Festive storytimes are here!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Deck the halls with books of jolly…! These festive storytimes are a family favourite every year, and we are excited to announce the 2019 line up.

Suitable for families with children of all ages, come along in your favourite Christmas costume or pajamas, and listen to stories and songs about the Christmas Season. No need to book, just turn up!

Thursday 12th December

Karori Library, 6 – 7pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Friday 13th December

He Matapihi (Molesworth St) Library, 10 – 10.45am, Bilingual Storytime

Saturday 14th December

Arapaki (Manners St) Library, 10.30 – 11.15am

Monday 16th December

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, 6 – 7pm
Miramar Library, 6 – 6.45pm
Brooklyn Library, 6.30 – 7.15pm

Thursday 19th December

Island Bay Community Centre, 4.30 – 5.30pm, Christmas Crafts
Island Bay Library, 6 – 6.45pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, 6 – 6.45pm
Khandallah Library, 6 – 7pm
Wadestown Library, 6.30 – 7.15pm

Friday 20th December

Newtown Library, 6 – 6.45pm Multicultural Storytime

Saturday 21st December

Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub, 2 – 3pm



A Christmas message

johnstears-blogsizeHello and season’s greetings!

2014 has been a busy year here at Wellington City Libraries and Community Spaces.  We began the year with our Book Bike out around the waterfront with giveaways and library information for both residents and visitors. It also took story times out to the beach at Oriental Bay.

2014 ended with a very successful ‘Cans for Fines’ promotion. Around 4000 cans were donated during the fortnight and these have been distributed to food banks around the city and will go towards making someone’s Christmas that little bit better.

In between we added around 100,000 new items to our collection while our customers have borrowed just under 3 million items and visited us nearly 5 million times either on-line or in person. We moved further down the track towards confirmation of a new library for Johnsonville. Our Community Centres and Halls have also been busy with a full programme of activities.

I want to thank you for your continuing support over the last year and wish you all a very safe and happy festive season. I look forward to welcoming you back to our libraries and community spaces in 2015.

John Stears
Libraries and Community Spaces Manager
Wellington City Council


Season’s greetings

Hello and season’s greetings from John Stears, Manager of Libraries and Community Centres.

2013 started with a great reading challenge through our online book club for kids. We were delighted with the numbers of book reviews we received.

In the last year you borrowed over 3 million items, and visited us nearly 5 million times either online or in person. You also borrowed nearly 50,000 e-books. We are planning on expanding those next year, but will still be adding plenty of new physical books and DVDs etc.

Thank you also and welcome to our new Facebook followers – we reached a milestone of 1000. Recently several staff attended a seminar on “Reimagining Libraries” which will continue to stimulate our thinking as we look forward to 2014.

I want to thank you for your continuing support over the last year, and wish you all a very safe and happy festive season.

John Stears,
Manager of Libraries and Community Centres,
Wellington City Council