Beyond the Page

The wait is over! Beyond the Page is here for the July School Holidays.

There are over 100 events happening across the Wellington region between 7-22 July – all are free and all are loads of fun.

Drag Queen storytimes, writing workshops, movies, lego challenges, robotics, comics and drawing, and even a special storytime on the cable car – so much to choose from.

Visit the Beyond the Page website or Facebook page to find out about the range of events.

Singing performance and workshop with the Manawa Ora Children Community Choir

How exciting! A children’s choir will be doing a performance and singing workshop in the central Library, and you can come along!

The Manawa Ora Children Community Choir is a group of young singers who comes together each week to learn music from around the world. In this choir, children are accepted, celebrated and empowered, as they learn to sing in parts and in different languages. They then share their love of music with others by singing at rest homes and community events, and for the first time they will be singing in the library!

Come along and join in for a free interactive performance and workshop!  Children, parents, and grandparents are all welcome. Bookings aren’t required.

 

Saturday 23rd June, 2 – 3 PM,

Wellington Central Library, Ground Floor. at the Wellington Central Library.

 

Cosy Winter Reads

It’s that time of year again when all you might want to do is to curl up into a ball in a comfy chair with a good book. Here are some great winter reads to warm your heart and explore new worlds under the comfort of your blanket.

 

Picture books:

Cold paws, warm heart, by Madeleine Floyd – A young girl forms a friendship with a lonely polar bear in this sweet story set in the North Pole.

 

 

 

 

Over and under the snow, by Kate Messner – Both educational and enchanting, this book gives you a sneak peek into a “secret kingdom under the snow” where animals big and small keep warm through the season, just out of sight from people walking by.

 

 

 

 

Chapter books:

Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter, by Megan McDonald – From the author of the Judy Moody series comes a clever tale about a pair of insects with different personalities who aren’t quite ready to part ways when it’s time to hibernate.

 

 

 

Winter magic – an enchanting collection of stories from award-winning authors, edited by Abi Elphinstone – An anthology of tales featuring memorable characters from snow queens to boarding school adventurers, this book packs a flurry of mischief and excitement.

 

 

 

The winter of the robots, by Kurtis Scaletta – “Seven feet of snow, four science-fair nerds, one creepy junkyard. Get ready for the ultimate robot battle.” (Publisher’s description)

 

 

 

 

The Blizzard on Blue Mountain, by Kristiana Gregory and Patrick Fancy (Cabin Creek Mysteries) – “In Cabin Creek, winter means sledding, ice skating, snow boarding – and a broken ski lift? A blizzard has blown into town and tourists are filling up the lodge to hit the slopes, which means there are all the more suspects in in the cousins’ latest case.” (Publisher’s description)

 

 

Moominland Midwinter, by Tove Jansson – Moomins are known for sleeping through the winter, but Moomintroll has woken up early! His curiosity is sparked and he sets out to discover what really goes on during this unusual season.

Finalists, finally!

It’s always tough waiting for this one every year. Luckily you can munch on FREE Hell Pizza while you wait.

But.. the wait is over! Today the finalists for the NZ Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards have been announced. These are the best books written or illustrated by New Zealanders in the last year:

 

Picture Book:

Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, written by Heather Haylock and illustrated by Lael Chisholm

 

 

 

 

I am Jellyfish, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul

 

 

 

 

 

That’s Not the Monster We Ordered, written by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones, and illustrated by Richard Fairgray

 

 

 

 

The Gift Horse, written by Sophie Siers and illustrated by Katharine White

 

 

 

 

The Longest Breakfast, written by Jenny Bornholdt and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Fiction:

How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot, written by Suzanne Main

 

 

 

 

 

How to Bee, written by Bren MacDibble

 

 

 

 

 

Lyla: Through My Eyes – Natural Disaster Zones, written by Fleur Beale (Also available as an eBook)

 

 

 

 

Dawn Raid, written by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith

 

 

 

 

 

The Thunderbolt Pony, written by Stacy Gregg (Also available as a Digital Audiobook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Non-Fiction:

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, written by Gavin Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

Explore! Aotearoa, written by Bronwen Wall and illustrated by Kimberly Andrews

 

 

 

 

New Zealand’s Great White Sharks, written by Alison Balance

 

 

 

 

 

Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures, written by David Hill and illustrated by Phoebe Morris

 

 

 

 

The New Zealand Wars, Written by Philippa Werry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustration:

Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands, illustrated by Marco Ivančić

 

 

 

 

Bobby, the Littlest War Hero, illustrated by Jenny Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, illustrated and written by Craig Phillips (also available as a eBook)

 

 

 

 

I am Jellyfish, written and illustrated by Ruth Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

Te Reo Māori:

Tu Meke Tūī! Written by Malcolm Clarke, translated by Evelyn Tobin and illustrated by Hayley King (Also available in English)

 

 

 

 

Hineahuone, written and illustrated by Xoë Hall and translated by Sian Montgomery-Neutze

Te Tamaiti me te Aihe, written and illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa and translated by Kiwa Hammond

 

 

Check out the YA (and other) categories.

 

The winners will be announced on August 8th. Stay tuned…

Write reviews, win prizes!

Did you know you can automatically earn prizes for sending us your book reviews?

Write a Kids’ Club review about a book you liked (or didn’t like!), and see it published online for the world to see! You’ll automatically earn a prize after your first 2 reviews, and after every 5th review from then on. Anything you read can count – chapter books (even school ones), non-fiction, comics, and more!

Sometimes we get reviews of really cool and useful websites – which we think is great!

Head over to the Kids’ Club page for more info, and to get started.

Live online homework help with AnyQuestions

Need help with those tricky school subjects? Not sure where to start on your project? Have a topic that you want to know more about? Just need a good website?

Then you need to go to AnyQuestions.co.nz

AnyQuestions offers free online schoolwork help to New Zealand school students. You can log on to the website from 1pm to 6pm weekdays during the school year and chat online with a friendly librarian about a schoolwork question.

AnyQuestions librarians are specially trained to help you find the answers you need, without giving you the answers of course! They will guide you to quality information sources and help you gain the skills to do future searches yourself.

AnyQuestions will work with any internet enabled device, such as a computer, tablet or a smartphone. AnyQuestions does look a bit different on different devices but you’re still talking to a librarian, somewhere in New Zealand.

The site is backed by the Ministry of Education and is staffed by librarians from Wellington City Libraries and other libraries around New Zealand.

For more information visit AnyQuestions.

International Simultaneous Storytime 2018

For the first time ever New Zealand is joining with Australia for an international storytime. Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson will be read simultaneously -at the same time- across both countries.

You can join us and take part at Wellington Central, Johnsonville, or Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Libraries at 12.30pm on Wednesday 18th May.

At Wellington Central and Johnsonville Library events there will be a live video feed to libraries in Canberra in Australia -Cool! You will have the chance to wave and giggle with children in Canberra and ask them lots of questions. At 1pm Hickory Dickory Dash will be read aloud by a special guest reader, with the children in Canberra listening too.

Don’t miss out on this exciting historic event. All are welcome, bookings aren’t required.

Space and Science Festival – see you there!

Celebrate New Zealand TechWeek 19 – 27th May!

Wellington City Libraries will be at the Space and Science Festival at Onslow College on 19th May. We will have all our robots and programmable toys there for you to have a go with, and lots of Lego! There will be mBots, Spheros, Dash, Ozobot and more. You can even say hello to one of our Nao Robots (and they will say hello back)!

There will be heaps of cool companies, scientists, and tech experts at the Space and Science festival, including a scientist and astronaut from NASA. Take a look at the full list and programme to find out more.

See you there!

 

Make, Create, and Innovate in the April School Holidays

Spin a Sphero, make music, code a cart, and rock with a robot!

You get to be the engineer, architect, or scientist at your local library during the school holidays. Have a go at the latest programmable toys, gadgets and robots, and get creative with Lego and coding games. Open to all ability levels.

 

Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 17th April, 10.30am

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 18th April, 10.30am

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 19th April, 10.30am

Karori Library: Friday 20th April, 2.30pm

Johnsonville Library: Monday 23rd April. 2.30pm

Newtown Library: Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am

Khandallah Library: Thursday 26th April, 10.30am

Central Library: Friday 27th April, 10.30am

 

These free events are for children aged 6+ and run for 1 hour. No need to book – just turn up!

There are eight different robot and coding events happening across Wellington City Libraries during the school holidays. Contact your library to find out more. Follow the our Facebook page or check back on this blog for updates.

 

Pride festival books for families and children

Pride Festival week is here! Celebrate diversity and differences: Saturday 24th February 2018 to Sunday 4th March 2018.

This week celebrates people and families in our communities. Not all families are made up of a mummy and a daddy – there are lots of different types of families out there, and the Pride Festival is for everyone to celebrate families in all their forms. These different families are often called Rainbow Families.

Would you like to find out more about rainbow families? Here’s some good books to start with:

Heather has two mommies by Leslea Newman

This is about a young girl who has two mummies. Heather at first struggles with not having a daddy, and then she finds at playgroup that there are lots of different kinds of families. This is a book for younger children.

 

 

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine

This is a story about 2 children who compare families. One comes from a traditional family and the other comes from a family with 2 blue dads and they try to figure out what the differences are with having 2 blue dads.

 

And Tango makes 3 by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

This is a true story about two male penguins in New York city zoo. They fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg.
Some people when they come from families that are different sometimes get teased or picked on for being different from others. Some people are picked on and teased because they seem different to us. I The next two books are about characters who are in that situation and how they triumph over it.

 

The sissy duckling by Harvey Fierstein

This is the story about Elmer the duck who is teased because he is different from others. He proves himself by surviving the harsh winter and saving his dad.
This book is aimed at younger children.

 

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This is the story of a gentle Bull named Ferdinand who is forced to fight in the bull ring in Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

Event! Event! Event!

Celebrate Pride festival with us! There is a special storytime in Wellington Central Library celebrating Rainbow Families.

This special storytime event will be presented by the fabulous Drag Queen LaQuisha St Redfern and friends featuring books from our library collection. These Rainbow Storytime events help to teach children about acceptance with themes of family, love and friendship, being different and belonging, being unique and accepted and are for children, families and anyone who likes a good story!

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2-2.30pm