Top 10 Children’s DVDs for September

Just in time to finish up the school holidays!

The favourites are holding strong in the latest top ten.  Paddington just scrapes in.

If you enjoyed the Paddington movie take a look at the books we have by the original author Michael Bond.  A brand new piece of work from the venerable 88 year old author, Love from Paddington has just arrived in the library and is being prepared for borrowing!  The book is filled with letters of Paddington’s impressions of London life.   The Peruvian bear is a bit of a mascot for Paddington railway station in London, U.K.  Last year celebrity painted versions of the famous statue were dotted all around London fro the Paddington Bear trail. Take a look at these designs and see if they inspire you to create your own!

1. My little pony, friendship is magic.

2. Legends of Chima.

3. Home

4. Cinderella

5. Strawberry Shortcake.

6. Shaun the Sheep.

7. Dino Dan.

8. Dragons

9. Scooby-Doo! 13 spooky tales.

10. Paddington.

4 New Children’s Non Fiction

Just in time to finish off the School Holidays – get your hands on these 4 hot new books from your local library.


Christopher Columbus : Sailing to America.

Read all about Christopher Columbus and his dream to sail to Asia. Follow his journey into the unknown, discover what he found in America and see what happened to him on his later voyages. A simple fun picture quiz helps readers to recall what they have read. A perfect one-stop-shop for help with homework assignments!



Star Wars: Absolutely Everything you need to know.

It’s less than two months away until the release of Star Wars : the Force Awakens. So check out  Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, which is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating “Did you know?” Q&As. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this book will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VI. Great to have on hand for Star Wars reads day.

Also check out the trailer of Star Wars : the Force Awakens.


Everything Birds of Prey.

Introduces the most ferocious raptors to rule the skies, from ospreys to vultures to hawks, and describes what raptors’ lives are like as well as what sets them apart from other birds.




Two Tengu Tales from Japan.

Be prepared to be introduced to the world of Japanese folklore by reading this lively and engaging retelling of two fantastic *tengu tales. A beautiful book, with even more beautiful illustrations that set an atomosphere inspired by classic Japanese art.

*a magical being who grant wishes to those who asks.


School Holiday fun at Tawa Library – 8th Oct 11am

Children#27s events image SMALLSave the planet! Tawa Library will be blasting off into space on a thrilling adventure to rescue the human race.

With things to create, things to puzzle out and things to invent, victory of the world will surely be ours.

See you there!


Tawa Library: Thursday 8th October at 11am

Star Wars holiday activity at Central Library – 7th October at 11am.

FullSizeRenderAttention all Jedis, Bounty Hunters and Rebels!Come on down to the Central Library for Star Wars themed fun these school holidays!

Where: Wellington Central Library, Children’s Section.

When: Wednesday 7th October, 10.30am.

These fun activities await you…

To join in the fun, make sure you come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character.

Also check out the trailer of Star Wars : the Force Awakens.

See you there and… May the force be with you.

Free School Holiday Activities at Karori Library

Can you make the tallest tower in the world?  Get creative these school holidays at Karori Library.

We’re having a fun make-a-thon on Tuesday 6th October, 10-11am using lots of different materials from Lego, playing cards to paper.  You’ll get a chance to design and create a tower using unique materials and a whole lot of imagination!  This holiday activity is ideal for 6-12 year olds.  We can’t wait to see you there.

In the meantime, here’s a selection of activity and architecture books for kids that you might like to take a look at to get your creativity flowing!


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Rainy day activity: Watch ‘Mrs Mo’s Monster’ online

Love the book? Now you can listen and watch Author and Illustrator Paul Beavis read aloud Mrs Mo’s Monster.


(This video was filmed inside Wellington Central Library with the generous permission of Paul Beavis and Gecko Press)


Mrs Mo’s Monster is also available as an eBook. Check out the further adventures of the Monster in the sequel ‘Hello World!

You can find more video storytimes at the Stories Online page. Enjoy!


Late night storytime at Tawa Library

TawamusicCome and join Tawa local Deryn Scott as she takes us on an animal adventure at our late night storytime this month.
Deryn will be sharing cute fuzzy, furry, animal tales so come along to share in the fun. Make sure you wear your pyjamas.
Thursday 1st October at 6.30pm
This is a free event for 4 to 10 year olds.

Toot! Toot! Join us for a special Storytime

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Joy Ramirez, author of the new book ‘Toot the World’s Tiniest Whale‘ will be reading aloud her book at Central Library’s Preschool Storytime, with extra fun activities and colouring sheets for the children to enjoy.

Toot – The World’s Tiniest Whale is the debut children’s picture book from up-and-coming Auckland author Joy Ramirez. The story is packed with unique and loveable characters like: Toot – a whale the size of your thumb, Henry the Fifth – the royal goldfish, Lord Squigglebottom, and Princess Bambella. Check out the website for more info.


Wellington Central Library, Children’s Section

Friday, 2nd October, 10.30am


This free programme is perfect for 2 – 5 year olds and their caregivers. Bookings not required.

School Holiday fun at Johnsonville Library – 30th Sept 2pm

Children#27s events image SMALLCome and discover your inner Einstein with a technology inspired holiday programme.

-Create something amazing with Meccano or Lego.

-Discover how things are made by taking them apart.

-Play one of our very special games or get caught up in some quicksand.

-There will even be a 3D printer on hand so you can learn how they work.

See you there!


Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 30th September at 2pm