Holiday hours 2016/2017

Summer snowmanA warm seasons greetings to all our library borrowers and visitors with best wishes for a happy holiday season. Here are the opening hours across all our libraries from Saturday 24 December 2016 to Wednesday 4 January 2017. Click on the table for a larger view or follow this link. Please note all our libraries will be closed the statutory public holidays from 25-27 December and also 1-3 January. Brooklyn, Khandallah and Wadestown libraries will also be closed 24 and 31 December. Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Wednesday 4 January. 1617holidayhours-small Of course our eLibrary isn’t going on holiday: we have eBooks, eMagazines & eAudio to keep you entertained, along with daily newspapers & eMagazines in PressReader. Happy holidays everyone!

Twelve storytimes of Christmas

Come one, come all! Jump on your sleigh and slide down to your local library to get into the festive spirit at one of our special family Christmas Storytimes. These free events are lots of fun with games and activities, carols and festive stories. We would love to see you in your best Christmas costume, or cozy pyjamas.

Island Bay Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Wellington Central Library: 14 Dec, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: 19 Dec, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 22 Dec, 6.30pm

Deck the halls! We look forward to seeing you there. (No need to book; just turn up)

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Recent Home, Garden & DIY picks for Christmas

Get some inspiration for home decoration and DIYs for this Christmas. And Reindeer’s Christmas Surprise is a perfect book for  children for our summer Christmas!

Syndetics book coverThe Christmas table / editorial & food director, Pamela Clark.
“Planning the Christmas Day feast is an enjoyable thing to do each year for either a small or a large gathering of friends and family. This book showcases ways of organising the perfect menu, with many fabulous recipes to choose from. Also, there are beautiful but simple suggestions for decorating the Christmas table with bothmodern and traditional themes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChristmas stockings / Rachael Rowe.
“Talented designer and expert sewer, Rachael Rowe has created twenty Christmas stockings for you to make, in a wide variety of styles: shabby chic, country style, modern and sophisticated, traditional and more. The techniques required are all shown with step by step photographs at the beginning, then each project has full step by step instructions and selected step photographs, with beautiful styled photographs of the finished stockings. All the templates needed are provided.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChristmas joys : decorating, crafts & recipes.
Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes. Very merry decorating, Holiday house tours; Deck your halls: trees, garlands, wreaths & mantels — Wonderful gifts to make. Handmade gifts from the heart; Hommaded gifts from the kitchen; Wrap it up! Good things come in pretty packages — Recipes for celebrations. Holiday cheer: four festive party ideas; Starters, entrees, and sides: best-ever holiday dineer recipes; Sweet! Cakes, pies, cookies, and more (Library Catalogue).

Syndetics book coverReindeer’s Christmas Surprise [hardback]
“This distinctly Australian Christmas story about the joy of giving and the importance of family was created by the highly acclaimed picture book team of Ursula Dubosarsky and Sue deGennaro.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover‘Tis the season to be felt-y / Kathy Sheldon with Amanda Carestio.
“Fa la la la . . . MORE! Crafters couldn’t get enough of the adorable projects in Fa la la la Felt , so here are over 40 new whimsical felt crafts to celebrate Christmas with handmade style. Many of the same awesomely talented designers (and several new ones!) have returned to create pretty ornaments like Beaded Star Baubles, Sparkly Icicles, a Shining Star Tree Topper (and a partridge in a pear tree) to a pink poinsettia wreath, Yule log, snow bunny tree skirt, and lots of stockings to hang by the chimney with care; these holiday items will make your season merry and bright.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandmade Christmas : over 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for the festive season.
“Make the festive season really special by making your own cards, gifts and decorations: from papercutting and collage to embroidery and sugar crafting–with projects which take inspiration from different cultures and festive traditions.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Katie’s Christmas Picks

One of our librarians, Katie, has put together some more Christmas picks for the upcoming season. Enjoy!

Cover imageBatman returns.
Fancy a movie where Batman and Christmas rolled into one? Yep, Batman Returns has all these things. In this dark and chilling sequel to the 1989 film, Batman, directed by Tim Burton. This movie takes place during the holiday season where Gotham in under threat by a corrupt businessman, (Christopher Walken), the monstrous Penguin (Danny Devito) and Catwoman, (Michelle Pfeiffer, who absolutely rocks as Catwoman), it is up to Batman (Michael Keaton) to save the day and… perhaps Christmas. Overall Batman Returns is an awesome experience for Batman fans to watch during Christmas.

DVDRecentPicks2Four holidays.
In the mood for a little comedy over Christmas that features familial struggles? Then Four Holidays is the movie to watch. A couple, Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas day. Overall it is a heart-warming film guaranteed with lots of hilarious moments where you will laugh yourself to tears.

Cover imageOutrageous fortune. A very Westie Christmas.
Join the Wests this Christmas as they go on their annual Christmas-New Year sojourn to their favourite holiday spot, Tutaekuri Bay. As we revisit the family – Cheryl is a walking emotional disaster zone. Van is raving to Aurora about chose Tutaekri Bay is but Jethro has decided this is the year he will decline the tempting offer of camping. A good movie to watch that celebrates Christmas kiwi style.

DVDRecentPicks4Tim Burton’s The nightmare before Christmas.
Fancy something dark for Christmas. Then The Nightmare before Christmas is the movie to watch. When Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, is weary and bored of the same routine year after year. But when he discovers Christmas Town, he decides that the citizens of Halloween Town will take over Christmas this year, but with dangerous consequences. Another Tim Burton Christmas classic.

Cover imageThe family man.
Fancy a modern and alternative take on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, then this what The Family Man offers. Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni star in this holiday drama about a Wall Street bachelor, who is stunned to wake up in suburban New Jersey on Christmas morning, in some sort of parallel universe. Over the next few weeks, he gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he’d married his old girlfriend: a house in Jersey, two children, bowling trophies, a job at his father-in-law’s tire store, and a lot of love from his wife Kate. However the question is, which life will he choose? Overall a moving, heart-warming movie.

Library book bike in the Santa parade

9633939On Sunday 13 December 2-3pm Santa Claus will ride into town for the Wellington City Council’s Capital Christmas Santa Parade. Starting on Lambton Quay and ending on Manners Street, onlookers will be treated to a Christmas spectacular with around 1000 entertainers participating in this year’s parade.

The Wellington City Libraries book bike will be pedalling its way through the city, along with a dance troop all the way from Beijing, the Minions, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Mr & Mrs Potato Head, Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog and Santa! Our library elves will give away free books and balloons before and after the parade.

When Santa’s visit to Wellington is over, parade-goers can head up to Cuba Street to check out the street’s festive makeover and enjoy a gathering of street performers.

The Central Library is open 1:00-4:00pm on Sunday afternoon. Make sure you come in and grab more bargains for Christmas gifts at the book sale.

 

Christmas & New Year holiday hours for 2015

Summer snowmanWe will be closed for a few days break over Christmas & the New Year so here are our opening hours across all our branches for the 2015/2016 holiday season (from 24 December-4 January). Click on the table for a larger view or follow this link. Please note we will be closed for four days from 25-28 December and also 1-4 January. Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Tuesday 5 January.

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Christmas yarn craft meetup at the Central Library

Join our yarn craft event on Saturday 19 December at the Central Library for inspiration and help making some unique gifts. Monica, our coordinator for the day, will have spare needles and yarn for those who would like to try knitting! You are welcome to bring along your own knitting or crochet project to work on. This is a family-friendly event with a touch of Christmas cheer and we hope to see you there!

Sessions will run 12.00 – 1.30 pm and 2.00 – 3.30 pm

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You are, of course, welcome to knit and crochet in the library outside the hosted session times. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of craft books and magazines on the first floor (you’ll find large and small books on our shelves at the call number 746.43)! We also have a growing collection of ebooks you can check out here not to forget Zinio eMagazines.

Let your library sort out your Christmas presents

Christmas is getting closer and closer and you may still be wondering what present to get for family or friends. If you want to purchase affordable and useful gifts, look no further than your local libraries!

Calendar 2015Library 2016 Calendars
This collectable and unique calendar contains vintage photos of the libraries in Wellington for the past 175 years. It’s definitely a good choice of gift for your friends and families.

Concession cards
Treat your friends and family to DVDs, CDs, magazines, best sellers and reserves by giving them library concession cards. These are a convenient way to pay for your items. In fact, why not buy one for yourself? Full details on the features are here.

Library CDs
The Whispers in the Wind CD, a collection of 10 children’s stories by Wellington authors, is on sale at your local library for $9.50. Hear Wellington authors; Joy Cowley, Janice Marriott, Fleur Beale and more read their own stories for 5-12 year-olds – it’s a real treat.
Plus for the younger set – jam-packed with 33 traditional rhymes and songs, the Baby Rock & Rhyme CD is $12. Suitable for 0-4 years, it’s a perfect stocking filler.

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Searching for a good-sized bag to carry all your Christmas presents? Then consider our library bags, still a steal at $3,  – and our children’s bags are perfect at $5 each for the togs and towel if the big day happens to turn out warm. Our new library bags are designed to fit CDs, DVDS and other small gifts, for sale at the library for $2.50.

A Christmas message

johnstears-blogsizeHello and season’s greetings!

2014 has been a busy year here at Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces.  We began the year with our Book Bike out around the waterfront with giveaways and library information for both residents and visitors. It also took story times out to the beach at Oriental Bay.

2014 ended with a very successful ‘Cans for Fines’ promotion. Around 4000 cans were donated during the fortnight and these have been distributed to food banks around the city and will go towards making someone’s Christmas that little bit better.

In between we added around 100,000 new items to our collection while our customers have borrowed just under 3 million items and visited us nearly 5 million times either on-line or in person. We moved further down the track towards confirmation of a new library for Johnsonville. Our Community Centres and Halls have also been busy with a full programme of activities.

I want to thank you for your continuing support over the last year and wish you all a very safe and happy festive season. I look forward to welcoming you back to our libraries and community spaces in 2015.

John Stears
Libraries and Community Spaces Manager
Wellington City Council

 

Christmas in the trenches – some very special greetings

Syndetics book cover In 2008, Sarah Ell collated a selection of New Zealand Christmas images, including Christmas cards, Christmas day dinner menus, photographs, advertisements and poster art, from the Alexander Turnbull Library. The result of this collection is the beautiful book A New Zealand Christmas : three centuries of Kiwi Christmas celebrations from the Alexander Turnbull Library. Featuring beautiful images and informative captions about Christmas in New Zealand throughout the years, it also features photographs, Christmas cards and other printed images from World War One at Christmas time. This beautiful edition is an interesting and indulgent read any time, but particularly at this time of the year! Place your reserve here.

When Great Britain first declared war against Germany in 1914, New Zealand did not have its own army. Training camps were urgently set up in Featherston in Wairarapa, at Narrow Neck in Auckland and Awapuni near Palmerston North. The main camp was established at Trentham in Upper Hutt.

The Maymorn camp was built as an overflow camp 7km away from Trentham. It was the home of the 3rd and 4th Battalions of the New Zealand rifle brigade, then the 11th Infantry Reinforcements, until the camp was closed in 1916.

This image shows the tables set up for Christmas dinner at Maymorn camp on 25 December 1915.

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Tables set for Christmas dinner, Maymorn camp, Wairarapa. Allen, S T :Photographs of the Tauranga Bridge and Maymorn Camp. Ref: 1/2-112210-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22329286

After arriving at Anzac Cove to find scores of Australian dead and wounded scattering the beach, the Anzac soldiers were instructed to create a network of dug-outs to provide some shelter from the Turkish barrage. The men lived in these dug-outs in filthy conditions with inadequate food and water, as well as frequent outbreaks of dysentery and other diseases.

This photo, showing two soldiers in a dug-out in Gallipolli, was taken not long before the Allied withdrawal from the ill-fated peninsula on December 20. This brought an end to the horrific eight months suffered by the New Zealand, Australian and other Allied troops who landed at what later became known as Anzac cove on April 25, 1915.


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Christmas celebrations in dug-out, Gallipoli. Martin, W W :World War One albums of Mr Laurie C Mackie. Ref: PA1-o-308-22-3. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23211213

After withdrawing from Turkey, New Zealand troops were redeployed to France. Germany had invaded France and Belgium, and the British planned to attack the Germans in the Somme region, to relieve pressure on the French. The Battle of the Somme began in June 1916, followed by a second push in mid-September, which involved New Zealand troops. By Christmas 1916, around 1.2 million men on both sides had been killed or wounded.

This Christmas card was sent home to New Zealand from war-torn France.

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Sparr, fl 1916. Sparr, fl 1916 :Compliments of the season from France, 1916-17. Onward. N.Z. Quo fas et gloria ducunt. [Postcard. 1916]. Ref: Eph-A-WAR-WI-1916-08. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23106539

This Christmas menu is from the Sergeants’ Mess at the New Zealand Army Service Corps number 6 camp at Sling, near Bulford on the Salisbury Plain in England. It was dedicated to the memory of Gallipolli and the newly minted ‘Anzac Day’. The menu shows the men ate well through the day, from bacon, liver and chips for breakfast through a full roast dinner of turkey, beef and chicken to leftover roast, mince pies, jam tarts and beer for supper.

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[Sling Camp (England)] :Remember ANZAC, Gallipoli, 25th April, 1915. Christmas 1916, New Year 1917 / [Cover on menu / list of members].. [Sling Camp (England)] :Remember ANZAC, Gallipoli, 25th April, 1915. Christmas 1916, New Year 1917 / [Sergeants’ Mess, New Zealand Army Service Corps and Details, No 6 Camp, Sling, Bulford, Salisbury Plain, England. [Menu / list of members]. Bennett Bros, Military Printers, Salisbury [1916].. Ref: Eph-A-WAR-WI-1916-02-front. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22590424

This Christmas card from 1916 reflects a sense of imperial and national pride, following New Zealand’s rush to support Mother England against the German aggressors. It was printed for Mr and Mrs Hardie of Wanganui and bears a poem on the cover.

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[Greeting card]. A right loyal greeting. “Land of our birth, we pledge to thee, Head heart & hand, in the years to be”. Xmas 1916 … from Mr & Mrs A. St.N. Hardie. Wanganui, N.Z.. Various artists :[Box of assorted Christmas cards. 1860s-1919]. Ref: Eph-A-CARDS-Christmas-1916-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23139304

By Christmas 1917, New Zealand troops were still at war in Europe and New Zealand headquarters was at Chateau Segard in Belgium. This photo shows the New Zealand divisional commander, Major-General Andrew Hamilton Russell, carving a turkey for officers.

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New Zealand Commander carves the turkey on Christmas Day, Chateau Segard, 1917. Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association :New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918. Ref: 1/2-013034-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22904056

At the time of this Christmas card’s release in 1917, New Zealand had been at war for three years. This card clearly depicts the sense of distance felt by those in New Zealand that had loved ones fighting overseas, with the imagery of hands clasped across the distance between New Zealand and “somewhere in France”.

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Frank Duncan and Company. Postcard. Christmas greetings. Hands across the sea. NZ Postcard published by Frank Duncan & Co., High St., Auckland. [1917]. Ref: Eph-A-CARDS-Christmas-WWI-1917-02. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22780721

This card was posted to New Zealand from France in 1918, clearly expressing the sender’s desire to return home with the poem on the front: “God gave all men all earth to love / But since our hearts are small / Ordained for each one spot should be / Beloved over all. / Gorse behind the windy town, pollen o’ the pine / Bell-bird in the leafy deep where the Ratas twine / Ferns above the saddle-bow, flax upon the plain / ‘Tis where Pohutukawas bloom we long to be again”.

The drawing of the damaged windmill on the front of the card is thought to depict a windmill at Courcelles in northern France, which withstood repeated shelling and became a landmark for New Zealand troops fighting in the area.

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To Pater, with all good wishes from Bob. Somewhere in France, 4/11/18. “God gave all men all earth to love … ” [Map of New Zealand, by Johns]. 1918.. Cheerio from France. Christmas 1918. A “Diggers'” landmark / Johns. [Card].. Ref: Eph-A-CARDS-Christmas-WWI-1918-03-inside. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22432725

New Zealand troops were easily identified from other colonial troops by their hat – their distinctive headwear, which became known as a lemon-squeezer, is said to have been developed in 1911 by Lieutenant Colonel William Malone, who felt that the fore-and-aft dented hats worn by his troop collected water too readily. He redesigned the hat so that water ran off more easily. Malone’s Wellington regiment adopted this style of hat and was more widely distributed from mid 1916 to other troops. They became a highly visible way to distinguish New Zealand soldiers from other colonial troops.

These cards both show New Zealand soldiers in lemon-squeezers – the first dates from 1917 shows a Kiwi soldier resting on a milestone which is engraved with ‘France to New Zealand, 13,000 miles’ The second is from 1918 and was designed by solider and artist Lieutenant George Patrick Hanna.

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Bell, William Frederick, 1895-1920. Bell, William Frederick, 1896-1920 :Aotearoa. [Greetings card. 1917].. Ref: Eph-A-CARDS-Christmas-WWI-1917-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22857458

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Perry, Murray (Mrs), fl 1975. ‘With every wish that’s brightest & best’ / G P Hanna. N.Z. Division, France. Xmas 1918.. [Ephemera relating to World War I. 1918. Folder 1]. Ref: Eph-A-WAR-WI-1918-02. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23253028

If you’d like to find out more about cards and postcards sent home to New Zealand during World War One, we also recommend this book:

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand and the First World War : 1914-1919 / Damien Fenton ; with Caroline Lord, Gavin McLean and Tim Shoebridge.
“The full story of New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War” (Publisher information)

All images and accompanying information sourced from Sarah Ell’s A New Zealand Christmas: Three Centuries of Kiwi Christmas celebrations from the Alexander Turnbull Library.