As part of the Central Library’s 20th Anniversary celebrations several noteworthy Wellingtonians were filmed talking about their favourite books – how they’ve been influenced by them, how they discovered them etc. – amongst the shelves. Here is the complete “Wellingtonians at the Library” playlist, also viewable along with all of our other videos on our Youtube channel.
And, if you haven’t seen them yet, here is our photoset on Flickr taken during the celebrations.
As well as eating cake and borrowing CDs and DVDs on Saturday, you can find out what happens behind the scenes at Central Library. Among other sights, our local history team will show you some of the treasures from the mysterious “Central Stack” and if you’re lucky, the “train” in the basement. Kim, one of our librarians, gives you a sneak preview in the video below:
If you’re planning on coming to the Central Library building’s 20th Anniversary tomorrow, then there will be something sweet to take away with your books, CDs and DVDs. Kim, one of our librarians, tells you more in this video:
As part of the 20th anniversary of the Central Library building at 65 Victoria Street, we are holding a treasure hunt. If you and your family are the lucky winners, you’ll have a Wii to take home with you! Wendy, from our Children and Youth Services team, tells you more in the video below:
Did you know the Central Library building has its 20th anniversary this month? Help us celebrate by entering our Central Library 20th Anniversary Quiz for adults. Test your library knowledge and win!
Answer all questions correctly to go into the draw for:
1st – Foodie Prize
Treat yourself to a culinary day off from breakfast to supper, or enjoy several special days out with food & beverage vouchers from The Fork & Brewer, Beach Babylon and Little Beer Quarter to the value of $200
2nd – Bookworm Prize
Hardback or Paperback? This Unity Books $100 voucher will take care of your holiday reading (in between library books of course!)
3rd – Local Knowledge Prize
With a title based on the earliest name for Wellington Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui , “FishHead Magazine” will keep your finger on the pulse of local culture and issues that matter with a two year magazine subscription.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Central Library building, the pricipal architect of the building, Ian Athfield will be giving a free talk on Tuesday 13th December 2011 at 6pm on the 2nd floor. Titled Why is the library more than just about books? his talk will discuss how the presence of a library can “inform” the physical structure of its neighbourhood as well as his thoughts and memories of how the building’s design came about.
Ian Athfield is the founding principal of the Wellington-based firm, Athfield Architects Limited. He has headed this practice since its inception in 1968 and has been responsible for most of the design direction through this period.
As well as his contribution to the design of a broad range of projects throughout New Zealand, in 1976 “Ath” won an international design competition for housing in Manila, the Philippines. He has been involved in a teaching fellowship with Victoria University, has been a keynote speaker at various international conferences and has judged at numerous architectural / urban design competitions. Under his directorship Athfield Architects has won over 100 design awards. In 2004 he was the recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ highest honour, the Gold Medal, and from 2006 – 2008 was President of the NZIA. In 2006 he became the first New Zealander to be registered as an APEC Architect. More recently he has been a member of the Auckland City Property Enterprise Board, advisor to Auckland’s Aotea Square development and a member of the assessment panel for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery master plan. He is currently serving on the Board of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and was made NZIA Architectural Ambassador to Christchurch soon after the September 2010 earthquake to provide advice and coordination during the rebuild and restoration process.
Come and enjoy this rare opportunity to hear one of New Zealand’s best known architects whose designs and influences have made a significant impact on Wellington’s urban geography.
Ian Athfield : Why is the library more than just about books?
Tuesday 13th December, 6pm, Central Library (2nd floor), 65 Victoria Street.
Free and everyone is welcome – just come along.