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.
We have some great events happening across our libraries during the school holidays that are free to attend, and will be lots of fun too!
We will be celebrating World Space Week by creating Space Movies!
Calling all Space, Film and Technology buffs! Bring a device, or use one of our tablets to showcase Earth from space by creating a stop-motion animated film.
Here’s when the events are on at a library near you:
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 28 Sept, 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 28 Sept, 2pm
Khandallah Library: Thursday 29 Sept, 2pm
Johnsonville Library: Friday 30 Sept, 11am
Karori Library: Tuesday 4 Oct, 2pm
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 5 Oct, 11am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Thursday 6 Oct, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 7 Oct, 2pm
Some important notes:
- Please bring your own device if possible. The library will have a limited number of tablets that can be used on the day.
- If you bring your own device, it needs to be an Android or iOS tablet or smart phone with a camera
- Before the event, please download a free app called Stop Motion Studio on to your device.
- The event is free, and no bookings are required. However due to limited resources and library spaces, librarians may limit numbers on the day depending on how many people turn up.
- Suitable for ages 7+
Silly sonnets, ridiculous rhymes and preposterous plays… Celebrate Shakespeare!
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Throughout this year we will be celebrating Shakespeare, starting with the April School Holidays. Bring the kids along to the library holiday events and they can have a go at our Shakespearean Insult Generator. We’re sure you will get a laugh out of it.
Apart from your kids swearing and insulting each other like Shakespeare, we’ll also be looking at all the strange words Shakespeare invented, and they can have a go at writing with ink and quills (so they shouldn’t wear their best clothes).
These free school holiday activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds. Bookings are not required – just turn up.
Karori: Tuesday 19th April, 11am
Miramar: Wednesday 20th April, 2pm
Johnsonville: Thursday 21st April, 2pm
Central: Wednesday 27th April, 11am
Cummings Park: Thursday 28th April, 11am
Kilbirnie: Friday 29th April, 2pm
These July school holidays we have plenty on offer around our libraries! For full details of what’s on, where and when, visit the Kids’ What’s On page.
Musical Madness! Get loud in the library during the July School Holidays
Have a go at making and playing your own instruments and creating musical magic. Learn about how music is made and how it has changed over time. Perfect for 6-12 year olds
Mrs Mo’s Monsters with Paul Beavis
Join author and illustrator Paul Beavis for these incredible library talks with interactive story reading and live drawing sessions. Watch out though – there could be monsters about… Perfect for 3-6yr olds.
Tales from the Ballet with the Royal New Zealand Ballet
Legendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer introduces Tales from the Ballet – six great stories that have inspired generations of dancers around the world. Suitable for primary school aged children, this is a chance to learn about ballet steps and positions, and to try them out, explore the art of mime and gesture, and hear some of the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, from an icon of New Zealand dance who has performed them all. These events are free and bookings are not required.
First Aid skills – have a go!
The St John in Schools programme aims to develop confident young New Zealanders who care for the health and well-being of their communities. St John Community Educator Suzi Bowen will be visiting the Wellington City Libraries over the July school holidays to provide a snapshot of the school programme to children visiting the library. Children will be able to learn about the roles of the emergency services, how to respond in an emergency and practice some first aid skills including bandaging and CPR. Find the St John stand in your local library.
Ni Hao Children’s Community Stories & Rhymes provides a time for parents and children to play and learn Mandarin as a Second/Foreign Language together through stories, fun rhymes and action songs. It’s also a great opportunity to hear and use Mandarin in a welcoming and social environment.
Starting from Thursday 9 July 2015, these free sessions are held weekly at the Wellington Central Library children’s area (near the big window by the waterfall), Thursdays, 10 to 10:30am.
Stories & Rhymes! sessions are led by teachers from the Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust, and designed for Mandarin for Speakers of Other Languages (MSOL) families who are wanting to learn the language as a second/foreign language. Fluent Mandarin speakers would also enjoy these sessions! These Stories & Rhymes! sessions are a great introduction to the Mandarin language and a very small taster of our fun class programmes.
Parents and children are most welcome to hang around and mingle in the library’s children’s area after the session has finished.
See you at Stories & Rhymes!
(bookings not required)
Due to demand, Wellington Central Library will trial an extra weekly session of the popular Baby Rock & Rhyme programme starting on April 23rd. Perfect for babies and toddlers under the age of 2, Baby Rock & Rhyme is a great way to interact with your young one through stories, movement, and music with the aim of getting them ready for developing early literacy skills.
The Central Library’s weekly Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions will be on Wednesday at 9.30am and Thursday at 2pm (new trial session). This is a free programme, and bookings are not required. You can find the session schedule at the Children’s Events webpage.
This weekend is the Wellington edition of the Festival of Education, which coincides with the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. The festival is spread across the TSB Arena, Shed 6 and Frank Kitts park, Saturday 29th March from 8.30am.
The Festival is a day of courses, workshops, stalls and seminars that focus on education in all its forms, at all levels. There will be lots to do and explore, and new technology to try out. Find out about what’s happening in the future of education and schools, and listen to world-class speakers. There is family fun too with read aloud sessions, dance workshops, performances and more. Wellington City Libraries will be on the feature stage at 10am with our librarians performing one of our popular Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions, and again at 12pm with a children’s storytime -bring the kids!
Check out the programme of events for information.