Friday, 28 December 2007

Jewelry, crochet and contemporary knitting

In our craft recent picks for January we feature Ruth Lee's book, 'Contemporary Knitting'. Definitely not your grandmother's knitting book - unless your grandmother happens to be a cool, creative textile artist! Materials used include: insulated wire, paper yarn, plastics, rope, elastics, and even regular knitting yarn. Also featured this month: crocheted fibre necklaces and bracelets, ideas for scrapbooking sporting adventures, baby knits, and 22 patterns for handbags, totes, and carry-alls to knit and crochet from 20 top knitwear designers.

Monday, 24 December 2007

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year's break, from all the staff at Wellington City Libraries. The library will be closed for Christmas Day, Boxing Day (open again after Christmas on Thursday the 27th), Sunday the 30th December (open Monday the 31st), and Tuesday the 1st and Wednesday the 2nd of January. You can find our holiday hours here on our website. Happy holidays!

Friday, 21 December 2007

Chicks, buzzy bees, lazy Daisy, and Tiddler the story-telling fish

"Charlie has this little sister Lola. It's very easy for Charlie to make Lola jump. Lola says, 'But I really want to make you jump, Charlie.' And Charlie says, 'Okay, Lola, but that will NEVER happen.'"

This month, find out if Lola manages to scare Charlie, see how brave a little mouse called George can be, have fun with Maisy, and see if you believe Tiddler's story - all in our December picture book recent picks.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Let the sun shine on your evil side

"Let the sun shine on your evil side" is the tag line for 'Solar energy projects for the evil genius' - one of our science recent picks this month. In this guide, the popular Evil Genius format ramps up your understanding of powerful, important, and environmentally friendly solar energy - and high-tech guru Gavin Harper gives you everything you need to build more than 50 thrilling solar energy projects. Also this month, global warming and the future of New Zealand, seeing through a world of numbers ("numbers have become the all-powerful language of public argument; this book shows how to see straight through them - and how to seize the power for yourself"), and where to watch birds in New Zealand.

Monday, 17 December 2007

Win an MP3 player...

Wellington City Libraries has recently introduced a Downloadable Audiobooks collection available to all members via our website.

Library members can browse hundreds of titles and download them as audio files to MP3 players to read on the go. Many customers have their own players but some are available to borrow on a short term basis.

We are offering you the chance to have you very own MP3 player. Answer the following questions to go into the draw for a Creative Zen Stone MP3 player. Tiny in size, but definitely big on value.

(Survey closes midday Friday 21 Dec)

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint

This month our science fiction recent picks include Terry Pratchett's new novel, 'Making Money'. Featuring former con-man Moist von Lipwig (last seen as Chief of the Post Office in 'Going Postal'), the latest from this famous writer with a penchant for footnotes has Moist in charge of the Royal Mint - serving at the whim of the Patrician, of course. Also included this month: the next installment of the Tales of Malus Darkblade series (set in the world of Warhammer); the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice visited by the Archangel Gabriel; and, 'The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007'. Have a look.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Holiday hours

Wondering when you can visit a library over the holiday season? Our libraries are open to a different timetable between 24 December 2007 and 3 January, check out the full details here.

Kitchens, bathrooms, and keeping chickens

Remodelling your kitchen or bathroom? This month our home & garden recent picks feature some great ideas for a range of kitchen and bathroom styles and sizes. Plus, check out 'Tea for the tui : fun recipes to entice birds to your garden', by Rosemary Tully, and enjoy a slice of organic life with Sheherazade Goldsmith's brilliant ideas and simple solutions to set you on the path to a more organic and sustainable lifestyle. If you dream of growing your own vegetables, making jam from freshly picked fruit, or keeping a couple of chickens, this is the book for you!

Monday, 10 December 2007

Pirates ate rats? And leather bags?

In our kids' non-fiction recent picks this month, cook swamp rat kebabs and mini eyeball pizza with Shrek and friends, find out about the culinary tastes of pirates (rats and leather bags...), scare yourself silly with the Encyclopedia Horrifica, find out how to draw cartoons, and read the story of chocolate, the bean that conquered the world!

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Cantankerous and brilliant

In this month's DVD recent picks, Dr. House (Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie) is back for a third season. Plus, visit Wisteria Lane for the third season of Desperate Housewives, catch up with Meredith and the other Grey's Anatomy interns in Season 3 of the hit medical drama, follow the legalese and drama in third season Boston Legal, and delve further into the mysteries of Lost, Season 3.

Monday, 3 December 2007

The story of tea

In this month's cooking recent picks read about the cultural history of tea, learn Southeast Asian taste theory, discover the food of Spain, and read a selection of A.A. Gill's writing about food (observations from an unashamedly intolerant perfectionist, taken from his Sunday Times and Tatler columns).