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Plenty of bargains in the May book sale!

Every year thousands of avid readers and movie & 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 non-fiction books, along with the usual range of adult fiction, 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 16 May at 9.30am, Central Library.

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We have tablets available to borrow!

Customer tablet with booksIf your New Year’s resolution is to try out more digital services or borrow an eBook, read on!

Adult customers are now able to borrow iPad minis for 3 weeks from the Second Floor desk at the Central Library. These are for customers who would like to become more familiar with the library’s eResources such as free eBooks (Overdrive), newspapers (PressReader), magazines (Zinio for libraries), and other online resources.

Loans are $5, and community card discounts will apply.

Please make your booking, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup time. Tablets will be reset between each customer.

(Depending on the results of the trial, this service may be extended to other branches.)

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Make n’ swap zines at the library

Create and swap zines and art at the library! On the last Thursday of each month we’re collaborating with Wellington Zinefest to create a space dedicated to zines. Make, swap, browse and chat with fellow zine enthusiasts for a couple of hours and get your creativity flowing. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own along too. There are also plenty of power points and USB chargers to keep your phones and laptops charged, if you’re working digitally.

There is also a swap element – if you have zines you’d like to swap, bring them along and trade your creations. Swaps only, no sales.

You may also choose to donate your completed zines to the library, which people will then be able to browse and borrow! Find out more about our zine collection here.

Our first meet-up is this Thursday 26th July, from 6-8pm. See you there!

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Have you explored Gale News Vault yet?

Gale NewsVault - What Real People Were Saying About Everything
Wellington City Libraries has opened up its virtual doors to 400 years of British historical newspapers and 19th Century US newspapers, bringing these resources to your computer or mobile device. Gale News Vault consists of five individual newspaper and news collections. You can uncover births, deaths and marriages or just browse local news or scandals.

The News Vault can be accessed from home and in the library – all you need are your library card details to unlock this amazing treasure trove for family history or history in general.

You can choose to search across the following five collections through Gale News Vault or alternatively, you can search each resource individually:

The Daily Mail Historical Archive: (1896-2004) As well as providing access to the regular edition of this newspaper the archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 / Sunday Times 1822-2006:  The Times has covered all major international events from the French Revolution, to the conflicts, crises and changes of the 21st century.

17-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers: This is the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English News media collected by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). The 700 volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were mainly published in London, however some English provincial newspapers are also represented.

British Newspapers 1600-1950:A comprehensive range of national, regional and local British newspapers reflecting the social, political and cultural events of the times.

19th century US Newspapers: This collection features full text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions from throughout the US. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century with an emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African –American culture and history, and Western migration.

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Lynda.com – free with your library card!

lynda-logo-150As a Wellington City Libraries member you now have free and unlimited access to over 3500 online tutorials and courses via Lynda.com. Learn leadership skills, how to use software like Dreamweaver or Photoshop or even to promote a business through Facebook – and much more besides.

The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved.

All you have to do is login to Lynda.com with your library card details (entering your last name as the PIN), set up a Lynda account to keep a course log, and then start learning!

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Call in to see us at your favourite Wellington City library, or email  to find out more on how to access these high quality and engaging tutorials. For any technical issues, let us know.

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Thursday night films – reserve your seat

Syndetics book cover From 5th March, on Thursday evenings we are trialling screening feature films from the library’s collection at the Central Library. Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor. These screenings are free to attend. The first few will feature films based on books.
To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.
Note : reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

EDIT: Thank you all for you interest in these events. We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online. Please call the Information desk (801-4068) to get more details about the film screenings.

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