Books Go Arty exhibition: Duck’s stuck!

Oct
30

Duck waddled. Duck quacked. Duck ate grass. Duck napped. All is well in the farmyard…until…. ”Help! I’m stuck!” quacks Duck!  None of the farmyard animals can free Duck. None that is, except for crafty Rat. But does Rat have an alterior motive….?

You can find a fabulous feathery parade of bright yellow ducks right now at Central Library and at Island Bay Community Center. And if you look very closely, you might just find a certain crafty Rat. These bright and dynamic sculptures have been created by the brilliant children at Tawa school and Clifton Tce Model School.

It is part of Wellington City Libraries Books Go Arty With Kyle Mewburn Exhibition. The exhibition is on at Island Bay, Karori and Central Libraries until the 14th of November. Don’t forget to check it out!

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duck at Central

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun New Kids Fiction!

Oct
29
Posted in New Fiction
by pauline

Image courtesy of SyndeticsTell Me by Joan Bauer

Feeling scared and powerless when her father’s anger escalates and her parents separate, twelve-year-old Anna spends the summer with her grandmother and decides to make a difference when she sees what seems to be a girl held against her will.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

“In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper. Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom. Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found…”

 

The incomplete book of dragons; (a guide to dragon species)Image courtesy of Syndetics by Cressida Cowell

Long ago, the world was full of dragons. But what happened to them? Where are they now? These pages are taken from the notebooks of Viking Hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third when he was just a boy. A keen dragonwatcher, Hiccup paints a picture of the brilliance and fire and spirit of that lost dragon world. Featuring dragon profiles, dragon anatomy, dragon riding tips and lots more must know info e.g. how to spot the difference between an arsenic adderwing and a glow worm (you don’t want to mix those two up) and what to do when confronted with a Hellsteether.

 

Egg & Spoon Image courtesy of Syndeticsby Gregory Maguire

An impoverished Russian country girl Elena Rudina and the aristocratic Ekaterina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga.

 

 

 

Awful AuntieImage courtesy of Syndetics by David Walliams

Aunt Alberta is on a mission to cheat the young Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance – Saxby Hall. But with mischievous and irrepressible Soot, the cockney ghost of a chimney sweep, alongside her Stella is determined to fight back … And sometimes a special friend, however different, is all you need to win through

Halloween Storytime at Kilbirnie Library

Oct
28
Posted in Announcements, Event
by Florence

untitled1 Lizard’s eyeball, 2 spoons of dragon spit, 3 hairs of a tiger mouse and ABRACADABRA!!!!!

You will get a good, frightening Halloween story!

 

Come and join us dressed in your creepy outfit on Thursday the 30th Oct from 6 - 6:30pm at Kilbirnie Library.

Sandra, the witch librarian, will read you lots of scary stories…

Read, review and win!

Oct
23
Posted in Kids' Reviews
by adrienne

We all know you love to win prizes, and here’s a really simple way to do it – write a Kids’ Club review!

All you have to do is read something, write a review about it, and you’ll automatically win prizes. The reviews are published online for the whole world to see too -cool!

You’ll get a prize after writing your first 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from that point on. We’ll send you an email when you’re due a prize, which are available to pick up from your local Wellington City Library.

 

We also have extra special prizes for thoughtful and well written reviews.

 

So what are you waiting for? Get reading, get reviewing and start winning!

Mad Science at Khandallah Library

Oct
17
Posted in School Holidays
by Theresa

We had our final session of the Mad Science Mysteries school holiday activties at Khandallah Library on Friday 10th October. It was amazing! The kids absolutely mastered making our zombie cure solution and creating mini volcanos. They had a blast playing with our pink goo which was a corn flour and water mixture that is a liquid but becomes solid when you pinch it in your fingers. In the engineering corner we had children and parents working hard to win a huge handful of lollies by balancing the largest number of books on an A4 paper cylinder. Three girls managed to balance 39 books! We are so grateful to all the librarians that helped make this holiday activity happen and all the parents and kids who came along ready to learn and play.

Craft Kyle Competition – have you entered yet?

Oct
16
Posted in competition!
by adrienne

Check out some of the cool entries we’ve already received for the Crafty Kyle Competition:

Entry 1 Entry 2 Entry 3 Entry 4 Entry 5Entry 6

The Crafty Kyle Competition is part of the Books Go Arty sculpture exhibition that’s touring Wellington City Libraries. The exhibition is currently at Newtown, Brooklyn, and Cummings Park (Ngaio) Libraries. Pop in to see all the cool sculptures made by Wellington school children based on books written by Kyle Mewburn and pick up a competition entry form while you’re there. The competition ends on November 14th.

 

Make a zine at the Zinefest kids workshop

Oct
15
Posted in Announcements, Books, Event, Things to Do
by adrienne

What’s a zine? It’s a self-made magazine. Anyone can make one, it can be about anything and look anyway you want it to, and it’s a lot of fun.

Wellington Central Library has a great collection of zines that your can borrow - have a look next time you’re in the city.

Why not have a go at making your own zine?

Zinefest (and annual amazingly fun festival that’s all about zines) kicks off this month. There are heaps of events happening, including a children’s zine workshop at the Central Library.

The workshop is being run by 13 year old award-winning zine maker Dora, with her sisters Oki (9) and Dune (8). They will be talking about ideas for zines, zine-making techniques, and presenting some of their favourite creations. This workshop aims to encourage children to participate in zine-making and introduce them to Wellington Zinefest, and will include a session of zine-making with materials provided by Wellington Zinefest and Wellington City Libraries.

 

Details:

Wellington Central Library, teen area

Saturday 18th October, 10.30am – 12pm

Suitable for Children and teens age 7 and up

Free – just turn up!

 

 

 

Keep up to date with Zinefest though their Facebook page or blog

The Hot Spot Poetry Tour is coming to Wellington

Oct
14

Hot Spot 2Here’s and event you won’t want to miss! This children’s poetry tour is visiting Wellington in October and will feature local authors, children and schools, alongside well-known New Zealand children’s poet Paula Green.

Details:

Saturday 18th October, 10.30am

Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop

Free!

 

Follow the latest news about the tour at Paula Green’s Poetry Box webpage.

 

Letterbox Cat & Other Poems is Paula Green’s latest book. It’s full of fantastic and funny poems, grab it from your local library today.

 

Back to school!

Oct
13
Posted in Homework Help, internet
by adrienne

The school holidays are over and it’s time to go back to school! We hope you had a great two week break.

Your teacher is bound to start giving you projects and homework to do – and we’re here to help!

Have you heard about AnyQuestions.co.nz? It’s a live online homework help service where you can chat live to a New Zealand Librarian who will help you find the information you need online. It’s a free service and open Monday to Friday 1pm – 6pm. the service is available in English and te Reo.

If you need help outside those times you can go to ManyAnswers.co.nz. This is the sister website for AnyQuestions.co.nz and has information about where to find information online for thousands of homework topics.

Of course you can always visit your local Wellington City Library after school and ask the librarians for help finding information -they’re always happy to help!

Give it a go!

Mad Science at Cummings Park Library… with Princess Bubblegum!

Oct
10
Posted in School Holidays
by Theresa

Everyone had a blast at the Cummings Park Library Mad Science school holiday programme.  The two Princess Bubblegums (aka Alisha and Max) added a new experiment into the mix and we made a blue and red volcano.  The Cummings Park kids also managed to balance 41 books on our paper cylinder!  Next up for Mad Science is Khandallah Library – we’ll see if we can make it to 50 books there!