Natatanging Koleksyon sa Wikang Filipino/Tagalog: Unique World Languages Collection in Filipino/Tagalog

Mabuhay! Isang mapagpalayang Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas.

Ngayung 12 ng Hunyo, pinagdiriwang ng bawat Kiwi-Pilipino ang ika-126 taong anibersayo ng kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Sa mga ganitong piling pagkakataon, nagkakasamasama ang mga kapwa Kiwi-Pilipino sa Wellington upang gunitain at pahalagahan ang mga aral ng nakaraan. Katuwang sa pagpapaunlad ng wika at kulturang Pilipino, ang Wellington City Libraries ay mayroong mga natatanging koleksyon tungkol sa Pilipinas at mga Pilipinong manunulat sa wikang Ingles at Filipino/Tagalog.  Mula sa aklat tungkol sa pagluluto hanggang sa komiks, alamin ang mga iba’t ibang babasahin na maari ninyong hiramin.

Mabuhay! A liberating Philippine Independence Day to all.

Today, on 12 June, every Kiwi-Filipino is celebrating the 126th anniversary of Philippine independence. On special occasions like this, Kiwi-Filipinos in Wellington come together to reflect on and appreciate the lessons of the past. Wellington City Libraries supports the promotion of the Filipino language and culture, offering unique collections about the Philippines and works of Filipino writers in both English and Filipino/Tagalog. From cookbooks to graphic novels, explore a variety of reading materials that you can borrow.

Filipinx : heritage recipes from the diaspora / Dimayuga, Angela
“Filipinx offers 100 deeply personal recipes–many of them dishes that define home for Angela Dimayuga and the more than four million people of Filipino descent in the United States.  In this book, Dimayuga puts a fresh spin on classics: adobo, perhaps the Filipino dish best known outside the Philippines, is traditionally built on a trinity of soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic–all pantry staples–but add coconut milk, vinegar, and oil, and it turns lush and silky; ribeye steaks bring extra richness to bistek, gilded with butter and a bright splash of lemon and orange juice. These are the punches of flavour and inspired recipes that home cooks have been longing for.” — Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

An illustrated history of the Philippines / Canoy, Jose Raymund
“Beginning with a definition of who the people of The Philippines are, this fully illustrated history then tracks back to describe the prehistory of the country through to 1500 AD. The next two chapters chart the colonial experiences under Spain (1500-1896), then the first republic and the subsequent defeat by the United States” (Catalogue)


Philippines / Harding, Paul
“Lonely Planet’s Philippines is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Cruise past the secluded beaches, pristine lagoons and rocky islets of the Bacuit Archipelago, join the adrenaline junkies wakeboarding, surfing, climbing and snorkelling on the Bicol peninsula, and choose which stretch of pearly white sand on which to escape the crowds; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Philippines and begin your journey now!” (Catalogue)

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What’s My Body Telling Me: New Health Books in the Collection

We have another bumper month of new health books in the collection.  No matter what subject interests you, we’ve got a new health book that can help.  At every stage of life, from pregnancy and birth, through to puberty, into adulthood and for seniors, as well as books covering mental and physical health, there’s something for everyone.  Have a look at these we’ve selected to share…

What’s my body telling me? : your body isn’t the problem. It’s the solution / Todd, Anthea
“In What’s My Body Telling Me? Women’s health expert Dr. Anthea Todd combines her expertise across energetic, functional, and medical fields to give you what you’ve been craving. A simple guide to know how to listen to your body and what to do next – no matter how big or small the symptom. The simple steps to take when your blood tests say there is nothing wrong with you. How to use your body as a guide to never get sucked into a health fad again. Your body has never been the problem, it’s the solution.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

10-minute strength training exercises for seniors : exercises and routines to build muscle, balance, and stamina / Deboo, Ed
” Staying strong and flexible becomes even more important as we age. This guide to exercise for seniors makes it easy to stay in motion with short and simple exercises you can do anytime and anywhere. With clear illustrations alongside step-by-step instructions from licensed physical therapist Ed Deboo, you’ll learn how to build muscle mass, improve bone density, and feel great in only 10 minutes per day. Live longer and stronger with 10-Minute Strength Training Exercises for Seniors.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

4 weeks to better sleep : a life-changing plan for deep sleep, improved brain function and feeling great / Mosley, Michael
“A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy brain and body. So why do so many of us struggle to sleep well? In 4 Weeks to Better Sleep, Dr Michael Mosley explains what happens when we sleep, what triggers common sleep problems and why standard advice rarely works. With new techniques and a revised 4-week sleep programme to help you sleep faster and better.” (Catalogue)

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Botanical Art: Books from Te Pātaka

We’re exploring the world of botanical art through different forms: painting, paper flower art, embroidery, gallery installations and garden designs. Below you’ll find Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing and preparatory sketches, the immersive installation in Times Square by artist Rebecca Louis Law, garden design from the RHS flower show, and embroidered art with a contemporary look. Whether dry, fresh, pressed, re-created, or painted; This art is sure to inspire you.

Botanical sketchbooks / Bynum, Helen
“Filled with remarkable images from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, Botanical Sketchbooks also provides fascinating biographical portraits of the intriguing characters including renowned artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Carl Linnaeus, Maria Sibylla Merian, Mark Catesby, and Helen and Margaret Shelley (sisters of the novelist Mary Shelley), among many others. Collected are rarely seen artist’s preparatory sketches and scribbled notes.” (Adapted from

Rebecca Louise Law : life in death / Law, Rebecca Louise
“The collection culminates with exclusive imagery of Life in Death from Rebecca Louise Law’s exhibition at Kew’s Shirley Sherwood Gallery. Her art has appeared everywhere from Times Square to Windsor Castle and companies such as Hermès, Tiffany, and Jo Malone, have commissioned her to decorate their stores. This breathtaking book offers a journey through her earliest experiments to her best-known immersive installations.” (Adapted from

Embroidered life : the art of Sarah K. Benning / Barnes, Sara
“This art book features a die-cut case with actual stitching on the front cover. Embroidered Life shows that illustrations created with needle and thread can be strikingly contemporary. From beautiful botanicals to bold affirmations, the work of popular blogger and self-taught fiber artist Sarah K. Benning gives any embroidery enthusiast, art lover, or plant fanatic a new appreciation for the craft of needlework. This book also provides an insight to a successful business model.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

The fine art of paper flowers : a guide to making beautiful and lifelike botanicals / Turner, Tiffanie
San Francisco’s botanical artist provides an elevated art and craft guide of Tiffanie Turner’s widely admired, unique, lifelike paper flowers and their foliage, from bougainvillea to English roses to zinnias. Turner guides readers through making her signature giant paper peony, candy-striping, and shares all her secrets for special paper treatments to turn paper flowers into gorgeous garlands, headdresses and bouquets”. (Adapted from

Best garden design : practical inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show / Young, Chris
“Inspired by the Royal Horticultural Society show, this book features planning, design and decoration ideas, including master classes with celebrity designers, RHS and plant experts. Interviews with gold medal-winning designers outline their individual design styles. Each design is then examined on a smaller scale to focus on the details and finishing touches that complete a design and turn everyday gardens into showstoppers.” (Adapted from

Botanic gardens of the world : tales of extraordinary plants, botanical history and scientific discovery / Trentham, Deborah
“Discover the lavish beauty of the 40 most important and inspiring botanic gardens from across the globe. From the Renaissance gardens of Italy to the futuristic botanic gardens of Singapore, from Norway to Morocco, Kyoto to Kew, Brooklyn to Buenos Aires and Madrid to Malaysia. This gorgeous book is a compelling exploration of history, science, politics and conservation.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Marianne North : a very intrepid painter / Payne, Michelle
“Marianne North was an English naturalist and remarkable botanical artist who travelled and painted the tropical and exotic plants of the world. Fully illustrated, this exquisite volume captures the magic of her detailed, brightly coloured painting as in Kew’s Marianne North Gallery to perfection.  (Adapted from

Lōemis festival: interview with director Andrew Laking

Andrew Laking is the creative force behind the Lōemis festival. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Lōemis festival, it is the annual arts festival that takes place in numerous iconic locations around Wellington around the time of the winter solstice. Lōemis  focuses on staging new works that are fantastical, mystical, transformative, multimedia and often fun. This year’s Lōemis festival runs from June 9th to June 21st.

The festival nestles into the darkest nights of the year with an incredibly diverse and vibrant array of  shows, food events, art and music installations and mid-winter  ceremonies.

Since prehistory, the winter solstice has been marked by festivals and rituals – the symbolic death and rebirth of the Sun; the gradual waning of daylight hours is reversed, and the light begins to grow again. People bath in purifying smoke and early morning dew, placing garlands of flowers primrose, rowan, hawthorn, gorse, hazel, and marsh marigold by doorways and windows. Trees are venerated with ribbons and bright shells. And our very own wonderful Lōemis festival celebrates these ancient and noble rituals and traditions.

Andrew took some  time out of his very busy schedule to give us an in-depth run down of the various diverse range of treats in store, which includes a free Paranormal Investigation event at Te Awe Library.  Please check ticket availability by visiting the Lōemis website.

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to Andrew for doing this interview, which was done in conjunction with Radioactive FM’s Caffeine and Aspirin arts and entertainment review show. The interview was conducted by Neil Johnstone.

Below is the podcast of that interview for your enjoyment:

Artists in Antarctica: Meet the speakers

Our Artists in Antarctica event is almost here, so we thought we’d introduce you to the talented artists who will be joining us to share their creative experiences, out on the ice! Join us this Friday at Newtown Community Centre Theatre, 6 – 7:30pm for a dynamic night of discussion as we dive deep into the challenges, risks and rewards of creating art in the harsh extremes of Antarctica.

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Local vinyl reviews for NZMM

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To celebrate New Zealand Music Month, we’re showcasing New Zealand and Wellington artists on vinyl at some of our branches (Karori, Newtown, Kilbirnie and Cummings Park). This is in addition to our main vinyl collections in the Te Awe and Johnsonville Libraries.

In terms of physical format releases there are a lot of vinyl exclusives from local artists, so for NZMM 2024 we thought we would check some of those out…

Photo of a vinyl display at one of our libraries.

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