Come and Write-In! It’s NaNoWriMo 2016

Nanowrimo 2016 bannerNovember is now well established as Nanowrimo, the National Novel Writing Month  at Wellington Libraries.

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)1ST FLOOR MAPa

 

 

Big Library Read with Overdrive ebooks now on!

biglibraryreadEvery 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.

Overdrive cover 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)

Vinyl now available for lending!

Vinyl, records, LP’s – they’re all the same thing, produce great sound, are once again in high demand and now, Wellington City Libraries is lending them out!

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Vinyl is now available to borrow from the Central library, covering Popular, Soul, Electronica New Zealand, Wellington genres and more at the reasonable price of $1.00 for seven days.

Take your borrowed vinyl home and then return titles to the library in our convenient cardboard satchels.

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You can reserve vinyl using our catalogue, by searching for titles with call number ’vinyl,’ – click reserve and have them delivered to your local branch.

We’ll be adding new release, re-issues and deluxe titles every week, so keep an eye on our display spaces in the Central library’s Sound and Vision area.

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Law for Lunch this Wednesday – transition to care facilities

You are welcome to attend the last Law for Lunch talk for this year focusing on retirement villages, residents’ rights and the law. Law for LunchIt 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.

 

We’re launching a vinyl collection!

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 enquiries@wcl.govt.nz with your answers and you could win some fab music prizes!

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We have a new WCL Mini app

We have a brand-new look for our WCL Mini app!

If you already had the previous app installed, you should be prompted to update to the new version the next time you open it. Otherwise, the new app is available for download now in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The new app features a fresh design featuring our favourite nikau palm – this is what you will see in the App and Play stores:

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The app has some great new features, including:

  1. Virtual library card: When you are logged in to the WCL Mini app, under “My Account” you will find a barcode for your library card which can be read by our self-issue scanners. Nifty!
  2. Pay fines & fees: There is a link from the app’s main menu to pay your fines and fees online.
  3. eLibrary access: Find links to Overdrive, Borrowbox, ComicsPlus, Zinio and our databases from the eLibrary sub-menu
  4. Twitter and Facebook: Our social media feeds are integrated within WCL Mini.

Here’s a quick peek at the new look app home page:

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Please note: For iOS users, this is a new app, not just an update to the old app. Once you have downloaded the new app, you may delete the previous app from your device. Android users can just update their existing app to the new version.

If you have any issues with the app, please report them using our technical support form.

We will also be rolling out the new nikau icon to our social media platforms, so don’t be alarmed if you see the new icon associated with our social accounts. Happy reading!
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Law for Lunch this week – Tenancy and the current law

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You are all invited to attend the first Law for Lunch seminar this August presented by Alan Henwood from the Tenancy Tribunal, and Community Law Wellington. Come along to hear about

  1. The recent changes to tenants’ liability for damage
  2. Residential Tenancies Act overview and
  3. How Tenancy Tribunal can help you if you have a dispute

You are all welcome to attend, hear about your rights and obligations as a tenant or a landlord and understand when and how you could take action. Ask your questions and learn how tenancy disputes can be resolved and an agreement between parties is achieved. Listen to good legal advice from law experts on how to defend your rights.

The presentation is held this Wednesday, August 3, from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Wellington Central Library. Refreshments will be served.

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

 

Listen to the Ruth Gotlieb oral history

Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill and John Stears You can now listen to interviews with Ruth Gotlieb on our website, detailing her fascinating life; growing up in Ireland and emigrating to Australia then New Zealand. The oral histories include an in-depth discussion of her 27 year career serving as a councillor and board member, with the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington Harbour Board and the Capital & Coast District Health Board.

Ruth Gotlieb’s honours include having the library in Kilbirnie renamed Ruth Gotlieb Library, being awarded a Queen’s Service Order in 1995, and named Wellingtonian of the year in 2010. Ruth has contributed many hours volunteering with numerous organisations and as Justice of the Peace, and continues to do so to this day.

Check out the oral histories here – Ruth Gotlieb oral history page.

(Pictured: Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill (Manager, Community Networks) and John Stears (Libraries & Community Spaces Manager) at the page launch)

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American Sniper is the new #BigLibraryRead

biglibreadEvery 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 the Big Read is the book American Sniper (available as an eBook and eAudio) and the bookgroup runs from now until Thursday 31 March.

About the book:

American Sniper is the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and was the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

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Exciting new additions and enhancements to Zinio

We have added some new titles to our WCL Zinio eMagazine collection and they are available now, free to read with your library card. Back issues for one year are also available for these new titles!

Adweek via ZinioAdweek
Android Magazine
Australian Knitting
BeanScene
Country Living
Cricket
Diabetic Living
DIVA
Faces
Film Comment
Gay Times
Country Living via ZinioGrazia UK edition
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
HELLO! magazine
Marie Claire Fashion Shows
Men’s Health
N-Photo: the Nikon magazine
Red UK
Rolling Stone Australia
Teen Vogue
The Beer Connoisseur Magazine
The Week

When you are browsing Zinio you can locate any of these new titles by entering the name in the search box or choosing a genre. You can also find a full list of our Zinio titles here.

New features:

The following enhancements have also been added to the Zinio for Libraries apps. These should improve your Zinio experience even more!

• Direct links to check out new magazines from within the app (iOS & Android)
• Download preferences for automatically downloading checkouts or queuing up multiple magazines for batch downloading (iOS)
• Enhancements to storage management, including display of file size on devices (iOS)
• Instant reading available in an online reader for desktop & mobile

Plus, offline reading on iOS, Android and Kindle is now available! By logging in to the app using the same email and password used to check out magazines, magazines can be read offline (once downloaded).

If you haven’t explored Zinio yet – there’s more information about this collection on our MyGateway magazines page, together with advice on how to set yourself up on your desktop or mobile device. Enjoy!