Spin a Sphero, make music, code a cart, and rock with a robot! These April school holidays, your children can get to be an engineer, architect, or scientist at your local library. There are eight different robot and coding events happening across Wellington City Libraries: we have some of the latest programmable toys, gadgets and robots, or they can get creative with Lego and coding games. Best of all, they are open to all ability levels.
Here’s where and when the activities are happening:
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 17th April, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 18th April, 10.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 19th April, 10.30am
Karori Library: Friday 20th April, 2.30pm
Johnsonville Library: Monday 23rd April. 2.30pm
Newtown Library: Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am
Khandallah Library: Thursday 26th April, 10.30am
Central Library: Friday 27th April, 10.30am
These free events are for children aged 6+ and run for 1 hour. No need to book – just turn up! Contact your library to find out more information – or follow our Kids Blog or our Facebook page for updates.
Every year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for our book sales. Judging by their past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.
Highlights of this two-week sale include a great range of non-fiction, supported by a wide variety of DVDs and CDs. As at each previous event, stock is replenished at regular intervals ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines,while adult fiction, young adult/teens books and most other items are between $1 and $6.
If you love a bargain, you won’t want to miss it. The book sale starts Tuesday 5 December at 9.30am, Central Library.
Since earlier this year, adult customers have been able to borrow iPad minis for 3 weeks from the Second Floor desk at the Central Library. They are now also available at the following branch libraries: Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Island Bay, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Johnsonville and Cummings Park (Ngaio)!
These tablets are perfect if you would like to become more familiar with the library’s eResources such as free eBooks (Overdrive), newspapers (PressReader), magazines (RBdigital), and other online resources. Loans are $5, and community card discounts apply. Tablets are reset between each customer.
Please make a booking if you would like an introduction to the library’s eResources, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup time. Alternatively, ask one of our staff at the libraries above for more information on the service, they’ll be happy to tell you more.
If you haven’t heard of Gurgl before, it’s a new social enterprise that is a library for preloved infant clothing. It provides a platform for parents to recycle their children’s wardrobes and then borrow more, selecting the items they would like to borrow online. The longer you are a member of Gurgl, the more clothing items you can borrow. Gurgl recently won Massey University’s Go Innovate! competition for 2017.
There are Gurgl clothing collection boxes in all our libraries until 14th October: they welcome children’s clothing donations whether or not you would like to become a member of this new service. If you’d like to learn more the service this not-for-profit organisation is offering, visit their website at www.gurgl.nz
Encyclopaedia Britannica is amazing! You get access to three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. This means you get to choose the level that best meets your needs, whether you are conducting research, completing homework for school or simply wanting to learn something new.
Within each of the three sites, you have access to tens of thousands of encyclopaedia entries, curated magazine articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites and pop-up access to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus. And Britannica Library works on any device—PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Check out this video to get an overview of all the amazing features:
If you have any questions about Encyclopaedia Britannica, please let us know.
Saturday 23 September is election day – and if you’re coming to Central Library to pick up your weekend reading, listening or viewing you can vote at the same time!
The polling booth in the Mezzanine Room closes at 7pm – Central Library closes at 5pm. If you’re not coming to Central today, there are many other polling booths around Wellington, visit the Electoral Commission website for details.
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The New Zealand General Election is happening on Saturday 23 September – but you don’t need to wait until then to cast your vote. If you want to vote before election day, for any reason, you can. And if you haven’t enrolled yet, you can do that right up until Friday 22 September, and cast your vote at the same time.
From Monday 11 September, the following libraries have advance voting booths:
- Central Library (Mezzanine Room)
- Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library
- Newtown Library
- Miramar Library
- Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library
- Wadestown Library
These Wellington City Council-run community centres have advance voting:
- Newlands Community Centre
- Tawa Community Centre
Please visit the elections.org.nz website to check the hours that advanced voting operates, or to find out more information about this year’s general election.
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All systems are go, down at Central Library on Monday the 14th of August as the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults kicks off with a day full of exciting events. These unique awards celebrate the wonderful writers and illustrators from Aotearoa who give us so many great books to read and help to shape our identity as a country.
The day starts with three fantastic storytime sessions featuring finalists from the Book Awards so come along to hear the stories being read by their very own authors and illustrators.
9.30am-11am: Storytime sessions
9.30am: “My Grandpa is a Dinosaur” read by Richard Fairgray and “The Day the Costumes Stuck” read by Toby Morris. Both of these books are very funny and destined to become family favourites. What would you do if your Grandpa’s pants needed tail holes? Imagine if you couldn’t get your party costume off and your parents didn’t even notice!
Continue reading “This Monday, special pre-school storytimes and kids’ press conference!”
School holidays are upon us and you’ll find the Beyond the Page literary festival taking place 8-23 July 2017 at libraries across Wellington and the Hutt Valley region. Local children and youth are invited to journey through different aspects of storytelling — creating experiences for them to immerse themselves in the literary world and express their creativity. Join one of the over 113 festival events and activities happening across the region – creating local spaces for innovation, and encouraging exploration of participants’ own stories, helping them embrace new ideas along the way.
Help us celebrate the opening of the festival with Poetry and Pancakes on Saturday 8th July at 11am. If your child contributes a poem they’ll get a pancake for their efforts! Plus they can discover all the different sorts of poems there are – acrostic, haiku, magnetic blackout anything goes. Listen to poet Michael Howard reading some of his poetry and your kids can have a go at reading their own.
In the first week of the festival we have the wonderful Sir John Trimmer bringing us Tales from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He will be telling stories from some of the best loved ballets using voice, music and mime. This is definitely one not to be missed!
Johnsonville Library: 2.30pm Monday 10th July
Karori Library: 10.30am Saturday 15th July
Central Library: 2.30pm Saturday 15th of July
Meet the Robots! Red and Blue – our Nao robots have arrived and are awaiting command. Their humanoid shape and body movements give them life and show the possibilities of robotics and how useful learning coding languages can be. Plus these robots even dance Thriller and Gangnam style!
Central Library: 2pm Monday 10th July
Miramar Library: 2pm Tuesday 11th July
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 2pm Wednesday 12th July
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 2pm Thursday 13th July
This is just a sample of some of the great events happening. Like all our holiday activities, these events are free to attend – and you’re welcome to attend any of the events throughout the Wellington region. The full list of what’s happening can be found at www.beyondthepage.nz – or here’s a printable version for those at Wellington libraries.
Exciting news for fans of gaming! We are trialing some Playstation gaming at these libraries – Karori, Johnsonville, Cummings Park, Miramar and Kilbirnie. Some of the reasons we chose to try this at Wellington City Libraries include:
- Play of all types is critical to the learning and development of children.
- In moderation, gaming has been associated with higher intelligence, doing well at school and getting on well with peers.
- Gaming encourages problem solving, strategic thinking, and creativity. As a shared experience, it encourages collaboration, community building and communication.
- There is scientific evidence that gaming can physically increase parts of the brain related to memory, spatial navigation, and fine motor function.
- It can also improve eyesight for the visually impaired, and improve a person’s sense of wellbeing.
- We believe games can attract non-readers into the library and enable us to expose them to a reading culture and promote related library services.
- Cost is a barrier to aspects of digital media literacy for some. Libraries can remove this barrier and foster community inclusiveness.
- Most games involve elaborate storytelling and tie-in with other items held at the library. Read the book, watch the movie, listen to the CD and play the game!
- Gaming adds a strand to existing library creative learning resources such as board games, puzzles, Lego and library makerspaces.
- The NZ Physical Activity Guidelines (Ministry of Health) suggest up to 2hrs per day of recreational screen time is acceptable (in addition to school screen time) for children.
- Other New Zealand libraries have been successfully running Playstation gaming sessions for over 10 years.
Parents are welcome to play with their children. Parental permission and supervision is required for children. Noise control is managed by the use of headsets.
We are offering it for a few hours per week only – not all the time, so please check with your nearest participating library as to which games they have available and when games can be played.