What’s on at ComicFest 2017?

Love comics? Come along to ComicFest 2017, Saturday May the 6th at the Central library.

Comics go to school

Sponsored by The Ministry of Education

Over the course of its hundred-year history, the School Journal has included work from New Zealand’s greatest authors and illustrators. In recent times, this has included comics from the likes of Dylan Horrocks, Ant Sang, and Andrew Burdan. Visit the Central Library to view a few highlights, new and old, in the lead up to ComicFest.

Comic drawing competition

On Free Comic Book Day, come to the library and draw a comic story using just 4 panels and you could win an armful of comics! Feel free to come to Sarah Laing’s character creation workshop on Saturday morning for inspiration. Entry forms available from Central Library on the day. All ages and drawing levels welcome.

9.30am onwards | Free Comic Book Day

Sponsored by GRAPHIC comics

Grab some free comics from us and chat comics with our librarians at the Central Library!

Comics from all different publishers and for all age ranges are included in the selections, so there will be something for everyone. Thanks to Graphic for providing us with all the awesome free comics!

10am–11.00 | Workshop: Comics character development workshop with Sarah Laing

Mezzanine Meeting Room, Central Library

Sponsored by Wellington City Libraries

Who’s going to star in your comic? A superhero, a cybernaut, a talking sausage or a kid like you? Come to this comics workshop and we’ll work on your character, from its backstory to the way it’s drawn. Bring your own pens and pencils, and we’ll have mountains of paper. Work on different expressions and poses, experimenting with line weight and form. We’ll put them in some tricky situations to see how their story plays out in panels. All drawing levels welcome!

10.30am–11.30am | National Library: From where we started: Reading New Zealand’s comic history

Session held at the Alexander Turnbull Library to enable access to heritage collections

Sponsored by Alexander Turnbull library

The Alexander Turnbull Library collects New Zealand’s documentary heritage and is home to a comic treasure trove. From early newspaper strips and children’s annuals, through to contemporary graphic novels and zines, the Library offers a window into this unique and fascinating part of our history.

Join research librarian Hannah Benbow for a hands on look at almost a century of New Zealand comics.

11am-12noon | Thunderbirds Are Go: Re-imagining the much loved brand for a new audience

Young Adult Ground Floor Area

Sponsored by Pukeko Pictures

Ben Milsom, Production Designer and Episodic Director for Thunderbirds Are Go takes you through the process of re-imagining the 1960’s classic for a new generation. Ben will guide you through the unique production process of this multi-media (CGI animation with live action miniature sets) series paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the classic series.

Ben will showcase the inspiration taken from the original series and discuss how Thunderbirds Are Go was brought to life in animation, toys and comics through slides and video and present an opportunity to have your questions answered with a Q&A section. All attendees of this presentation go in to a draw to win a family pass to the Miniatures Stage Tour: Thunderbirds Are Go from Weta Studio Tours.

12noon–1pm | Panel: Creating graphic novels with Sarah Laing and Dylan Horrocks

Young Adult Ground Floor area

Sponsored by NZ Book Council

Both Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing have authored popularly received and well regarded long form graphic novels including recent publications ‘Mansfield and Me,’ and ‘Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.’
This informal, personal conversation will highlight the creative process involved in making a graphic novel, but also examine publishing, the graphic novel format and comics in New Zealand.

1pm–1.30 | Cosplay competition

Sponsored by Unity books

Dress up as your favourite character for a shot at a comic prize! There are prizes for all categories, including children, teens and adults.

1.30pm–2.30pm | Panel: A Wellington view – Local Cartoonists

Young Adult Ground Floor Area

What’s it like to be making comics in NZ? Join us for a discussion between local Wellington comic artists Jem Yoshioka, Giselle Clarkson and Sally Bollinger about their unique experiences making comics about life, nature, tradition, culture, and doing all this from Wellington.
Moderated by Robyn Kenealy.

2.30pm–3.30pm | Workshop: Taking your comics to the next level, with Dylan Horrocks

Mezzanine Meeting Room, Central Library

Sponsored by NZ Book Council

Gather up your comics (or that graphic novel plan) and bring them along to the Central library for a sit-down chat with Dylan. This is a chance to examine your ideas and process, to share ideas and techniques and to take things to the next level. Limited to 10 participants. Email at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz to book your place.

3.30pm–4.30pm | Panel: Should we all be writing political comics?

Young Adult Ground Floor area

Sponsored by Alexander Turnbull library

In spite of their subject matter, artistic responses to Trump and the current political climate have been witty, elegant, colourful and empowering. Join a group of panellists including Sam Orchard and Grant Buist to discuss how they have responded to recent events in their work, and the ongoing power of comics to satirise and protest. Panel discussion moderated by Hannah Benbow.

All events are free and unless stated open to participants of all ages.

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Enter our Pinterest photo competition!

Where do you read in Wellington?

From 31 March to 26 April share photos of you reading in a recognisable place in Wellington for a chance to win an Instax camera (1st place) or a $50 Typo gift voucher (2nd place).

Use the hashtag #WCLreads on your Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter and the best photos will be pinned on our Pinterest board.

 

Terms & conditions apply:

  • This competition is open to all Wellington City Libraries members age 14 and up.
  • You may enter as many times as you like.
  • Entries will be accepted from 31st March 2017 until 26th April 2017.
  • Only entries received on or between these dates will be considered.
  • Entries must clearly show both a book (or portion of a cover, or inside pages) and a recognisable location in Wellington to be eligible.
  • Winners will be selected and notified by 3rd May 2017.
  • Wellington City Libraries will make reasonable attempts to contact the winner. Another winner will be drawn if contact cannot be made.
  • Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winning prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or similar, or another prize.
  • Entry gives permission to Wellington City Libraries to display submissions in the libraries or on library webpages and social media. No payment will be made in any such case.
  • Your contact information will be kept confidential by Wellington City Council and not disclosed or sold to any other party.

Read, review & win in our Summer Reading Challenge

summer-reading-booklet-coverIt’s that easy. From 1st December – 31st January, kids can pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from your local library (or print it here) and see how many they can read. If they write a Kids’ Club review for every book read from the list, they will be published on the Kids Blog.

Writing more reviews earns prizes, which can be collected from the local library: the first prize is earned after writing 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from then on (a librarian will contact your child when the prize is ready to be collected). But the winning doesn’t stop there… there is also the Challenge’s main prize draw, which will be drawn in early February. The prize will include lots of goodies like books, CDs, vouchers, chocolate, library bags, toys and games, posters, stickers, and much more! To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, and the activities at each library, see the Kids Blog.

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Holiday hours 2016/2017

Summer snowmanA warm seasons greetings to all our library borrowers and visitors with best wishes for a happy holiday season. Here are the opening hours across all our libraries from Saturday 24 December 2016 to Wednesday 4 January 2017. Click on the table for a larger view or follow this link. Please note all our libraries will be closed the statutory public holidays from 25-27 December and also 1-3 January. Brooklyn, Khandallah and Wadestown libraries will also be closed 24 and 31 December. Our libraries resume regular opening hours on Wednesday 4 January. 1617holidayhours-small Of course our eLibrary isn’t going on holiday: we have eBooks, eMagazines & eAudio to keep you entertained, along with daily newspapers & eMagazines in PressReader. Happy holidays everyone!

Learn more about publishing your masterpiece at Central Library on Friday 9th Dec

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UPDATE: We are happy to announce that we will now be hosting this event at Central Library on FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER at 1PM. Thank you for your patience!

For all of us who are curious about the process of writing and want to know more about what comes next for writers and sometimes takes many years before we can find those labours of love on our library shelves, we have invited author and 2017 Burns Fellow Craig Cliff together with Mākaro Press publisher and author Mary McCallum to join us at the Central Library. They will be discussing how the editing and publishing process works drawing on their own experiences.

indexindexCraig Cliff, author of A Man Melting: Short stories and The Mannequin Makers will be the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University in 2017. He hopes to be as prolific as he was in 2008, when he set himself the goal of writing a million words in a year (and blogged about it at www.yearofamillionwords.blogspot.com). He only wrote 800,767 words in the end, some of which can be found in his short story collection, A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His novel, The Mannequin Makers (2013), has been translated into Romanian and will come out in the U.S. next year.

index3index2Mary McCallum is an author turned publisher. She started up Mākaro Press in Wellington over three years ago and has already published 50 titles, mainly poetry and fiction, and some non-fiction including memoirs. Six titles have already been shortlisted for major awards. Mary is also the author of the award-winning, The Blue (Penguin 2007), a children’s novel Dappled Annie and the Tigrish (Gecko 2014) and a chapbook of poetry The Tenderness of Light. Mary has reviewed books on National Radio for nearly 15 years, and has worked as a bookseller, creative writing tutor, broadcast journalist and TV presenter.

index4Eastbourne: 100 years was published in 2006 and includes one of McCallum’s essays.

 

 

 

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New OverDrive eBooks site launched

New OD websiteOur eBook and eAudio eBook service OverDrive has been updated to include new features, simplified usage and a brand new design.

You’ll still access WCL’s OverDrive website from the same address on your desktop and mobile device at wcl.overdrive.com. We’ll still provide the same eBook and eAudio content in familiar formats and downloading and streaming options you’re used to.

However, you should notice positive changes:

  • – browsing, subject headings and links to our ‘Kids’ and ‘Teens’ pages are now at the very top of the website
  • – searches now auto complete with suggested options
  • – sign in with your library card and use a simplified account area
  • – availability of eBook and eAudio titles is now clearly labelled

In addition to these changes, there are improvements to renewals, holds and recommendations to the library.

For more information on our new OverDrive website, go to our Help page here, or to watch a video summary of our new OverDrive features click here.

If you need any help, please use our technical support form and we’ll email you a helpful response!

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Twelve storytimes of Christmas

Come one, come all! Jump on your sleigh and slide down to your local library to get into the festive spirit at one of our special family Christmas Storytimes. These free events are lots of fun with games and activities, carols and festive stories. We would love to see you in your best Christmas costume, or cozy pyjamas.

Island Bay Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 12 Dec, 6.30pm

Wellington Central Library: 14 Dec, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 15 Dec, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 16 Dec, 6.30pm

Miramar Library: 19 Dec, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 22 Dec, 6.30pm

Deck the halls! We look forward to seeing you there. (No need to book; just turn up)

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Bumper book sale starts Tuesday 29 November

Booksalesep16aThousands of avid readers love the Central Library book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this bumper book sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection. The major highlight of this sale is that unlike the previous non-fiction sale, this sale has a wide variety of fiction (and non-fiction) books, DVDs and CDs for sale.  As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found.

The book sale this time will be located in the Central Library Mezzanine Room. It opens 9.30am on Tuesday 29 November, ending 4pm on Sunday 4 December.

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Vinyl now available for lending!

Vinyl, records, LP’s – they’re all the same thing, produce great sound, are once again in high demand and now, Wellington City Libraries is lending them out!

Wellington Vinyl

Vinyl is now available to borrow from the Central library, covering Popular, Soul, Electronica New Zealand, Wellington genres and more at the reasonable price of $1.00 for seven days.

Take your borrowed vinyl home and then return titles to the library in our convenient cardboard satchels.

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You can reserve vinyl using our catalogue, by searching for titles with call number ’vinyl,’ – click reserve and have them delivered to your local branch.

We’ll be adding new release, re-issues and deluxe titles every week, so keep an eye on our display spaces in the Central library’s Sound and Vision area.

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Extra Special Booksale starts Tuesday

Booksalesep16aThousands of avid readers love the Central Library book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this “extra special” non-fiction book sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals to add to their personal collections or just to rummage and find a reference gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection. The major highlight of this sale is the concentration on a great range of non-fiction. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains in this extra special sale – prices are $2 per book, including songbooks – though some of the latter are individually priced.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 27 September at 9.30am, Central Library.

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Celebrate Chinese Language Week 2016

During New Zealand Chinese Language Week, there are lots of fun things to do such as Chinese film nights, Nihao Stories & Rhymes for children and much more. And all for free. 图书馆9月12-17号中文周请点击这里
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Chinese Film Night
Syndetics book coverEnjoy four different movies every Tuesday night in September on the big screen for free at the Central Library. Films are in Chinese with English subtitles.
– Central library: Tuesday 6, 13, 20, and 27 September, 6:00-8:00pm. Booking is essential. Please ring 8014068 or 8014083 to reserve your seat. Reservation not taken up by the start time 6:00pm will be given to the customers waiting as seats are limited.

Nihao Stories & Rhymes sessions
The popular Nihao Stories & Rhymes sessions in Chinese will take place at four locations during Chinese Language Week. Bring your kids and have fun learning Chinese!
– Central Library: Wednesday 14 September, 11:00-11:30am. Cost: Free
– Johnsonville library: Tuesday 13 September 10:30-11:00am. Cost: Free.
– Karori library: Thursday 15 September, 11:30am-12:00pm. Cost: Free.
– Brooklyn library: Friday 16 September, 11:00-11:30am. Cost: Free.

Sand painting
Enjoy the stunning performance of sand painting by Yaqiong Ma from the Massey Students Association.  Sand painting is the art of pouring sand on the surface to create the fantastic effect of light and shadow. You can also have a go at sand painting at the end of the performance.
– Central Library: Wednesday 14 September, 12:00-1:00pm. Cost: Free
 

Chinese Characters Colouring
Learning to write Chinese characters would never be so easy, and fun. Come to the library and collect all colouring sheets! Available at all libraries during opening hours.

Chinese language class chinese corner booksCome to the library and join the free session to learn Chinese. You will learn basic communication words and phrases for greeting and essential communication.
– Central library: Monday 12 September 12:00-12:30pm at Chinese Corner. Cost: Free.
– Karori library: Friday 16 September, 3:30-4:00pm. Cost: Free.

Library Tour
Wellington Central Library is situated in the heart of the city and has beautiful city to sea view. Welcome to the tour of the library to discover our wide range of services and collections. These include Chinese collection, books, DVDs, RFID technology, Chinese language collection, Lynda.com, events and much more! The tour will be conducted in Chinese at the Central Library Thursday 15 September at 10:00am. Bookings are essential. Please call the information desk on 801-4068 or 801-4083 (Chinese).

Music and dance
Bring your family to the performance of traditional Chinese dance and string instrument performance: Zheng. Come to the Central Library on Saturday 17th of September at 4:00pm. Dance is brought to you by students of Wellington Chinese Language School.  Zheng performance by Carolyn Wang.

Peking Opera and dance
peking operaEnjoy China’s national treasure: Peking Opera, plus dance and music donated by the Chinese Cultural & Arts Association, and Ming Tea Studio. Come to the Central Library on Saturday 17th of September at 11:00am-12:00pm.

Reading Magazines in Chinese
DragonSourceDragonsource provides access to hundreds of Chinese language magazines in both simplified and traditional Chinese including Vogue, Reader’s Digest, and Phoenix weekly. These can all be viewed on your pc or browser on your phone. The database can be searched using title, keyword, or alternatively simply click on the magazine covers.

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{4D844CF9-A5F9-4B10-97D5-6A148E458196}Img400 Bilingual eBooks and eAudio books are great tools for learning Chinese anywhere you have access to the internet or you can download them to your computer or smartphone. See selected highlights from our Overdrive collection, or browse the full range of eBooks and eAudio Books on OverDrive.

Read Chinese eNewspapers
Read today’s Chinese newspapers online via PressReader and New York Times in Chinese. Free from Wellington City Libraries with your library card membership. chineselanguageweek

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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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An Olympic display with a family connection

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Come and see a very special display on the first floor of the Central Library in celebration of the 2016 Olympic Games. Staff member Fraser Carter has kindly lent some of the items from the uniform of his grandfather, Nick Carter, a cyclist who was a member of the New Zealand team in the 1948 Olympiad in London.

See photographs of the (very small) team, Nick’s blazer, jersey, diary, the New Zealand flag he proudly carried in the closing ceremony and other memorabilia. As a touching reminder of a more innocent age we can also see the Bible with which he was presented and took with him. A video of the 1948 Olympic Games plays continuously and books on the Olympics, sports and games augment the display.
The display will run until the end of September and everyone is welcome to take a look.

Fraser, together with Wellington City Libraries, wish to thank the New Zealand Olympic Committee Museum, who agreed to release items for this exhibition.

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We’re launching a vinyl collection!

Exciting news for music lovers – we’re launching a brand new vinyl collection for you to borrow from! In September we’re hosting a launch party with DJs, guest speakers and more! Stay tuned for more updates, and take a sneak peek at some of the titles in our collection in the video below:

Plus, it’s competition time! Name as many of the albums in the teaser video as you can, email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz with your answers and you could win some fab music prizes!

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Law for Lunch is back in August!

Law for Lunch is back this August with a range of free seminars presented every Wednesday, from 12pm – 1pm at Wellington City Libraries.

Law-for-lunch-final-011You are all welcome to come along to a series of popular talks on a range of law topics presented by guest speakers, in partnership with Community Law Centre. Ask your questions and get accurate and up to date information, practical advice and cost effective tips during these mini seminars. The programme of talks will include the following:

Wednesday, 3 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Tenancy and the law, presented by Alan Henwood from Tenancy Tribunal

Wednesday, 10 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Home Ownership, presented by Clare Stanley and Brenda Rawson from Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts Law.

Wednesday, 17 August – Wellington Central Library

  • Homelessness, presented by Te Kahu Rolleston (Pou Whirinaki), Community Law and Stephanie McIntyre, Downtown Community Ministry.

Wednesday, 24 August – Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library

  • Social Housing, presented by Jak Wild, Kites and Claire Aspinal, Regional Public Health.

Wednesday, 31 August – Karori Library

  • Transition to Care Facilities, presented by Kylie Haw from Carter Chung Law and Sheila Reed from Age Concern.

We look forward to seeing you all there.
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Pokémon in the library!

So you may have heard of this new game called Pokémon GO. It’s only the biggest craze sweeping the nation right now, with news stories popping up everywhere about a sore leg pandemic, traffic fines for playing while driving, and about people kayaking out to sea to capture a Pokémon gym for their team.

If you’re mystified, here are the basics: the game is an augmented reality app for both iOS and Android, and it uses Google Maps data to place your avatar in the real world so you can capture Pokémon that you find at the beach, the park, on the streets, or even in your own home. If you’re still confused, have a look at this article which explains everything you need to know.

We’re pretty excited that the Central library (and Karori!) is a Pokéstop (landmark) so we’ll be using Pokémon lure modules to bring the Pokémon to us! We’ll be active from 12-5pm TODAY, Friday 15th July, and next week from the 18th to the 22nd of July from 11am-2pm each day. We’ve got loads of power sockets and USB charging stations for you to use to keep your phone charged up so you can catch ’em all! By the way, we’ve noticed an abundance of Bulbasaurs ’round here.

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PokédexWe also have this “old school” Pokédex in our children’s area where you can tell us which Pokémon you’ve caught in the library. Check out our Tumblr for some more great Pokémon content 😉

You can also join us on Twitter using the hashtag #PokémonABook – some of the ones we’ve come up with are pretty great, if we do say so ourselves! For Whom the Bellsprout Tolls, Catcher in the Rhyhorn, Wartortle and Peace, Pride and Pidgeot, The Old Man and the Seaking, The Weepinbell Jar… Tweet us your best mashups!

Happy hunting, trainers!

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Thursday evening film screenings at Central

4bfcaa38966f1dfc177aeeb1cbfba5a4For July 2016, the films screened will be drawn from past favourites at the NZ International Film Festival in Wellington.

Our ‘Taste of the Festival’ line-up includes a documentary about a legendary movie star, a lovely animated feature, and a classic film noir. We have many DVDs showcased from past festivals. Check them out here, grouped by the year they were shown at the festival.

6ae438ad4538a7da681de9dd723c4ddeSessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Winter booksale starts Tuesday 14 June!

booksale2014aEvery year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for our book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.

Highlights of this sale: a great range of non-fiction, supported by a good range of adult fiction plus magazines on every topic imaginable. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals – including DVDs and CDs later in the sale period – ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines,while adult fiction, young adult/teens books and most other items are between $1 and $6.

If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 14 June at 9.30am, Central Library.

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Whanake Taiao = Environmental Sustainability: Matariki events at Central Library

Matariki 1 JuneOn the four Wednesdays in June, Wellington City Libraries is presenting a series of four events around Whanake Taiao = Environmental Sustainability, at the Central Library, 12.30 pm.

1 June:  Rev. Dr Rosalind Jiko McIntosh – Guide to a thriving future : putting United Nations Sustainable Development Agreement to work for NZ

8 June:  Jessica Hutchings – Hua parakore: kaupapa Māori food sovereignty:  including soil health and composting.

15 June:  Sarah Adams, Cenna Lloyd – Urban agriculture: fruit trees & bees

22 June:  Fred Allen – Matariki celebration of rongoā Māori and native plant remedies

Puanga kai rau. Ka Hua ai ngā pua, koia ko Puanga. =
An abundance of food at Puanga, when the blossoms become fruit, that is Puanga.

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More about each event:

Wed 1 June: Rev. Dr Rosalind Jiko McIntosh
For the next 15 years, the United Nations will expand on its kaupapa of 17 major goals set out in a strategy which has been accepted by all nations, September 2015 and which is based on the Millennium Development goals (2000-2015) – find out more about this here: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

In earlier talks at the Central Library, this year, we have heard of the need for clean water (goal 6) and life below water ( 14) but each one of the 17 goals covers an aspect of life at a basic community level – i.e. each one of these goals affects you, and me, in our every day living. Dr Rosalind Jiko McIntosh, a committee member of UNANZ Wellington Branch, retired from a career as a biological sciences research professor to spend the last 20 years in the USA as a social engaged Zen Buddhist.  Rosalind is driven by her experiences, globally, to embrace these kaupapa as pivotal to growing and maintaining healthy local communities.

Matariki 8 June8 June: Jessica Hutchings
jessica-hutchingsHere is Jessica’s recent publication: Te mahi māra : hua parakore – a guide to Māori organic growing.  This book is an amazingly indepth guide to organic gardening, with chapters on a Māori World View, soil and composting, planting, harvesting, rongoā, beekeeping, hens and house cow, and even recipes for using your produce.   You will find an introductory profile here:  http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/201782628/dr-jessica-hutchings, and here: http://www.foodconference.co.nz/14-15th-february-2015/conference-info/dr-jessica-hutchings/

“Dr. Jessica Hutchings, is from the tribe of Ngai Tahu and is also of Gujarati, India descent. Dr Hutchings is an academic, kaupapa Māori researcher and a Hua Parakore grower.   Dr. Hutchings is actively involved with Te Waka Kai Ora (the National Maori Organics Authority) as a grower; a lead researcher on a three-year research project to develop a tikanga based indigenous verification and validation system for food and agriculture – called Hua Parakore…” (Food Matters conference profile).

Matariki 15 June15 June:  Sarah Adams & Cenna Lloyd

Sarah Adams, Community & Neighbourhood Advisor and Urban Agriculture Advisor at WCC will describe the growing of fruit trees within our city boundaries: there is further information on the Council webpages here: wellington.govt.nz/services/environment-and-waste/environment/urban-agriculture.

Cenna Lloyd from Local Flavour Urban Honey Company will describe beekeeping tips for the city – here is one of the suburban bus stops (Khandallah) portraying the Bee Friendly city.

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You can see more beekeeping tips on wellington.govt.nz

Matariki 22 juneWed 22 June: Fred Allen
FredallenIn an expansion of his theme, Fred will present his thoughts on Rongoā Māori and native plant remedies within traditional and contemporary paradigms, and subsequent contemporary medicinal developments. Fred Allen is a Rongoā Māori practitioner, New Zealand native herbal medicinal product manufacturer and specialist New Zealand native plant horticulturist. Fred has participated in the NZ Health and Wellness Industry for over 30 years and has invested in development of personal specialist expertise in native flora, NZ biodiversity, ethno botany, phytochemistry and therapeutics of NZ endemic and indigenous herbal medicine.  He identifies and separates his work within both Māori and Western paradigms. He was invited by the South Korean Government to represent New Zealand at the World Traditional Medicine Expo during 2011.

Fred is of Te Atiawa descent, his rohe is Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and he is Managing Director of www.kiwiplants.co.nz and www.kiwiherbs.com.

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What do you think of our website? Give us your feedback

We are looking at updating the Wellington City Libraries website and we want your ideas. What is working, what isn’t, what changes or improvements would you like to see?

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Your suggestions could be in regards to the layout, style, navigation, usability, or what content we have on the home page.

You can provide feedback on the noticeboards at Central, Newtown and Johnsonville libraries, or by answering this simple question: what would you like to see improved or changed on the Wellington City Libraries website? Submit feedback here.

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Listen to the Ruth Gotlieb oral history

Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill and John Stears You can now listen to interviews with Ruth Gotlieb on our website, detailing her fascinating life; growing up in Ireland and emigrating to Australia then New Zealand. The oral histories include an in-depth discussion of her 27 year career serving as a councillor and board member, with the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington Harbour Board and the Capital & Coast District Health Board.

Ruth Gotlieb’s honours include having the library in Kilbirnie renamed Ruth Gotlieb Library, being awarded a Queen’s Service Order in 1995, and named Wellingtonian of the year in 2010. Ruth has contributed many hours volunteering with numerous organisations and as Justice of the Peace, and continues to do so to this day.

Check out the oral histories here – Ruth Gotlieb oral history page.

(Pictured: Ruth Gotlieb with Jane Hill (Manager, Community Networks) and John Stears (Libraries & Community Spaces Manager) at the page launch)

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Shakespeare for the school holidays!

Silly sonnets, ridiculous rhymes and preposterous plays… Celebrate Shakespeare!apr16-shakespeare-300

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Throughout this year we will be celebrating Shakespeare, starting with the April School Holidays. Bring the kids along to the library holiday events and they can have a go at our Shakespearean Insult Generator. We’re sure you will get a laugh out of it.

Apart from your kids swearing and insulting each other like Shakespeare, we’ll also be looking at all the strange words Shakespeare invented, and they can have a go at writing with ink and quills (so they shouldn’t wear their best clothes).

These free school holiday activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds. Bookings are not required – just turn up.

Karori: Tuesday 19th April, 11am

Miramar: Wednesday 20th April, 2pm

Johnsonville: Thursday 21st April, 2pm

Central: Wednesday 27th April, 11am

Cummings Park: Thursday 28th April, 11am

Kilbirnie: Friday 29th April, 2pm

Free coding workshops in February!

Learn to CodeHere’s your chance to make the next Flappy Bird by learning game strategy, coding and heaps more at these FREE workshops run by Gamefroot!

Use open source coding to create simple online games, learn the basics of coding, game design and strategic thinking and how to add games into the international marketplace. Teachers and interested adults can also learn how to run these workshops so they can deliver more of them locally.

Adults
Monday 22 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Ages 10-14
Tuesday 23 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Ages 10-14
Thursday 25 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Ages 15-18
Friday 26 February, 9.30am-3.30pm

Community show-off event on Friday 26 February from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Workshops are held in the Mezzanine Meeting Room at the Central Library. To find out more and register go to the Public Libraries of NZ website.

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Summer Reading Challenge – read, review and win

It’s that easy. From 1st December – 31st January, kids can pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from your local library (or print it here) and see how many they can read. If they write a Kids’ Club review for every book read from the list, they will be published on the Kids Blog.

Writing more reviews earns prizes, which can be collected from the local library: the first prize is earned after writing 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from then on. But the winning doesn’t stop there… there is also the Challenge’s main prize draw, which will be drawn in early February. The prize will include lots of goodies like books, CDs, vouchers, chocolate, library bags, toys and games, posters, stickers, and much more! To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, and the activities at each library, see the Kids Blog.

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ComicsPlus mobile access now available! **This service has now ceased**

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

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440Have you tried our new eLibrary service ComicsPlus yet? It has a vast collection of diverse comics and graphic novels for all ages which can be read on a computer. And now we have mobile access! Read comics and graphic novels on your smartphone or tablet by accessing ComicsPlus through the WCL mini app on your device.

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!

Follow the steps below for how to get started on ComicsPlus on a mobile device. (Alternatively, you can find help for desktop or laptop access here.)

  1. Select the ‘ComicsPlus’ link and once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’.
  2. Select Wellington City Libraries from the drop-down list and then register with your email and password.
  3. To sign-in enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!

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