Join us on Waitangi Day

waitangi day

Nau mai, haere mai.

Please join with us in celebrating Te Rā o Waitangi : Waitangi Day celebrations in a day of bicultural fun for the whole whānau.

Where & when : Monday 6 February, at the Wharewaka, 10:30am-2.00 pm.

Following the pōwhiri at 10:30am, Wellington City Libraries is pleased to host Apirana Taylor who will present two storytimes at 10:40 and 11:30 am.

In between the storytimes we will be providing an opportunity for children and parents to
– make badges using our badge machine
– create waka/watercraft from natural materials.

Come also to see our range of books on the Treaty, and enter your name for a random prize draw of books.

You can also test your knowledge of historical events which triggered the signing of Te Tiriti/The Treaty by completing our online quiz.

October = New Zealand Book Month

October is the month for celebrating New Zealand writing and publishing. This is an annual event in which New Zealand books are highlighted,  and writers new and well-established are acclaimed and rediscovered. As part of the celebration we’ve created an online quiz – How well do you know New Zealand Fiction?  on our Popular Topics Fiction web page. Find out how your knowledge stacks up! You might know more than you think, and you may even come across an interesting fact or two that you didn’t know. Good luck – and we hope you discover a fantastic New Zealand book or two this month!

(P.S. The  book above  is the answer to one of the quiz questions…)

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road, the first of seven novels by Richard Yates, was published in 1961 and was much acclaimed by the critics. Set in the mid 1950s it tells the story of a young married couple, who feel they are more than ordinary, they dispise their urban lifestyle, its people and the social confines of the time they inhabit. They are ambitious for a life beyond, filled with purpose and the promise they are sure they deserve. This novel reflects the social aspects of post war America brilliantly. The movie, based on the novel is due for release on 22 January, and stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet ( who won a Golden Globe for her performance). You could win a double pass, courtesy Paramount Pictures to the film Revolutionary Road by completing a simple quiz on our Fiction webpage and sending us your details.