Meri Kirihimete from WCL’s Library Manager

Kia ora koutou
2018 has been another busy and exciting year at Wellington City Libraries. From Virtual Reality to Crafternoons, Creative Writing Workshops to Let’s go Lego, we’ve had a year jam-packed with interesting activities and events. This year we’ve been delighted to start a number of new programmes including Code Club, which has been the subject of great feedback from kids and parents alike.

A particular highlight for me was marking 125 years of Suffrage. The banners in the Central Library entrance, voting booths, and 1893-esque photos taken by staff gave the whole event a feeling of excitement and importance.

2018 has seen us break ground on Waitohi, the new Johnsonville Library and Community Hub. From small beginnings early in the year, the new building is now flying up. Waitohi will have a dedicated Makerspace and we’ll be running lots of interesting programmes there. I’m looking forward to seeing it open this time next year, and the staff can’t wait to show everyone the new spaces and reimagined precinct.

Having taken over the role of Library Manager in June, I would also like to thank our previous Library Manager Chris Hay. Chris did a wonderful job of managing Wellington City Libraries over the previous 2 1/2 years, and is now enjoying the role of Manager of Tūranga, the new Central Library in Christchurch.

Our library never (or hardly ever) sleeps! We added more than 86,000 new items into our collections, and have been privileged to have 2.6 million people through our doors this year so far. Thank you all for continuing to be such enthusiastic library users!

We hope you have a wonderful festive season, and look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.

Ngā mihi nui,
Laurinda

It’s Christmas Storytime Time Again!

Deck the Halls with Books of Jolly! Fa la la la la….

Christmas Storytimes are back!

Dust of your jingle bells, catch a sleigh ride, and follow the reindeer footprints into your local library for fun family storytimes to get your into the festival Christmas spirit.

These storytimes will be filled with stories and songs for the Christmas season, and are suitable for families with children of all ages. Come along in a Christmas costume, or your coziest pyjamas!

All storytimes start at 6pm and run for 45mins.

When and Where:

Monday 17th December

Brooklyn, Cummings Park (Ngaio), and Miramar Library,

Tuesday 18th December

Central Library, Children’s section

Thursday 20th December

Wadestown, Karori, Khandallah, Mervyn kemp (Tawa) and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Libraries, and Island Bay Community Centre

Friday 21st December

Newtown and Johnsonville Libraries

These are free events, and bookings aren’t required.

Stocking up on Christmas titles!

The Christmas Secret

Christmas spirit at the library! Immerse yourself in new and classic titles from a variety of authors from different genres who use Christmas to showcase their storytelling talents. Whether it’s Ali Smith’s Winter, musing on how we present ourselves to family, or Agatha Christie setting Poirot and Miss Marple baffling cases for Christmas there is great reading material for the holidays.

Some authors regularly return to the celebration theme with series set around Christmas, Debbie Macomber, who brings a new feel good Christmas gift every year and Anne Perry who delivers Victorian mystery novellas adorned with all the trimmings. James Patterson and John Grisham’s fast paced seasonal titles play foil to the romantic holiday offerings from Jenny Colgan and Karen Swan.

Enjoy our tailored Christmas collection!

Syndetics book coverTwelve days of Christmas : a novel / Debbie Macomber.Twelve Days of Christmas
“Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how, by killing him with kindness. To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Meanwhile, Julie’s blog becomes an online sensation, as an astonishing number of people start following her adventures.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Christmas secret / Karen Swan.
“Set on the beautiful island of Islay in Scotland, The Christmas Secret is a gripping and heartwarming novel. Alex Hyde is the leaders’ leader. An executive coach par excellence. Lochlan Farquhar, CEO of Kentallen Distilleries, is a maverick, an enigma and a renegade, and Alex needs to get inside his head before he brings the company to its knees. It should be business as usual. She can do this in her sleep. Only, when she gets to the remote island of Islay, with the winter snows falling, Alex finds herself out of her comfort zone.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWinter / Ali Smith.Winter: A Novel
Here comes Winter. Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer’s leaves? Dead litter.
The world shrinks; the sap sinks.
But winter makes things visible. And if there’s ice, there’ll be fire. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith’s shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter. It’s the season that teaches us survival. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Christmas revelation : a novel / Anne Perry.
“Christmas is coming and the streets of London are full of festive cheer. As young Worm returns to his home at the Portpool Lane clinic, he encounters the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and, spellbound, he follows her until she is dragged away by two evil-looking men. Convinced that she is in grave danger, Worm begs Squeaky Robinson to help him track her down. But Elouise is embroiled with dangerous criminals who want information that only she can tell. They will stop at nothing to get what they want and, with Christmas day fast approaching, Worm and Squeaky must conjure up a daring plan to help Elouise before it is too late.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe adventure of the Christmas pudding : and a selection of entrees / Agatha Christie.
“Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection…first came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… then the discovery of a corpse in a chest… next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder… the strange case of the dead man who altered his eating habits… and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMerry Christmas, Alex Cross / James Patterson.
“It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again–a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything–and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChristmas at the Cornish cafe / Phillipa Ashley.
“Return to the Cornish Cafe in this gorgeous festive romance – the perfect book to curl up with this Christmas. Christmas will be slightly less turbulent than summer, won’t it? Demi certainly hopes so. A storm is brewing in more ways than one. As surprises unfold and truths are uncovered, can Demi and Cal finally open up to each other about their feelings?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkipping Christmas / John Grisham.Skipping Christmas
“Imagine a year without the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition. This is just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they plan to skip Christmas and embark on a Caribbean cruise instead. But as this weary couple is about to discover it’s not as easy as that.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Darling Dahlias and the poinsettia puzzle / Susan Wittig Albert.
“It’s Christmas, 1934, and the citizens of Darling, Alabama, are unwrapping a big package of Christmas puzzles. Mildred Kilgore and Earlynne Biddle are planning to open a bakery on the square–if they can come up with the right recipes. Charlie Dickens faces two of the biggest puzzles of his career as an investigative reporter, and one of them involves his wife. Cute little Cupcake’s talent as a singer and dancer makes her a tempting target for an unscrupulous exploiter; Lizzy must enlist the Dahlias to protect her, while she herself is confronted by a romantic puzzle. And Sheriff Norris is forced to reopen a puzzling mystery that the town thought was solved and follow a string of clues that lead to a deadly situation at the nearby prison farm.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn island Christmas / Jenny Colgan.
“Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark – and incredibly beautiful. It’s a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love – unless, of course, you’re accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don’t know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings?” (Syndetics summary)

 

Get The London Times that was printed on your birthday! (or your Mum’s!)

The Central Library is offering to library members its hard-copy vintage collection of The Times, dating from 1946 through to the start of 1976.  Each issue is for sale at $5 per copy but there is only one copy of each date. Please note that this collection excludes the Sunday Times which was, and remains, a separate newspaper editorially

This is an ideal quirky gift for anyone born between 1946 and 1976; please pre-order your copy by visiting or phoning the 2nd floor reference desk at the Central Library on 04 801 4114.

Major historical and cultural events covered during this period include:

The moon landing in July 1969
The resignation of President Nixon in August 1974
Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman at ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in Zaire, October 1974

You can still access and read this entire date-range of The Times for free via the Times Digital Archive on My Gateway.

Just in time for Christmas, come in, grab a copy and delve into the past.

Discover the joy of Christmas crafting!

Make your own decorations in the run-up to Christmas using ideas and inspiration found in the books we have selected for you! Wellington City Libraries wishes you all a joyful Christmas season!

Syndetics book coverA very pompom Christmas : 20 festive projects to make / Jemima Schlee.
“Pompoms, a crafting favourite, are easy to make and can be used to create nearly anything you can dream up. With the 20 festive projects in A Very Pompom Christmas, you can transform your living space into a winter wonderland. Crafters of all skill levels–even children–won’t have any trouble creating the projects and spreading the holiday spirit.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPaper stars : 25 festive decorations for every occasion / Karen-Marie Fabricius.
“Scandinavian style is a popular design trend that is here to stay, and paper stars are featured heavily in this style. In Paper Stars, well-known artist Karen-Marie Fabricius provides 25 charming designs, each with detailed step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs. These pretty paper stars are not only perfect for Christmas, but they also look wonderful year-round, hanging on a window, from the mantelpiece, on cupboard doors, or as unique adornments for birthday presents. Making these paper stars is a fun craft for the entire family.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScandi Christmas : over 45 projects and quick ideas for beautiful decorations & gifts / Christiane Bellstedt Myers ; photography by Caroline Arber.
“Christiane Bellstedt Myers has developed a beautiful collection of Christmas essentials using natural materials and traditional colour themes of red and white, and green and silver. The four chapters cover a wide range of crafts, including collage, embroidery, sewing, and baking, and take inspiration from Scandinavian traditions to bring the magic of hygge to your holiday celebrations. ” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSew advent calendars : count down to Christmas with 20 stylish designs to fill with festive treats / Debbie Shore.
“This is the perfect guide to sewing fun, personalised advent calendars for loved ones – perfect for filling with festive treats and handpicked goodies. There are 20 designs included, from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, for both adults and children alike, along with a treat-filled calendar for the family dog! The book contains all the techniques needed to make the calendars, and every project is shown clearly step by step, with helpful tips and advice throughout. Using Debbie’s friendly and easy-to-follow instructions, readers will want to get crafty and create new festive family traditions!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA year in crafts : 52 seasonal projects to delight and inspire / Clare Youngs.
A Year in Crafts is packed full of innovative projects that you’ll really want to make. Be inspired with 52 beautifully simple step-by-step ideas to get you crafting throughout the year. You’ll be truly inspired with Clare Youngs’ lovely projects, so whether you want to make each project in turn as the year progresses, or dip in and out of the book, you’ll never be bored with A Year in Crafts.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMini felt Christmas : 30 decorations to sew for the festive season / Sachiyo Ishii.
“Making your own decorations in the run-up to Christmas is a pastime that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. In this delightful book, well-known crafter Sachiyo Ishii shows the reader how to make fabulously cute and easy-to-make felt decorations to adorn your home during the festive season. The techniques and stitches needed to make all the projects are explained carefully through clear, step-by-step photographs at the beginning of the book, and all the templates required are provided at the back. This wonderful book is a feast of ideas and inspiration for a creative Christmas.” (Syndetics summary)

The 12 Storytimes of Christmas

It’s that time of year where it’s great to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas fever and find some time to spend with your family. And where better to do that than at Wellington City Libraries, listening to stories and songs for the Christmas and festive season. So bring the kids down for a wonderful evening and get lost in the magical world of stories.

Island Bay Library: 7th December, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 7th December, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 11th December, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Central Library: 16th December, 2pm

Miramar Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

CPK Ngaio Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb Kilbirnie Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

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.