eLibrary spotlight: Naxos Jazz Library


Have you checked out Naxos Jazz Library? It’s a music streaming service that showcases classic and contemporary jazz albums; as well as pop, rock, electronic, blues and more! Free with your Wellington City Libraries card, sign-in and discover a new favourite album from their selection of over 32,000 artists. With new music being added to the collection weekly, you’ll want to keep checking back for more gems.

Naxos Jazz Library also let’s you create personalised, ad free, playlists! What kind of playlist will you make? Here’s one I’ve put together, stream these tracks for an eclectic start to your week.

Tracks to start your Monday morning the right way:

AXEL FLÓVENT: You Stay by the Sea You Stay By The Sea is from the debut studio album by Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent. It’s a soft, sleepy track that perhaps won’t get you out of bed quickly, but pairs perfectly with with snoozing your alarm for an extra few minutes.

ALAYNA: Glowing Next up, we’ve got a homegrown tune for you. Rotorua-born Alayna is an exciting R&B singer making waves and burning bright with their track, Glowing. The vibes are immaculate, it’s a bop guaranteed to perfectly accompany a smooth cup of coffee. 

BANGS AND TALBOT: Sumthin’ Else! OK, time to get ready for the day. It’s a beautiful Wellington morning (hopefully), so open those curtains and great the sunny day with Bangs and Talbot’s shimmy inducing mod jazz track Sumthin’ Else!. The track’s flowing groove and toe-tapping syncopation is sure to be the perfect way to great the day.

ARK PATROL: King Now for something more upbeat. Hawaiian-born, Seattle-based producer Ark Patrol brings us this electronic jam, King, which will absolutely put some pep in your step. This tune, in my opinion, is best blasted from your car on the motorway, or through headphones while navigating the Lambton Quay lunch rush.

BRIAN AUGER: Search Party Now this should sufficiently jump-start you into the rest of your day.  Launch into Monday with jazz prog rock fusion musician Brain Augar’s track Planet Earth Calling. 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Bridget Williams Books Text Collection


What a nation or society chooses to remember and forget speaks to its contemporary priorities and sense of identity. Understanding how that process works enables us to better imagine a future with a different, or wider, set of priorities. – from BWB Books 

Bridget Williams Books has  just added the brand new publication, Fragments from a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand HistoryAn investigation into how we as a country remember – or forget – difficult events from Aotearoa’s history, this publication documents the work of a team of five researchers as they explore how we remember our histories in Aotearoa. Fragments from a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand History combines the first-hand field notes, archival and oral research to examine how we as New Zealanders engage with the history of Aotearoa.

If you’re interested in this text, you might also like the related talk below (hosted by Bridget Williams Books and City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi). In this video, Professor Joanna Kidman (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) of Victoria University of Wellington and historian Dr Vincent O’Malley examine the role of memory and forgetting in the context of nineteenth-century New Zealand conflicts.

Our Bridget Williams Books Text Collection holds a diverse group of short eBooks on the big issues facing New Zealand. Discover stories, insights and critical analyses by some of Aotearoa’s best writers and commentators. This collection is free with your Wellington City Libraries card. Access the Bridget Williams Books Text Collection here.


Below we’ve listed some other recent additions to the Bridget Williams Books Text Collection, which are also available in print at a selection of our library branches.

Kārearea / Stephens, Mamari
“Writings on life, law and culture”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

 

 

 

Kāinga : people, land, belonging / Tapsell, Paul
“Through his own experience and the stories of his tīpuna, Paul Tapsell (Te Arawa, Tainui) charts the impact of colonisation on his people. Alienation from kāinga and whenua becomes a wider story of environmental degradation and system collapse. This book is an impassioned plea to step back from the edge. It is now up to the Crown, Tapsell writes, to accept the need for radical change.”–Publisher information.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

He pou hiringa : grounding science and technology in Te Ao Māori
“‘The creation of new science requires moving beyond simply understanding one another’s perspectives. We need to find transformative spaces for knowledge exchange and progress.’ Māori have a long history of innovation based on mātauranga and tikanga, the knowledge and values passed down from ancestors. Yet Western science has routinely failed to acknowledge the contribution of Indigenous peoples and their vital worldviews.”–Publisher information.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The history of a riot / Davidson, Jared
“In 1843, the New Zealand Company settlement of Nelson was rocked by the revolt of its emigrant labourers. Over 70 gang-men and their wives collectively resisted their poor working conditions through petitions, strikes and, ultimately, violence. Yet this pivotal struggle went on to be obscured by stories of pioneering men and women ‘made good’. The History of a Riot uncovers those at the heart of the revolt for the first time. Who were they? Where were they from? And how did their experience of protest before arriving in Nelson influence their struggle? By putting violence and class conflict at the centre, this fascinating microhistory upends the familiar image of colonial New Zealand”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Mango Languages

Is learning a new language one of your goals, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’re excited at the prospect of travelling, and would like to be able to navigate other countries with more confidence? If so, you could give Mango Languages a try! Available via our eLibrary page with your Wellington Cities Libraries card, Mango Languages is an online language learning resource that makes committing to learning a new language achievable and fun!

How you take in a new language differs from person to person, so Mango Languages utilises intelligent algorithms to “learn how you learn and adapt accordingly”. As well as this, Mango Languages utilises native speaking audio resources and a conversation based learning methodology to help you jump into a new language quickly, with confidence. 

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Each language is broken down into detailed chapters; Each chapter covers how to converse in all sorts of situations and contexts, including introductions and small talk, university life, travel and food and dining. Each lesson, built around an example conversation, offers opportunities to learn by listening, reading and by recording yourself and listening back to how you sound compared to a native speaker (this can be a little scary, but is super helpful!).

Lessons are also supplemented with other learning tools, for example quizzes. The resource also provides colour mapping onto sentences to reveal relationships between languages and cultural notes that provide extra context to what you’re learning, with the goal of facilitating a deeper understanding of your chosen language.

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Mango Languages provides lesson on over 70 languages, and it’s free with your library card. Give it a go! Au revoir!

 

 

Urgency and optimism: Sustainability recent picks

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The recent addition of Wellington City Council’s household battery recycling trial has got us thinking about our sustainability goals for 2022. Below, you’ll find a curated reading list covering the environmental crisis (and what we can do about it), theories about creating a post-carbon society, community composting and recycling based family craft activities. Some of these items are on order, so they aren’t on the shelf yet, BUT you can reserve them through the catalogue today and be one of the first to read them!

Earthshot : how to save our planet / Butfield, Colin
“The Earthshot concept is simple: Urgency + Optimism = Action. We have ten years to turn the tide on the environmental crisis, but we need the world’s best solutions and one shared goal – to save our planet. It’s not too late, but we need collective action now. The Earthshots are unifying, ambitious goals for our planet which, if achieved by 2030, will improve life for all of us, for the rest of life on Earth, and for generations to come.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Finding sustainability : the personal and professional journey of a plastic bag manufacturer / Romer, Trent A
“What if the foundation of your family business were threatened by something out of your control? What if the livelihood of 70 employees and their families were at stake, as the license to operate your business became called into question? What if 57 years of family history, grown through generations of hard work and sacrifice, were at risk of being lost? What if the reasons were actually one with which you fundamentally agreed? Journey to 8 states, 3 national parks and 3 countries to experience the life-changing education and adventures that led Trent A. Romer to finding sustainability for his plastic bag manufacturing business and himself.”–Page 4 of cover.” (Catalogue)

Sustainable Garden: Projects, tips and advice for the eco-friendly gardener / Boswall, Marian
“A stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook to creating and maintaining a more environmentally friendly outdoor space.” (Catalogue)

Energy transition and economic situation : food, transportation and education in a post-carbon society
“Is this the end of the world as we know it? Will the winding down of fossil-fuel consumption lead to radical changes in our lives? Or can we turn away from the climate crisis cliff while the industrial economy just keeps growing? Renewable energy sources have powered civilizations for nearly all of history and must do so again. But usable energy will become a more precious resource, as it was before our brief, explosive binge on the most easily accessible fossil fuels. In coming years we will have to recognize when “enough is enough.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Sustainable Kitchen: Projects, tips and advice to shop, cook and eat in a more eco-conscious way (Sustainable Living Series) / Moore, Sadhbh
“A positive, practical handbook on how to shop, cook and eat in the most important room in the home. Founders of the Sustainable Food Story, Abi and Sadhbh, have put together tips and step-by-step projects on how to adapt your kitchen habits to a more eco-friendly way of life.” (Catalogue)

Cardboard creations for kids : 50 fun and inventive crafts using recycled materials / Ho, Kathryn
“Eco-friendly cardboard crafts to make and play with”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Community-Scale Composting Systems: A Comprehensive Practical Guide For Closing The Food System Loop And Solving Our Waste Crisis / Mcsweeney,James
“Composting at scales large enough to capture and recycle the organic wastes of a given community, whether a school, neighborhood, or even a small city, is coming of age, propelled by a growing awareness not only of our food waste crisis, but also the need to restore natural fertility in our soils.” (Catalogue)

Buy Better Consume Less: Create Real Environmental Change / Conway-Wood, Sian
“How to spot greenwashing, stop consuming and demand a more sustainable future. Climate change is now a mainstream conversation topic, and yet every week our recycling piles are still overflowing and we’re faced with a steady stream of brands trying to persuade us to buy their eco-friendly products in our quest to live sustainably.” (Catalogue)

All this way to meet you: New biographies

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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, and the one who doesn’t read, lives just one.” – George RR Martin

Dive into someone else’s life for a bit with our new biographies! This month we’ve got a wide range of stories, from standing in front of a Taliban warlord’s home to a drag queen’s rise to stardom. Other highlights from the below list include New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg on her journey as a writer, Miriam Margolyes on her rip-roaring life as an actor and The Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, Free : coming of age at the end of history.

I came all this way to meet you : writing myself home / Attenberg, Jami
“From New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg comes a dazzling memoir about unlocking and embracing her creativity-and how it saved her life”– Provided by publisher. Attenberg reveals the defining moments that pushed her to create a life and a voice she could claim for herself. Drawn to a life on the road, her wanderlust led her across the country and eventually around the globe. She began to reflect on the experiences of her youth, and began writing: researching articles for magazines, jotting down ideas for novels, and refining her craft, learning to trust her gut, and ultimately, trust herself. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Empower : conquering the disease of fear / Azim, Tareq
“If you knock on Wakil’s door, he’s going to kill you.” That’s what Tareq Azim’s guide told him, as they stood at the foot of the local Taliban warlord’s home. Most people would let fear get the better of them. However, Tareq had already conquered fear. He walked up to the door by himself, and gave three loud knocks.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The tick of two clocks : a tale of moving on / Bakewell, Joan
“Old age is no longer a blip in the calendar, just a few declining years before the end. Old age is now a major and important part of life: It should command as much thought – even anxiety – as teenagers give to exam results and young marrieds how many children to have . . . I am in my 80s and moving towards the end of my life. But in a more actual sense, I have moved from my dear home of 50 odd years into another . . . the home where I will be until the end.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Caught in the act : a memoir / Jenek, Shane
“Meet Shane Jenek. Raised in the Brisbane suburbs by loving parents, Shane realises from a young age that he’s not like all the other boys. At a performing arts agency he discovers his passion for song, dance and performance, and makes a promise to himself: to find a bigger stage. Meet Courtney Act. Born in Sydney around the turn of the millennium, Courtney makes her name in the gay bars of Oxford Street and then on Australian Idol. Over ten years later, she makes star turns on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother UK, bringing her unique take on drag and gender to the world. Behind this rise to national and global fame is a story of searching for and finding oneself.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

This much is true / Margolyes, Miriam
“BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury’s Caramel Bunny, creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, Miriam Margolyes is the nation’s favourite (and cheekiest) treasure. Now at the age of eighty, she has finally decided to tell her life story, and it’s well worth the wait.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Did ye hear mammy died? / O’Reilly, Séamas
“Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is Seamas O’Reilly’s memoir of growing up as one of eleven children in rural Northern Ireland in the 1990s after the death of their mother when Seamas was five. He delves into his family – his pleasingly eccentric, reticent but deeply loving father; his rambunctious siblings, intent on enforcing a byzantine age-based hierarchy; and the numerous bewildering friends, relations and neighbours who blew in and out to ‘help’. Seamas describes how his mother’s death changed his childhood relationships with everyone and everything, as knowledge of his tragic experience preceded him.” (Catalogue)

My mess is a bit of a life : adventures in anxiety / Pritchett, Georgia
“Television writer and producer Georgia Pritchett knows a thing or two about anxiety. From worrying about the monsters under her bed as a child (Were they comfy enough?), to embracing womanhood (One way of knowing you have crossed from girlhood to womanhood is that men stop furtively masturbating at you from bushes and start shouting things at you from cars. It’s a beautiful moment) to being offered free gifts after an award ceremony (It was an excruciating experience. Mortifying) worry has accompanied her at every turn. This memoir is a joyful reflection on just how to live and sometimes even thrive (sometimes not) with anxiety”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Free : coming of age at the end of history / Ypi, Lea
“Lea Ypi grew up in one of the most isolated countries on earth, a place where communist ideals had officially replaced religion. Albania, the last Stalinist outpost in Europe, was almost impossible to visit, almost impossible to leave. It was a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. To Lea, it was home. People were equal, neighbours helped each other, and children were expected to build a better world. There was community and hope. Then, in December 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, everything changed.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Resilient stitching: New craft books for your wellbeing

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The weather’s getting colder and you know what that means! It’s the perfect time to get into a new cosy craft. We’ve compiled a handy list of recent additions to our collection, featuring how-to’s for a number of different delightful hobbies to do at home. Some highlights include Resilient stitch : wellbeing and connection in textile art, which considers how the art of textiles can influence the wellness of individuals and their communities, and Making a Living: How to Craft Your Business, a guide for making your love of crafting into a viable business practice. We’ve also got books for making cute crochet bags, building your own birdfeeder and making your own wardrobe from scratch.

Some of these books are on order, which means they are on their way but not currently on the shelf. Reserve them today to be one of the first to issue them, and happy crafting!

Crocheted bags : 25 quick and easy projects to make / Osmond, Emma
“Crochet your way from clutch to tote, making a variety of beautiful bags in between, with the latest title in the Weekend Makes series. Crochet has been brought bags up-to-date and now fills Instagram and Pinterest – not to mention catwalks and high-end fashion houses – with modern masterpieces. Grab your crochet hook and yarn and join the trend by creating a carrier for every outing.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Eco-resin Crafts : 30 Hand-crafted Projects for the Home / Oliver, Hazel
“Resin craft is a great way to make beautiful items for your home and jewellery for yourself or others.” (Catalogue)

Rag rug techniques for beginners : 30 planet -friendly projects using rag-rugging methods from around the world / Jackson, Elspeth
“Learn ten different rag-rugging methods and use them to create 30 stylish and practical items for yourself and your home. In Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners, Elspeth Jackson details ten methods that will help you learn the art of rag rugs, and inspire your craft creativity. Each chapter focuses on a different technique, from Shaggy to Locker Hooking, Loopy to Two-String Loom, and more. Elspeth will show you the skills, tools, and equipment you’ll need for each one, as well as providing advice on choices of fabrics and design.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Resilient stitch : wellbeing and connection in textile art / Wellesley-Smith, Claire
“Following on from her textile hit Slow Stitch , author Claire Wellesley-Smith considers the importance of connection and ideas around wellbeing when using textiles for individuals and communities, including practical ideas around ‘thinking-through-making’, using ‘resonant’ materials and extending the life of pieces using traditional and non-traditional methods. Contemporary textile artists using these themes in their work feature alongside personal work from Claire and examples from community-based textile projects.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Making a Living: How to Craft Your Business / Rochester, Sophie
“Carefully crafted to support anyone looking for practical, hands-on advice and inspiring stories to motivate them to make their dream business a reality. With chapters on market research, valuing & pricing your work, branding, marketing & sales, plus accounting & legal considerations, this is a step-by-step guide to getting your idea off the ground” (Catalogue)

The Wild Craft: Mindful, Nature-Inspired Projects for You and Your Home / Seixas, Catarina
“From botanical cookies, acorn coffee and wild green pesto, to making your own calendula salve and building a bird feeder The Wild Craft is filled with seasonal nature-based projects designed to reignite your love of the natural world and connect you to the earth.” (Catalogue)

Around the Kitchen Table: Good things to cook, create and do – the whole year through / Hansen, Sophie
“Best-selling Sophie Hansen and her artist and art teacher mum Annie Herron have teamed up – with recipes to cook, preserves to make, things to sketch, crafts for the not-crafty, and more.” (Catalogue)

The act of sewing : how to make and modify clothes to wear every day / Philip, Sonya
“A complete guide to sewing simple garments-with 4 full-size patterns-and all the tricks of alterations and embellishments explained so that you can make a wardrobe all your own”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

eLibrary spotlight: The New York Times


Did you know that your library card gives you free online access to The New York Times? The New York Times offers our members the opportunity to login each day with your library card details and claim a “group pass” which gives 24 hours’ access to their websites & smartphone app. 

The New York Times provides access to expertly produced and deeply researched journalism. From breaking world news to thoughtful opinion pieces, it’s a great way to stay up to date on world issues. As well as this, their website provides a collection of other exciting resources, some of which we’ve listed below. You can access The New York Times for free through our eLibrary portal here.


TimesMachine – Time-travel through The New York Times’ archive and view their past newspapers collection.

Podcasts – Listen to fascinating podcasts; The New York Times produces an array of thought-provoking shows including their current events show The Daily, the debate based The Argument and, our favourite of course, The Book Review.

Games- Are you a Wordle fan, but wish you had more daily ways to challenge your brain? Try The New York Times’ selection of games, including the mini crossword and sudoku.

Trending Highlights – Our modern media landscape can be quite overwhelming! For a quick overview of what’s happening in the zeitgeist, scroll through their handy trending page! This feature sorts through their website to bring you their most-read stories of the moment.

The Learning Network – Resources for teachers and activities for students; The Learning Network brings current events to the classroom with student opinion questions, quizzes, country of the week, word of the day and more!

Wirecutter – Independent product reviews on a wide variety of products. Are you looking to buy a new air fryer, or wanting the best mattress for people who sleep on their stomach? Wirecutter’s mission is to “save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping” with the promise that they will only suggest a product once their writers and editors “have deemed something the best through rigorous reporting and testing”.

 

 

 

eLibrary Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning

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Did you know that your library card gives you access to LinkedIn Learning? Available through our online resources, LinkedIn Learning is a video tutorial service providing access to over 12,000 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

LinkedIn Learning keeps track of your progress as you make your way through their courses, lets you save courses into customisable “collections” and provides personalised recommendations based on your previous learning history. The homepage also has a handy goal tracker, so you can set how much learning you would like to achieve per week.

To check out LinkedIn Learning for yourself, simply navigate to our online resources page here. After following the link, you just need to enter your library card number and pin. Unsure where to start? Here are some of LinkedIn Learning’s courses to get you inspired!


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If you’re job hunting in 2022:
Job Interview Nano Tips with Madeline Mann

What do you say when a job interviewer asks what kind of salary you’re looking for? Does it matter what you wear for a job interview? How should you follow up after an interview? In this series of microlearning videos, Madeline Mann covers the important questions many job interviewees ask themselves, providing quick, to-the-point answers. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Finding a New Job during the Great Reshuffle

During the “great reshuffle” of people and talent, more people are aligning their passions and purpose with what they do. Whether you are job seeking or career switching, learn how to put together an action plan to achieve your dreams as the job market heats up and new opportunities appear. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)


If you’re starting your own business:
43 Ideas for Starting a Side Business

It’s a great time to explore creating a side business that can earn you extra income. In this course, Dana Robinson, a serial entrepreneur and attorney, shares 43 ideas for making additional income. Dana offers an array of options, including being a voice artist, turning trash into treasure (and selling it for a profit), landing copyediting gigs, becoming a virtual assistant, and working in real estate management. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

20 Questions to Help You Start a Business

Starting a business can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you find customers? How do you market and scale your business? In this course, learn how by answering 20 essential questions that can help you get a clearer picture of the kind of business you want to run. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Entrepreneurship: Finding and Testing Your Business Idea

The prospect of starting your own business from scratch can feel at once exhilarating and overwhelming. Before you launch a new business, it’s critical that you validate and test your ideas to determine if they represent legitimate market needs. In this course, Dave Crenshaw helps you determine first which businesses are best suited to you as an entrepreneur, and then how to brainstorm ideas and identify which idea is a real opportunity. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)



If you want to get into coding:
HTML Essential Training

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the foundation of website and web application development. It allows you to ensure that your content is understood by both segments of your audience: the people who watch, read, or listen to your content, and the computers that display it. In this course, learn how to craft excellent HTML with the pieces that HTML itself has to offer. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

CSS Essential Training

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a stylesheet language that allows you to control the appearance of your webpages. In this hands-on course, Christina Truong demonstrates the concepts that form the foundation of CSS, explaining what you need to know to tweak existing CSS and write your own. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)


If you’re an artist looking to upskill:
Motion Graphics

Transform shapes, icons, and text into compelling motion graphics. This series demonstrates techniques you can use to take your animation skills to the next level. Join mograph artist EJ Hassenfratz as he shows you tips and tricks you can use while leveraging the powerful features in Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Illustrator 2021 Essential Training

Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator 2021 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Instructor Tony Harmer covers the essentials of Illustrator 2021, including artboards, workspaces, layers, and shapes. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Become a Portrait Photographer

Learn the essential lighting and posing techniques for portrait photographers. Whether you are shooting business portraits, sport stars, or family photographs, this path will provide you with expert insight into best practices for posing and lighting your subjects. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

 

 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Environmental Studies in Context (Gale)

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Have you checked out our eLibrary resource Environmental Studies in Context? Provided by Gale, it is a database filled with curated, educational resources about the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Their collections are made up of accurate and peer-reviewed material,  and are created by a global network of scholars and educators.

This resource contains information on 446 issues related to Environmental Studies, spanning the agriculture industry, fast fashion, climate change and more. Gale has also included an in-built note-taking function, perfect for saving key quotes and research data for later. Environmental Studies in Context is the perfect place to deep dive into a new topic of interest, and is available for free with your Wellington City Libraries card. Login and start exploring through our eLibrary here.

Photo of wind turbines For instance, have you ever heard about the concept of green technology? Gale defines green technology as “technology that conserves energy while producing few or no emissions.”. The concept encompasses many types of technology, such as solar panels and electric cars, and aims to “harness power available in nature without destroying nature in the process”.

Green technology is not just a beacon of hope in terms of living sustainably on Earth, it has also led to scientists discovering creative solutions to other world problems. For example, green technology may be able to support parts of the world where the availability and reliability of electricity is currently lacking. It has also lead to advancements in food production; in the future, farmers will hopefully be able to utilise green technology to improve their irrigation systems and reduce food waste. 

For any passionate environmentalists who would like some book recommendations, we’ve also included a booklist below. Happy researching!

Salmon: A Fish, The Earth, And The History Of A Common Fate / Kurlansky, Mark
“In his new global food history, Mark Kurlansky says if we can save the salmon, we can save the world. Centuries of our greatest assaults on nature, from overfishing to dams, from hatcheries to fish farms, from industrial pollution to the ravages of climate change, can be seen in their harrowing yet awe-inspiring life cycle.” (Catalogue)

Environment Aotearoa : a collection of essays / Cleave, Peter
“This grew out of studies and discussions on the health of localities that I had been doing on the Manawatu River and on other places around New Zealand so the series was called Environment Aotearoa… This research, this thinking on the environment has, in the main, appeared since the turn of the century. Many of the ideas involved have been around for a lot longer but there is a fair bit of new writing in this mix and it came across to me at least as fresh and refreshing.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Wild souls : freedom and flourishing in the non-human world / Marris, Emma
“From an acclaimed environmental writer, a groundbreaking and provocative new vision for our relationships with-and responsibilities toward-the planet’s wild animals […] When is it right to capture or feed wild animals for the good of their species? How do we balance the rights of introduced species with those already established within an ecosystem? (Adapted from Catalogue)

Climate Aotearoa : what’s happening & what can we do about it?
“Climate Aotearoa outlines the climate situation as it is now, and as it will be in the years to come. It describes the likely impact on the environment and on our day-to-day living situation. It suggests the changes you can make for maximum impact, what we should be asking of our government and what we should be asking of our business community. In doing so, this is a hopeful book – actions can make a difference.” — Publisher’s website.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Beloved beasts : fighting for life in an age of extinction / Nijhuis, Michelle
“A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement–told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement’s history” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The great derangement : climate change and the unthinkable / Ghosh, Amitav
“Is our imagination adequate to the realities of global warming? The novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that we need art and literature to help us imagine our future in the Anthropocene, but that they are falling short of the task. If culture cannot help us see the realities of our plight, then our era, which so congratulates itself on its self-awareness, may come to be known as the time of the Great Derangement.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Living with the anthropocene : love, loss and hope in the face of environmental crisis
“Australia — and the world — is changing. On the Great Barrier Reef corals bleach white, across the inland farmers struggle with declining rainfall, birds and insects disappear from our gardens and plastic waste chokes our shores. The 2019–20 summer saw bushfires ravage the country like never before and young and old alike are rightly anxious. Human activity is transforming the places we live in and love. In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, some of Australia’s best-known writers and thinkers — as well as ecologists, walkers, farmers, historians, ornithologists, artists and community activists — come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library lover’s day: Find your perfect match!

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Did you know that February 14th is Library Lover’s Day? Find your perfect match below, or perhaps check if any of our new books catch your eye.

Apparently, the whole month of February is Library Lover’s Month, so you may want a few more book recommendations! To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of some recent additions to our romance collection below. Happy reading!


Hana Khan carries on / Jalaluddin, Uzma
“Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighborhood of Toronto. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighborhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Perfect timing : a novel / Nicholls, Owen
“What happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time–over and over again? Up-and-coming musician Tom thinks he met the love of his life one night a year ago, but thanks to a made-up girlfriend, he’s pretty sure he’s never going to see her again. If it weren’t for the painkillers the doctor gave him for his dislocated shoulder, he could’ve explained what really happened; but now the moment for explanations has gone, so he just keeps writing obscure songs about her in the wild hope that she’ll hear one on the radio and understand. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The secrets of Ashmore Castle / Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
“1901. When The Earl of Stainton dies in a tragic hunting accident, Giles, the eldest son of the noble Tallant family must step forward to replace him as the head of the family. But Giles has avoided the Castle and his stifling relatives for years, deciding instead to forge his own path away from the spotlight. In Kensington, Kitty Bayfield, the painfully shy but moneyed daughter of a Baronet, has just left school with her penniless companion Nina. Nina captures the new Earl’s heart, but only Kitty can save his family from their debts, and soon Giles must choose between his duty and his heart.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Road to Rosalee / Magro, Mandy
“City girl Melody Harrison finds herself questioning everything in the wake of her mother’s deathbed confession of a long-held secret – a secret that drives her far into the outback, to the wide-open skies of Rosalee Station… Matt and Sarah Walsh have finally reached a time in their lives where they are at peace, but their happiness is again thrown into turmoil when Matt answers the door to a young woman with shocking news. But what is the truth? Only by offering her sanctuary at Rosalee Station will they find space to come to grips with each other” (Adapted from Catalogue)

When the war was here / Veletzos, Roxanne
“Hungary, 1943. As war encroaches on the country’s borders, willful young Eva arrives in the idyllic town of Sopron […] Longing for freedom from her domineering father, she counts the days to her upcoming nuptials to a kind and dedicated Red Cross doctor whom she greatly admires. But Eva’s life changes when she meets Aleandro, a charming and passionate Romani fiddler with a love for painting. With time and profound class differences against them, Eva and Aleandro still fall deeply in love – only to be separated by a brutal act of hatred.” ( Adapted from Catalogue)

 

 

 

Bridget Williams Books: The Treaty of Waitangi Collection

A selection of book covers from the Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection

Image showing the BWB logo and a couple book covers from the Treaty of Waitangi Collection


Did you know that your library card gives you access to numerous collections from the award-winning New Zealand publisher Bridget Williams Books? Today we’d like to draw your attention to their outstanding home for online resources regarding the Treaty of Waitangi.

Bridget Williams Books’ Treaty of Waitangi Collection is broken up into different subtopics to assist your learning journey. You might like to start with one of their foundation texts, such as What Happened at Waitangi? by Claudia Orange. Following on from there, you could dive into BWB’s history resources to gain a deeper understanding of the historical context in which the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. One useful text for this might be Redemption Songs by Judith Binney. After that, BWB has also provided a commentary selection, which includes publications such as New Myths and Old Politics: The Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition by Sir Tipene O’Regan. 

To access this Bridget Williams Books collection, simply head over to our eLibrary resources and scroll down to find Bridget Williams Books. Follow that link to access the collection. You will need your library card number and your pin to login. Happy reading!

Edible cities: Books on foraging

A selection of our books on foraging

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So far, raumati (summer) in Wellington has been pretty idyllic. Hopefully, you’ve been able to get out and enjoy the outdoors, maybe by taking a dip in the surprisingly welcoming ocean or enjoying time in the garden with a good book. If you’re looking for a new outdoor activity, and are keen to explore around Wellington a bit more, foraging could be an ideal new hobby for you! Wellington has an array of forgeable foods growing all around the city, including mushrooms, koromiko flowers and dandelion!

Of course there are risks with foraging, you need to be confident in identifying plants before you eat them! We suggest first connecting with Wellington’s vibrant foraging community. There are plenty of supportive online communities, and professionally led courses you can attend to gain this required knowledge.

Our libraries also have a wealth of resources to help you in your foraging adventures! Below is a booklist to get you started. Happy foraging!

A forager’s treasury / Knox, Johanna
“Features profiles of many edible plants commonly found in New Zealand, including advice on where to find them, how to harvest them and how best to use them”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

Find it, eat it : cooking foraged food gathered around New Zealand / Daly, Michael
“Divided according to edible weeds, food foraged from the fields, forest and seashore and a pantry section, Michael Daly provides recipes that demonstrate the use of wild foods in everyday cooking.”–Publisher information.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

A field guide to the native edible plants of New Zealand / Crowe, Andrew
“Over 190 trees, shrubs, herbs, ferns, mushrooms, lichens and seaweeds are described in detail in this useful and attractive book, with information on which part is edible and when, how plants have been utilised, particularly by Maori, their nutritional value, and where they can be found. In a separate section, Andrew Crowe also describes important poisonous plants that are native to New Zealand or are likely to be confused with the edible plants.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Seaweed and eat it : a family foraging and cooking adventure / Houston, Fiona
“Part cookbook, part natural history guide, with tasty recipes, fascinating folklore and inspiring ideas for seasonal feasts, this book leads the reader through the process of identifying, learning about and cooking unusual and wild native foods.” (Catalogue)

The edible city : a year of wild food / Rensten, John
”  In The Edible City, urban forager John Rensten gives us the tools to identify, source and cook delicious food from the year-long bounty around us, whether that’s winter cress and wild garlic soup, nettle and three-cornered leek gnocchi or stinging nettle tempura. This account of a year of urban foraging is perfect for the armchair enthusiast or home cook looking for exciting new ingredients to experiment with.” (Catalogue)

The thrifty forager / Fowler, Alys
“Fowler takes a fresh look at foraging, encouraging you to look closer to home, from the weeds in your garden to the trees in your street…Alys showcases her favourite edibles with a plant directory packed with useful information – photographic identification, plant description and tips on how to grow and how to eat it (including recipes such as fruit leathers and chutney) – that will give you the confidence to identify plants yourself.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Food you can forage : edible plants to harvest, cook and enjoy / Francis, Tiffany
“An accessible and engaging guide to foraging for families and amateur naturalists.” (Catalogue)

Books in every room : Interior design for 2022

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“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. Albert Hadley

It’s a fresh new year, so why not give your home a fresh new look? Would you like to incorporate your family history into your living spaces? Maybe you’d like some ideas for thriving in your apartment? The below booklist is a great place to start if you’re embarking on an interior design project in 2022!

Need even more inspiration? Head over to our online magazine collection through Libby, which gives library members free access to an extensive Home & Garden collection.


Home stories : design ideas for making a house a home / Leggett, Kim
“Learn how to create rooms filled with warmth, meaning, and your own unique story of home. Kim Leggett’s first book, City Farmhouse Style, was a big hit. Now Kim is back with the welcoming interiors her fans crave and a no-rules approach that is all about using what you love to create rooms that tell your personal story.  (Catalogue)

Kelly Hoppen’s essential style solutions for every home / Hoppen, Kelly
“Kelly Hoppen, multi-award-winning designer and TV personality, shares her essential style solutions that will transform your home. Kelly knows what works, and here she shows you how to do it by bringing together creative ideas and inspiration alongside a wealth of professional know-how, practical advice and cost-effective style solutions that can work for every home, big or small.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The new mindful home and how to make it yours / Thornhill, Joanna
“How do you create a space that calms and revives you? Thornhill cuts through the fads to offer practical solutions to home-based problems. She shows you how to create supportive room layouts, consider the mindful effects of colour, and embrace natural and sustainable elements in your home. — adapted from back cover” (Catalogue)

A blissful nest : designing a stylish and well-loved home / Dempsey, Rebekah
“In Blissful Nest, celebrated interior designer Rebekah Dempsey offers hundreds of fresh and attainable design ideas to show you how to discover your interior style and create a home that best reflects your personality and the way you live”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Workstead : interiors of beauty and necessity.
“Workstead designs one-of-a-kind interiors and pieces that balance beauty with necessity, and this book presents a special blend of their tour-de-force historic renovations and innovative yet elegant new constructions.'”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Victoria Hagan : live now / Hagan, Victoria
“As an acclaimed interior designer and member of the AD100 and the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Victoria Hagan had achieved the highest pinnacle of success in her field. But when 2020 arrived, she found herself, like all of us, at home, seeing her life and her space with fresh eyes. The result is this book–a creative manifesto and a life-affirming look at the nature of home, and how it connects and calms us, comforts and nourishes us.” (Catalogue)

Books do furnish a room : display, organize, store / Geddes-Brown, Leslie
“As all book lovers know, a collection of books affords not only access to endless pleasure and knowledge, but also, when skilfully deployed around the home, the opportunity to create a multitude of decorative impressions. In this beautifully illustrated guide –  self-confessed bibliophile Leslie Geddes-Brown offers inspirational yet practical ideas about how to make the most of books in every room.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Living in tiny homes : big ideas for small spaces / Hellweg, Marion
“Practical tips, design ideas and storage solutions for small homes & tiny houses”–Page 1 of cover.” (Catalogue)