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, Lynda.com, 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

In the browser:

  1. Use your library card details to access the PressReader website
  2. Once on the PressReader site, you’ll need to log in to the site itself again so it can create your PressReader account. Again, this uses your library card details:
    1. Click ‘Sign in’ in the top right-hand corner
    2. Click on the ‘Library and Group’ button
    3. In the ‘Select Library’ box that pops up, search for ‘Wellington City Libraries’ > Click on our Library logo to select this as your library
    4. Enter your Library card number, and your surname as your ‘PIN’, and click the ‘Sign in’ button
    5. When prompted to set up an account, enter your details so that you can save favourite newspapers and magazines. Alternatively you can choose “No Thanks” and not set up an account.

Apps for Android and iOS:

You can download the app for Android and iOS devices below:

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 enquiries@wcl.govt.nz


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.


We’re launching a vinyl collection!

Exciting news for music lovers – we’re launching a brand new vinyl collection for you to borrow from! In September we’re hosting a launch party with DJs, guest speakers and more! Stay tuned for more updates, and take a sneak peek at some of the titles in our collection in the video below:

Plus, it’s competition time! Name as many of the albums in the teaser video as you can, email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz with your answers and you could win some fab music prizes!


We have a new WCL Mini app

We have a brand-new look for our WCL Mini app!

If you already had the previous app installed, you should be prompted to update to the new version the next time you open it. Otherwise, the new app is available for download now in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The new app features a fresh design featuring our favourite nikau palm – this is what you will see in the App and Play stores:

WCL Mini in the App StoreWCL Mini in Play Store
The app has some great new features, including:

  1. Virtual library card: When you are logged in to the WCL Mini app, under “My Account” you will find a barcode for your library card which can be read by our self-issue scanners. Nifty!
  2. Pay fines & fees: There is a link from the app’s main menu to pay your fines and fees online.
  3. eLibrary access: Find links to Overdrive, Borrowbox and our databases from the eLibrary sub-menu
  4. Twitter and Facebook: Our social media feeds are integrated within WCL Mini.

Here’s a quick peek at the new look app home page:


Please note: For iOS users, this is a new app, not just an update to the old app. Once you have downloaded the new app, you may delete the previous app from your device. Android users can just update their existing app to the new version.

If you have any issues with the app, please report them using our technical support form.

We will also be rolling out the new nikau icon to our social media platforms, so don’t be alarmed if you see the new icon associated with our social accounts. Happy reading!

Law for Lunch is back in August!

Law for Lunch is back this August with a range of free seminars presented every Wednesday, from 12pm – 1pm at Wellington City Libraries.

Law-for-lunch-final-011You are all welcome to come along to a series of popular talks on a range of law topics presented by guest speakers, in partnership with Community Law Centre. Ask your questions and get accurate and up to date information, practical advice and cost effective tips during these mini seminars. The programme of talks will include the following:

Wednesday, 3 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Tenancy and the law, presented by Alan Henwood from Tenancy Tribunal

Wednesday, 10 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Home Ownership, presented by Clare Stanley and Brenda Rawson from Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts Law.

Wednesday, 17 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Homelessness, presented by Te Kahu Rolleston (Pou Whirinaki), Community Law and Stephanie McIntyre, Downtown Community Ministry.

Wednesday, 24 August – Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library

  • Social Housing, presented by Jak Wild, Kites and Claire Aspinal, Regional Public Health.

Wednesday, 31 August – Karori Library

  • Transition to Care Facilities, presented by Kylie Haw from Carter Chung Law and Sheila Reed from Age Concern.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Pokémon in the library!

So you may have heard of this new game called Pokémon GO. It’s only the biggest craze sweeping the nation right now, with news stories popping up everywhere about a sore leg pandemic, traffic fines for playing while driving, and about people kayaking out to sea to capture a Pokémon gym for their team.

If you’re mystified, here are the basics: the game is an augmented reality app for both iOS and Android, and it uses Google Maps data to place your avatar in the real world so you can capture Pokémon that you find at the beach, the park, on the streets, or even in your own home. If you’re still confused, have a look at this article which explains everything you need to know.

We’re pretty excited that the Central library (and Karori!) is a Pokéstop (landmark) so we’ll be using Pokémon lure modules to bring the Pokémon to us! We’ll be active from 12-5pm TODAY, Friday 15th July, and next week from the 18th to the 22nd of July from 11am-2pm each day. We’ve got loads of power sockets and USB charging stations for you to use to keep your phone charged up so you can catch ’em all! By the way, we’ve noticed an abundance of Bulbasaurs ’round here.

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PokédexWe also have this “old school” Pokédex in our children’s area where you can tell us which Pokémon you’ve caught in the library. Check out our Tumblr for some more great Pokémon content 😉

You can also join us on Twitter using the hashtag #PokémonABook – some of the ones we’ve come up with are pretty great, if we do say so ourselves! For Whom the Bellsprout Tolls, Catcher in the Rhyhorn, Wartortle and Peace, Pride and Pidgeot, The Old Man and the Seaking, The Weepinbell Jar… Tweet us your best mashups!

Happy hunting, trainers!


Thursday evening film screenings at Central

4bfcaa38966f1dfc177aeeb1cbfba5a4For July 2016, the films screened will be drawn from past favourites at the NZ International Film Festival in Wellington.

Our ‘Taste of the Festival’ line-up includes a documentary about a legendary movie star, a lovely animated feature, and a classic film noir. We have many DVDs showcased from past festivals. Check them out here, grouped by the year they were shown at the festival.

6ae438ad4538a7da681de9dd723c4ddeSessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Winter booksale starts Tuesday 14 June!

booksale2014aEvery year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for our book sales. Judging by their 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, supported by a good range of adult fiction plus magazines on every topic imaginable. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – including DVDs and CDs later in the sale period – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines,while adult fiction, young adult/teens books and most other items are between $1 and $6.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 14 June at 9.30am, Central Library.


Whanake Taiao = Environmental Sustainability: Matariki events at Central Library

Matariki 1 JuneOn the four Wednesdays in June, Wellington City Libraries is presenting a series of four events around Whanake Taiao = Environmental Sustainability, at the Central Library, 12.30 pm.

1 June:  Rev. Dr Rosalind Jiko McIntosh – Guide to a thriving future : putting United Nations Sustainable Development Agreement to work for NZ

8 June:  Jessica Hutchings – Hua parakore: kaupapa Māori food sovereignty:  including soil health and composting.

15 June:  Sarah Adams, Cenna Lloyd – Urban agriculture: fruit trees & bees

22 June:  Fred Allen – Matariki celebration of rongoā Māori and native plant remedies

Puanga kai rau. Ka Hua ai ngā pua, koia ko Puanga. =
An abundance of food at Puanga, when the blossoms become fruit, that is Puanga.


Matariki ahunga nui

More about each event:

Wed 1 June: Rev. Dr Rosalind Jiko McIntosh
For the next 15 years, the United Nations will expand on its kaupapa of 17 major goals set out in a strategy which has been accepted by all nations, September 2015 and which is based on the Millennium Development goals (2000-2015) – find out more about this here: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

In earlier talks at the Central Library, this year, we have heard of the need for clean water (goal 6) and life below water ( 14) but each one of the 17 goals covers an aspect of life at a basic community level – i.e. each one of these goals affects you, and me, in our every day living. Dr Rosalind Jiko McIntosh, a committee member of UNANZ Wellington Branch, retired from a career as a biological sciences research professor to spend the last 20 years in the USA as a social engaged Zen Buddhist.  Rosalind is driven by her experiences, globally, to embrace these kaupapa as pivotal to growing and maintaining healthy local communities.

Matariki 8 June8 June: Jessica Hutchings
jessica-hutchingsHere is Jessica’s recent publication: Te mahi māra : hua parakore – a guide to Māori organic growing.  This book is an amazingly indepth guide to organic gardening, with chapters on a Māori World View, soil and composting, planting, harvesting, rongoā, beekeeping, hens and house cow, and even recipes for using your produce.   You will find an introductory profile here:  http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/201782628/dr-jessica-hutchings, and here: http://www.foodconference.co.nz/14-15th-february-2015/conference-info/dr-jessica-hutchings/

“Dr. Jessica Hutchings, is from the tribe of Ngai Tahu and is also of Gujarati, India descent. Dr Hutchings is an academic, kaupapa Māori researcher and a Hua Parakore grower.   Dr. Hutchings is actively involved with Te Waka Kai Ora (the National Maori Organics Authority) as a grower; a lead researcher on a three-year research project to develop a tikanga based indigenous verification and validation system for food and agriculture – called Hua Parakore…” (Food Matters conference profile).

Matariki 15 June15 June:  Sarah Adams & Cenna Lloyd

Sarah Adams, Community & Neighbourhood Advisor and Urban Agriculture Advisor at WCC will describe the growing of fruit trees within our city boundaries: there is further information on the Council webpages here: wellington.govt.nz/services/environment-and-waste/environment/urban-agriculture.

Cenna Lloyd from Local Flavour Urban Honey Company will describe beekeeping tips for the city – here is one of the suburban bus stops (Khandallah) portraying the Bee Friendly city.


You can see more beekeeping tips on wellington.govt.nz

Matariki 22 juneWed 22 June: Fred Allen
FredallenIn an expansion of his theme, Fred will present his thoughts on Rongoā Māori and native plant remedies within traditional and contemporary paradigms, and subsequent contemporary medicinal developments. Fred Allen is a Rongoā Māori practitioner, New Zealand native herbal medicinal product manufacturer and specialist New Zealand native plant horticulturist. Fred has participated in the NZ Health and Wellness Industry for over 30 years and has invested in development of personal specialist expertise in native flora, NZ biodiversity, ethno botany, phytochemistry and therapeutics of NZ endemic and indigenous herbal medicine.  He identifies and separates his work within both Māori and Western paradigms. He was invited by the South Korean Government to represent New Zealand at the World Traditional Medicine Expo during 2011.

Fred is of Te Atiawa descent, his rohe is Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and he is Managing Director of www.kiwiplants.co.nz and www.kiwiherbs.com.