Special Events in March

We have some awesome events lined up this month, leading in with a livestream of the popular TedxWellington event. Tickets to the event itself sold out within minutes, but you can view the entire event over a video stream. There is no entry fee, and you can stay for as long as you like. You can find more details on the event we are hosting here.

While not a library event specifically, it’d be criminal if we didn’t mention Writers Week, happening 9th-13th March. Check the Writers Week website for more details.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

The ACB with Honora LeeOne-off events
– Saturday 5th March – 11am-5.45pm – TedxWellington Livestream (free entry) – Mezzanine floor, Central library
– Saturday 5th March – 11am-12pm – NZ Festival “The ACB with Honora Lee” Children’s Story Reading – Ground floor, Central library

Recurring events
– Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library (bookings required, phone 801-4068)
– 1st Friday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late night storytime at Johnsonville library
– Last Saturday of every month 10am-3pm – Knitting circle at Central library

Kōhunga Kōrero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – 3rd November – 10.30am (1st Tuesday of each month)
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 9th November – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 17th November – 10.30am (3rd Tuesday of each month, replaces PSST that day)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 24th November – 2pm (4th Tuesday of each month)

Special events in November

This month we have some neat happenings around our libraries, plus a few amendments to existing events. You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

One-off events
– Saturday 7th November – 11am-2pm – “Make Time to Make Zines” workshop for kids – Ground floor, Central library
– Thursday 19th November – 6.30-8pm – An evening with author Emanuel E. Garcia – Ground floor, Central library

Conservation Week 1-8 November
– Monday 2nd November – 10.30am – Conservation Week story time – Tawa Library
– Tuesday 3rd November – 10.30am – Conservation Week story time  Johnsonville Library

StoriesandRhymes Launch Poster MEDIUMRecurring events
– Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library (bookings required, phone 801-4068)
– 1st Friday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late night storytime at Johnsonville library
– Last Saturday of every month 10am-4pm – Knitting circle at Central library

Kōhunga Kōrero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – 3rd November – 10.30am (1st Tuesday of each month)
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 9th November – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 17th November – *NEW TIME* 10.30am (3rd Tuesday of each month, replaces PSST that day)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 24th November – 2pm (4th Tuesday of each month)

Special events in October

Children_s_events_image_SMALLAt the very beginning of October we are hosting jQuery and Python coding workshops for teens. Registrations are essential. We can’t wait!

These go hand in hand with our series of holiday activities called Click, Make, Build and Create. There will be different activities happening at each library, so check with your local branch to find out what’s on offer. Ideal for kids aged 6-12 years old.

The first week of October is Wellington Wellbeing Week – come and learn to use Lynda.com, our newest free database for library users, or take a moment to relax with our adult colouring in activities.

From the 1st of October Central library is hosting a very special photographic exhibiton, with images taken by renowned photographer Ans Westra during the 1975 Land March. Ans Westra will be joining us in conversation at 12.30pm on Tuesday 6th October at the Central library. Please join us for this very special event!

We also have our very first Kōhunga Kōrero storytime at Newtown library since it reopened! Come along on Tuesday 6th October to hear some wonderful stories in te reo!

Please remember all libraries will be closed on Monday 26th October for Labour Day.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Wellington Wellbeing Week
– Lynda.com expo – 12.30-1.30pm, Tuesday 6th October through Saturday 10th October at Central library
– Adult colouring in activities – Tuesday 6th October through Saturday 10th October at Central library on ground floor and mezzanine landing

Ongoing events
Ans Westra photographic exhibition ‘Not one more acre’ – Central library 2nd floor – from 1st October

One-off events
– Friday 2nd October – 10.30am – “Toot: The World’s Tiniest Whale” storytime at Central library
– Tuesday 6th October – 12.30pm – ‘Not one more acre’ exhibition introduction by photographer Ans Westra at Central library
– Thursday 8th October – 6.30-7pm – Animal Tales storytime at Tawa library

Coding Workshops for Teens at Central library (bookings required)
– Thursday 1st October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a website with jQuery
– Friday 2nd October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a game with Python

Coding Workshops for teens
Click, Make, Build and Create holiday activities
– Wednesday 30th September – 1-2pm – Island Bay Community Centre
– Wednesday 30th September – 2-3pm – Johnsonville library
– Thursday 1st October – 2-3.30pm – Kilbirnie Library – Movie Making Magic
– Tuesday 6th October – 10-11am – Karori library
– Tuesday 6th October – 2-3pm – Newlands Community Centre
– Wednesday 7th October – 11am-12pm – Central library – Star Wars day!
– Thursday 8th October – 11am-12pm – Tawa Library – Blast off into space!
– Thursday 8th October 2-3.30 – Newtown library – Movie Making Magic

StoriesandRhymes Launch Poster MEDIUMRecurring events
– Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library (bookings required, phone 801-4068)
– 1st Friday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late night storytime at Johnsonville library – this month’s theme is “Space”

Kōhunga Kōrero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – 6th October – 10.30am (1st Tuesday of each month)
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 12th October – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 20th October – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 27th October – 2pm (4th Tuesday of each month)

Not One More Acre: A Conversation with Ans Westra at the Central Library

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This October marks the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Māori Land March – when Dame Whina Cooper lead marchers to Parliament to protest the loss of Māori lands. “Not One More Acre of Māori Land” became the catch-cry of the marchers, who left Te Hāpua in the far north on 14 September as a group numbering no more than 50, and eventually reached Wellington on 13 October as a powerful hikoi numbering at over 5000.

Iconic photographer Ans Westra captured this event and on Tuesday 6 October Wellington Central Library will be hosting a talk with this renowned and well-loved photographer, who will describe her experience of attending and photographing the historic march. From Thursday 1st October there will also be an exhibition of contact sheet prints of Ans Westra’s photographs of the arrival of the march in Wellington on 13 October 1975.

A Conversation with Ans Westra
Tuesday 6 October at 12.30pm
2nd floor, Central Library

Syndetics book coverWashday at the pa / photographs by Ans Westra ; with text by Mark Amery.
Washday at the pa, by New Zealand premier photographers Ans Westra, was first published as a photo-story booklet in 1964 by the Department of Education for use in Primary Schools, but all 38,000 copies were withdrawn following a campaign by the Maori Women’s Welfare League that it would have a ‘detrimental effect’ on Maori people – and that the living conditions portrayed within the book were atypical. A second edition of the booklet was published the same years with some images omitted. This edition is a selection of these two editions together with photographs of the washday family taken in 1988, and includes essays by arts critic, journalist and broadcaster Mark Amery detailing the controversy and background of Washday at the pa.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNga tau ki muri = Our future / Ans Westra.
“This timely and visionary new book includes 137 Westra photographs of the New Zealand landscape, with text contributions from Hone Tuwhare, Russel Norman, Brian Turner, David Eggleton and David Lange, who wrote a short piece for Ans as part of an unrealised book project in 1987. Well known for her iconic black and white documentation of Maori culture, Ans Westra is also known for her colour works, which show concern for New Zealand’s destiny, “an island exploited by various waves of settlement”. Shot with Ans’ trusty Rolleiflex camera, the sometimes damning images in Our Future have been made over the last 20 years. “The purpose of the book is to give a directive to the country, an awareness of things changed and lost within its short history. If we don’t plan for the long term and keep taking stop-gap measures, we leave very little behind. Instead of becoming like the rest of the world, this beautiful place should become a shining example of hope for survival in a newly balanced environment.” –Ans Westra.” (Syndetics summary)

Whina [videorecording] : mother of the nation.
“The autobiography of Maori land activist Dame Whina Cooper filmed two years before she died. Born in an earth-floor whare she became a teacher, gum digger, rugby coach, midwife, a tribal leader, president of Maori Women’s Welfare League and controversial leader of the Maori Land March. Who organized her first public protest at the age of 18.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverHīkoi : forty years of Māori protest / Aroha Harris.
“What have Maori been protesting about? What has been achieved? This book provides an overview of the contemporary Maori protest ‘movement’, a summary of the rationale behind the actions, and a wonderful collection of photographs of the action u the protests, the marches and the toil behind the scenes. And it provides a glimpse of the fruits of that protest u the Waitangi Tribunal and the opportunity to prepare, present and negotiate Treaty settlements; Maori language made an official language; Maori-medium education; Maori health providers; iwi radio and, in 2004, Maori television.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandboek : Ans Westra photographs / [exhibition curator and coordinator, Luit Bieringa ; texts, Cushla Parekowhai [et. al]].

Ans Westra [videorecording] : private journeys/public signposts / director, Luit Bieringa ; producer, Jan Bieringa.
New Zealand photographer, Ans Westra, talks about her career.

Special Events in September

newtownNewtown Library has just reopened – hooray! – so it’s back to business as usual, although there is no Kōhunga Kōrero session at Newtown this month.

It’s Chinese Language Week from 7-11 September and we have loads of events happening, make sure to check those out. Don’t forget to come along to our Ni Hao Chinese storytimes which occur every Thursday at the Central library, plus extra sessions from 7-11 September detailed below.

We also have a pop-up non-fiction book sale at Central library from the 15th to the 27th September. Come and grab a bargain!

At the very beginning of October we are hosting jQuery and Python coding workshops for teens. For ease of access and as registrations are essential, they have been included in this month’s event listings. We can’t wait!

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Chinese Language Week (view in Chinese)
— Ni Hao Storytime
Monday 7th September – Johnsonville library – 10.30-11.00am
Tuesday 8th September – Karori library – 10.30-11.00am
Thursday 10th September (every week) – Central library – 10.00-10.30am
Friday 11th September – Kilbirnie library – 11.00-11.30am

— Learn basic Mandarin (Chinese)
Tuesday 8th September – Central library – 1.00-1.30pm
Friday 11th September – Karori library – 3.30-4.00pm

— Tai Chi class
Friday 11th September – Central library – 12.30-1.30pm

Chinese Film Night – “The Bullet Vanishes” (bookings required, phone 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese))
Please note: this film is R16
Wednesday 9th September – Central library – 6.00-8.00pm
Friday 11th September – Newtown library – 6.00-8.00pm

Chinese Painting class
Monday 7th September – Central library – 11.00am-12.00pm

Chinese Calligraphy class
Friday 11th September – Johnsonville library – 11.00am-12.00pm

Central Library tours in Chinese (bookings required, phone 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese))
Monday 7th September – 2.30-4.00pm
Thursday 10th September – 2.30-4.00pm

One-off events
– Wednesday 2nd September – 12.30-1.30pm – Law for Lunch: Stop Workplace Bullying
– Saturday 19th September – 10am-3pm – Knit-a-thon at Central library
– Tuesday 29th September – 10.30am-12pm – Learn to use WCL online resources (for seniors)

Ongoing events
– Non-fiction pop-up book sale – Central library – 15th September to 27th September

Read an eBook Day
– Wednesday 16th September & Thursday 17th September – Central library – 12-2pm
– Friday 18th September – Johnsonville library – 4-7pm
– Friday 18th September – Newtown library – 6-7.30pm

Coding Workshops for Teens at Central library (bookings required)
– Thursday 1st October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a website with jQuery
– Friday 2nd October – 9.30am-3.30pm – Build a game with Python

Coding Workshops for teens
Recurring events
– Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library (bookings required, phone 801-4068)
– Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library

Kōhunga Kōrero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – No session in September, back to usual from October (1st Tuesday of each month)
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 14th September – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 15th September – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 22nd September – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Special events in August

lflIt’s August already and we have some fantastic Law for Lunch seminars lined up for the month ahead. Learn about how to stay safe online, as well as renter’s rights, how to identify unsafe relationships, plus more, all in our lunchtimes talks. Register your interest over on our Facebook event listings. Refreshments will be provided.

Later in the month we are very excited to host a talk with suspense & thriller writer Michael Robotham, and a talk about volunteering in the Pacific with VSA! See below for more details.

Please note Newtown library is temporarily closed for essential maintenance. The library will reopen on 7 September 2015. You can find more information on the closure here.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Law for Lunch
– Wednesday 5th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
How to protect yourself from online schemers, scams and shams
– Wednesday 12th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
The law behind child abduction
– Wednesday 19th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
Renting? Make sure your landlord respects your rights
– Wednesday 26th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Kilbirnie library
Unsafe relationships – Know the signs to look out for your friends and whanau
Plus one event in September:
– Wednesday 2nd September – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Newlands Community Centre
Stop bullying happening at work

Tales from the BalletTales from the Ballet – Sir Jon Trimmer presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
– Saturday 1st August 11am-12pm – Central library
– Saturday 8th August 11am-12pm – Karori library
– Saturday 15th August 11am-12pm – Johnsonville library
– Saturday 22nd August 11am-12pm – Kilbirnie library

One-off events
– Wednesday 19th August – 5.30pm-7pm – Volunteering in the Pacific with VSA
Cover from Syndetics– Thursday 27th August – 6pm-7.30pm – An evening with Michael Robotham

Recurring events
*NEW* – Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library
– Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library

Kohunga Korero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – No Newtown sessions while library maintenance is taking place
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 10th August – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 18th August – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 25th August – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Special Events in July

Tales of the BalletJuly brings with it the school holidays, and we have loads of activities for kids of all ages this July! Musical activities, ballet presentations, and visits from Paul Beavis, the author & illustrator of Mrs Mo’s Monster. We also have NEW storytime sessions every Thursday, with stories in Mandarin Chinese! Check out the details below!

Please note Newtown library will be temporarily closed for essential maintenance beginning in May. Newtown library will be closed from Wednesday 13 May to Wednesday 22 July inclusive. You can find more information on the closure here.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Throughout the month:
Māwhai Tuhituhi – online Te Reo writing competition – Monday 27th July-Friday 31st July

Cover from SyndeticsSchool holiday activities:
Musical Madness activities: DIY music & instruments – Monday 6th July-Wednesday 15th July – Tawa, Cummings Park, Kilbirnie, Miramar, Central, Karori libraries, Island Bay Community Centre
Tales from the Ballet: RNZB stories with Sir John Trimmer – Monday 6th July-Thursday 16th July – Central, Karori, Kilbirnie, Johnsonville libraries
Mrs Mo’s Monster: Live reading & drawing sessions with author/illustrator Paul Beavis – Tuesday 7th July-Wednesday 15th July – Central, Karori, Kilbirnie, Johnsonville libraries
First aid skills: have a go! – Tuesday 7th July-Wednesday 15th July – Tawa, Central, Cummings Park, Johnsonville, Karori, Khandallah libraries

One-off events
– Friday 17th July – 2.30pm-5pm & 6.30pm-9pm – Zine-making workshops with artist Kerry Ann Lee – Thistle Hall & Central library (in collaboration with Wellington Zinefest)
– Tuesday 28th July – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Ngā kōrero o Te Whanganui-a-Tara: an iwi perspective – Lunchtime talk with Kura Moeahu
– Thursday 30th July – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Ngā kōrero o Te Whanganui-a-Tara: an iwi perspective – Lunchtime talk with Neavin Broughton

Recurring events
*NEW* – Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30 – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library

Kohunga Korero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – No Newtown sessions until after library reopens 22nd July 2015
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 13th July – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 21st July – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 28th July – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Special Events in June

Book SaleThis month brings the Winter Book Sale! Many bargains to be had and gems to be discovered! See our Facebook event for more details and prices.

Please note Newtown library will be temporarily closed for essential maintenance beginning in May. Newtown library will be closed from Wednesday 13 May to Wednesday 22 July inclusive. You can find more information on the closure here.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Throughout the month:
– Winter Book Sale – Wednesday 3rd June-Thursday 18th June inclusive. Facebook event & calendar listing
Japanese Photography rotating exhibition – Mezzanine floor (next to Clarks cafe)
#MatarikiMash competition on Twitter – Monday 15th June-Wednesday 8th July

One-off events
– Thursday 11th June – International Yarnbombing Day
– Saturday 13th June 11am-3pm – Worldwide Knit In Public Day – Knit-in at Central Library

Cover from SyndeticsAuthor talks by Robin Robilliard
Robin Robilliard, author of Hard Country, will be giving a series of talks in our libraries over three days. Don’t miss it!
– Thursday June 18th 6.30pm – Kilbirnie Library
– Friday June 19th 6pm – Wellington Central Library
– Saturday June 20th 11.30am – Johnsonville Library

Recurring events
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30 – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library
– First Thursday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late Night storytime at Tawa Library
– First Friday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late Night storytime at Johnsonville Library
– Second Friday of every month 6.30-7.30pm – Free drawing classes with Joyce at Johnsonville library

Kohunga Korero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – No Newtown sessions until library reopens 22nd July 2015
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 8th June – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 16th June – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 23rd June – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Special events in May

This month we have a number of activities to snuggle up with as the winter chill sets in!
Please note Karori and Newtown libraries will be temporarily closed for essential maintenance beginning in May. Karori will be closed from Saturday 9 to Monday 25 May inclusive. Newtown library will be closed from Wednesday 13 May to Wednesday 22 July inclusive. You can find more information on these closures here.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

One-off events
– Sunday 3rd May 1-3.45pm – Japanese Children’s Day activities at Central library
– Friday 8th May 6.30-8pm – Project Wildman talk at Newtown library

ComicFest 2015! (April/May)
– Friday 1 May – Digital comics workshop with Tim Gibson 5-6.30pm at Central
– Friday 1 May – Panel: The current and future state of New Zealand comics 7-8pm at Central
– Saturday 2 May – Free Comic book day! World comics display & Manga drawing competition – all day
– Saturday 2 May – Comics 101 workshop with Sarah Laing 10-11.30am at Central
– Saturday 2 May – Cosplay competition 11.30am-12pm at Central
– Saturday 2 May – ‘Tintin –the journey from comic to film’ 12-1pm at Central
– Saturday 2 May – Panel: New Zealand Women’s Comics with the editors of Three Words 1-2pm at Central
– Saturday 2 May – Comicfest announces winners for the Manga drawing competition 2-2.30pm at Central

Recurring events
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30 – Gamesfest at Central Library
Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library
– First Thursday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late Night storytime at Tawa Library
– First Friday of every month 6.30-7pm – Late Night storytime at Johnsonville Library
– Second Friday of every month 6.30-7.30pm – Free drawing classes with Joyce at Johnsonville library

Kohunga Korero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – 5th May – 10.30am (1st Tuesday of each month)
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 11th May – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 19th May – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 26th May – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Listen to Travel Writer Tomislav Perko at the Central Library

A few weeks ago, we had a great pleasure to host Tomislav Perko’s inspiring talk at the Central Library. We had an amazing crowd who listened to Tom’s every word, watched his cool videos and asked many many questions.

For those who missed this fun and informative event, we are grateful to Tom’s amazing generosity to allow us to share the visual presentation (the slides below and his VIDEO) and the SOUND RECORDING OF THE EVENING.

Originally from Croatia, Tomislav Perko left a career as a stockbroker in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and decided to follow his dream to travel the world.

100 days of spring coverHe hitchhiked, slept in parks, volunteered, played the guitar on the street, worked odd jobs, sailed across the Indian ocean on a 13-meter boat, hung out with Maasai warriors in Kenya and shamans in the Amazon jungle. Five years later, he published a book “1000 Days of Spring” and continues travelling to talk about his adventures. Having recently arrived in New Zealand, we were happy to welcome Tomislav to the Central Library where he shared his amazing experience with a captive audience.  Whether you are thinking of setting off on an adventure of your own or just enjoy listening and reading about other people’s, this presentation is sure to inspire.