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Read, review & win in our Summer Reading Challenge

summer-reading-booklet-coverIt’s that easy. From 1st December – 31st January, kids can pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from your local library (or print it here) and see how many they can read. If they write a Kids’ Club review for every book read from the list, they will be published on the Kids Blog.

Writing more reviews earns prizes, which can be collected from the local library: the first prize is earned after writing 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from then on (a librarian will contact your child when the prize is ready to be collected). But the winning doesn’t stop there… there is also the Challenge’s main prize draw, which will be drawn in early February. The prize will include lots of goodies like books, CDs, vouchers, chocolate, library bags, toys and games, posters, stickers, and much more! To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, and the activities at each library, see the Kids Blog.


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!

Learn more about publishing your masterpiece at Central Library on Friday 9th Dec

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UPDATE: We are happy to announce that we will now be hosting this event at Central Library on FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER at 1PM. Thank you for your patience!

For all of us who are curious about the process of writing and want to know more about what comes next for writers and sometimes takes many years before we can find those labours of love on our library shelves, we have invited author and 2017 Burns Fellow Craig Cliff together with Mākaro Press publisher and author Mary McCallum to join us at the Central Library. They will be discussing how the editing and publishing process works drawing on their own experiences.

indexindexCraig Cliff, author of A Man Melting: Short stories and The Mannequin Makers will be the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University in 2017. He hopes to be as prolific as he was in 2008, when he set himself the goal of writing a million words in a year (and blogged about it at He only wrote 800,767 words in the end, some of which can be found in his short story collection, A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His novel, The Mannequin Makers (2013), has been translated into Romanian and will come out in the U.S. next year.

index3index2Mary McCallum is an author turned publisher. She started up Mākaro Press in Wellington over three years ago and has already published 50 titles, mainly poetry and fiction, and some non-fiction including memoirs. Six titles have already been shortlisted for major awards. Mary is also the author of the award-winning, The Blue (Penguin 2007), a children’s novel Dappled Annie and the Tigrish (Gecko 2014) and a chapbook of poetry The Tenderness of Light. Mary has reviewed books on National Radio for nearly 15 years, and has worked as a bookseller, creative writing tutor, broadcast journalist and TV presenter.

index4Eastbourne: 100 years was published in 2006 and includes one of McCallum’s essays.





New OverDrive eBooks site launched

New OD websiteOur eBook and eAudio eBook service OverDrive has been updated to include new features, simplified usage and a brand new design.

You’ll still access WCL’s OverDrive website from the same address on your desktop and mobile device at We’ll still provide the same eBook and eAudio content in familiar formats and downloading and streaming options you’re used to.

However, you should notice positive changes:

  • – browsing, subject headings and links to our ‘Kids’ and ‘Teens’ pages are now at the very top of the website
  • – searches now auto complete with suggested options
  • – sign in with your library card and use a simplified account area
  • – availability of eBook and eAudio titles is now clearly labelled

In addition to these changes, there are improvements to renewals, holds and recommendations to the library.

For more information on our new OverDrive website, go to our Help page here, or to watch a video summary of our new OverDrive features click here.

If you need any help, please use our technical support form and we’ll email you a helpful response!

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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)



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.


Extra Special Booksale starts Tuesday

Booksalesep16aThousands of avid readers love the Central Library book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this “extra special” non-fiction book sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals to add to their personal collections or just to rummage and find a reference gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection. The major highlight of this sale is the concentration on a great range of non-fiction. 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 in this extra special sale – prices are $2 per book, including songbooks – though some of the latter are individually priced.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 27 September at 9.30am, Central Library.


Celebrate Chinese Language Week 2016

During New Zealand Chinese Language Week, there are lots of fun things to do such as Chinese film nights, Nihao Stories & Rhymes for children and much more. And all for free. 图书馆9月12-17号中文周请点击这里

Chinese Film Night
Syndetics book coverEnjoy four different movies every Tuesday night in September on the big screen for free at the Central Library. Films are in Chinese with English subtitles.
– Central library: Tuesday 6, 13, 20, and 27 September, 6:00-8:00pm. Booking is essential. Please ring 8014068 or 8014083 to reserve your seat. Reservation not taken up by the start time 6:00pm will be given to the customers waiting as seats are limited.

Nihao Stories & Rhymes sessions
The popular Nihao Stories & Rhymes sessions in Chinese will take place at four locations during Chinese Language Week. Bring your kids and have fun learning Chinese!
– Central Library: Wednesday 14 September, 11:00-11:30am. Cost: Free
– Johnsonville library: Tuesday 13 September 10:30-11:00am. Cost: Free.
– Karori library: Thursday 15 September, 11:30am-12:00pm. Cost: Free.
– Brooklyn library: Friday 16 September, 11:00-11:30am. Cost: Free.

Sand painting
Enjoy the stunning performance of sand painting by Yaqiong Ma from the Massey Students Association.  Sand painting is the art of pouring sand on the surface to create the fantastic effect of light and shadow. You can also have a go at sand painting at the end of the performance.
– Central Library: Wednesday 14 September, 12:00-1:00pm. Cost: Free

Chinese Characters Colouring
Learning to write Chinese characters would never be so easy, and fun. Come to the library and collect all colouring sheets! Available at all libraries during opening hours.

Chinese language class chinese corner booksCome to the library and join the free session to learn Chinese. You will learn basic communication words and phrases for greeting and essential communication.
– Central library: Monday 12 September 12:00-12:30pm at Chinese Corner. Cost: Free.
– Karori library: Friday 16 September, 3:30-4:00pm. Cost: Free.

Library Tour
Wellington Central Library is situated in the heart of the city and has beautiful city to sea view. Welcome to the tour of the library to discover our wide range of services and collections. These include Chinese collection, books, DVDs, RFID technology, Chinese language collection,, events and much more! The tour will be conducted in Chinese at the Central Library Thursday 15 September at 10:00am. Bookings are essential. Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese).

Music and dance
Bring your family to the performance of traditional Chinese dance and string instrument performance: Zheng. Come to the Central Library on Saturday 17th of September at 4:00pm. Dance is brought to you by students of Wellington Chinese Language School.  Zheng performance by Carolyn Wang.

Peking Opera and dance
peking operaEnjoy China’s national treasure: Peking Opera, plus dance and music donated by the Chinese Cultural & Arts Association, and Ming Tea Studio. Come to the Central Library on Saturday 17th of September at 11:00am-12:00pm.

Reading Magazines in Chinese
DragonSourceDragonsource provides access to hundreds of Chinese language magazines in both simplified and traditional Chinese including Vogue, Reader’s Digest, and Phoenix weekly. These can all be viewed on your pc or browser on your phone. The database can be searched using title, keyword, or alternatively simply click on the magazine covers.

Learn Chinese with eBooks
{4D844CF9-A5F9-4B10-97D5-6A148E458196}Img400 Bilingual eBooks and eAudio books are great tools for learning Chinese anywhere you have access to the internet or you can download them to your computer or smartphone. See selected highlights from our Overdrive collection, or browse the full range of eBooks and eAudio Books on OverDrive.

Read Chinese eNewspapers
Read today’s Chinese newspapers online via PressReader and New York Times in Chinese. Free from Wellington City Libraries with your library card membership. chineselanguageweek


PressReader – the new improved PressDisplay

pressreader-appFrom September, the PressDisplay database will become PressReader. You will still get same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world, but the look of PressReader is much more mobile friendly and customisable to view on your computer or mobile device. You can also choose to take advantage of a range of new features such as bookmarking, instant translation, keyword search and greatly improved social sharing.

Fantastic New Magazine Content

As well as the vast array of newspaper content, PressReader provides full access to as many magazines as newspapers with some great NZ titles, including NZ Listener, NZ Woman’s Day, Cuisine, Metro, NZ House & Garden, NZ Gardener, Little Treasures, NZ Rugby World, and Next. Overseas titles include Mojo, Q, BBC History, T3, Elle, Mollie Makes, Playstation Magazine, SFX, GQ Australia,Vogue Australia and Top Gear. And just like Pressdisplay, over 60 languages are represented in the newspaper & magazine content.

Accessing Pressreader

By using PressReader through the library website and by logging in with your library card, you now receive 48 hours of Pressreader access on that same computer without having to re-login again. A pop up at the beginning of each session will alert you to how much time you have remaining. When the time runs out, you can login again with your library card to get 48 more hours.

If you choose to, you can also use the free PressReader app both in the library and remotely to read newspapers and magazines. If you’re using the app in our libraries, you will immediately get 48 hours access to the content. If using it from home, login using your tablet or smartphone’s browser first via the library website to obtain this extended access, and then create your own unique signin to use the app (either using your email or a social media account), and create your own collection of titles and interests.  You can then use this sign in on the app. NB The ‘Library Card’ signin isn’t available to library members currently)

You may notice some slight differences between Pressdisplay and Pressreader – once you select a title, you can now ‘turn’ the pages by clicking and dragging the next page into the centre screen. Thumbnails of the pages that used to be on the right of the paper can now be found at the bottom of the screen, with the table of contents.

More information: Pressreader Help Centre, Pressreader videos, iOS user guide and for Android user guide.

If you have any questions about using the new Pressreader, please let us know at


An Olympic display with a family connection

Olympics display

Come and see a very special display on the first floor of the Central Library in celebration of the 2016 Olympic Games. Staff member Fraser Carter has kindly lent some of the items from the uniform of his grandfather, Nick Carter, a cyclist who was a member of the New Zealand team in the 1948 Olympiad in London.

See photographs of the (very small) team, Nick’s blazer, jersey, diary, the New Zealand flag he proudly carried in the closing ceremony and other memorabilia. As a touching reminder of a more innocent age we can also see the Bible with which he was presented and took with him. A video of the 1948 Olympic Games plays continuously and books on the Olympics, sports and games augment the display.
The display will run until the end of September and everyone is welcome to take a look.

Fraser, together with Wellington City Libraries, wish to thank the New Zealand Olympic Committee Museum, who agreed to release items for this exhibition.


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