Discover the joy of Christmas crafting! New craft books

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.

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.