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.

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The holidays are here!


Woohoo! School’s out and there’s so many weeks of summer holidays ahead. What should you do to keep the boredom at bay? Go to your local library or visit the library website. Here’s some ideas:

  • Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge – read, review and win! there are also heaps of cool activities for you to do in our libraries, which you can win prizes for too.
  • Download an eBook or eAudiobook from our website
  • Find some books about cooking, or arts and crafts, of computer games, or gardening, or learning a language or musical instrument… and start a new hobby. Our catalogue is a good starting point
  • Check out ZooWhizz – a fun game available through our website where you can earn coins and build a zoo.
  • Take a look at our fun stuff page and have a go at the puzzles and games.
  • Watch one of our online stories on the downloads page
  • Go to a storytime at your local library (Baby Rock & Rhyme and Kohunga Korero are taking a break until the end of January)
  • Keep up to date with events at your library through our Kids Events page or the Wellington City Libraries events calendar
  • Our book bike will be visiting the Wellington waterfront and beaches over summer. Keep an eye out for them and their special storytimes on the beach, and get your hands on a free book.

Children’s Christmas DVD’s and CD’s to enjoy.

Posted in dvd, Music, Reviews & Recommendations
by debbie

A Family Christmas: This is a Putumayo compact disc filled with different Christmas songs like Santa Claus is coming to town, Holly Jolly Christmas and Is that you Santa Claus. There are many favourite songs to dance and sing along to, plus new songs to learn.

Christmas for Kids: This CD has some old favourites for children of all ages. Like Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger and I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus. There are also Australian classics like Six White Boomers, Christmas where the gum trees grow and Christmas on the station.

Q. How many Christmas presents can Santa fit in his empty sack?

A. One present. After that its not empty anymore.


Christmas is here again. This DVD is about the evil Krad who steals Santa’s presents and slowly crushes the Christmas spirit. The children of the world forget about Christmas. An orphan and his friends travel to the South Pole for an adventure to try and stop Krad once and for all destroying Christmas.





 The Muppet Christmas Carol: This DVD is a special version of the Christmas Carol starring the lovable Muppets. It has Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his wife. There is also Gonzo as the lovable Charles Dickens narrating the story. Many other favourites include Fozzi Bear and the two hecklers as the Marley brothers. Ebenezer Scrooge is played by a human actor, Michael Caine. There are some lovely tunes and it is a wonderful version for the whole family to watch – but beware there are a few scary bits.

Q. What goes oh, oh, oh?

A. Santa walking backwards.

Countdown to Christmas: This DVD is from our favourite Disney characters with 7 different Christmas themed stories. Join Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and all the friends.

Dorothy the Dinosaur rocking Christmas: Join Dorothy and all her Wiggles friends on this DVD. You will have a rocking good time with all this Christmas music. Sing along and dance to it.

Arthur Christmas: At the north Pole at Christmas time. Santa’s youngest son is set to use his father’s high-technology operation for an urgent mission…




Festive Ideas for Holiday Fun

Posted in Books, School Holidays, Things to Do
by Theresa

We’re well into December now – that means the school holidays are about to begin and Christmas is on its way (wahoo!!)  You’ll want to be prepared for the awesome amount of free time you’ll soon have! Make sure you pop down to your local library and get your mits stuck into some of our super Christmassy non-fiction books.

We’ve got books packed full of boredom busters – perfect for those days when you just don’t know what to do!  We have everything you need to prepare for the festive season including cool crafts, kids cook books, gift making suggestions, and loads of fun holiday ideas!

We all know home made gifts are extra special and now’s a great time to start thinking about pressie projects that you can create yourself.  You could even have a crafternoon (invite your friends around for a fun afternoon of craft making).  Check out some of these book suggestions or browse the craft or cooking sections in the library.  Get cracking! :)

Christmas non-fiction for children

Posted in Books, Things to Do
by Katie

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. Check out some of the huge collection of non-fiction books that Wellington City Libraries has to offer!

Craft it up Christmas!

image courtesy of syndetics10 minute Christmas crafts.







image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas things to stitch and sew.








image courtesy of syndeticsCraft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures.







Cooking up a Christmas Storm!

image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas cooking.








image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas cookies! : a holiday cookbook.







image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas fairy cooking.







Christmas Carols.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne book of Christmas carols.








image courtesy of syndeticsMy very first Christmas carols.







Fun facts and Information about Christmas.

image courtesy of syndeticsHorrible Christmas.








image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas.








image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Christmas treasury.

Winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition!

Posted in competition!
by Florence

A huge ovation for the winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition!

Amelia Major, Katie Chu-Fong, Matthew Yang went to Karori, Central and Johnsonville libraries to collect their prizes. They received a library bag full of books (some were even signed by Kyle Mewburn!), library concession cards and other fun goodies…

We received over 100 entries and they were all fantastic!

Thanks to all the children who contributed to the competition, Kyle Mewburn will find some inspirational ideas from your drawings!

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Matthew collecting his prize from Johnsonville library
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Katie collecting her prize from Miramar library

New Non Fiction: Amazing Facts.


Big Book of When.image courtesy of syndeticsRead this book and find out all the answers to questions such as when was the first text message sent and when did people start using clocks. This book also contains great photos, timelines, diagram and more than 801 fascinating facts.

image courtesy of syndeticsZoom In.
Move over Magic Eye and Actual size, Zoom In takes you on a journey where you encounter ordinary objects, like an eye or the head of a felt tip that are magnified a hundred times. Overall this book is a fantastic read full of amazing super-magnified images that will leave you guessing what they actually are.

image courtesy of syndeticsDoctor Who: How to be a Time Lord.
A must have read for all you Doctor Who fans. This ancient book contains thousands of years of time lord wisdom everything you need to know in order to become the next Doctor Who.

Girls who rocked the world.image courtesy of syndetics
Girls who rocked the world is the ultimate girl power book that pays tributes to many famous and influential young women that changed the world, such of Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Coco Channel.

Horrid Henry’s Ghosts.image courtesy of syndetics
Check out Horrid Henry’s guide to all the weird, wonderful, hilarious and horrid facts about anything and everything you have ever wanted to know about… Ghosts.

image courtesy of syndetics image courtesy of syndetics A Mob of Meerkats and Other Mammal Groups and A pod of Dolphins and other sea mammal groups.
Prepare to be overloaded with cuteness and amazing facts when reading these books about mammals. These books tell you everything you need to know about their habitat, how they communicate, find food and care for their young. Great resources to use for homework and projects about mammals.

Top 10 Comics for December

Posted in comics, Top 10
by Dusty

Lincoln Pierce of Big Nate fame has been breaking records!  With a lot of help from people all over the world they’ve made the longest comic strip ever!

1.    Pokémon by Hidenori Kusaka
2.    Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
3.    The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
4.    Amulet by Kazu Kibushi
5.    Garfield by Mark Evanier
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

Christmas reads

If you are looking for some great books to read over Christmas then you might like to check out some of these Christmas titles having recently arrived by reindeer!



It is Christmas Eve, and the Famous Five are very excited about their mountain of presents – even Timmy! But when Timmy barks furiously he is sent outside, leaving a thief free to steal all the presents. Can Timmy still manage to save the day?



Meet Billy….he’s Bonkers! The Christmas celebrations have begun! But Bill gets trapped by a snowman, weed on by a puppy and burped on by his relatives, he decides….it’s a totally crazy Christmas!








The Bell family are preparing for the best Christmas ever until Olivia and Jo’s cat Bonnie goes missing! Can Lulu help her friends find Bonnie before Christmas Eve?





Emma Jacks is Agent EJ10. She goes to Spy School. Christmas can be full of surprises – even at Spy School! Join EJ10 on a special Christmas lesson!






Jacqueline Wilson Christmas Cracker is packed with brilliant Christmas stories, including a brand-new tale from classic favourite Tracey Beaker where Tracey gets the lead part in her Christmas play! There are festive puzzles, tasty Christmas recipes, perfect present tips, and fun Christmas facts.













Silly Season

Posted in Books, dvd, Librarian Spotlight, Odd Stuff
by Alisha

Christmas books, films and other things can be awfully serious. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I’d say it’s downright necessary. But Christmas is also a silly season, so I’ve made a short list of silly books and films that will make you want to dress up as an weird-looking elf and dance around the living room.





1.’Invasion of the Christmas Puddings’ by Jeremy Strong.  Have a read of what’s in store: “’Tis the season to be jolly tra-la-la-la-la … BUT WAIT!

Father Christmas’s EVIL brother, Bad Christmas, is plotting to take over the world.

His poisonous Christmas puddings that turn humans into zombies are pouring through from The Other Side in their millions. Millions of Christmas puddings, all made of deadly sticky matter!

But four children from Plumpot Primary have escaped the puddings. Are they in time to stop Bad Christmas and save the world?

Prepare to be … puddified!” Goodreads.


2. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas if you hadn’t watched ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ at least ten times in which the Muppets tell their version of Charles Dickins’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. One of my favourite moments is when Gonzo sets Rizzo on fire and Rizzo runs around shouting,  “Light the lamp, not the rat, light the lamp, not the rat! Put me out, put me out, put me out!” imdb




3. Now I’ll turn your attention to ‘The Smallest Gift of Christmas’ by Peter H. Reynolds. This is one of new favourite Christmas tales. “Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he had ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s spare, free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-carefulwhat-you-wish-for story the perfect holiday gift.”


4.And finally please, oh please, watch with your family the ‘Robbie the Reindeer Trilogy’. It’s a hugely fun film series. “Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa’s crack sleigh team.” imdb.


Wishing you all a silly season with lots of laughter, good books and family films!

Pay your overdue fines with cans of food this Christmas!

Posted in Announcements
by Rachel Lynch

cansFrom the 8th to 21st of December you can donate a 410g can of food at the library to have $3.00 taken off your overdue fines.

All will be donated to local food banks, so make sure the food is suitable for human consumption (so no cat food!) and the cans are not damaged or rusty.

You can donate as many cans as you like but once your applicable overdue fines have been cleared, no credit or cash will be due.

The can payments only apply to fines, not to fees or charges, lost or damaged books or accounts already lodged with debt collection agencies

So let your library fines help someone else this Christmas! You can help us help others! :-)