Stepping Up classes: Free digital skills workshops

An absolute beginner at computers? Feeling frustrated when using Google Chrome or MS Word? Help is at hand!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Stepping Up in offering free digital skills workshops to customers. Check out the Stepping Up course catalogue here – Stepping Up catalogue. We can provide one-off two hour workshops on a selection of topics such as; computer basics, setting up an email account, using Facebook or Trade Me, or creating a C.V.

We are currently running monthly workshops at Tawa and Johnsonville libraries, feel free to contact us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz for further information or with any suggestions of particular workshops that you would like to see us run.

Tawa Library 10am-12pm on the first Thursday of the month, phone 232 1690.

Johnsonville Library 10am-12pm on the first Friday of the month, phone 477 6151.

Register on the Stepping Up website or talk to a staff member for more information. Please spread the word and tell your family and friends!

What’s new at Central Library?

qratcentralIf you’re passing the front window you’ll see a display which advertises our new catalogue.  But this one is a little different – it uses a QR code to enable you to easily visit the site on your (web-enabled) phone. But what exactly are QR codes?

Well – they are small black and white squares (like a crossword without the clues) which you photograph with your cellphone. Your phone cleverly translates it into an URL and takes you to a webpage. Here’s how you do it:

1. Make sure your cellphone is able to even do it! Look at this list or even just Google your phone’s brand and ‘QR code’.
2. Find some compatible software to download to your cellphone. Not all software will work on all phones. Again, check sites like this one.
3. Install the software according to your phone’s instructions
4. Start the application, take a photo of a QR code, and be amazed.

Charges may apply. See your cellular phone provider for more details!

Where else can you find QR codes?  At the moment at WCL you can see them in the Teens area at Central Library, but you might also find them in books or magazines in Wellington, on advertising flyers, or even on the street. Want to explore them more? You can even  make your own QR code.

Libraries closed over Labour Weekend

You will need to get your weekend reading, listening and viewing sorted a little earlier at the end of October, as our libraries’ software system is due to be upgraded over the long weekend.

The closure is essential to the software upgrade running smoothly, says   Jane Hill, Libraries Manager.  “We realise this will be an inconvenience for some people who like to visit our libraries over a long weekend. However, we urge you to go along a week or two beforehand to take out any items you need for that time”.

Johnsonville, Newtown and Central libraries will close at 7pm on Friday 22 October, while other libraries will close at their regular Friday hours of 5.30 or 6pm.  Libraries will reopen again as normal on Tuesday 26 October. Online access to the catalogues, mygateway.info databases, downloadable audiobooks and customer library accounts will be unavailable while libraries are closed. However, customers will still be able to access all other parts of the library website, including this blog.  For people wanting to return items over the break, library after-hours return slots will be open.

Jane says libraries have taken into account items that would have been due to be returned over Labour Weekend : “we’ve reconfigured our system to make sure that these items will automatically become due for return on the Tuesday following Labour Weekend. This way – no one will be charged overdue fines because of the closure. Also anything already overdue won’t incur extra fines while we are closed. ”

More information on the upgrade will be posted on this blog and elsewhere on the library website closer to the long weekend.