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  • Competition, Events, Fantasy, Games, Nicola

    Dungeons and Dragons!

    17.09.19 | Permalink | Comment?

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsStranger Things really brought Dungeons and Dragons into the mainstream and in a post-MCU world, can we really say that all things geek aren’t cool? Created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, the game’s grown in popularity since then – now we’ve got an amazing collection of D&D books – not just the rules sets- that will help you create amazing fantasy worlds of your own.

    There are plenty of versions of the Dungeons and Dragons rulesets – all our books are the 5th edition version, which are the latest edition. If it’s your first time running a game, you might want to use a prewritten adventure. Luckily, we have those too.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRules and reference:

    Dungeon Master’s guide: everything you need to help you run a game.
    Player’s Handbook : everything you need to play.
    Monster manual: all the monsters you need to know.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSupplements:

    Xanathar’s guide to everything: more monsters, more character classes, more lore.
    Dungeons & dragons player’s handbook 2: an expansion on the original setting.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCampaign settings and pre-written adventures:

    Waterdeep dragon heist : urban medieval fantasy.
    Ghosts of Saltmarsh: adventures on the seas.
    Curse of Strahd:square off against an evil vampire.
    The Rise of Tiamat : Fight evil dragons.

    We also have a graphic novelon Gary Gygax himself.

    Have fun and good luck with your dice rolls!


  • eBooks, Events, Fashion, Great Reads, Librarian's Choice, Nicola, Non-fiction

    It’s Fashion Week: books to make you think

    28.08.19 | Permalink | Comment?

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsI love fashion and I love fashion week. But with fast fashion causing 10% of carbon emissions (predicted to rise to 25% if nothing changes) according to the United Nations Environment Project, now is as good a time as any to think about how the clothes we love affect the world we live in. It’s important to do your own reading, though: this is a contentious issue, where privilege, monetary concerns and environmental matters intersect. This is just what Wellington Libraries has; there’s plenty more out there!

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWardrobe crisis : how we went from Sunday best to fast fashion is a good overview – written by a fashion insider- of how the fashion industry encourages consumption, where fast fashion started, and some interesting suggestions on how to change your own fashion habits. I haven’t had the chance to read Fashionopolis: The Price Of Fast Fashion & The Future Of Clothes as it’s a new order but it has got good reviews so it’s a must read on the costs of being on-trend.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsChange is in the air, though. Slow fashion : aesthetics meets ethics showcases new companies and new approaches to making fashion ecologically and socially friendly. If you want to apply these to your own wardrobe, there’s The Conscious Closet : The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good, another new order, which will focus on personal changes. My own favourite is Craft of Use: post-growth fashion, which has many inspiring stories of clothes that endure.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSecondhand/thrift shopping is another way to maximize your look while being eco (and budget) friendly: Thriftstyle : the ultimate bargain shopper’s guide to smart fashion has some great tips and is a great read.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDIY is becoming more and more popular, so if sewing your own clothes is a bit too intimidating, try mending the ones you have: Mending matters which teaches you how to repair your denim, and Visible mending : artful stitchery to repair and refresh your favorite things are great places to start.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThen you could try altering your clothes: DIY wardrobe makeovers : alter, refresh & refashion your clothes is amazing. I also love Stylish remakes which has some really cool ideas about how to change up what you already have. Then there’s Simple tailoring & alterations, a more technique-heavy book which will instruct you on how to hem and alter.

    If you do want to start making your own clothes, we have so many books to help you get going. Dewey numbers 646 (sewing) and 746 (textile arts, which include knitting and crochet) are good places to get started.


  • Comicfest, Events

    Comicfest 2019

    30.04.19 | Permalink | Comments Off on Comicfest 2019

    Fear not, comic fans! Nothing could stop the dedicated team behind Comicfest, who’ve teamed up with the amazing people at the National Library to make sure all the events, workshops, and panels keep happening. Take a look at the ComicFest tag on the main blog to see interviews with guests and all the other amazing things the incredible team has planned.


  • Events, Pencil it in your diaries, poetry, Short stories, Stephen, Uncategorized, Writing

    Summer Scribes at Karori Library

    03.01.19 | Permalink | Comments Off on Summer Scribes at Karori Library

    Do you ever look outside during these idyllic summer months and think to yourself, “What a perfect opportunity to go to the library and hone my writing skills?” Many of us at the library (especially this librarian, who promptly burns to a crisp upon setting foot outside between the months of December and March) sympathise — so during the month of January, we’ve arranged the perfect programme for you.

    Summer Scribes — following on from the immensely popular Winter Writers series of workshops held last year — is a series of writing workshops for teens designed to help you develop your individual voice in writing, whether in prose, poetry, or any other writing style you please. Check the details below:

    What? Summer Scribes
    Where? Karori Library, 1st floor nonfiction area
    When? Every Tuesday in January, 3:00pm

    Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

    I’ll leave you with the aptly-titled — and, as you’ll see, totally gorgeous — poem by the late Tom Leonard (it helps if you read it with a strong Scottish accent):

    A Summer’s Day

    yir eyes ur
    eh
    a mean yir

    pirrit this wey
    ah thingk yir
    byewtifl like ehm

    fact
    fact a thingk yir
    ach a luvyi thahts

    thahts
    jist thi wey it is like
    thahts ehm
    aw ther iz ti say

    (© Tom Leonard, 1996)

    (Disclaimer: We promise not to make you write in Scots. (Well, maybe a little. (Trust me, it’s so much fun to read out loud!)))


  • Events, Happenings, News, Pencil it in your diaries, Stephen, Writing

    Winter Writers at Karori Library

    28.05.18 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winter Writers at Karori Library

    Looking for a way to stave off those winter blues? Come and get your writerly juices flowing at Winter Writers, a new creative writing programme for teens starting up at Karori Library next week! Learn about everything from short fiction and poetry to scriptwriting and more at these fortnightly meet-ups during the winter months. Check the details below:

    Where: Karori Library, 243 Karori Road, Karori
    When: Every second Thursday, 4:00-5:00, from the 31st of May to the 26th of July
    What: Creative writing workshops for teenagers, focussed on developing your command of language, ability to evaluate and critique your own writing, and — most importantly — create whole new worlds with a stroke of your pen.

    Registrations are not required. If you’d like more information, call Karori Library on 476 8413, or talk to your local librarian.

    Hark, what worlds from yonder pencil spring?

     


  • Comics, Events

    Free Comic Book Day

    04.05.18 | Permalink | Comments Off on Free Comic Book Day

    …It’s been a busy day on the blog today! Just letting you know that Free Comic Book Day tomorrow. We’re not having Comicsfest this year – it’s a biannual event – but you can still head down to Graphic, our local comic book store, and check out their selection.


  • Events

    Booksale!

    04.05.18 | Permalink | Comments Off on Booksale!

    Exciting news! If you’ve missed the window display in the front of the library, our booksale is coming up!

    On the 8th of May we’ll have a great selection of things on sale – from graphic novels to non-fiction to DVDs – so get in early and grab a bargain!


  • Events, Nicola, Sci Fi, You might like

    May the fourth…(You might like edition)

    04.05.18 | Permalink | Comments Off on May the fourth…(You might like edition)

    It’s the most celebrated day in the Star Wars calendar! Well, apart from the day that a new movie comes out, of course. We have an amazing bunch of Star Wars comics and books in the YA collection – but we’ve got plenty in our other collections as well – enough to help any geek’s Star Wars fix. If you’re looking for the movies and tv series, they’re easy enough to find in our catalogue – this post is for all those other Star Wars works that you may not know about.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSo, starting with the YA collection: Claudia Gray, a rising star (hah) in the YA collection, has written an amazing novel about Princess Leia’s early life. Big Leia fan? We also have a couple of graphic novels about her. Reading these always makes me sad – Carrie Fisher is a great loss. It’s important to note that she was much, much more than that: she was open about her troubled life, and an extremely funny writer. I recommend The Princess Diarist – her own diaries written while she was filming Star Wars.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsOn the Dark side of the Force, I really enjoy the Darth Vader comics. There’s also a series that focuses on the rise of the Empire after the Clone Wars. I really enjoy these – the great thing about Star Wars is that the villains are often as compelling as the heroes. Speaking of, we also have a Captain Phasma comic.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThere’s a cute comics collection of the unsung heroes of the Star Wars universe: the droids. The graphic novel we have is a fun, offbeat look at what C3PO and R2D2 got up to between the movies. I’m also pretty fond of the comic about Lando Calrissian, everyone’s favourite rogue. (Shhh, don’t tell Han!) We also have a fun book on the greater universe of Star Wars: aptly called “The illustrated Star Wars universe.” This consists of various characters discussing places in the Star Wars Universe – it’s pretty hilarious, although it was written pre-sequels, so some of the information might not be cannon.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsAnd what about the movies themselves? We’ve got some great non-fiction discussing what went into the various movies. My top pick is The making of Star Wars : the definitive story behind the original film. It’s pretty much what you see in the title. There are others in the same series dealing with the prequel and original films. Then there’s a couple of gorgeous couple of books on the costumes of the movie series: Dressing a Galaxy and Star Wars costumes: the original trilogy. Sadly we have to wait for the costume guides for the sequels.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThen, finally, my favourite Star Wars spinoff books: the William Shakespeare editions. By that I mean the Star Wars films, written as they might have been written by William Shakespeare. Best enjoyed as a group in a dramatic reading. Start out with Star Wars : verily, a new hope.

    I think you can guess what my sign off will be…


  • Events, Stephen

    Creative writing workshops this week – Update

    02.05.18 | Permalink | Comments Off on Creative writing workshops this week – Update

    The lovely Anna Mackenzie has stepped in at the last minute to take our creative writing workshops at Karori and Johnsonville Libraries this week (the equally lovely Jo Morris has had to bow out due to illness – thank you Jo for all your efforts so far!). We feel very lucky to have had two wonderful authors so willing to give their time for teens and the library – thank you Anna and Jo!

    Our Karori workshop is now completely booked out, but there are still places at Johnsonville on Friday 4 May – call Johnsonville Library on 477 6151 to book your place!

    Anna Mackenzie writes award-winning contemporary, speculative and historical fiction for adult and YA readers. Her vivid description and strong, credible characters earned Donnel’s Promise a place in the iBooks Best of 2014 list. Her latest title, Evie’s War, recently won a CLF Notable Book Award (Mackenzie’s seventh). In addition to writing fiction she edits magazines, mentors emerging writers and teaches creative writing workshops for adults and students. Her chief complaint in life is that there is never enough time.


  • Events, Happenings, Pencil it in your diaries, Stephen, Writing

    Creative Writing Workshops with Anna Mackenzie

    21.04.18 | Permalink | Comments Off on Creative Writing Workshops with Anna Mackenzie

    Is there something you’ve always wanted to say, but you’re not quite sure how to say it? Or perhaps you know how to say it, but you’d like to learn how to say it better? Maybe you like how you say things, but you’re searching for ideas on what to talk about?

    Well, you’re in luck. The wonderful Anna Mackenzie is coming to Wellington City Libraries to run two creative writing workshops for all you creative folks out there!

    Dates and Times:

    Karori Library, Thursday May 3, 4:00-6:00pm
    Johnsonville Library, Friday May 4, 4:00-6:00pm

    You can register either in person at the Libraries where the workshops are taking place, or by calling Karori Library on 476 8413, or Johnsonville Library on 477 6151.

    Anna Mackenzie


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