Make a Sock Hero!

Sock HeroesWe invite everyone to join us in supporting Leadership Week – established by The Sir Peter Blake Trust to inspire, celebrate and develop leadership for all New Zealanders.

Sir Peter’s lucky red socks became an iconic symbol during the 1995 America’s Cup campaign.  On Friday 2 July everyone is encouraged to wear their red socks for national Red Socks Day in support of Sir Peter’s memory and the work of the Trust developed in his name.  Continuing with the idea of socks, we are inviting you to make your own Sock Hero – a fun creature made out of socks that we can display during Leadership Week (Friday 25 June – Friday 2 July).

Anyone can make a Sock Hero and it’s a great activity for kids in particular.  All you need are some socks, a few craft items like buttons and thread, and your imagination.  If you would like some further ideas check out books in our craft section such as Stupid Sock Creatures or Make Your Own Misfits.

Use this form to tell us in few words something you imagine about your Hero.  It could be an everyday act of heroism, an environmental crusade, or simply what you think is important about being a good leader.

Drop your Hero and form into any branch library by 21 June and we will display it at Central Library during Leadership Week.  The first 100 people to enter a Sock Hero will receive a badge like this one from The Sir Peter Blake Trust!

Sir Peter Blake Trust pin

Is your compost a load of old rot?

The recent composting seminars held at Newtown and Central libraries were a big hit with many of our customers! The seminars looked at the micro-organism style of composting known as Bokashi in New Zealand. The speakers gave a great presentation on the science behind Bokashi, and how to use it at home for getting rid of unwanted food scraps.

For more information, click the images below to  check out the slides from the seminars! Please note these files are quite big, at over 2MB each.

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An Evening with Crime Fiction Writers

Murder They Wrote is an event for crime fiction fans to meet three of New Zealand’s most prominent crime fiction writers.  They are

Paul Cleave, author of four crime novels – the latest being Blood Men,
Neil Cross, television writer and author of eight novels, Captured being the most recently published and;
Vanda Symon whose third crime novel is titled Containment.

This event will be held at Café L’Affare, College Street, Wellington at 6 p.m. on Thursday 27th May.

Tickets are $16 ($14 for NZ Book Council members) and can be purchased at the Information Desk, Central Library. Be in quick – attendance is limited.

More information is available at the Book Council website

Over 55? Want to learn something new?

Visit our libraries next week for a series of free workshops for everyone aged over 55.

Workshop topics include  gardening, yoga, estate planning, jewellery care, family history, antiques and more. Interested in writing for teenagers? Come along to a workshop with award-winning author Fleur Beale. Want to get into organic gardening? Come and listen to New Zealand Gardener of the Year, Sister Loyola. There’ll be lots of opportunities to ask questions, and if you’re an antiques enthusiast coming along to our Antiques Show and Tell session with Tinakori Antiques’ John Fyson, you can even bring along your family heirlooms and find out more about them!

Interested? Make sure to check out our Living Well Workshop Programme for a full schedule of speakers and topics.

Apollo plus 40: Central Library event

40 years ago this July humans landed on the Moon for the first time – and then did it five more times over the next three and a half years. In this illustrated presentation, David Maclennan, President of the NZ Spaceflight Association, will reflect on how and why the Apollo programme came to be, its historical and cultural significance, and how we experienced it all from afar here in New Zealand.

Project Apollo reflected the heady optimism of the “Swinging 60’s”, when the world finally shook off the post-World War 2 gloom and envisaged a bright, shiny future, perhaps best epitomised by Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. That this utopian future never quite eventuated may in part explain why humans haven’t returned to the Moon since December 1972.

But all that will soon change – come along to find out more about plans for humans to be back on the Moon by 2020, and later on to Mars…

When: Tuesday 21 July, 7-8pm

Where: Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington

Don’t miss out!

Reminder… Reminder… Reminder…

Music producer Lee Prebble from The Surgery and his musician buddy Age Pryor from the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and The Woolshed Sessions, will be at the Wellington Central Library TOMORROW 26th May at 4.30pm

They will be talking about how you can make it as a musician. All the inside tips and tricks.

It’s FREE! Brave the weather and we’ll see you there!

5 quick questions with Samuel Flynn Scott

How much of your income is derived from record sales & how much comes from touring/live gigs?

I would say record sales probably account for about %5 or less of my total income. Live gigs maybe more like %20. Most of my income as a musician comes through licenses for film and TV.

What advice would you give young musicians just starting out?

Work on your songwriting and take that side of things very seriously. Songs are what all music is based on and without good songs a great singer or guitarist will never make any impact.

How does being on a major label differ from being on an independent? In today’s musical climate is one better than the other?

I don’t think it makes much difference anymore. But I could be wrong. Certainly majors have a lot more sway with radio and they have more money to spend on advertising but there are advantages to small labels too. You usually get better deals from small labels and you get a team of people working on your product who are very passionate about what you do. Ultimately the choice between the two comes down to who is making offers and who has the best vibe. Working relationships are paramount.

Who would you cite as your biggest musical influence/influences?

That is almost impossible to answer. For me it might be the Velvet Underground who are a great 60’s underground rock band. The Beatles are pretty hard to beat when it comes to stealing great ideas off a great band!

Do you have any future projects/new recordings in the works?

Yes we are working on a new Phoenix Foundation album at the moment.

Check out Samuel Flynn Scott and Luke Buda from the Phoenix Foundation at the Wellington Central Library on Thursday 28th May 4.30-5.30pm

What Theresa thinks about New Zealand Music

We put a few key questions to our lovely (and knowledgeable) Wellington Library staff about New Zealand Music.

The most under-rated NZ band or musician: The Rabble are a great up-and-coming NZ punk band.


Your favourite NZ band or musician: Goodnight Nurse rank highly. their songs are catchy and their gigs are consistently fun and entertaining.


Your favourite live NZ music act: Streetwise Scarlet are wonderful live with high energy and great interaction with the crowd. Also, Wellington-based covers band, The Business are guaranteed to get everyone dancing. 


Thanks Theresa!

Rapture Ruckus Rocked!

It was a cold wintery night,  but a small group of music groupies braved the cold to see Brad Dring from Rapture Ruckus talk about is career path to becoming a famous musician at the Central Library on the 8th of May.


Don’t miss the next New Zealand Music Month session- Music Producer Lee Prebble, from The Surgery, and musician Age Pryor, from the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and The Woolshed Sessions, will be at the Central Library on Tuesday 26th May at 4.30pm.