It’s the Beyond The Page Literary Festival these holidays!

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.

April school holiday fun!

Looking at bugs imageDid you know that dragonflies have been around for 300 million years or that our native snail, the Powelliphanta, can live for up to 20 years? What do you know about bugs and other creepy crawlies? Love them or hate them bugs are fascinating! In fact at Wellington City Libraries we think bugs are so awesome we put beehives on the roof of Central Library.

These school holidays we are going to be worming our way into the world of bugs, through games, fun facts, microscopes and crafts. So fly down to your local library with your kids and join in with some of the fun, free activities we have on offer, during the April school holidays.

Mervyn Kemp  Library – Tawa: Wednesday 19 April at 11am

Karori Library: Wednesday 19 April at 2pm

Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Thursday 20 April at 10.30am

Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Friday 21 April at 11am

Miramar Library: Wednesday 26 April at 10.30am

Wellington Central Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am

Johnsonville Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am

Khandallah Library: Thursday 27 April at 6pm

Newtown Library: Friday 28 April at 6pm

Click, make, build and create – October holiday activities

Start planning now because the next school holidays are not very far away at all! During the October holidays we will be running lots of free, fun activities around science, technology and engineering.

The activities will vary by venue, but kids will be able to have a go at some new apps and tech, build something amazing with Lego and Meccano, create a video clip… and more! It’s all free, and perfect for 6-12 year olds.  There’s no need to book, just come along to one of the venues below.

Here’s the when and where:

Island Bay Community Centre: Wednesday 30 September, 1pm

Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 30 September, 2pm

Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie): Thursday 1 October, 2pm

Newlands Community Centre: Tuesday 6 October, 2pm

Karori Library: Tuesday 6 October, 10am

Central Library: Wednesday 7 October, 11am

Mervyn Kemp Library (Tawa): Thursday 8 October, 11am

Newtown Library: Thursday 8 October, 2pm

 

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Plenty to do in libraries these school holidays!

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.

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Commemorating ANZAC these April school holidays

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Mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli beach landings by ANZAC forces in 1915 at your local libraries and community centres during the April school holidays.  Your kids can discover New Zealand’s ANZAC heritage through activities that let you experience life as a solider, or what it was like on the homefront during war time. They’ll explore fascinating stories of World War  One.

Where and when:

Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Wednesday 8th April at 2pm
Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Monday 13th April, at 11am
Johnsonville Library: Monday 13th April at 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 14th April at 11am
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 15th April at 11am
Mervyn Kemp Library and Tawa Community Centre: Thursday 16th April at 11am
Island Bay Community Centre: Friday 17th April at 1pm

Contact the libraries and community centres above to find out specific activity details. You can find our children’s event listings here.

All activities are free, and bookings are not required. These events are ideal for 7-12 year olds and last for approximately 1 hour.

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Get mad about science during the October School Holidays!

Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, and bookings are not required.

When and where:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm

Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm

Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 8 October 11am – 12pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 9 October 11am – 12pm

Khandallah Library: Friday 10 October 11am – 12pm

Contact your local library for more information.

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July school holiday activities are here!

Would your kids like to learn how to paint like a renaissance artist?

If so, head along to your local library in the school holidays to find out how artists in the Middle Ages created their masterpieces, and then there’ll be an opportunity for your kids to have a go themselves. They might even find themselves painting upside down just like Michelango – so lots of creative messy fun will be had (tell them to wear their old clothes!).

These events are for 7–12 year olds – bookings are not required.

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Central Library:

Wednesday 9th July, 11am – 12noon

Island Bay Community Centre:

Tuesday 15th July, 10.30am – 11.30am

Karori Library:

Wednesday 16th July, 11am – 12noon

Miramar Library:

Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon

Johnsonville Library:

Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon

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Comic crusaders abound these holidays

The April school holidays are almost here and we’ve planned some awesome activities for kids all about comics! Read on…

April school holiday poster 1. Holy creative comic capers! Your kids could become comic crusaders, making and playing with their own ‘comic dice’ during the April school holidays. Costumes are welcomed! These free events are perfect for 6-10 year olds, and bookings aren’t required.

Where and when:

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 11am 28th April
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 10.30am 29th April
Karori Library: 11am 29th April
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 2pm 29th April
Central Library: 11am 30th April
Miramar Library: 2pm 30th April

2. Join us at the Central Library on 3rd of May for ComicFest and celebrate International Free Comic Book Day – a day of workshops, costume competitions, and free comics to give away for all ages!

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School holiday activities

Here are the free fun activities happening during these school holidays to celebrate Matariki:

Saturday 13th July, 10.30am at Wellington Central Library:

Wellington Children’s Community Choir, featuring 5-12 year old choristers, will be putting on a special performance for all. Come along and watch, listen and participate.

Tuesday 16th July, 11am at Wadestown Library and Community Space:

Matariki Magic: Celebrate Matariki, our Aotearoa New Year, with a free school holiday activity session. Story reading, waiata and legends, plus a fun Matariki badge-making craft activity

Wednesday 17th July, 11am at Wellington Central Library:

Matariki Magic: Celebrate the close of Matariki, our Aotearoa New Year, with a free school holiday activity session at Central Library. Explore our myths and legends with a fun Matariki badge-making craft activity afterwards.

Thursday 18th July, 11am at Kilbirnie Library:

Multicultural Matariki: Take a mythical voyage with us and find out what Matariki means to people around the world. Make your own Matariki star or kite to fly.

Tuesday 23rd July, 11am at Karori Library:

Join in games and stories about Maui the trickster god these holidays. Catch your fingers and your friends with string games, and find where Maui is hiding in a Matariki treasure hunt at Karori library

Wednesday 24th July, 11am at Miramar Library:

Multicultural Matariki: Take a mythical voyage with us and find out what Matariki means to people around the world. Make your own Matariki star or kite to fly.

Wednesday 24th July, 2pm at Tawa Library:

Maui Matariki: activities and games, including fishing for place names to put on a map of New Zealand

What’s on these school holidays!

Looking for fun for your kids these school holidays? Look no further – we have some awesome free activities planned. Here’s what’s happening:

school holiday posterMonday 22nd April:
10.30 am, Johnsonville Library: Join us for an interactive story-time where we read and act out ‘Down the Back of the Chair’ by Margaret Mahy. Take part in other ‘Kiwiana’ activities during this fun-filled hour.
11 am, Central Library: Wellington author and illustrator duo, Lucas and Jutta Chisholm will show off their latest creation and teach you how to draw and create your own character from the book. Prepare for hands-on fun with books, drawing and plasticine!

Tuesday 23rd April:
10.30 am, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library:  Slip on your jandals and join us for holiday fun at the library to celebrate Kiwiana! We will be reading stories by New Zealand authors, playing New Zealand bingo, and holding a rock-stacking competition called Tu Kohatu. Sweet as!

Wednesday 24th April:
11 am, Miramar Library:
Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 388 8005

Friday 26th April:
11 am, Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library
: Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 479 2344

Monday 29th April:
11 am, Karori Library: Special Kiwiana story time. Come along for fun stories with a New Zealand twist.

Tuesday 30th April:
10.30 am, Newtown Library: Slip on your jandals and join us for holiday fun at Newtown Library to celebrate Kiwiana. We will be reading stories by New Zealand authors, playing New Zealand bingo, and holding a rock-stacking competition called Tu Kohatu.

Wednesday 1st May:
11 am, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 232 1690

Thursday 2nd May:
11 am, Central Library: What do ANZAC biscuits have to do with ANZAC day? What’s it like being a soldier away from home, missing your family, friends and favourite food? Explore the great ANZAC biscuit and its place in history.