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Information for Seniors


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

RFK : his words for our times / Kennedy, Robert F.
"On the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death, this collection of his most famous speeches– accompanied by commentary from notable historians– presents his vision of America. Through his own words we gain a direct and intimate perspective on Kennedy's views on civil rights and social justice, war and the quest for peace, poverty and the power of work, and the common aspirations that unify us across the divides of race, gender, age, and circumstances." (Library Catalogue)

The Bulford Kiwi : the kiwi we left behind / Brown, Colleen
"The Bulford Kiwi was created in 1919 by New Zealand troops waiting to go home at the end of World War One. Originally carved as a chore to occupy the hours of waiting for a ship back to New Zealand, it became an emblem to be proud of and a cherished link to home. For many of those involved in its construction, and later its resurrection, the Bulford Kiwi came to represent all those servicemen who had passed through Sling Camp, especially those who would never go home"–Back cover.

Harry & Meghan : the royal wedding book / Sadat, Halima
"Experience the heartwarming tale of how the dashing playboy prince fell in love with the beautiful American actress. Meghan Markle becomes the second American and the first mixed-race person to marry into the royal family, bringing with her a breath of fresh air as the House of Windsor navigates the twenty-first century.  Harry & Meghan serves as the perfect keepsake of this memorable event"–Back cover.

Letters from the suitcase : a wartime love story / Francis, David
"Letters from the suitcase is the poignant and detailed wartime correspondence between David and Mary Francis from 1938 to 1943. Mary was originally from Dublin and only twenty-one when she met and fell in love with the privately educated, nineteen-year-old David Francis, a Christian Scientist. Their affair was passionate and in a swing of disgust at the growing rise of fascism and the Nazi party in Europe, they became active in North London left-wing circles. Against the wishes of their parents, they lived together in secret. These letters reveal their love and longing, their lives working as a secretary at Bletchley Park and as a young officer in action on the other side of the world,  At the heart, this is the story of a short but rewarding love. It is also the story of a father that Rosheen Finnigan never knew, and a fascinating social history"–Back cover.

The herbalist's kitchen : cooking and healing with herbs / Crocker, Pat
"With their timeless flavor and aroma, uplifting spirits, calming quantities, and genuine healing benefits, herbs are the original power plants. In this unique cookbook and herbal, Pat Crocker unlocks their secrets and offers newly imagined recipes alongside traditional techniques for harnessing their gifts. Pat takes you on a fascinating journey to uncover root, stem, leaf, and flower alchemy for being, living, and eating well. From angelica to turmeric, tincture to tagine, infusions and essential oils, [this book] is a revolutionary herbal cookbook.  You'll learn how to detoxify with herbs, what herbs to use in tonics and cough syrups, where to plant Clove Pinks and Sea Buckthorn, and when to add robust herbs to dishes as they cook."–Back cover.

Sophie's patch / Thomson, Sophie
"A gorgeous, inspirational and fun gardening book jam-packed with ideas, tips, projects and great advice all based on Sophie's own garden in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Sophie has transformed what was once a dry, windswept cow paddock surrounding her historic stone cottage into a lush garden. But it's not a mere showplace – it's a working garden that reflects all Sophie's passions: a kids' garden, an ‘obsessive-compulsive' gardener's treasure trove, a recycled/repurposed garden, a haven for beneficial insects & bees, and a productive garden supplying her family with fruit, veg and eggs year-round"–Back cover.

Roasting tray magic : one tin, one meal, no fuss! / Sue Quinn ; photography by Faith Mason. / Quinn, Sue
"Move over one-pot: one-tray is the quickest, easiest way to make fast, tasty meals in the oven. You can make entire family suppers just in a roasting tin or an oven tray. Everything from breakfasts like baked apple porridge or Shakshuka, to handy snacks, lunches and warm salads including quick flatbreads and frittatas, through to warming gratins, risottos and roasts, and of course, delectable cakes and traybake puddings like peanut butter and caramel brownies. Sue Quinn is a wizard at simple, economical family cooking and her recipes cover every meal of the day all in one tray. With straightforward instructions and no-nonsense tips for getting the most flavour out of your cooking, not only will you have everyday meal solutions but less hassle and mess in the kitchen"–Back cover.

Mindful beads : 20 inspiring ideas for stringing and personalizing your own mala and prayer beads, plus their meanings / Peck, Alice
"Strings of beads are universal to all peoples and beliefs. They're given many names – mala, rosary, misbahah, komboloi, prayer beads – but no matter the culture or context, they're a tangible symbol of connection. Beads can tell a story, celebrate someone or something we love, or help us work through a difficulty. They can be made from a huge variety of materials, but it's not so much what beads you string but why and how you string them that is important. In Mindful Beads, Alice Peck reveals the meanings behind 20 different types of beads, from traditional Tibetan malas to healing crystals, and Greek worry beads to Christian rosaries. For each one, she strings her own bracelet, mala, rosary or necklace, giving it a significance personal to her, and then explains how you can do so for your own beads, suggesting ways to meditate with and become connected to them. Some beads are handmade and step-by-step artworks are provided to explain how to make them, while a resources section offers advice on sourcing store-bought beads"–Amazon website.

iPad made easy / Laing, Roger
"IPad Made Easy is the essential guide to getting the most out of this amazing device. This 2018 edition of the popular original book is updated to include the forthcoming iOS 11 and the faster processor and functionality of the iPad Air and Pro versions. Learn how to set up and sync, then discover how versatile it really is, as you see how to use apps and games; read newspapers, magazines and books; watch movies; catch up on work; multi-task while watching the TV and more, including accessories to expand its potential."–Amazon.com.

Royal Horticultural Society practical house plant book / Bailey, Fran
"It's official: living with houseplants is good for your wellbeing! Turn your living space into an indoor oasis with our handy, easy to follow guide. Discover key indoor gardening design principles and learn how to care for your houseplants and keep them healthy. The RHS Practical Houseplant Book contains a dozen stunning step-by-step projects to help you assemble an eye-catching terrarium, create a floating kokedama ‘string garden', or propagate succulents for your friends. Complete with 200 in-depth plant profiles, this is the essential practical guide for indoor gardeners."–Back cover.

New Zealand's great walks : the complete guide / Hersey, Paul
"New Zealand's Great Walks are truly world class. In a country blessed with hundreds of spectacular tracks to choose from, these are considered the best of the best. They pass through some of our most breathtaking landscapes – including golden sand beaches, ancient rainforests and high mountains." (Library Catalogue)

Large Print

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

Out of the ashes / Peterson, TracieAfter the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean- Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the war. When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs. Katherine Demarchis is a young widow who does not grieve the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Now she just wants to retreat to a quiet life, content to be alone. First, though, she's agreed to accompany her grandmother on a final trip, but never expects to see a man from her past. Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited now, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?

Sound and Vision

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

Movies & Television

Darkest hour
"During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds." (Library Catalogue)

Mamma mia!. Here we go again
"Join the celebration, sing and dance, and discover how it all began! Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie premiered, you're invited back to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new musical sequel based on the songs of ABBA. Sophie is now pregnant, and like her mother Donna, she'll need to take risks. The film's original cast returns, with new additions including Lily James as a young Donna, Andy Garcia and Oscar winner Cher." (Library Catalogue)

Featured Services

Movies at the Library

Come along to our free film nights at Central, Johnsonville, Tawa or Newtown 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.


Every Thursday night at 6pm on the Ground Floor. Rating can be up to an M.

Phone 801 4068


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

Our Record Collection

Vinyl LPs are once again in high demand and are now available to borrow from the Central Library. Titles can be borrowed for $1.00 for seven days.

Vinyl on our Catalogue

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). You can also call us on 801 4121 or Ground floor — Fiction Desk — of the Central Library on Victoria Street.

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

Smartview & 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 screenreader 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.

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

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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