RBDigital Magazines have moved to Overdrive/Libby (24 February)

RBDigital Magazines coming to Libby

On 24 February, our RBdigital magazines moved to Libby/Overdrive. This change massively increases the number of magazines available, from 130 to several thousand.

What is different? What is the same?

  • The user experience is similar to borrowing an ebook
  • Magazines can be issued for 21 days, then will automatically be returned from your account with the option to renew issues before they go
  • Magazines issues are continuously available — it should be easy for you to borrow again as needed
  • Up to 3 years of back issues are available to borrow for some titles
  • Auto check out of new issues is no longer available
  • You will no longer get email alerts when new issues are available

The RBdigital platform will remain for a short time, and then be discontinued. This change is a vendor-driven change.

FAQs about the change from Overdrive

Astronaut Training at Wellington City Libraries

Did you know that 2021 marks 50 years since Apollo 14 touched down on the Moon? Apollo 14 was the third successful lunar journey and faced the added pressure of being the first trip after the unsuccessful Apollo 13 (the one with Tom Hanks). While the mission was based around a series of experiments, it is mostly known as the trip where astronauts played lunar golf!

50 years after Apollo 14, humanity is almost ready to return to the Moon, with NASA planning on making the trip in 2024 as part of wider preparations for visiting Mars. And while it may be too late to book yourself a place on the 2024 flight, that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be an increased demand for astronauts in the future! Astronaut training isn’t easy, though: most successful applicants have a Masters degree in a STEM field and extensive experience flying jets. You also need to pass the physical.

Still want to be an astronaut? If so, you’ve come to the right place! This blog will guide you through everything you need to get started in your space-based career–with resources available via your Wellington City Libraries membership!
Read this post in Te Reo


The first path you could take to becoming an astronaut is to earn yourself a Masters degree in one of the following STEM fields: engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. But which one to choose? Below are introductory courses to topics commonly found in these fields–all sourced from Wellington City Libraries’ LinkedIn Learning.

ENGINEERING: Robotics and UiPath Software

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Programming and JavaScript

MATHEMATICS: Core concepts and Mathematica 11

Engineering fundamentals : an introduction to engineering / Moaveni, Saeed
Engineering Fundamentals helps readers develop the strong problem-solving skills and solid foundation in fundamental principles they will need to become analytical, detail-oriented, and creative engineers. Motivating students from all engineering disciplines, this text encourages students to become engineers and prepares them with a solid foundation in fundamental principles and physical laws.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Got your STEM career all sorted? Nicely done! The next step on the road to astronaut selection is to get yourself some experience flying jets! NASA specifies that you need at least 1000 hours flying time, so best get started as soon as you can.

While you can’t get a pilot license directly through Wellington City Libraries (yet!), there is a training course for remote flying available via LinkedIn Learning. This includes everything from the physics of flight to how to read the weather!

REMOTE PILOTING: Certification Prep

No man’s land / Sullivan, Kevin
“On routine flight QF72 from Singapore to Perth on 7 October 2008, the primary flight computers went rogue, causing the plane to pitch down, nose first, towards the Indian Ocean – twice. The Airbus A330 carrying 315 passengers and crew was out of control, with violent negative G forces propelling anyone and anything untethered through the cabin roof. It took the skill and discipline of veteran US Navy Top Gun Kevin Sullivan, captain of the ill-fated flight, to wrestle the plane back under control.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


With your Masters degree and flight time under your belt, you’re looking good for a spot at astronaut camp! But there’s just one more thing to consider: physical conditioning! As well as requiring excellent vision, reliable blood pressure and a height of between 157cm and 190cm, you’re going to need to go through a series of other tests. Time to start prepping with these guides from Gale Health and Wellness.

SPACE MEDICINE: General Introduction and Travel and Nutrition

POPULAR SCIENCE: “The Trials and Torments of Space School”

TRAINING: 20 Minute Astronaut Workout

MatchFit : the complete manual to get your body and brain fit for work and fit for life / May, Andrew
“This inspiring book is the culmination of Andrew May’s twenty years of experience as an elite athlete and fitness trainer for some of the world’s best athletes; studying the body and the brain; working with a variety of clients including elite athletes; and life experience.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


You’re so close to becoming an astronaut: there are just a few more little things. Astronauts find themselves talking to a lot of crowds, so public speaking skills are a must. Oh, and Russian? You’re going to have to learn that too (unless you’re already a cosmonaut). Don’t worry: Wellington City Libraries has got you covered, so you can live your best astronaut life–bon voyage!

MANGO LANGUAGES: Learning Russian


Speak easy : the essential guide to speaking in public / Eyre, Maggie
“Maggie Eyre has over 30 years’ experience as a media trainer, communications consultant and performer. In Speak Easy, she takes the reader through the complete public speaking process, with chapters covering everything from body language and voice control to managing your audience and handling the media. Practical and authoritative, this is the ideal book for anyone facing a business presentation or an after-dinner speech.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Lynda.com is LinkedIn Learning from Monday 15 February

Do you use Lynda.com through the library? From 9pm Monday 15 February, Lynda.com is upgrading to become LinkedIn Learning for Libraries, with all the content you love, plus more!

What changes can I expect?

  • All of your favourite courses will still be available
  • Users will have access to a library of over 16,000 courses in 7 different languages (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese)
  • An updated, easier to use interface
  • Your course history will move with you — it’s tied to your library card number

Why is the change happening?

LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in 2015, and has slowly been transitioning the service and its feature to their own platform and brand.

Will there be an outage for the migration?

Yes, Lynda.com will be unavailable from 9pm Monday 15 February, and the changeover may take several hours.

Do I need to have a LinkedIn account to use LinkedIn Learning for Libraries?

No, you’ll still only need your library card number and PIN.

**UPDATE**  Access to LinkedIn Learning should be back to normal. If you are still having problems accessing it please contact us on enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

RBdigital and Lynda.com – changes coming soon

This month, change is coming to two of our popular online resources — Lynda.com, and RBdigital.

On 15 February, Lynda.com will be changing to become LinkedIn Learning for Libraries (the next generation of the platform). More about the change from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning

On 24 February, our RBdigital magazines will be moving to Overdrive. This change will also massively increase the number of magazines available, from 130-some-odd to several thousand titles.

These are vendor-driven changes, and we’re working with our vendors closely to ensure they happen smoothly for our customers.

We’ll post more about these changes closer to the time and provide all possible support — this is just a quick note to let you know that change is coming, and we’ll keep you posted!

Thank you Stephen and Book Awards judges

The judges for the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced back in December, but we wanted to take a minute to note (relatively late in the game) that our lovely Children’s and Youth Services Coordinator, Stephen Clothier, is a judge for this year’s awards.

Stephen’s role at Wellington City Libraries is to work with our Children and Youth Services team, spread around the city at our 14 branches, to plan our services to children and teens — and he also works closely with our collection development team to look at and regularly review what we offer our youngest customers on our shelves and online.

His library-related interests include reading to children in funny voices, teaching robots to read to children in funny voices, and, in both a literal and a figurative sense, blowing things up. He has presented workshops regionally and nationally for librarians, parents and educators on topics as diverse as early literacy, educational robotics, and STEAM education. He is also a founder and co-editor of Tūhono, a new poetry journal by and for young Wellingtonians.

Stephen, we know you’re currently in danger of being buried alive by your reading pile, and we want you to know that we, your colleagues, appreciate the mahi of you and your fellow judges, and are so looking forward to the final results.

VR at Te Awe: Thursday, 4 February!

Ready to test your light saber skills? Brave enough to spend a night in a horror-filled bedroom? Or maybe you’d prefer to create a fantastic virtual sculpture? Then pop into Te Awe Library on Thursday 4 February for our VR afternoon!

Facebook event for VR at Te Awe

We’ll have a range of games and experiences, including Beat Saber, Face Your Fears, Tilt Brush and more! We’ll also have a range of cutting-edge technologies for you to tinker with and our makerspace expert on hand for those in-depth questions. No booking required – just drop in on the day to have a go!

VR at Te Awe — Facebook Event


What: VR at Te Awe
Where: Te Awe Library, 29B Brandon Street (just off Lambton Quay)
When: Thursday, 4 February (12pm – 4pm)

VR Games Available

Beat Saber

Tilt Brush is not only a VR rhythm game, it’s also one of the most popular VR titles ever created. Described as the closest thing you’ll ever get to a Jedi rave, Beat Saber even has it’s own global leaderboard!

Face Your Fears

There are several mini games within Face Your Fears, but the scariest by far are a series of picture books that you read in a haunted bedroom–summoning all kinds of childhood nightmares. If you’re not convinced, just check out the reactions in the video below!

Tilt Brush

Some VR games have fairly short life expectancies, especially once the initial wonder has worn off. Tilt Brush is the opposite of this kind of game. The more time you spend in this dark, never-ending art studio, the more wonderous creations you’ll come up with–we promise!

A True Alternative History of 2020: Part Two

This post is Part Two of our True Alternative History of 2020 series. To read Part One in English, click here. To read Part One in Te Reo, click here.

The past twelve months have seen some of the most significant social, political, medical and environmental changes in a generation. Some of these changes have been traumatic; some have been important; some have been pretty scary.

However, the topics in this blog are a bit different. A True Alternative History of 2020 draws attention to the lesser known happenings of the past year–the forgotten or overlooked events that disappeared from view. From alien hunters to YouTube stars (and some dinosaurs, of course!), there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!


If you want to be a professional alien hunter when you grow up, you could do a lot worse than working in NASA’s astrobiology unit–especially since they’ve just set off to Mars to look for signs of ancient life! The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will reach the red planet in February 2021.

The case for Mars : the plan to settle the red planet and why we must / Zubrin, Robert
The Case for Mars explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars. The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet’s surface; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day “terraform” Mars and pave the way for sustainable life.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


The Isle of Wight used to be known as a popular holiday hotspot, but now it’s known for something even better–the dinosaur Vectaerovenator inopinatus! (The name means “unexpected air-filled hunter”!)

Dinosaurs : a field guide / Paul, Gregory S
“This lavishly-illustrated volume is the first authoritative dinosaur book in the style of a field guide. It covers the true dinosaurs – the Tetrapoda – the great Mesozoic animals which gave rise to today’s living dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations.” (Catalogue)


Not to be upstaged by the Isle of Wight, just a month later Mexico City uncovered the skeletons of 200 mammoths while excavating a site for an airport. (Beating the old mammoth skeleton record by 139!)

How to clone a mammoth : the science of de-extinction / Shapiro, Beth Alison
“Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. Beth Shapiro walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary science that is being used–today–to resurrect the past.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


In October a structure taller than the Empire State Building was discovered near the Great Barrier Reef! The mysterious reef tower was stumbled upon by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, whose previous finds have included giant living underwater spirals and many, many new species!

Blowfish’s oceanopedia : 291 extraordinary things you didn’t know about the sea / Hird, Tom
“The seas of our planet cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth, yet we know less about the ocean depths than the surface of the moon. Join marine biologist and fish-fanatic Tom “the Blowfish” Hird as he lifts the lid on a treasure chest of fascinating facts, to reveal just what we do know about what lurks beneath the waves.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)


As you no doubt know, November 2020 saw some truly world-changing events take place. But among them all, one stands out: of course we’re talking about “Baby Shark” becoming the most popular video on YouTube, with over 7.6 billion views! For the mysterious origins of the song, check out this Slate podcast.

Social media / Macpherson, Mary
“Is our identity more of a composite than we realise? We often think of ourselves as formed from our core values or our DNA, but in Social Media, Mary Macpherson explores identity as a creation of the interactions we have with others: friends, family and the wider world, and the evolving role technology now plays in this. A playful and provocative collection that drills into our social and media selves using elements from short stories and film scripts.” (Catalogue)


Somewhat surprisingly, on 31 December, just after 11:59pm, the year 2020 came to an end. Just like that! And so 2021 is upon us, and who knows what it has in store? More mammoth carcasses? Aliens? All of the above?! We will find out…

The future Earth : a radical vision for what’s possible in the age of warming / Holthaus, Eric
“The first hopeful book about climate change, The Future Earth shows readers how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades. The basics of climate science are easy. We know it is entirely human-caused. Which means its solutions will be similarly human-led. In The Future Earth, leading climate change advocate and weather-related journalist Eric Holthaus offers a radical vision of our future.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

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 your 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.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – 6th February events

Here in Wellington we’re far away from Waitangi where the official Waitangi Day commemorations happen every year. But did you know that we’re lucky enough to be able to visit the Treaty itself locally at the He Tohu exhibition at the National Library?

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of three Aotearoa New Zealand constitutional documents, and preserves these powerful taonga for future generations. The three documents are:

  • He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (1835)
    Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi (1840)
    Treaty of Waitangi
  • The Women’s Suffrage Petition (1893)
    Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine

On Waitangi Day this year you can visit the National Library for a 30-minute guided tour exploring this multi-award winning exhibition. Tours begin on the hour and half hour between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm, and there’s much more happening besides.

As part of the commemorations, our own He Matapihi Library (housed on-site at the National Library), will be open for the day for browsing, and will host a children’s puppet show by String Bean Puppets.

Please note that He Matapihi will be the only Wellington branch library open on Waitangi Day, and will open from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Nan and Tuna — a bilingual puppet show, presented by Stringbean Puppets.

He Matapihi Molesworth Library, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon.

Saturday 6th Feb at 10:30am

“Nan and Tuna have been friends for 70 years and now it is time for one last adventure together. But before they leave they need to find someone to care for the river. A bilingual puppet show about eels, rivers and friendship.”

The National Library have a full day of activities planned so there will be lots more to see and do, including:

  • Arts and crafts activities for the whole whānau
  • Historical footage of Waitangi Day commemorations curated by Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision
  • A Māori pronunciation workshop to learn more about the Māori words used in Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • An installation of giant banners featuring four Treaty signatories, including local rangatira Te Wharepōuri

Waitangi Day at the National Library

He Matapihi will also have a display of books about the Treaty of Waitangi, including some of these:

The Treaty of Waitangi / Calman, Ross
“The best basic introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document; it summarizes the history of the Treaty and race relations in New Zealand/ Aotearoa How well do any of us know what the Treaty document means? In this easy-to-follow book, Ross Calman looks at what New Zealand was like before the Treaty and how this important document has effected the way we live now.” (Catalogue)

The Treaty of Waitangi / Orange, Claudia
“Today the Treaty has come to signify what both joins and divides the people of this country. It had different meanings also to those present at the 1840 signing -the new arrivals and the tangatawhenuathen occupying the land. To the British, it was the means by which they gained sovereignty over the country; for Maori, it represented something closer to partnership. That these distinct meanings were conveyed in texts written in different languages only added to the complexities now woven around this crucial agreement.Claudia Orange’s remarkable history was first published in 1987. ” (Catalogue)

Treaty of Waitangi : questions and answers
” Covering many historical and contemporary issues, it is for people who want to gain a basic knowledge about the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications, as well as for those who want to refresh and update their understanding. It includes a summary of legislation and events since 1840 which have breached the Treaty, and a comprehensive reading list for further information. ” (Catalogue)

Treaty of Waitangi settlements
“The settlement of iwi claims under the Treaty of Waitangi has been a prominent feature of New Zealand’s political landscape over the last thirty years. In this timely book, leading scholars offer the first analysis of the economic and social impact of the settlement process.” (Catalogue)

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Morris, Toby
“Ground-breaking full-colour graphic novel about Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi. Accessible, engaging, image-rich design. Dual-language flip book with Maori and Pakeha authors Ross Calman and Mark Derby. Text in te reo Maori version developed by Maori Language Commission-registered translator Piripi Walker. Reviewed by some of Aotearoas foremost Te Tiriti o Waitangi experts to reflect current scholarship. Includes a link to both versions of the treaty translated into thirty other languages and New Zealand Sign Language.” (Catalogue)

Treaty to Treaty : a history of early New Zealand from the Treaty of Tordesillas 1494 to the Treaty of Waitangi 1840 / Bennett, R. S.
“This book is a large & detailed history of early NZ and includes events elsewhere in the world that have had an effect on this country. The size of this project and the author’s wish to bring to the fore interesting and important material not covered in other historical work has necessitated the production of three volumes rather than the one as originally intended. Volume One contains essays on background topics.” (Catalogue)

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

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.

A True Alternative History of 2020: Part One

It’s December, and that means end-of-year book lists! But as you’ve probably realised, 2020 isn’t an easy year to summarise: there’s been COVID-19 and multiple lockdowns; the growth of Black Lives Matter and #GiveNothingToRacism; political and environmental challenges across the world; and much, much more.

Over the next few weeks we’ll have posts on a range of these topics, but first, something a little different. This blog draws attention to the lesser known happenings of 2020, the forgotten or overlooked events that disappeared from view. From Neanderthals to mysterious planets, naming disputes to volcanic eruptions, there’s something for everyone. And keep an eye out for Part Two, coming soon!

Read this post in Te Reo


17-year-old Wolf Cukier had an interesting start to his year when he discovered a rare circumbinary planet 1,300 light-years from Earth. A circumbinary planet is a planet that orbits two stars instead of the usual one–and they’re very difficult to spot. Well done, Wolf!

Our universe : an astronomer’s guide / Dunkley, Jo
“Jo Dunkley combines her expertise as an astrophysicist with her talents as a writer and teacher to present an elegant introduction to the structure, history, and enduring mysteries of the universe. Among the cutting-edge phenomena discussed are the accelerating expansion of the universe and the possibility that our universe is only one of many.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


On 29 Feburary, Luxembourg became the very first country to make all public transport free! If you still want to pay for your train trip you can (a first class ticket will set you back 660 Euros a year) but otherwise you can ride at no charge whatsoever.

I wouldn’t start from here : a misguided tour of the early 21st century / Mueller, Andrew
“Andrew Mueller doesn’t consider himself a “proper” journalist, and yet he’s travelled from Afghanistan to Abkhazia, from Belfast to Belgrade and from Tirana to Tripoli in search of a good story. I Wouldn’t Start From Here is his random history of the 21st century so far, and all its attendant absurdities, intermittent horrors and occasional glimmers of hope. It features gunfights, car chases and gaol cells (and Luxembourg!).” (Catalogue)


March was a busy month: among the happenings was North Macedonia joining NATO. North Macedonia is the 30th country to join, but its entry was held up for decades due to the Macedonia naming dispute. Long story short, Macedonia is now North Macedonia.

To the lake : a Balkan journey of war and peace / Kassabova, Kapka
“From the celebrated author of Border comes a portrait of an ancient but little-understood corner of Balkans, and a personal reckoning with the past.” (Catalogue)


At 9:58pm on 10 April, residents in Jakarta were woken by the distant sounds of an eruption. The culprit? Anak Krakatoa. “Please stop making that booming noise and go to bed, Anak Krakatau. It’s late and we’ve already got plenty of other things to worry about,” wrote one Twitter user.

Volcanoes : encounters through the ages / Pyle, D. M.
“Volcanoes have intrigued many people, who have left records of their encounters in letters, reports and diaries and through sketches and illustrations. This book tells the stories of volcanic eruptions around the world, using original illustrations and first-hand accounts to explore how our understanding of volcanoes has evolved through time.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


In May of this year, scientists discovered that 47,000 years ago, the latest fashion in jewellery was the teeth of cave bears. In fact cave bear tooth earrings were so popular they were later adopted by Neanderthals! (There were other important discoveries, but this was our favourite!)

The Neanderthals rediscovered : how modern science is rewriting their history / Papagianni, Dimitra
“For hundreds of thousands of years, Neanderthals evolved in Europe very much in parallel to the Homo sapiens line evolving in Africa, and, when both species made their first forays into Asia, the Neanderthals may even have had the upper hand. Here, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A. Morse look at the Neanderthals through the full dramatic arc of their existence–from their evolution in Europe to their subsequent extinction.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Almost 20 years after it was first released, June saw the end of the Segway personal transporter. Despite hopes that it would revolutionise the pedestrian world, life was never easy for the humble Segway, as a brief hunt through giphy.com will quickly reveal.

Idea to invention : what you need to know to cash in on your inspiration / Nolan-Brown, Patricia
“You don’t have to be a mechanical genius to be an inventor. Anyone can invent – a parent wrestling with a baby sling, a coach frustrated with slick-soled running shoes, an office worker determined to keep the computer cords untangled. Inventing is simply finding clever solutions to everyday challenges.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

He Hītōria Pono Kē o te 2020: Wāhanga Tahi

Kua Hakihea, ā, kua eke ki te rārangi pukapuka mutunga tau!  Engari kua pūrangiaho pea, ehara a 2020 i te tau māmā ki te whakarāpopoto:  ko te KOWHEORI-19 me ngā rāhuitanga huhua tērā; te tiputanga o Black Lives Matter me te #GiveNothingToRacism; ngā wero tōrangapū me te taiao puta noa i te ao; me te huhua noa atu.

I ngā wiki ruarua e takatū ana ka whānui tonu ngā momo whakairinga i runga i ēnei take, engari i te tuatahi, he mea rerekē.  Ka mau te aro i tēnei whakairinga rangitaki ki ngā āhuatanga tē tino rangona i te tau 2020, ngā taiopenga i warewaretia, i nunumi atu rānei mai i te kitenga kanohi.  Mai i ngā Neanderthal ki ngā aorangi rehurehu, te whakaingoa tohe ki ngā hūnga ahi tipua, he āhuatanga mā te katoa.  Kia mataara mō te Wāhanga Tuarua, e whanga mai ana!

Read this post in English


I mīharo te tīmatanga tau o Wolf Cukier, 17 ōna tau, i te wā i tūhuratia e ia tētahi aorangi huriwhenua tāhūrua e 1,300 tau aho te tawhiti i Te Ao.  ko te aorangi huriwhenua tāhūrua, he aorangi e huri ana i ngā whetū e rua, kaua i te mea kotahi –ā, he tino uaua te kitea.  Koia kei a koe, Wolf!

Our universe: an astronomer’s guide / Dunkley, Jo
“E whakatōpū ana a Jo Dunkley i ōna pūkenga mātanga ao tukupū me ōna pūmanawa hei kaituhi, kaiako hoki, ki te whakaatu i tētahi whakatakinga tōrire ki te hanganga, te hītōria, me ngā rehurehu mauroa i te ao tukupū.  Tuia ki ngā matapakinga tītohu matakoi, ko te whakaterenga o te whānuitanga o te ao tukupū me te whakaaro ake ko tō tātou ao tukupū tētahi ao kotahi o te maha.” (i urutautia mai i te rārangi)


I te 29 o Huitanguru, ko Luxembourg te whenua tuatahi ki te whakatau kia utu kore ngā waka kawe tūmatanui!  Ki te hiahia tonu koe ki te utu ka taea (ka eke ki te 660 iuro i te tau te utu tīkiti kahurangi) engari ka taea e koe te hautū mo te kore utu.

I wouldn’t start from here / Mueller, Andrew
“Kāore a Andrew Mueller e whakaaro iho he kairīpoata “tūturu” ia, engari kua takahia e ia te whenua mai i Afghanistan ki Abkhazia, mai i Belfast ki Belgrade, ā, mai i Tirana ki Tripoli ki te rapu i tētahi kōrero pai.  Ko E kore au e tīmata i konei tana hītōria matapōkere o te rautau 21 i tēnei wā, me ōna tatūtanga heahea, ōna mōkinokino taratahi me tūmanakohanga tāmutumutu.  Kei roto ko ngā pakanga ā-pū, ngā whaiwhai motukā me ngā taiwhanga herehere (me Luxembourg!) hoki.” (Rārangi)


He marama ahunui a Poutūterangi: ko ētahi o ngā tatūtanga ko te piringa o Macedonia ki te Raki ki a NATO.  Ko Macedonia ki te Rai te whenua 30 kia piri atu, engari i takaroatia tana urunga mō te hia nei tau, nā te tohenga o te ingoa o Macedonia.  Hei whakarāpopoto ake, ko North Macedonia te ingoa o Macedonia ināianei.

To the lake: a Balkan journey of war and peace / Kassabova, Kapka
“Mai i te kaituhi rongonui o Border ka ahu mai tēnei whakaahuatanga o tētahi koko tawhito o ngā Balkan tē tino māramatia, ā, me tētahi tātai whaiaro o te wā o mua.” (Rārangi)


I te 9:58pm i te 10 o Paengawhāwhā, i whakaohotia ngā kainoho o Jakarta ki ngā oro tawhiti o tētahi pahūtanga.  Ko te aha rā?  Anak Krakatoa. “Whakamutua tō tangi haruru, e hoki ki te moe, Anak Krakatau.  Kua pō rawa, ā, he nui kē hoki ngā māharaharatanga,” te tuhi mai a tētahi apataki Tīhau.

Volcanoes: encounters through the ages / Pyle, D. M.
“He nui te hunga e noho kara i ngā puia, i waiho kōrero mai o ngā tatūtanga i roto i ngā reta, rīpoata, rātaka, ā, mā roto hoki i ngā waituhi me ngā tānga.  E kōrero ana tēnei pukapuka i ngā kōrero o ngā  hūnga puia puta noa i te ao,  mā te whakamahi i ngā tānga tūturu, me ngā kōrero tuatahi, ki te toro i te whanaketanga mai o ō tātou māramatanga ki ngā puia i roto i ngā tau.”  (I urutautia i te Rārangi)


I te Haratua o tēnei tau, i tūhuratia e ngā kaipūtaiao e 47,000 tau ki muri, ko te whakakai auaha o te wā ko ngā niho pea noho anga.  Tūturu ake nā te rorotu o ngā mau taringa niho pea, i hāpaitia hoki e ngā Neanderthal!  (Arā atu ngā tūhuratanga whaitake engari koinei te pea mai ki a mātou!)

The Neanderthals rediscovered: how modern science is rewriting their history / Papagianni, Dimitra
“Mō te hia rau mano tau, i kuneroa ake ngā Neanderthal i Ūropi, i te wā whakarara tonu o te kuneroatanga o te Homo Sapeian i Awherika, ā, nō te kōkiritanga tuatahi o ngā momo e rua ki roto o Āhia, ko te painga pea i taka ki ngā Neanderthal.  I konei, ka tirohia e Dimitra Papagianni rāua ko Michael A. Morse ngā Neanderthal te kopere oranga whānui –mai i te kukunetanga i Ūropi ki tō rātou korehāhātanga.” (I urutautia i te Rārangi)


Tata ki te 20 tau mai i tōna putanga tuatahi, Ko Pipiri te marama i mutu ai te waka kawe whaiaro a Segway.  Ahakoa te manako ka pāhorotia te ao hāeereere, ehara i te oranga māmā mā te Segway māhaki (ka huraina mā te tiro paku noa ki a giphy.com!!)

Idea to invention : what you need to know to cash in on your inspiration / Nolan-Brown, Patricia
“Ehara i te mea me tohunga pūrere koe ki te tū hei kaihoahoa.  Ka taea e te katoa te hoahoa – he mātua e tohe ana ki te oko pēpi, he kaiako e pōnānā ana i ngā hū oma pararahi, he kaimahi tari e pūkeke ana kia kore ngā waea rorohiko e whīwhiwhi.  Ko te hoahoa he rapu i ngā whakataunga atamai ki ngā wero o ia rā.” (I urutautia i te Rārangi)

Visit our Central Library collection at Te Pātaka: One Night Only!

The Te Pātaka Collection and Distribution Centre houses Wellington Central Library’s collection, and for one night only you can visit, browse and borrow!

Looking for some special summertime reading? On the hunt for that perfect picture book? Or maybe you’re missing all those classic graphic novels?

We’ll be opening part of our Te Pātaka Collection Centre to the public for a pre-holiday exploration. You’ll be able to browse and borrow books from select parts of our off-site storage collection, including:

  • Fiction
  • Large print
  • Graphic novels
  • Teen fiction and graphic novels
  • Children’s fiction and comics
  • Picture books

Spots are limited and visits are restricted to one hour, so bookings will be essentialreserve yourself a spot now (choose one of the four slots). We can’t wait to see you!


What? Te Pātaka Open Night
Date: 17 December
Time: 4pm-7pm (limited to one hour slots)
Location: Johnsonville (details on registration)

Book your spot

Heritage Talk: The History of the Wellington Urban Motorway

The main motorway trench being excavated through the former Bolton Street Cemetery, photographed in the late-afternoon during the summer of 1972. Image from Recollect

The relationship between a city and its motorways can be a complex one — and Wellington is no exception!

The same was true in 1965, when the imminent construction of the Wellington Urban Motorway was the defining issue of the local election. And for good reason: the motorway was — and still is — one of the largest and most complex works of infrastructure development in Wellington’s history, with hundreds of houses demolished and over 3600 graves disinterred from the Bolton Street Cemetery to make way for it.

The northern portal of the Terrace Tunnel under construction, 1975. Image from Recollect

Decades later, transport through Wellington is still a vitally important issue. But what can be learnt from this earlier attempt to ease congestion?

Join Wellington City Libraries’ Local and New Zealand History Specialist Gábor Tóth at 12pm on Thursday 29 October at Te Awe Library for a special talk on the history of the Wellington Urban Motorway project — including a powerful set of images taken at the time.

Heritage Talk on Facebook  

We look forward to seeing you there!

Introductory Te Reo Māori Course at Kilbirnie Library

Nau mai, haere mai to ‘He Timotimo’, Wellington City Libraries’ te reo Māori taster sessions!

These are introductory classes for beginners introducing  a new topic each week as ‘he timotimo’, (a taster) to get you started learning te reo Māori. The sessions will be fun and you will be supported as you learn the basics with our specially designed programme developed by Neavin Broughton and taught in association with Te Reihine Roberts-Thompson.

Book online


Thursday evenings starting Thursday 29th October for 6 weeks

5:30pm – 6:30pm.


Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library
101 Kilbirnie Crescent


These taster sessions are suitable for absolute beginners and we are now taking bookings. Bookings will be essential for each date as numbers are limited. You don’t need to book for all six sessions as each session is a complete class featuring pronunciation skills so you don’t need to worry if you have to miss a week.  The more classes you do means you get more chances to practice and a new topic each week keeps it interesting.

The classes are informal and you will not need textbooks or other materials, you might just want to bring a notebook and pen to take some notes.

How to Book?

Book online for each session. If you have any questions please Contact Us.

Modern crochet projects to enjoy!

Find basic crochet techniques, including patterns and instructions, how to create modern and colourful projects for you and your family. Happy crafting!

Learn to crochet
Learn to Crochet is the only book you will need to learn to create beautiful crocheted garments from your own hook. The book is packed with detailed information on yarns and threads, hook types and sizes, plus step-by-step guidance on holding a hook and yarn, making a loop to basic stitches and much more. All of the teaching sections have clear colour artwork and diagrams, teamed with colour photography of real-life examples of crocheted items, ideal for the beginner. The book also comes with an outstanding gallery of 20 simple projects to make – easy, intermediate and advanced.” (Catalogue)

Crocheted hats & scarves : 35 stylish and colorful crochet patterns / Trench, Nicki
“Wrap up in style with these 35 cute crocheted projects. Accessorize in style with these 35 cute crocheted projects.  It takes no time at all to crochet a scarf or a hat, and Nicki Trench has created a wide range of contemporary designs. Start with the soft and cozy seashell stitch scarf or the bright beanie hat which can be made in a range of eye-catching shades. The delicate daisy scarf and the pretty rose headband can be worn all year round. There are also handy stash-busters such as the granny square patchwork scarf and the pompom hat for babies.” (Catalogue)

Fun feet : 30 super-cute booties to crochet for babies and toddlers
“Find the perfect crocheted shoe or boot to complete your child’s Halloween outfit or just to liven up an everyday outfit and make your child smile. Complete exciting foolproof projects following clear, step-by- step instructions with over 200 full-colour photographs showing the steps involved and completed projects.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Crocheted baby shoes / Pierce, Val
“Looking for a unique baby gift? Here are twenty gorgeous shoes, booties and pumps to crochet in a range of colours and styles, for both boys and girls. Choose from red strawberry-style shoes with flowery toes, smiley car shoes, Christmas booties and even shoes shaped like frogs. Each project is accompanied by lists of the materials and equipment required and inspiring photographs. As all babies are different, sizes and age suggestions are given for each project, from birth to twelve months, but general advice is also given at the beginning of the book on how to increase or decrease the size of the projects.” (Catalogue)

Mini crochet creatures : 30 amigurumi animals to make / Bergstrom, Lauren
“Adorable and cute, these projects may be small but rhey are bursting with personality, making perfect gifts for friends and family. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Boho crochet : 30 hip and happy projects
“Discover vibrant crocheted projects that exemplify a bohemian spirit. Stitch traditional motifs in contemporary color combinations to create blankets, pillows, fashion accessories, and more. Discover a vibrant collection of crocheted projects that exemplify a bohemian spirit. Express yourself with cool and unconventional projects Make blankets, pillows, coasters, bags and fashion accessories, and much, much more Learn the basics with step-by-step photos; then find your crochet groove with easy-to-follow patternsAvailable to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.” (Catalogue)

Election 2020: Voting with She-Ra!

Elections are amazing things, but they can also be a bit tricky to get your head around–especially in a year like this! Luckily, the Electoral Commission has put together a fantastic website that covers everything from enrolment and voting to referendums and results, so for this blog we thought we’d enlist the help of some special guests to guide us through the process. Introducing She-Ra and the Princesses of Power! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)


During the first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, our heroes Adora, Glimmer and Bow spend much of their time travelling to different kingdoms to enlist Princesses in the struggle against the Horde empire. It’s not always easy to convince them (Princesses have their own worries, after all!), but by the end of Season One Perfuma, Mermista, Sea Hawk and even the skeptical Frosta have committed themselves to the Princess Alliance.

While members of the Electoral Commission may not be able to teleport or draw power from giant crystals, the work they do is not dissimilar: they travel Aotearoa — and the internet — helping in the struggle against non-enrolment (just like She-Ra travels the Whispering Woods fighting the Horde). And thankfully, they’ve made enrolling really easy: you can do it right now (or check if you’ve enrolled already) by clicking here, and learn the difference between the General Roll and Māori Roll here!

Need some help? We’ll have Electoral Commission advocates in our libraries at these times:

Thursday 1 October at Kilbirnie Library: 3–5pm
Saturday 3 October at Johnsonville Library: 11am-1pm
Thursday 8 October at Newtown Library: 10am–12pm
Saturday 10 October at Te Awe Library: 11am–1pm
Thursday 15 October at Karori Library: 3–5pm


In the episode “The Battle of Bright Moon”, the Kingdom of Bright Moon is threatened by a resurgent Horde army. She-Ra tries to hold the army at bay single-handedly, but despite her strength she’s unable to protect the castle or the Kingdom’s Moonstone. It’s only when reinforcements arrive that She-Ra discovers her true strength as part of a team and turns the army back.

Voting in an election is pretty much the same: while your individual vote might not be able to defeat a Horde tank, you can lend it to a candidate and party of your choice, giving them more strength to promote the ideas and causes they’re standing for.

Also important to note: you can vote on Election Day itself, or beforehand. Check out the Electoral Commission’s website for more–including info on the referendums!

Want to find your closest voting booth? Have a look on the map!

Election Night:

The evening of the election can be exciting, stressful and mysterious–and is usually all three of these things! You might want to watch the results come in by yourself, or be with friends and family (and lots of snacks!). The most important thing to remember is that the whole democratic process is kind of like the Princess Prom, in that it’s an event that everyone is invited to. Sure, maybe some of the guests want to sting you with their scorpion tails, or kidnap you, but that’s just how it goes.

There are quite a few places you can follow election results on the night, including TVNZ and Newshub as well as RNZ, The Spinoff, Stuff and more. And remember, the election is on Saturday, 17 October–not long to go!

Outages and changes this weekend

hand showing update sign

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