Become Tech-savvy with new Computing books

Recently added items to our Computer & Technology section comes with a great selection of both books and eBooks. Learn Photoshop CC, how to create and manage online content and even how to successfully style your photos for Instagram. An introduction to coding and more in-depth knowledge on Windows 10 makes this list a must read!


Photoshop CC in easy steps : for Windows and Mac / Shufflebotham, Robert
“Photoshop CC in easy steps – 2018 edition helps the reader to master the essentials of Photoshop Creative Cloud 2018 edition, and then enjoy the full creative potential of this popular photo editing software. ” (adapted from Catalogue)

Impractical Python projects : playful programming activities to make you smarter / Vaughan, Lee
Impractical Python is a collection of fun and educational projects designed to entertain programmers while enhancing their Python skills. It picks up where the complete beginner books leave off, expanding on existing concepts and introducing new tools that you’ll use every day.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Computer graphics programming in OpenGL with Java / Gordon, V. Scott
“This new edition provides step-by-step instruction on modern 3D graphics shader programming in OpenGL, along with its theoretical foundations. It is appropriate both for computer science undergraduate graphics programming courses in degree programs that emphasize Java, and for professionals interested in mastering 3D graphics skills who prefer Java.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The content advantage (Clout 2.0) : the science of succeeding at digital business through effective content / Jones, Colleen
“In The Content Advantage (Clout 2.0): The Science of Succeeding at Digital Business Through Effective Content, expert Colleen Jones argues that in the age of digital disruption, your company faces an important choice. Every business function – from marketing to sales and from support to recruiting -demands content. The choice is whether to make your approach to content strategic and, consequently, an advantage.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Styling for Instagram / Cyd, Leela
“Capture success on Instagram! Instagram is a digital wonderland of stunning photographs and inspirational images, but how can you make sure that your own photos stand out amidst the rainbow of eye candy? To master Instagram and earn that coveted double tap of approval, you need to have a strong personal brand and an aspirational style that captures the viewer.–provided by Amazon.com.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Kubernetes, Kelsey Hightower (ebook)
Legend has it that Google deploys over two billion application containers a week. How’s that possible? Google revealed the secret through a project called Kubernetes, an open source cluster orchestrator (based on its internal Borg system) that radically simplifies the task of building, deploying, and maintaining scalable distributed systems in the cloud.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Helping Kids with Coding For Dummies, Camille McCue, Ph.D (ebook)
Getting a jump on learning how coding makes technology work is essential to prepare kids for the future. Unfortunately, many parents, teachers, and mentors didn’t learn the unique logic and language of coding in school. Helping Kids with Coding For Dummies comes to the rescue. It breaks beginning coding into easy-to-understand language so you can help a child with coding homework, supplement an existing coding curriculum, or have fun learning with your favorite kid.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies, Woody Leonhard (ebook)
Are you ready to become the resident Windows 10 expert in your office? Look no further! This book is your one-stop shop for everything related to the latest updates to this popular operating system. With the help of this comprehensive resource, you’ll be able to back up your data and ensure the security of your network, use Universal Apps to make your computer work smarter, and personalize your Windows 10 experience.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

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.