Summer Reading Challenge for Kids

All of a sudden the end of the school year and Summer are nearly upon us, and lo and behold, it RAINS! Need an activity to occupy your kids’ imaginations? Come down to the library, get some fabulous books, and pick up a Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet for them (and explore our interactive list online!).

Every year the team at Wellington City Libraries put their heads together and come up with a list of 60+ amazing books. We then challenge kids aged 5 – 13 years to read as many books as possible from our Summer Reading Booklist between the 1st of December and the 31st of January. Once the kids have read a book, they go to the kids page, write a review for our Kids Club and win prizes! So don’t forget to pick up the Summer Reading Challenge booklet, available from the 18th of November at all Wellington City Libraries (printable version here).

P.S. You might find yourself reading their Summer Reading Challenge books as well!

The 12 Storytimes of Christmas

It’s that time of year where it’s great to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas fever and find some time to spend with your family. And where better to do that than at Wellington City Libraries, listening to stories and songs for the Christmas and festive season. So bring the kids down for a wonderful evening and get lost in the magical world of stories.

Island Bay Library: 7th December, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 7th December, 6.30pm

Brooklyn Library: 11th December, 6.30pm

Karori Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Wadestown Library: 14th December, 6.30pm

Johnsonville Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Newtown Library: 15th December, 6.30pm

Central Library: 16th December, 2pm

Miramar Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

CPK Ngaio Library: 18th December, 6.30pm

Ruth Gotlieb Kilbirnie Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

Khandallah Library: 21st December, 6.30pm

Big Book Bash: Children and Youth Literary Festival

Fancy escaping from Wellington for the day? Then bring the family, head over the hills to Carterton in the Wairarapa and join in the fun at the BIG BOOK BASH on Saturday 2nd December. The Big Book Bash has something for everyone, with fun activities, readings, storytelling, workshops, book sales and signings, performances and more. Some of highlights include zine making with Murtle Chickpea, paper bag dogs with Fifi Colston, creative writing workshop with Mandy Hagar, Rainbow Storytimes with LaQuisha St Redfern and Pamela Hancock, author talks and readings with Juliette McIver, Paul Beavis, Allan Bagnall, Ali Foster, Anne Manchester, Mary MaCallum and so much more. With over 30+ events on offer and some amazing authors and illustrators to inspire and delight you this will be a day to be remembered and the best bit, it’s all FREE!

While you’re there perusing the offerings keep an eye out for the Wellington City Libraries’ stand where we will be running a Scavenger Hunt with a bag full of books for the prize!

What: Big Book Bash

Where: Carterton Events Centre, Carterton District Library and Carterton Community Courthouse

When: Saturday 2nd December, 11am – 6pm

Mahi Moa has landed at Wellington City Libraries!

Wondering how a Moa could land in a library? Welcome to the world of augmented reality!

Wellington City Libraries and Kāpiti Libraries have partnered with local tech startup ScimitAR who have developed a fun, interactive Augmented Reality ScavengAR Hunt for kids.

It will take place in the second week of the October school holidays at libraries in Wellington and on the Kāpiti Coast.

Being able to give kids the opportunity to be part of the new technological world we live in is an important part of what we like to offer in libraries today, and the ScavengAR Hunt will also allow kids to explore our non-fiction area of the children’s collection.

Augmented Reality layers a computer generated image on top of the real world environment – in this case, a range of interactive activities which come to life around you. All you need is an Android device to join in the ScavengAR Hunt. Haven’t got one? We will provide devices that can be used so no one will miss out on the fun!

So, bring the kids/grandkids down to the libraries, look for the “Kia Ora” sign, ask a librarian for the instructions and away you go into another realm! And just in case you were wondering about Mahi the Moa…. you’ll just have to start hunting (in the nicest possible way!)

Where: Wellington City and Kāpiti Libraries

When: 9th to 14th October

Time: During library opening hours

Haven’t a clue what to do these school holidays?

The answer to that question is bring them down to the library! Mystery, Mayhem and Madness abound these school holidays with a detective adventure whodunit that has had the librarians baffled. With clues galore there is loads of fun to be had at your local library!
So grab the deerstalker (don’t forget the kids) and have a few blissful moment of quiet, while they cause the mayhem in their hunt for clues. The best news of all, it will be at a library near you!

Dates for School Holiday Detective Adventure:
Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 4 October, 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie Library): Thursday 5 October, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 5 October, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 6 October, 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 11 October, 10.30am
Central Library: Thursday 12 October, 11am
Karori Library: Thursday 12 October, 2pm
Khandallah Library: Friday 13 October, 11am

These free events are for children aged 6+

Feel Brave book event: Little Stories about Big Feelings

It’s hard to be brave sometimes as a child, and often as adults we forget what the world is like for children – shadows in the corners of rooms, strange noises, bullying at school, not being invited to a birthday party, no one to play with and the death of a grandparent are often part of their world. How do we help children as they confront these situations while growing up?

UK based NZ author Avril McDonald has come up with a wonderful series of books that follow the adventures of Wolfgang the wolf as he encounters these emotional situations. The Feel Brave book series is designed to help children understand their feelings and give them strategies and techniques they can use when feeling upset or anxious.

Avril McDonald, a former primary school teacher, is currently in New Zealand and has been touring schools with her books reading the stories and doing Feel Brave Wellbeing Workshops with the children. Discover the Feel Brave series for yourself when Avril comes to Wellington Central Library on Saturday the 26th of August. The Feel Brave books are officially for 4 – 7 year olds but all ages enjoy them. So come along and bring the children to this special Feel Brave event.

Where: Wellington Central Library
When: Saturday 26th of August, 10.30 – 11.30am