Wellington City Libraries

Wellington City Libraries reflects and embraces diversity in the collections it gathers, the services it provides, the staff it employs and the way it interacts with customers. The Wellington City Libraries network includes the Central Library, 11 branches across the city, comprehensive website and specialist collections. Wellington City Libraries are part of the Wellington City Council.

Projects 2012

As part of the Migrant Communities Library Guide, WCL have created web pages to improve access to its services for speakers of other languages. The web pages about the library are available in 25 community languages. Recently added languages are Burmese and Traditional Chinese.

A new webpage has been added:

In 2012 this page will be actively promoted to encourage our community to contribute their stories and traditions.

Wellington City Libraries has a range of library services you can access online, and these include downloadable media, online databases, our online catalogues and storytime videos. We have recently added Bolinda audiobooks from Australia to our online collections, and this combines with Overdrive eMedia to offer a great range of books to read and listen to.

The Library as a Social place

WCL also offer a range of outreach programmes which include: baby rock and rhyme sessions, pre-school story times, Kōhunga Kōrero Storytime in te reo Māori, services to school children, migrant groups, seniors, businesses and the housebound. In 2012, Newtown library will join Kilbirnie library in hosting weekly social English sessions.

Community languages collection

Focus on 2012 is on expanding our Indian languages collection, bilingual picture books and dictionaries.

Race Relations Day: A Fair Go for All

In partnership with local schools and the HRC students can share their family journey to Aoetaroa, family traditions or share their whakapapa in written, illustrated or digital form. We will be celebrating by having:

  • a multilingual storytime session at 10.15
  • a shared morning tea
  • on opportunity to share your family?s journey to Aotearoa

You may be Tangata Whenua, your family may have been Early Settlers, or you have arrived recently. We?d love to hear your stories. Maybe you want to write them down or maybe you are happy for us to interview you!

Some contributions may be posted on our webpage.

Contact: Ada Nally, Ada.Nally@wcc.govt.nz


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