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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

A dangerous woman : American beauty, noted philanthropist, Nazi collaborator : the life of Florence Gould / Ronald, Susan
"A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940s Paris. Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence moved to Paris at the age of eleven. Believing that only money brought respectability and happiness, she became the third wife of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould. A seductive and utterly amoral woman who loved to say "money doesn't care who owns it," Florence's life proved a strong argument that perhaps money can buy happiness after all." (Adapted from Catalogue)

This chair rocks : a manifesto against ageism / Applewhite, Ashton
"From childhood on, we're barraged by messages that it's sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite's journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life." (Catalogue)

10-a-day the easy way : fuss-free recipes & simple science to transform your health / Wong, James
"Eating healthily can be a confusing business. But what if there were a single, simple change you could make that would transform your health, without forcing you to give up the foods you love? As only 3 out of 10 people are even achieving the minimum amount of fruit and veg, this book aims to make getting there easy. No gimmicks, no 'banned' foods, no miserly portion sizes. Just 80 of the classic recipes you know and love made healthier (and tastier) by simply upping the amount of fruit and veg in them, all backed by the best science available." (Adapted from Catalogue)

My health technology for seniors / Watson, Lonzell
My Health Technology for Seniors is the first easy guide to today's revolutionary health technologies. Learn to use your computer, smartphone, and other devices to manage your health and get help when you need it. Whether it's sleep, exercise, diet, heart health, diabetes, or asthma, this book shows you how to stay healthier, happier, and in charge of your life. (Adapted from Amazon.com)

The deckchair gardener : an improper gardening manual / Wareham, Anne
"For those who want to enjoy their garden but don't have the time, knowledge or inclination to do the hard work involved, this book is an indispensable guide for quick and easy ways to look after your little patch of paradise. Weeding out unnecessary advice and pruning back complicated instructions, Anne Wareham provides you with humorous, honest tips and the essential information you need to look after your garden, saving your energy and your back"--Back cover." (Catalogue)

Garden style : inspirational styling for your outside space / Lake, Selina
"Selina Lake draws on her love of outdoor living and reveals how to make the most of any outdoor space, no matter what size or shape. The book is peppered with design ideas and easy projects, including printing and dying napkins, fashioning easy wreaths and garlands and making seed packets and plant labels. There are also simple gardening hints and tips on choosing easy-to-grow garden plants and growing your own produce." (Adapted from Catalogue)

Simply Shetland lace : 6 knitted stitches, 20 beautiful projects / Nico, Brooke
"Explore traditional Shetland lace knitting with expert teacher Brooke Nico! She shows how three simple motifs--Feather and Fan and Old Shale; Acre and Razor; and Horseshoe and Leaf--can yield lovely items that range from fashion, to accessories, to home decor. Step-by-step photos and accessible instructions help beginners grasp each stitch, and the projects grow progressively more difficult as knitters become more skilled." (Adapted from Catalogue)

The cat lover's craft book : cute and easy accessories for kitty's best friend / Shugei, Neko
"A collection of handmade projects featuring cats. Shugei has included a little embroidery here, a bit of knitting there, and a whole variety of other techniques to help you make your kitty projects unique. -- adapted from introduction." (Catalogue)

Windows 10 for dummies / Rathbone, Andy
"Windows 10 For Dummies Book + Online Videos Bundle offers a complete solution to your Windows 10 learning needs. Start at the beginning to discover the basics of the Windows interface or flip to later chapters to help you work with Windows apps, connect to the Internet, or customize your privacy settings." (Adapted from Catalogue)

iPad for seniors for dummies / Spivey, Dwight
"Provides step-by-step instructions and advice for seniors on how to use the iPad, covering such topics as browsing the Internet, working with e-mail, exploring the iTunes store, organizing apps, and using the iPad as an e-reader." (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 Dakota Winters / Barbash, Tom
"It's the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. Anton's father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy's stalled career, a mission that takes him from the gritty streets of New York, to the blue waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and brings him into close quarters with the likes of Johnny Carson, Ted and Joan Kennedy, and a seagoing John Lennon." (Adapted from Catalogue)

Sound and Vision

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

Movies & Television

Together. A husband fights to be with his wife after she is hospitalised and taken to a nursing home.

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 Johnsonville, Tawa, Newtown or Karori 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.


The first Friday of each month at 6pm. Family friendly feature films.

Phone 389 2830


The first Friday of every month at 5.30pm.

Phone 477 6151


The third Thursday of each month at 6pm.

Phone 232 1699


The second Thursday of each month at 5.30pm.

Phone 232 1699

RBDigital eMagazines

RBDigital (formerly Zinio) holds a great collection of over 190 current magazine titles including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and New Scientist.

With your library card, you can borrow as many as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want - with no overdue fees. There's a wide range of magazines - have a browse of our eMagazines.

Here are some getting started guides: desktop, iOS and Android. If you have any questions about this new service please email us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

RBDigital eMagazines


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

Housebound Customers:

Residents and ratepayers who are permanently or sometimes temporarily housebound through long-term illness, disability or frailty are eligible for free home delivery service.

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

Housebound 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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