Take part in our Libris175 competitions

It’s the 175th anniversary of public libraries in Wellington and for adults we have three competitions open until Monday 30 November which involve you using your knowledge of our library or literature.libris175blue-carousel

centralbookinajar-sFirst up we have Book In A Jar. Drop by Central Library and take a look at lines of text in the jar. What book are these lines from? Tell us the book’s title by writing the title on a slip of paper and you’ll go in the draw for a $100 Booksellers voucher. Alternatively you can check out the picture of the jar at left, and email us your entry at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz . If you’re on Twitter you can DM us at @wcl_library, or message us on Facebook.

Secondly we have How Old Is Our Oldest Book. What year do you think the oldest book in our collection was published?  If you pick the right year, you’ll go in the draw for a $100 Booksellers book voucher. Email us or DM/message us at the links above to enter.

Finally – if you think you know our libraries pretty well why not enter our competition : Which Wellington City Library Is That?  Once you get all the questions right, you’ll go in the draw for a $100 Booksellers book voucher.

For children aged up to 13 years, we have these two competitions running until Monday 30 November.

Free library loans Saturday 21st November 2015

Customer holding DVDsHelp us celebrate Libris 175 – our anniversary! On Saturday 21st November 2015 there will be no fees to borrow library items from any Wellington City library.
This applies to all types of items including magazines, DVDs, CDs, bestsellers.
Please issue your items via a staff member, not at the self-check machines.
This special free offer only applies to the issue fee – other fees such as reserves, renewals, out of town, overdues, will apply if they are relevant.

Presents from WCL to you for our 175th birthday!

To celebrate our birthday, we’re holding a party at the Wellington Central Library on Saturday 21st November.

For the creative and crafty kids out there, we have a couple of competitions to enter.

The colouring competition is for 5-8yr olds. New Zealand’s first public library was a small hut on the Wellington waterfront. Colour in the picture of the hut, fill in your details on the back, and drop it in to any Wellington City library to enter.

The design competition is for 9-13yr olds. We want you to draw your idea of the library of the future! What do you think Wellington City Libraries will look like 175 years from now (that’s the year 2190, by the way)? Draw your design on the front, fill in your details on the back, and drop it into to any Wellington City library to enter the competition.

(Click the links above to download the competition forms to print at home!)

We also have several competitions for adults – guess the book in the jar, guess how old our oldest book is, enter your memories of Wellington City Libraries, and spot the library by guessing which library is in the photos. Ask at your local library about entering the competitions, there are loads of prizes up for grabs!

The competitions close on 29th November, and the winners will be announced on 1st December.

Have your say on the future of the Central Library

In 2016, the Central Library building will be 25 years old and it’s time to consider refreshing it. The library landscape is changing rapidly now. We want to ensure that we remain a high performing library for our customers.

Wellington City Council is keen to hear from the community, their ideas, opinions and feedback on refreshing the internal design of the building.

People can provide their feedback by either
a) filling in an online feedback form
b) complete one of the printed feedback forms at any Wellington city library
c) attend one of the following public meetings:
Saturday 28 November 12-2pm,
Wednesday 2 December from 7pm or
Thursday 3 December 12-2pm and from 7pm.

These will all be held at the Mezzanine meeting room, Central Library.

To be included as part of this first feedback phase, please make your comments by 11 December 2015. Thank you. We really appreciate your input into this initial phase to prepare a design brief.


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Have your say on the new Johnsonville Library

Wellington City Council is planning on building a new library, and needs your help designing a community hub for the Johnsonville area.

A specially created engagement website has just launched, and we would encourage all residents to get involved in this exciting local project. Visit newjohnsonvillelibrary.co.nz  to learn more and have your say!

give your feedback on the new Johnsonville library

give your feedback on the new Johnsonville library

Wellington Wellbeing Week: Learn at Wellington City Libraries

The first week of October is Wellington Wellbeing Week as well as being Mental Health Awareness Week. This week is a great time to focus on “the five ways to wellbeing” – connect, give, take notice, keep learning and be active. WCL’s focus this year is “keep learning”, so we have loads of great resources and demonstrations to help you learn something new.

Research shows a link between keeping learning and improved happiness and wellbeing. Keep learning, keep well!

Learn with Lynda.comlynda-logo-150

Wellington City Libraries encourages you to keep learning with Lynda.com tutorial library. Whether you want to rediscover an old interest such as photography, music or film production; or wanting to learn something new such as social media skills, web design or 3D animation, you will find the Lynda.com video tutorials fulfilling.

To find out more, don’t miss the Lynda.com Expo on Central Library’s ground floor at 5-6pm on Tuesday 6th October and  12:30-1:30pm the rest of the week until Saturday.

We’d love to see you at the Expo. But if you can’t be there, you can find out more information about Lynda.com via mygateway, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

This Wellington Wellbeing event supports Mental Health Awareness Week.

Colouring in at Central Library

Have fun with colouring in and put your mind at ease at the Central Library. You can find colouring in papers and pencils on the ground floor and on the mezzanine landing between ground and first floor.

Learn with Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. There are 71 different languages to learn, plus a range of lessons for learning English for speakers of other languages. Whether you’re planning a holiday, learning a second language for fun or have just moved to New Zealand and want to learn English, Mango is an easy and effective way to learn a new language at your own pace.

Learn more about gardening with books and magazines

The library has many resources for you to explore your interest. Learning tips for gardening has never been so easy. You can read or download eMagazines for free such as New Zealand Gardener,  Kitchen Garden, Gardening Australia and Gardens Illustrated with Zinio or see what’s new in gardening books via the gardening recent picks.

Learn with Car Manuals

The library is your one stop shop for car and small engine information. Check out our great range of car and motorcycle repair manuals, have a look at what’s hot in the car magazines, or find out how to fix that small engine with our great online database!



Lynda.com – free with your library card!

lynda-logo-150As a Wellington City Libraries member you have free and unlimited access to over 3500 online tutorials and courses via Lynda.com. Learn leadership skills, how to use software like Dreamweaver or Photoshop or even to promote a business through Facebook – and much more besides.

The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved.

All you have to do is login to Lynda.com with your library card details (entering your last name as the PIN), set up a Lynda account to keep a course log, and then start learning!


Call in to see us at your favourite Wellington City library, or email  to find out more on how to access these high quality and engaging tutorials. For any technical issues, let us know.

Thursday night films: True tales

Syndetics book coverFor September 2015, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘True tales: Stories about people’s lives’, focusing on biographical films.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the Information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note : reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Chinese Language Week at the library 7-11 September

Experience Chinese culture and language at Wellington City Libraries. There are lots of fun things to do such as Tai Chi, a Chinese film night, Nihao Stories & Rhymes for children, and much more. All for free.


Nihao Stories & Rhymes session
The popular Nihao Stories & Rhymes sessions in Chinese will take place at Central and three branch libraries during Chinese Language Week.
– Central library: 10:00-10:30am, Every Thursday. Cost: Free.
– Karori library: 10:30-11:00am, Tuesday 8 September. Cost: Free.
– Johnsonville library: 10:30-11:00am, Monday 7 September. Cost: Free.
– Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) library: 11:00-11:30am, Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Syndetics book coverBasic Chinese (Mandarin) Lesson 
Come to the library for a 30 minute session to learn Chinese. The session will be based on the bi-lingual books at the Chinese Corner and will focus on basic communication words and phrases include greetings, travel and much more.
– Central library: 1:00-1:30pm Tuesday 8 September. Cost: Free
– Karori library: 3:30-4:00pm Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Syndetics book coverTai Chi Class
Stressed and sore? Join a free Tai Chi class at the Central Library with experienced Tai Chi tutor Aaron Lavack from the Sing Ong Tai Chi .  Tai Chi can reduce stress and improve relaxation. The lesson will be held on Friday 11th of September at 12:30-1:30pm on the ground floor of Central Library. No booking is required.

Syndetics book coverChinese Film Night
Enjoy a big night out with your friends to watch a film for free at the Central and Newtown Library. Films are in Chinese with English subtitles.
– Central library: 6:00-8:00pm. Wednesday 9 September. Cost: Free.We will be playing ‘The Bullet Vanishes’ on the ground floor at central library. The film is rated R16, and you must be aged 16 or older to attend the screening.
Newtown library: 6:00-8:00pm. Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.We will be playing a different at Newtown. There were TV series and now a movies based on a folktale. Film is rated PG13 and recommended for audience aged 13 and over.

We have special permission to screen these films for free in the Central and Newtown Library. Bookings are required as seats are limited. Please call us to reserve your seat on 801-4068(Central),  801-4083 (Chinese), or 3892839 (Newtown) during library opening hours. Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

基本 RGBChinese Painting Class
Famous painter Deyu Cheng is visiting our libraries to teach Chinese painting. Come along and enjoy an artistic experience.
– Central library: 11:00-12:00am.  Monday 7 September. Cost: Free.

liu qian xiangChinese Calligraphy Class
Famous calligrapher and painter Qianxiang Liu is coming to Johnsonville library to teach calligraphy.
– Johnsonville library: 11:00-12:00am. Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Central Library Tour in Chinese
Have you wondered what’s on the second floor, where to find information about Wellington birth, marriage and death records and where to find books to learn Chinese?  During Chinese Language Week, it’s your chance to join a free library tour and know more about the library collection. The tours will be conducted in Chinese. Two sessions available: Monday 7 September at 2:30-4:00pm and Thursday 10 September at 2:30-4:00pm Bookings are essential. Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 8014083 (Chinese).

Overdrive coverLearn Chinese with eBooks
Bilingual eBooks and eAudio books are great tools for learning Chinese anywhere you have access to the internet or you can download them to your computer or smartphone. See selected highlights from our Overdrive collection, or browse the full range of eBooks and eAudio Books on OverDrive.

Read Chinese eNewspapers
Read today’s Chinese newspapers online via PressDisplay and New York Times in Chinese. Free from Wellington City Libraries with your library card membership.
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Law for Lunch – When horseplay becomes forced play: Stop bullying happening at work

Law for Lunch

Law for Lunch this week is taking place at the Newlands Community Centre.
The topic will be presented by David Traylor from Dundas Street Employment Lawyers and Kate Scarlet from Community Law, who will be focusing on

• Workplace bullying and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker
• Humiliating, intimidating or threatening a person at the workplace
• Behaviour at workplace that creates a risk to health and safety
• How can bullying be defined and approached and more …

Come along to hear about various experiences and ways to address the problem, ask your questions and find out more about worksafe environments.

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 2 from 12:30 to 1:30pm, at Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor St, Newlands.
All welcome! Refreshments will be served.

For more information about Law for Lunch events, please visit wcl.govt.nz/lawforlunch