Kanopy’s play credits are having a revamp from November!

In the past, when you used the Kanopy streaming movie service available via our library subscription, you had a monthly allocation of six play credits. From November 1st “credits” became “tickets”, and the amount allocated monthly to you changed to 18 tickets. Just like with credits, on the first of each month, you’ll receive a new allocation of tickets.

The big change Kanopy has made is the way your allowance can be used, meaning you have more control how you spend (redeem) your tickets. In the past, one movie view, or a TV series view, used one or two of your play credits. With the revamped ticket system, each movie or TV series is labelled with the amount of tickets needed to watch it. This will depend on the movie’s or series’ run time (the length of the feature in minutes). This is clearly indicated in the information about the title.

Also changed is the time you have to view the feature you’ve chosen. A regular length film, costing two tickets, can be viewed within 72 hours of you starting to watch (up from the previous 48 hours!) All of this information is under the title of each movie, giving you a better understanding of how long you’ll have to view what you’ve chosen.

What hasn’t changed is the thousands of feature films, documentaries, and bingeable series that are available for free on Kanopy. This includes some great new movies like the 2022 Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness (also available on DVD & Blu-Ray) and some excellent new BBC TV series (our pick, Call the Midwife ).

Want more information about this change? When you visit Kanopy’s website or app there is a pop-up which will take you through the changes and how they’ll work. If you have further questions, please email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz


Bridget Williams Books: The Treaty of Waitangi Collection

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

Log in to Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi resources with your library card

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!

Access changes to The Economist magazine

economist coverA change is coming to digital issues of The Economist in our eLibrary. The publisher of The Economist has put in place a new lending model with restrictions around accessing digital issues.

Overdrive decided they could not support the changes and so from the 1st of February The Economist is no longer available to borrow from Libby. You won’t be able to access it from their website or within the Libby app, it is being removed entirely. The last issue available to borrow will be January 28th 2023. All the back issues that are currently available will be removed on February 1st too.

The Economist is still available to read within PressReader, our other digital magazine platform – but due to changes required by the publisher, The Economist via PressReader must be read when you’re in the library, using one of our computers or when connected to the library’s WiFi. You won’t be able to read issues when you’re outside of the library or be able to download them to a device. These are similar to restrictions PressReader has been required to put in place already around reading the Dominion Post and Stuff’s other newspapers.

Unfortunately these changes are beyond our control and we’re sorry for the inconvenience this causes our readers.

Don’t forget our eLibrary technical support team are here to assist you with online resources, so reach out to them if you want help getting started with a new resource eLibrary Help – Getting started. You can also contact them via our online Technical support form or pop into your local branch library to talk to us in person.

A reminder – Libby and the Overdrive app

Overdrive to Libby

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks & magazines. Libby, the library reading app from OverDriveThis is a quick reminder that in early 2023, the original OverDrive app will be discontinued and replaced with OverDrive’s Libby app. If you are a user of the original app, you may have seen a reminder about these changes pop up for you today.

The OverDrive app was removed from app stores for new downloads in February this year, but remains available to existing users until early 2023.

For more information about this upcoming change, read:

We will continue to do our best to support your use of OverDrive and Libby throughout this time period. If you have any issues with either app or would like any further information about these changes, please get in touch below:

Email us — enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

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. 



Crochet Projects to Challenge You

I don’t know about any of you other crocheters, but I’m bored with crocheting granny squares and the afghan throw of eternity (it’s nearly big enough to cover a king size bed, twice, how do I stop??)  I have a huge yarn stash, built up after last year’s lockdown so that never be without yarn in a lockdown again, and of course, a lot more time to actually crochet, but inspiration has been lacking.   Then I realised I had access to Overdrive from home, and I went hunting for eBooks and online magazines to kickstart my crochet creativity.  I thought I’d share a few that I really enjoyed with you here:

Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley – super easy amigurumi patterns for 40 very cute food toys.  I hadn’t attempted amigurumi before, and Kawaii Crochet was a great primer for getting started.  I made the cutest little lemon in about half an hour at my first attempt.


Title details for 100 Micro Crochet Motifs by Steffi Glaves - Wait list

100 Micro Crochet Motifs by  Steffi Glaves – I cannot resist a tiny crochet and these are perfect for making into earrings.  Or perhaps add to berets and beanies to give them a pretty twist.  Again, these patterns are easy to follow and are a good way to use up the leftover bits of yarn from earlier projects.


Title details for Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore - Available

Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore – want to jazz up the neighbourhood on your socially distanced walk?  Learn a little about the history of yarn bombing/graffiti, seek out some inspiration and find some patterns to create for your first yarn bomb projects.


Title details for My First Crochet Book by CICO Books - Wait list

My First Crochet Book by CICO Books – if you have bored kids, involve them in crochet.  This junior crochet book is written in simple language, has plenty of starter projects that both you and the kids can get into.  Crochet is excellent for young minds and hands.  It’s very calming, you can find a crochet hook that suits small hands without having to buy special junior ones, it’s inexpensive to start (a ball of acrylic yarn is the best place to start) and there’s a completed project at the end.

Title details for Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop by Ellen Gormley - Available

Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workshop by Ellen Gormley – Ok maybe you do want to work on an Afghan throw of eternity.  That’s the thing with Afghan rugs and throws, you can just keep going at them and watch them grow.  This book will kick you off if you’ve never made an Afghan design before and give you inspiration for some new ones.


Title details for How to Make 100 Crochet Appliques by Deborah Burger - Available

How to Make 100 Crochet Appliques by Deborah Burger – another book of small, stashbuster patterns, great for making patches for clothes, bags, hats, you name it.  I can see some of them as brooches too.  Lots of themes and motifs for you to work your way through.


Title details for Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters by Margaret Hubert - Available

Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters by Margaret Hubert – perhaps your crochet skills are a little more advanced than mine and you’d love to give some fine lacework a go.  I haven’t had a go at these yet, but I did drool over the patterns and styles on offer.  One day I hope to have the confidence to have a go at these.


These are just the tip of the iceberg for the books and magazines you can find on Overdrive for crochet, not to mention all of the other craft topics available.  You can find more crochet books and magazines here.

Happy stitching!