The Summer Reading Challenge is coming…


Summer Reading Challenge!Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the upcoming Summer Reading Challenge.

The Challenge starts on 1st December. There are lots of prizes up for grabs, simply for reading and reviewing books, and doing fun activities at the 12 Wellington City Libraries.

Any 5-12 year old with their own Wellington City Libraries card can participate. It’s free, and you don’t have to register to join in.

More information

New baby chimp at the Zoo

Posted in Announcements
by adrienne

Keza the Chimpanzee, who lives at Wellington Zoo, has given birth to a baby Chimpanzee. The zoo keepers aren’t sure of the baby’s gender yet, so it hasn’t been named. Mum Keza will carry her baby around for the next few months until they are able to get around on their own. Chimpanzees grow at around the same rate as humans, so you’ll be able to see the little baby grow and learn over the next few years.

How adorable!


Before you visit the Wellington Zoo to see the baby, you might like to read up all about Chimps:


Stick Dog

Posted in Books, Reviews & Recommendations
by debbie

Have you meet Stick Dog and his crazy canine crew? There is a Dalmatian named Stripes, a Dachshund named Karen, a mutt named Mutt and a Poodle named Poo-Poo.

Make sure you check out all their fun adventures in these three great titles.

There is also a Stick Dog website that you might like to visit. There is heaps of information about the books, characters and the author Tom Watson. I also found videos and a blog and there is a fun page that has games and a quiz so check it out.

New Non Fiction: Art splash, Poetry in motion and a special Disney Princess surprise!

Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Katie

New Art Books from Usborne!

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Introduction to Art.

Prepare to be dazzled and amazed when you read all about Western painting. From Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to modern art, your head will explode from all overload of knowledge!

To accompany this book, read:




image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Book of Art.

This will overload your brain with even more knowledge about anything and everything to do with art. This fascinating book covers it all – from Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to great masters of European painting right up to the present day.




image courtesy of syndeticsFrogs are funny! : the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational, Muppets joke book ever!

Frogs are funny. Yep, that book definitely spells that out. For all you Muppet fans, check out this new amazing book that if full of laugh out loud jokes from all the Muppet Movies and shows. Readers beware, hilarity will ensue!




A Treasury of NZ Poems for children.image courtesy of syndetics

Who would have thought poetry could be beautiful? This book is certainly living proof and is busting with wonderful NZ poems by writers, such as James K. Baxter, Margaret Mahy and Kyle Meburn, that will make you laugh, cry, jiggle and ponder. A treasury of NZ poems for children makes poetry sing for a new generation.





Saved the best for last…

Girls and boys…be prepared to discover your inner (Disney) Princess!

image courtesy of syndeticsDisney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide.

What girl doesn’t dream of being a Disney Princess? Once upon a time I was one of those girls. (Ok, every now and again I still dream) Well girls, your dreams are about to come true. Check out this newly updated Disney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide and prepare to be transported into the enchanting world of Disney princesses where dreams really do come true. This book helps you discover the magical and enchanting world of Disney princesses. You can get to know each beautiful Princess and read their magical story, meet their best friends and worst enemies, plus find out fascinating facts about your favourite Disney Princess. From Snow White and The Little Mermaid to Sleeping Beauty and Merida. After reading this book, I swear I had been transported back to my childhood. Princesses, glitter, this is a book that every girl will love and perhaps may have to fight and claw their way to ensure they get their hands on this precious treasure.


Also take the time to rediscover… Princess : The Essential Guide (Revised editon). and Princess : The Essential Guide!

Halloween at Khandallah Library

Posted in Event
by Theresa

The Khandallah Halloween Storytime was lots of spooky fun.  On Thursday, 30th October, before trick-or-treating we celebrated All Hallows’ Eve with a special Storytime at Khandallah Library. Witch-Librarian Raissa read spooky stories which among other things taught us how our animal friends celebrate Halloween and what werewolves do when it’s not Halloween.  Silly Monster songs to familiar tunes got us wiggling and roaring like goblins! We also got crafty!  The Devilish Librarian Grace taught us how to make skulls out of The Witch’s Handbook. After a fun evening we took home lovely decorations for our rooms.


Guinness World Records day


Today is the 10th anniversary of Guinness World Records day – one of our most popular library books!

Around the world people will be trying to break and create records to celebrate the day. For a special event the world’s tallest and shortest men met and shook hands in London. The tallest man is Sultan Kosen from Turkey (who’s 2.51m tall), and the shortest is Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal (at just 55cm tall). There’s a difference of almost 2m between them – wow!

Did you know that the Guinness World Records was created by the Guinness beer company to help drinkers solve disputes and arguments over facts? The first book of records was published in 1955 and has been going ever since.

You can search our catalogue for the latest Guinness World Records and have fun examining all the amazing records that people have created (you can borrow the 2013 edition as an ebook).



Drawing class at Johnsonville Library

Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by debbie


Come along to our free drawing class at Johnsonville Library this week on Friday 14 November at 6.30pm.

Joyce is back again to show us some new drawing techniques. Last month we were shown how to draw beautiful swans using paint.  Make sure you come along to see what is in store for us this month.

Top 10 children’s comics for November

Posted in comics, Top 10
by Dusty

Favourite illustrators and storytellers old and new grace this leaderboard.   Adventure Time won a Will Eisner award for lettering at  Comic-Con International this year. The kids have got style!

1.   Pokemon by Hidenori Kusaka

2.   Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

3.   The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

4.   Asterix by Goscinny and Udzero

5.   Amulet by Kibuishi Kazu

6.   Garfield by Mark Evanier

7.   Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami

8.   Adventure time by Ryan North

9.   Red Rackham’s treasure by Herge

10. My little pony by Katie Cook

Top 10 children’s non-fiction for October

Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

Lego, Star Wars, Lego StarWars! This top ten has a definite theme going on. Minecraft is proving popular as you all go building your worlds out there. There are even Minecraft libraries!

1.   The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz
2.   Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft
3.   Star Wars by David West Reynolds
4.   Lego Star Wars by Simon Beecroft
5.   Star Wars rebels by Adam Bray
6.   The LEGO movie by Hannah Dolan
7.   Ripley’s believe it or not! Edited by Rosie Alexander
8.   Minecraft by Nick Farwell
9.   Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley
10. Minecraft by Stephanie Milton

October’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

Adventure, puzzles and plots in this top ten. Great to see Roald Dahl three times in the leader board! Featuring illustrations by the talented Quentin Blake brings life to these scratchy tales of errant anti-heroes and their feats of daring-do.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney
2.   Where’s Wally? series by Martin Handford
3.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald
4.   Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
5.   Matilda by Roald Dahl
6.   Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce
7.   The Twits by Roald Dahl
8.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord
9.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh
10. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling