Argentina comes to Newtown


A number of Wellington City Libraries’ staff members were not born in New Zealand and have backgrounds that encompass many different countries, languages, and cultures. One of the many cultures we have represented on staff is Argentine.

A very cool new display has been put up at Newtown (after spending a month at Miramar and another month at Central) by librarian Axel, who is from Argentina and has been living in Wellington for a few years now. It shows off as much Argentine culture as is possible in a display cabinet, and if you check it out you will learn that Argentina has a LOT going on.

You can also sit down and listen to a selection of CDs from Argentina that have been hand-picked from our collection for the listener’s pleasure (and to prove that there is MUCH more to Argentine music than the tango). Or listen to the Spotify playlist.

Espero que disfruten la exibición tanto como yo! (I hope you enjoy the display as much as me!)

“My dream for Aotearoa New Zealand is…

click for larger version of the Race Relations Day poster
the theme for Race Relations Day 2013. Held each year on 21 March, the day marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Wellington City Libraries is a participant in The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, which is a community initiative. It began in 2004, in response to the outrage at the desecration of Jewish community gravesites in Wellington. The Programme has been active in promoting and encouraging positive race relations.

The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme brings together organisations taking practical initiatives to:

  1. recognise and celebrate the cultural diversity of our society
  2. promote the equal enjoyment by everyone of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, religion or national origin
  3. foster harmonious relations between diverse peoples
  4. fulfil the promise of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Programme is facilitated by the Human Rights Commission on behalf of participants.

Do you have a vision what our country should be like for future generations? Share your thoughts on our Community Stories and Traditions page!

At Newtown Library we are asking adults and children what their dreams are. All their thoughts are displayed on the tree in the tent and will be forwarded to the Human Rights Commission. Here are some of their thoughts:
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Monday 21 February is IML Day!

What’s IML? International Mother Language Day! Share your language at Newtown Library and be part of our interactive display. Have a look at our “learn a language” CDs, our foreign language collection and our bilingual picture books.

Syndetics book coverRaising a bilingual child : a step-by-step guide for parents / Barbara Zurer Pearson.Raising a Bilingual Child
“Raising a Bilingual Child is the perfect step-by-step guide for parents who want their young children to become bilingual. This friendly manual provides you with solid scientific arguments for raising your child bilingually and practical steps you can take to integrate two (or more) languages into your child’s daily routine.The book also includes many inspirational accounts from parents and childhood bilinguals. It dispels the myths about bilingualism and explains how learning multiple languages at a young age can enhance your child’s overall intellectual and emotional development. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)