Zinio Expo for magazine lovers this week

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With Zinio, you now can read the latest magazines online for free and keep them for as long as you like. To find out more about this new eMagazine collection, don’t miss the Zinio Expo happening 24-28 June at 1:00-2:00pm on Central library’s ground floor.

With Zinio, Wellington City Libraries members can borrow as many as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want – with no overdue fees. There’s a wide range of magazines – including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Titles include the Economist, US Weekly, OK Magazine, Australian Vogue, Taste, Rolling Stone, and Utne Reader among many others.

We’d love to see you at the expo, but if you can’t be there, there is more information about how to access and download Zinio eMagazines here, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

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We have Zinio eMagazines

zinio-ipad-photogOur newest eLibrary addition, Zinio, is a great new collection including over 170 current magazine titles. Members of Wellington City Libraries can borrow as many as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want – with no overdue fees.   There’s a wide range of magazines – including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more.  Titles include the Economist, New  Scientist, OK Magazine, Australian Vogue, Taste, Empire, and New Yorker among many others – here’s the full list of titles.

Best of all with overseas magazines titles, there’s no waiting for these digital copies: many of the magazines are available at the same time or sooner than their print editions appear in UK or US, with the same layout on the screen as they have in print, complete with photographs, graphics and even interactive content in some, like National Geographic.  If you missed a previous issue, these are available for most titles as well.

Zinio is easy to use – you can view magazines via streaming on desktop/laptops or download them to tablets or smartphones for offline reading using the free Zinio for Libraries app. Added features in both versions allow magazine content to be printed, shared or emailed – and you can easily bookmark a magazine to save where you’re up to.

To use the Wellington City Libraries’ Zinio collection, visit wcl.govt.nz/zinio. Have your library card number ready – here’s a Slideshare presentation to show you how to set up Zinio :

Here’s another presentation for setting up the Zinio for Libraries app so that you can read magazines on your tablet or smartphone:

If you have any questions about this new service – please email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Happy reading!

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Library Music Database Expo: 12-16 November

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Wellington City Libraries has many music databases available where you can access a multitude of useful information for research or personal use, as well as stream and listen to a variety of music & videos. Over the forthcoming week (November 12th-16th) we will highlight some of these databases with a small expo during the lunch hour at the Central Library. Pop in and see us if you want to learn a bit more about how to access lots of great music for free!

Music Online/Alexander Street Press

Alexander Music Online offers hundreds of thousands of audio recordings, growing monthly, with a wide variety of music available via these databases:

  • American Song
  • Classical Music Library
  • Contemporary World Music
  • Jazz Music Library
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

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Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering over 1,254,000 tracks of classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

Naxos Music Library is an entertaining, educational resource, which offers the best selection of studied music on the web. Through a sophisticated online search engine, you can select music by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists are easily created for hours of continuous enjoyment either via your desktop or on your smartphone. You’ll also find that composer biographies, CD liner notes, and work analyses are just a few of the text resources available while streaming music from the NML. Naxos’s new releases (around 200 CDs annually) are continually added, ensuring an impressive selection in both quality and musical breadth.

  • Enjoy access to over 1.2 million tracks everywhere
  • Search & stream the complete NML catalogue (That’s over 7+ years of continuous music)
  • Not sure what to listen to? Enjoy the Naxos-created guided listening playlists!
  • NML on your Android & iOS devices
  • Unlimited mobile listening. No limits on the amount of music to enjoy!

For more information on these music databases, and other selected resources, see our mygateway.info Music page.

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Introducing our newest reading tool – Book Psychic!

We have many great reading tools available to you through our website. One of the newest additions to the gadget family is Book Psychic. Book Psychic allows you to get book recommendations in the right place at the right time! Most fiction titles are included, along with some popular nonfiction, including biographies. This tool is available as a stand alone website, we’re hoping to include BookPsychic within our Easyfind catalogue very, very soon.

Here’s what Book Psychic provides:

  • Personalises book recommendations based on what you have read.
  • Feeds you recommendations based on your entire reading history
  • The more books you rate the more personalised your list will become
  • You can use your Goodreads and/or LibraryThing accounts to build on your recommendations

Want to check it out? Book Psychic doesn’t require a login: point your browser here and start browsing and rating books.

Sunday 4 August services

Central Library will be closed and some online services will be unavailable on Sunday 4 August. The library will reopen at the usual time, 9.30am, on Monday 5 August.

These changes are necessary to complete the relocation of the library management server to the Council’s data centre in Trentham. The move is part of a Council-wide project to ensure our IT infrastructure is in a secure earthquake-strengthened facility.

These online services will be unavailable on this website on Sunday from 7am until approximately early evening:
– catalogue searching
– library card access
– mygateway database access (for example Pressdisplay & Mango)
– eBook & eAudiobook borrowing (both Overdrive & Bolinda).

The information pages on our website will continue to be available including our blogs, Popular Topics, Māori & Heritage pages, and online storytimes. It will still be possible to browse Bolinda and Overdrive digital offerings and download books already on your bookshelf, but unfortunately the ability to borrow will not be available during this time.

We’ve extended the issues period on items that would have become due so you won’t incur overdue fines. Items that are already overdue won’t incur extra fines during the closure.

We will be updating this website, Twitter feed and Facebook page to notify when our services are fully available again.

We apologise for any impact these changes have to your enjoyment of library services on Sunday. Many thanks for your patience while this work occurs.

Imparare l’inglese sarà facilissimo con Mango Languages

Parli italiano? Sei appena arrivato a Wellington e vuoi imparare l’inglese senza spendere troppo? Puoi farlo gratis con la tessera delle biblioteche pubbliche di Wellington e il nostro nuovo programma Mango Languages. Imparare l’inglese sarà facilissimo grazie al nostro metodo intuitivo con spiegazioni in italiano. Guarda il video qui sotto per saperne di più.

Do you know an Italian speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Italian and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

惠灵顿市立图书馆 学英语用嘅 芒果语言 (汉语普通话)

Do you know a Chinese Mandarin speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Mandarin and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

您是讲中文的吗? 您是刚到惠灵顿,想要找学习英文又不用花很多钱的地方吗?您可以通过惠灵顿图书馆网站提供的Mango Languages数据库免费学英文。
在有中文解释和指导下的直观学习方法使学英文就像孩子玩游戏一样简单。
想要了解更多信息,请看下面的录像。

Bibliotecas de la Ciudad de Wellington – Lenguajes Mango para aprender inglés

¿Eres hispanohablante? ¿Eres nuevo en Wellington y te gustaría aprender inglés sin gastar mucho dinero? Puedes hacerlo de forma gratuita con una tarjeta de las Bibliotecas de la Ciudad de Wellington y nuestra nueva base de datos Mango Languages. Aprender inglés se ha convertido en un jugo de niños con este intuitivo método donde las explicaciones e instrucciones están en español. Mira el siguiente video para aprender más.

Do you know a Spanish speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Spanish and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

マンゴランゲージで楽々英語学習

ウェリントンに来られたばかりでしょうか。あまりお金を使わず英語を学びたいと思っていませんか。ウェリントン市立図書館のカードをお持ちなら、「マンゴランゲージ」という英語学習のデータベースを無料で使うことができます。説明が日本語なのでわかりわすく、子供がゲームを楽しむような自然なかたちで学べるものです。詳しくは下のビデオをご覧ください。

Do you know a Japanese speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Japanese and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

Overdrive Big Library Read

BigLibraryRead300x250Do you enjoy eBooks? Do you regularly download titles from our Overdrive eBook Library? If you do, then take part in this month’s Overdrive Big Library Read!

What is this, we can hear you asking? Well, library users from all over the world (including many NZ public libraries) are downloading and reading the same title on Overdrive between now and 1 June (there’s no limit on who can check this title out — we have as many simultaneous checkouts as we need!).

The book is:

The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone. Here’s a summary, see what you think:

“Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and, for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode, the sky has become a home the earth has never been. So when her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wish, one both absurd and mysterious, no is the easiest of answers. Until she hears that the reward is the one thing she always wanted.” (Drawn from Syndetics)

Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael MaloneOverdrive Big Library Read is a pilot project, but we’re really excited to see it kick off.  So, if this inspires you, download the book and happy reading!

(Let us know what you think of it!)