LEGO fun at Tawa and Cummings Park!

Let’s Go LEGO is coming to Tawa! Come along to our first session for the year at 3:30pm on Thursday the 8th of February at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library for a whole bunch of exciting LEGO challenges that will test your creativity and problem-solving skills! Sessions will continue on the second Thursday of each month — each session will encourage you to hone your LEGO design skills and build a masterpiece to be proud of. Suitable for ages 5+.

And don’t forget it’s nearly time for Let’s Go LEGO to start up again at Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library, with a shiny new regular time slot at 3:30pm on the first Thursday of each month! So come along to our first session next Thursday the 1st of February, and make sure you bring your thinking caps. Your first challenge is going to be to create a giant collaborative model — but I won’t tell you any more about it until you get here on the day! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Let’s Go LEGO dates and times:
Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, 2:30-3:30pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: First Thursday of each month, 3:30-4:30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Second Thursday of each month, 3:30-4:30pm

Lego model image

A wonderful creation from the kids of Let’s Go LEGO at Karori Library!

For more information on Let’s Go LEGO and other library programmes for children, please email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

Let’s Go LEGO Update

Hi everyone! After a very successful return at Karori Library on Saturday the 6th of January, we’re pleased to announce that Let’s Go LEGO will be continuing at Wellington City Libraries in 2018! Please note that due to a change of day, there will be no Let’s Go LEGO session at Cummings Park Library in January. We look forward to seeing you there on Thursday the 1st of February! Keep these days and times in your diary:

Karori Library: First Saturday of the month at 2:30pm, beginning on January the 6th

Cummings Park Library: First Thursday of the month at 3:30pm, beginning on February the 1st

Keep your eyes peeled for future updates on Let’s Go LEGO — we have a lot planned this year! Happy building 🙂

For more information, contact Stephen at Karori Library, 476 8413, or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

(Image “Buried in Lego 2” by Curtis McHale is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.)

Meet the Robots @ Khandallah Library!

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a robot? Come along to Khandallah Library to meet Blue, our resident humanoid robot, and find out what’s happening behind the blinking lights and whirring motors. You’ll get to talk to Blue, learn how he communicates, how he makes decisions, and even learn how to write a simple programme for him to run. Perhaps we can even convince Blue to read to us from his favourite library book!

Where? Khandallah Library, 8 Ganges Road, Khandallah
When? Thursday 30th November, 6:30pm

Nao Robot Blue

Blue can’t wait to meet you!

At Khandallah Library, we host special events for children and their families on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Keep an eye on the Kids Blog and the library noticeboard to find out more!

Let’s Go Lego!

Thank you to everyone who has been coming to our Let’s Go Lego! sessions at Karori and Cummings Park Libraries! So far, we’ve had a blast learning about and building the seven wonders of the ancient world, putting together code one block at a time, learning how to talk to robots, and stretching our imaginations completing some really head-scratching Lego challenges. Check out the gallery below to see some of the awesome creations you made at Karori Library last weekend!

Everyone is welcome to join us! Let’s Go Lego is held at Karori Library on the first Saturday of each month (next session is December 2nd), and at Cummings Park Library on the third Monday of each month (next session is November 20th). No bookings required, and it’s completely free! Contact Stephen at Karori Library, 476 8413, to find out more.

Pyramids and Pyramid Museum – Alex

Temple at Luxor – Peter


Temple of Fun – Harriet

The Great Pyramid – John


Electric tower – Elijah

Light Stories @ Khandallah Library

This month’s evening event at Khandallah Library is Light Stories! Diwali, Matariki, Guy Fawke’s Day, the Lantern Festival, Halloween, even the LUX Light Festival here in Wellington — many cultures have special festivals that celebrate or feature exciting spectacles of light and colour throughout the year. Join us (in your pyjamas if you like!) for an evening of stories and crafts celebrating festivals of light from around the world. Suitable for children of all ages.

Where? Khandallah Library, 8 Ganges Road, Khandallah
When? Thursday 26th October, 6:30pm

For more information, contact Stephen at Khandallah Library, 479 3575.

Celebratory lights

Many cultures hold special festivals in celebration of light and colour throughout the year.

At Khandallah Library, we host special events for children and their families on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Keep an eye on the Kids Blog and the library noticeboard to find out more!

Where’s Wally? At Khandallah Library!

Help us celebrate Where’s Wally’s 30th birthday at Khandallah Library on Thursday the 28th of September at 6:30pm with an evening of stories and craft, plus an awesome treasure hunt to top things off! Will you be able to find Wally and his friends wandering our shelves, or will they be lost forever in the library? We’ll need your expert eyes for sure!
For more information, contact Stephen at Khandallah Library on 479 7535

30 Years of Where's Wally?

The original Where’s Wally book was first published on the 18th of September, 1987, and our red-and-white striped hero has been challenging our eyesight ever since!

At Khandallah Library, we host special events for children and their families on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Keep an eye on the Kids Blog and the library noticeboard to find out more!

Where’s Wally? © 1987 – 2017 Martin Handford, published by Walker Books Ltd. All rights reserved.

The Great Teddy Bear Sleepover comes to Khandallah Library!

Yes, you heard right! The Great Teddy Bear Sleepover is coming to Khandallah Library for the first time on Thursday the 31st of August at 6:30pm! Bring your favourite teddy bear or soft toy and join us for a super fun half hour of stories, songs, and activities, then leave your teddies behind to have a big sleepover with all their new friends. Who knows what they’ll get up to in the library after hours… pick them up on Friday to find out!

For more information, contact Stephen at Khandallah Library on 479 7535.

Teddy bears read!

Teddy bears read!

Lego Legends is coming to Wellington City Libraries!


Creativity. Problem solving. Storytelling. Fun!

After a hugely popular debut at Khandallah Library during Beyond the Page, Lego Legends is being introduced as a regular, monthly event at Karori and Cummings Park (Ngāio) Libraries. In Lego Legends, your creative skills will be put to the test as you use the library’s 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 your library’s very own Lego Legend.

Sessions are suitable for ages 5+

Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, beginning Saturday 2nd of September, 2:30-3:30pm.
Cummings Park (Ngāio) Library: Third Monday of each month, beginning Monday 18th of September, 3:30-4:30pm.

For more information, contact Stephen at Karori Library. Ph: 476 8413 E: enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

(Image “Buried in Lego 2” by Curtis McHale is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.)

Lego Legends at Khandallah Library

Lego Legends debuts at Khandallah Library during the Beyond the Page festival, July 2017

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – Picture Book Award Finalists!

Well, the shortlist for the Picture Book Award in this year’s NZ Book Awards is out, and there are some fabulous books on there! We love getting to see all these fantastic new books by New Zealand authors coming in through the library doors, so read on to see what we thought of this year’s batch of finalists. Check out these beautiful, funny, and touching picture books at your local library, or click the link to reserve a copy!

Syndetics book coverFuzzy Doodle / written by Melinda Szymanik ; pictures by Donovan Bixley.

A gorgeously illustrated book whose wonderfully whimsical doodly protagonist will whisk you up and take you on a journey through the world of words and your own imagination. The poetic text puts us somewhat in mind of Margaret Mahy. This is a book that will give you something new to think about each time you pick it up. And, it’s a favourite in library storytimes!

Syndetics book coverGwendolyn! / Juliette MacIver ; Terri Rose Baynton.

This brightly-coloured, uplifting book about friendship and learning to find your place in the world puts us right inside the jungle home of Gwendolyn the penguin. Hold on — a penguin in the jungle?! Each page gives us a fresh new world of colours, textures, and places to explore. We’d recommend it for ages 2 and up!

Syndetics book coverMy grandpa is a dinosaur / Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones.

What do you do when your grandpa’s footprints attract palaeontologists to your door? Anyone in need of a good laugh will love this hilarious story about Wanda and her somewhat unconventional family. We loved the stylised illustrations and the laugh-out-loud twist at the end — we’re sure you will too!

Syndetics book coverThat’s not a hippopotamus! / written by Juliette MacIver ; illustrated by Sarah Davis.

The wonderfully clever and deft wordplay in this rollicking tale of a school trip gone awry had us hooked from the very beginning. The character we most identified with was the teacher, for reasons that will become increasingly obvious as the book pulls you towards its hilarious conclusion!

Syndetics book coverThe singing dolphin = Te aihe i waiata / by Mere Whaanga.

Award-winning author Mere Whaanga’s new book, The Singing Dolphin/Te aihe i waiata, is the only book in te reo Māori to make it onto this year’s shortlist, and it certainly is fantastic. This enchanting story, told in Māori and English side-by-side, weaves a touching story of family, acceptance, and transformation. The evocative illustrations, particularly towards the end of the book, make this a really satisfying read.

That’s it for the Picture Book Award shortlist! Let us know in the comments what your favourites were 🙂 Keep an eye on the blog for more upcoming book reviews for NZ Book Awards finalists! We can’t wait to share them with you!