Inspire Newtown Library’s new mural

Join artists Liana Leiataua and Ruth Robertson-Taylor at one of two workshops to create your own saipo (tapa) which will inspire a new mural for the community. The new mural will replace the eye-catching artwork which was originally installed to welcome people into the Newtown Library and Smart Newtown in 1991.

The workshops are suitable for people of all ages – so bring down the whanau or a group of friends. The workshops will be held in Newtown Library at 13 Constable street on 10:30am-noon, Wednesday 27 January or 2-3:30pm, Saturday 30 January.

All you need to bring is an one item from the Newtown environment (such as a leaf or flower) and one personal item!

If you are unable to make a workshop, create your own creative canvas! These will be on display at the Newtown Library throughout February 2021. Plus you’re creative artwork will go into a draw to win prizes from local businesses Newtown New World and Peoples Coffee who are supporting this community event.

How to enter

Entries need to be submitted by Monday 1 February 2021.

For more information email arts@wcc.govt.nz

We’re bringing libraries to Wellington’s Pasifika Festival

Our librarians have put together fun and free activities, resources and giveaways aimed for people of all ages and interests to support this year’s Wellington Pasifika Festival.

Visit other countries or new worlds through our free virtual reality experience! From climbing El Capitan to diving down into the Mariana Trench, or flying a car through a dystopian city and more, there is a virtual experience for everyone to try.

Delve into the stories, history and songs of our Pasifika communities by browsing the diverse range of library resources which will be on display.

Say hi to our roving Librarian with their trolley of withdrawn items which they will be giving away to lucky people throughout the afternoon.

Come down to see the library team in the Odlin’s Plaza on the waterfront between 12noon – 6pm this Saturday 23 January 2021. We’re on the grass area outside St John’s bar, near the pedestrian crossing from the Michael Fowler Centre car park.

This summer event includes performance groups from across the Pacific including Mafutaga Tagata Matutua Senior Exercise Group, Israel Star, and opera legend Ben Makisi. The free, whānau friendly event will be hosted by award-winning comedian James Nokise. The full programme is available online.

Brooklyn Library temporary closure from 12 Jan

Brooklyn Library will be closed for two weeks to upgrade the lighting and heating. It will be closed from 8pm, Monday 11 January and will reopen at 1pm Wednesday 27 January 2021.

  • You can visit the nearby Arapaki Manners, Te Awe Brandon Street or Newtown branches during this time for all your library services, including returns. Brooklyn Library’s afterhours slot will be closed
  • On shelf reserves will be held over this time, and will be able to be collected when the library reopens
  • If you’re waiting in the reserve queue for an item, and usually collect your reserves at Brooklyn Library, you may wish to change the pickup branch for any reserves that may be filled during the time Brooklyn is closed — here’s a quick tutorial

Festive vegan feasts

Looking for some delicious vegan options for the holidays? Find something delicious below! We’ve also included a link to browse more vegan cookbooks on our catalogue.

More vegan holiday cookbooks


Vegan Christmas cookbook : over 70 amazing recipes for the festive season / Oakley, Gaz
“The first ever vegan Christmas cookbook, from YouTube and Instagram sensation Avant Garde Vegan. Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the traditional turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavors and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centerpiece and amazing food throughout the festive season. ” (Catalogue)

The superfun times vegan holiday cookbook : entertaining for absolutely every occasion / Moskowitz, Isa Chandra
“Bestselling author, vegan goddess, and comfort food queen Isa Chandra Moskowitz is back with her biggest book ever — to prove that making festive vegan food for any occasion can be easy, delicious, and superfun. You’ll start with New Year’s, stop for Valentine’s Day on the way to Easter and Passover, and cook through Hanukkah, and Christmas. And with more than 250 seasonal recipes, you’ll mix, match, and remix for every celebration in between — filling your life with holiday cheer the whole year round.” (Catalogue)

Happy vegan Christmas / Jönsson, Karoline
“Roasted nuts and vegetables, fragrant citrus and cloves, jewelled lingonberries and cardamom buns fresh from the oven – these are the delights that make a Scandinavian vegan Christmas. Inspired by classic Scandinavian Christmas cooking and seasonal dishes from around the world, this is a treasure trove for vegans, veggies and flexitarian foodies. Inspired by both classic Scandinavian holiday cooking, as well as seasonal dishes from around the world, this is an indispensable treasure trove for the vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian foodie. Roasted nuts and vegetables, fragrant citrus and cloves, jeweled lingonberries, and cardamom buns fresh from the oven–these are the delights that make a Scandinavian vegan Christmas.” (Catalogue)

Vegan Christmas / Fitzjohn, Audrey
“This book is a foolproof guide to making plant-based meals for the holidays. You could start your guests with a round of blinis and faux caviar. Then, when they’re getting snacky, bring out the arancini and dairy-free aioli. When you’re laying out the big dinner spread, you can offer your vegan guests tempeh and mashed sweet potatoes, stuffed pumpkin, and many more devilishly starchy options. Then, for dessert, roll out the chocolate truffles, a black forest cake, fruit pies, and more Plus, who even needs meat or animal products, when you’re surrounded by your friends and family?” (Catalogue)

Karori Library opening later than usual on 16 December 2020

Our Karori branch library will open at 1:30pm, Wednesday 16 December. The café is open as usual and the library’s newspapers will be available there. Pre-school Storytime won’t be available.

You can return items using the after-hours returns slot. Alternatively, you may wish to visit our nearby Te Awe branch in the CBD or Wadestown Library. Thank you for your patience while staff attend a one-off course.

Update on Libraries’ events and programmes

With the move to Covid-19 Alert Level 1 all Wellington City Libraries branches will resume our programmes and events over the coming weeks. Please check our website for details. We will maintain the additional cleaning currently in place and encourage everyone to continue recording their visits using the QR codes.

“Thank you to everyone for patiently following the sign-in and physical distancing rules under the previous Alert level,” says Laurinda Thomas, Manager Libraries and Community Spaces. “When visiting we encourage you to use the hand sanitiser available and record your visits using the QR code posters so we can all help keep one another safe.”

“Over the coming week our teams will be busy setting up our popular programmes like Storytime and Baby Rock & Rhyme, and events, so visit our website to find out what you’ll be able to enjoy at your local branch and when.”

Visit wcl.govt.nz/calendar to see which programmes and events are coming up.

Outages and changes this weekend

This weekend, there will be a planned catalogue and check your card outage from 6am Saturday 19 September until Sunday afternoon to allow us to update our systems. During this time, some of our eLibrary and database services will also be affected — see timeline below.

As part of this system update, after many years of faithful service, the Classic and Easyfind catalogues will no longer be available, while our main New Catalogue will also be getting some new features. In the coming week, we’ll spotlight a few of these — but many mirror well-loved features of our old catalogues, as well as some new functionality that we’re excited to be able to share very soon!

Outage Timeline

Friday 18/09

Friday evening — some of our online resources become unavailable, but Overdrive, RBDigital and Beamafilm are unaffected all weekend.

See details for PressReader and Kanopy below.

Saturday 19/09

From 6am — the library catalogue & check your card outage begins.

PressReader — if you log into PressReader before this time via the app or website, you will still have access over the weekend.

Kanopy — if you log into Kanopy before this time via the app or website, you will still have access over the weekend.

Sunday 20/09

In the afternoon the catalogue and all eResources become available again, and the outage finishes.

If you need help with your library card during the outage, please contact our library branches during opening hours or get in touch via email and we’ll be happy to help!

Email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Cummings Park library closed temporarily

“We are replacing the worn carpet at Cummings Park Library in Ngaio this September,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “To ensure our carpet layers can get this done as quickly as possible we will close the Cummings Park Library from 10am, Friday 11 September and will reopen at 10am, Tuesday 15 September.”

“While our Ngaio branch is closed you can visit the neighbouring Khandallah and Wadestown teams for all your library needs! You’ll find their opening hours at wcl.govt.nz”

“All programmes and events during this time will be cancelled but we look forward to seeing you back at Cummings Park Library with our brand new carpet from Tuesday 15 September! Thank you for your understanding.”

If you have any questions, please call us on 04 479 2344 or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Sign-up to the online Central Library consultation events

Consultation on the Central Library is moving online under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 with three webinar events for the public – and everyone is welcome. “We’ve had a great response so far with over 300 submissions in the first weeks. But we want to hear from more Wellingtonians about their views on the future of the Central Library service to help inform our decisions in late October,” says Mayor Andy Foster.

“Our Library team has been out with the Planning for Growth Tiny House to answer peoples’ questions and share information about the current building and future options. Unfortunately, we had to move the events planned in our library branches to online webinars while we limit the visitor numbers under Alert Level 2,” he adds.

Libraries portfolio holder Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says: “We are lucky to have a number of experts from the literacy, learning, arts, community and engineering sectors who will discuss how library spaces, programming and events can play a key role in influencing how people engage and connect with one another and the library’s collections.

“These panel discussions are a great opportunity to discuss how making the space safe for people to be in, and how this creates new possibilities for how communities use the space over the coming decades. A great example of the new opportunities modern libraries can provide people with can be seen in the dynamic Johnsonville Library, and the welcoming Te Awe Library spaces in Brandon Street.”

The three speaker events are:

Who loves our libraries? 6pm – 7pm, Friday 28 August
Come and join in the discussions with speakers from different community or sector areas, on how the Central Library supported people and communities, and the potential opportunities for creating stronger spaces, connections and meaning for everyone.

Speakers: Claire Mabey, Verb Wellington; Ella Flavell, Chair Youth Council; Sandra McCallum, General Manager Changemakers
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8802363946198864656

Spaces for everyone – 6pm – 7pm, Monday 31 August.
Join in the discussions with library, literature and research experts reimagining how the Central Library building, collections and spaces could reflect the past and create new spaces for everyone.

Speakers: 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
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6748343184596616462

Why the Central Library closed and restoring the service to Te Ngākau Civic Precinct – 12pm – 1pm, Wednesday 2 September
The Central Library building itself isn’t safe to use. Hear about what closed the building and what is involved in making the building safe again for everyone to use.

Speakers: Tony Holden, Associate, Senior Structural Engineer Aurecon with Peter Brennan, Manager Property, Wellington City Council
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6520247298401358608
As well as continuing to visit the CBD and suburbs with the Planning for Growth team information kiosk over the coming weeks, we will also provide some online drop-in sessions where you can ask questions of the project team.

For the latest list of events please go to: https://www.letstalk.wellington.govt.nz/central-library/widgets/302558/key_dates#132595

How to have your say on the future Central Library service: Complete an online submission form at https://www.letstalk.wellington.govt.nz/central-library/

You can also download a copy of the Statement of Proposal and a printed submission form under the ‘Document library’ on the right-hand side of the website. Or you can pick up printed copies from your nearest library branch.

You can provide your views on five options proposed in the Statement of Proposal, or provide your own idea, or say if you prefer an option which was not put forward.
Submissions close at 5pm, Monday 7 September 2020.

COVID-19 Update – Libraries at Level 2

COVID-19 logo“Under Alert level 2 all libraries will remain open for normal hours, with a few changes to keep everyone safe and able to use our spaces,” says Laurinda Thomas, Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “This includes encouraging everyone to follow the social distancing, use hand sanitiser and wear masks.”

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