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
The wait is nearly over!! The Fault In Our Stars movie comes out on Thursday! That’s just TWO DAYS away! And we even get it before the USA does. Time differences rule sometimes. I’ve collected together some TFIOS facts for all you excited people out there across the interwebs – have you got anything interesting to add to this list?
1. John Green was trying to get an international release date for TFIOS so that all his fans would be able to see it at the same time. It kind of worked – NZ, Australia and the Netherlands are the first to be able to see it on June 5th, it comes out in the USA on June 6th and the UK gets in on June 19th. Amazingly we are one of the first to see it instead of having to wait a few months after the USA release!
2. The TFIOS trailer had over 3 million views on it just 24 hours after it was released.
3. Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Gus) already appeared in the Divergent movie together earlier this year, and in it they played siblings. Hmm.
4. TFIOS is the 4th solo novel by John Green.
5. John and his brother Hank run a Youtube channel called vlogbrothers where they upload videos three times a week.
6. John Green took the time to cast all the character of TFIOS as US presidents.
And just in case you forgot, here’s the trailer again:
Aaaaaand the special extended trailer as well:
So who’s coming to the see it with me on Thursday? Or do I have to go and bawl my eyes out in the cinema alone? Let us know your thoughts on the movie down in the comments!
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!
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.
Weekend newsflash: The latest film from Studio Ghibli (and the last film directed by Hayao Miyazaki before his retirement!) is showing this Sunday at the Embassy cinema! It’s called The Wind Rises and it tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Check out the trailer below and book your tickets over at the Embassy website.
BreakOut – Scholarships and Grants FREE SEMINAR
Do you need money to study, research, or for your personal and professional development?
The Funding Information Service is holding a free BreakOut presentation in Wellington Central Library (ground floor, in the teen area). The seminar will show you how to find the best scholarships and grants for you.
BreakOut lists information on over 3800 scholarships and grants for students, professionals, researchers, sports people, and artists and Wellington City Libraries provides free public access to BreakOut.
Wednesday 10 April 2013
4-5pm, Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street
No RSVP required. Just show up! (Can’t make it? Visit the Funding Information Service for info about BreakOut)
Fancy yourself as a bit of a writer?
Register now for a place at the Creative Writing Workshop, places are limited, so be quick about it.
28th July at Karori Library, 10 am – 3 pm, $40. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. For 13-18 year olds.
It’s May! So once again it’s New Zealand Music Month. What’s the Library doing this year to celebrate & profile Wellington musicians? Well…
This May, Wellington libraries will turn into temporary concert venues – showcasing young local talent. Up-and-coming young artists will perform afternoon gigs at Wellington Central Library and at the Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori branch libraries. These free events will take place Monday 16 to Friday 20 May.
– Kilbirnie on Monday 16 from 4 to 5pm
– Newtown on Tuesday 17 from 4 to 5pm
– Johnsonville on Wednesday 18 from 4 to 5pm
– Karori on Thursday 19 from 4 to 5pm
– Central on Friday 20 from 4 to 5pm
There will also be evening performances at ZEAL and The Jimmy Bar at the St James Theatre.
Wellington City Council is organising these live performances in partnership with Play It Strange, a trust established in 2003 to encourage young New Zealanders to develop interests and skills in songwriting and musical performance.
Other Music Month events include a series of Music Workshops.
On Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May Toi Poneke Arts Centre will hold free workshops for independent musicians. The workshop on Monday is for musicians who want to break into the Australian market and will be full of hits and tips for people who have already crossed the Tasman.
This is followed on Tuesday with the launch of the Instrumental’s Musician’s Publicity Toolkit – with a live performance from Mara TK. The toolkit is a musician’s essential guide to self-publicity and online marketing.
A full list of events, times and venues in Wellington for New Zealand Music Month can be found on the Toi Poneke Arts Centre’s Facebook page
Further facebook details with a full list of performers after the jump
You, your mates and zombies, Glee, prizes, gloating rights, free food, brains! Wait, what…?
Okay, there might not be brains, but eveything else will be there. Pull a team of Glee and Zombie experts together and get ready for the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Trivia Night.
Open for teams of 13 to 18 year olds (min 2 – max 4), the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Teen Trivia Night will be at the Wellington Central Library on 27th May at 6.30pm. Registrations open soon and places will be limited so get your team ready to go and start planning your costumes.