Information for Seniors
Welcome to our Seniors page featuring a selection of the latest resources you can find at your library. Browse the new fiction books, biographies and DVDs that will capture your imagination and entertain you. Find out about the new collection of vinyl records, now available for all music enthusiasts to borrow from the Central Library and the popular film nights, showing selected movies at the Central and Newtown Libraries. A great range to choose from, read, listen, watch and enjoy!
New Books at the Library
Overshadowed : the New Zealand Services cricket team in England, 1945 / Rob Franks.
Following the end to World War Two, the peacetime summer of cricket in England is largely remembered for the Victory Tests and the visit by the popular Australian cricketers. The New Zealand Services cricket team also toured around England during the summer of 1945, but little is known about the team or its exploits. This is the interesting and entertaining story of the team. Incorporates a brief survey of wartime cricket played by RNZAF and New Zealand Services teams in England throughout the period 1940 to 1945 and provides an account of 33 matches played by the 1945 New Zealand Services team in England. The side contained several of New Zealand's big names from the past, such as: Stewie Dempster, Roger Blunt, Ted Badcock and Ken James, along with rising stars Martin Donnelly and Tom Pritchard. Features pen portraits of players representing the various New Zealand Services teams in England during World War Two."-- Adapted from jacket.
Victoria : the heart and mind of a young queen / foreword by Daisy Goodwin ; written by Helen Rappaport.
The official companion to ITV's drama, 'The Victoria letters" delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England's greatest monarchs.-- Adapted from jacket.
Prince Charles : the passions and paradoxes of an improbable life / Sally Bedell Smith.
"Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new and authoritative look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography, the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, is filled with fresh insights into Charles's life, in and out of the public eye. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father's expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationship with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role. Drawing upon hundreds of sources, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, this book is the surprising and definitive portrait of the man who will be king."-- Adapted from jacket.
Writer, sailor, soldier, spy : Ernest Hemingway's secret adventures, 1935-1961 / Nicholas Reynolds.
An international cloak-and-dagger epic ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the liberation of Western Europe, wartime China, the Red Scare of Cold War America, and the Cuban Revolution, here is the stunning story of a literary icon's dangerous secret life--including his role as a Soviet agent--that fuelled his art and his undoing. In 2010, official CIA historian Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway's involvement in mid-twentieth-century spycraft was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has been previously supposed. Now Reynolds's deeply researched narrative reveals his discoveries for the first time, bringing to light the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life: his recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD (forerunner to the KGB), followed by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA. A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, this book is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America's most legendary authors.-- Adapted from jacket.
The Tao of Bill Murray : real-life stories of joy, enlightenment, and party crashing / by Gavin Edwards ; illustrations by R. Sikoryak.
"People love Bill Murray movies, but even more, they love crazy stories about Bill Murray out in the world. Bill reads poetry to construction workers. Bill joins in strangers' kickball games. Bill steals a golf cart in Stockholm. Bill follows the Roots - a hip hop band - around. Bill pays a kid $5 to ride his bicycle into a swimming pool. The most popular Bill Murray story of all time (which he will neither confirm nor deny): on a crowded street, he puts his hands over a stranger's eyes from behind and says "Guess who?" When he lifts his hands to reveal his identity as Bill Murray, he tells the gobsmacked stranger, "No one will ever believe you." For The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing, best-selling author Gavin Edwards tracked down the best authentic Bill Murray stories. People savour these anecdotes; they consume them with a bottomless hunger; they routinely turn them into viral hits."-- Adapted from Amazon.co.uk.
Quick introduction to the iPad and iPhone : get to know the most important and new options on your iPad or iPhone with step by step and easy to follow instructions. You will also learn how to switch between apps, add new apps and delete the ones you no longer use. What's more the chapters are organised in such a way that you can skip a chapter or repeat another as desired. Large print makes it easy to read. -- Adapted from jacket.
The plant lover's guide to clematis / Linda Beutler.
With their sumptuous colors and generous display of flowers, clematis are unrivaled among climbing (and sometimes shrubby) plants. Whether you favor the spectacular large-flowered hybrids of the elegant small-flowered hybrids and species, you'll learn the best plants for your garden along with expert advice on design, propagation, and maintenance - including clear instructions on the often confusing subject of pruning. Linda Beutler is the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and the first American president of the International Clematis Society.-- Adapted from jacket.
Branches & blooms : a step-by-step guide to creating magical centerpieces, wreaths, garlands, and other unexpected arrangements / Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo; photographs by Paige Green.
Create Magical Centerpieces and impress your family and friends with new decorating ideas offered in this book. It Includes various projects to make with flowering and leafy branches during each season. Make stunning and eye catching flower arrangements or table settings with hundreds of step-by step tutorials and photos.-- Adapted from jacket.
Dinner made simple : 35 everyday ingredients, 350 easy recipes / by the editors of Real Simple.
"Organized from avocados to zucchini, Dinner Made Simple is filled with smart, quick recipes-many taking 30 minutes or less to make-that will show home cooks how 35 readily available ingredients can be spun into 350 meals fit for any day of the week. Why rely on the same spaghetti and marinara when you can discover new ways to upgrade a box of pasta with savoury bacon and escarole or transform it onto a spicy kimchi noodle soup? Take a versatile ingredient like ground turkey and elevate it with surprising and mouthwatering new combo ideas or try zucchini on pizza, in gazpacho, or a sandwich. With 10 new ideas for every ingredient, a photo for every recipe, and a wealth of simple cooking tips throughout, Dinner Made Simple will inspire readers to get creative in the kitchen and answer that nightly "What should I make for dinner?" question. Plus, helpful sections on buying and storing ingredients, desserts, measurements, and a complete nutritional index make this cookbook an incredible value and indispensable kitchen resource,"-- Adapted from Amazon.com.
The blood sugar solution : the bestselling programme for preventing diabetes, losing weight, and feeling great / Dr Mark Hyman.
"By 2025 there will be more than 4 million people in Britain with diabetes. In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing diabetes - as well as heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer - is balanced insulin levels. The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Hyman gives us the tools to achieve this with his revolutionary six-week healthy-living programme and the seven keys to achieving wellness - nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind. With advice on diet, exercise, supplements and medication, and options to personalise the plan for optimal results, The Blood Sugar Solution teaches readers how to maintain lifelong health. Groundbreaking and timely, The Blood Sugar Solution is the fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than ever."-- Adapted from Amazon.co.uk.
60 quick knitted toys : fun, fabulous knits in the 220 Superwash collection from Cascade Yarns / the editors of Sixth&Spring Books.
"Knitters will love creating this collection of 60 cool toys, which range from tools like a saw, hammer, and screwdriver to a ballerina doll. Whip up a menagerie of stuffed hippos, owls, foxes, and monkeys; games like a jumbo knitted tic-tac-toe board and penguin bowling; or a unique medieval set that includes a king, a queen, an adorable dragon, and a building-block castle! Every project will capture your heart."-- Adapted from Amazon.com.
Classic knit shawls : 20 timeless designs featuring lace, cables, & more / from the editors at Interweave.
"Wrap Yourself in Timeless Knitting Style! A shawl may be the perfect knitting project. It's quick to stitch, the ideal-size for trying new techniques, and the end result is a versatile, practical accessory. Whether light and airy for a warm summer evening or cozy and cabled to protect against winter's chill, you can't go wrong with a shawl. For this collection of classic shawl patterns, we combed through the Interweave archives to carefully collect an array of popular styles. Knitters at all levels will find something to keep their needles busy exploring lace, cables, colour work, and more. Create a lacy layer with Ilme's Autumn Triangle. Experiment with colour on the Impasto Shawlette. Or whip up the simple yet engaging Madeleine shawl. With patterns for a range of weights and warmth levels, this book will help you stay wrapped in stitches any time of year.-- Adapted from Amazon.co.uk.
These books have print that is larger than usual. The collection is available at Central Library and all 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
My Italian bulldozer / Alexander McCall Smith.
"From one of our most beloved and best-selling authors: a hilarious new stand-alone novel about one man's misadventures in travel and romance in the Italian countryside. When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already overdue cookbook, he expects it to be the perfect escape from stressful city life. But when he arrives, things quickly take a turn for the worse. His hired car is nowhere to be found, and with no record of a reservation at the car-rental counter and no other cars are available, it appears that Paul will be stuck at the airport--that is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts, and so begins a series of laugh-out-loud adventures as he trundles through the Tuscan countryside. A story of unexpected circumstances and making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm and witty read guaranteed to put a smile on your face"-- Provided by publisher.
The pretty delicious cafe / Danielle Hawkins.
Food, family and fresh beginnings. On the outskirts of a small New Zealand seaside town, Lia and her friend Anna work serious hours running their restored cafe. The busy season is just around the corner, and there are other things to occupy them. Anna is about to marry Lia's twin brother, and Lia's ex-boyfriend seems not to understand it's over. When a gorgeous stranger taps on Lia's window near midnight and turns out not to be a serial killer, she feels it's a promising sign. But the past won't let them be, and Lia must decide whether events rule her life or she does. The Pretty Delicious Cafe will remind you of those special, good things we love about living. And the food is great. A warm, witty novel, brimming with the trademark romance, friendship and eccentricity that Danielle Hawkins's fans adore.-- Adapted from jacket
Sound and Vision
Take a look at some newly arrived books on CD, CDs and DVDs in our AV collection.
Books on CD
The secret diary of Charlotte Gatland / Patricia Charlotte Dennis.Proxy Error
"At 19 years old she partied with London society, struck gold in California, and fought tragedy, destitution and danger to carve a future in pioneer New Zealand. It was 1847, and this is her true teenage life story..."-- Adapted from cover
"Sixteen-year-old Frances Stuart arrives at the Restoration court to find her innocence and beauty are highly-prized commodities, envied by the women and desired by the men. Before long, King Charles II falls passionately in love with her and will stop at nothing to make her his mistress. But Frances is no conventional court beauty. She is determined to make her own choices in life, and to be with the man she loves. Can she overcome the dangerous pitfalls of the King's obsession, the Queen's jealousy, and the traps set for her by the King's notorious mistresses, and make the life she wants for herself?"-- Adapted from cover
Staff picks from the DVD collection
The light between oceans / Dreamworks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One present in association with Participant Media ; a Heyday Films production ; a film by Derek Cianfrance.
A lighthouse keeper, living off the coast of Australia with his wife, finds a baby on an adrift rowboat. They rescue and raise the child as their own, changing their lives and that of a stranger.-- Adapted from cover.
"Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal ballet's youngest ever principal.At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom - his talent more a burden than a gift. Here is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral. Urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei is transforming the shape of ballet as we know it. But virtuosity comes with a high price." Adapted from cover.
Free Movies at Wellington City Libraries!
Come along and enjoy watching a film at Central, Johnsonville, Tawa or Newtown libraries! Free films are showing every Thursday night, from our collection of cinema classics with a new theme every month at the Central Library. Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor. Phone (04) 801 4068 for more details about the film of the night and/or for booking your seats.
Want something for the grandkids? Make a booking for a fun family movie on the first Friday of every month at Newtown or Johnsonville libraries. Sessions begin at 6pm. To reserve your seats, please call 389 2830. We look forward to seeing you there!
If you live in Wellington's northern suburbs, then check out Flicks at Six on the first Friday of every month at Johnsonville Library, or the third Thursday of every month at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) library.
Vinyl - at the Wellington City Libraries!
Vinyl records, LPs are once again in high demand and are now available to borrow from the Central Library. Popular, Electronica, Soul, New Zealand, Wellington genres and more can be borrowed at the reasonable price of $1.00 for seven days. Check out some of the newly catalogued Vinyl in our AV collection. You can also reserve vinyl using our catalogue, by searching for titles with call number "vinyl", click reserve and have them delivered to your local branch. Take your borrowed vinyl home, in our special cardboard satchels and enjoy the great sound!
Zinio holds a great collection of over 190 current magazine titles including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and New Scientist. Members of Wellington City Libraries 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- including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Here is a full list of titles on Zinio.
To use the Wellington City Libraries' Zinio for Libraries collection, visit wcl.govt.nz/zinio. To get started, use these links to access guides: desktop, iOS and Android. If you have any questions about this new service please email us at email@example.com. Happy reading!
Wellington City Libraries has a wealth of information about genealogy (family history). Here are some useful links:
- Genealogy magazines
- WCL Genealogy resources page
- WCL Whakapapa resources page
- Ancestry Library - for in library use only
- Find My Past: Australia/NZ, UK, Ireland - for in library use only
Talking Book Borrowers:
If you have any kind of sight impairment or can no longer hold a book comfortably please visit our webpage for talking book borrowers. You can also call us on 801 4121 or visit the staff on the 2nd floor of the Central Library on Victoria Street.
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.
Smartview and ZoomText:
Smartview makes seeing things much easier for people with low vision and ordinary eyesight. It is great for photos, letters and documents and is adjustable for particular eye conditions. Find the Smartview on the Ground Floor at the Central library by the Large Print Collection.
ZoomText is available on the Second Floor free internet computer at the Central Library. ZoomText enlarges font size on web pages and electronic documents (email, newspaper databases etc) and can be set to read these aloud or display in high-contrast large print.
- The Seniornet site contains comprehensive and up to date or their activities. Great for help on anything you may be trying to do on the net.
- The British Library has an online gallery called Sacred which 'discovers' what we share. With videos, podcasts and interactive features to complement the sacred texts you can discover how Judaism, Christianity and Islam have so much in common.
- Sermons by Bible: these are available on an American website. These are from the Old and New Testaments. You can also search for sermons by topic, speaker, staff pics and top sermons.
- WCL's guide for mature employment seekers or jobseekers over 45
A Wellington City Libraries guide with links to a number of online job and career related resources for experienced or mature workers
- University of the Third Age (U3A)
Generally known as U3A, the University of the Third Age is a fast growing, informal learning environment for older adults. Each U3A group offers a range of small classes, discussion groups and larger meetings with visiting speakers. Classes are often held in private homes and are held in the daytime to suit retired people. Costs are kept to a minimum. This is a university in the original sense of the word, open to all with no admission requirements, no examinations and no awards. To locate a New Zealand branch, try U3A Online
and for Wellington click on the link above.
- Grownups (www.grownups.co.nz)
This site caters for the 50+ community. Includes everything you could possibly want/need.
- NZedge (www.nzedge.com)
Home to a global community of New Zealanders, a new way of thinking about our identity, people, stories, achievements and role in the world. Travellers may enjoy NZedge with its great links for other NZ sites, and for connecting NZ expatriates to each other.
- Scamwatch (Consumer protection website)
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. Scammers win because they target human vulnerabilities, we all have them. We might have an urgent financial need, or be looking for love online, or have some cash to invest, or believe we've won a competition in the post. These are just a few of the online scams that target seniors quite deliberately.
- Age Concern (www.acwellington.org.nz)
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. It 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. It has links to other national and international websites.
- Eldernet (www.eldernet.co.nz)
This site provides relevant and comprehensive information about services available for older people. It includes a database of resthomes, residential care and retirement villages, home help, community groups and public hospitals.
- Funding Information Service (www.wcl.govt.nz/mygateway/commfund.html)
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.
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 the legal and child protection services in New Zealand, in order to stabilise and normalise the lives of the children involved.
Feedback on this page?
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.