at which time both parties will review and agree any changes.

What can I borrow from this library?
We expect around 7,000 items will be available to browse and borrow. Items will have a New Zealand focus and complement the National Library’s existing collection.

What else can I do there?
Get access to digital content, free WiFi, and public PCs with scanning and printing facilities. A librarian will be on hand to answer questions and join up new members.

How many library staff will work there?
Up to 5 Wellington City Libraries’ staff will be based at the partnership space.

When will other pop-up libraries open?
Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre is set to open on Tuesday 28 May.  Details about other library sites in the CBD network will be available in the coming weeks.

What’s happening with the Central Library building?
At this stage we are awaiting further engineering advice on what the options are for addressing the structural issues with the building.  It is likely there will be a range of options for how we approach this and we don’t know yet if this will include any kind of upgrading or redevelopment beyond the required remedial work.

He Timotimo: Free Te Reo Māori Taster Sessions

Nau mai, haere mai to ‘He Timotimo’, Wellington City Libraries’ new te reo Māori taster sessions!

We know it can be scary to start learning a new language and that te reo Māori classes fill up quickly in Wellington so we are pleased to announce that we have free, friendly classes on Thursday evenings that are available for bookings now.

Book online

These are introductory classes for beginners and will have a new topic each week as a taster, he timotimo, to get you started. The sessions will be fun and you will be supported as you learn the basics with our specially designed programme developed by Neavin Broughton and taught in association with Te Reihine Roberts-Thompson.

When?

Thursdays 5.15pm – 6.15pm.    You are welcome to come for a hot drink and biscuit from 5pm onwards.

Where?

Committee Room Two, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street. Our friendly staff at the Reception Desk will be able to point you in the right direction.

What?

These taster sessions are suitable for absolute beginners and we are now taking bookings for the second six week block of classes. Each class will feature a new topic. Bookings will be essential for each date as numbers are limited. As each week is booked separately you don’t need to worry if you have to miss a week.

The classes are informal and you will not need textbooks or other materials, you might just want to bring a notebook and pen to take some notes.

How to Book?

Book online for each session. If you have any questions please Contact Us.