Remembering Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

Artwork at entrance to Central LibraryA memorial is currently underway which remembers a well known Wellington figure Jonathan Mane-Wheoki. The project includes NZ artist Shannon Novak installing a small artwork in 10 locations around Wellington – 10 locations Jonathan frequented and supported. Wellington Central Library was identified as one of the locations, and the artwork is now installed on a glass panel in the Ground floor entrance area. The installation is called “Pieces at an Exhibition” (named after his favourite musical piece).

Jonathan Ngarimu Mane-Wheoki CNZM (8 December 1943 – 10 October 2014) was a New Zealand art historian, academic, and curator. Of Ngāpuhi, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī and English descent, he was a pioneer in the study of contemporary Māori and Pacific art history. Jonathan invested much of his time and energy into the arts community in Wellington, including a stint as Director of Art and Collection services at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in 2004.

The library also has available a copy of Colonial Gothic to Māori renaissance : essays in memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, edited by Conal McCarthy & Mark Stocker, which was recently launched by Victoria University Press.

Central Library update

2016-central2ndfloordeskThe Central Library’s Second Floor will remain closed to customers for at least the next week. The public areas such as the Travel, History and Local Heritage sections are in excellent condition, but many bays in the magazines storage room at the northern end were damaged.  These have now been cleared and the stack magazines put into storage. That stack space will be used to accommodate some teams of Council staff from the Council’s Civic Administration Building which is being assessed further.  As soon as noisy interior works are completed for this temporary change, this quiet reading zone will open again to customers.

In the meantime, current newspapers are available from the First floor, and library staff there are very happy to retrieve books or library items normally located on the Second floor public areas.  Staff are also available to show library members how to access travel, history or NZ eBooks from our Overdrive and Borrowbox collections  or use PressReader (hundreds of current international newspapers) via www.wcl.govt.nz/pressreader.

Bumper book sale starts Tuesday 29 November

Booksalesep16aThousands of avid readers love the Central Library book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this bumper book sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection. The major highlight of this sale is that unlike the previous non-fiction sale, this sale has a wide variety of fiction (and non-fiction) books, DVDs and CDs for sale.  As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found.

The book sale this time will be located in the Central Library Mezzanine Room. It opens 9.30am on Tuesday 29 November, ending 4pm on Sunday 4 December.

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Free Film Screenings in August

Syndetics book coverFor August 2016, join us at the Central Library for a ‘laugh in the dark’ with a selection of fantastic comedies each Thursday.

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.

We will now also be hosting family friendly film screenings at Newtown library on the first Friday of each month! Phone (04) 389 2830 to book those, and for more details about the upcoming film, screening on Friday 5th August.

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.

Have your say on the future of the Central Library

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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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Gamesfest – It’s just become even better!

Every Wednesday it’s Gamesfest at the Central Library. From 5.30pm, on the ground floor, we provide a generous selection of board games that anyone can use.

If you have been coming along, you will be pleased to learn that we’ve just purchased a LOT more games for you to play with. Here are our new additions, all so brand new they’re still sealed!

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We already offer chess, Scrabble, Settlers, and many other favourites. With these winter nights, what could be more fun that some friendly competitive rivalry with your friends? All welcome!

 

Spring Poetry Evening on 1 October

spring Celebrate Spring’s arrival with inspirational poetry read in both Chinese and English on 1 October at the Central Library. Come and listen to poets Madeleine Slavick and Rhondda Greig read and share their thoughts on Spring; Diana Bridge’s fine selection of translations of classical Chinese poetry and her own work; and Luo Hui rounding up with bilingual readings and a few pieces of prose. The much-loved modern poems by Xu Zhimo and Gu Cheng will be juxtaposed with classic poems from the Tang dynasty.

There will also be a chance for you to read your poems, please send them to enquiries@wcl.govt.nz before 29 September.

This Chinese-themed poetry reading is jointly organised by the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington and Wellington City Libraries.

Wednesday 1 October
6:00-7:30pm
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Plenty of bargains at the May booksale

book sale Every year thousands of avid readers and music lovers gather at Central Library for the May book sale. Judging by its past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.

Highlights of this sale: a great range of children’s board books (all at $1), adult fiction books at just 50c each, along with the usual range of non-fiction books, DVDs, CDs and magazines on every topic imaginable. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines, adult fiction, and young adult/teens books with most other items between $1 and $6 and some marked prices.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 6 May at 9.30am, Central Library.

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Author talk: meet Adrienne Jansen

ada-author-talkOn Thursday 20 March, starting at 6pm at the Central Library, we will have a special celebration for Race Relations Day! Meet Adrienne Jansen and Samson Sahele – these two very different writers will cast their eye on New Zealand’s multicultural society and talk about their own work and about writing together. They will be joined by refugee youth who will read poems from Walking with a Fragile Heart. Well-known musican Sam Manzanza will start this event with his amazing drumming!

I have introduced you to Samson a few days ago, now meet Adrienne!

Adrienne is a writer, editor and teacher. She is a fourth generation New Zealander and lives in Titahi Bay, Porirua. She loves the physical beauty of the area and is a very strong Porirua supporter enjoying its diversity.
Adrienne Jansen writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She has lived and worked among immigrants in New Zealand for many years, and her writing draws strongly on that experience. She wrote the text for The Crescent Moon: Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand, with photography by Ans Westra. Her latest novel The Score is about messy lives, shaky pasts and even shakier futures. Adrienne founded the Whitireia Polytechnic Creative Writing Programme, and was its coordinator until 1999. She now teaches fiction and editing on the programme, and has written several of its online courses. She is part of the writing team at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, and does some freelance work.

But there is so much more!  Have a look here on the Book Council website.

I asked Adrienne about her hobbies and favourite movies and authors. One thing we both enjoy is a love of Moroccan food. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she has been working with Abdel El Adraoui from the Marrakech Cafe on his new cookbook Abdel’s Favourites from the Marrakech Café. You may remember Adbel from my post on our Communities Stories and Traditions page.

One favourite film of Adrienne is the French comedy The Intouchables. Our library catalogue has this summary: “An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust, and human possibility. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street-smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.”

Favourite author: it changes depending on what Adrienne is reading, but she is a great fan of Australian writer Tim Winton. Especially his novel Syndetics book coverCloudstreet :  “[this novel] concerns the everyday lives of two country families who move to the city. ‘It pulses with a sense of wonder and shines with the clear light of truth’ – P Robert Drewe.” (Syndetics summary)

I am very excited about this author talk on Thursday, hope you can make it! A great opportunity to meet very different writers, there will be plenty of opportunity for questions. Remember this is a free event at the Central Library, starting at 6pm.

Amanda Palmer Ninja Gigs at the Library

amandapalmersWellington Central Library was treated to a very special group of visitors on Monday the 2nd of September. Amanda Palmer and her Ninja Parade stopped by the library ground floor for around 15 minutes to perform three songs on her ukelele. The parade, which started on the waterfront piano, weaved through Wellington’s CBD stopping at Te Papa before making its way up Cuba Street and finishing at the Garrett Street Collective. There were many poignant moments during the parade including a renditions of Radiohead’s Creep in the library (see below) and Leonard Cohen’s (made huge by Jeff Buckley) Hallelujah on Cuba Street.

Footage of inside the library is here (courtesy Scoop, also photo above) :