Celebrate te Wiki o te Reo Māori

There are many ways to celebrate Maori Language Week, here are eight you can do via your library:

  1. Take your preschool children to Kōhunga Kōrero at Newtown Library on Wednesday
  2. Watch the online storytimes te Huihui o Matariki / the Seven Stars of Matariki
  3. See land deeds for Wellington written in both te Reo and English
  4. Start or improve your study of te Reo Māori
  5. Learn about  Ngā Tupuna of te Whanganui-a-Tara
  6. See our library information boards in both te reo Māori and English
  7. Explore Te Ao Maori in our Kids Catalogue
  8. Check out the Raraunga Kōrero (Māori databases) and search for waiata and people & places

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Our eAudio collection just got a lot bigger!

bolinda logoWe now have a Bolinda Digital subscription, which means you can browse, borrow and download over 800 audiobook titles.

You’ll see that their strength is in Australasian publishing, including some NZ titles, but they also offer international best-sellers.  Similar to our Overdrive subscription, there are audiobooks for all ages available for download.

They are easy to borrow too – you don’t need to download them via special software.  Downloaded titles can be enjoyed on your computer (including Linux-based systems) or transferred to any mobile device capable of playing MP3 files e.g. iPod/ iPad, Sony Walkman, smartphone etc.

Want to know more?  Our eLibrary page has all the details.

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Listen to Al Fraser on our Music Ad Lib podcast

Putorino3aWellington City Libraries has a monthly radio show on Wellington Access Radio. For a recent show (16th April), we interviewed Al Fraser, maker of beautiful taonga puoro (maori musical instruments) and multi-talented Wellington musician.

He’s a musician on the The Woolshed Sessions, Tahu, Reo and Rosy Tin Teacaddy and we chat about music, making music and making musical instruments…

PutorinoSongs featured in the podcast came from these albums:
The Woolshed Sessions – “Our World”, Tahu – “Mataa”, plus “Te Take o Te Raku” and “Reo” by Reo

Listen to the interview here

2010’s top 10 downloaded audiobooks

Syndetics book coverThe time traveler’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger ; [read by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow].
It may have been the effect of a movie version coming out, but this title was the most downloaded audiobook of the 2010 year in our elibrary.

The full top 10 for 2010:

  1. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  2. Journeys in English
  3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  4. Absurdistan
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Twilight
  7. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
  8. Atonement
  9. Fahrenheit 451
  10. The Overlook

Although our ebook collection is still new, here are the top 5 downloaded titles so far:

  1. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism
  2. Blood Ties
  3. Clockwork Angel
  4. Eat, Pray, Love
  5. The Fry Chronicles

Look out for many more titles being available in 2011.

New online storytimes to keep you entertained

If you’re wanting distraction for the younger ones in your family (or you want to be entertained yourself), why don’t you check out our new online stories? Donkeys and Selma, both read by Thomas La Hood, are now available to view (our grateful thanks to Gecko Press for allowing us to use these books).

These videos join the other online storytimes on our Kids Downloads page.

Snake and Lizard

Book coverNow you can view and listen to stories from New Zealand and around the world on your computer in the comfort of your own home! Snake and Lizard, by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Gavin Bishop – a finalist in the Junior Fiction category of the 2008 NZ Post Book Awards – is the latest addition to our Kids’ Downloads page. Head over to our Kids’ Downloads page to listen to selected chapters from Snake and Lizard, read by Thomas La Hood.