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Welcome to our Seniors page featuring a selection of the latest resources you can find at your library. A great range to choose from, read, listen, watch and enjoy!

We'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or suggestions to make. Just Email us or make a suggestion to buy request. Happy reading!

New Books at the Library

An almost perfect holiday / Diamond, Lucy
"Summer is here, and down in Cornwall Lorna's holiday cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way...Em's planned the perfect break with her teenagers plus her new boyfriend, George... but now his difficult six-year-old is coming too. Will their romance survive the realities of parenthood? Maggie's hoping a seaside holiday will bring her and her daughter closer together, but when her ex makes a surprise reappearance, it changes everything. Can she trust the man who broke her heart? Olivia has escaped the domestic grind, only for the past to catch up with her. Maybe the time has come to confess all - if she can find the courage...Meanwhile, the teenagers are running wild and love is in the air. With friendship, heartache and secrets in the mix, will this holiday turn out to be a scorcher - or simply too hot to handle?" (Catalogue)

The guardian / Sparks, Nicholas
"Written with electrifying intensity and riveting suspense. The Guardian is an explosive and emotional tale of betrayal and obsession. Since her husband's tragic death four years before, Julie had been reluctant to date, but now feels ready to test the waters. Soon Julie has to innocently choose between two men, but has no idea that she will set off a chain of events at once terrifying, dangerous and, ultimately, deadly." (Catalogue)

Staying Alive in Toxic Times: A Seasonal Guide to Lifelong Health [paperback] / Goodman, Jenny
"The must-have health bible that explains exactly how to stay in radiant, optimal health all year round. Are you confused about what supplements you should be taking? Do you want to know how you can reverse the effects of pollution on your body? Would you like to eat seasonally? Drawing on Dr Jenny Goodman's 20+ years' experience as a medical doctor, lecturer and qualified nutritionist, Staying Alive in Toxic Times sets out exactly what to eat in order to live our healthiest lives, and how to adapt our lifestyle according to the season we are in. With so many people feeling tired, ill and run-down, this timely guide is what everyone needs to read in order to live vibrant, happy and long lives." (Catalogue)

Modern Container Gardening: How To Create A Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere [hardback] / Palmer, Isabelle
"A beginner's guide to your very own little patch of green. Whether you have a roof terrace, a tiny balcony or just a window sill, there's no excuse not to do some gardening. In Modern Container Gardening, Isabelle Palmer shows just how easy it is to get started in the garden - and how to make the most of every little space. Modern Container Gardening is the perfect book for novice gardeners who are looking to make the most of the space that that they have. The chapters include the basics, how to make a garden in a day, one-pot wonders, window boxes and finishing touches. It contains a mix of small gardens, singular containers and window boxes, all of which are stylish and easy to manage. This is an accessible book for anyone looking to start gardening." (Catalogue)

The speedy vegetable garden / Diacono, Mark
"Typically, vegetable gardening is about the long view: peas sown in spring aren't harvested until summer, and tomatoes started indoors in February can't be eaten until July. But it's not true for all plants. Some things can be planted and eaten in weeks, days, even hours. The Speedy Vegetable Garden highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow, and harvest each plant, and sumptuous photography that provides inspiration and a visual guide for when to harvest. In addition to instructions for growing, it also provides recipes that highlight each crop's unique flavor, like Chickpea sprout hummus, stuffed tempura zucchini flowers, and a paella featuring calendula." (Catalogue)

When we're 64 : your guide to a great later life / Ansari, Louise "This book includes all the essentials on working longer, how to fund retirement, volunteering, where to live and what kind of house you'll need. Filled with expert advice and new evidence and tips on how to age well, When We're 64 is an eminently readable light-hearted look at how to plan and prepare for what could be the best years of your life." (Catalogue)

Knit shawls & wraps in 1 week : 30 quick patterns to keep you cozy in style / Greene, Marie "It's all about the layers in Marie Greene's new collection of 30 stylish, versatile shawls, wraps and cowls. Marie has created gorgeous shawls that knit up in as little as 1 week and wear like a dream. Easy to memorize and portable, these patterns range from voluminous wraps to cute cowls, making it easy to enjoy the satisfaction of a finished project or last-minute gift, even when your knitting time is limited." (Catalogue)

Weekend Makes - Crocheted Toys: 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make [paperback] / Osmond, Emma "This new title in the Weekend Makes series presents 25 cute and colourful toys to crochet with love for young children and babies. Perfect for using up your remnants of yarn and quick to make, you'll be delighted with the results and so will your little ones. The essential tools and techniques section means that those new to crochet need not worry, these simple projects are achievable for all levels of ability." (Catalogue)

Laptops for seniors / Vandome, Nick "A clear and concise book to guide Seniors through the essentials when buying and using a Windows 10 laptop - all in easy steps, and in larger print for easier reading. Laptops are an excellent option for seniors: laptops' mobility means that they can be used anywhere, and with wireless technology, to surf the web and to keep in touch. Book jacket." (Catalogue)

My online privacy for seniors / Rich, Jason " My Online Privacy for Seniors is an exceptionally easy and complete guide to protecting your privacy while you take advantage of the extraordinary resources available to you through the Internet and your mobile devices. You don't have to avoid today's amazing digital world: you can enrich your life, deepen your connections, and still keep yourself safe." (Catalogue)

Large Print

These books have print that is larger than usual. The collection is available at all of the branches. You can find these books in the catalogue. All Large Print titles are available to borrow or reserve. If you need assistance, please phone in or ask any of our staff to show you how to place a reserve from our public access catalogue or from your home computer

The Whispers of War / Kelly, Julia "In August of 1939, as Britain watches the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany, three childhood friends must choose between friendship or country. Erstwhile socialite Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office's Air Raid Precautions Department, matchmaker Hazel tries to mask two closely guarded secrets with irrepressible optimism, and German expat Marie worries that she and her family might face imprisonment in an internment camp if war is declared. When Germany invades Poland and tensions on the home front rise, Marie is labeled an enemy alien, and the three friends find themselves fighting together to keep her free at any cost." (Catalogue)

Sound and Vision

Take a look at some newly arrived books on CD, CDs and DVDs in our AV collection.

Movies & Television

Years and years. Season 1

Downton Abbey. [videorecording] / Season three

Mystery 101. Collection one.

Useful websites

  • Wellington SeniorNet contains comprehensive and up to date or their activities
  • Library guide for mature employment seekers
    A Wellington City Libraries guide with links to a number of online job and career related resources for experienced or mature workers
  • Wellington University of the Third Age (U3A)
    U3A is an informal learning environment for older adults, often held in private homes during the day. Each U3A group offers a range of small classes, discussion groups and larger meetings with visiting speakersA university in the original sense of the word, open to all with no admission requirements, no examinations and no awards. For a wider New Zealand branch, try U3A Online
  • Grownups
    A lifestyle website and social club for over 50 year olds.
  • Government Scamwatch
    Scams succeed because they look like the real thing. They speak to a strong need or desire and they push hard for a natural and automatic human response. This site lists a few of the online scams that target seniors quite deliberately.
  • Age Concern Wellington
    Age Concern is a non-governmental not-for-profit organisation working to promote the rights and well being of older people, koroua and kuia. Positive ageing is not about how to live longer nor how to avoid growing old. Its about celebrating older age. Provides information and services including accredited visiting, elder abuse and neglect prevention, and health promotion. There is much information on resources available for older people and ageing issues.
  • Eldernet
    Relevant and comprehensive information about services available for older people, inluding a database of resthomes, residential care and retirement villages, home help, community groups and public hospitals.
  • Funding Information Service
    If your community group is looking for funding, use this free database to find which is the best source for your needs.
  • The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income's sorted.org Living in Retirement page is devoted to financial management in retirement
  • Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Contains thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Prescription Drugs, Herbal remedies, and alternative or complementary treatments, and more.
  • SeniorNet NZ
    Gives people over the age of 55 an opportunity to keep ahead in information and communication technology. With learning centres throughout the country, there's sure to be one located conveniently for you.
  • Raising Grandchildren
    A New Zealand site that aims to provide support to grandparents who are primary caregivers to grandchildren in difficult circumstances and to ensure fair treatment from legal and child protection services

Featured Services

Movies at the Library

Come along to our free film nights at Te Awe or Wadestown libraries.

We have special permission to screen these films for free as long as we don't advertise the film name online, so call the library on the day to find out what movie is screening and to book or join our movie newsletter to receive an email with the schedule.

Te Awe

Tuesdays at 5.45pm.

Phone 801 3529


Thursdays at 6pm.

Phone 473 5211

Online Magazines

Check out our Magazines on Overdrive and our Pressreader database for digital magazines which can be read on desktops, tablets and smartphones.

You'll find many popular titles -- have a browse!


We have a wealth of information about genealogy (family history). Here are some useful links:

For the sight impaired

If you have any kind of sight impairment or can no longer hold a book comfortably please visit our borrowing information for for the sight impaired (use AV material for free).

Services for the sight impaired

Books at Home Customers:

Residents and ratepayers who are unable to get to a library themselves through long-term illness, disability or frailty are eligible for free home delivery service.

If you are permanently unable to make a trip to the Library and are aged between 13 and 103, this service could be for you. Please visit our Books at Home service webpage or call us on 801 4044 for more information.

Books at Home Service

Contact us

This page is maintained by Celia. My aim is to keep you up to date with our library resources which may interest you and provide links to information that may be useful to you. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can e-mail me with any feedback.

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