Information for Seniors
Welcome to our Seniors page featuring a selection of the latest resources you can find at your library. Browse the new fiction books, biographies and DVDs that will capture your imagination and entertain you. Find out about the new collection of vinyl records now available for all music enthusiasts to borrow from the Central Library. A great range to select from, listen and enjoy!
New Books at the Library
Only two for Everest : how a first ascent by Riddiford and Cotter shaped climbing history / Lyn McKinnon.
"The First New Zealand Himalayan Expedition, in 1951, was initiated by Earle Riddiford, who with Ed Cotter and Pasang Dawa Lama made the first ascent of Mukut Parbat, their target peak in the Garhwal Himalaya. Accompanying them on that expedition, though not to that summit, were two other New Zealand climbers, Edmund Hillary and George Lowe. Hearing of the success on Mukut Parbat, the New Zealand Alpine Club suggested to the Alpine Club in London that acclimatised New Zealanders would be a valuable asset on the forthcoming 1951 British Reconnaissance of Mt Everest, to be led by Eric Shipton. This resulted in an invitation for two New Zealanders to join the party: thrilling news the four climbers received while they were ensconced in the hill-country village of Ranikhet. A day and a half of bitter dispute rent the party asunder. Which two should go to Everest? In this enthralling narrative, journalist Lyn McKinnon tells the stories of Earle Riddiford and Ed Cotter, two extraordinary New Zealanders whose climbing achievements were forever eclipsed by the exploits of others. She draws on private papers as well as published work, and extensively interviews Cotter himself, and the families of both men, as well as many other contemporary climbers, to set the record straight."-- Publisher's information.
The politicians & the egalitarians : the hidden history of American politics / Sean Wilentz.
"Wilentz (George Henry Davis 1886 -Professor of American History, Princeton Univ.), author of the Bancroft Prize--winning The Rise of American Democracy, a definitive sweeping political history of the antebellum period, here argues that economic and social equality are goals that have defined American political discourse since the country's founding. More so than ideological homogeneity, political partisanship and its trials have been and are still essential components for achieving those aims. All the personages covered in this book were embedded in an age in which partisanship was the temper of the times, and -simultaneously iconic symbols of egalitarianism: for instance, Thomas Paine's entreaties to American independence, John Quincy Adams and antislavery in the antebellum period, and the Homestead Strike and organized labor. Each chapter is essentially a book review or two in context, including an evaluation of -Michael Kazin's American Dreamers, of which the author is especially critical, and which could be read in conjunction with this volume. -VERDICT Wilentz's examples support well the thesis of an egalitarian tradition rooted in the dynamic of partisan politics from Thomas Jefferson to Lyndon B. Johnson and up to the present. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/15.]-Jeffrey J. Dickens, Southern Connecticut State Univ. Libs., New Haven ÃÂ© Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted." (Library Journal).
365 days of colour in your garden / Nick Bailey ; photography by Jonathan Buckley.
A beautifully photographed guide for gardeners keen to attain the elusive colour-packed 'year-round garden'. Covering ideas on how to use, combine, design with and prolong colour, the book focuses on achievable ways of growing plants of every tone through 12 months of the year. It provides gardeners with an inspiring and surprising palette of plants to furnish their plots with sumptuous colour with detailed lists for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Bursting with practical advice on establishment and maintenance, the book also embraces plants for pots, cutting, difficult spaces and tiny gardens, and features long-season gardens from around the world." (Syndetics summary).
Drawing and painting portraits in watercolour / David Thomas.
"Portraiture is one of the most rewarding painting disciplines. In this book, experienced portrait artist David Thomas shows that it need not be intimidating. Learn to use watercolour, pencil and charcoal to produce fresh and approachable portraits invested with life and character." (Syndetics summary).
Big knits big needles / Helgrid van Impelen; photography: Katja Schubert.
"Make sweaters and jackets in no time using giant needles and chunky-weight yarn! Big Knits, Big Needles includes more than 20 step-by-step projects and a tutorial section on the techniques of the basic stitches you need to know. From a belted cardigan to a hooded toggle coat, your cold-weather-wear is about to get more trendy. Be inspired by the chic photography of the sweaters and jackets, and, when you are feeling more confident, take your projects one step further and create matching beanies, scarves, and more with the help of 24 accessory patterns included in the book. Whether you are a novice or an experienced knitter, Big Knits, Big Needles will give you rapid results."-- Publisher's information.
Ultimate quilting bible : a complete reference with step-by-step techniques / Marie Clayton.
"Clayton's (Ultimate Sewing Bible) comprehensive guide is a top-notch ready-reference to all aspects of quilt making from beginning to end. Coverage of the quilting basics is ample, but the highlight is the techniques section, which contains useful information and templates for designing and making a wide variety of quilts. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted." (Library Journal).
Sunday sews : 20 inspired weekend projects / Theresa Gonzalez ; photographs by Nicole Hill Gerulat.
"Gonzalez (Dorm Decor) sees Sundays as the ideal day for sewing-and this guide is intended to take advantage of those small pockets of time, since most of the projects can be finished in a few hours. The garments are the type of boxy, shapeless pieces that often work best on willowy women; while the lack of shaping makes them quick to sew, they aren't flattering for many body types. The accessories and children's projects, which comprise the last quarter of the book, are more versatile. The title's design is lovely, and Gonzalez's instructions are complete, but sewists may find it more useful to spend more time on a well-fitting garment rather than sewing a quick, perhaps unflattering piece. (c) Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted." (Library Journal).
The beginner's photography guide / written by Chris Gatcum."If you are new to photography, the "Beginner's Photography Guide" will be perfect for you. it explains all the key digital camera settings and function and demonstrates how to use them to create outstanding images. Step-by-step photographs break down digital camera techniques such as focusing on a moving object and creating background blur by telling you exactly what you need to do to get the most out of your camera. Icon panels provide an overview of equipment and settings required with straightforward captions to guide you.""--Publisher's information.
A cabinet of philosophical curiosities : a collection of puzzles, oddities, riddles and dilemmas / Roy Sorensen.
If you want to learn how to conform to confound, raze hopes, succeed your successor, order abscence in the abscence of order and think contrapositively, look no further. Here you can unlock the secrets of Plato's void, Wittgenstein's investigations, Schopenhauer's intelligence test, Voltaire's big bet, Russell's slip of the pen and lobster logic. Among your discoveries will be why the egg came before the chicken, what the dishwasher missed, and just what was it was that made Descartes disappear." (Syndetics summary).
Good good food : recipes to help you look, feel and live well / Sarah Raven ; photography by Jonathan Buckley.
Sarah Raven is not only an inspirational cook, but she was also once a doctor and has a wealth of medical training and knowledge behind her. Here she brings together her unique talents to offer a magnificent canon of recipes, sharing her medical knowledge to explain exactly how and why certain foods help protect your body and give you the best possible chance of a longer, healthier life. The 250 sumptuous and colourful recipes include Coconut sugar marmalade, Spiced aubergine salad with pomegranate raita, Lemon chicken and summer herb salad, Cashew hummus, Black bean burritos, Blood orange sorbet and Basil yoghurt ice cream. Woven through the book are 100 mini 'superfood' biographies, where Sarah draws on her expertise and experience to explain the science behind good-for-you ingredients such as kale, broccoli, salmon, red wine, blueberries, apples and seeds." (Syndetics summary).
The complete New Zealand seafood cookbook / The Auckland Seafood School ; photography by Sean Shadbolt.
"The Complete New Zealand Seafood Cookbook is not just a collection of tasty recipes, it is also your go-to book for all things seafood and includes expert advice on: catching, handling, purchasing and storing fish; preparing fish at home, including scaling, gutting, filleting, boning and skinning, as well as cleaning and preparing shellfish; cooking seafood, including pan-frying, barbecuing, steaming, poaching and baking; and how to choose the ideal seafood option for a meal. From smoked fish pie and whitebait fritters to fish burgers, gumbo and paella, all of your favourite seafood dishes are here in this cookbook - along with some fresh ideas to try. Packed with more than 250 tried-and-true recipes, covering everything from everyday meals to special events, this is the only seafood cookbook you'll ever need" (Publisher's information).
Sod sixty! : the guide to living well / Claire Parker and Muir Gray ; illustrated by David Mostyn.
Getting older doesn't matter. Keeping active does. Sod turning sixty, make those small changes now and reap the rewards in your later decades! In the bestselling Sod Seventy! Sir Muir Gray demanded a 'bonfire of the slippers' and a reframing of what it is to be seventy and older, and how to make the most of your seventies, by closing the 'fitness gap' to stay fit and strong. Sod Sixty! is a fun, friendly, hands on guide to navigating your sixties - a very different decade with very different demands. Find out how to get fitter whatever your 'history', how to eat healthily, how to juggle looking after yourself with the responsibilities of family, friends and work, and how to make the most of this decade of change. But this is no boot camp regime. Sod Sixty! acknowledges the reality of our daily lives, and has a balanced approach - packed with achievable, practical and realistic strategies to improve your health and wellbeing. Our sixties are often thought of as the 'turning point' decade. Use this as an opportunity to take stock - to look after yourself, reduce your risk of disease and make simple lifestyle and attitude changes that will have real impact later on. Use your sixties to make sure you face your seventies more resilient and independent rather than more vulnerable as time passes. This series appeals to anyone looking for straightforward, practical, non-faddy advice to help them stay active and healthy.(Syndetics summary).
The permanent pain cure : the breakthrough way to heal your muscle and joint pain for good / Ming Chew ; with Stephanie Golden."Introduction: the body united by the fascia -- Fascia: the unifying tissue -- The Ming method: no excuses--it will work -- The Ming method -- Prepare: water, diet, supplements -- Testing your readiness: learning to communicate with your body -- The spinal stretches -- The fascial stretches -- Ming's strengthening program -- Your personal program: choosing the stretches you need -- Additional therapies to boost your results." (Syndetics summary).
These books have print that is larger than usual. The collection is available at Central Library and all the branches. You can find these books in the catalogue. All Large Print titles are available to borrow or reserve. If you need assistance, please phone in or ask any of our staff to show you how to place a reserve from our public access catalogue or from your home computer
Return to Prior's Ford / Evelyn Hood.
"This delightful slice of Scottish village life is filled with likable people, their joys and sorrows, their relationships and growth as they unfold from June until near year's end in the village of Prior's Ford. Village life is shaken up when Ginny, who has restored the gardens at Linn Hall, is visited by her mother, a famous actress who takes an interfering interest in the community. An aspiring writer who secretly writes an advice column wins a fiction contest. A retired professor who writes scholarly articles moves to town, bringing an interesting secret along. A young boy plays matchmaker. A surrogate mother is found by her adult daughter. Sweet romances ensue and a renewal of the spark of romance is rekindled between a long-married couple. Hood's latest gentle read (Mystery in Prior's Ford, 2012), a view into nicely ordinary lives, is the perfect antidote to Fifty Shades of Grey. Some earlier books in the series were published under the pseudonym Eve Houston.--Tixier Herald, Diana Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission." (Booklist) (Syndetics summary).
<Mrs Pargeter's principle : a Mrs Pargeter mystery / Simon Brett.
For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst the many bequests he made to her, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise to help in her enquiries. Attending the funeral of the rich and respected Sir Normington Winthrop, because his is one of the names in the little black book, Mrs Pargeter sets out to discover the connection between Sir Normington and her late husband. Her investigations will draw her into a shady world of gun-runners, shifty politicians - and a kidnapped vicar." (Syndetics summary).
Sound and Vision
Books on CD
I'll see you in Paris / Michelle Gable.
"Plot-master Gable's affection for Paris and for hidden treasure emerges again in her second absorbing novel, following A Paris Apartment (2014). In this delightfully intricate tale, a lonely woman follows the trail of two mysterious women from the past across nearly a century of tantalizing clues. A grange in Oxfordshire, England, may or may not have been the former residence of Gladys Deacon, Duchess of Marlborough (aka Mrs. Spencer, the crazy old bat who chased intruders with a gun and refused to confirm her identity). An old biography of the duchess leads Annie to the now-derelict grange, while a silver-haired man at a local pub spins an intriguing yarn of love and regret. Who was this duchess? Who was the biographer? Who owns the grange now? Suffice it to say that Annie discovers more than she bargained for in Banbury and Paris. Readers are kept guessing 'til the end in this sweet story of love, mystery, art, literature, and Paris. As complex and moving as Naomi Wood's Mrs. Hemingway (2014) and Liz Trenow's The Forgotten Seamstress (2014).--Baker, Jen Copyright 2016 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission." (Booklist).
The widow : a novel / Fiona Barton.The Widow
"After her husband is hit by a bus and killed, Jean is not the typical grieving widow, but Glen was not the average spouse either. Four years before his death, Glen was accused of kidnapping Bella, the young daughter of a single mother. Aside from the kidnapping and possible murder charges, investigations by detectives revealed some shameful habits of Glen's-issues sure to persuade any wife to leave. Jean, however, had taken on the role of supportive wife to a wrongly accused spouse. Yet, now that Glen is dead, Jean can tell the truth, and reporter Kate Waters is determined to get it out of her. The truth about Bella's kidnapping, Glen and Jean's lives, and the investigative techniques of both reporter and detective unfold slowly through multiple narratives. Though the characters are flatly drawn, the mystery of what actually happened to Bella and whether Glen's death was an accident will draw in readers until the final page. -VERDICT Barton's first novel is one of suspense and intrigue that keeps the pages turning. Recommended for fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins.-Kristen Calvert Nelson, Marion Cty. P.L. Syst., Ocala, FL (c) Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted." (Library Journal)
Staff picks: DVD's
45 years / an Andrew Haigh film.
Kate Mercer is planning a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary. One week before the celebration a letter arrives for her husband, Geoff, containing news that the body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. Kate continues to prepare for the party, but she becomes increasingly concerned by Geoff's preoccupation with the letter and the startling revelations about his former life. As their anniversary gets closer, and they delve further into the past, their future is left in question." (Catalogue summary)
The lady in the van / a Sony Pictures Classics release ; Tristar Pictures and BBC Films presents.
The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for fifteen years. (Catalogue summary)
Vinyl - now at the Wellington City Libraries!
Vinyl records, LPs are once again in high demand and are now available to borrow from the Central Library. Popular, Electronica, Soul, New Zealand, Wellington genres and more can be borrowed at the reasonable price of $1.00 for seven days. Check out some of the newly catalogued Vinyl in our AV collection. You can also reserve vinyl using our catalogue, by searching for titles with call number "vinyl", click reserve and have them delivered to your local branch. Take your borrowed vinyl home, in our special cardboard satchels and enjoy the great sound!
Zinio holds a great collection of over 190 current magazine titles including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and New Scientist. Members of Wellington City Libraries can borrow as many as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want - with no overdue fees. There's a wide range of magazines- including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Here is a full list of titles on Zinio.
To use the Wellington City Libraries' Zinio for Libraries collection, visit wcl.govt.nz/zinio. To get started, use these links to access guides: desktop, iOS and Android. If you have any questions about this new service please email us at email@example.com. Happy reading!
Wellington City Libraries has a wealth of information about genealogy (family history). Here are some useful links:
- Genealogy magazines
- WCL Genealogy resources page
- WCL Whakapapa resources page
- Ancestry Library - for in library use only
- Find My Past: Australia/NZ, UK, Ireland - for in library use only
Talking Book Borrowers:
If you have any kind of sight impairment or can no longer hold a book comfortably please visit our webpage for talking book borrowers. You can also call us on 801 4121 or visit the staff on the 2nd floor of the Central Library on Victoria Street.
Residents and ratepayers who are permanently or sometimes temporarily housebound through long-term illness, disability or frailty are eligible for free home delivery service. If you are unable to make a trip to the Library and are aged between 13 and 103 this could be for you. Please visit our Housebound webpage or call us on 801 4044 for more information.
Smartview and ZoomText:
Smartview makes seeing things much easier for people with low vision and ordinary eyesight. It is great for photos, letters and documents and is adjustable for particular eye conditions. Find the Smartview on the Ground Floor at the Central library by the Large Print Collection.
ZoomText is available on the Second Floor free internet computer at the Central Library. ZoomText enlarges font size on web pages and electronic documents (email, newspaper databases etc) and can be set to read these aloud or display in high-contrast large print.
- The Seniornet site contains comprehensive and up to date or their activities. Great for help on anything you may be trying to do on the net.
- The British Library has an online gallery called Sacred which 'discovers' what we share. With videos, podcasts and interactive features to complement the sacred texts you can discover how Judaism, Christianity and Islam have so much in common.
- Sermons by Bible: these are available on an American website. These are from the Old and New Testaments. You can also search for sermons by topic, speaker, staff pics and top sermons.
- WCL's guide for mature employment seekers or jobseekers over 45
A Wellington City Libraries guide with links to a number of online job and career related resources for experienced or mature workers
- University of the Third Age (U3A)
Generally known as U3A, the University of the Third Age is a fast growing, informal learning environment for older adults. Each U3A group offers a range of small classes, discussion groups and larger meetings with visiting speakers. Classes are often held in private homes and are held in the daytime to suit retired people. Costs are kept to a minimum. This is a university in the original sense of the word, open to all with no admission requirements, no examinations and no awards. To locate a New Zealand branch, try U3A Online
and for Wellington click on the link above.
- Grownups (www.grownups.co.nz)
This site caters for the 50+ community. Includes everything you could possibly want/need.
- NZedge (www.nzedge.com)
Home to a global community of New Zealanders, a new way of thinking about our identity, people, stories, achievements and role in the world. Travellers may enjoy NZedge with its great links for other NZ sites, and for connecting NZ expatriates to each other.
- Scamwatch (Consumer protection website)
Scams succeed because they look like the real thing. They speak to a strong need or desire and they push hard for a natural and automatic human response. Scammers win because they target human vulnerabilities, we all have them. We might have an urgent financial need, or be looking for love online, or have some cash to invest, or believe we've won a competition in the post. These are just a few of the online scams that target seniors quite deliberately.
- Age Concern (www.acwellington.org.nz)
Age Concern is a non-governmental not-for-profit organisation working to promote the rights and well being of older people, koroua and kuia. Positive ageing is not about how to live longer nor how to avoid growing old. Its about celebrating older age. It provides information and services including accredited visiting, elder abuse and neglect prevention, and health promotion. There is much information on resources available for older people and ageing issues. It has links to other national and international websites.
- Eldernet (www.eldernet.co.nz)
This site provides relevant and comprehensive information about services available for older people. It includes a database of resthomes, residential care and retirement villages, home help, community groups and public hospitals.
- Funding Information Service (www.wcl.govt.nz/mygateway/commfund.html)
If your community group is looking for funding use this free database to find which is the best source for your needs.
- The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income's sorted.org Living in Retirement page is devoted to financial management in retirement
- Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center
Contains thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Prescription Drugs, Herbal remedies, and alternative or complementary treatments, and more.
Gives people over the age of 55 an opportunity to keep ahead in information and communication technology. With learning centres throughout the country, there's sure to be one located conveniently for you.
- Raising Grandchildren
A New Zealand site that aims to provide support to grandparents who are primary caregivers to grandchildren in difficult circumstances and to ensure fair treatment from the legal and child protection services in New Zealand, in order to stabilise and normalise the lives of the children involved.
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This page is maintained by Celia. My aim is to keep you up to date with our library resources which may interest you and provide links to information that may be useful to you. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can e-mail me with any feedback.