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  • Events, Happenings, Stephen, Writing

    Creative writing workshops this week!

    17.07.17 | Permalink | Comment?

    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


  • Comicfest, Competition, Facebook, Graphic Novels, Happenings, Library, New Zealand, Nicola, Pencil it in your diaries

    Comicfest 2017!

    04.05.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Comicfest 2017!

    I hope you’ve heard about our amazing event Comicfest! It’s now a yearly event that celebrates free comic book day and puts the spotlight on some of our amazing local talent. There’s competitions, talks from said local talent, and of course, free comic books!

    Check out the Comicfest 2017 Facebook page for details.


  • Environment, Happenings, Library, Real Life, Urban Survival Series

    Check in from the Teen Blog Team

    15.11.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Check in from the Teen Blog Team

    Hey everyone,

    Hope you’re all coping with the unholy combination of exams and earthquakes and torrential rain! Keep an eye on our website for which branches are open and when, as well twitter and facebook.

    Please stay safe and dry and well. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon!


  • 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.

     


  • Comicfest, Comics, Competition, Happenings, Rachel

    Happy Free Comic Book Day!

    02.05.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Happy Free Comic Book Day!

    Syndetics book coverHAPPY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! It’s the last – and biggest! – day of Comicfest 2015! Come on down to the Central library today to collect a free comic book! Plus there are LOADS of exciting things happening all day!

    At 10am we have a Comics 101 workshop with Sarah Laing providing insight into what is required to make successful prose, comics and cartoons. For all ages – bring along pens and paper!

    At 11.30 we will be judging our cosplay competition with prizes for kids, teens and adult divisions. Get dressed up or just come down to see the costume extravaganza!

    At 12pm we have a talk from Tintin and Weta Workshop lead conceptual designer, Chris Guise who will take you through the process of transforming a much-loved comic into the successful film “The adventures of Tintin – the secret of the Unicorn”. Don’t forget to have your questions ready for the Q&A!

    At 1pm we have a panel discussion titled “New Zealand Women’s Comics with the editors of Three Words” where Sarah Laing, Rae Joyce, and Indira Neville will discuss the rich history and future of New Zealand’s female cartoonists and comics. Sarah, Rae, and Indira will also discuss the genesis and work behind assembling Three Words, a forthcoming comprehensive anthology of New Zealand Women’s Comics.

    Finally, judging for the manga drawing competition will take place at 2pm! Please remember entries must be entered by 1pm.

    We hope you’ll join us for a super comic-filled day, we can’t wait to share it with you!
    Lumpy Space Princess!


  • 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


  • Happenings, Zines

    Want to be a little bit published?

    02.12.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Want to be a little bit published?

    Attention Zine fiends! After the awesomeness that was Zinefest I’m sure you’re all feeling like the voice of your generation. So the Karori Library team want to see what you would like you would like to say, draw, or collage for that matter. Over December and January in the Karori Library we will be publishing zines comprised of the work of teens in the Wellington area. These zines will be barcoded and kept in the Karori Library collection for people to take home for some insightful reading. If you want to be totally famous in Karori come in and use our creative space in the teen area over these months. We’ll be accepting submissions from the 1st of December through to the 31st of January. Ask any Karori librarian for the submission info sheet to get started.

    For some handy inspiration – check out the Wellington Zinefest blog which is full of interviews from zine pros and excellent zine reading recommendations. There’s a lot of cool reading there. You can also have a look through our magnificent collection of zines. And there are some books we have in our collection which will give you a fair idea of what direction you can take your zine submission. One I’m really enjoying reading at the moment is: Whatcha mean, what’s a zine? : the art of making zines and mini comics. Here’s an idea of what’s inside.

    “A zine is a handmade magazine or mini-comic about anything you can imagine: favorite bands, personal stories, subcultures, or collections. They contain diary entries, rants, interviews, and stories. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free. Zines are not a new idea: they’ve been around for years under various names (chapbooks, flyers, pamphlets). People with independent ideas have been getting their word out since before there were printing presses.

    This book is for anyone who wants to create their own zine. It’s for learning tips and tricks from contributors who have been at the fore front of the zine movement. It’s for getting inspired to put thoughts and ideas down on paper. It’s for learning how to design and print your own zine so you can put it in others’ hands. Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? is for anyone who has something to say.” Goodreads

    If that sounds like you we hope to see you submitting your cool work in Karori Library soon!

     


  • Happenings, New Zealand, NZ Music Month, Pencil it in your diaries, Rachel

    New Zealand Music Month is here!

    06.05.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Zealand Music Month is here!

    Yes, that means it’s already May! WHAT? How did this happen?! Four months of the year have already gone past in a complete blur, and here we are at NZMM 2014. There are so many events happening up and down the country, and lucky for us we have a whole bunch of events happening in our libraries! More events may be added to this list later, check back to keep up to date with the scheduled library events.

    Thursday 8th 12pm Amiria Grenell (Kids stuff) – Central Children’s area
    Saturday 17th 11am Kitty Hart – Central Library Mezzanine Bridge
    Friday 22nd 12pm Amiria Grenell (Adults stuff) – Central Library YA area
    Friday 23rd 5pm Andy Gibson – Central Library YA area
    Friday 23rd 7pm Jessie Moss – Newtown Library
    Thursday 29th 12pm Mahinarangi Maika – Central Library YA area
    Friday 30th 12pm Mat Enright – Central Library YA area

    There will also be a whole lot of events out in public places, such as Courtenay Place near Tommy Millions (yum!), the Courtenay Place tripod, Cuba Street near the Body Shop, Lambton Quay, the train station and more. You should be able to find some information on these in your local library. You can also check out the full schedule of NZMM events at the official website.

    And to finish off, here’s a video for “St Louis” featuring Gemma Syme by The Shocking Pinks that a couple of my very clever friends worked on:

    I’ll be featuring music-centred posts all through May, so check back next Tuesday for more NZMM goodness!


  • Comics, Events, Facebook, Graphic Novels, Happenings, Isn't that cool?, Library, Manga, Nicola, Pencil it in your diaries, Wellington

    Comics Fest 2014

    24.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Comics Fest 2014

    It’s no secret that I love graphic novels, which is why I’m so excited about ComicFest, an event that the library is running from the 2nd-3rd of May. We’ve got some great events lined up: a panel on Friday night with some of the best cartoonists in New Zealand, plus more events on the Saturday.  You can find out more on the event page, but here are just some of the events running:

    A panel on Friday Night featuring Ant Sang, who wrote and drew the awesome comic Shaolin Burning and worked on Bro’ Town. There’s also Robyn Kenealy who’s a brilliant webcomic artist and creator of Steve Rogers’ American Captain, which chronicles Steve Rogers’ attempts to work out his place in the twenty-first century. Grant Buist, another one of our awesome panelists, has been working in comics for almost twenty years. He’s currently working on a graphic novel and draws Jitterati for Fishhead Magazine. His website is well worth a look, since he’s done a heap of great reviews of our graphic novel collection. This is definitely the panel you want to attend if you want to know what it’s like working in comics today.

    There are also some wicked workshops: Ant Sang is running “Comics 101” from 4:30-6:30 for those aspiring artists among you, and then there’s another workshop run on the Saturday by Gavin Mouldey, a Wellington-based animator and illustrator. He’s done all the gorgeous promotional art for all our advertising, and owns the dittybox shop and gallery in Island Bay.

    There’s a costume competition all day Saturday with a special category for teens and great prizes for you to win, generously provided by Unity Books and and White Cloud Worlds. A fair few of the library staff will be in costume too, so try and work out who we’re being!

    Finally, last but certainly not least, we are giving away FREE, yes, FREE comics from when we open. We have limited stock, so get in early! This is because the library is participating in Free Comic Book Day, a day where all over the world stores and librariess give away a selection of comics and graphic novels. We decided to use this as an opportunity to promote a great (and steadily growing) part of our collection and bring together some of the best comic artists working in New Zealand today. You can find the main Facebook event here, and interviews with our featured panelists and artists on our main blog.


  • Happenings, Rachel

    Choco-weekend

    22.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Choco-weekend

    Here at the Teen Blog we hope you all had a great Easter and gorged yourselves silly on chocolate, if that’s your kind of thing.

    We’ve got another short week this week, because Friday is the 25th of April, ANZAC Day. This is the day of remembrance we use to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in wars and peacekeeping operations, and to acknowledge the contribution and suffering of all involved. We’ve got quite a few novels about Anzac Day and Anzac soldiers, and these can help give some context to a situation we haven’t experienced personally. Here are some novels from our YA fiction section about the Anzacs:

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsA Rose for the Anzac Boys, Jackie French

    It’s 1915 and the horrific war being fought seems a world away to Midge, a 16-year-old New Zealander studying in England, yet Midge feels closer and closer to it with her brothers in the army, one of them listed ‘missing’ after Gallipoli. Desperate to help (and to avoid the boredom of school) Midge and two of her friends start a canteen in France for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the frontline. Midge is recruited into the over-stretched ambulance service, forced to face carnage and find courage she could never have imagined.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsD-Day: Lieutenant Andy Pope, Normandy 1944, Bryan Perrett

    “It’s 1944 when Lieutenant Andy Pope takes part in the D-Day landings, crossing the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy. Ordered to cut off the Germans’ line of retreat, Andy’s company comes under sustained attack until, as the only unwounded officer left, Andy finds himself in command and fighting for survival.” – Goodreads


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