Beyond The Page! Amazing school holiday events for all!

School holidays are nearly upon us and this is a great time to get down to your local library and find out about an amazing Children and Youth Festival called Beyond The Page, which is taking place at Libraries in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt from the 8th to 23rd July. Over two weeks we have 28 events happening, in Wellington City Libraries that’s going to make these school holidays the best ever. Come along and immerse yourself in the world of story! Write your own stories and poems, make a zine (your own small magazine) we will even put it on the Library shelf for other people to read, listen to stories from the Royal New Zealand Ballet, build box forts – the list just goes on and on and on…..

Help us celebrate the opening of the festival with Poetry and Pancakes Saturday 8th July at 11am. Write a poem and yes you get a pancake for your efforts! Discover all the different sorts of poems there are – acrostic, haiku, magnetic blackout anything goes. Listen to poet Michael Howard reading some of his poetry and have a go at reading your own.

In the first week of the festival we have the wonderful Sir John Trimmer bringing us Tales from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He will be telling stories from some of the best loved ballets using voice, music and mime. This is definitely one not to be missed!

 

Johnsonville Library: 2.30pm Monday 10th July

Karori Library: 10.30am Saturday 15th July

Central Library: 2.30pm Saturday 15th of July

Meet the Robots! Red – the fully automated humanoid Robot has landed and is awaiting your commands. You can talk to Red and ask the Robot to do things. It will even dance Thriller and Gangnam style. Want to know how an mBot can follow the lines? You will just have to come along and find out!

 

 

Central Library: 2pm Monday 10th July

Miramar Library: 2pm Tuesday 11th July

Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 2pm Wednesday 12th July

Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 2pm Thursday 13th July

This is just the beginning so many more events to tell you about, so keep an eye on the Kid’s Blog for updates. Better still when you’re at you local library picking up some books, grab a calendar of all the events on offer. There’s also a great website www.beyondthepage.nz which has all the events plus a unique version of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy to watch.

The best bit? It’s all FREE! We have fantastic prizes to be won over the festival with our competitions, take part in our Wellington wide scavenger hunt, doodle, write or draw in our Traveling Journals and share your thoughts and pictures with the Wellington region! Are you curious enough to go Beyond The Page…

 

Finalists in The Children and Young Adults Book Awards!

Wow! The finalists have been announced for this years New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and what an amazing line up! It’s so great to be able to celebrate our wonderful home grown talent in Aotearoa so check out some of these books. Oh and don’t forget you can read some of these books as part of the Hell Pizza Challenge and get stamps on your pizza wheels. Yum!

Love Joy Cowley’s books and the snake and lizard series is one of my favourites. Check out their latest hilarious adventures and escapades in “Helper and Helper”.

Tania Roxborogh’s latest book “My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point” is a great way to explore New Zealand history from the perspective of a young girl called Erica Tito, whose parents decide that instead of going on their usual summer holiday they will join the protesters at Bastion Point. A moving and insightful account of real life events through the eyes of a fictitious young girl.

 

 

Sent to live with his grandmother in Hastings after his father is jailed, Matt becomes the victim of bad friends and false accusations. Sent off to a military-style school camp in the wilds of lake Waikaremoana, Matt is once again in trouble. Find out more about Matt and the friendships he makes by reading “Sunken Forest” by Des Hunt. This popular author will also be coming to Wellington Central Library on the 11th of July as part of the Beyond the Page festival, more about that on the blog soon!

“The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain” by Julie Lamb tells the story of Summer, who loves to make people laugh, it’s how she fits in. Living with her crazy family she is surprised when Juanita suddenly wants to be her friend… Find out more about Summer and her friends and family when you read this book.

 

 

Ever had an imaginary friend? Ben has one called Vincent in “The Impossible Boy”, who has helped Ben survive in the war torn streets which are his home. But can an imaginary friend become real? How powerful is Ben’s imagination. A beautiful and powerful book  to immerse yourself in, by Julie Lamb.

So many more books up for awards so expect more blogs soon. Other categories include: non-fiction, illustration, te reo Māori, picture book, and first book award. So keep those peepers peeled for more exciting reads.

Come and Celebrate Matariki!

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter it’s time to snuggle up and share stories with friends and family. Step back in time and discover the myths and legends of long ago that helped shape Aotearoa. Listen to the legends of Matariki and how those stars came into being so that next time you look up at the night sky it will have a whole new meaning for you.

This is the time to celebrate the Māori New Year and we would love you to join us for a special Matariki story time. Come and write a wish on a star and hang it up for the New Year – wishes for your family, peace in the World or your best friend. What’s your wish going to be?

Star Wishes from the 19th – 30th of June at Wellington City Libraries

 

Matariki Story Times:

Tawa: 1st June 6pm

Brooklyn: 19th June at 6pm

Central: 21st June 6pm

Kilbirnie: 22nd June 6pm

Johnsonville 23rd June 6pm

Khandallah: 29th June 6pm

Keep looking at the blog for more about Matariki!

Space and Science Festival: Saturday the 9th of May

Every wondered what’s out there when you look at the stars? Want to meet an astronaut? What was New Zealand like before humans arrived? What goes on in the mind of a robot?

You might just find an answer to these and many other fascinating questions if you come along to the Space and Science Festival at Onslow College, Johnsonville on Saturday the 13th of August from 12 noon to 4pm.

The Space and Science Festival is an event run by volunteers made up of scientists, astronomers, astrophotographers, engineers, mathematicians, technologists and many more people who all give up their time to help you gain greater understanding of the World and space around us both near and far.

This year Wellington City Libraries and Hutt City Libraries have got together and will have a room at the Space and Science Festival packed full of exciting things including robotics, stop/go animation, coding and lego construction. There will be lots of hands on stuff to get involved with including Red, our Nao Robot who can do all sorts of amazing things, even understand what you are saying!

The website for the festival is www.spacesciencefestival.org – you’ll need to get a ticket to get in (best to buy before you go) – Child: $10 or a Family Pass: $50.

ComicFest is here!

Who likes comics? I do and I know where I’m going to be on Saturday the 6th of May from 9.30am to 5pm, at Wellington Central Library for ComicFest!

We have all sorts of fun activities on offer. Learn how to create your own comic book character, dress up as your favourite comic book character and enter the Cosplay competition, hear about how the new “Thunderbirds Are Go” movie was re-imagined for todays audience and lots of other exciting stuff.

Best of all there are free comics being given away and lots of exciting prizes to be won!

Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful comics and graphic novels that we have at the libraries. One of my favourites has to be Tintin by Herge. This comic hero has his faithful dog Snowy by his side and is aided in his adventures by a cast of colourful characters (see if you can spot Snowy at ComicFest.)

 

 

Syndetics book coverAsterix by Goscinny and Underzo of course is an all time classic and the names of the characters still make me laugh! Set in a little village in Gaul the comics tell the story of Asterix and his best friend Obelix and their numerous adventures through the ancient World. This comic series is one of the most popular all over the World.

 

 

 

Image from SyndeticsBut comics can also have little or few words and really focus on the story through the pictures. Polo: The Runaway Book by Regis Faller, tells an exciting story through colourful pictures taking you on an adventure over the sea and flying through the sky as the characters make friends with each other while searching for the stolen book.

 

 

Image from SyndeticsLittle Robot by Ben Hatke uses very few words to tell the story of a friendship between a lonely child and a small lost and confused robot. They both show initiative and courage to overcome another evil robot and save the day.

So why not try reading some of our fabulous comics here or better still try writing and illustrating your own!

School Journal Exhibition & ComicFest!

Imagine being 110 years old! Well that’s how old the School Journal is turning in May and to celebrate Wellington Central Library is having an exhibition about the School Journal as part of the cool ComicFest 2017.

The School Journal was first published in May 1907, the same year New Zealand became a dominion and it has been going ever since. It’s packed full of stories, cartoons and articles by New Zealanders and many of the people who write and illustrate it are now famous all over the World! The School Journal has helped New Zealanders to find their own voice and has given us an opportunity to show who we were and what it is like to live in Aotearoa.

Over last 40 years comics have been a big part of the School Journal and many comic writers and illustrators have made there “bread and butter” through its pages.

Ask your parents or grandparents what they remember about the School journal and chances are they will have fond memories to tell you. Why not bring them down to Central Library to help prompt their memories.

The exhibition is on now and will run until the 9th of May. Better still come down for ComicFest on the 6th of May, grab some free comics and join in with the many free activities on offer. So hurry on in and find out more about the School Journal and all the amazing people who have contributed to it.

April School Holiday Fun!

Did you know that dragonflies have been around for 300 million years or that our native snail, the Powelliphanta, can live for up to 20 years? What do you know about bugs and other creepy crawlies? Love them or hate them bugs are fascinating! In fact at Wellington Libraries we think Bugs are so awesome we put beehives on the roof of Central Library.

These school holidays we are going to be worming our way into the World of bugs, through games, fun facts, microscopes and crafts. So fly down to your local library and join in with some of the fun, free activities we have on offer, during the April school holidays.

These free events are for children aged 6+

Mervyn Kemp  Library – Tawa: Wednesday 19 April at 11am

Karori Library: Wednesday 19 April at 2pm

Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Thursday 20 April at 10.30am

Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Friday 21 April at 11am

Miramar Library: Wednesday 26 April at 10.30am

Wellington Central Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am

Johnsonville Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am

Khandallah Library: Thursday 27 April at 6pm

Newtown Library: Friday 28 April at 6pm

Family Fort Night

Family Fort story time

Come to Khandallah Library on the last Thursday of each month at 6pm for fun, family-friendly themed activities for kids and their families. On Thursday the 30th of March, we’re having “Family Fort Night” – bring your pillow and your favourite teddy and help turn the children’s area into one giant pillow fort for the evening. They’ll be stories, songs and activities so come in your PJs, if you’re feeling extra adventurous! These are fun events for children of all ages and their caregivers.

Keep an eye out at Khandallah Library for more information or ask any of our friendly librarians!

Seaweek Winners!

Thank-you for bringing your fantastic Seaweek pictures into the Wellington Libraries and sharing them with us. We were swept away by amazing picture that you all did. Big congratulations to all those who took part and especially to our winners. Here is a wonderful picture from one of our winners, Tilly from Karori.

 

Our other winners from Karori were Abby (left), pictured with the Finding Dory Playset she won, and Keddie holding her book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners Joshua, Anna and Emma standing in front of some sensational Seaweek art

 

 

 

 

From Johnsonville our Seaweek winners were Anna, Oscar and Anna and from Ngaio our winners were Gabrianna and Grace. Thanks once again to all those who took part. Hope to see more of your wonderful art work in the libraries really soon!

Summer Reading Challenge

Kia ora everyone

A big thank-you and congratulations to all those who took part in Summer Reading Challenge this summer!

We really enjoyed reading all your fantastic reviews and hope that you will keep writing and sending more reviews in for our Kids’ Club.

We would also like to congratulate our overall Summer Reading Challenge winners. The prizes this year go to Zahra from Karori, who was very excited by her new book collection and Ben from Miramar who loves books on sharks!


The school challenge this year was taken out by Karori  West Normal School who had the most students taking part. They received $500 worth of book tokens for the school and some great books for the School Library. It was pretty close, so don’t forget to get your friends at school to take part next summer.

Sadly summer is now drawing to a close but we still have lots of great books at the library to get stuck into. If you can’t decide what to read look at some of the ideas from the Kids Blog and Kids Reviews pages in the Kids’ Club. If you can’t get down to the library try downloading a book or an audio book online!

Happy reading everyone.