There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about how clean the rivers and streams are in New Zealand.
Most of us would love to be able to swim in local rivers but unfortunately that is not always the case. Some have so much pollution that it is not safe for us to do so.
Having enough clean water is becoming a really big concern throughout the world. When you turn on the tap at home, stop and think where did this water come from, or why it is that not everyone in the world has enough water?
Did you know that the average family of four uses 45,000 litres of water a year just to wash clothes. That’s 300 bathtubs full. How about that cheeseburger you had for dinner last night. That required 2,400 litres of water to produce. Most of the water is needed for producing the beef and when you include the slice of cheese and the bun that is another 100 litres of water. Even that bar of chocolate requires 1,700 litres of water to produce – in fact chocolate is made from ingredients with large water footprints: cocoa paste, cocoa butter and cane sugar. Cocoa beans are native to rainforests and require vast amounts of water to thrive.
So come on, lets make a start to help clean up our waterways and share these great ideas with your family to help save water
A UFO has just landed outside your bedroom window. Out steps an Alien. He’s green with a bright red ball glowing on the top of his cone shaped head.
He walks towards your window.!
He can see you.!
You can’t move!
What does he want?
He speaks and blue bubbles come out of his mouth – but you can hear his question inside your head.
“Tell me about Earth?”
WOW, what are you going to do? Jump out of your bedroom window and talk to it or turn tail and run away as fast as you can.
What do you think about Aliens. Do you think there are other beings living out in space? It’s a really interesting question and lots of people have different thoughts about it.
If you would like to learn more about Aliens you might like to check out some of these non-fiction books at the library.
Or maybe you like reading fiction stories about Aliens so why not take a look at these really spacey reads.
Is something out there!!!!!!!!!!
If you could do three things to change the world, what would they be? What could you invent or do that would have a big impact on how we live in the world. Hopefully it would be something for good.
If we look way, way back in history one of the most important inventions would be the wheel. Imagine life without the wheel. No cars or bikes, no cogs and gears inside machines. With so many uses for wheels in the world it could be considered one of the most important inventions of all time. Can you think of anything that has had a bigger impact?
Now consider plastic – its lightweight, cheap, tough, difficult to break and doesn’t rot. No wonder it has been used in so many products. But because it doesn’t rot, rubbish tips are full of plastic not to mention our oceans and it will take hundred of years to break down. So even though it has been considered a great invention it is also causing a huge problem for our planet. Wouldn’t it be great if we could change the way we use plastic or invent a way that we can dispose of it that is environmentally friendly.
Take a look of these books that showcase some of the greatest inventions by man and put your thinking caps on and Change the World.
If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go?
Right back to the Stone age being chased by a saber tooth tiger. Maybe in Ancient Egypt helping build the great pyramids or how about being a Viking sailing on one of their great ships.
What about going the other way – into the future. What do you think our world will be like? Maybe we could be living on Mars!
How do you feel about time travel? Do you think that one day we might be able to travel to any point in time or do you think that’s just weird.
Either way it is fun to read books on time travel and we have heaps of choice for you.
If you could design and make something, what would it be? Something so amazing and fantastic that your friends are going to be sooooo jealous.
What about a robot that cleans your room or hover shoes that you could zoom around on. Maybe a small pill that has all your vegetables hidden inside (even broccoli) and when you swallow it, it tastes like chocolate or strawberries and cream.
This website has some great inventions that kids have designed and they have been turned into real products. I really like the scooter.
So get your thinking caps on and start creating. You might like to check out some of these great books to get you started.
Yay – Summer is here and there is nothing better than going to the beach. Swimming in the surf, picking up driftwood, finding pretty shells and looking in rock pools.
We are so lucky in New Zealand because nine out of ten New Zealanders live within 40 km of the coast. We have a very long coastline. When you put our three main islands together there is over 18,000 km of coast in total length. If you decided to walk along our coast it would take you about 6 months and that’s if you could keep walking day and night non-stop! I don’t think I will try that!
Have you thought about becoming a seaside scientist? Why not study some rock pools. You might find some sea anemones or maybe a starfish. Perhaps you might like to hunt for crabs. Watch out that they don’t bite your toes though. Or maybe you like to look at all the different types of seaweed that may have washed ashore.
Whatever you like doing there is always plenty to see and do at the beach.
And don’t forget to build your sandcastle or create your own artwork in the sand. Draw a face and then use shells, pebbles and seaweed to decorate it.
School is almost finished and Christmas is just about here. Its time to think of all that Christmas stuff you need to do before the man in the big red suit arrives.
First of all, have you sent your Christmas letter to Santa? I’m sure you have plenty of things on your wish list.
Next you have to think about what gifts you can make for your family and friends.
Don’t forget that you can do some Christmas baking. Everyone loves baking! I think the Not-so Frosty the Snowman would be a big hit!
After that you could spend some time playing fun Christmas games.
And last but not least make sure you come along to The 12 Storytimes of Christmas at your local library.
Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas everyone!
You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why:
Christmas storytime is coming to town!!!
Hitch up your reindeer and come on down to Johnsonville Library on Friday 16th December at 6.30pm for our extra special late night Christmas Storytime.
Whether you have been naughty or nice come along and enjoy some Christmas stories, festive songs and some fun Christmas games
Come dressed up in your favourite Christmas costume, or maybe you have some special Christmas pyjama’s that you like to wear.
Either way you will have some merry, merry fun at this free family event.
Everyone loves toys – yes even adults love them. I bet a lot of mums and dads out there have a special toy from their childhood tucked away in the cupboard somewhere.
If you had to pick a favourite toy, what would it be? Do you love lego, or Star Wars toys. Maybe you are a Barbie or a My Little Pony fan. Perhaps you have a drone that you fly around or do you prefer to ride on your bike or scooter.
Whatever it is you might like to learn some funny and interesting facts about toys.
Did you know that:
- The word “toy” comes from an Old English word meaning “tool”.
- Dolls are considered to be the oldest toys in history.
- The Yo-yo is believed to be the second-oldest toy in the world. It was used in 500BC in Ancient Greece.
- Barbie was introduced in 1959 and cost $3. Every second, two Barbie dolls are sold in the world.
- The first toy advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head.
- Play-Doh was originally used to clean wallpaper.
- Kermit the Frog is left-handed.
And last but not least did you know that LEGO is the world’s No. 1 tyre manufacturer. It produces 318 million tyres every year. That is 870,000 tiny tyres in a day. Wow that’s amazing!
There are heaps of cool books in the library about the history of toys as well as books that teach how to build and construct them.
So have some toy fun!
How many of you out there have a pet?
Pets are great. You can play with them, take them for walks, groom them, teach them tricks but most of all love them.
Did you know there are lots of fun and interesting facts that you might not be aware of about your pet such as:
- Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting.
- Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
- A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
- Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
- Cats have over a hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
- To survive, every bird must eat at least half its own weight in food each day.
- Larger parrots such as macaws and cockatoos can live for more than 75 years.
- Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
- A goldfish can live up to 40 years.
You might like to check out some of these funny and interesting books about different pets.
Also if you are looking at getting a pet or would like to find out more information about looking after and caring for you pet then take a look at some of these books.