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  • Adrienne, Books, Great Reads, Reviews

    Love NZ books?

    22.03.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Love NZ books?

    Hooked On NZ Books is all about YA books written by New Zealanders. You talk about movies, music, fashion and apps, and now some clever people have come up with a way for you to talk about books too.

    You can get recommendations for what’s new and what others are reading and enjoying. If you want free copies of books to review, then you can get that too. And there’s even the opportunity to interview YA authors. Your opinions will feed directly into New Zealand’s publishing market, influencing what types of books are written and published in the future.

    Not sure what to review? Grab a copy of our Top Teen Reads booklet from your local library for some inspo.

     

     


  • Adrienne, Events, Games, Internet

    Free Coding Workshops

    28.01.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Free Coding Workshops

    Want to be the creator of the next Flappy Bird?

    Book your place at our free coding and game making workshops in February. Places are limited, so register quickly! The awesome folk over at Gamefroot will be running the workshops, and will cover topics like programming and coding, game strategy, creating characters and artificial intelligence, and game design and principles.

    We know, we know; it sounds great -right?

     

    Details:

    Friday 26th February

    9.30am – 3.30pm

    Wellington Central Library, Mezzanine Meeting Room

    Free!

    Register at PublicLibraries.org.nz


  • Adrienne, eLibrary, Internet, Study

    NCEA Time!

    09.11.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on NCEA Time!

    Good luck to all senior secondary students currently sitting NCEA exams.

    Here are a few links to help you out:

     

    Study Stop

    The all important exam timetable and info about the exam rules and etiquette

    Past exam papers and exemplars from NZQA (click on a subject to find the papers and what’s required to pass). Study Time also has these.

    Study tips and advice can be found on Study It, NZQA, Study Time (filmed in the Central Library!).

    Subject help can be found on Study It.

    Cliffs Notes is where you’ll find literature guides for those novels you’ve read this year.

    Find lots of subject info in our selection of databases. Encyclopaedia Britannica is a good place to start.

    Need a break? Procrastinate here with these awesome links.

     

    You are welcome to study in our libraries. They are warm, dry, have wifi, and you can bring in your coffee and a nibble. The librarians will help you find any info you need.

    Good luck!

     


  • Adrienne, Books, Great Reads, realistic fiction

    My Top Teen Reads: Speak

    07.10.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on My Top Teen Reads: Speak

    The newly released Top Teen Reads has inspired this librarian to take on a reading challenge – to read all 80 titles on the list. Whew! Here we go…

    1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFirst line: It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomach ache.

    This award winning book, and Anderson’s first novel, was very moving and powerful. Her narrative and writing successfully pulls you inside the head of Melinda – a high school junior trying to come to terms with a horrific event that happened to her over the summer holidays.

    Melinda is an intelligent and witty observer of high school life, seen from her point of view as a hated and mute outcast. Melinda struggles through the school year; wanting to participate and engage with school life but finding herself unable to do so due to her loss of faith and trust in her friends, family and other students. Eventually circumstances force her to break her silence and speak out about the traumatic summer holiday events, unveiling the mystery behind her selective muteness, in order to protect others from suffering the same fate.

    Speak is a fairly quick and easy read – the book is short and the story engaging, and will make you wonder what is really going on in other people’s lives that you have no idea about.

    Highly recommended – 4 stars

     

    Reading Wheel

    Pick up your copy of the Top Teen Reads from any Wellington City Library, and start your own reading challenge

     


  • Adrienne, Events, Happenings, Internet

    Free coding workshops

    07.09.15 | Permalink | 2 Comments

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    Ever wanted to create your own website or online game? Book your place at the two FREE coding workshops during the October School Holidays.

    Workshop One:

    Building with jQuery – 1Oct, 9.30am-3.30pm, Wellington Central Library (Mezzanine Meeting Room)
    For people with little or no previous experience with JavaScript, but confidence in HTML and CSS, this workshop introduces attendees to what’s possible with jQuery: from hand-coding using jQuery’s convenient collection of functions, to using complex plugins written by other jQuery developers.

    Requirements:
    -Confidence with writing HTML and CSS
    -Familiarity with copying, renaming and moving files
    -A Mac or Windows computer with Internet access
    -Admin rights to install new applications
    -Excitement about learning jQuery!

    Attendees leave the workshop at the end of the day with their work published online as a live website.

    This workshop is free, and open to those aged 10-18yrs old (and any teachers that want to learn also!). Places are limited, registrations are essential. Go to gathergather.co.nz for more info and to register

     

    Workshop two:

    Building with Python – 2Oct, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Wellington Central Library (Mezzanine Meeting Room)
    A great option for beginners with little or no prior programming experience, Building with Python offers a broad taster of the language, while providing a solid basis for more advanced programming.

    Requirements:
    -Familiarity with copying, renaming and moving files
    -A Mac or Windows computer with internet access
    -Python 3 pre-installed (from Python.org)
    -Excitement about learning to code!

    Attendees leave the workshop at the end of the day with a simple text-based game of their own creation.

    This workshop is free, and open to those aged 13-18yrs old (and any teachers who want to learn also!). Places are limited, registrations are essential. Go to gathergather.co.nz  for more info and to register.

     


  • Adrienne, Competition, Māori literature, Writing

    Māori Language Week writing competition – Win stuff!

    27.07.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Māori Language Week writing competition – Win stuff!

    Mawhai Tuhituhi 1

    Māwhai Tuhituhi online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

    Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2015, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei he taonga te wini.

    Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble, te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 27-31 o Hūrae.

    Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 31 o Hūrae.

    Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura Tuarua) te Tau 9-13

    Ka whiwhi  taonga te toa kaituhi, ā, mō te kura e nui ana te takiuru mai  : he haki hei hoko pukapuka

    Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

     

    mawhai tuhituhi 2

    To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2015, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win a cool prize.

    Well-known author, Paora Tibble, will write the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 27-31 July.

    A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected each day to continue the story, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 31 July.

    Age Group is: Year 9-13 high school students

    A prize will be awarded to an overall winner, (Samsung 7” lite tablet) and book vouchers ( worth $250.00) for the school with the most entries.

    For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi


  • Adrienne, Reviews

    Some reviews written by you

    23.03.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some reviews written by you

    WingsWings, by Aprilynne Pike (Young Adult Fiction)

    I thought it was a really interesting book with lots of different genres like romance, fantasy, adventure and more. it changes your whole view on fantasy creatures and makes you wonder what could be out there. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait the rest of the series.

    4 stars

    Reviewed by Nadya from Brooklyn, 11 years old

     

    FirelightFirelight, by Sophie Jordan (Young Adult Fiction)

    It is a well written book, but I found that not much really happens. The conflict is not really resolved, which I was slightly disappointed at. Apart from that flaw, it has its fair share of suspense and action.

    3 stars

    Reviewed by Julia from Brooklyn, 11 years old


  • Adrienne, Events, Happenings, Internet, Pencil it in your diaries

    Two Free Coding Classes

    19.03.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Two Free Coding Classes

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    Got an idea for a website but don’t know how to develop it? Get along to these two free coding classes during the April school holidays. They’re perfect for beginners and a great way to learn how to code using CSS/HTML, and you’ll get a chance to create your own live website. BYOD.

    Places are limited and bookings are required: bookings and info

    Sunday 12th April, 9am – 3pm, Central Library: for 12-14 yr olds

    Monday 13th April, 9am-3pm, Central Library: for 15-18yr olds


  • Adrienne, Internet, Library, Māori literature, Writing

    Māwhai Tuhituhi online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

    18.07.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Māwhai Tuhituhi online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

    Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei ētahi taonga te wini.

    Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 21-25 o Hūrae.

    Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 25 o Hūrae.

    Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura) Tau 1-8, me te Tau 9-13

    Ko ngā taonga ia rā he pēke whare pukapuka, he kāri koha, he haki pukapuka hoki.

    Ko ngā taonga mā ngā toa tuhituhi kotahi iPapa mō ia reanga, ā, he haki e $250 hei hoko pukapuka mō ngā kura o ngā toa tuhituhi.

    Ko te kura hoki he tokomaha rawa ana kaituhi ka wini hoki i te haki pukapuka e $250!

    Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi

     

    To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win some cool prizes.

    Well-known author, Paora Tibble, has written the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 21-25 July.

    A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected, daily, from each age group, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 25 July.

    Age Groups are: (School) Year 1-8, and Year 9-13

    Daily prizes include library bags, concession cards and book vouchers.

    The prizes for overall winners include an iPad for each age group winner, plus $250 of book vouchers for the winners’ schools.

    The school with the most contributors will also win $250 of book vouchers!

    For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi


  • Adrienne, Competition, Movies, Trailers

    #TheFaultInOurStars Giveaway

    05.06.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on #TheFaultInOurStars Giveaway


    To celebrate the cinematic release of the much anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s celebrated book Wellington City Libraries in association with 20th Century Fox New Zealand are giving away 10 double passes to The Fault In Our Stars. To enter click here.

    Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault In Our Stars, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    John Green is the bestselling author of many titles including Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines, and Paper Towns.


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