An introduction to CBD Arapaki Manners

Arapaki Manners Library is now in its third week! It’s been great to see plenty of familiar faces, and to sign up many new patrons. In case you haven’t been in yet, here’s a rundown of the core parts of our collection.

Adult fiction
Our shelves are packed with the best new fiction and a range of brilliant titles that will keep you turning pages throughout the day and all through the night.

Adult non-fiction
We have a diverse array of travel books, poetry, cook books, science, history, economics, politics, self-help, health, and computer guides! Fuel your passion, engage your curiosity and learn from some of the greatest minds.

Magazines
Arapaki holds a range of the most popular magazines covering topics from aviation to photography to home décor.

Film and television on DVD
We have hundreds of the latest and greatest DVDs of all genres for your perusal.


Music CDs
Plenty of popular and recent releases from around the globe, as well as some of the best new music from Wellington and Aotearoa await you.

Māori Collection
Located within the non-fiction collection, we have a section of titles exploring Te Ao Maori. The collection offers a great opportunity to learn about Māori art and culture and the history of Aotearoa.

Audiobooks on CD
Popular authors include David Baldacci and Camilla Läckberg amongst others!

Adult graphic novels
Keep up-to-date with the latest titles, or cast your eyes over the modern classics we have at Arapaki.

Newspapers
Arapaki holds the current issue only of the Dominion Post, the New Zealand Herald the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian.

Young adult fiction and comics
Riveting reads lurk amongst the YA shelves. Find tales of adventure, struggle and self-discovery.

Children’s content
We have a bounty of gorgeous picture books, eager to read learner’s books, junior comics, audiobooks, fiction and some remarkable non-fiction titles! There’s plenty here for kids to browse.

Arapaki Manners Library is open:

  • Monday–Friday, 8am–7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am– 5pm

Nau mai, haere mai. Come in today, and look out for more blogs highlighting interesting and quirky parts of our collection!

New Classical CDs at Arapaki

After a brief hiatus following the closure of the Central Library, new classical CDs are back in the CBD courtesy of the new Arapaki, Manners Street branch. We have a small selection of recent releases available for shelf browsing there. More are on their way, including this head-to-head combination that we found:

The Cello Suites, Bach. Performed by Alban Gerhardt (on the cello).
“The elusive qualities of ‘transcendental beauty paired with an enchanting simplicity’ that Alban Gerhardt eloquently attributes to Bach’s Cello Suites in his booklet notes, might also be said to characterize his playing in this outstanding new recording” (amazon.com).

Cello Suites, Bach. Performed by Rachel Podger on the violin.
“Violinst Rachel Podger presents the first recording of Bach’s Cello Suites on violin. Bach had a habit of recycling his own compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless; concertos appearing as sinfonias in cantatas, or concertos for violins turned into harpsichord concertos. Podger, who has spent a fair bit of time coaching cellists, both modern and baroque alike, found herself playing along to demonstrate various points. ‘I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realizing that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch.'” (amazon.com).