Dinosaur Storytime at Johnsonville Library

Oct
01
Posted in Announcements, Event, Things to Do
by debbie

Make sure you head along to Johnsonville Library on Friday 3rd October at 6.30pm for a romping, stomping storytime full of dinosaurs.

Come if you dare!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Where in the World

Do you want to know where the most explosive volcanoes in the world are?

What about the hottest place on the earth?

What about where the world’s billionaires live or where would you go to find the deadliest creatures in the world.

This book is amazing – you could spend hours looking through it. Each page shows a map of the world along with some interesting information. Found out where the tallest buildings are located, where all the roads are and even where all the internet connections travel. Its looks like a spider web.

 

 

Here are some of the interested facts I discovered in this book.

  • Between 50 and 70 volcanoes erupt every year, mostly around the edge of the pacific.
  • In 2010 there were 925 million undernourished people in the world.
  • Since 1965, the world population has doubled.
  • A blue whales tongue can weigh as much as an elephant.
  • The first known sewing needle dates back about 25,000 years.

 

 

 

October School Holidays – Free Children’s activities

Sep
25

98730-Libary Mad Science Mysteries 150 x 113The school holidays are next week! Looking for something fun to do? How about…

Free school holiday activities: get mad about science during the October School Holidays!

Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, bookings not required.

 

When and where:

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm

Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm

Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 8 October 11am – 12pm

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 9 October 11am – 12pm

Khandallah Library: Friday 10 October 11am – 12pm

 

Contact your local library for more information.

September Top 10 Children’s Fiction

Sep
24
Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

This month Harry Potter has a double entry – the wizard rides again!

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney

2.   Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell

3.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

4.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

5.   Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows

6.   Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

7.   Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling

8.   Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

9.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

10.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

Top 10 Children’s comics for September

Sep
23
Posted in comics, Top 10
by Dusty

Geronimo Stilton makes a comeback into the running and Pokémon is the standout lead in this month’s comic poll for the favourite read.

1.   Pokémon by Hidenori Kusaka

2.   Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

3.   Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami

4.   Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

5.   The complete Peanuts by Charles M Schulz

6.   Asterix Omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero

7.   Warriors by Dan Jolley

8.  Adventure time by Ryan North

9.  Who stole Mona Lisa? by Geronimo Stilton

10.Tintin and the Picaros by Hergé

Johnsonville Drawing Classes

Sep
22
Posted in Event, Things to Do
by debbie

It was all the colours of the rainbow at our free drawing class at Johnsonville Library last Friday night.

Joyce showed us some simple steps for painting and then we were all given paper, brushes and paints to create our own beautiful rainbow masterpieces.

Painting1Painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our next free drawing class will be on Friday 10th October at 6.30pm so make sure you come along for some arty fun!

Check out these new children’s fiction Books!

Sep
16
Posted in New Fiction
by pauline

Image courtesy of SyndeticsI am Juliet by Jackie French

The world’s most famous love story told by one of Australia’s most respected authors. This is the well-known story of Juliet Capulet and her love for Romeo. It also the story about the increasing helplessness Juliet feels as she realises that unlike young men her age, her life will effectively be determined and controlled by others, who see her having an arranged marriage of alliance and becoming a breeder of sons. I am Juliet closely follows the well-known and loved plot of the play, but we also see the point of view of Rob, the thirteen-year-old boy who is the first to play the role of Juliet on the Elizabethan stage.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsJelly Baby  by Jean Ure     

A humorous and heart-warming story about a little sister, a big sister, a cat, a dad and…a new girlfriend! Bitsy, or Jelly Baby as she’s sometimes called, has been doing just fine living with Dad and big sister Em since Mum died. The housework may not always get done, and dinners might not always be at the table, but none of them ever minded! Until one day Dad brings home a girlfriend – and everything changes. Now it looks like it might be down to the Jelly Baby of the family to keep it from falling apart.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsLilac Attack! by Sophie Bell

While sixth-grade superheroes Scarlet, Iris, and Cheri are trying to decide if the formerly evil Opal can be trusted to be an Ultra Violet again, they face a new BeauTek plot, purportedly to beautify Sync City.

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsEye of the Gargoyle by Sam Penant

Dax’s parents have put him on a bus to a prison to which he doesn’t belong. Little does he know that this ‘prison’, Scragmoor Prime, is actually a school for superheroes! But Dax Daley doesn’t have any superpowers! Or does he?

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Fastest Boy in the World  by Elizabeth Laird

‘Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather announces that he’s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It’s unfathomable. Solomon’s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he’ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!

But Solomon’s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It’s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather’s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?’ ; www.Goodreads.com

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengreen

When Esther’s family moves to a farm during the Great Depression, she soon learns that there are things much more important than that her superstitious mother rarely shows her any affection.

 

 

Children’s Top 10 DVDs in September

Sep
15
Posted in Top 10
by Dusty

Great mix of animation for the top ten this month:

1.   My little pony, friendship is magic.

2.   Legends of Chima.

3.   Strawberry Shortcake.

4.   Dino Dan.

5.   Dinosaur train.

6.   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

7.   Turbo

8.   Frozen

9.   Shaun the sheep.

10. Despicable me.

September Top 10 non Fiction

Sep
10
Posted in Books, internet, Top 10
by Dusty

Minecraft has entered the ranks for Children’s imagination building. Lego and Star Wars have got competition!

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.  LEGO super heroes by Daniel Lipkowitz

6.  LEGO play book by Daniel Lipkowitz

7.  Ripley’s believe it or not! Edited by Rosie Alexander

8.  Minecraft by Nick Farwell

9.  Angry Birds Star Wars by Steve Bynghall

10. Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley

Free Drawing classes at Johnsonville Library

Sep
10
Posted in Event, Things to Do
by debbie

Drawing1Come along to Johnsonville Library to join Joyce for a fun session of drawing and art and for your chance to create your own masterpiece.

These are free sessions that are suitable for children over the age of 5 years. Bookings not required – just turn up!

Friday 12th September at 6.30pm