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 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.
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:
If your New Year’s resolution is to try out more digital services or borrow an eBook, read on!
Adult customers are now able to borrow iPad minis for 3 weeks from the Second Floor desk at the Central Library. These are for customers who would like to become more familiar with the library’s eResources such as free eBooks (Overdrive), newspapers (PressReader), magazines (Zinio for libraries), and other online resources.
Loans are $5, and community card discounts will apply.
Please make your booking, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup time. Tablets will be reset between each customer.
(Depending on the results of the trial, this service may be extended to other branches.)
The Central Library’s Second Floor will remain closed to customers for at least the next week. The public areas such as the Travel, History and Local Heritage sections are in excellent condition, but many bays in the magazines storage room at the northern end were damaged. These have now been cleared and the stack magazines put into storage. That stack space will be used to accommodate some teams of Council staff from the Council’s Civic Administration Building which is being assessed further. As soon as noisy interior works are completed for this temporary change, this quiet reading zone will open again to customers.
In the meantime, current newspapers are available from the First floor, and library staff there are very happy to retrieve books or library items normally located on the Second floor public areas. Staff are also available to show library members how to access travel, history or NZ eBooks from our Overdrive and Borrowbox collections or use PressReader (hundreds of current international newspapers) via www.wcl.govt.nz/pressreader.
A warm seasons greetings to all our library borrowers and visitors with best wishes for a happy holiday season. Here are the opening hours across all our libraries from Saturday 24 December 2016 to Wednesday 4 January 2017. Click on the table for a larger view or follow this link. Please note all our libraries will be closed the statutory public holidays from 25-27 December and also 1-3 January. Brooklyn, Khandallah and Wadestown libraries will also be closed 24 and 31 December. Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Wednesday 4 January. Of course our eLibrary isn’t going on holiday: we have eBooks, eMagazines & eAudio to keep you entertained, along with daily newspapers & eMagazines in PressReader. Happy holidays everyone!
Due to popular and renewed demand from a creative and diverse community of budding and seasoned writers who are preparing for another 50,000 word novel challenge this November we are making space available again this year to foster the creative process and much needed peer support.
Those who took part the previous years, will find their familiar spaces on the ground floor and first floor of the Central Library.
For those new to this creative challenge, join a dedicated and welcoming group who will support you on the way to that 50,000 word goal!
And when you publish that book, be sure to tell us it was born here!
Saturdays 5-26 Nov, 1-4pm in the HQCBD rooms on the ground floor (under the escalators).
Note: On Saturday 26 November, extra space will be available in the Mezzanine room (Clarke’s café’s level)
Sundays 6-27 Nov, 1-4pm on the north west end of the first floor (click on map below)
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 #1 New York Times bestselling book This Is Where It Ends from debut author Marieke Nijkamp — from October 13th through the 27th.
This is Where it Ends is a fictional account of a school shooting, told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes. Marieke provides a unique and poignant look into what it’s like to experience a school shooting through the eyes of students who are living through it in real time. This title brings to light the subject of school shootings realistically, but without graphic depictions of the violence the students experience.
Once you finish this moving book, join our discussion board to share your thoughts. Join the Big Library Read and start reading This Is Where It Ends today!
The Big Library Read runs from October 13th, to October 27th.
This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp (eBook) “A New York Times Bestseller! Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 Someone starts shooting. Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016 Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January Bustle.com 18 of 2016’s Most-Anticipated YA Novels BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now” (Overdrive description)
You are welcome to attend the last Law for Lunch talk for this year focusing on retirement villages, residents’ rights and the law. It will be presented by Kylie Haw, a lawyer at Carter Chung Law and Sheila Reed, a coordinator at Age Concern. Kylie practices mainly in property law, including commercial and general trust law, and Sheila is a specialist in providing confidential support, advocacy and information for people.
Come along to hear about the latest changes to the law, ask your questions and share your thoughts with us. Some of the key topics will be
Retirement Villages Act
Residents’ rights and dispute resolution
Types of legal titles
The presentation will be held this coming Wednesday, August 31st, from 12 noon to 1pm at the Karori Library, 247 Karori Road. Refreshments will be served.
Exciting news for music lovers – we’re launching a brand new vinyl collection for you to borrow from! In September we’re hosting a launch party with DJs, guest speakers and more! Stay tuned for more updates, and take a sneak peek at some of the titles in our collection in the video below:
Plus, it’s competition time! Name as many of the albums in the teaser video as you can, email us at email@example.com with your answers and you could win some fab music prizes!