The Summer Reading Challenge is on now!

Summer Reading Challenge!Are you taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Challenge starts on 1st December and finishes on 30th January. 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 Books From the Fiction Trolley!

Stone GoblinsImage courtesy of Syndetics By David Melling

“Saggypant and Seepage are Stone Goblins – but they’re not much good at collecting stones! So imagine how they cope with a dragon’s tail”–Back cover

 

 

 

 

Rain ReignImage courtesy of Syndetics by Ann .M. Martin

Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

 

 

 

 

My Palomino Pony Wins Through Image courtesy of Syndeticsby Olivia Tuffin

Can Georgia come to terms with Secret, the new foal, moving away from the stables?

 

 

 

 

Sleuth on SkatesImage courtesy of Syndetics by Clementine Beauvais

Precocious eleven-year-old self-made-supersleuth Sophie “Sesame” Seade investigates the disappearance of Jenna Jenkins, a student at Cambridge University, where Sophie’s father is chaplain and her mother is Head of Christ’s College.

 

 

 

The Ice Dragon Image courtesy of Syndeticsby George R. R. Martin

Leaving in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, the legendary ice dragon has never been tamed until it meets Adara, a winter child who looks to the creature to help save her world from destruction.

 

 

 

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: the Magical CarImage courtesy of Syndetics by Ian Fleming

Two children persuade their inventor father to purchase and restore an old car which turns out to have magical powers.

 

 

Back to school with New Non Fiction.

image courtesy of syndeticsRipley’s Believe it or not: Special Edition 2015.

Yep, Believe it or not, The fascinating files of Robert Ripley are back and jam packed with more creepy facts and crazy feats than ever before, which proves there’s nothing stranger than the truth. Don’t believe me? Read the book and read all about how a pygmy goat likes to take pony rides, a parrot who refuses to take off his jumper and a 14 year old girl who has run marathons on seven continents.

 

Inventions in 30 seconds.image courtesy of syndetics

Ever wanted to know things in just 30 seconds. Brace yourself… because there is a book that tells you everything and anything you need to know about inventions in just 30 seconds. Read Inventions in 30 seconds and discover fast-track facts and information about 30 inventions it’s hard to imagine living without. Best back to school read you must get your hands on!

Epic Rubber Band Crafts.image courtesy of syndetics

Who would have thought a simple item like a rubber band could be such an innovative craft idea when creating headbands, bracelets and so much more. Read this book and check out 15 amazing projects for sensational rubber band accessories which will allow you to take your rubber band skills to the next level with more bands, more techniques, more looms and more awesome! A fantastic book to keep you entertained during the summer holidays.

Moses : the true story of an elephant baby.image courtesy of syndetics

If you have a weakness for baby animals, then this is one book (and Librarian’s Choice!) you must read. Read and learn all about elephants, how to protect them and read all about (and meet) Moses, an orphaned elephant baby from Malawi, Africa, who is curious, loving, and full of mischief! Overall a beautiful, heart warming story that can be enjoyed by everyone!

Celebrate Waitangi Day with these free events in your libraries

Apirana Taylor: Saturday 3st January, 11am – 12pm, Wellington Central Library.

Bring the kids along to a special story session with renowned author, actor and storyteller, Apirana Taylor. Known for his charismatic and engaging style, Apirana will tell traditional tales accented by taonga pūoru and whai (string games).

 

Kōhunga Kōrero: Tuesday 3rd February, 10.30am, Newtown Library

Join us at Newtown Library for a Waitangi day themed session of our regular storytimes in te Reo Maori. 30mins of stories, rhymes, waiata and fun! Suitable for 3-6 year olds and their whanau.

 

Kōhunga Kōrero: Saturday 7th February, 10.30am, Wellington Central Library

Join us in the Children’s section for a special te Reo Storytime with a Waitangi Day theme. 30mins of stories, rhymes, waiata and fun! Suitable for 3-7 year olds and their whanau.

 

 

These events are free and open to everyone. Bookings not required. More Information.

Top 10 Children’s DVDs in January

Lego has a great DVD presence at the library. The Lego movie was ranked 18 so didn’t make the cut to the top 10 this month, but if you need more Legends of Chima check out these bloopers reels!

1.   My little pony, friendship is magic.
2.   Legends of Chima.
3.   Dino Dan.
4.   Strawberry Shortcake.
5.   Lego friends.
6.   Rio.
7.   The house of magic
8.   Maleficent
9.   Frozen
10. Despicable me.

Have a go at Te Reo

Kōhunga Kōrero - monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are starting next week! Head along to the library for 30mins of stories, waiata, rhymes and fun, and it’s all in te reo.

It’s all free, lots of fun, and perfect for 2-6 year olds and their whanau.

The first session is at Miramar Library, 2pm, on Tuesday 27th January.

You can find the schedule at our children’s event’s page, also check out the library’s event calendar for specific dates.

 

Find your local Kōhunga Kōrero session:

1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Omāroro (Newtown) Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown

2nd Monday of each month at 10.30am
Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) Library
1a Ottawa Road, Ngaio

3rd Tuesday of each month at 2pm
Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library
5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

4th Tuesday of each month at 2pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

 

 

Last week of the Summer Reading Challenge

How many have you read?

The Summer Reading Challenge closes on Friday this week – 30th January, so make sure you’ve finished off writing all your book reviews and completing the library challenges.

You’ll need to hand in your Summer Reading Challenge booklet to your local library, before the end of January, so the librarians can count the number of challenge you’ve completed.

The more books you read and review, and the more challenges you complete – the better your chances of winning!

GOOD LUCK!

Top 10 comics for January 2015

Brand new year for the library! But the old favorites are still going strong in the junior comics section.  Are any of these your favorites?

1.   Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka

2.   The complete Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz

3.   Garfield, by Mark Evanier

4.   Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce

5.   Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

6.   Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami

7.    Asterix omnibus, by Goscinny and Udzero

8.   Adventure time, by Ryan North

9.   Warriors, by Dan Jolley

10. Babymouse, by Jennifer L. Holm

New Non Fiction for the new year.

image courtesy of syndeticsAnimalium.

Welcome to Animalium. The book or museum as they call it is open all hours. This book is amazing because it houses an astonishing collection of more than 160 animals for visitors of all ages. The sky’s the limit when it comes to information about animals. You will also learn how animals have evolved, see inside the dissection laboratory, and discover the amazing variety of habitats on Earth. One book you definitely must read!

 

Creature Features.image courtesy of syndetics

Ever wondered why animals look the way they do? This book explains why. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty five humorous and very true explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world. Another awesome read!

 

image courtesy fo syndeticsChildrens book of magic.

Looking to unleash your inner magician? This book will help you in achieving that goal. Childrens book of magic will help you learn the secret of magic and put on your own astounding magic show with these 20 step-by-step magic tricks to try at home. In addition, you will also learn about the history of magic from ancient Egypt to the present day exploring the secrets behind some of the greatest magicians from Harry Houdini to Albertus Magnus. From coin tricks to sleight of hand The Children’s Book of Magic explains the best magic tricks for kids through engaging step-by-step sequences helping you master the perfect trick.

 

image courtesy fo syndeticsLittle Red Riding Hood.

Hopefully many of you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the story where you to learn valuable lessons about trusting sweet-talk and talking to strangers in her treak across the woods. However I don’t think you have had the privilege and the pleasure of checking out this new edition, translated by Anthea Bell and illustrated by Sybille Schenker. This book is in a word, beautiful! Complete with intricate die cuts, patterned prints, bold lines and basic colors to create a haunting journey through the familiar Grimms tale, the combination of Schenker’s illustrations/design and Bell’s graceful translation simply takes my breath away.

 

 

 

Encounters with the past.

Check this amazing series that will take you into the past and learn anything and everything you have always wanted to know about the Ancient Romans, Ancient Greeks and Medieval Folk. Ideal books to use for history projects and great for ages 8 years and over.

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Dogs like reading too

Karori Library had a one off extremely awesome dog-themed storytime. Complete with dog. A very cute dog named Ziggy.

There were fifty-four people who came along sang some songs and listened to a collection of lovely books we have in our Library starring pooches and pups.

It was so fun! Max had a great time presenting and hanging out with the cool kids who came along.

The children really got on well with Ziggy and they all enjoyed petting him and watching his tail wag. I don’t know what it is but reading is always ten times better with a dog. Maybe it’s the fur. Yup, it must be the super soft fur.

 

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Maths, reading and spelling games

Have you tried ZooWhiz?

It’s a fun new game on our website that helps you learn maths, reading and spelling, while building your own zoo at the same time! Complete fun activities and earn ‘coins’ that you can spend on your online zoo.

There are a range of different activities to suit different skill and age levels. You can choose a zookeeper avatar, the types of activities you want to do, and start earning coins to build your zoo. Sounds like fun!

All you need is your library card number to get started on ZooWhiz today! What are you waiting for?!