Movie Review: Minons…or How the Minons met their boss.

Minons, or  as I would like to call it- How the Minons met their boss, is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history’s most villainous masters.

After serving, (and killing) a T-Rex, an Egyptian pharaoh, Dracula, and Napoleon, and then going through stages of no master depression, the Minions (Kevin, Stuart and Bob) hitchhike to Orlando to attend Villain-Con, in hopes on  becoming the henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female (and diva) super villain.

However is she the world’s most villainous super villain?

Watch to the film to find out. Overall a great film for kids!

Movie Review: Inside Out.

A very funny interpretation of what happens in the human mind when emotions set in.

Produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Inside Out is set in the mind of a young girl, Riley Andersen (Kaitlyn Dias), where five personified emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—try to lead her through life as her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) move the family to a new city.

Overall this is a cute movie that provides a very funny interpretation of what happens in the human mind when emotions set in, what roles each our emotions play in our personalities, how we communicate and form relationships with people.

Some very funny moments in the film, especially when Anger loses his temper, Disgust’s sarcastic and cynical behaviour and finding what role Sadness plays in our lives (Spoiler: Very important role).

Rating: 8/10

For a sneak peek of Inside Out, check out the trailer here.

It’s our birthday, but you could get the presents!

Wellington City Libraries is turning 175 years old! This makes us the oldest library system in New Zealand – wow!

To celebrate our birthday, we’re holding a party at the Wellington Central Library on Saturday 21st November.

For the creative and crafty people out there, we have a couple of competitions that you can enter.

The colouring competition is for 5-8yr olds. New Zealand’s first public library was a small hut on the Wellington waterfront. Colour in the picture of the hut, fill in your details on the back, and drop it in to any Wellington City library to enter.

The design competition is for 9-13yr olds. We want you to draw your idea of the library of the future! What do you think Wellington City Libraries will look like 175 years from now (that’s the year 2190, by the way)? Draw your design on the front, fill in your details on the back, and drop it into to any Wellington City library to enter the competition.

The competitions close on 29th November, and the winners will be announced on 1st December.

(Click the links above to download the competition forms to print at home!)

Good luck!


6 New children’s non fiction just in time for Summer

Summer is coming (we promise!), which means long warm days to relax with a great read, or two! These have just hit the shelves, grab them while they’re hot!


Why Should I bother to keep fit?

This book offers children an approachable source of information on key subjects such as why keeping fit is good for you, how to choose the appropriate exercise regime and a how to stay healthy in day-to-day life.



Why shouldn’t I eat junk food?

This book describes food that is nutritious and healthy and food that does not have many nutrients.




Redstone : the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won’t teach you.

Packed with expert tips, cheats, and hacks on redstone. With over one hundred screenshots, Hacks for Minecrafters: Redstone shows exactly how the experts wield redstone power, and how you can construct some classic and crazy contraptions and machines. Detailed step-by-step illustrated guides will let every player use redstone to defend their buildings in inventive ways. A must read fro Minecraft fans.


Command blocks : the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won’t teach you.

By reading this book, kids will learn everything they need to know about manipulating and programming command blocks within Minecraft. This book also has tons of fun tricks and projects for making your own custom maps and mini-games. Another must read fro Minecraft fans.


Adventure Time: The making of awesomeness.

filled with quirky, vibrant, irreverent and eccentric images and information, Adventure Time’s weird and wonderful post-apocalyptic world has captured the hearts of fans young and old, worldwide. Great for ages 7 years and over.


The Tudors : kings, queens, scribes and ferrets.

This is a simple books that details the life and times of all the Tudor Monarchs, including Henry VIII and his six wives, Queen Elizabeth I’s victorious win against the Spanish Armada and special appearances from Christopher Columbus, William Shakespeare and a scribe’s pet ferret.

4 great new books for kids

Clare and her Captain by Michael Morpurgo

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare is bored by her parents’ squabbling and longs for an adventure of her own. Her summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner. This is a must-have for every fan of Morpurgo’s classic storytelling and Rayner’s highly sought-after artwork, and a gift to treasure for young and old.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsMemoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton

“My name is Adam Meltzer and the last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped pinata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground”. ‘Memoirs of a neurotic zombie’ is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer – pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam’s family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door … three months after his funeral. Soon Adam’s back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam’s number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again. This is a hilarious adventure caper all about friendship and being yourself … even if you’re undead.”


The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.



Image courtesy of SyndeticsUpside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski

With their magic being unpredictable, Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are sent to the upside-down magic room at Dunwiddle Magic School.



How many can you read? Find out with the Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer is approaching, which means school holidays, beaches, Christmas, warm weather, ice creams, and lots of amazing books for you to get stuck into.

Booklet cover imageReading’s not just for school you know, it’s a fun year-round activity where you can let your imagination loose, have an adventure, solve a crime, and be anything (and anyone) you want to be!

And the Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect way to explore the possibilities.

Starting on December 1st, and running for 9 weeks, the challenge is to read and review as many titles as you can from the Summer Reading Challenge booklist (available soon from your local library and online).

You’ll receive prizes for your reviews, and each review you write is an entry into the main prize draw – so the more you read and review, the better your chances at winning!

Each of the Wellington City Libraries also has a fun activity for you to do. Pop into your local library, complete the Summer Reading Challenge activity, and have your booklet signed off by the librarian. Each activity you complete is an entry into another prize draw.

Make sure you hand in your booklet to the library at the end of the challenge to have your activities counted.

The Summer Reading Challenge is FREE, and you don’t have to register. It’s open to all Wellington City Library members aged 5-12 years old. So what’s stopping you!?


Watch this space – more info soon…

Ho Ho Ho! Get your stockings ready… Christmas is coming!

We want to get in the festive season with you at our 12 Storytimes of Christmas.

Catch a sleigh ride into your local library between December 7th and 18th for a special festive family storytime. Come in your pyjamas or favourite Christmas costume for songs, stories and fun for the festive season.

Christmas Storytimes mediumCummings Park Library: 7-Dec, 6pm
Island Bay Library: 10-Dec, 10.30am
Khandallah Library: 10-Dec, 6pm
Wadestown Library: 10-Dec, 6pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie): 10-Dec, 6pm
Newtown Library: 11-Dec, 6pm
Miramar Library: 14-Dec, 6pm
Brooklyn Library: 14-Dec, 6pm
Central Library: 16-Dec, 6pm
Karori Library: 17-Dec, 6pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 17-Dec, 6pm
Johnsonville Library: 18-Dec, 6pm

These storytimes are free, and perfect for the whole family. No bookings required.

Top 10 Children’s E-Books for October 2015

Fantasy saga fans have really taken to the E-Books.  Rick Riordan has become the favourite with his myth influenced series inspiring a lot of Wellington readers. There are some great resources in the library about Greek myths, non-fiction, comics, more comics,  audio books, movies and some other great stories.  If you’re enjoying the Rick Riordan Heroes of Olympus series try the Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn (she has also written books on the Norse Myths).

Did you know that many of the heroes and heroines of the Greek myths were immortalised in constellations? Take a look here for some of their stories and place in the night sky.

1.   Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

2.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

3.   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

4.  The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 3 by Rick Riordan

5.   The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 4 by Rick Riordan

6 .  The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 1 by Rick Riordan

7.   The Son of Sobek: Percy Jackson & Kane Chronicles Crossover Series, Book 1 by Rick Riordan

8.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

9.   The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 by Rick Riordan

10. The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 2 by Rick Riordan



Top 10 Children’s comics October 2015

Charlie Brown and the gang have topped the charts. A winning combination of great characters and cool dialogue this classic comic strip remains a favourite.

Want to find out more about comics and graphic novels? The brother sister team responsible for Babymouse, Matthew and Jennifer L. Holm, have some info and links on their Babymouse website.  If you like their style check out their new title, Sunny Side Up set in Florida.   Jennifer is the writer for Babymouse, and she’s written some great books as well.  She won a Newbery Honor award for a couple of books, we have one of them,  Turtle in Paradise right here.

Jennifer and Matthew Holms’ new comic is really popular so remember its free to reserve on your kids card.  So if you’re looking through the catalogue and you see something you like use your library card number to reserve it to the best branch for you to pick up


Here’s your Top 10:

1.   The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

2.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

3.   Pokemon by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto

4.   Garfield by Mark Evanier

5.   Adventure time by Ryan North

6.   Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

7.   Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero

8.  Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami

9.   Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm

10. Sonic saga series by Ian Fynn