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  • 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


  • Events, Happenings, Stephen, Writing

    Creative writing workshops this week!

    17.07.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Creative writing workshops this week!

    Got something to say but you can’t quite work out how to say it? Join renowned poet and educator Jo Morris for two creative writing workshops at your libraries this week, and learn how to tame the written word with a stroke of your pen.

    We have two sessions on offer:

    Karori Library — Thursday 20th July, 4:00pm

    This session is targeted at writers aged 13+, and will focus on essential writing skills and honing your creative ideas and your ability to express them. Spaces are limited, so register your interest at Karori Library by coming up to the help desk on the ground floor, giving us a call on 476 8413, or emailing enquiries@wcl.govt.nz to secure your place.

    Central Library — Friday 21st July, 2:00pm

    This session is targeted at writers aged 13+, and will specifically explore LGBTQI+ issues through the act of writing. No registration is required for this event — we would love to see you all there! 🙂

    These events are part of our Beyond the Page literary festival for children and youth. For more information, visit http://beyondthepage.nz.

    Creative Writing with Jo Morris


  • 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, Events, Happenings, Internet

    Free coding workshops

    07.09.15 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    Coding workshop image

    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.

     


  • Comicfest, Comics, Events, Graphic Novels, Isn't that cool?

    In Honour of Comicfest: Must-read Comics

    29.04.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on In Honour of Comicfest: Must-read Comics

    COMICFEST! The top fest in Wellington according to me. You guys should totally check it out for free comics and other awesome things ALSO check out a large number of graphic novels from our collection in honour of it. We’ve got a rad blog with all the details of what’s up during the festival – you can follow the blog here. In honour of Comicfest here’s a list of cool graphic novels for teens we have in our collection:

    Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

    “China, 1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers–commoners trained in kung fu–who fight to free China from ‘foreign devils.'” (Goodreads)

    Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.

    “Cam’s down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it’s the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!” (Goodreads)

    Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

    “After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It’s pretty terrifying. Maggie’s big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn’t been the same. Besides her brothers, Maggie’s never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don’t have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures. Missing mothers… distant brothers… high school… new friends… It’s a lot to deal with. But there’s just one more thing. MAGGIE IS HAUNTED.” (Goodreads)

    Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

    “Imagine Garth Hale’s surprise when he’s accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don’t have, and he’s stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth’s newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather’s ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.” (Goodreads)

    Rapunzel’s Revenge Shannon Hale.

    “Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother. Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall. And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond. Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.” (Goodreads)

    And since we’re talking about ComicFest here’s some work from the clever folk who will be at the festival:

    The art of The adventures of Tintin by Chris Guise

    “The artists at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop were thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg to bring Hergé’s wonderful characters to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. They spent five years working on this movie. This book tells the story of how the filmmakers started with the original Hergé artwork and books and ended up with what is seen on-screen. It features early concept drawings, previs sequences, models, costume designs and final stills from the film. The book focuses on the creative process, showing the many designs that made it into the movie and others that didn’t. It highlights the attention to detail, skill and creativity of all the artists involved in the making of the movie. The story is told by the artists themselves, who talk about their inspirations, techniques and experiences. Through them we gain a true insight into the creative thinking behind this groundbreaking feature film.” (Goodreads)

    Chris Guise will actually be at Comicfest on Saturday the 2nd of May from 12pm-1pm. Chatting about the process of transforming a much-loved comic into the successful film version of The Adventures of Tintin – the Secret of the Unicorn. It would be well worth going along to listen to such a talented NZer talk about working with Weta Digital!

    Dreamboat dreamboat by Toby Morris

    “Set in Dannevirke, New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s this is the story of a group of teenagers who set up a rock’n’roll band. The teenagers encounter some of the good and bad of the culture of the time – along with legendary music and the cars – there is the seedier side where racism, sexism and parochialism come to the fore.”

    Toby Morris will in a panel discussion at the Fest about the relationship between cartoon and comic. It’s on Thursday the 30th of April from 6-7pm. It’ll be mean to attend. Check out this book as a thank you to the talented comic book writer for participating in the panel! Go on, do it. Be a sport.


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