Get down to Earth during the April School Holidays

Explore earth science, learn about the environment, kick back and watch a movie, or let your creative side out to play, during the school holidays at Wellington City Libraries.

 

Let’s Go Lego!

At Let’s Go Lego, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use our Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces. Each session will have a different theme that will inspire you to hone your skills and become a Lego Legend. Bookings not required. Suitable for ages 5+

Monday 15th April, 3.30 – 4.30pm at Newtown Library

Tuesday 16th April 1 – 3pm at Island Bay Community Centre

Thursday 18th April 10am – 12pm at Churton Park Community Centre

Saturday 20th April 2 – 3pm at Karori Library

 

Earth Science 101

Join experts from Victoria University to learn about the amazing geology of our city – rock formations, fault lines, earthquakes and more. Come along prepared to do some hands-on science as well! Suitable for ages 5+.

Monday 15th April 2 – 3pm at Johnsonville Library

Tuesday 16th April 2 – 3pm at Karori Library

Wednesday 17th April 11am – 12pm at Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library

Wednesday 17th April 2 – 3pm at Miramar Library

 

Family Movie

Bring a blanket and pillow, and relax at our fun family movies. A different G rated movie from the library collection will be showing each time, and are suitable for the whole family. Recommended for ages 4+.

Thursday 18th April 4 – 5.30pm and 6 – 7.30pm at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library

 

Easter Rock Painting

Paint up some special rocks to hide around the suburb for Easter. We’ve got the rocks, the paint, the brushes and more, just bring yourself and your imagination! #WGTNRocks. Suitable for ages 4+.

Thursday 18th April 1 – 3pm at Island Bay Community Centre

 

Recycled Art

Let out your inner artist as we use recyclable material to create inspiring artworks from scratch! Join in to make a huge collaborative sculpture, or make your own piece to take home. Suitable for ages 4+.

Wednesday 17th April 2 – 3.30pm at Newlands Community Centre

Thursday 18th April 11am – 12pm at Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library

Wednesday 24th April 10am – 12pm at Churton park Community Centre

Friday 26th April 11am – 12pm Wadestown Library


VR Experience

Virtual reality (VR) offers us a new and exciting way to learn about science and the world around us. Explore the wonders of our planet’s most extreme locations from the comfort of your local library. Numbers are limited, bookings required. Reserve your seats by contacting the event library. Suitable for ages 6+.

Tuesday 23rd April 2 – 3pm at Johnsonville Library

Wednesday 24th April 2 – 3pm at Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library

Friday 26th April 11am – 12pm at Khandallah Library

Friday 26th April 2 – 3pm at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library

 

Green Storytime

Help the library celebrate the lead-up to Earth Day by coming along to this special storytime all about the environment – and how we fit in it! Magical eco-stories and crafts for the whole family to enjoy. Suitable for all ages

Tuesday 16th April 2 – 3pm at Brooklyn Library

Saturday 27th April 11am – 12pm Karori Library

 

 

All events are free. Bookings are not required, except for the VR experience. All children must be accompanied by caregivers at every event.

Movie Review: Dumbo

Last weekend I went to see Dumbo at the movies and it is in a word, FANTASTIC!

This movie is a must see and has been worth the long wait.

Tim Burton, (director of the 2005 movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), directs this live-action retelling of the original animated 1941 Disney classic.

 


Struggling circus owner Max Medici, enlists a former star , Holt Farrier and his two children, Milly and Joe, to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When Milly and Joe discover that Dumbo can fly, with the help of feathers as a good luck charm, it soon becomes the main attraction — bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus.

image courtesy of flicks.co.nz

The elephant’s magical ability also draws the attention of villain, V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, however with less than honourable, and perhaps sinister intentions. And it’s up to Milly, Joe and the circus performers to save the day by rescuing Dumbo, and his Mum from the evil clutches of Vandevere.


 

Overall I feel Tim Burton did an amazing job with this live action retelling of Dumbo.

Dumbo steals the show with his cuteness, baby blue eyes, inquisitive nature and flying antics. I enjoyed the moments where Dumbo was able to confront and give his tormentors their just deserts by hose down, the tender moments he had with his mother, the warm and loving relationships he had with the children and circus performers who become his surrogate family and advocates, and even (spoiler), where he saves the day!

This movie encourages the characters of the film and viewers to look beyond the “oversized ears” and to be compassionate, kind, curious, humble, and generous. To be accepting and appreciating of the unique qualities that all people, animals and creatures possess.

All the other characters, Holt, Milly, Joe, the circus performers, and even the villain, brings the film to life, gives it depth and will keep you entertained from start to finish, and eager for the long awaited, well deserved and surprising happy ending that Dumbo gets.

As promised, the film delivered at being amazing, entertaining, heart warming, and definitely heart breaking where it is recommended to have tissues on stand by.

 

A well deserved 9/10… and highly recommended movie that the whole family can enjoy at the weekend and Easter break!

The Central Library is closed

Hi kids and families,

We’re sorry to tell you that the Central Library has closed. This is because engineers have told us that, while the building is not damaged, the library might not be very safe if there is a large earthquake.

The librarians are busy coming up with ideas and plans for how we can make the books and events available to you, so stay tuned.

This means that our usual programmes like Storytimes and Baby Rock & Rhyme are cancelled for now.

In the meantime, you can return books and items to any other Wellington City Library, and you can use your library card at any of our libraries to borrow books and other items too. Don’t forget you can download ebooks, and audiobooks, from our website.

Stay up to date with news and announcements by checking the library website, or take a look at our Facebook or Twitter feeds (ask an adult to help if you don’t know how).

Summer Reading is a blast!

So far the Summer Reading Challenge has had almost 1000 book reviews submitted! Wow! That’s a lot of books and a lot of reading. You’re all amazing superdooper readers!

There’s still 3 weeks to go, so plenty of time to grab some books from the library, find a cool sunny spot, and lose yourself in fantasy and imagination.

And remember, each time you write a review of a Summer Reading Challenge book you will win an entry into the main prize draw. We have two big prize packs to give away, which will be drawn in the first week of February. The prize packs are filled with vouchers, toys, books, puzzles and games, and more!

Summer programmes

Over Christmas, New Years and January, our regular children’s programmes and events have a different schedule.

You can find out where and when everything is happening at the Event Calendar, or the children’s What’s On webpage.

 

Special Events:

During December we have special Christmas Storytimes for the whole family, and don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge is on now until the end of January. Also in January you can come along to special storytimes in Te Reo Māori.

Look out for the BookBike at beaches and parks around the city over summer. You can nab yourself a free book! Cool!

 

Regular Programmes

Let’s Go Lego will continue as usual in Johnsonville and Tawa Libraries in January. The Karori, Cummings Park and Khandallah Library sessions will be on holiday until February.

Crafterschool, our popular craft programme, only runs during the school terms so will be on holiday until Term 1 2019.

Movie Nights at Johnsonville, Tawa, and Newtown Libraries will continue as usual! Wahoo!

Preschool Storytimes will take a break from 24 December to 6 January. Wadestown Library’s first storytime for 2019 will be on 14 January.

Baby Rock and Rhyme will take a break from 17 December. Central’s sessions will resume from 7 January onwards. Branch Libraries’ sessions will resume from 4 February.

 

It’s Christmas Storytime Time Again!

Deck the Halls with Books of Jolly! Fa la la la la….

Christmas Storytimes are back!

Dust of your jingle bells, catch a sleigh ride, and follow the reindeer footprints into your local library for fun family storytimes to get your into the festival Christmas spirit.

These storytimes will be filled with stories and songs for the Christmas season, and are suitable for families with children of all ages. Come along in a Christmas costume, or your coziest pyjamas!

All storytimes start at 6pm and run for 45mins.

 

When and Where:

Monday 17th December

Brooklyn, Cummings Park (Ngaio), and Miramar Library,

Tuesday 18th December

Central Library, Children’s section

Thursday 20th December

Wadestown, Karori, Khandallah, Mervyn kemp (Tawa) and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Libraries, and Island Bay Community Centre

Friday 21st December

Newtown and Johnsonville Libraries

 

These are free events, and bookings aren’t required.

The Big Kids eBook Read

New Zealand has a long history of amazing children’s books, with many wonderful authors to  enjoy. Did you know many are also available to borrow through our eLibrary?

Over 3 – 9 December, we’ve joined with Penguin Random House New Zealand and celebrated Wellington author Kate De Goldi to provide unlimited eBook downloads of From the cutting room of Barney Kettle for The Big Kids eBook Read!

 


It’s easy to take part:

On a smart phone or tablet — download the Libby app to your smart phone or mobile device, add Wellington City Libraries as your library, and log in with your library card number and surname to set up your account. Search for ‘From the cutting room of Barney Kettle’ to borrow your copy and start reading.

Users of computers and eReaders, including the Kobo range of eReaders — you’re not left out! Find out more about borrowing our eBooks on our Getting Started with our eLibrary page.


 

From the cutting room of Barney Kettle won the Esther Glenn Award for Junior Fiction in 2016. Here’s what the judges for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, had to say that year:

“Surprising, gripping, heart-breaking and ultimately incredibly moving, this novel stood out right from the start. This book is packed with warmth, wonderful language, rich and witty observations, compelling characters and layers of message and meaning.”

And here’s an intriguing, mysterious blurb about the book to get your curious and interested:

“Meet filmmaker Barney Kettle, who liked to invent stories but found a real one under his nose.

Barney Kettle knew he would be a very famous film director one day, he just didn’t know when that day would arrive. He was already an actual director – he’d made four fifteen-minute films – but so far only his schoolmates and the residents of the High Street had viewed them. Global fame was a little way off. It would come, though. Barney was certain about that …”

For a taste of this award-winning title’s brilliant start, click on the eBook sample below:

 

Join us as we read this brilliant eBook title together across Wellington in December — at school, at home or in the library, we’ll all be reading together!

Huge thanks to Penguin Random House New Zealand and Kate De Goldi, for your support of The Big Kids eBook Read!

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge

Get your reading eyes ready, set up your novel nook, grab the cat and book in some reading time… the Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Starting 1 December 2018 and running through to 31 January 2019, your challenge is to read and review as many books from the reading list as possible. There are lots of instant and major prizes to be won.

Find out more at the Summer Reading Challenge page.

How many will you read? Challenge yourself… Challenge your friends…

Read before you crawl – KidsCrawl Edition!

The popular LitCrawl has teamed up with Annual 2 and Wellington Central Library for the first ever KidsCrawl! Come along and hunt down a story using the KidsCrawl map. There’s famous people to meet, and a story to uncover and piece together…

KidsCrawl will feature authors and illustrators Bill Manhire, David Larsen, Giselle Clarkson, Michael Petherington, Susan Paris, Kate De Goldi, Gavin Mouldy, Kate Camp and Elizabeth Patrick.


Where and When:

10th November, 10am – 11am

Wellington Central Library, meet in the YA area by the help desk

Email kidscrawl@litcrawl.co.nz to register for the event (ask your parents first!).


 

Before you storyhunters turn up for the KidsCrawl, here’s a guide to what you could read to get ready:

 

Annual and Annual 2, edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris

Fiction, comics, poems, essays, art, satire, and things to do! This is a book for intrepid readers to dip into, pore over, return to again and again. Annual features a dictionary of crazy words that come in handy on car trips, a sophisticated “spot the similarity”, a found poem from school newsletters, a maths-nerd’s memoir full of tricky logic puzzles, comics that embrace other worlds, a very unlucky zebra, and top-class fiction that spans Christchurch Botanic Gardens in the 19th century, the loss of a brother, a Kiwi beach holiday, and a Fontanian boarding school.

 

The Curioseum : collected stories of the odd & marvellous, edited by Adrienne Jansen ; illustrated by Sarah Laing

What happens when you take 22 of New Zealand’s best children’s story writers and let them loose ‘backstage’ at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa? Authors from around the country were invited to choose one of the museum’s taonga (treasures) as a starting point for an imaginative journey. The result is a truly original compendium of stories and poems for children with spirited, original illustrations from the award-winning Sarah Laing.

 

Secret world of butterflies, by Courtney Sina Meredith, Giselle Clarkson

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, do a dark red poo when they come out of their chrysalises and that some drink the tears of crocodiles? How does the world look to them, do they ever sleep and how are some of them able to fly so high? This book will open your eyes to these magical creatures around us.

 

 


But wait! There’s more! The fun doesn’t start and finish with the KidsCrawl. You could take home your own copy of Annual 2! Enter for your chance to win.


 

Focus On: Niuean Language

Hello! Fakaalofa atu!

Recently New Zealand celebrated Niuean Language Week – Vagahau Niue Weekand we have books to help you discover and explore the language, the culture and the people of Niue.

 

Give it a go! Here are some handy phrases to try:

 

Ko au he Fale Tohi.

I am at the library.

 

Ko au ne totou tohi.

I am reading a book.

 

Iloa nakai e koe ha vagahau Niue?

Do you know any Niuean langauge?

 

Nàkai.    

No.

 

Begin your language learning journey here:

Tau matatohi Faka-Niue : Niue alphabet with English translation, by Bettina Ikenasio-Thorpe. Learn the basics of the language, the alphabet, numbers and colours.

 

To find out more about the people and the place, dive into these:

The rat and the octopus, by Jill MacGregor. Pita, who lives in the village of Tuapa on the island of Niue, describes how to catch an octopus with a lure shaped like a rat. Includes some Niuean words and a glossary.

The uga hunt, by Jill MacGregor. Arfa, who lives in Niue, describes how he and his father hunt for huge coconut crabs called uga.

Show day, by Jill MacGregor. Livisia, who lives in the village of Alofi South on the island of Niue, describes how her village hosts Show Day, a day of celebrations for the whole island. Includes some Niuean words and a glossary. In picture book format.

 

Haia! Allright!