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What's on at the Central Library?

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Welcome, Nau mai haere mai, Talofa lava, 欢迎, Bienvenue, Bula, Καλωσόρισμα, Malo e Lelei, Добро пожаловать! These pages will keep you up to date with new features, special collections and happenings at the Central library.


Staff Spotlight on...



Introducing Shinji, one of our Central librarians. Shinji has a keen interest and broad knowledge of music, and spends his time helping to maintain and organise the CD and DVD collections at the Central Library. He can usually be found at the Sound and Vision desk on the Ground Floor, although occasionally he puts in some time in at the Arts, Music and Literature desk one floor up.

Shinji spends a lot of time assigning genres to our music collection and separating our new CDs into categories, such as popular music, jazz etc., so they can be easily found on our shelves. His work also involves increasing awareness of our CD and song book collections, and he writes many reviews for our music and movie blogs.

In his spare time, Shinji loves watching movies and is a keen film festival goer. He is a huge fan of all kinds of music, and listens to music from our music databases, Alexander Music Online and Naxos Jazz Library. Shinji also enjoys strolling with his dog, Poppie.


What's on for Children and Families

Free Baby Rock 'n Rhyme

Baby Rock and Rhyme

This awesome programme, aimed at 0-2 year olds, is held every Wednesday during term time. It is an interactive fun filled session of rhymes, songs and finger-plays for babies and their caregivers. Starts at 9:30am and runs for approximately 20 minutes.

Free Story-times

Our usual story-times are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30am; all in the children's area. They run for about half an hour, with stories and songs, and it's not necessary to book - just come along!

Story-time is aimed at pre-school age children (three and four years old) - but younger siblings are always welcome!

Books for families

It's family reading time! Share your hobbies and favourite books, and enjoy the laughter and joy they create.

For engine and speed lovers:
Syndetics book coverSupercars / [written by Mark Hillsdon].
"Your heart is pumping faster to the revs and roars of the engines. Yes, the love of cars is in the big and small boys' gene." (Staff review)

Syndetics book coverTop Gear : the cool 500 : the coolest cars ever made / Matt Master.
"Ever since Karl Benz first powered up his Patent-Motorwagen in 1885, man has salivated and swooned over automobiles. And none more so than the motoring fanatics at Top Gear Magazine, who have test-driven, critiqued and worshipped some of the finest cars in motoring history." (Library catalogue)

For the creative science fantasists:
Syndetics book coverEnder's game / Orson Scott Card.
"Six-year-old Ender Wiggins, a star pupil in Battle School, suddenly finds himself in a real war when he's chosen to lead Earth's people to victory in an interstellar battle against insectoid aliens." (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverAirborn / Kenneth Oppel.Airborn
"A swashbuckling new fantasy by the bestselling author of the Silverwing trilogy. In the early 20th century, a young orphan serves as a cabin boy aboard an airship and is witness to life-and-death battles in the sea and above land." (Syndetics summary)

For those with unstoppable feet and adventurous minds:
Syndetics book coverThe world is waiting for you / Barbara Kerley.
""What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a celebration of possibility–so simple and so profound." (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book cover125 years : the moments, the people, the discoveries that changed the world.
"A collection of memorable National Geographic programs to celebrate 125 years of the society." (Syndetics summary)

For the colour and flavour cultivators:
Syndetics book coverPasta sauce! : grow your own ingredients / Cassie Liversidge.
"K-Gr 4-Kids interested in digging into this project will need to bring an engaged grown-up along for the ride, but it shouldn't be hard to find one. Adorable, friendly vegetables take readers on a chapter-by-chapter guide through each ingredient in the garden: tomatoes, onions, basil, peppers, and garlic. Supplies for growing each one are laid out, and step-by-step instructions follow, with a few hilarious veggie jokes interspersed throughout. The introduction provides a "rough guide" for when to sow and harvest, but makes the wise recommendation to check the local weather. Some terms are defined while others, like "worm tea" and "wormery" are not. The pasta-sauce recipe is a little vague at times, using "about ten big handfuls" and "a bunch" as measurements. Each step is illustrated with photos and includes instructions for kids to cut onions and garlic, but recommend asking an adult to help cut the pepper. In spite of a few inconsistencies, this is a fun concept in an attractive package that could get kids growing and cooking their own food." (Adapted from School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverGrow your own plants / [Alan Titchmarsh].
"Using a variety of simple propagation techniques, learn how to grow your own plants for free. Alan Titchmarsh shows how to sow seed, take leaf and root cuttings, divide shrubs, and how to promote growth in your young plants. He covers all the essentials and provides inspirational ideas for filling your garden with flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables, all grown from scratch." (Syndetics summary)

Central Library book sale

Every May and December thousands of avid readers and music lovers gather at Wellington Central Library for the book sale. 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. The sale also helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection. Advance notice of the sale is posted on our News Blog.


Display boards in the foyer may be booked by community groups fro a small fee. This is a popular service so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Read more information about Displays at Central Library

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YouTube 20th Anniversary playlist

In honour of the 20th anniversary of the Wellington Central Library building opening on Victoria Street, well known Wellingtonians gave their thoughts on books that had made a difference to their lives.

Watch on YouTube