Free library loans Saturday 21st November 2015

Customer holding DVDsHelp us celebrate Libris 175 – our anniversary! On Saturday 21st November 2015 there will be no fees to borrow library items from any Wellington City library.
This applies to all types of items including magazines, DVDs, CDs, bestsellers.
Please issue your items via a staff member, not at the self-check machines.
This special free offer only applies to the issue fee – other fees such as reserves, renewals, out of town, overdues, will apply if they are relevant.

Presents from WCL to you for our 175th birthday!

To celebrate our birthday, we’re holding a party at the Wellington Central Library on Saturday 21st November.

For the creative and crafty kids out there, we have a couple of competitions to enter.

The colouring competition is for 5-8yr olds. New Zealand’s first public library was a small hut on the Wellington waterfront. Colour in the picture of the hut, fill in your details on the back, and drop it in to any Wellington City library to enter.

The design competition is for 9-13yr olds. We want you to draw your idea of the library of the future! What do you think Wellington City Libraries will look like 175 years from now (that’s the year 2190, by the way)? Draw your design on the front, fill in your details on the back, and drop it into to any Wellington City library to enter the competition.

(Click the links above to download the competition forms to print at home!)

We also have several competitions for adults – guess the book in the jar, guess how old our oldest book is, enter your memories of Wellington City Libraries, and spot the library by guessing which library is in the photos. Ask at your local library about entering the competitions, there are loads of prizes up for grabs!

The competitions close on 29th November, and the winners will be announced on 1st December.

We think 175 years of public libraries in Wellington is a great reason to celebrate!

Pop in to your library this Saturday, 21 November, for this special anniversary. It all started with this advertisement in The NZ Gazette and Wellington Spectator, 27 November 1840:

Public Library and Reading Room: A meeting will be held at Barrett’s Hotel at 11 o’clock precisely, on Tuesday next December 1st 1840 to take steps for the formation of a Public Library and Reading room; when the attendance of those interested in the undertaking is requested.

A highlight on Saturday at 11:30am is this fascinating talk:

Libris 175 : From Serial Murders to a Public Library Service.

What could connect a series of horrific murders in early 19th Century Scotland with New Zealand’s first public library? Local History specialist Gábor Tóth will explain the origin of Wellington City Libraries and some of the fascinating characters who were involved in its history and development as we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of our predecessor institution in 1840. This free talk will also include a presentation of items selected from the library’s collection of rare books.

What else is happening?

Librarians are dressing for the occasion, with Central Library staff taking on the earliest era – Victorian; Newtown and Island Bay – Edwardian; Karori, Cummings Park and Khandallah – 1910–1930s; Johnsonville and Tawa – 1940–1950s; Kilbirnie and Miramar – 1960–1970s. Why not take a selfie with a librarian from years gone by and tweet it to @wcl_library, #selfie175 and #libris175 ?

There are will be competitions to enter and if you come along, there may just be a surprise for you!

If you’re not a member, join now and choose a special edition 175 anniversary library membership card. If you’re already a member, you can swap your current card for an anniversary card for $2. (Please note that your card number will change, so tell librarians if you use our eLibrary services).

Fabulous commemorative calendars are on sale now for $25 at all of our libraries, just in time for Christmas. A series of historic photographic banners will be making their way around branches after the 21st.

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