Argentina comes to Newtown

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A number of Wellington City Libraries’ staff members were not born in New Zealand and have backgrounds that encompass many different countries, languages, and cultures. One of the many cultures we have represented on staff is Argentine.

A very cool new display has been put up at Newtown (after spending a month at Miramar and another month at Central) by librarian Axel, who is from Argentina and has been living in Wellington for a few years now. It shows off as much Argentine culture as is possible in a display cabinet, and if you check it out you will learn that Argentina has a LOT going on.

You can also sit down and listen to a selection of CDs from Argentina that have been hand-picked from our collection for the listener’s pleasure (and to prove that there is MUCH more to Argentine music than the tango). Or listen to the Spotify playlist.

Espero que disfruten la exibición tanto como yo! (I hope you enjoy the display as much as me!)

Argentina @ Miramar

A number of Wellington City Libraries’ staff members were not born in New Zealand, and have backgrounds that encompass many different countries, languages, and cultures. This is ideal for any organisation that interfaces with the diverse population of Wellington, and all Wellingtonians love their libraries (of course!).

Above[1]A very cool new display has been put up at Miramar library (and will make eventually its way to Central on the 1st of July, in time for Argentina’s Independence Day on the 9th) by librarian Axel, who is from Argentina and has been living in Wellington for a few years now.  It shows off as much Argentine culture as is possible in a display cabinet, and if you check it out you will learn that Argentina has a LOT going on. Have a look at the gallery below.

You can also sit down and listen to a selection of CDs from Argentina that have been hand-picked from our collection for the listener’s pleasure (and to prove that there is MUCH more to Argentine music than the tango). Or listen to the Spotify playlist that Axel has created below. Espero que disfruten la exibición tanto como yo!

And if you have any questions or enquiries about any aspect of Argentina, the display or the music, don’t hesitate to ask Axel.
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Waitangi Day Waka Builders

Tēnā koutou and thanks to those of you who came to visit the library display and activities that we organised for the recent Te Rā o Waitangi celebrations. One of our activities started after the two waka entered the lagoon as part of the opening ceremony.  Children were invited to come and make their own waka from driftwood and leaves and to use harakeke (flax) string to bind them together. Once the waka were made they could then test float them in the lagoon. It was great to see the creativity of the kids (and some of the adults) and each waka made was a one-of-a-kind creation. Ka mau te wehi tamariki mā!  How amazing are these creations!

 

Crafts Extravaganza at the Central Library

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The month of May has seen unprecedented activity at the Central Library in the field of Crafts.  Two Showcases on 13 and 14 April brought an enthusiastic crowd to the first floor where members of the public, young and old, watched, shared and experimented with a wide range of crafts experts.

On 21 May guests were invited to mingle with our crafts collection afterhours, during our Crafts Lock-in where they could share and exchange craft techniques and secrets with fellow crafters. Participants had a chance to review and borrow the latest in our crafts books collection, to everyone’s delight. The event was an all out success.

Earth people at Miramar and Kilbirnie libraries

On Wednesday afternoon at Miramar library and on Thursday at Kilbirnie, people celebrated Race Relations Week by making clay people.

We started each of our clay people making sessions with a retelling of the story of how clay was brought to the Pueblo Indians by a clay woman and a clay man.

Our artists ranged from preschoolers, school children, teenagesrs and mums. Everyone seemed to enjoy getting their hands dirty. Productivity was high as weird and wonderful characters, relatives, friends and even an elephant and a volcano emerged from the clay.