You guys! From Sunday July 1 you might notice some differences when you issue, renew or return items at Wellington City Libraries.
The issue period for books is changing to three weeks – and you will soon be able to renew (for free!!) each item once for another three weeks, if no one else has placed a reserve.
If you’re renewing a YA or Children’s DVD you’ll just need to pay another 80c rental fee to keep it for another week, very handy for some of those longer box sets!
You will have two more days after items become due, before we start charging overdue fees.
Renewing items is easy – you can either renew them online by checking your library card at wcl.govt.nz/card or ask a staff member at your local library.
If you have any questions about these changes and how they’ll affect the items you take out of the library most regularly, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at your local library.
Are you running out of ideas for things to read? We’ve got lots of suggestions in the form of book lists. These are organised by genre/theme, from romantic fiction through thrillers and mysteries to fantasy. There are also some lists that may be useful for school reading (classic novels, Māori writers of fiction, for example).
To find the book lists in future (when you can’t find this post) have a look under “Inside” (like on the right here).
If you’re a Harry Potter fan and you’ve got an e-book reader, then you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve recently added the entire series to the library e-book collection! Here are the links:
A couple of trilogies added this week:
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. Read it on your e-book reader before the movie comes out! Also, there’s Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Like print books, library e-books are reservable – you will be notified by email when they’re ready for you to collect (you have a couple of days to do so).
If you want to find out more about library e-books, there’s more information in this post right here.
Huzzah. Here’s a selection of e-book additions to the library collection:
Drink, Slay, Love, Sarah Beth Durst
Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey
Crossed, Ally Condie
Clockwork Prince, Cassandra Clare
The Red Shoe, Ursula Dubosarsky
Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
Note that the library e-books are available to borrow for two weeks, and you don’t have to worry about overdues (or losing them, obvs.). If you’re unsure what you need to do to start using the library’s e-book collection, then have a look at this step-by-step help guide (it should have all the answers).
Additionally, we have some new downloadable audiobooks, for example:
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson
Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos
Beads, Boys and Bangles, Sophia Bennett
I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend, Cora Harrison
If you’re not sure you want to commit to an audiobook, you can test-drive it by listening to a sample, and if the title you want is not available, you can reserve it – you’ll get a notification by email when it’s ready to collect (note that you only have a couple of days to pick up your reserves).
Here’s a Top 10 list of the most popular searches on the library’s Easyfind catalogue in January 2012, followed by some examples of “when good searches go wrong” (don’t try those at home).
Top 10 Easyfind Searches
Other interesting popular searches include: Eragon, Glee, Robert Muchamore, Cassandra Clare, Naruto, and building android apps.
Strays, Orphans and Waifs
Here’s a sampling of what’s new to the library’s e-book collection:
Fantasy and Supernatural Fiction
Fiction With a Certain Amount of Action
There’s heaps more. Have a look at the e-book collection here.
Do you often find yourself juggling your ten reserves? If ten’s not enough to keep track of the things you want to read then My Discoveries on the Easyfind catalogue may be the way to go.
Once you’ve got a My Discoveries login (have a look at this tutorial to find out how to create one), you can create lists (”To Read”, or “For School” for example), and add things to those lists, referring back to them when you’re out of things to read. A list looks a little something like this:
Selecting an item from the list takes you to the catalogue record, and from there you can reserve it. Pretty easy!
To find out more, have a look a the Wish Lists tutorial here.
If you’re not happy unless you have your technology all fully customised, and tools are your best friend, then you’ll be interested in this page here, which tells you all the Wellington City Libraries Web 2.0 gadgets you can use. The page features such gems as:
I sometimes think libraries are like the human brain: we only take advantage of about 5% of their capacity. Here’s your opportunity to put the library through its paces.
What’s new in the WCL young adult eBook collection? Well, quite a lot actually, and here’s a sample:
Other generally cool titles of interest
Plus: The Girl Who Was On Fire (non-fiction)
Browse the eBook fiction catalogue for more.
eBooks are free to borrow for two weeks (no overdues even!): all you need is a Wellington City Libraries card, an internet-connected computer or smartphone (or other e-reading device – but not a Kindle, sadly), and some free software you can download.