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. 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Mango Languages

Is learning a new language one of your goals, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’re excited at the prospect of travelling, and would like to be able to navigate other countries with more confidence? If so, you could give Mango Languages a try! Available via our eLibrary page with your Wellington Cities Libraries card, Mango Languages is an online language learning resource that makes committing to learning a new language achievable and fun!

How you take in a new language differs from person to person, so Mango Languages utilises intelligent algorithms to “learn how you learn and adapt accordingly”. As well as this, Mango Languages utilises native speaking audio resources and a conversation based learning methodology to help you jump into a new language quickly, with confidence. 

a screenshot example of Mango Languages lesson interface


Each language is broken down into detailed chapters; Each chapter covers how to converse in all sorts of situations and contexts, including introductions and small talk, university life, travel and food and dining. Each lesson, built around an example conversation, offers opportunities to learn by listening, reading and by recording yourself and listening back to how you sound compared to a native speaker (this can be a little scary, but is super helpful!).

Lessons are also supplemented with other learning tools, for example quizzes. The resource also provides colour mapping onto sentences to reveal relationships between languages and cultural notes that provide extra context to what you’re learning, with the goal of facilitating a deeper understanding of your chosen language.

example of Mango Language's extra context feature
Mango Languages provides lesson on over 70 languages, and it’s free with your library card. Give it a go! Au revoir!

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: The New York Times


Did you know that your library card gives you free online access to The New York Times? The New York Times offers our members the opportunity to login each day with your library card details and claim a “group pass” which gives 24 hours’ access to their websites & smartphone app. 

The New York Times provides access to expertly produced and deeply researched journalism. From breaking world news to thoughtful opinion pieces, it’s a great way to stay up to date on world issues. As well as this, their website provides a collection of other exciting resources, some of which we’ve listed below. You can access The New York Times for free through our eLibrary portal here.


TimesMachine – Time-travel through The New York Times’ archive and view their past newspapers collection.

Podcasts – Listen to fascinating podcasts; The New York Times produces an array of thought-provoking shows including their current events show The Daily, the debate based The Argument and, our favourite of course, The Book Review.

Games- Are you a Wordle fan, but wish you had more daily ways to challenge your brain? Try The New York Times’ selection of games, including the mini crossword and sudoku.

Trending Highlights – Our modern media landscape can be quite overwhelming! For a quick overview of what’s happening in the zeitgeist, scroll through their handy trending page! This feature sorts through their website to bring you their most-read stories of the moment.

The Learning Network – Resources for teachers and activities for students; The Learning Network brings current events to the classroom with student opinion questions, quizzes, country of the week, word of the day and more!

Wirecutter – Independent product reviews on a wide variety of products. Are you looking to buy a new air fryer, or wanting the best mattress for people who sleep on their stomach? Wirecutter’s mission is to “save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping” with the promise that they will only suggest a product once their writers and editors “have deemed something the best through rigorous reporting and testing”.

 

 

 

eLibrary Spotlight: LinkedIn Learning

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LinkedIn Learning Logo with photos of people studying


Did you know that your library card gives you access to LinkedIn Learning? Available through our online resources, LinkedIn Learning is a video tutorial service providing access to over 12,000 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

LinkedIn Learning keeps track of your progress as you make your way through their courses, lets you save courses into customisable “collections” and provides personalised recommendations based on your previous learning history. The homepage also has a handy goal tracker, so you can set how much learning you would like to achieve per week.

To check out LinkedIn Learning for yourself, simply navigate to our online resources page here. After following the link, you just need to enter your library card number and pin. Unsure where to start? Here are some of LinkedIn Learning’s courses to get you inspired!


Photos of people job hunting


If you’re job hunting in 2022:
Job Interview Nano Tips with Madeline Mann

What do you say when a job interviewer asks what kind of salary you’re looking for? Does it matter what you wear for a job interview? How should you follow up after an interview? In this series of microlearning videos, Madeline Mann covers the important questions many job interviewees ask themselves, providing quick, to-the-point answers. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Finding a New Job during the Great Reshuffle

During the “great reshuffle” of people and talent, more people are aligning their passions and purpose with what they do. Whether you are job seeking or career switching, learn how to put together an action plan to achieve your dreams as the job market heats up and new opportunities appear. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)


If you’re starting your own business:
43 Ideas for Starting a Side Business

It’s a great time to explore creating a side business that can earn you extra income. In this course, Dana Robinson, a serial entrepreneur and attorney, shares 43 ideas for making additional income. Dana offers an array of options, including being a voice artist, turning trash into treasure (and selling it for a profit), landing copyediting gigs, becoming a virtual assistant, and working in real estate management. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

20 Questions to Help You Start a Business

Starting a business can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you find customers? How do you market and scale your business? In this course, learn how by answering 20 essential questions that can help you get a clearer picture of the kind of business you want to run. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Entrepreneurship: Finding and Testing Your Business Idea

The prospect of starting your own business from scratch can feel at once exhilarating and overwhelming. Before you launch a new business, it’s critical that you validate and test your ideas to determine if they represent legitimate market needs. In this course, Dave Crenshaw helps you determine first which businesses are best suited to you as an entrepreneur, and then how to brainstorm ideas and identify which idea is a real opportunity. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)



If you want to get into coding:
HTML Essential Training

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the foundation of website and web application development. It allows you to ensure that your content is understood by both segments of your audience: the people who watch, read, or listen to your content, and the computers that display it. In this course, learn how to craft excellent HTML with the pieces that HTML itself has to offer. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

CSS Essential Training

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a stylesheet language that allows you to control the appearance of your webpages. In this hands-on course, Christina Truong demonstrates the concepts that form the foundation of CSS, explaining what you need to know to tweak existing CSS and write your own. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)


If you’re an artist looking to upskill:
Motion Graphics

Transform shapes, icons, and text into compelling motion graphics. This series demonstrates techniques you can use to take your animation skills to the next level. Join mograph artist EJ Hassenfratz as he shows you tips and tricks you can use while leveraging the powerful features in Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Illustrator 2021 Essential Training

Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator 2021 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Instructor Tony Harmer covers the essentials of Illustrator 2021, including artboards, workspaces, layers, and shapes. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

Become a Portrait Photographer

Learn the essential lighting and posing techniques for portrait photographers. Whether you are shooting business portraits, sport stars, or family photographs, this path will provide you with expert insight into best practices for posing and lighting your subjects. (Adapted from LinkedIn Learning)

 

 

 

 

eLibrary spotlight: Environmental Studies in Context (Gale)

Image of a forest road with the Gale logo


Have you checked out our eLibrary resource Environmental Studies in Context? Provided by Gale, it is a database filled with curated, educational resources about the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Their collections are made up of accurate and peer-reviewed material,  and are created by a global network of scholars and educators.

This resource contains information on 446 issues related to Environmental Studies, spanning the agriculture industry, fast fashion, climate change and more. Gale has also included an in-built note-taking function, perfect for saving key quotes and research data for later. Environmental Studies in Context is the perfect place to deep dive into a new topic of interest, and is available for free with your Wellington City Libraries card. Login and start exploring through our eLibrary here.

Photo of wind turbines For instance, have you ever heard about the concept of green technology? Gale defines green technology as “technology that conserves energy while producing few or no emissions.”. The concept encompasses many types of technology, such as solar panels and electric cars, and aims to “harness power available in nature without destroying nature in the process”.

Green technology is not just a beacon of hope in terms of living sustainably on Earth, it has also led to scientists discovering creative solutions to other world problems. For example, green technology may be able to support parts of the world where the availability and reliability of electricity is currently lacking. It has also lead to advancements in food production; in the future, farmers will hopefully be able to utilise green technology to improve their irrigation systems and reduce food waste. 

For any passionate environmentalists who would like some book recommendations, we’ve also included a booklist below. Happy researching!

Salmon: A Fish, The Earth, And The History Of A Common Fate / Kurlansky, Mark
“In his new global food history, Mark Kurlansky says if we can save the salmon, we can save the world. Centuries of our greatest assaults on nature, from overfishing to dams, from hatcheries to fish farms, from industrial pollution to the ravages of climate change, can be seen in their harrowing yet awe-inspiring life cycle.” (Catalogue)

Environment Aotearoa : a collection of essays / Cleave, Peter
“This grew out of studies and discussions on the health of localities that I had been doing on the Manawatu River and on other places around New Zealand so the series was called Environment Aotearoa… This research, this thinking on the environment has, in the main, appeared since the turn of the century. Many of the ideas involved have been around for a lot longer but there is a fair bit of new writing in this mix and it came across to me at least as fresh and refreshing.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Wild souls : freedom and flourishing in the non-human world / Marris, Emma
“From an acclaimed environmental writer, a groundbreaking and provocative new vision for our relationships with-and responsibilities toward-the planet’s wild animals […] When is it right to capture or feed wild animals for the good of their species? How do we balance the rights of introduced species with those already established within an ecosystem? (Adapted from Catalogue)

Climate Aotearoa : what’s happening & what can we do about it?
“Climate Aotearoa outlines the climate situation as it is now, and as it will be in the years to come. It describes the likely impact on the environment and on our day-to-day living situation. It suggests the changes you can make for maximum impact, what we should be asking of our government and what we should be asking of our business community. In doing so, this is a hopeful book – actions can make a difference.” — Publisher’s website.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Beloved beasts : fighting for life in an age of extinction / Nijhuis, Michelle
“A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement–told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement’s history” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The great derangement : climate change and the unthinkable / Ghosh, Amitav
“Is our imagination adequate to the realities of global warming? The novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that we need art and literature to help us imagine our future in the Anthropocene, but that they are falling short of the task. If culture cannot help us see the realities of our plight, then our era, which so congratulates itself on its self-awareness, may come to be known as the time of the Great Derangement.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Living with the anthropocene : love, loss and hope in the face of environmental crisis
“Australia — and the world — is changing. On the Great Barrier Reef corals bleach white, across the inland farmers struggle with declining rainfall, birds and insects disappear from our gardens and plastic waste chokes our shores. The 2019–20 summer saw bushfires ravage the country like never before and young and old alike are rightly anxious. Human activity is transforming the places we live in and love. In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, some of Australia’s best-known writers and thinkers — as well as ecologists, walkers, farmers, historians, ornithologists, artists and community activists — come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridget Williams Books: The Treaty of Waitangi Collection

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

Image showing the BWB logo and a couple book covers from the Treaty of Waitangi Collection


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!

Ancestry Library – at home access extended till 31 December 2021

Ancestry Library is a research database for genealogists and family history enthusiasts that can help you trace your family history, with records from the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Normally only available in-person at our libraries, during the last year, with kind permission from the people at Ancestry and ProQuest, Wellington City Libraries’ cardholders have been able to access Ancestry from their own homes. This access was due to expire, but has now been extended until 31 December 2021.

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Ancestry Library includes online access to historical births, deaths and marriages and electoral rolls, and you can follow all kinds of family history leads through scans of these documents and more.

Login to Ancestry Library with your library card details and get started tracing your family history today! You can also find more helpful links and advice on family history research on our Genealogy Topic Guide.

A word of warning — starting family research and the thrill of the hunt can be quite addictive, so be careful you don’t get lost chasing leads down too many rabbit holes!

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!

New Together We Read title: Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Wellington City Libraries joins hundreds of public libraries and thousands of readers across New Zealand and Australia in offering the latest Together We Read: AU/NZ digital book club selection, Scrublands by Chris Hammer. From 1-15 September, patrons can enjoy Australian author Chris Hammer’s award-winning crime novel, Scrublands, as an eBook or eAudiobook for free.

 

Readers can access the digital book with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app or by visiting wcl.lib.overdrive.com. You can also participate in an online discussion with other readers across both countries.

In Scrublands, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself in an isolated country town. A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don’t fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can’t ignore his doubts, nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest’s deadly rampage.

Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town’s secrets stay buried.

Try the opening chapter here. Scrublands is available to lend as an eBook and also as an audiobook from this Wednesday 1 September!

Book Club eBooks on Libby

Good books do not invite unanimity. They invite discord, mayhem, knife fights, blood feuds.”
― Joe Queenan

Running a book club has always had challenges:
Can everyone get a copy of the book in time?
Can all the members of the group afford the cost?
Will the overseas suppliers get extra copies in on time?

Well, help is at hand in the form of a new service from our electronic Libby/Overdrive collection.

The Book Club is a specially selected collection of over 400 Book club titles. All available to download instantly onto your electronic device.

With twenty four seven day access to all selected Book club titles, there is no waiting. Access is instant and there is no charge and no limit to the number of copies available. The title automatically expires once the borrowing period ends, so there is no need to worry about returning the book. The collection features fiction, poetry and Nonfiction titles including an extensive classic range of over 300 titles from The Art of War by Sun Tzu to Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

There is also a carefully curated selection of Aotearoa Titles such as the Booker Award Winning The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton as well as a young adult selection and a children’s selection.

This new Book Club service is ideal for book clubs, book groups or just loose collections of friends or acquaintances who all want to read the same title at the same time. Though of course if you’re not part of a book club or reading group you are more than welcome to borrow any of these titles as an individual.

Below is just a very small selection of the titles available. To explore further go to our Libby/Overdrive site. Enjoy!

Overdrive cover Colin McCahon, Peter Simpson (ebook)
“The first of an extraordinary two-volume work chronicling forty-five years of painting by New Zealand’s most important artist, Colin McCahon.Colin McCahon (1919–1987) was New Zealand’s greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical paintings and abstraction, the introduction of words and Maori motifs, McCahon’s work came to define a distinctly New Zealand modernist idiom. Collected and exhibited extensively in Australasia and Europe, McCahon’s work has not been assessed as a whole for thirty-five years.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Baby, Annaleese Jochems (ebook)
“Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Walden, Henry David Thoreau (ebook)
“One of the most famous non-fiction American books, Walden by Henry David Thoreau is the history of Thoreau’s visit to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s woodland retreat near Walden Pond. Thoreau, stirred by the philosophy of the transcendentalists, used the sojourn as an experiment in self reliance and minimalism… Part autobiography, part manifesto Walden is a moving treatise on the importance distancing oneself from the consumerism of modern Western society and embracing nature in its place.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Moby Dick, Herman Melville (ebook)
“The itinerant sailor Ishmael begins a voyage on the whaling ship Pequod whose captain, Ahab, wishes to exact revenge upon the whale Moby-Dick, who destroyed his last ship and took his leg. As they search for the savage white whale, Ishmael questions all aspects of life. The story is woven in complex, lyrical language and uses many theatrical forms, such as stage direction and soliloquy.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Brain, David Eagleman (ebook)
“This is the story of how your life shapes your brain, and how your brain shapes your life.’ Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman on a whistle-stop tour of the inner cosmos. It’s a journey that will take you into the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, genocide, brain surgery, robotics, and the search for immortality. On the way, amidst the infinitely dense tangle of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see: you.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit (ebook)
“A Field Guide to Getting Lost is an investigation into loss, losing and being lost. Taking in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting, Rebecca Solnit explores the challenges of living with uncertainty. Beautifully written, this book combines memoir, history and philosophy, shedding glittering new light on the way we live now.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (ebook)
“Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story. Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Plank’s Law, Lesley Choyce (ebook)
“Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington’s disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live. One day while he’s trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It’s the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank’s Law, which is “just live.” This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara—the girl at the hospital who smiles at him. With the aid of Plank and Sara, Trevor revises his bucket list to include more important things and takes charge of his illness and his life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

First collection of always available digital Book Club titles through the eBook and audiobook reading app Libby. For more information on how to get started with the Libby app, go to our eLibrary page or contact us here for further helpful assistance.

Purapura Whetū: Matariki Resources for Pākeke

The Māori New Year is now upon us – and although the rain is pouring and the tornadoes are twisting and turning, there is still a time for rest after the harvesting of the crops, physical or otherwise; a time for reflecting on our tūpuna who have passed on; a time to reflect on the effects of Covid-19; and a time to rejoice in precious taonga – be they whānau or otherwise, or just plan for a better life ahead.

Te Kāhui whetū o Matariki the stars of matariki
Te Kāhui whetū o Matariki

There are many tohu, or signs, that mark the coming of the new year. Māori of the West Coast of New Zealand aren’t able to view the rising of Matariki, low down on the eastern horizon at this time of the year. So we, in Taranaki and Wellington, turn to Puanga (Rigel, of Orion’s constellation), to mark the Māori New Year. But it is to Matariki that most people look, and although Matariki is a cluster of many stars, we commonly talk about it in terms of the worldwide star story of the Seven Sisters.


Even today, more is being learnt about Matariki. Recently, Dr. Rangi Mātāmua rediscovered a manuscript of his tupuna’s which added two extra stars, Pōhutukawa and Hiwaiterangi, to the kāhui whetū– making up a cluster of nine stars of Matariki. You can learn more about Dr. Mātāmua’s work here. If you’re looking for more information, you can also start with Qiane Matata-Sipu’s Spinoff piece from last year, which has wonderful background on ngā whetū, as well as the kaupapa of the new year around the motu.

Our eLibrary collection includes a wide range of resources about Matariki, Te Ao Māori and the history of Aotearoa. To celebrate Matariki, we have collated a list of these titles, called “He Matatiki: Matariki Reads from Te Ao Māori”. Make sure to have a look through all the treasures in this kete! You can also find more information about Te Ao Māori, whakapapa research and the history of Te Whanganui a Tara in the Māori Resources section of our website.

Throughout these school holidays, we are presenting a range of Matariki activities for tamariki and whānau, as part of our #purapurawhetu Matariki festival. These range from crafting to storytimes, and include activities in both Te Reo Māori and English. You can learn more about our #purapurawhetu programme here. Check our calendar for all the events.

Nō reira, nau mai haere mai ki ōu tātou whare pukapuka ki te whakanui i a Matariki! Come along and celebrate Matariki with Wellington City Libraries!

Me mihi ka tika mātou ki a Ann, i tuku āwhina i ēnei mahi. Thanks and mihi to Ann for her help in putting together these resources!

Libby available in Chinese : 中文版的Libby

It is now possible to use OverDrive’s award-winning app, Libby, in Simplified and in Traditional Chinese. If you already use Simplified or Traditional Chinese with your device, Libby will automatically browse, search and display account information in that language now. By changing the default language on your device within the settings, you can then view Libby in your newly chosen language.
现在可以用简体或者繁体中文来使用Overdrive获奖的 app Libby了。 如果您的设备本来就使用简体或者繁体中文的话,Libby会自动使用该语言进行浏览, 搜索或者显示您的账户信息。通过在设置里修改默认语言, 您就可以在Libby上使用所选择的语言。

We also have an eBook collection in Chinese on the OverDrive platform. To access the collection in your browser, go to our Overdrive website (this is a slightly different, alternate option for accessing the Overdrive platform — an alternative to the Libby website). Under the menu across the top left click on ‘Collections’, and then on ‘Chinese’ under ‘Special’. You should end up here Chinese Collection on Overdrive . The same collection is available on the Libby app. To find it on Libby, click on ‘Library’, and then click on ‘Explore’ — it is listed under ‘Guide: Chinese’.
在 Overdrive 平台上,我们也有中文电子书。您可以使用浏览器在 https://wcl.overdrive.com 获取, 在菜单的左上方点击Collections 然后在“Special”下面点击“Chinese” ,您会看到https://wcl.overdrive.com/library/chinese 这个页面。Libby 上也有同样的书集。 途径是:点击“Library”, 然后点击“Explore”, 然后在“Guide: Chinese” 里面就能找到。

You can also read the OverDrive site in Simplified Chinese. Across the very top right of the page there is an arrow next to ‘English’. Click this to change the browsing language to Simplified Chinese.
您也可以在 Overdrive页面里用简体中文阅读。 在页面的最右上方,有一个箭头就在“English” 旁边, 点击该箭头把浏览语言改成简体中文即可。

Book Club eBooks now ready to read on Libby

I once facilitated a book group every month on a Friday afternoon at the wonderfully diverse Newtown library involving 8 book-loving, library users. We would discuss the ideas, plots, characters, sense of place and theme of each book like this would be our last, usually over coffee, tea and scones.

Now, that sense of communal engagement can continue on a larger scale with our first collection of always available digital Book Club titles through the eBook and audio-book reading app Libby.

Libby Book Club

We have hundreds of titles to choose from across adult fiction, Aotearoa, nonfiction, kids and teen audiences for discovery by book groups, for community reads, and fiery or friendly discussion. Expect thought-provoking reads across genres like mystery, science fiction, classic literature, poetry and award-winning fiction but also best-selling popular biographies, science and business nonfiction.

Here’s a quick selectors pick of 10 of some of the always available titles ready to read now:

  1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Cotton
  2. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  3. The Bitterroots by C J Box
  4. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  5. Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird
  6. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  7. Te Koparapara: An Introduction the the Maori World 
  8. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  9. Monster series by Michael Grant
  10. Mophead by Selina Tusitala Marsh

For even more options try our carefully chosen selection of over 370 classic novels by Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens – an entire pantheon of always available literary classics.

For more information on how to get started with the Libby app, go to our eLibrary page or contact us here for further helpful assistance.

#WinterWarmers Queer Film Fest 2020 Part Two- Features

As International Pride Month draws to a close and the weather outside gets a little colder, there’s no better time to snuggle up, sip a warm beverage, and enjoy some excellent queer cinema from around the world.

Your WCL membership provides access to streaming video services, which host a cornucopia of cinematic delights. You can find out more about how to access these online video options on our eLibrary page.

In the first edition of our #WinterWarmers Queer Film Fest, our staff collated some of our favourite documentaries. Now, in part two, we share our picks of the finest fictional features from around the world. Part one, our selection of documentaries , is right here.


BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Year: 2017
Length: 143 Minutes
Directors: Robin Campillo



Watch the full film here on Kanopy.

Winner of over 20 international film awards, including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, BPM is the remarkable new film from Robin Campillo (They Came Back, Eastern Boys). In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.-Kanopy


Watermelon Woman

Year: 1996
Length: 86 Minutes
Director: Cheryl Dunye

Watch the full film here on Kanopy.

Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the “most beautiful mammy,” a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined to find out who the actress she knows only as the “Watermelon Woman” was and make her the subject of a documentary, she starts researching and is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian. The project is not without drama as Cheryl’s singular focus causes friction between her and her friend Tamara (Valarie Walker) and as she begins to see parallels between Fae’s problematic relationship with a white director and her own budding romance with white Diana (fellow filmmaker Guinevere Turner).-Kanopy


52 Tuesdays

Year:2013
Length: 110 Minutes
Director: Sophie Hyde



Watch the full film here on Beamafilm.

Directed by Sophie Hyde (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), the Australian filmmaker who won the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, 52 Tuesdays is centered on the relationship between James (Del Herbert-Jane), a mother undergoing gender transition, and their precocious teenage daughter Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey). Looking forward to starting their gender transition but wary of how the process might affect their daughter, James asks Billie to move in with her father Tom (played by Beau Travis Williams). To make up for the abrupt separation, mother and daughter make a commitment to meet every Tuesday afternoon, no matter what. As the year progresses, James and Billie watch each other change in ways that sometimes threaten their once-unshakable relationship. As both individuals explore deep personal issues and struggle to remain connected, a complex tale of human desire and ultimately, physical and psychological transformation, emerges.-Beamafilm


Happy Together

Year:1997
Length: 93 Minutes
Director: Kar-Wai Wong



Watch the full film here on Beamafilm.

Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a tango bar to save up for his trip home. When a beaten and bruised Po-Wing reappears, Yiu-Fai is empathetic but is unable to enter a more intimate relationship. After all, Po-Wing is not ready to settle down. Yiu-Fai now works in a Chinese restaurant and meets the youthful Chang from Taiwan. Yiu-Fai’s life takes on a new spin, while Po-Wing’s life shatters continually in contrast.-Beamafilm


Circumstance

Year:2011
Length: 102 Minutes
Director: Maryam Keshavarz



Watch the full film here on Beamafilm.

Maryam Keshavarz’s lusty, dreamy take on the passionate teenagers behind the hijabs. Risking jail and worse are the sassy, privileged Atafeh and the beautiful, orphaned Shireen. They’re under constant, unnerving surveillance, in a country where more than 70 percent of the population is younger than 30. Nevertheless, within their mansion walls and without, beneath graffiti and undulating at intoxicating house parties, the two girls begin to fall in love with each other, as Atafeh’s handsome, albeit creepy older brother Mehran gazes on… Filmed underground in Beirut, with layers that permit both pleasure and protest.-Beamafilm


Geography Club

Year:2013
Length: 80 Minutes
Director: Gary Entin



Watch the full film here on Kanopy.

Based on Brent Hartinger’s best-selling critically acclaimed novel, Geography Club is a smart, fast, and funny account of contemporary teenagers as they discover their own sexual identities, dreams, and values. While finding the truth too hard to hide, they all decide to form the Geography Club thinking nobody else would ever want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are. -Kanopy


We hope you enjoy our selection of fine feature films! Part One, our selection of documentaries , is right here. Stay warm!

#WinterWarmers Queer Film Fest 2020 Part One- Documentaries

A person holding a rainbow flag in front of their body and face.

As International Pride Month draws to a close and the weather outside gets a little colder, there’s no better time to snuggle up, sip a warm beverage, and enjoy some excellent queer cinema from around the world.

Your WCL membership provides access to streaming video services, which host a cornucopia of cinematic delights. You can find out more about how to access these online video options on our eLibrary page.

In this first edition of our #WinterWarmers Queer Film Fest, our staff have collated some of our favourite documentaries. Stay tuned for part two, later this week, when we will share our picks of the finest fictional features from around the world.


Georgie Girl

Year: 2002
Length: 70 Minutes
Directors: Annie Goldson and Peter Wells

Watch the full film here on Kanopy.

Georgina Beyer is a transgender woman and former sex-worker who was elected to the New Zealand Government by a largely white, rural electorate. Georgie Girl traces Georgina Beyer’s colorful path — her rural past, born as George and raised on a farm, through periods of drug use and sex work, to her election in 1999 into national office under Labour Government headed by Helen Clark. Georgina, who is of Māori descent, has been an inspiration to many, an example of a courageous individual who overcame adversity, marginalization and discrimination.-Kanopy


The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye

Year: 1994
Length: 72 Minutes
Director: Cheryl Dunye

Watch the full film here on Kanopy.

Vilified by conservatives in Congress, defended by major newspapers, and celebrated by audiences and festivals around the world as one of the most provocative, humorous and important filmmakers of our time, Cheryl Dunye practically invented a new form of cinema – call it the ‘Dunyementary.’ Presented here are the films that started it all – the early works which gave birth to an extraordinary and original filmmaking talent. Made with great creativity on often miniscule budgets, they represent the first chapter of the Cheryl Dunye oeuvre. Films in this collection include Greetings from Africa, The Potluck and the Passion, An Untitled Portrait, Vanilla Sex, She Don’t Fade, and Janine.-Kanopy


I Am Not Your Negro

Year:2016
Length: 93 Minutes
Director: Raoul Peck

Watch the full film here on Beamafilm.

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck (The Man by the Shore, Moloch Tropical, Murder in Pacot), returns with a transcendent documentary examining the life and work of literary iconoclast and queer icon James Baldwin. The Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” is based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House”, a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends and US Civil Rights Movement leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Through these accounts, Baldwin’s considered yet razor-sharp activism bears witness to the impact and legacy of race in America, which forms the focus of Peck’s cinematic dissection of the enduring effects of social and racial inequality.-Beamafilm


Tales of the Waria

Year:2011
Length: 57 Minutes
Director: Kathy Huang

Watch the full film here on Kanopy.

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also home to the “warias,” a community of biological men who live openly as women. In this eye-opening documentary, four warias search for romance and intimacy. They encounter a host of obstacles– family pressures, economic burdens, aging– but strive to stay true to themselves and to find lasting companionship. Shot over three years with the local queer community serving as story consultants and film crew members, the film provides an unprecedented look into topics rarely discussed in Western media: Indonesia, Islamic culture, and the daily life and struggles of transgender communities around the world.-Kanopy


Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

Year:2015
Length: 58 Minutes
Director: Rick Goldsmith

Watch the full film here on Kanopy.

Mind/Game’s portrait of “the female Michael Jordan,” from troubled family life to basketball superstardom, reveals a long-hidden battle with mental illness. But even as Holdsclaw begins to embrace her emotional challenges and emerge as an outspoken mental health advocate, she encounters new obstacles to her own recovery. Narrated by Glenn Close.-Kanopy


Kumu Hina

Year:2014
Length: 77 Minutes
Director: Dean Hamer

Watch the full film here on Kanopy.
Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i. During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian mahu, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? An incredible docu-drama that unfolds like a narrative film, Kumu Hina reveals a side of Hawai’i rarely seen on screen. -Kanopy


Stay tuned for our selection of fictional features, coming later this week. Stay warm!

Libby app is now available in 10 languages

It’s now possible to enjoy the award-winning eBook and audiobook app Libby with the following languages:

• Spanish                                     • Japanese                     • Swedish
• Simplified Chinese                 • Russian                       • Italian
• Traditional Chinese               • French                         • German

If you already use one of the languages above with your device, Libby will automatically browse, search and display account information in that language now. By changing the default language on your device within settings, you can then view Libby in your newly chosen language.

Account in Simplified Chinese

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You can also access Wellington City Libraries Libby website  with the language options above if you are already using your preferred language, or change to another language within your browser’s settings to access a new one.

At the same time, improvements have been made to Libby’s controls, playback speed and sleep timer within the eBook reader and audiobook player. Watch a brief tutorial on these new updates here.

Please contact our eLibrary team for any help here

Important note: To support this upgrade and enable future feature development in the app, Libby’s minimum Android operating system requirement will change from version 4.4+ (KitKat, released in 2013) to version 5.0+ (Lollipop, released in 2014). The iOS minimum requirement for Apple devices (iPhones and iPads) will remain unchanged at 9.0+.

 

 

Harry Potter casts a spell over the capital’s readers

The magic of words continue to delight the capital even while our libraries are closed. The use of our online resources is growing, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone one of the top five eBooks and eAudiobooks downloaded during lockdown.

“It’s not surprising Harry Potter is in the top five, as these stories appeal to young people and adults alike,” says Laurinda Thomas, Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces Manager. “The number of people reading eBooks and listening to audiobooks has jumped by over thirty percent compared to 2019.”

“Over the past weeks we welcomed the biggest increase in new members, with 436 new people registering online – double the average weekly joining rate of 215. Plus we updated the details for 377 existing members so they can access the online resources. Now we’re focused on delivering new content; activities and events to stay engaged, educated or entertained during lockdown.”

“In the film streaming world, Little Ted’s Big Adventure is most popular so far on Kanopy, but this was followed closely by recent and classic movies, and documentaries – so there is definitely something for everyone.”

”This week we launched the #StayAtHome Film Festival, where our librarians will promote a selection of films on different genres every few days. People can watch the films for free using our Kanopy or Beamafilm subscriptions through their library card. The Festival opens with Marilyn’s picks for women in sport on the Library website.

“Marilyn will also be running tutorials for people who are using the lockdown to develop new work skills from courses available on Lynda.com. She’ll post a new blog with tips and links to free courses every few days on our website.”

“We’re also providing some of our popular branch services via Facebook, such as the Facebook Storytime sessions which are seeing between 1500 to 2500 views that are often shared far and wide!”

“We encourage more people to find what latest books, films, activities and eResources are available by visiting our website or  following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.”

The huge popularity of these online services demonstrates the value of the Wellington City Libraries in the capital, says Mayor Andy Foster.

“The library teams have been quick to adapt to the current lockdown situation, and have been incredibly resourceful, imaginative, and collaborative in providing content for everyone in every bubble. Not only are they engaging with their pre-existing audience, but they are building a new one too.”

To join Wellington City Libraries online complete the WCL online form at wcl.govt.nz/join

Membership is open to all Wellington residents, students and people currently staying or working in the city.

Other new activities and events include:

New for RBdigital online magazines in 2020

 The library has just renewed our RBdigital online magazine subscriptions for 2020. This provides us with a good opportunity to review our collection and look at what new magazines are on offer. Unfortunately, there’s always some cancellations too – either by us (due to performance), by RBdigital (which is beyond our control) or because they are no longer being published.

First up, this year’s new magazines include popular magazines Australian House and Garden, Period Living and New Zealand Property Investor, as well as BBC Sky at Night, Motorcycle Trader, New Idea and staff pick, The Hollywood Reporter.  All are available to read and download now, and come with a year’s worth of back issues.

Titles that have gone this year are Bass Player, Kung Fu Tai Chi, Popshot Journal and That’s Life; three magazines that have ceased publication: Smith Journal, Web Designer and National Geographic Traveller ; and three that now available to read through Pressreader: NZ Weddings, New York magazine and Town and Country UK.

If you love magazines and haven’t used RBdigital before then it is well worth a look!  RBdigital provides us with lots of magazines that you can read for free, on your computer or in the RBdigital app on your tablet or phone.  You can also download magazines to your device to read offline – and keep them forever!  You can find the RBdigital homepage through our eLibrary.  There’s a helpful userguide to get you started, all you’ll need is your library card and PIN number.  The RBdigital app is available to download for free from the Google Play or Apple stores.

So check it out!  And if you need any help, pop in to your local library for assistance or fill out our technical support form to put you in touch with our eLibrary team.

Naxos Music/Jazz Library: Things you didn’t know you could do with your library card

“Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card”

Arthur Timothy Read

 

Today, we’ll be taking a look at Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz Library. An online catalogue of > 2,000,000 tracks, featuring world music, Classical, jazz, blues, world music & more.

The oboe’s belting an A so let’s tune up and take a look at…

Three amazing things you can do with Naxos Music/Jazz Library

1. Create Playlists and Curate Your Favourites

If this is your first time using Naxos you’ll have to enter the site using our Wellington City Libraries’ website. Lots of our online services use a portal like this to verify that you have access to these services (don’t worry, we got you, all WCL’s online services are free for patrons). Just log in with your library card number and your four digit pin (the final four digits of the phone number we have on file for you (if you can’t remember what phone you put down on the form seven and a half years ago just get in touch and we can help you out)).

Now you’re on the Naxos home page, you’ll want to create an account so you can start saving playlists. To create your account click on “Playlists” down the left hand column. At the top you’ll see “Student/Member Account Login/Sign up”. Next, just fill out that form, verify your email and voila, you’re ready to start making playlists and adding tracks and artists to your favourites.

Also, once you have an account you’ll be able to log-in directly from www.naxosmusiclibrary.com. Although the portal is always there if you need it.

2. Listen to music on the go (and offline) with the Naxos App

Available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store the Naxos Music Library app and Naxos Jazz Library app take Naxos music from your PC to your phone and on the go. Once you’ve downloaded the app to your device; log-in using the account you created above and you’re good to go. Plus, all the awesome playlists you’ve already made will be there waiting for you.

If you want to take your classical playlists to the park or your Christmas bangers to the beach, there is also the option to download tracks for offline listening. Just use the menu in the top right hand corner to download tracks and take your musical stylings out of Wifi range.

3. Listen to Awesome TV show and Movie Themes

We haven’t even got the chance to talk about all the awesome stuff there is on Naxos Music and Naxos Jazz Libraries (I mean there are over 2,000,000 tracks). Earlier in the year we put out an informative guide on how to keep up to date with all the new material being added but one of my favourite features is the huge amount of movie and TV themes available. From John Williams to Hans Zimmer (and the rest of the alphabet) and heaps of TV shows (including The Crown) there’re ready made playlists to transport you to any fictional world. I love using them if I want to capture a certain mood while I’m writing (for example this blog was accompanied by Gershwin’s An American In Paris, extra pep with a touch of whimsy).

If you have any further enquiries about Naxos Music Libraries or Naxos Jazz Libraries be sure to get in touch. Remember to have your library card on hand 😉

Story Box Library: Things you didn’t know you could do with your library card

“Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card”

Arthur Timothy Read

Today, we’ll be taking a look at Story Box Library. Available from the eLibrary page on the Wellington City Libraries website, Story Box Library is an educational website, created for children with short videos of stories by local authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers.

Well, we’re all seated on the mat with our arms folded so it’s time to look at…

Three amazing things you can do with Story Box Library

1. Hear stories from your favourite performers and authors

Story Box Library features over a hundred charismatic and diverse storytellers. The storytellers on Story Box Library include actors, comedians, performers, AFL players, influencers, teachers and students from various races, creeds and walks of life.  Story Box Library is an awesome way for your little ones to hear from not just parents, guardians, teachers or librarians but a diverse range of storytellers and people.

2. Broaden the experience with Activity Time

Each Story Box Library video comes with its own activity sheet to deepen the story experience (and to help keep the kids occupied on rainy afternoons). Ranging from writing a news report on events in the story to drawing your own version of a character these are an awesome way to prompt deeper thought into the events and themes of a story. Each Story Box Library book also has tags to link it to other books with similar themes and ideas. Perfect for collating several books into a lesson plan or looking for books with a specific message.

3. Jump into the authors world with the “Meet” series

Would you love to know how your favorite author or illustrator works? The “Meet” series gives you a look inside their world to see how picture books are made. For young and old alike, they are a fascinating peek inside the process that turns ideas into books. In this video, we meet Tania McCartney, who feels most comfortable when in a library (!!).

So there it is! Story Box Library provides hours of wholesome, literary entertainment.

 

LinkedIn Learning: Things you didn’t know you could do with your library card

**UPDATE 10/02/2021 – Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning. Read more about the change.**

“Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card”

Arthur Timothy Read

 

Today we’ll be looking at LinkedIn Learning. At a recent Technology NZ conference, an educational start-up owner refused to believe that we offered LinkedIn Learning to our patrons for free. Only when I pulled up the app on my phone did the skepticism cease. But who could blame them? The service -which offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills- can cost up to $39.99 per month! And it’s available for free with your Wellington City Libraries card. *woof*!

Three amazing things you can do with LinkedIn Learning

1. Professional Development

HTML, Ruby on Rails, Photoshop, basic grammar. If you’re anything like me, then you know these things exist but have no idea how to use them. But LinkedIn Learning is here to help. Informative video tutorials on thousands of different topics to help you professionally. From coding to accounting there are heaps of skills that can go straight on your CV.

Many LinkedIn Learning tutorials even come with a download package so you can practice alongside the video. Working on your own spreadsheet while someone talks you step by step how to draw up formulas and graphs. Now that’s what I call learning!

2. Get a new hobby

Learning a new skill is the perfect way to keep your mind sharp and fight boredom. Instead of a sudoku or crossword, how about learning to code that idea for a game that’s been swilling around in your brain for years or perfecting your photo editing skills to take your social media to the next level. Who knows, your new found skills could even turn into a little side hustle.

3. Start a big project

Learning is a lifelong skill and LinkedIn Learning has plenty to keep you learning for years and years. Why not set yourself a big goal five, ten or even twenty years down the track?

Ever dreamed of making your own movie? With your library card and LinkedIn Learning you have access to tutorials on… *deep breath*… expressive and creative writing, editing, grammar, *ahem* overcoming writers block, screenwriting, 2D animation, 3D ANIMATION, film editing, voice recording, microphone use, music composition, music production, website design (for promotion), website coding and how to throw an awesome launch party for your premier (okay I made up that last one). Plus, ALL the above can be added to a handy playlist to keep you on track. Sure, it might be a few years long but as they say “good things take time”.

So what are you waiting for? There’s a world of learning right at your finger tips. If you have any further questions about LinkedIn Learning about  be sure to get in touch. Remember to have your library card on hand 😉

 

The best of BBC audiobooks on Libby and OverDrive

In case you didn’t know, the BBC continues to add provocative, clever, funny shows on their various radio stations, only to then combine these complete seasons of unique, mostly-excellent content as audio books.

Over the last few years, we’ve added many of these daring, unique series on our OverDrive website, ready to be devoured in long and short sittings, or passively enjoyed whilst pruning the roses, and washing the car.

Below are recent BBC audio book favourites assembled to represent the many facets of the BBC comedy-template – original ghostly comic-dramas, expertly acted mockumentaries, intricately plotted true-life one-woman shows, panel shows devoted to the strange, curious and hilarious and small town comedy-monologues that reveal a regions very heart and soul.

Read further for brief reviews of these BBC-faves – good listening!

Overdrive cover The Hauntening, Tom Neenan (Audiobook)
Comic writer, Tom Neenan has authored a truly original combination of modern comic sitcom and Black Mirror-lite supernatural scenario. Demonic fridges threaten, dating apps haunt suddenly, and podcasts are inhabited by murderous spirits. Neenan adopts an awkward, self-obsessed persona lending an underlying vulnerability to spooky proceedings whilst the accomplished production is full of effective sound effects, ambience and sharp jokes. Expect the odd genuine scare, but more often a deep satisfying belly laugh.

Overdrive cover Sarah Kendall–Australian Tales, Sarah Kendall (Audiobook)
Each one of Kendall’s Australian Tales is a complete and compelling story in its own right, but all the tales together represent a significant achievement of comic-tragic story telling. Each tale leaps backwards and forwards and time, challenging your attention and grabbing it at the same time, whilst remembering difficult teenage years, ongoing family tensions and those awkward yet unforgettable moments that create change and form identity. Kendall’s natural, funny narration is suited to the candid subject matter, providing carefully judged pathos and comic timing to proceedings. Winner of the 2018 Writers’ Guild Award for Best radio Comedy and the Silver Aria Award for Best Storytelling.

‘A mini masterpiece of tragicomic storytelling’ **** – The Times.

Overdrive cover Alex Horne Presents the Horne Section, The Complete Series 1-3, Alex Horne (Audiobook)
Famously partly responsible for TV series Taskmaster and classy intermissions on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Alex Horne and the Horne Section also produced silly, brilliantly played musical radio comedy shows through 2012 – 2014. The complete series is frantically performed in front of a receptive studio audience, also starring special comedy guests like Nick Helm, Sara Pascoe and Matt Lucas. Song titles include ‘Ode To Tash’s Fashion Sense,’ ‘Those were the days (of the week)’ and ‘Battleships! theme song.’ Expect hours of punishing puns, hit-and-miss novelty songs and surprisingly competent musicality.

Overdrive cover Susan Calman–Keep Calman Carry On, Susan Calman (Audiobook)
‘My name is Susan Calman and I am a very tense person.’ So begins episode one of Keep Calman carry on. Susan Calman then begins to find some way to cope with her tension through trying something new, designed to distract, help unwind and relax. Whether through viewing art with Phill Jupitus, gardening with Val McDermid, visiting a music festival with Robin Ince or hill walking with Muriel Gray, Calman gamely and enthusiastically embraces new experiences with an open spirit and genuineness, unrelated to conventional ideas of success and failure. In this case, if you try, you succeed. Listening to this excellent series may make you want to be a better person.

Overdrive cover The Museum of Curiosity–Series 9-12, John Lloyd (Audiobook)
Now well into its tenth year, The Museum of Curiosity has become a reliable and ingenious mainstay of the UK comedy radio scene. Through 14 series, famed comedy producer John Lloyd has hosted comedians, historians, scientists, politicians and more from across the world in a compelling chat show devoted to the quirky, unusual and surprising. Each season is hosted by Lloyd with a different comedian including Bill Bailey, Jo Brand, Sean Lock, Sarah Millican and each episode introduces three new guests willing to add a virtual exhibition to the ever-growing curious museum of oddities. Each season is renewed by its new comedian co-host and the list of carefully chosen guests provide an old-school intelligence and fresh chemistry to proceedings – a series built to last.

Overdrive cover Mark Steel’s In Town–Series 7 & 8, Mark Steel (Audiobook)
Everyone lives in a small town, in one way or another and Mark Steel’s warm evocation of village, seaside and country life has become a portrait of enduring everyday strangeness. From rampant goats and peacocks over-running small holdings, to inland ‘seaside’ towns with identity crises, Steel identifies cultural quirks whilst warmly roasting the expectant helpless towns he visits. The best episodes involve the towns-folk themselves questioning Steels humourous, often honest observations (and biases) on the Loch Ness monster, Hepton Bridge or Matlock Bath. The many episodes of Mark Steel’s in Town combined almost equate to a complete life-time of observations, worth experiencing.

More BBC Audiobooks well worth listening to!

Overdrive cover It’s a Fair Cop–Series 1-3, Alfie Moore (Audiobook)
Ever wondered what sort of a police officer you might make? Alfie Moore spent eighteen years on the Humberside police force before turning to stand-up comedy. In each episode of this live stand up show, he takes his audience through a scenario based on a real life case, and tasks them with deciding how they would have acted in the circumstances.

“Brilliantly funny, genuinely hilarious” – David Mitchell

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Overdrive cover Incredible Women, Series 1-6, Rebecca Front (Audiobook)
Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front star in this series of spoof documentaries looking at the lives of some extraordinary and unforgettable characters. We meet some truly remarkable women, such as controversial children’s writer and wolf enthusiast Eleanor Fane-Gore; ‘Media Integrity Czar’ Valerie Panther; MI5 whistle-blower Helen McKee; fashion guru Tish Watts; child star Mandy Fenwick; Irina Stonkus, soon to be the first woman on Mars; and National Treasure Dame Cicely Leyland.

‘This is not just good, it’s excellent and shows that quality writing can transform radio comedy into something that’s laugh-out-loud funny.’ Radio Times

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Overdrive cover Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme–The Complete Series 1-4, Tim Key (Audiobook)
Ever wondered just how much of life you can understand through poetry? Tim Key is never far from stage and screen – from Peep Show to Alpha Papa to Taskmaster. But now he’s back doing what he does best – attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant, and long suffering, Tom Basden. From ruminating on the meaning of family via his narrative poem The Godfather, attempting to get to the bottom of death via his poem The Boy Who Faked His Own Death, and also organising an impromptu stag party, Tim Key uses poetry to help him understand every situation.

‘In any other sphere apart from comedy, we’d probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius.’ The Telegraph

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Overdrive cover The Infinite Monkey Cage, Series 6-9, Brian Cox (Audiobook)
Brian Cox and Robin Ince present a witty, irreverent look at the world according to science. The Infinite Monkey Cage has become one of BBC Radio 4’s most popular science based programmes. In each episode physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince delve into a particular field of science, with the help of guests from the worlds of science, academia and entertainment.

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Overdrive cover It’s Not What You Know, Series 1-3, BBC Radio Comedy (Audiobook)
What would Jonathan Agnew do if he wasn’t a cricket commentator? Who would play Romesh Ranganathan in a film of his life? What’s the naughtiest thing Sara Pascoe did as a child? It’s not what you know, but who you know that matters… and indeed, how well you know them. The show is a bit like ‘Mr and Mrs’, except that it’s not played by husbands and wives. Instead, panellists can pick anyone they like: dad, cousin, best friend, mother-in-law. All these burning questions, and more, will be answered in this BBC comedy panel show hosted by Miles Jupp, and Joe Lycett where panellists are tested on how well they know their nearest and dearest.

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Overdrive cover My Teenage Diary, Various (Audiobook)
Forty-five episodes from Series 1-8 of the Sony Award-winning BBC Radio comedy show, hosted by Rufus Hound

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Time for an audio book campaign with BorrowBox!

BorrowBox provides excellent new release, best-seller audio books through their custom app and website but did you know you can now listen to select audio book titles whenever you like?

With our new service, BorrowBox Campaign, you can listen to exclusive audio book titles every month without having to wait!

This month we’ve added new always available downloadable audio book titles by Liane Moriarty, Adam Kay, Di Morrissey, Alexander McCall Smith, Rosalie Ham and Patrick Ness  across fiction, nonfiction and children’s genres.

Click on a title below to go directly to the Campaign title and grab an instant digital copy:

Expect more always available audio book titles from BorrowBox over the coming months and into the summer holidays. Don’t forget to try all the fantastic titles, series and bestseller audio books on BorrowBox in addition to Campaign titles while you’re there.

For more information on getting started with BorrowBox go to our eLibrary page here – good listening!

Tablets are free to borrow!

Tablet

Customers are able to borrow iPad minis for free for three weeks!

You can now take the opportunity to get connected with family and friends, read the most recent eBooks and eAudio (Libby and Borrowbox), or update your computer skills with any one of the thousands of courses available (LinkedIn Learning).

Tablets are able to be borrowed at the following libraries : Te Awe, Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Island Bay, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Johnsonville, Khandallah, Cummings Park (Ngaio) and Karori.

Please make a booking if you would like a free introduction to the library’s eResources, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup time. Alternatively, ask one of our staff at the libraries above about borrowing a tablet, and if a tablet is available you will be able to borrow it immediately.
(Please note: tablets cannot be renewed and must be returned to the issuing branch.)