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 😉

 

Discovering the Bard with Bloomsbury Drama Online

It’s not always easy to love Shakespeare. It can be tricky making sense of thou, thee, thy and thine, or navigating your way around an iambic pentameter. For a lot of people, their first (and last) experience of the Bard is listening to his work being recited in their high school English class–not always the most magical of settings.

And yet, over 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, his plays are still works of great power, intensity–and magic. But how to escape those early experiences and discover this? The easiest way is often to head along to a theatre and watch a performance. Words that seem incomprehensible on the page quickly make sense when delivered by an actor or actress. Sentences that seem dull and long-winded in the classroom are suddenly filled with sex and sword-fights.

But what if you can’t make it, or want a sneak peek before heading along? Well, that’s where Bloomsbury Drama Online comes in!

Bloomsbury Drama Online is Wellington City Libraries’ premier database for the performing arts. As well as containing playtexts for each of Shakespeare’s works, there’s also a fantastic collection of live video recordings. Interested in Hamlet? Bloomsbury Drama Online has recordings of four different productions, including two from the Royal Shakespeare Company and a fantastic adaptation with Hamlet played by Maxine Peake.

With over 3,000 plays, 350 audio plays and 150 hours of video, Bloomsbury Drama Online isn’t just restricted to Shakespeare, either. In it you can find the works of celebrated playwrights from Tony Kushner to Caryl Churchill, Anton Chekhov to Bertolt Brecht, and many, many more. There’s also context and criticism to add further depth to your experience.

What if this isn’t enough, though? You’ve seen the plays, you’ve read the texts–but you want more? Then it’s time to visit Bloomsbury Drama Online’s final section: Theatre Craft. Here you’ll find everything you need to start learning about the practicalities of acting, from introductory works such as Acting Characters and Mastering the Audition to specialist texts such as Stage Combat Arts.

To get started, just grab your library card and make your way to Bloomsbury Drama Online!

Take a look inside the Archives of Gender and Sexuality

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Wellington City Libraries is proud to present an evening talk on our queer resources.

Queer Stories: Discovering LGBTQI+ History at the Library

Newtown Library Friday 14 June 2019 5:30 to 7:45pm

One of the main focuses of the evening will be the Gale Archives of Gender & Sexuality. Parts I and II include a vast array of material produced by the queer community.  There are regular publications of newspapers and magazines, meeting minutes, oral histories, posters and pamphlets. Included are records from the Gay Activists Alliance, an organisation founded after 1969’s Stonewall riots, and ACT UP, a group founded in 1987 in response to the AIDS crisis. This gives researchers the ability to understand the times from first hand accounts.

As with all of our eLibrary resources, access is free with a library card! All you need to do is enter your card number and last name to access these fantastic resources.

And there are some real gems – for example, you can read for yourself documentation from the trials of Oscar Wilde and Alan Turing featured in the Wolfenden Report:

You’ll also find posters from the first Pride Parade – Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day in 1971:

New Zealand LGBTQI history is included too – you’ll find among other topics coverage of the Homosexual Law Reform, the “Moyle Affair”, and news clippings & posters relating to entertainers like the Topp Twins too.

Wellington City Libraries is also proud to be the first public library to feature the third part of the archive: Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth CenturyThese historical records are invaluable in showing the historical context of queer culture. Details include the medical and legal construction of sexualities and the reflection of the cultural and social attitudes of the past for gender. 

Contents of the archive include:

  • Private Case from the British Library,
  • Special Subject Units from Sex Research: Early Literature from Statistics to Erotica, a part of Dr. Alfred C Kinsey’s original library.
  • A collection of rare and unique books from the New York Academy of Medicine, a rich combination of materials from the humanities to the hard sciences.

Even if you can’t join us at our Queer Stories event this Friday, you can enjoy looking through these resources online – all you need is your library card.

New for RBdigital in 2018

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We have just renewed our RBdigital magazine subscriptions for 2018.  We always use this time as an opportunity to review our collection and look at what new magazines are on offer.  There’s always some cancellations too – either by us (due to performance), or by RBdigital as sometimes magazines are no longer available to renew (which is beyond our control).

This year you can expect to see five new magazines – UK House and Garden; Australian Men’s Fitness; Minecraft World, W magazine and New Zealand’s Metro magazine.
The titles that are no longer available are – Australian Rolling Stone; Australian Metro; Girlfriend; Horrible Histories, Vanity Fair and Renegade Collective.

All changes will kick off from March 1st, so expect to see the new magazines from then.  All back issues of the cancelled magazines will still be available to read and download for a while after that date.

If you haven’t used RBdigital before then now is the time!  They provide us with lots magazines that you can read for free and if you download them to your device you can keep them forever.  You can find the RBdigital homepage in our elibrary or through our Mygateway pages.  There’s a helpful userguide to get you started, all you’ll need is your library card.  The RBdigital app is available to download for free from the Play or Apple stores and it allows you to read magazines offline.  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.

Did you know we have Britannica Online?

Encyclopaedia Britannica is amazing! You get access to three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. This means you get to choose the level that best meets your needs, whether you are conducting research, completing homework for school or simply wanting to learn something new.

Within each of the three sites, you have access to tens of thousands of encyclopaedia entries, curated magazine articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites and pop-up access to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus. And Britannica Library works on any device—PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Check out this video to get an overview of all the amazing features:

If you have any questions about Encyclopaedia Britannica, please let us know.

Read “My Katherine Mansfield Project” on BWB Online

If you are interested in reading Katherine Mansfield’s books then don’t miss this eBook: Kirsty Gunn’s Thorndon Wellington and Home: My Katherine Mansfield Project. Read this eBook on Bridget Williams Books Text Collection, by entering your library card details.

Syndetics book coverThorndon : Wellington and home : my Katherine Mansfield project / Kirsty Gunn.
“For London-based writer Kirsty Gunn, returning to the city of her birth to spend a winter in a tiny colonial cottage in Thorndon is an exciting opportunity to walk the very streets and hills that Katherine Mansfield left behind on her departure from New Zealand, but later longed to revisit. For Mansfield, Gunn writes, home was an instant ‘go-to’ zone for invention and narrative and characterisation and setting. For Gunn, home is now two places – Here and there the same place after all.” (Syndetics summary)

Read more eBooks on New Zealand popular topics including the housing crisis, 1981 Springbok tour, and the Christchurch earthquake through Bridget Williams Books Text Collection.

 

 

What’s New with Oxford Art Online!

2017 brings a number of exciting changes to Oxford Arts Online (OAO) with more frequent updates, a number of expansive projects from leading experts, as well as improved search functions with a fresh look.

Offering access to the most authoritative and easily searchable online art resource available today, Oxford Art Online provides access to the complete Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other online reference publications from Oxford University Press.

Interested in contributing to the ongoing maintenance of Oxford University Press scholarship?  Grove Art has put out a call for new contributors to their editing team! So if you’re a Wellingtonian artist and interested in doing some editing and content revisions, find out more here.

With major research and publishing projects under way on topics such as the Latin American Art & Architecture collection, Censorship, Art Markets and Law as well as Medieval Art and Architecture  to name but a few. this is an exciting time for digital publications. Take a bit of browse and see what’s new!

New additions to our eMagazines

Every year we renew our Zinio subscriptions.  And every year we take this as an opportunity to look at the magazines you’re reading, what’s popular and what’s not. It’s that time of year now!  As a result, we’ve made some changes to the titles you’ll find in Zinio.

Luckily for us there were heaps of new magazines to choose from this year.  Some of the new magazines you’ll now find in Zinio are:
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly | The Listener | Architectural Digest | Elle UK | Vogue UK | BBC Music | Mojo | New Philosopher | North & South | Attitude | Spoke | Wheels | Your house and garden.

There are a few titles we decided to switch to a different version in Zinio – for example we’ll now be getting the US edition of New Scientist and the NZ version of Australian Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Day. Also, there will be more copies of our most popular magazine The Economist!

There are also some magazines we’ve discontinued and you’ll no longer find in Zinio – some we chose to stop due to low usage and some have been removed by the publishers, which is beyond our control.  Fortunately a handful of ceased magazines can now be found in PressReader (our other online eMagazine resource): you’ll find Cuisine, NZ House and Garden, NZ Life and Leisure, NZ Gardener and Forbes there now, all you need are your library card details to read them.

Alternatively, take a look about in Zinio as there are plenty of titles to choose from and hopefully something for everyone.

If you haven’t used Zinio before now would be a great time to start.  Zinio allows you to read the latest magazines (some sooner than we get the actual magazine!) as it appears in print, for free of charge, either in the browser on your PC or downloaded to a tablet or mobile device.  All you need is a library card!  You can find Zinio in our eLibrary or through Mygateway.info, where you’ll also find instructions for getting started and some useful FAQs.  Or pop in to your local library for a demo or to ask staff for assistance.

 

PressReader – the new improved PressDisplay

pressreader-appFrom September, the PressDisplay database will become PressReader. You will still get same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world, but the look of PressReader is much more mobile friendly and customisable to view on your computer or mobile device. You can also choose to take advantage of a range of new features such as bookmarking, instant translation, keyword search and greatly improved social sharing.

Fantastic New Magazine Content

As well as the vast array of newspaper content, PressReader provides full access to as many magazines as newspapers with some great NZ titles, including NZ Listener, NZ Woman’s Day, Cuisine, Metro, NZ House & Garden, NZ Gardener, Little Treasures, NZ Rugby World, and Next. Overseas titles include Mojo, Q, BBC History, T3, Elle, Mollie Makes, Playstation Magazine, SFX, GQ Australia,Vogue Australia and Top Gear. And just like Pressdisplay, over 60 languages are represented in the newspaper & magazine content.

Accessing Pressreader

In the browser:

  1. Use your library card details to access the PressReader website
  2. Once on the PressReader site, you’ll need to log in to the site itself again so it can create your PressReader account. Again, this uses your library card details:
    1. Click ‘Sign in’ in the top right-hand corner
    2. Click on the ‘Library and Group’ button
    3. In the ‘Select Library’ box that pops up, search for ‘Wellington City Libraries’ > Click on our Library logo to select this as your library
    4. Enter your Library card number, and your surname as your ‘PIN’, and click the ‘Sign in’ button
    5. When prompted to set up an account, enter your details so that you can save favourite newspapers and magazines. Alternatively you can choose “No Thanks” and not set up an account.

Apps for Android and iOS:

You can download the app for Android and iOS devices below:

You may notice some slight differences between Pressdisplay and Pressreader – once you select a title, you can now ‘turn’ the pages by clicking and dragging the next page into the centre screen. Thumbnails of the pages that used to be on the right of the paper can now be found at the bottom of the screen, with the table of contents.

More information: Pressreader Help Centre, Pressreader videos, iOS user guide and for Android user guide.

If you have any questions about using the new Pressreader, please let us know at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

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**This service has now ceased** ComicsPlus adds thousands of comics to our eLibrary!

—-01/03/2019 UPDATE: **This service has now ceased**—-

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440We’ve added new streaming eLibrary service ComicsPlus, with over 80 comics publishers making available thousands of digital super hero, manga, children and indie comics across all audiences.

Major adult publishers include Archaia, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Viz, whilst cool kids presses like Papercut, Andrews McMeel and Graphic Classics feature original children’s comics, as well as nonfiction versions of classic literature and funny cartoons like Garfield and Charlie Brown.

Also included are exciting, well known series like Adventure Time, Bone, Archie, Lumberjanes, Naruto, One Piece, Big Nate, Red Sonja and more. Browse by fantasy, crime, romance, movie and TV, horror and more, and then choose any comic you want.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end! At the moment, enjoyment of ComicsPlus is limited to desktop only but mobile usage should be on its way soon.

Here’s how to get started on your computer or laptop:

Getting started with ComicsPlus at WCL

Please note: New registrations are currently unavailable, we are working on fixing this as soon as possible.

  1. Click on the ‘ComicsPlus’ link through our eLibrary and enter your library card number and your last name .
  2. Once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’
  3. After registering for the first time with email and password, click ‘Sign in’
  4. Enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!
  5. You can now browse by publisher, new material and popular titles or search by author and title.
  6. When you’ve found your comic, click on the cover and choose ‘Check out’ Check out button
  7. From here, go to ‘My Comics’ and click on ‘Read Now’ from your book shelf of waiting comics. Read as many comics as you like!

Comicsplus book shelf (Note: downloading is not available at the moment with ComicsPlus. Usage is only through online streaming.)

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Funding Information Service becomes Generosity

GenerosityFounded 25 years ago, non profit Funding Information Service (FIS) holds the most extensive collection of funding data for individuals and community groups in New Zealand. In April 2015, Funding Information Service officially became Generosity New Zealand, in line with technological advances and contemporary needs. givME (formerly Fundview) for individual funding and givUS (formerly Breakout) for group funding are available from our Funding & Community databases page.

Another welcome change is that both databases are now available for use remotely as well as in our libraries: all you need is your library card.

So, whether you are looking for funding for your community group or a scholarship for your new professional development, make sure to check what is available through these comprehensive and powerful databases.

GiveMegivME is a valuable tool widely recommended by career advisors that offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals for those seeking to pursue:

  • Education, research and fellowships
  • Arts, cultural and sporting activities
  • Career change, professional or personal development
  • Start givME

GivUsgivUS offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. Find assistance for nearly everything, including:

  • Operational costs
  • Building redevelopment
  • Project based resources
  • Start givUS

Enjoy the ‘New York Times’ with your library card

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Read what’s happening right this moment around the world through the newly introduced free digital access to the New York Times provided by Wellington City Libraries. From business, politics and technology to arts, style and food – with this range, you are sure to find articles, interviews and special reports you’ll enjoy.  You can also share your own thoughts by making comments in the ‘Readers Comments’ section.

As a Wellington City Libraries member you can login with your card details and claim a  ‘group pass’, which offers 24 hours access to the ‘New York Times’ and the ‘International New York Times’ websites via your browser or the dedicated NYT smartphone app.  (NB When you first login, you will need to create a New York Times’ account). Included in the pass is access to the searchable archive from 1851-1922 and 1981-present.

You’ll find information about this new access on our mygateway.info Newspapers page, or call in to see us at your favourite Wellington City Libraries’ branch if you have any queries. We will be happy to take you through how to login to the New York Times and answer your questions. Happy reading!

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Fabulous new additions to our Zinio collection

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We have added some great new titles to our WCL Zinio eMagazine collection which have just become available this week, free to read with your library card :

Architectural Review Asia Pacific | BBC Good Food Magazine | BBC History Magazine
BBC Top Gear Magazine | Bloomberg Businessweek | Cosmopolitan Australia
Country Living UK | Cuisine | delicious | Diabetic Living Australia | donna hay magazine
Fast Company | Fight Magazine – Australia | Gardens Illustrated Magazine
Girlfriend Australia | Gourmet Traveller | Horrible Histories
Linux User & Developer | Lonely Planet Traveller | Marie Claire Australia
Men’s Health Australia | Mollie Makes | New Zealand Handyman
Practical Parenting Australia | Prima Baby | renegade COLLECTIVE
Rugby League Week | SciFi Now | SFX | T3
The Atlantic | The Australian Women’s Weekly | Wallpaper
Web Designer | Who Do You Think You Are? | Woman’s Day (Australian ed)

When you’re browsing Zinio, you can locate any of these new titles by entering the name in the search box, or choosing a genre.

You can find a full list of our Zinio titles here. You might see that several titles which were available in 2014 are no longer listed.  This can be for either of two reasons – mostly that the publisher has chosen to remove their content or for some, they were of very low use and have been discontinued.

Of course, if you haven’t explored Zinio yet – there’s more information about this collection on our mygateway magazines page, together with advice on how to set yourself up on your desktop or mobile device. Enjoy!

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Read NZ Geographic online with your library card

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New Zealand Geographic has been celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment for two decades. Its archives hold more than 600 in-depth features about our country, natural history and culture.

This multi-award-winning magazine is available online via your library card membership. You can either read the latest issue, browse previous issues by clicking on covers or search the archive using keywords. The magazine has the same layout and resolution on the screen as it has in print. Simply login with your library card number from here.

If you have any questions about this new eMagazine – please email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz, or ask a librarian when you’re next at the library to show you.

Happy reading!

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Zinio Expo for magazine lovers in September

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With Zinio, you can read the latest magazines online for free and keep them for as long as you like. To find out more about this eMagazine collection, don’t miss the Zinio Expo happening at your branch libraries.

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) library: 6 September 11:00am-12:00pm

Johnsonville library: 13 September 11:00am-12:00pm

Karori library: 20 September 11:00am-12:00pm

With Zinio, Wellington City Libraries’ members can borrow as many emagazines as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want – with no overdue fees. There’s a wide range of magazines – including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Titles include the  Economist, Amateur Photographer, OK Magazine, Australian Vogue, Taste, Rolling Stone, and NZ Life and Leisure among many others.

We’d love to see you at the expo, but if you can’t be there, you can find out more information about how to access and download Zinio eMagazines here, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

 

 

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Zinio Expo for magazine lovers this week

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With Zinio, you now can read the latest magazines online for free and keep them for as long as you like. To find out more about this new eMagazine collection, don’t miss the Zinio Expo happening 24-28 June at 1:00-2:00pm on Central library’s ground floor.

With Zinio, Wellington City Libraries members can borrow as many as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want – with no overdue fees. There’s a wide range of magazines – including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Titles include the Economist, US Weekly, OK Magazine, Australian Vogue, Taste, Rolling Stone, and Utne Reader among many others.

We’d love to see you at the expo, but if you can’t be there, there is more information about how to access and download Zinio eMagazines here, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

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Naxos & Alexander Music, give your ears a treat

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Let’s lift the festive spirit with great quality music from Naxos and Alexander Music Online. You can give your ears a treat with:

‘All that Jazz’:
On Alexander Music Online, you can listen to Jazz style Christmas songs. You can also listen to songs by the Jazz legends: Frank Sinatra, Louis, Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Chet Baker and more.
On Naxos Jazz Library, you can find contemporary Jazz songs include Norah Jones, Pat Metheny and other legendary Jazz songs.

‘Star over Bethlehem’:
Naxos Music Library offers a variety of carols, concerts and string quartets. Listen to Vivaldi, Sarah Brightman, Franz Liszt, JS. Bach this Christmas and new year.

Wedding March’:
On Naxos Music Library, you can find the right music for the most important day of your life. The collections include: Bride’s guide to wedding music; music for a royal wedding; wedding music for organ, and more.
On Alexander Music Online, you can find wedding music from all over the world.

‘Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree’:
Alexander Music Online offers rock hit collections. You can find songs by Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and more.

‘I could have danced all night’:
On Alexander Music Online, you can find the right music to go with your dance: from traditional waltz to hilarious chicken dance; and from sexy belly dance to rhythmic stomp dance.
On Naxos videos, you can watch ballets, operas, concerts and fine art documentaries.

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Alexander Music Online

Alexander Music Online offers over 900,000 tracks, including over 45,000 unique recordings that are exclusively available, and is growing monthly as new recordings are added. Listen to these high quality classical, jazz, world, popular songs:

Classical: Glenn Gould, Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Claudio Abbado, Olga Borodina, Ileana Cotrubas, Hilary Hahn, Thomas Hampson, Radu Lupu, Karita Mattila, Margaret Leng Tan, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zuckerman.
Jazz: Bing Crosby, Buddy Guy, Charlie Parker, Chuck Mangione, Dinah Washington, Diana Krall, Dixie Dregs, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Stan Getz.
World: Ali Jihad Racy, Adama Dramé, Carlos Do Carmo, Parisa, Tran Quang Haï, Katrien Delavier, Hussein El Masry, Rassegna, Oedo Sukeroku Taiko, El Son Entero, Simon Shaneem, I Wayan Sadra, and Fawzy Al-Aiedy.
American: Pete Seeger, Isaac Hayes, Al Jackson, Booker T. Jones, Robert Byrd, Memphis Slim, Otis Redding, BB King, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Popular: Rod Stewart, Tanya Tucker, Gloria Gaynor, The Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Kool & The Gang, Edith Piaf, A Flock of Seagulls, Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang Clan, Liberace.

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Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering over 1,254,000 tracks of classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

Naxos Music Library is an entertaining, educational resource, which offers the best selection of studied music on the web. Through a sophisticated online search, you can select music by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists are easily created for hours of continuous enjoyment either via your desktop or on your smartphone. You’ll also find that composer biographies, CD liner notes, and work analyses are just a few of the text resources available while streaming music from the NML. Naxos’s new releases (around 200 CDs annually) are continually added, ensuring an impressive selection in both quality and musical breadth.

Enjoy access to over 1.2 million tracks everywhere
Search & stream the complete NML catalogue (That’s over 7+ years of continuous music)
Not sure what to listen to? Enjoy the Naxos-created guided listening playlists!
NML on your Android & iOS devices
Unlimited mobile listening. No limits on the amount of music to enjoy!
For more information on these music databases, and other selected resources, see our mygateway.info Music page.

Library Music Database Expo: 12-16 November

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Wellington City Libraries has many music databases available where you can access a multitude of useful information for research or personal use, as well as stream and listen to a variety of music & videos. Over the forthcoming week (November 12th-16th) we will highlight some of these databases with a small expo during the lunch hour at the Central Library. Pop in and see us if you want to learn a bit more about how to access lots of great music for free!

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Alexander Music Online offers hundreds of thousands of audio recordings, growing monthly, with a wide variety of music available via these databases:

  • American Song
  • Classical Music Library
  • Contemporary World Music
  • Jazz Music Library
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

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Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering over 1,254,000 tracks of classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

Naxos Music Library is an entertaining, educational resource, which offers the best selection of studied music on the web. Through a sophisticated online search engine, you can select music by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists are easily created for hours of continuous enjoyment either via your desktop or on your smartphone. You’ll also find that composer biographies, CD liner notes, and work analyses are just a few of the text resources available while streaming music from the NML. Naxos’s new releases (around 200 CDs annually) are continually added, ensuring an impressive selection in both quality and musical breadth.

  • Enjoy access to over 1.2 million tracks everywhere
  • Search & stream the complete NML catalogue (That’s over 7+ years of continuous music)
  • Not sure what to listen to? Enjoy the Naxos-created guided listening playlists!
  • NML on your Android & iOS devices
  • Unlimited mobile listening. No limits on the amount of music to enjoy!

For more information on these music databases, and other selected resources, see our mygateway.info Music page.

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Introducing our newest reading tool – Book Psychic!

We have many great reading tools available to you through our website. One of the newest additions to the gadget family is Book Psychic. Book Psychic allows you to get book recommendations in the right place at the right time! Most fiction titles are included, along with some popular nonfiction, including biographies. This tool is available as a stand alone website, we’re hoping to include BookPsychic within our Easyfind catalogue very, very soon.

Here’s what Book Psychic provides:

  • Personalises book recommendations based on what you have read.
  • Feeds you recommendations based on your entire reading history
  • The more books you rate the more personalised your list will become
  • You can use your Goodreads and/or LibraryThing accounts to build on your recommendations

Want to check it out? Book Psychic doesn’t require a login: point your browser here and start browsing and rating books.

Imparare l’inglese sarà facilissimo con Mango Languages

Parli italiano? Sei appena arrivato a Wellington e vuoi imparare l’inglese senza spendere troppo? Puoi farlo gratis con la tessera delle biblioteche pubbliche di Wellington e il nostro nuovo programma Mango Languages. Imparare l’inglese sarà facilissimo grazie al nostro metodo intuitivo con spiegazioni in italiano. Guarda il video qui sotto per saperne di più.

Do you know an Italian speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Italian and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

惠灵顿市立图书馆 学英语用嘅 芒果语言 (汉语普通话)

Do you know a Chinese Mandarin speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Mandarin and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.

您是讲中文的吗? 您是刚到惠灵顿,想要找学习英文又不用花很多钱的地方吗?您可以通过惠灵顿图书馆网站提供的Mango Languages数据库免费学英文。
在有中文解释和指导下的直观学习方法使学英文就像孩子玩游戏一样简单。
想要了解更多信息,请看下面的录像。

マンゴランゲージで楽々英語学習

ウェリントンに来られたばかりでしょうか。あまりお金を使わず英語を学びたいと思っていませんか。ウェリントン市立図書館のカードをお持ちなら、「マンゴランゲージ」という英語学習のデータベースを無料で使うことができます。説明が日本語なのでわかりわすく、子供がゲームを楽しむような自然なかたちで学べるものです。詳しくは下のビデオをご覧ください。

Do you know a Japanese speaker who’d like to learn English without spending much money? Let them know about our Mango Languages database which will allow them to practise English in an intuitive manner, at their own pace. Instructions are in Japanese and they can even record their own voice and compare it to a native speaker. Also it’s free with a Wellington City Libraries membership card! Give them the link to the video below for more details.