The 12 Storytimes of Christmas

It’s that time of year where it’s great to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas fever and find some time to spend with your family. And where better to do that than at Wellington City Libraries, listening to stories and songs for the Christmas and festive season. So bring the kids down for a wonderful evening and get lost in the magical world of stories.

Island Bay Library: 7th December, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 7th December, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 11th December, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Central Library: 16th December, 2pm

Miramar Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

CPK Ngaio Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb Kilbirnie Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

Big Book Bash: Children and Youth Literary Festival

Fancy escaping from Wellington for the day? Then bring the family, head over the hills to Carterton in the Wairarapa and join in the fun at the BIG BOOK BASH on Saturday 2nd December. The Big Book Bash has something for everyone, with fun activities, readings, storytelling, workshops, book sales and signings, performances and more. Some of highlights include zine making with Murtle Chickpea, paper bag dogs with Fifi Colston, creative writing workshop with Mandy Hagar, Rainbow Storytimes with LaQuisha St Redfern and Pamela Hancock, author talks and readings with Juliette McIver, Paul Beavis, Allan Bagnall, Ali Foster, Anne Manchester, Mary MaCallum and so much more. With over 30+ events on offer and some amazing authors and illustrators to inspire and delight you this will be a day to be remembered and the best bit, it’s all FREE!

While you’re there perusing the offerings keep an eye out for the Wellington City Libraries’ stand where we will be running a Scavenger Hunt with a bag full of books for the prize!

What: Big Book Bash

Where: Carterton Events Centre, Carterton District Library and Carterton Community Courthouse

When: Saturday 2nd December, 11am – 6pm

Twelve storytimes of Christmas

Come one, come all! Jump on your sleigh and slide down to your local library to get into the festive spirit at one of our special family Christmas Storytimes. These free events are lots of fun with games and activities, carols and festive stories. We would love to see you in your best Christmas costume, or cozy pyjamas.

Island Bay Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Wellington Central Library: 14 Dec, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: 19 Dec, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 22 Dec, 6.30pm

Deck the halls! We look forward to seeing you there. (No need to book; just turn up)

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Chinese Language Week at the library 7-11 September

Experience Chinese culture and language at Wellington City Libraries. There are lots of fun things to do such as Tai Chi, a Chinese film night, Nihao Stories & Rhymes for children, and much more. All for free.

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Nihao Stories & Rhymes session
The popular Nihao Stories & Rhymes sessions in Chinese will take place at Central and three branch libraries during Chinese Language Week.
– Central library: 10:00-10:30am, Every Thursday. Cost: Free.
– Karori library: 10:30-11:00am, Tuesday 8 September. Cost: Free.
– Johnsonville library: 10:30-11:00am, Monday 7 September. Cost: Free.
– Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) library: 11:00-11:30am, Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Syndetics book coverBasic Chinese (Mandarin) Lesson 
Come to the library for a 30 minute session to learn Chinese. The session will be based on the bi-lingual books at the Chinese Corner and will focus on basic communication words and phrases include greetings, travel and much more.
– Central library: 1:00-1:30pm Tuesday 8 September. Cost: Free
– Karori library: 3:30-4:00pm Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Syndetics book coverTai Chi Class
Stressed and sore? Join a free Tai Chi class at the Central Library with experienced Tai Chi tutor Aaron Lavack from the Sing Ong Tai Chi .  Tai Chi can reduce stress and improve relaxation. The lesson will be held on Friday 11th of September at 12:30-1:30pm on the ground floor of Central Library. No booking is required.

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Enjoy a big night out with your friends to watch a film for free at the Central and Newtown Library. Films are in Chinese with English subtitles.
– Central library: 6:00-8:00pm. Wednesday 9 September. Cost: Free.We will be playing ‘The Bullet Vanishes’ on the ground floor at central library. The film is rated R16, and you must be aged 16 or older to attend the screening.
Newtown library: 6:00-8:00pm. Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.We will be playing a different at Newtown. There were TV series and now a movies based on a folktale. Film is rated PG13 and recommended for audience aged 13 and over.

We have special permission to screen these films for free in the Central and Newtown Library. Bookings are required as seats are limited. Please call us to reserve your seat on 801-4068(Central),  801-4083 (Chinese), or 3892839 (Newtown) during library opening hours. Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

 
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Famous painter Deyu Cheng is visiting our libraries to teach Chinese painting. Come along and enjoy an artistic experience.
– Central library: 11:00-12:00am.  Monday 7 September. Cost: Free.

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Famous calligrapher and painter Qianxiang Liu is coming to Johnsonville library to teach calligraphy.
– Johnsonville library: 11:00-12:00am. Friday 11 September. Cost: Free.

Central Library Tour in Chinese
Have you wondered what’s on the second floor, where to find information about Wellington birth, marriage and death records and where to find books to learn Chinese?  During Chinese Language Week, it’s your chance to join a free library tour and know more about the library collection. The tours will be conducted in Chinese. Two sessions available: Monday 7 September at 2:30-4:00pm and Thursday 10 September at 2:30-4:00pm Bookings are essential. Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 8014083 (Chinese).

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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 PressDisplay and New York Times in Chinese. Free from Wellington City Libraries with your library card membership.
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Starting Soon – Ni Hao Chinese Stories & Rhymes

StoriesandRhymes Launch Poster MEDIUMNi Hao Children’s Community Stories & Rhymes provides a time for parents and children to play and learn Mandarin as a Second/Foreign Language together through stories, fun rhymes and action songs. It’s also a great opportunity to hear and use Mandarin in a welcoming and social environment.

Starting from Thursday 9 July 2015, these free sessions are held weekly at the Wellington Central Library children’s area (near the big window by the waterfall), Thursdays, 10 to 10:30am. 

Stories & Rhymes! sessions are led by teachers from the Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust, and designed for Mandarin for Speakers of Other Languages (MSOL) families who are wanting to learn the language as a second/foreign language.  Fluent Mandarin speakers would also enjoy these sessions! These Stories & Rhymes! sessions are a great introduction to the Mandarin language and a very small taster of our fun class programmes.

Parents and children are most welcome to hang around and mingle in the library’s children’s area after the session has finished.

See you at Stories & Rhymes!

(bookings not required)

Storytimes for Waitangi Day

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We have some great storytimes planned to celebrate Waitangi Day this year.

Apirana Taylor : Saturday 31 January 2014

Bring the kids along to a special story session session with renowned author, actor and storyteller, Apirana Taylor.  Known for his charismatic and engaging style, Apirana will tell traditional tales accented by taonga pūoru and whai (string games).

 Kōhunga Kōrero at Newtown and Central libraries : Tuesday 4 February and Saturday 7 February

Join in stories and song in Te Reo at our monthly Kōhunga Kōrero storytime at Newtown Library, 10.30 am, Tuesday 4 February, or our special Waitangi weekend edition at the Central Library, 10.30 am,  Saturday  7 February.

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SPCA Visiting Storytimes

SPCA LogoAttention young animal lovers – the SPCA will be visiting our Preschool Storytimes over the next few weeks, and bringing along their furry friends for your preschoolers to interact with.

Along with our usual stories, songs and rhymes, the SPCA will talk to the children about ethical pet ownership, how to appraoch and greet animals, and about the SPCA. In the past these storytimes have been very popular as the children love the chance to meet and pet the animals.

Here’s the when and where:

  • Wednesday 2nd April, Newtown Library at 10.30am
  • Thursday 3rd April, Miramar Library at 10.15am
  • Monday 7th April, Karori Library at 10.30am
  • Monday 14h April, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 15th April, Johnsonville Library at 10.30am
  • Wednesday 16th April, Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library at 10.30am

Preschool storytimes are our free weekly sessions for 3-4 year olds, that feature stories, songs and rhymes. They are perfect for helping emerging literacy and getting children ready for school. Younger and older children are welcome too. Check out our Kids Events Page for details.

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(Note: Wellington City Libraries takes no responsibility for your children demanding to take the animals home, or to get a pet)

Library service changes

As a result of the Wellington City Council Long Term Plan 2012 decisions, our programmes have been reviewed. Programmes with lower attendance could no longer be sustained but this decision was not made lightly. Also considered was the best possible schedule to maximise opportunities for customers to attend programmes in each local community area.

Part of the consideration was whether customers would still be able to have access to services we offer now, although there may be changes to the frequency or how the service operates.

This means:

  • One children’s programme only each weekday at Karori.
  • Cummings Park Baby RocknRhyme will now be on Tuesday at 10.30 starting 2nd October. Pre-school Storytimes will be on Wednesday at 10.30.
  • Holiday programmes at Brooklyn and Island Bay will cease but be retained at Kilbirnie, and Central; they will also be held at Karori or Cummings Park, Johnsonville or Tawa, and Newtown or Miramar.
  • Adult book clubs and Tea and Tales will be self-managed.
  • Johnsonville Pre-school Storytimes on Monday will cease but be retained on Tuesday.
  • Wadestown Pre-school Storytimes will cease.
  • Central library Stories at Seven and Saturday Pre-school Storytime will cease

Catch that fly – author event

Author and illustrator Amy Burrell will be visiting the Preschool Storytime at Wellington Central Library at 10.30am on Friday 17th August. She will be reading aloud her new book Catch That Fly, doing some drawing with children and even has an activity to take home.

Amy will have copies available of her book to collect if parents wish to pre-purchase it.

Come along, listen to some exciting stories with your children on the cushions and they’ll have heaps of fun.

Literaturhaus: Five Days of Reading, Readings and Events

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Wellington City Libraries is pleased to announce that we will be hosting events for the temporary Literaturhaus running from 7th February to 11th February 2012.

These events include preschool story times, poetry readings, and two lunch-time events of short readings from current work by upcoming and established writers and translators, and will take place at the Central Library.

One of the highlights: on Wednesday 8th February at 6.15pm, well known Wellington writers, including Elizabeth Knox, Hinemoana Baker, Apirana Taylor and Fiona Kidman will give their unique take on Grimm-inspired themes.

This mobile literary festival has been arranged to celebrate New Zealand being guest of honour at the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt later this year.

See Literaturhaus New Zealand for the full programme of events, and for events held in the Central Library (or at Clark’s Café), check out our Event Calendar