Grab a bargain at our Book Sale

Wellington City Libraries is having its first big sale of withdrawn books, magazines, CDs and DVDs since 2019 and there will be bargains galore for everyone!

The sale will be at the Ngaio Town Hall (1 Ottawa Rd – map) on:

  • Friday 29th Jan, 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday 30th Jan, 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 31st Jan, 10am to 4pm
As at each previous sale, stock will be replenished each day of the event –  ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. With prices mainly around 50c and $1, you really don’t want to miss out.

Come and find some treasures!

Johnsonville Library’s birthday celebration this Saturday

Come celebrate Waitohi Hub and the new Johnsonville Library’s first birthday — tomorrow, Saturday 12 December, from 10am-3pm! There’ll be events, activities for all ages, competitions, prizes and giveaways too!

What: Rā Whānau Waitohi
Where: Waitohi Hub, 34 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville
When: Saturday, 12 December, from 10am – 3pm

Rā Whānau Waitohi Facebook Event

Key events

10am ‘Have a Hit’ at the tennis courts
11am Celebrate with cake with MP Greg O’Conner and Councillor Jill Day
12pm Egg and spoon, sack races and more family fun at the park
1pm Whānau Tug-O-War at the park
2pm Storytime in the park

Come along to festive family storytimes!

Meri Kirihimete, Pōneke! It’s that time of year again! The festive season is right around the corner, which means that our libraries are getting themselves all ready to provide storytimes most merry and mirthful for your jollification. So, why not grab the family, jump in your fuzziest pyjamas (or cheeriest Christmas costume) and head on down to your local library to join in on the fun?

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Share your views on the Central Library by 5pm, Monday 7 September

Thank you to everyone who has made a submission on the future of the Central Library. If you haven’t had the chance to yet – it’s not too late!

You can make your submission by:

  • completing an online submission form
  • picking up a printed submission form from your nearest library branch
  • downloading a freepost printed submission form under the ‘Document library’. You can
  • post it to us on Monday 7 September and it will be counted
  • or scan and email it to centrallibrarysubmissions@wcc.govt.nz by 5pm, Monday 7 September.

Information to help inform your submission

We’ve put together a Statement of Proposal, which outlines the options; how they were assessed and others which were discarded.

You can pick one of the five proposed options, or provide your own idea, or say if you prefer an option which was not put forward.

We were fortunate to have a range of engaging speakers discuss the role of a Central Library; the potential opportunities for creating stronger spaces, connections and meaning for people who use them and the engineering challenges with the current building. You can watch videos of the three webinars below.

Future of the Central Library consultation

Webinar 1 : Who loves our libraries?

Our guest speakers were:

  • MC — Mayor Andy Foster
  • Claire Mabey, Verb Wellington
  • Ella Flavell, Chair Youth Council
  • Sandra McCallum, General Manager Changemakers

Watch the video here:

Webinar 2 : Spaces for everyone

Our guest speakers were:

  • MC — Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons
  • Anne Goulding, Professor of Information Services Management, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Chris Hay, Manager Tūranga Library & Chair-elect Public Libraries New Zealand Juliet Blyth, Chief Executive Read NZ

Watch the video here:

Webinar 3: Why the Central Library closed and restoring the service to Te Ngākau Civic Precinct

Our guest speaker was Tony Holden, Associate, Senior Structural Engineer Aurecon with Peter Brennan, Manager Property, Wellington City Council.

Watch the video here:

Our consultation website, www.letstalk.wellington.govt.nz/centrallibrary, provides news, frequently asked questions, links to key documents such as previous engineering documents and assessments.

If you have any questions you can use the “Ask a question” section towards the bottom of the homepage, or email centrallibrarysubmission@wcc.govt.nz

Thank you for taking the time to shape the future of our Central Library service.

He Timotimo – end of year

Our He Timotimo introductory te reo Māori classes for beginners have now closed for the year and we are exploring what we can offer in 2020.

In the meantime, continue the learning with these suggestions:

Māori made easy : for everyday learners of the Māori language / Morrison, Scotty
“The complete and accessible guide to learning the Maori language, no matter your knowledge level. While dictionaries list words and definitions, and other guides offer common phrases, Maori Made Easy connects the dots, allowing the reader to take control of their language-learning in an empowering and effective way. By committing just 30 minutes a day for 30 weeks, learners will progress at their own pace and adopt the language as best suits their individual needs. Written by popular TV personality and passionate te reo Maori advocate Scotty Morrison, and enhanced by illustrations throughout, Maori Made Easy proves that learning the language can be fun, absorbing – and easy Also available as an eBook.” (Catalogue)

A Māori word a day : 365 words to kickstart your reo / Kelly, Hēmi
“A Māori dictionary for all New Zealanders. Through its 365 Māori words, you will learn the following: English translations; word category, notes and background information; Sample sentences, in both te reo Māori and English”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

Te kakano / Moorfield, John C.
“Te Kākano is the beginner-level Māori Language text designed for adults and teenagers.  Changes include six new or improved maps of the main tribal groups and significant Māori place names of New Zealand.  Additions have also been made to the dictionary/index at the end of book, which contains all the vocabulary of the textbook and audio tapes of Te Kākano and includes further information about the place names and tribal names.” (Catalogue)

Infinite wonder – New photography books

Our beautiful planet features heavily in our picks of the recent books this month, both terestrially in amazing photos of New Zealand geological events, and, spectacularly, from space — see the world the way a Nasa astronaut sees it in astronaut Scott Kelly’s photos from his year on the International Space Station. Plus, still photos from David Attenborough’s Our Planet series, and tips for Instagram and iPhone photographers. Have a browse.

Flying high : the photography of Lloyd Homer / Nathan, Simon
“‘Disaster man’ Lloyd Homer photographed events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides around New Zealand for over 35 years. This book features a selection of spectacular colour aerial photohraphs, including high-altitude panoramas, from the GNS Science image library as well as many unique aerial photographs of New Zealand’s national parks and wilderness areas.” (Catalogue)

Infinite wonder : an astronaut’s photographs from a year in space / Kelly, Scott
“The first photo book by the Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a record-breaking year in space. This is an awe-inspiring collection of the photos Scott took himself while on board the International Space Station, many of which have never been seen before. Through the photos Kelly took during his time in space, we can learn to see the world in a new way. This book will show you what it’s really like to be a Nasa astronaut.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Our Planet, Alastair Fothergill (ebook)
“With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, breathtakingly beautiful still photography, and compelling text expanding on the remarkable TV stories, this companion book presents a whole new view of the place we call home. Featuring some of the world’s rarest creatures and previously unseen parts of the Earth — from deep oceans to remote forests to ice caps — Our Planet takes nature-lovers deep into the science of our natural world. This book captures in one concise narrative a fundamental message: what we do in the next twenty years will determine the future of not just the natural world but humanity itself.” (Overdrive description)

How to photograph absolutely everything / Ang, Tom
“This practical guide will teach you how to take the best possible photo in any situation imaginable with clear step-by-step guidance from expert photographer, Tom Ang. From still-life to sports photography, cityscapes and landscapes, and tackling children’s parties to capturing the magic of seasonal celebrations, How to Photograph Absolutely Everything is the essential guide to improving your digital photography skills and getting the most out of your camera.” (Catalogue)

Hashtag authentic : finding creativity and building a community on Instagram and beyond / Tasker, Sara
“Sara Tasker, Instagram-guru and social media influencer, shares her secrets for turning an interest in Instagram into a thriving business. Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform, with 400 million monthly active users worldwide, half of them under 25. While some of these people use the app as a personal tool, many also use it to build their creative business endeavours, from food and drink to fashion and lifestyle. Sara Tasker has tapped into this as an Instagram coach, an iPhoneographer and social media influencer. Her chronicle of authentic everyday life and her mindful Me and Orla blog has developed into a business in which she allows access to free insta-tips, alongside some hugely popular paid for e-courses for independent creatives.” (Catalogue)

The enthusiast’s guide to iPhone photography : 63 photographic principles you need to know / Duggan, Seán
The Enthusiast’s Guide to iPhone Photography: 63 Photographic Principles You Need to Know teaches you what you need to know in order to shoot great images with your iPhone. Sean Duggan covers the iPhone’s basic and advanced camera controls, the apps you need most for shooting and processing your images, and the principles you need to know in order to capture and share great, creative, beautiful images with your mobile device. ” (Catalogue)

PressReader Update – Stuff Ltd content restrictions

Do you use PressReader? Stuff Ltd PressReader publications, including the Dominion Post are now only available to view on library computers or by using a phone or device connected to the library wifi.

This means they will no longer be able to be accessed remotely either via the PressReader app or by logging in to the website using your browser outside of a Wellington City Libraries’ branch.

To access Stuff Ltd publications in our libraries:

  • Use one of the Library computers and login to PressReader via the library website
  • Connect to the wifi with your own device at any branch and login to PressReader via the library website

This change may take effect over the next few days. It is important to note that this was a decision made by Stuff Ltd, and the restrictions only apply to Stuff Publications. PressReader provides access to thousands of other publications that you can continue to enjoy outside of the Library, at home or using the app.

Below is a full list of the Stuff titles that are affected:

  • Sunday Star Times
  • Sunday News
  • Southland Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Waikato Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Dominion Post (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • The Press (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Nelson Mail (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Timaru Herald (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Manawatu Standard (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Taranaki Daily News (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
  • Marlborough Express
  • TV Guide
  • NZ House and Garden
  • NZ Gardener

If you have questions or need help with PressReader please email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz or pop into your local branch.